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question about seo ethics

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by nonai, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    I have a client that is trying to rank for "keyword city1" and we are almost there. I used to be #1 for this keyword then I dropped to #4 now I am trying to get the rankings back.

    today I got a call from someone saying he wants to rank for the same thing. I told him I can't rank him for the same thing, but I can rank him for "keyword city2" city2 is a city near city1, just about an hour away. If he ranks, he should have no problem monetizing. no problem at all.

    but he said he wants city1 or no deal.

    I am wondering, does it make me a coward or an asshole to get 2 clients for the same keyword? I know there is no "seo board" that will take disciplinary action against me. but just how much of an asshole would I be? like is it as bad as a doctor violating HIPAA or ?
     
  2. theswiftbank

    theswiftbank Newbie

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    It wouldn't be the nicest thing to do to your client, but maybe just promise him to get a near-top ranking, but not #1 and it'd be fine.
     
  3. chaabanov

    chaabanov Regular Member

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    What he said is right. You don't have to promise #1, top 3 sounds good.
     
  4. BHopkins

    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I wouldn't do it, but that's just me. I've turned down clients in this exact situation. I even had a competitor of an ORM client offer me more money to keep the negatives on page 1!
     
  5. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator in Training Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You can't make promises or guarantees in SEO; it can cause problems later. Unless your contract states that you will not work with any of their competitors, then you can work with whomever you like, OP.
     
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    harry33771 Newbie

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    I am 100% agreed with Zwielicht..

    In SEO We cannot assure the number #1 position but work towards it and show the ranking map.
    infact I have been through the same phase... worked for One Keyword for two different clients. And i was able to handle both of them smartly, Both are ranking in top 5 positions with little bit variations.





     
  7. DamageX

    DamageX Elite Member

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    If you don't do it, somebody else will. So take the money and quit whining about it.