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Kinda strange question, but how to ask SEO clients for access to their website?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by keysikg, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. keysikg

    keysikg Regular Member

    May 16, 2012
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    I am planning on starting SEO soon. I think I have more than enough skills to rank for local search terms. However, I have business plan in mind, to offer SEO service to clients who are on page 2 or 3.

    How should I approach them about getting access to website? Those are lawyers,dentists,shops... 90% of them I think only hired someone to make website and left it like that. I really doubt they even know what is SEO, and their hosting login info. I would need this for on page SEO.

    This might be really dumb question, but I really don't know how should I proceed, I haven't found any answer on forums.
  2. Canuck

    Canuck Junior Member

    Apr 16, 2009
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    Try to figure out who is hosting the site, which you can usually determine with a quick whois lookup. See what DNS nameservers they're using - ie. if it's nsXXX.hos*tga*tor.c*om then you'll know they're with that company and can say "forward me the emails from <insert_company>".

    You can also put together a quick little onboarding doc in Word or GDocs that asks all these questions - and usually they'll have a semi-technical person they can pass it onto who will get those details for you. The fact that they have a website means they worked with someone who at least knew how to install a WordPress theme and they can get you the deets.

    Things I ask for as a consultant when onboarding a new client (bare minimum): hosting panel, site logins (ie. wordpress admin), analytics + webmaster tools (if setup), domain registrar login, and contact info for the person who made/updates the website.
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  3. nycdude

    nycdude Regular Member

    Oct 1, 2009
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    Asking a business for access to their site is easy once they want you to work for them, you obviously need access to the site if they hire you.

    I think the hardest part in your senario is getting the business or lawyer etc to hire you in the first place.