I guess one way or the other you get to come across bad SEO clients. Some of these clients tend to be nice at first but then they rush you with things they think are “easy’ to do while in fact they aren’t.
Yes there are clients like that. Ive had an SEO client once who owed me about 400+ dollars then they just disappeared.
They made me redesign a website and get all the keywords I researched thoroughly as well as meta-descriptions and tags. I submitted everything then they didn’t email me anymore. I wasn’t skeptical at first because they paid well before. They just kept saying “He’s going to pay you next week” and then they just disappeared.
From PR0 now they are PR3 and made them “searchable” through their keywords. Just thinking about them makes me really mad… But anyway what goes around comes around. I guess I learned my lesson after that, that I have to change my terms and conditions in handling clients nowadays.
So I came up with a list of things to do so others may not be victimized by these shrewed and evil SEO clients:
1. Have a contract ready when being offered a job, you can email it to them and have it faxed or sent to you by email because word of mouth is just too dispensable.
2. Always opt for a 15 day payout period for your client and supply an invoice.
3. Be strict with deadlines of payment and have it placed in the contract to clarify it.
4. Get clients from trusted sources and not those shady ones, most of the time you’ll get them from SEO forums and craigslist but always double check if these entities really do pay their SEO workers.
5. Never ever sell yourself short, meaning don’t ever make your clients think of you lightly at the same time always offer only quality work and never a mediocre one, also don’t lower your rates too much that you’ll feel like crying everytime your doing the job.
It’s never too late to rethink your client-SEO specialist relationship.
Happy client hunting!