| 7:12 pm on Mar 30, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|What are some common ethical traps that a noob may be tempted to fall into? |
Hidden text on a page, listing a bunch of keywords on a page instead of good content that includes the keywords, using the keyword(s) you want to rank well for as many times as possible on a page.
I'm not sure I would say that doing any of these things is unethical but they are certainly very common traps / practices that newbies often do. They are practices that usually do more harm than good to the newbies website.
| 8:11 pm on Mar 30, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Don't say you have answered an email when you have not (it was lost in cyber space)
Don't write fake testimonials
Don't say something has shipped when it hasn't
Don't say your office hours are ... to ... when you are never actually in your office during those hours
Don't slam a competitors site
| 8:47 pm on Mar 30, 2009 (gmt 0)|
>>If the IT industry did that, it would be a LOT less profitable.
What is the IT industry to me, or me to the IT industry?
If the IT industry didn't do that, I as an individual would be MUCH more productive. (Top management even in IT industries can make a medieval monk seem high-tech...but they still choose IT equipment and software.) And that productivity would profit the IT industry in which I work.
Ethical behavior is a positive-sum game. Unethical behavior is negative-sum.
| 8:52 pm on Mar 30, 2009 (gmt 0)|
| 9:33 pm on Mar 30, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Don't lie; don't steal.
| 2:02 am on Mar 31, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Great stuff, thanks to everyone. It seems that common sense is all one needs, which is reassuring and not always so obvious. The reason I want to pursue this line of work is because I enjoy creative writing, so stealing content would actually be counterproductive--even if I could get away with it. ;)
Keep them coming please, there's a lot more wisdom in a lot of your posts than what many of you may realize. I've seen this with poker--it's easy to forget just how complex simple things can sound to the amateur.
| 9:24 pm on Mar 31, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Designing your product for monetization first, and people second will probably leave you with neither.
| 1:22 am on Apr 1, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Don't pay for SEO unless you are sure they won't be using shady methods. These methods not only hurt others they can come back and hurt you. Problem is a lot of people just trust and have no idea what is being done.
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