This forum has been a pot of gold. I've spent the last days reading and bookmarking incredibly valuable posts and am amazed by the quality of information found here. I'm just starting to get my own business up and running and I have a few questions regarding it. I'll mainly be working as a web designer, but while researching I've realized that seo is a very profitable business, too. So why not combine them and offer my clients both? I'm situated in Germany and am going to offer my services locally. The competition in my city is rather low. The few companies there are do horrible jobs when designing homepages. And although I barely know anything about SEO, I can already tell they know even less. I'm fully aware that some questions might be stupid, but there's only one way to learn.. 1. Will my website have an advantage for the keyword "cityname webdesign" if it's domain name is cityname-webdesign.de? 2. Does it make sense to register different domains like that and just relink them to my homepage? 3. If I redesign a clients homepage and have to start completely over, how do I make sure all backlinks to the site stay valid? 4. At what ranking is a backlink "good"? I've used some seo tools and saw the value of backlinks ranked from 0-100%. Are 30% links worth getting or should I only aim for 80, 90% ones? 5. So there's the SEO difficulty rank. But I've seen a lot of pages valued 20 rank before ones at 40. How is that possible? (going by kwfinder rankings) 6. At what point is a site high authority? or high trust? 7. Are local backlinks (from companies near me) more valuable than foreign ones? 8. How important is my domain name for seo? (not for the probability of a user to click it, just for the ranking) 9. Will PBN and other black hat methods of this board work for websites in germany? 10. Could someone buy shitty backlinks to a competitors site so it gets penalized? I'm not going to use black hat seo for my main business. But I need to know what my competition is able to do and what possibilities there are in general. Thanks a lot helping me out guys. I appreciate any answer!