Why I Quit Working for Clients

Well it feels pretty weird, but as of last Friday, I am no longer doing link building / link baiting / social media consulting for anyone else. I’m not sure what I’ll do with my client services site, I will keep it up and indexed for now and maybe make it a personal homepage in the future.

Now, for the record, let me say I don’t regret working for my clients for the past four years one single bit. I made a lot of friends, learned a ton, helped many sites rank in Google, paid the rent, and built up a bankroll to finance other projects. So I am definitely thankful to all my past clients for those reasons, and for putting up with me of course ;-)

But at the end of the day, economics won out–doing SEO for clients simply isn’t a business model (as others have said before). And honestly with the link baiting service, I began to hate the lifestyle (I think every bury at Digg moved my heart attack up a year, at this rate I’m due for my first at age 26.)

So in fulfillment of my manifesto I’m now 100% affiliate marketer slash competitive webmaster, and a little bit closer to living the dream… still no sign of cutting back on hours though!

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7 comments ↓

#1 tlainevool on 05.13.07 at 8:31 pm

Congrats, Andy! That is amazing and I know a lot of people are jealous. I’m sure you’ll have even more words of wisdom to share now that you are going it alone. Keep up the good work.

#2 julien on 05.13.07 at 9:34 pm

yeah, i never understood why SEOs worked for clients. i think you’ll like this lifestyle a lot better.

#3 Cornwall SEO on 05.14.07 at 6:08 am

Hey Andy, any linkbait clients send em my way and we can split the proceeds ;)

Congrats on getting a little closer to that dream. Of course it’s the journey that’s the fun part.

#4 Cameron Olthuis on 05.14.07 at 10:26 am

Congrats Andy! This is a great step, one I’m sure you’ll be very happy with.

#5 algoholic on 05.14.07 at 4:35 pm

Good Luck Andy, Clients *can* be pain, SEO clients tend to…

#6 nsusa on 05.14.07 at 8:28 pm

Good for you. That’s what I did with my web hosting clients. I used web hosting to finance my operations in other areas and then became sick of the 24/7 responsibilities. I am now mainly working in affiliate marketing, Adsense, and anything that goes with. Not enough to make a full living yet, but we’re getting there (so to speak). Good Luck. Christoph

#7 sugarrae on 05.16.07 at 11:41 am

[hug]