There’s no doubt about it, finding good SEO talent is hard. Part of the reason for this is it doesn’t take a rocket scientist SEO to know that you can make a lot of money just by participating in affiliate programs or other offering out there.
It’s been suprising to me, however, recently to learn just how much some of these in-house SEOs are making in their spare time. I won’t name any names, but I’ve recently been in contact with no less than 4 different SEOs who either work for an agency or an in-house marketing team that claim to make more than 6 figures on the side.
My question is this…if you are making 6 figures in your spare time, what the hell are you doing going to the office every day? Is it for the benefits – if so, I can find you some good health insurance you could probably pay for in the time you spent at home instead of at the office. Is it for the comraderie? I’ve held a ton of office jobs, and have lots of friends from them – but if I was making 6 grand from side activities I’d find other places to make friends.
And what about the employers? I know most large advertising firms have strict rules against moonlighting. But is running an affiliate deal really moonlighting? You’re not in competition with your employer, who probably won’t touch the deal with a ten foot pole.I’d be interested to hear from others on what their employers do in regards to this phenomenon. And I’d like to hear from some of the folks who are making this "scratch" (as one person told me to call it). Why do you stay at your job? If it’s for the money, couldn’t you make twice as much if you spent the time you spend at the office working more deals?
There is one other option. All of these people are lying to me to make themselves look good. I doubt that, but it’s always a possibility. In the meantime, I’ll be looking at some affiliate deals to start up. Hey, I know search as well as the next guy. Why can’t I make 6 figures in my spare time?