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Protecting Myself from a Client - Any Advice Appreciated

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by blackhatbeavis, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. blackhatbeavis

    blackhatbeavis Regular Member

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    I have just got a new client and have been warned by a colleague to be very cautious about doing work for them.
    The company works in the Alternative Investments Market based in Germany. My colleague told me this is an unregulated market and so the company could disappear and leave potential investors high and dry. Obviously, I hope this client is a legitimate business - but I don't want to be linked to them in the instance they are not.

    The client wants me to produce a range of websites/landing pages/youtube marketing/PPC to generate leads for the business.

    Does anyone have any experience dealing with a client like this?

    What would you suggest to keep my name separate from this business entity?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. motzart

    motzart Power Member

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    Payment upfront. It's that simple.

    Don't risk anything.
     
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  3. blackhatbeavis

    blackhatbeavis Regular Member

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    I mean in terms of registering domains, social profiles - using our company email etc
     
  4. KillerHeck

    KillerHeck Regular Member

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    We'll first off all, too ensure you get your money, make sure you get partially paid before you start working. I usually ask 40% before I start working to cover some of the initial costs.

    To ensure your company stays clean incase something goes wrong, make sure that any account or domain you setup you use the clients credentials... or make sure you or your company name isn't used. Also make sure the billing information is that of your client.

    For example, if you setup an adwords PPC campaign, setup a new account using the information and billing information of your client. This is actually how Google expect you to do that!

    Good luck
     
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    seoguy81 Power Member

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    This market while unregulated has some cash rich companies (at least initially). If you are providing only the said services you should have no problem. But make sure to get at least 60% of the payment upfront, or break up the task into different projects, so the client has money invested and as and when you close one project collect the money.

    As a safeguard, you can have the terms in the contract that compels the client not to disclose your company name or services being provided (you can sugar coat this saying there are many competitors for you so you want to keep a low profile blah blah).

    Just be a bit careful with marketing activities where you might be involved (PPC especially) as the wrong marketing message (ex: get rich with XYZ investment company) could easily land the company in trouble and they in turn can point fingers at you.
     
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  6. leonnox

    leonnox Registered Member

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    Sure payment upfront anyway you are only a service provider so the problem should not exist, anyway european and german legislation usually prevent this kind of tricky behaviors...make a research on partners and so on...if you want my opinion just pm me, no problem.
     
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    psytrance Power Member

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    If u want to be and look like a professional, go for 100% upfront thats rule number one.

    One suggestion I can give is this:

    Dont sell them SEO or web marketing at all. You sell them leads. If they stop paying you keep the sites and blogs for your self...
     
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  8. blackhatbeavis

    blackhatbeavis Regular Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys.
    I appreciate your input and advice.
     
  9. datomcat

    datomcat Newbie

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    German company/business law is quite different from the USA, even the UK. It makes sense to ensure that all the agreements you sign with them have a legal jurisdiction in the USA. That way you can be somewhat protected, they'd have to bring a case against you (breach of contract, etc.) to a US court at great expense. If its the other way round (you sign away to a German jurisdiction) you could face tricky problems in an unfamiliar country/language.