How to Launch a Photography Business



Lesson Info

Testing Your Keywords

Testing our keywords. So again, we're just trying to figure out what do we categorize our website as. Here are possible combinations. Here are couple great tools for you. You don't have to write them down 'cause they're here. Google Keyword Planner, Moz Keyword Explorer, SEMrush. Now, Moz and SEM they are going to probably ask you after a certain number of searches, "Do you have signed up for account?" Nothing in this world is free, they want some. But even if you pay the seven bucks or whatever it is they have an account for a month, that's fine. You just need to identify your keywords. Google Keyword Planner is great, it's free. You also need an AdWords account which sometimes you have to register a credit card to. And they might even make you start a campaign. If they do, just stop the campaign right after you start it. Okay? Either way, you don't have to pay much of anything to test these keywords. The unfortunate thing about the keyword planner is Google had doubted it 'cause they...

're smart and they don't want people gaming the system. They changed it a few times but that's alright. I'm gonna show you a couple different things. So the way to get to from Google is to go and sign in. Go on to the Keyword Planner. So you're gonna see, once you sign in, you have Keyword Planner right here. If this changes, it's probably still gonna be called the Keyword Planner or something related to it. Then, from here it says, "Where would you like to start?" Search for new keywords using phrase, website or category. And you type in, one of your ideas for a category. And Google then tells you, the search results for San Francisco Wedding photographer on average the month researches are between 1, 000 and 10, 0000 people. Cool. That's something that people are looking for. It'll also give you an indication of the competitive nature of that search term which is how many other people are categorized themselves with that same term. Is it a big deal? Not so much. Not really. Okay. We can also select targeting to actually focus on the areas that we want to type it in over here. Notice that this will give us keyword by relevance. It'll also serve us different things. This is the beauty about Keyboard Planning Tools. You see the second one on there? San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography. San Francisco City Hall Wedding, 1, 000 to 10, 000 monthly searches. We didn't even think about that. We can target just city hall wedding. There's up to 10, 000 searches a month right there. It'll give you all these other ideas here. And then were gonna analyze the different keyword ideas. So, these are all the different keyword, we discussed this. Everyone of these is gonna be slightly different variations on the initial idea that you gave Google. Here's Moz' version. Everyone were just slightly different. You can do the same thing on Moz. It'll give you a difficulty rating. Each of 'em will have their own little tools and like telling you what are this specially. I'm gonna show you my favorite one. So this is SEMrush Keyword Analytic. You type it in, It'll show you the organic search results. It'll show you the related keyword volume. But this is my favorite. The keyword, Magic Tool under SEMrush. This is where it'll tell you San Francisco's City Hall Wedding Photography has exactly 260 people that have searched that term. And then it'll give you a whole bunch of other great ones. Fine Art Wedding Photography San Francisco. There's 50 people and we can build this plan and know exactly what terms to focus on as our main category. And we're gonna talk about secondary categories because your main category, you're gonna take some time for. We'll get to the secondary stuff too. Is this making sense to kind of see, this is just figuring out what should my keyword phrase be. We based the keyword phrase based upon what people are searching most. Our target personas searches. It's all the same, pick your favorite tool. We gave you three different tools you can use to find that keyword that you wanna go for. I wanna mention this, higher does not necessarily mean better because well-targeted will lead to actual potential clients and lower competition with niches. What this means is way early in our segments, in our class. Someone brought up New York photographer or it was a very general search term. Okay? You have to understand that general search terms are gonna have a higher volume of searches. Kansas City photographer, New York photographer. Those are gonna have greater volume. The problem is that you're gonna feel your lead pipeline. If you eventually even get listed to the top of that list. You feel your lead pipeline when people that honestly may not have anything to do with what services you're offering. Because they could be looking for event, bar mitzvah, head shots. They could be looking for pet photography. They moving all sorts of things and Julie you offer boudoir. But your main keyword is just photographer. So not only is it more competitive to get to those places but broader scope keywords even if you rank well for them, they end up serving you people that are not relevant. And that's where I want you guys to getaway from just analyzing the number and analyze what is the relevance of that keyword and how does that relate to our target market and our persona. Okay? You are much better off if you are a fine art newborn photographer in Tusan. If that search term gets 50 searches a month, you're better off in that search term than in Tusan newborn photography. You might aim globally, you might aim that eventually get to Tusan newborn photography but that niche is gonna be less competitive and will instantly get you people that are targeted to your exact style of that thing. And in Tusan photographer, that might get 30, 40, 000 searches a month and only 1% of them are applicable to actually what you do. So that all make sense? Are we comfortable now figuring out? So if you were to go and say figure out your own keyword term, Are you good with that? What is the most popular? or what is the most searched thing in my niche? Okay. That's what I mean by San Francisco photographer. Wait, what kind of San Francisco photographer? Like what are we doing? So I narrowed it down. So from that list of things that we had, we then eliminate. Well, these didn't even get any responses whatsoever. These were zeroes so we just trimmed them right off of our list of potential keywords. These are keepers because we had different mounts for each of these. So these were like okay, well let's consider keeping this. Let's consider, Hey! San Francisco City Hall Wedding photographer. That has 320 from basically these different places that we looked at. Let's add that to the list so it's gonna give you ideas to add the list, as well.

Class Description

The content and opinions expressed in this course are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem

Build a business and get people to spend money on your photography. Award-winning photographer and co-founder of Lin and Jirsa Photography Pye Jirsa will walk you through the first 12 weeks of building your business. With his relatable and actionable teaching style, he’ll explain how to define your product as a photographer and determine where it fits into a consumer mindset. You’ll learn the steps to creating a brand, pricing yourself confidently, sales techniques, and basic marketing practices. This class covers everything you’ll need if you’re considering photography as a job, including:

  • Where to position yourself in the market
  • Branding your business to attract your ideal client
  • Pricing and basic financing
  • Creating a business plan
  • Setting up a portfolio
  • How to get your first customer in the door
  • Getting leads on new clients
  • Understanding sales
  • The psychology of a buyer

Pye has built multiple successful businesses from the ground up and this course includes your 12 week road map to launching your business.


1Class Introduction
2Common Myths & Unknown Truths
3The Road Ahead
4Find Your Passion
5The Lin & Jirsa Journey
6Part-time, Full-time, Employed, Partners?
7Stop Wasting Time & Money
8Your 12 Week Roadmap
9Great Plans Still Fail
10Strategy Vs. Planning
11Mind Mapping
12Select a Focus
13Competitor Research
14S.W.O.T. Analysis
15Strategy & Long Term Goals
16Values, Vision & Mission
17Effectively Managing Your Time
18Artistic Development
19Create Your Plan
20What's Your Product
21Luxury vs Consumer Products & Experiences
22Quick Break for Econ 101
23Your Target Market & Brand Message
24What's in a Name
25Your Client 'Why'
26Crafting the Why Experience
27Document the Client Experience
28Business Administration Basics
29Book Keeping Management
30Create the Logo & Branding
31Portfolio Design
32Design Your Services & Packages
33Pricing Fears & Myths
34Three Pricing Methods
35Package Pricing Psychology & Design
36Psychology of Numbers
37Pricing Q&A
38Grass Roots Marketing
39The Empty Party
40Friends & Family Test Shoots
41Join Groups
42Second Shooting Etiquette
43The Listing & Classified Hustle
44Make Instagram Simple
45Your Automated Pinterest Plan
46Facebook Because You Must
47Giveaway & Styled Shoots
48Content Marketing & SEO
49The Monster: SEO
50Selecting Your Keywords
51Testing Your Keywords
52Grouping Main & Niche Goals
53Your Content Road Map
54Content Marketing Q&A
55Inspiration to Keep Working
56How to Craft Your Content
57Internal Linking Basics
58Back Link Building Basics
59Link Value Factos
60Measuring Link Value
61Link Building Strategy & Plan
62Link Building Plan: Vendors & Guest Writing
63Link Building Plan: Features, Directories, Comments
64Link Building: Shortcuts & One Simple Tool
65What is Sales? Show Me!
66Your First Massive Failure
67The Sales Process
68Your Second Massive Failure
69Understand Buyer Psychology
70Step 0: Building Rapport & Trust
71Step 1: Identify Need or Want
72Cognitive Dissonance
73Steps 2 & 3: Value Proposition & The Solution
74Step 4 : Close, Make the Ask
75Step 5: Follow Up & Resolve Concerns
76Family Photography Hot Seat
77Business Example Hot Seat
78Boudoir Photography Hot Seat
79The Best Sales Person
80Your Mindset, Vibrations & Frequency
81Always Positive, Always Affirming
82The Second Money & Dual Process
83Chumming the Price Waters
84Creating Want or Scarcity
85Timeless Advice on Being Likable
86Selling Over The Phone
87Forbidden Words in Sales