Do not underestimate the power of having a well placed website. More and more paying customers are searching for talent on the web. And the number of cold calls and emails with good jobs that come directly from someone finding me on the net increases each month.

Now, the problem for someone just starting out in 2008 with a website, is getting it seen. I'm not a master SEO guru - my websites pop up because I've been online with my own domains since 1996. And somewhere along the line I have a friend who did some optimization.

I don't live in a major market, nor do I currently have representation in one, so my chances of landing - heck, my chances of even auditioning for national gigs - are pretty limited. (And when I do, the competition is huge because 20 different agents across the country are submitting people.) Most of those big jobs are still cast primarily the "old fashioned" way. But who knows what is going to happen.

So if you don't have a great agent in a large market - it is time to get your own domain and do some research on SEO and SEM.

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Comment by Terry Daniel on September 14, 2008 at 4:47pm
If it wasn't for SEO, I would be working at Burger King. Don't fall for the companies that say they can have you on the front page of Google within a week. It is simply not true. It's a science and it takes money and a lot of time! Good posting, Connie! :)
Comment by Liz de Nesnera on September 13, 2008 at 10:15am
Hey Connie!
GREAT points! (as usual!)
Having a website as a freelance VO these days is essential...and, yep, the all-mighty-good-Google-ranking is the goal!
Keep on keepin' on! :-)

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