I have been pre-warned that a client I have is planning to basically leech as much information from me as possible then possibly ditch me and potentially become a competitor of mine. I have agreed to a low but reasonable rate (especially due to the repeat business prospects), however I would charge 5x what I am charging if what they are really after is coaching. The client is also a web designer with a basic grasp of SEO. The last few web related contractors have done very well from referrals as they are linked to approx. 10 - 20 related sites and has a big potential. I am guessing I will keep all keyword research techniques locked down and give them terms and as little information regarding link building etc. What would you do? The client in question however has very little interest in SEO and there is a 50% they would find too boring (its a long story, client is more than one person). What are people doing to pretect their clients becoming competitors or learning too much too quick? I guess I will not settle for less than 6 month contract and 33% upfront. So at least I have that. Are people using confidentiality agreements / non-compete agreements etc.? Another plan I had was to develop a very long term strategy so they would probably need me for at least 12 months. I am not 100% sure what to do and certainly dont want to turn the work down. It seems to have a very high risk reward this one. Get screwed or end up with another 5-10 clients. I will also offer them a very generous referral so they might decide to refer me on rather than compete against me?