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whatson




msg:411335
 10:02 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have an SEO site, and I am linking to all my clients to show my portfolio. Will this be a problem as it will increase their Pagerank, and will it harm them?
My visitors want to see my previous customers, so I would like to keep it there.

 

heini




msg:411336
 10:07 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Whatson, an important thing to evaluate possible dangers and benefits for both sides, you and your clients, would be to know if those are reciprocal links.

Another thing to think about: Is having an SEO company on a site really desirable for your clients?

Anyway, you might think about setting those links up as redirects.

Macguru




msg:411337
 10:21 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>I have an SEO site, and I am linking to all my clients to show my portfolio.

Exposing your clients to both SE and competition is risky.

My portfolio is on a CD, I hand it to prospects.

rogerd




msg:411338
 10:21 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

If I were a customer, whatson, I definitely would not want my SEO firm linking to me. First, I wouldn't want my competitors to know that I even used an SEO firm. Second, if my SEO firm somehow ran afoul of Google or another SE for some real or imagined spam technique, I wouldn't want the SE to have a convenient list of sites to check and/or penalize. I'm not saying that you are doing anything risky, whatson, but the unwritten SE rules change, and even seemingly safe practices can fall out of favor.

I'd save the client names for private meetings with potential clients.

junior




msg:411339
 3:23 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

As Macguru said you could save a portfolio copy with client links to CD to show prospective clients. You could also contact clients and ask them for a review of the service you provided and list these on a testimonials page without an actual hyperlink to the client. If you still deem it neccesary to include clients links on your site for visitors to see, you should consider picking several clients and listing them with their review of your site instead of your full client list. It is a possibility that someone could take advantage of this. It also exposes your client to scrutiny from their competition.

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