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What would you charge for site and SEO?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by christianbed, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. christianbed

    christianbed Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    OK, pretty new to this, so I'm hoping you guys might give some advice. The other day I contacted a guy in a forum who was looking for someone to build a site. This is my first attempt to do this sort of thing for others. but I'm hoping that it is just the beginning. Anyway, he wants a site like this...
    http://www.the-palette.com.sg/?gclid...FUkb6wod2FfgnQ

    I looked at Weebly, but didn't see a sample with a slider, but I've never used it before, so I'm wondering if anyone might have a template suggestion?

    I am not terribly familiar with WP, but I do happen to have a handful of Elegant themes...I am just concerned that it isn't as straightforward as Weebly, and would take forever for a noob like me to build.

    Just as importantly, what would you charge this guy? He 'wants it to rank high in Google', which I know will require some article-writing, linkbuilding, etc.

    I just need a little guidance because this is my first go. I assume that if I go with WP, and not Weebly's hosting, then I'll have to host with someone like hostgator?

    So my final question is, would you charge for the site as well as a monthly fee for hosting, or do you just say 'pay me £/mo to keep it running'? I want to quote him for site, domain, hosting, and then tack on SEO, which might include 5 articles of 500 words.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
     
  2. Balthazshar

    Balthazshar Junior Member

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    Son, if you have never built a website outside of Weebly or know how to host a WP site, or even done SEO for yourself - get out of the SEO business. Or get the sale and completely outsource it to someone like cash202 - charge $300 bucks a month ontop of his rate for your time and you are golden.
     
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  3. tnhomestead

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    Its a pretty simple site, but what security plugins will you use? What happens if the site gets hacked? Do you know enough PHP, HTML, CSS and MySQL to do ends and odds as needed? I run a hosting company and have spent years learning some of this and still learning from here now.
    My suggestion find someone who will do it, take a few hundred dollar cut, get an inexpensive host, install wp, break it, reinstall, break again, article build see what happens. In other words learn on your site. I run 40 to 50 sites just for fun and to learn with!
    Not putting you down, its just unfair to take someones money when you dont know what you are doing -- or ask someone to help you, split some money so that you are covered if something happens!
    Good luck!
     
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  4. christianbed

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    Thanks mate...have done a fair bit of SEO for several of our sites (mostly grey and white hat--outsourced the black hat), and I know a bit about WP (one of our sites runs WP), but I'm still pretty green...it is just that to me, it looks like this guy only wants a splash page for a property, which shouldn't be terribly difficult.
    My thinking is, if I have a potential client, I'm not going to walk away from $ on the table. Anyway, yes, the idea is to outsource the gap between my abilities and the client's needs...I may be a novice, but I'm not stupid brah. ;-)
    I've emailed him with a list of questions, asked for budget, and tried to manage some expectations--letting him know that Google isn't about liking a site if it looks pretty, and that it takes a lot of work on the back-end.
    I'm just not sure whether to say, look, we'll do everything on a monthly basis-domain, hosting, seo, article writing, site design, etc....or just to charge a one time fee for the site then offer to do the rest for a smaller additional fee.