I've been dealing with quite an oddball of a customer and I could use some advice. I'm a web dev that also happens to do SEO. They want to do "honest white hat SEO", but they are too lazy to put in the effort to go out, entertain decent relations with other organizations, put out original content for guest blogging. In fact, one of the prospects I pitched to them received a duplicate version of content already existing on the customer's website; that's how lazy they are, they think other websites will publish their unoriginal duplicate content. I've been told to stop doing "black hat". They don't want to dwell in "evil black hat SEO" because one of their old competitors effectively got themselves de-indexed from Google by relying on retarded tactics like spamming a mass amount of backlinks to Russian sites. My efforts prior to that were successful in increasing ranking in multiple keywords. Going in the back won't solve the issue as they have access to backlink metrics. Meanwhile the rest of their competition has no issues using various tactics, whether it is what seems to be PBNs, owning multiple websites having high authority linking back to their money site, or scraping out domains from which they can obtain links from. This customer now seems to be convinced that they'll "now rank on Google more" simply by changing meta tags, by erratically changing frontpage links every odd week, or implying my code is the problem because they're "honest people" or read a blog post by Matt Cutts. They seem to have forgotten that they hired someone to do web dev for them and think they are experts in the area, which has led to many arguments which were closed by "We are paying, you do what we told you to do". Is there anything I should do in particular with this customer or should I just drop them dead? I've considered the latter along with taking all the backlinks I've produced to hoodwink their business.