Typical SEO Client Lies

Jul 26, 2005 - 9:44 am 1 by
Filed Under SEM Companies

I tend to think the title is a bit harsh, but a thread at Search Engine Watch forums named What Are Your Favorite SEM Client Lies? discusses just that. The thread creator, Todd Malicoat, works at We Build Pages, a SEO company that does SEO day in and day out. He complied a list of some lies, or as I like to say, misunderstandings, that he heard from clients prior to starting SEO services for them. I thought most of you would get a kick out of it. Others add to the list as well, here are some.

  • I'm new to SEO (on third SEO company)
  • I don't have any other domains (well only 17)
  • I don't interlink my sites (well only 23 of 'em)
  • I have a great business idea (but no money)
  • I've never signed any guestbooks (only 4k blog comments)
  • I'll help write content (twice a year)
  • I have a good informational site (about viagra)
  • I have a great business model (selling MLM loans)
  • My design company will work with you (to overwrite your changes)
  • I'll pay for consulting (but not when I'm telling you about my great business ideas)
  • I don't cloak (well only to the 3 majors)
  • My CMS system is SEO friendly (except for the session ID's and 10 versions of every page)
  • We have good programmers (who know frontpage)
  • It's not an affiliate site (it's a "reseller site")
  • I've had good luck with 2nd tier PPC (really, it converts!)
  • My site runs itself
  • We've never been banned
  • I have a guy from Google starting next week and he is bringing all the code with him.
  • I don't care how much it costs (because I'm not planning on paying anything but the deposit)
  • You're the expert (but everything has to be done the way we've always done them)
  • I have no idea why we were banned - the site is clean (well, except a, b c, d, etc...)
  • The cheque is in the mail (nuff said...)
  • I know exactly what my keywords are (my 1 page site should be number 1 for "mortgage")

More at the thread of lies.


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