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I've already provided quite a bit of documentation. They are now asking if I could provide Google Adsense logon information so that they can verify income.
Everything has been above the board so far, they have a large number of sites simliar to mine, and I have no reason to suspect any foul motives.
The site in question will be sold for a fair ammount of money so I can understand them wanting to verify everything.
On the other hand, good intentions or not, I don't WANT to give logon information out.
I'm basically asking if this is normal. I know screenshots and CSV's can be tampered with, but I wasn't expecting to give away Adsense login information.
[On the other hand, good intentions or not, I don't WANT to give logon information out.]
I may misunderstand your question, but Google allows you to change the password and (altho reluctantly) even the email address. You could change the PW, give it to the buyers to have a look, then change it back later if it doesn't work out.
[I'm basically asking if this is normal]
If I were the buyer, I would be interested in checking every metric associated with the deal. It would seem to be a legitimate query, as long as it doesn't compromise your other businesses.
Maybe offer to give them copies of your Adsense checks and screen shots of current stats, after getting specific approval from Google.
Beyond that, what you make from adsense and what they make from adsense are likely to be two very different amounts. It may well depend on what they would do with the site if they bought it.
I'm thinking of the hybrid situation. Set up a time to walk them through it on the phone. Tell them the password when we get on the phone, walk them through everything, and then change the password immediately after getting off the phone.
Also, I don't think they use Google much. If they do its at least not as often as I do.
Because I've already given them several types of Google reports, the walkthrough will consist of quickly verifying the numbers. No wondering around through channel data.
Is this a business transaction or the brokering of an overseas bride? :)
Maybe I'm simply way too skeptical these days, but I think I'd (politely of course) tell them they are a wee bit nuts.
Better still, ask your potential partner to appoint a lawyer of his or her choice to undertake the work.