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Kevin Gibbons from SEOptimise gives his list of recommended questions that clients should be asking their SEO agency before agreeing to a contract.
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from Askjamiescott 2099 Days ago #
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I dont see the relevance of this post, although the content is great, but this is mainly an SEO / marketing website so why would we need to know what to ask eachother?

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from johnandrews 2098 Days ago #
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I desphunn this because I find it shallow. It might sound reasonable but in the real world, much of it is not practical or factual. Do you work for competitors? And that’s ok? No way is it ok for an SEO working for you to also work for your competitor. Ever. That should be contractually agreed. But don’t take my opinion, just ask any real SEO client. Can I have your number? I can’t understand this one... any real contract (with real money behind it) involves more than email. Again, real world vs. writing up a reasonable-sounding article for Sphinn.Do you have a special relationship with Google? I don’t see this (or any leading question) as a recommended question. If an SEO goes to every conference and meets face to face with Google engineers, she’s much better on this issue than someone who never goes or doesn’t meet with Google. There are 4,000 better questions than this one.How much do you cost? Again.. not reality. Seems like filler copy to make an article word count spec. Services cost, not people, and once you’ve gone into enough detail on what services are needed, costs are front and center, and hopefully some have already been paid (don’t do detailed spec for free in SEO!)Will I own the content you supply? Again, ask any serious client (or check any deal worth more than pocket change) and this stuff is covered in the basic rules of engagement. Work fo rhire, plain and simple. I can see this being highlighted in a "don’t forget to ensure" type of thing, for newbie lawyers or (very) small businesses relying on LegaqlZoom for their contracts, maybe.Who are your existing clients? Perhaps the best sign this article isn’t Sphinn worthy IMHO, and porobably comes from an "all you need is good content" so-called white hat seo agency.  Yes in your dream world everyone can show prior clients and you can call them for references, but in the real world, no one will give a reference except a neutral or positive one (to avoid liability) and serious SEO efforts involve confidentiality. No, you can’t see my client list, and if you hire me, other people will likewise not be told that I’ve been actively executing SEO tactics to get you  and your network of sites to outrank your competitors. If you don’t know why publishing your SEO client list is a bad idea, you’re not qualified to write an SEO advice article IMHO.

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from johnandrews 1936 Days ago #
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too shallow... real world doesn’t match the scenarios

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from webninternet 1936 Days ago #
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A good SEO company would not give all these answers. They would display their portfolio of clients which would answer all these questions.

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