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how should I answer this client?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by theseodude, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. theseodude

    theseodude Regular Member

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    I quoted someone seo for $2000 a month with a commitment of 6 months. she emailed back, asking is this a typical price for seo?
    what should I say?
    I dont know if I should just say "yes" or if i should say something like "I am a freelancer so my rates are low, if you were to hire an agency, they would just hire me and double the fee"
    I dont want to lose value, I want to look good, what should i say?
     
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    tnhomestead Regular Member

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    Just say yes, its a very reasonable rate for the quality of the work you will receive.
     
  3. small buddy

    small buddy Regular Member

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    Just say that yours is the most affordable service,, But mention that you are the service well known for its quality output
     
  4. Seo-Devil

    Seo-Devil Regular Member

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    i suspect that it won't be good deal for a customer as your reputation is -33 and you charge $1000 for a month sounds like joke
     
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    It sounds to me as is she doesn't know what she is getting for her money.

    Break down the figure into what you will actually do, and how long it will take.

    This should lead to a rough figure per hour.

    If you further broke it down to month 1, month 2, month 3 etc. (so for month 1 there may be more research)

    These are buying signals and shouldn't be seen as a NO, treat the question as a serious question about what you are providing.

    If you can't justify your prices you shouldn't be asking for business.

    Don't make your hourly rate look too cheap. People don't like cheap.
     
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    umerjutt00 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You will have to convince her that it is the best price for the services you are offering. Give her the reasons why you are the best among others.
     
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    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Tell her that would be a typical price for an agency that knew what they were doing.

    Make sure you tell her that you usually work for pennies for cheapskates and mostly get stiffed anyway when its time to pay.

    Im sure a compromise of $40 a month can be reached.
     
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    swords12 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    give him reviews or samples of your work so that she will be contented with the price. its a lower price than in agency service. you should say yes.
     
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    HostStage Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member UnGagged Attendee

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    You would need to make her understand why it is a good deal and introduce the ROI she could expect.
     
  10. contentweb

    contentweb Registered Member

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    AS pointed above, if the ROI is good then she will stick with you, but if you are planning to just gather all the money you can then this won't be a godd idea. So, first decide yourself what will be the ROI for her and charge accordingly.
     
  11. GiorgioB

    GiorgioB Supreme Member

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    Why do I have a feeling we will soon see a thread from OP entitled "customer wants to sue me, need legal advice"

    For that price, I would expect you to rank me #1 in a few weeks for very high comp keywords. The price you give people should also reflect the confidence you have in your service, however right now you sound anything but confident.
     
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    cookie1979 Regular Member

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    Depends, are you are you building 10 web 2.0's and calling it a month or will your work justify the cost? SEO is a very hard thing to put a price on, I would let her know what you expect to do for that price and the long term ROI/rankings you hope to provide her. But I think you know the answer to the question... Do what feels fair, remember karma is a bitch.
     
  13. GoForJacob

    GoForJacob Junior Member

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    Personally, when people question why I charge so much for web design, and ask what they typical price is, I tell them this: "Typical? About $1,500 less than me. And it will get done fast too. Now the question is do you want to be typical or do you want to be exceptional? Typical is McDonalds over Texas Roadhouse (I live in Oklahoma); Walmart over Nordstrom; 200 thread count over 600. Typical is great if you want typical results. If you want exceptional results, then I'd go with exceptional. After all, your business isn't just a typical business, is it?"

    After hearing "typical" used negatively, they're sure to say no. Now, if they're being sincere I wouldn't recommend this. If it sounds like they think you're ripping them off, do.
     
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