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New customers...I'm thinking a profit sharing plan?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by willinabox, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. willinabox

    willinabox Registered Member

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    What do you guys think

    Client/Family friend of mine build custom furniture and has no idea how to get exposure online.

    His website needs to be totally redesigned if he wants to go this route.

    I'm guessing the guy has a limited budget.

    Have any of you guys partnered up with similar folks, building/optimizing a website for them while sharing in the profits? Hows that played out?

    thanks guys looking forward to your responses.
     
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    Tried it twice. It never worked for me.

    If you choose to do this my advice is to see a lawyer and draw up a full contract. Not something to be decided with a handshake.
     
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    willinabox Registered Member

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    Right I hear you. Its tough figuring out SEO consulting services. Clients will have a hard time figuring out what your putting in, and as we all know what will pay off.
     
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    Sounds painful and to be avoided at all costs.
     
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    Is this not the perfect situation for drop-shipping or web design/SEO package?
    You could design his site as well as developing your own affiliate store(s) for him.

    Do not do it without some investment from both parties initially, though. Get some payment, it'll keep you both honest.

    A lawyer will be necessary because there are way too many different views on how to interpret what is a breach of contract, or even what constitutes a contract. The lawyer isn't because you two don't trust each other, it's because communication and contracts are difficult.
     
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    willinabox Registered Member

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    Yeah honestly it does seem like a good situation for that opportunity. It sounds like we will need to a have a few more meetings to make sure the trust issue is there, and will need to come to VERY concrete terms so either of us doesn't feel like we are being screwed.

    I'm concerned about developing affiliate stores for him because I'm not sure what he would want to give me upfront. The whole thing might be a longshot with these small shop guys.

    Anyone else had success with this model.