Yesterday, I received (via e-mail) and unsolicited offer from a firm 'specializing in webdesign with the specialty of search engine optimization' to partner with me and/or my clients. (I still don't understand this 'partnering' thing - it seems to be anything from the business equivalent of a drunken one-night-stand to marriage - and none of my prospective partners ever wants to get specific about how I'm going to make money out of the relationship.) The e-mailer requested that I look over his website because ... "if you care about your clients the way I do, you won't let me get within 100 miles of them until you believe that I will treat them right and I can be of service to them."
After visiting the site, I replied "Your right. And anyone who serves up an index page which is 131K in size and takes forever to download, with no width attribute in the main table - adding to download time, with 'you' and 'your' as the top body text keywords and with no listing in the top 50 for 'web design' in Alta Vista, HotBot or Google won't be getting within 100 miles of my clients. Good luck with your business."
This morning, I received a reply from this unhappy partner-wanna-be ... "I'm a bit upset. I'm a young entrepeneur, trying to establish myself in this business ... we just redesigned (our site), and put it up yesterday, without optimizing the graphics. It's a work in progress. Most of our clients are local and we find that when we had search engine rankings, we were getting too many leads that were a waste of our time."
So ... I guess the conclusion here is that we should all be designing SE-unfriendly sites so that we aren't wasting time with those pesky leads!!