thelostagency - 2:23 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
my question is how could you get so far along the process and not realise they were a competitor? If it comes to doing due diligence that is a fairly easy thing to work out early in the process.
As for elimination of everyone that could be of potential conflict you would never be able to partner or engage a large agency or a consultant who has been doing this a while.
Most agencies and consultants have worked with and have many existing relationships in place, if they are ethical its not an issue. It seems more of a non-issue and the whole focus purely on traffic is bound to get you into trouble...
A large number of seo agencies use their existing network of links to get you that traffic so be careful as once you break your relationship or stop paying say goodbye to your traffic.
Stop chasing traffic and scrapping the bottom of the barrel for suppliers who have conflicts of interest, spend a little more and get someone of standards and quality!