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SEO Moneyback Guarantees?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Blackhat Scott, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Blackhat Scott

    Blackhat Scott Regular Member

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    I'm still NOOB. It's not that I don't believe in myself its just everywhere I look I see companies offering guarantees.

    ":100% money back if we dont get 10 keywords to front page search engines"

    "If we dont achieve top 10 rankings in 6 months, we will work an additional 6 months free of charge."

    Personally I like the second one better... less slippery and risky for me.

    What are the best guarantees? Should I stay away from them all together? It seems like customers expect a guarantee even if it's a worthless one. I've only sold two accounts so far... neither had any kind of guarantee what so ever.

    I would love to get opinions from successful SEOs actually making sales and successful at selling these accounts.

    Thanks for your replies.
     
  2. brulok

    brulok Registered Member

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    Stay away from guarantees completely. To state a guarantee is to state your ignorance. You can't guarantee any SEO results. Best you can do is show your past work stating the techniques you used highlighting how successful they have been.
     
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  3. geolist

    geolist Junior Member

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    Go back its an ambush!
     
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  4. johnbly341

    johnbly341 Junior Member

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    Search engine guarantees on SEO work are all BS unless someone can prove that they've cracked Google's algorithm...and I REALLY want to see that proof! I do SEO work and the only guarantees I offer are that I will build all the links, sites, etc that I promised. If a prospective client asks about a guarantee for results, I explain why no one can honestly guarantee that a particular site will end up #1 for a given keyword. Then, if they choose to go with some lying charlatan, at least they've been warned.
     
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    BorisTipsIt Regular Member

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    Agreed. Guarantee the work to be done, but not the results.
     
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  6. Bartholomew

    Bartholomew Regular Member

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    You can quite an easily guarantee a first page if you own many trusted domains to put your links on and the keywords you're after have low to moderate competition.
    So ask them to show their sites if you want to have a guarantee.
    There's a price though - you bind yourself to these people. When you quit pay they remove backlinks.
     
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  7. samspam

    samspam Junior Member

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    In my sales pitch, I tell all my prospective clients that if an SEO guy guarantees something, run away as fast as you can, cuz he's a scammer.

    I never give any guarantees, and I haven't lost a client in 5 years... (I've gotten rid of clients or ended a project on good terms, but never lost one).
     
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  8. bizroot

    bizroot Supreme Member

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    SEO Guarantee is just another way to scam people who doesn't know anything about Internet or just started... How can any one guarantee it... You can do it only when you have cracked search engine algorithm as suggested by John...

    If some one is providing guarantee then no need to check even their portfolio... It's enough indication that they are lying and trying to deceive every one... Run Away :)
     
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  9. Blackhat Scott

    Blackhat Scott Regular Member

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    Many thanks for all these replies... 7 replies saying no moneyback guarantees. Not one reply from someone offering a guarantee. Leads me to believe they want to stay in the shadows.
     
  10. bobbylove321

    bobbylove321 BANNED BANNED

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    The truth of the matter is that regardless of how many years you've been doing online business (for me 8+ years), the search engines especially google changes every few months, so if anyone guarantees something it's only temporary.

    One month I was ranking for "hip hop music" on the first page, and the next month after all that seo work I did with 150,000+ backlinks I was no where to be seen because I had a few sexy posts and google removed me from its search engine for "family oriented" keywords like hip hop music.

    So now I know that if you have sexy keywords on your site, then you won't rank for family oriented keywords.

    So you learn from experiences, and no service can offer you a guarantee unless it's for a very easy, no visitors, keyword. Something like "make money sitting on an island with a laptop on your lap", then they can guarantee you first place, but there's no visitors or money in that keyword.