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Legal Dilema For me?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Blackhat Scott, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Blackhat Scott

    Blackhat Scott Regular Member

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    I am a NOOB. I made a couple of Websites for a specific industry that have performed incredibly well for a competitive market in two major cities earning 1, 2, 3, slots organic an also the top spots for the Google Maps section in the 7Box. I charged this guy only $600 and did a tremendous amount of work and hours over 3 months to get these positions. Now I am seeing I should be charging more, like on upwards of $500 to $1000/month from what I read here. And with the work I put in that's about right.

    I WANT TO EITHER MAKE HIM PAY ME MORE OR RESELL THE POSITIONS TO SOMEONE ELSE.

    In his contract I put he owns complete Copyright to the webpages. -It says nothing about source code. He also doesn't knopw what the text is on those pages, if I change it and send him his website on CD he'll never know the difference. However it says nothing about the domains which are registered in my name, and there awesome domains.

    I would love to hear how you all would handle this? I am sure someone had this same exact problem starting out where you charged way less than your worth and then when your skills start to show results you know you can command more $. My thought is to just resell the sites and say fuk it. Do a redirect so someone ele gets all the SEO benefits. He takes me to small claims court- so be it. I need the mone now. What trouble am I looking at?
     
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    angelas111 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    wait, so who owns the domains?
     
  3. cabbage

    cabbage Junior Member

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    If he owns the webpages, he owns the source to them by default, as they constitute the webpages - you're just not rendering them with a browser when you view it as source. If you own the domains though, you should consider selling them to him or letting him know they're of no use to you so you'll delete the entire site.

    EDIT: Or to explain it a different way, if you could somehow be the owner of the source, you couldn't take it away without it vandalising his webpages.
     
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    dannyhw Senior Member

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    Forget about it. Be glad you have something nice in your portfolio and charge your next client accordingly.
     
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    elocin Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have to agree from experience... Ive shot myself in the foot numerous times. You live and you learn brother... Wisdom is gained by falling on your face...

    Now I charge more.
     
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    Better yet and now the work is complete hit him up for a monthly maintenance fee for both support and to keep ongoing SEO campaigns.

    Remember your best new business is from your old customers. I'm not sure what the the relationship is like with this customer but can't you use him a reference account as well? Hit him up with a high monthly maintenance and knock it down when he balks and suggest that he be a reference source.
     
  7. Blackhat Scott

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    Thanks for all the replies... The guy did send me a referral to do his buddy's website marketingbut i told him there's no way I can continue to do this kind of work again for such little money, I didn't know how competitive your industry was. So as a referral account I feel like he's worthless because the referrals think they're only gonna spend 600. Now that all the hard work is done I'd like to just resell it for more. But that will definately burn a bridge. Maybe I try selling to other states or cities here and use him as an example. Damn I got raped, the only thing is I raped myself so it feels worse. FUKKKKKKKKKKKNNN A.