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    Lightbulb SEO Code of Conduct


    If there were an SEO Code of Conduct what should be on it?
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    Don't make promises that you can't keep.
    (i.e. We'll get you to the top 3 results within a month!)
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    Don't purposely give suggestions or advice that are wrong (on forums etc).

    Make sure clients are aware of all risks.
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    Keep all sharp objects out of reach when checking ranks after an update.

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    • jrothra agrees : Great advice! And I love the disclaimer.
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    Don't do anything REALLY illegal.

    Make a contract every time, and don't forget to stick to it.



    And oh yeah: charge $19,- ;)

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    • randfish agrees : $19 - Thank goodness someone remembered.
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  11. SEO Chat Skiller (1500 - 1999 posts)

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    Recognize that if there's information you don't know or don't have, you can't charge clients for it.

    Never take on two clients for the same terms without letting both of them know you're working with someone else in the sector.

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    • WeRASkitzzo agrees : the second one is VERY important
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  13. SEO Chat Good Citizen (1000 - 1499 posts)

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    Originally Posted by randfish
    Recognize that if there's information you don't know or don't have, you can't charge clients for it.

    Never take on two clients for the same terms without letting both of them know you're working with someone else in the sector.
    My company was considering offering SEO to our clients and I kindly brought up the point that most likely all the sites would end up competing for the same terms eventually and how would we deal with that? That idea quickly went in a different direction...
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    How about...

    Keep customers in the loop.

    Stay current on SEO changes

    Don't badmouth the competition (even if they do suck - even I am guilty of this sometimes)

    Be appreciative of those who helped get you where you are (thanks gang! )

    Don't jump to conclusions durring updates, wait for the dust to settle

    Ignore PR

    Correct SEOs who are wrong (even if they are your competition, their innacuracies can come back to haunt you).

    ...?
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    how about

    don't sneak in links to your own sites from your client's sites.
    don't link your client's sites to bad hoods
    don't spam (unless they request it)

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    • rmccarley agrees : Wow! Great stuff that I do (or don't do) automatically without even thinking about it.
    It's been fun everyone... Time to leave for good. See this for more details.
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    "The first rule of SEO Code of Conduct......You dont talk about SEO Code of Conduct!"

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    • tstolber agrees : Second rule of SEO Code of COnduct .... You dont talk about SEO Code of Conduct - Fight Club - great film!
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    Originally Posted by pk_synths
    "The first rule of SEO Code of Conduct......You dont talk about SEO Code of Conduct!"
    Would this be because there is no code of which to talk or because it should just be an understood, common-sense code?

    If the former... I ask why not have one?
    If the latter... I submit that SEO, as an industry, is not immune to those who are unethical (just like other industries are not immune). Therefore, such a code is not common sense nor understood by all.

    I would add this to the code of conduct:
    Treat your clients the way you would expect to be treated as a client (the "Golden Rule").
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    I prefer to look at SEO's for that answer. For instance;

    Randfish = squeaky clean. So clean he gets SEOmoz sandboxed for trying to do the right thing; 301-ing SEOmoz.org to .com. He also creates excellent tools for the modern SEO without the added benefit of a tracking cookie.

    G-Man = well, no rules for this adventurer of the dark-side. If it can be done in a mathematical way, F - it, for that’s new territory for this skydiver. His wife’s favorite saying before bedtime is, “have we reached 1 million new pages today to keep up with our quota, dear?”

    Toddieg = highly motivated to do the right thing (seo white hat), but will make exceptions if the right amount of Jack is offered. This Icon of a surfing monkey, is highly motivated, extremely intelligent and at the same time useless to a woman on Sunday afternoons.

    Rmccarley = excellent SEO with a minute-by-minute pulse on the latest algorithms and SEO techniques. One problem with this patriotic eagle-eye has been his timing. What do I mean? When I post that certain member(s) have taken off their cloths, the average SEO could get to that thread in a timely manner. Not so for RC, for he almost broke his arm in an attempt to get there, and then proceeded to curse me out when I did not produce the pictures.

    Pk Synths = this guy is way to deep into the technical programming of a site’s code and thus is over my head. How the hell do you get that smart listening to hard rock? Even though he practices white hat techniques, he does so wearing dark-black-dreadlocks.

    I will come up with more ideas of proper SEO guidelines in a minute.

    D

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    • rmccarley agrees : Damn it Doug! I almost fell out of my chair laughing so hard! There is an actual tear falling right now! I may be on the pulse of the algos & techniques but you are definately on the pulse of SC! :rofl:
    • WeRASkitzzo agrees : lol very nice doug, very nice indeed.
    • toddieg agrees : haha.. for a bottle of jack i'll forget all my 'ethics' and turn a site into complete spam. :D
    • pk_synths agrees : How did you get so smart while snowboarding a banana?? ;D
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    Just because you work with others of the opposite sex in SEO, do not presume you can reach down behind a woman and touch her Dell...

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    I once told this girl I worked with that our new forum had a huge set of newbs.... she simply didnt understand.
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    Originally Posted by WeRASkitzzo
    I once told this girl I worked with that our new forum had a huge set of newbs.... she simply didnt understand.
    God this is great! I wish this machine would let me rep you!

    LMAO
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