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Am I too ethical?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by reallife, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. reallife

    reallife Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    So I had a writeup done on me, in a magazine that caters to people looking to start home businesses. (It was a feature piece, not an ad.)
    I've had three calls so far - all three from people who had already bought scam website packages.
    I had to tell all three that I couldn't either couldn't rank their site (they bought a domain name was really just a 301 redirect with an aff code to, someone else's landing page).....or that it would take a long time (a pre-made landing page that they wanted to rank for "make money at home). Needless to say, I was basically turning away their business.
    They'd already thrown their money away and weren't interested in changing course, they wanted to rank these sites.
    Am I too ethical? Would you have taken their money and run?
     
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    download Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I definitely wouldn't take their money and run, but I would tell then that they'd been scammed and try to win over their interest and business. Explain to them that it's just a complete scam and that they aren't going to achieve anything, and offer them your guidance and services.
     
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  3. reallife

    reallife Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    That's what I basically tried, but it's awfully hard to get someone who's just been scammed in the last week or two to admit that they've been scammed. I'm guessing it takes a while for it to sink in and for them to be ready to admit it.
    I told them when they ran into problems with what they'd bought, that I'd be happy to speak with them about better ways to make money, and left it at that.
     
  4. Beats

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    No in business you should always try to practice ethical methods. If you want to build a real long standing and reputable brand, you need to have ethical business practices. People who try to scam others out of money may make a lot in the beginning but it will eventually come to bite them in the ass. These little habits that people don't think much of will follow you for life. They shape your character and the type of person you will become. So good for you for having good moral standards because that will take you much farther in life and you will feel much happier with your life as well.
     
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  5. CoyoteAssassin

    CoyoteAssassin Elite Member

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    Be ethical - it is becoming a rare quality.

    You need to tell them that they are being scammed. Most likely they already know it but they need someone else to tell them and help them through it.

    They will respect you more if you say, "You've been scammed, here's what happened, and here's what you need to do." They will then want you to do "it" for them and the trust will begin.

    And, if they run across someone who you may be able to serve, they will pass your name along.

    It's hardly ever that someone will turn down our business because they cannot help us and when they do, we remember them because we are thankful they didn't lead us down a dead end.
     
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  6. skeeg86

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    I don't think nothing wrong with that
     
  7. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

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    Be ethical...

    I read one time, "not everyone will like what you are selling, so if they bought it and don't like, then give a refund"...

    i know the above quote doesn't exactly relate to you as you are turning away money before you accept it, but the same principle applies...

    in my business, many of my customers ask about features and i tell them the features the program has and if they ask about features the program doesn't have then i say the program doesn't have that feature...

    be ethical...there are too many forums and other related sites on the net for people to complain about your site...don't give them a reason to complain...
     
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