I thought long and hard before posting this ….just goes to show that some clients are totally out of touch with the SEO world today !
I received this email 7 days ago.
I have since tried to explain to Joe, my client, first names can’t hurt here, especially since his is Joe. I have told him repeatedly that this will burn his site.
What followed was a phone call. The conversation went basically as follows…..
Hey I have done sites before and it is all about tags… I am sending you this work because I don’t have time to do it my self. I don’t care what you think you know about seo but it’s all about the tags. Believe me I know what I am talking about.
Joe I don’t recommend the use invisible text of any kind on your site. It will lead to your site being penalized. These are old black hat techniques that no longer work. I can not in good faith proceed with your request to include invisible text any where on your site to game the search engines
This call proceeded on for a few minutes along with some more suggestions to use backlinks from PBN sellers on BHW. Wow ,,, I am thinking how long have you been out of the game. Now because I am refusing to comply with his request to use "his guaranteed" ranking methods, he thinks I am a horse’s patute;
I asked him, Joe if it is that easy, why did you come to me… was I recommended or did I call you and solicit your business in any way. No Joe . you were referred to me as you told me I had been recommended by no less than 4 different folks that you know I have done work for.
In any event after refusing to implement work that I know to be wrong and would do ill-reputable harm to the site and get it penalized, and also taking the time to politely explain it, he is even more impatient, and it all boils down to fact I will not follow his SEO directions.
My question, do I just simply terminated the work I am doing for him, billing him for a couple of hours or would any of you attempt a second time to educate the poor soul as to why this is not a good idea. Me I am leaning towards terminating the relationship and letting him go and eating the loss !!