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I was glancing at a site I designed a few years ago, and noticed that the client had someone make a few minor text and content changes, but the layout was unchanged. Whoever updated his site removed my credits entirely. They didn't replace the credits with anything else, though.
I would imagine that ultimately its up to the client what they have or don't have on their site, but it seems odd they took my site credit off like that. I haven't heard from this client in years (despite trying to email him in the past), does anyone have any experience similar to this? Should I just say "oh well" and move on?
I don't like ROS links such as these and ensure that any work we have done does not include them as part of the initial agreement. I also make sure that copyright is expressly held by us too. Removes any possible ambiguity that way.
And I truly mean unobtrusive.
This way it's in the contract. If they don't like the idea, then they'll tell you before they sign and you'll have to take it out or refuse the gig.
It's good for everyone in my case, because I have certain "referal incentives" in place.
I never saw any substantive benefit from having such links, and actually declining them has turned out to be a pretty good tool for helping to gain a professional perception in the owners' mind.
When I get a link request, I like to see who the site links to, and quite often I look to see who the linked to sites link to.
If the requestors site is especially well designed, I like to see the designers site. You never know when you might need a good designer. Or might want to refer one.
I have never had a phone call from that segment of my advertising. Word of Mouth, a little bit of Yellow pages, and I'm booked like a beast.
So all new sites are launched without.
Guess it depends on your niche (and your level of confidence in your design skills).
I agree with ken_b's point. I look at other designers all the time and I know that some of my clients have come to me because they saw other sites of mine that they liked.
I actually knock a bit off the bill to get the "advertising" on there (subtle and only on the front page), so both sides are happy and it's an honest transaction.
they look rather amateurish, on the same level as "This site optimized for XYZ Browser"
ah, the good old days. Who could forget the top-site award gifs, the blue "free speech on the 'net" ribbons, hit counters, animated horizontal lines, and flames flanking the banner of some black and red rock and roll site?