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How do you handle a client who does not implement your SEO recommendations?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mor0155, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. mor0155

    mor0155 Registered Member

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    How do you handle a client who does not implement your SEO recommendations?
     
  2. Reyone

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    Simple; you just tell them that if they do not go ahead with it it might have negative repercussions in the future. Try to explain it in a positive and friendly manner. If after doing so they still do not change it, it is their own problem, you have done your part and they have simply refused to cooperate so if something goes wrong because of that it won't be your fault.

    Now, of course, I do not know what are you getting them to change, but sometimes you need to understand that an established business won't be able to adapt to certain changes due to their brand guidelines.

    Anyways, I believe if you approach them in a professional manner I am sure they will listen to you.
     
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  3. DamageX

    DamageX Elite Member

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    Take the money and fire the client.
     
  4. natorob

    natorob Junior Member

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    Actually, good advice here. I've had one or two of these guys that were just enamored with their own sites, and wouldn't listen. Eventually, I fired them because they were wasting money & I was wasting time. And they still call for advice from time to time; which I am sure they completely ignore.
     
  5. Vesania

    Vesania Regular Member

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    First, are they paying for your time? If not, then don't offer anymore free advice. If they are paying for your time, then ask why did they pay you if they didn't want to take suggestions, assuming he had a good reason to deny them.
     
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    sudorank Power Member

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    Ditch them, because when the shit hits the fan you just know they will use it as an excuse to not pay you :cool:

    Get out now before it's cost you money!
     
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    Explain to them what you want to do and why. Sometimes you can't have it your way, and you work with what you have.

    Your job as an SEO is to improve their rankings. As long as you can do that you are giving them leal service.

    If they will not cooperate to the extent that you cannot do your job, then I say fire them.

    Remember though that your customer may have been told by dozens of SEO's to make changes that cost him money, time, and effort, and resulted in nothing but the expense.

    When you get a new customers there are a lot of things you can do to start a ranking movement. After you establish this movement, they will gain confidence in you.

    This is when you go back to them and re address the change and why. This time they may be more receptive.

    Businessmen will not bend over to accommodate you, you must be the flexible one. Work with what you have to get the ball rolling and use that momentum to get more resources. If the point comes to where you cannot be effective, be straight up to the customer, tell them you are dropping them, and tell them why. You may retain them after all.

    This is business, never "fire" a customer unless you cannot work with them at all.
     
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    irdeto Regular Member

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    not even going to bother giving you any answers considering you have posted a million threads today and haven't interacted with peoples answers even once.

    i think you need a nice temporary ban.
     
  9. stanleyreporb

    stanleyreporb Regular Member

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    1. Most clients don't know how to implement SEO "recommendations"
    2. Most clients are too lazy to do it that's why they hired you in the 1st place.

    Why don't upsell your recommendations as an addon service? :)
     
  10. pxoxrxn

    pxoxrxn Supreme Member

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    Never be afraid to ditch a client. If you're worth you salt, they will need you more than you need them.
     
  11. SPQR

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    Tell them that results may be negative for their business if they do not take initiative and implement the recommendations.