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New Guy Hired Asking About My Job

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ibmethatswhoib, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. ibmethatswhoib

    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So I have been doing SEO and Online Marketing for a company and lately have been doing more and more which I'm excited about. Well, the owner hired a new strategic VP guy yesterday and he gave me a call. Supposedly he does all around work for the company not just online stuff but he's asking all about the stuff I do. Little annoying because I have been doing well, the boss likes me and what I do and now he's asking all about stuff. He asked me today about what our budget is towards PPC, how are SEO is and other things that I have been in control of. So not sure how to react to this guy, give him all the information he's asking or play it vague. I don't want him micro-managing everything I do. I think I have the edge with the owner because I have been giving him great results for peanuts compared to others.

    Just wondering if others have gone through this and any advice is appreciated.
     
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    Did his questions seem "pointed" with intelligence behind them, or "perfunctory" ? When new leadership shows up, they are required to make a big show of "taking over" or "establishing themselves". As the situations unfolds, you will learn whether he "really wants to know" (might be bad) or "wants to appear like he cares" (also bad, but not for you).

    Good management is about helping employees to do the best job that they possibly can. Dave Ramsey describes it as "helping" his employees. He doesn't want to DO their job, he wants to help them do it the best it can be done.

    I'm sure you are aware, your "worst case scenario" is that Mr. Newguy either thinks he can do your job, or has a buddy that thinks he can do it, and he is looking for some justification for moving you out. My advice is to stay aware of all of the possibilities and pay attention to which track he seems to be moving on, and also don't make the mistake of trusting him too early.
     
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    Some ideas of what to say are in the picture.
     

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  4. ibmethatswhoib

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    Great answers, yes he seems inquisitive out of genuine questions at least now but yes I'm cautious. Yes I'm aware of the worst case scenario that the guy thinks he can do my job or have someone else do it, I'm am constantly bombarded with SEO's contacting my company with emails they can do a better job. So I'm used to being on guard.

    I don't want to be subconsciously negative or give off that vibe to the guy, because he could talk to the boss about me in a negative way. I guess I'll have to balance being nice to him with not giving away too much.

     
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    SEOs contact me also. I play dumb in the beginning, and pay them out. After a while, after they feel safe with the idea that I'm ignorant, they inevitably say something stupid and then I go after them with a vengeance. The use phrases that are meaningless, or promise methods that are no longer effective ("link wheels", or whatever).

    I got very personal with one subliterate retard, who initially asked me if my name was "Mr. <second word in business name>", only the second word wasn't a surname, it was a proper noun. Like if the name of the company was "Bagel's of Long Island" she asked me if my name was "Mr. Island" (that's how stupid she was). I don't waste time with telemarketers when I'm working, but when they call me when I'm driving I use the opportunity to torment them to the greatest extent possible. I told one twat that I was an Associate for Internet Security for Google, Inc. and that we'd been investigating their operation for some time now, and that it was a crime to represent themselves as "working for" Google, that the conversation was being recorded and would she like to do the interview now over the phone, or should I send an agent over later on that afternoon and they could do the interview in person.
     
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  6. ibmethatswhoib

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    I wish they contacted me, instead they contact my company with stupid videos' of them pointing out what they think is wrong with the website. Instead they ignore that I'm ranking for some really competitive terms that took me months to get. Just really annoying but that's how it is.

     
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    I'd be starting to protect myself if I was you - make it so that if the worst ever happened it would be incredibly hard for someone to take over your position. Then if the worst does happen and you do get the arse everything will start to go backwards and you can return to save the day (for more money of course - they'll see your true value then)
     
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    If you are good at SEO then you should already be banking mid 5 figures to 6 figures per annum from your own websites and working in an agency would just be extra income + learning and social environment and not really care either way.

    If you are just an employee doing grunt work, getting caught up in the politics of the rat race race and making other people good money with your SEO skills then its time you started making money for yourself!!
     
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    I would simply tell the boss that you don't want this guy breathing down your neck. Tell him that he is the only one you should have to answer to. It is contract work right?
     
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