John Romaine


Source: SEOSignalsLab

Pick His Brain!

I’d like to introduce one of our members, John Romaine, for our next ‘Pick His Brain’ session and I want to thank him for the participation.

John has been in SEO game since 2003 with over 10,000 hours under his belt.

By his admission, he has a few broken monitors and plenty of dead mice to prove his battle scars.

He is also the author of our wildly popular no-nonsense SEO business bible post.

Please feel free to pick his brain on how he runs his agency and anything related SEO.

Also, please note that John has a busy schedule and he will answer whenever he is available.

Here are the rules.

1) I’ll let the thread go on until he asks me to stop. Theoretically, this thread can continue until the FaceBook stock value goes to zero.

2) Please, no snarky remarks. I will not tolerate any intentional negativity. We are here to learn from each other’s success and strategies.

3) Please do not PM him and bother him. If you have a private question, ask for his permission on this thread when appropriate.


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With at least 10,000 hours under your belt, is it purely SEO work?

Some web, some seo. Mostly a lot of swearing.

10,000 hours is an under estimate. It’s probably a lot more than that.

I’ve literally been sitting in front of a computer since 1997.

When you had no case studies and was just starting, how were you able to convince clients to pay you for SEO?

I was doing web design and made the transition that way.

After reading what you wrote in this group, I kinda figured that you’re the no bs type of guy which is absolutely perfect and that’s what the SEO community needs rather than people who claim to be an SEO and are just thinking about how much they can earn from a client. With that being said, have you ever dealt with a client’s website that would just not budge no matter how many hours, links, citations, content, on page you throw at it? Let’s say if you rank a client #3 for a local service kw and they wanna be #1 for it.

“Let’s say if you rank a client #3 for a local service kw and they wanna be #1 for it.”

Joel I’d f*ck them off. Focus on revenue not rankings.

Can you share any of your Asana checklists? Or know where I can find something like them? I am in the process of redoing all processes and would like some help recreating them.

I don’t share that stuff. Try having a look online.

Let me rephrase…I do share it, but only with my coaching clients.

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They pay good money so it’s not really fair on them if I just give it away on FB. Hope you understand.

I’ll let the questions come in and answer them in a loom video

Here you go guys

Here you go guys


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