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This guy is attacking me through one of my clients - what would you do?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by davids355, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This is the email I have from one of my offline SEO clients today (He was forwarding a message to me that had been sent by another SEO person/company operating in our niche (but I different area):

    "Hi {my clients name}

    Your "Webmaster" and SEO guy contacted us after I emailed you previously a couple weeks ago.

    I don't mean to intrude but the company came across very aggressively when I was offering some sound advice to help. They decided not to listen and I'm sure you've seen the impact it has had. Your Google Places Listing has been suspended ( I did tell them it would be ) and you've actually moved down for a number of terms you were targeting - namely {Several areas we are targeting}. I'd be asking serious questions about them because that Google Places Listing is absolutely vital in our industry and by now not having an Active one, it's going to hurt massively.

    Best of luck anyway.

    {Other SEO person in same niche}"

    What should I do about this? Our Google local listing is actually under review after I made some changes (added a lot of images pertaining to the business, updated opening hours and so on), its not suspended. Also, All of the keywords I am working on (I'm working on several natural keywords that actually come above the local listings anyway) have moved up month on month since I started work so I don't know what this guy is talking about.

    Originally I did get have some words with him because he was trying to poach my client in the first place, then he started waffling on about how he had been doing SEO for ten years and he was an expert. Then he started sending me cryptic messages about what I should really be doing before it was too late and so on:)

    Anyway, to my client I will just show him the rank for each month and the current rank so he can see it has and is still moving in the right direction, but what should I do about this other guy, just ignore?

     
  2. BigFatWallet

    BigFatWallet Power Member

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    As long as you do what you promise to your clients then you should be okay. Even if your competitors badmouth you, clients would still be with you because you are the one who is providing them good service. As far as the other guy is concerned, ignore him or just tell him <lol> you are going to seek legal assistance if he does not stop contacting you or your clients because he is harassing your mentally</lol>.
     
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  3. r.s.mahanti

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    Attack is the best defense. If possible, find his clients. Do the same thing. at this time negative SEO is at its peak, use it against his client and start to send similar mails to his clients.
     
  4. CoolAsh

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    karma is a bitch, it comes around bro
     
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  5. dubious

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    Two can play at that game, try poaching his clients.
     
  6. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I agree, I am going to say that to the guy (about legal advice) - he is starting to become a problem - it's very in professional what he doing and I think his only motive is that he thinks he is an expert or something lol :)

    ' I even said to him when he first contacted my client - he is quite welcome to quote for the job if he wants ;-) but don't insult me to my client :)
     
  7. BigFatWallet

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    Absolutely, I guess he is far from being an expert, perhaps just a wannabe who would mend his ways when threatened with prospective legal action.

    Good luck mate. :)
     
  8. JimmyWong

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    I'd ring him and make it real. Tell him politely to back off. Sending a nasty email isn't really a deterrant. Providing he's from the UK I think getting his contact details shouldn't be a problem.
     
  9. Tensegrity

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    Always be confident and act like it's no big deal when handling your offline clients. They need your confidence so they don't panic and they'll respect you more for keeping your head.
     
  10. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    That's what I done - I got all the facts first- check all our positions, then check our google local listing, webmaster tools and so on, so when I called client I explained everything in detail- the real situation, what this guy was talking about etc:)

    My client tried to call this person but was told "he is not available on phone but only contactable via email - lol :)
     
  11. the_demon

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    I would go to www.mywot.com and rate his company site under the category "ethical issues" and state that he is using aggressive and threatening tactics to steal clients from you.

    You may have some legal recourse as well:
    http://reporter.blogs.com/thresq/2009/12/hollywood-client-poaching-stealing-lawsuits-.html

    I haven't heard to much about this kinda stuff, but over the years I've come across a few articles on how client poaching can result in legal problems. So you might want to speak to a qualified attorney in regards to this matter and see if you can use legal means to stop this.

    I think this link may provide valuable insight for you:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortious_interference
     
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  12. Tensegrity

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    Ha, yea I wouldn't worry about that then. I'm sure you and your client are having a laugh about it at this point then, eh? :)