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Compromise and SEO

It’s cost us some potential clients. We’ve had potentials come to us who wanted us to do (choose your questionable technique here). We turned them down with a “We’re sorry. We don’t do that, here. We can (insert other technique), however, and here’s why.” Sometimes, offering a viable replacement keeps them with us. Sometimes it doesn’t.

It’s cost us some potentially excellent team members. We’ve been accused of “doing too much” or “giving too much” by previous partners on jobs. We’ve been accused of being too fussy with the work we provide our clients.

It's nice when someone else writes something that you would have written. In this case +Gabriella Sannino takes the words right out of my mouth.

I have yet to see Meryl Streep’s movie The Iron Lady, but I noticed a poster as I was walking Lucy (Level343′s official mascot!) this morning. “Never Compromise” jumped out of the poster at me. Isn’t ...
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I'm a content publisher in the travel sector, and I know that quite a few travel bloggers happily sell links. They don't view such activities as compromise, however: They view link selling as a legitimate "business model."

Of course, not all business models are viable for the long term, and I'd guess that link selling is one of the business models that won't have legs. If Google were to stop sharing PR numbers tomorrow, how much would a purchased link from Tom, Dick, or Harry's site be worth?
Addendum: Can any of the search gurus here think of a good reason why Google doesn't cut off the air supply to PageRank buyers and sellers by blocking public access to PR data?

It would be easy enough for Google to say, "Today, Google's search algorithm takes hundreds of factors into account, and both PageRank scores and search rankings are generated in real time. Because of this, public PageRank scores aren't as valuable to searchers as they were a decade ago, so we've decided [yadda yadda yadda]."

Am I missing something?
My Dad is an extra in that movie. He's a politician sat in a chair smoking a cigar for 1/2 a second.
+Terence Kam Since when do legitimate advertisers worry about PR? Unless they're completely clueless, they look at things like circulation, topic, and target audience or demographics.

So-called "advertisers" who care about PageRank are in the market for text links, not ads.
+Durant Imboden If Google remove PR, the market will flock to alternatives like seomoz's OpenSite Explorer. This will be a bonanza for seomoz!
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