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SEO Companies and Conflicts of Interest

Almost hired them...

5:47 am on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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After almost hiring a company to help with traffic generation to a site, it came to my attention that they were, in fact, a competitor that is operating sites on relevant topics.

This caught me off guard, at first, but, then I started thinking: how would one know/claim to be proficient in SEO unless they owned a relevant site in the first place?

I've reached a point where I am wondering if the hiring of an SEO company could easily wind up being a competitor in disguise. It took a while before the SEO company was ultimately determined to be in direct competition. I could release/expose their name, but have chosen not to...for several reasons (including the TOS on WebmasterWorld).

Should I eliminate SEO firms from consideration in the future? I enjoy the research that I perform in order to help other people, yet trying to figure out who to trust with regard to increased traffic...I don't enjoy that aspect very much...
7:24 am on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Silvery, Google would not penalize your client's sites unless they were also employing those techniques. 2nd, unless you had a nondisclosure with that client, it is always to your advantage to disclose who your clients are...the more of them you have the better...it obviously adds credibility.

[edited by: lawman at 10:30 am (utc) on Apr 30, 2010]
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