E N Brown
said 5 months, 2 weeks ago:
I did not mean to come off as though I was looking for work here. The very few (3 altogether) people I have approached (in the year [almost] I’ve been here) had some very serious issues with their websites or business endeavors. I just wanted to help them as I knew exactly what steps to take to further their biz acumen and garner a lot more traffic.
I am not here looking for business, at all. I know what these forums are for and appreciate that approaching anyone with the idea of ‘solicitation’ is not a good idea, in general. I was surprised however, at the response I received from one member and no responses from the other two. Those two people became very standoff-ish too, where I thought I was building solid relationships.
It’s too bad with being here all this time, that people do not trust that you are trying to HELP. However, I cannot put in the kind of hours it would take to actually train someone to do their own SEO, that simply does not happen that easily as there are too many variables to consider. So offering to do the work for a pittance compared to my actual rate was a gift offering. I can’t put it any plainer than that. A simple “no thanks” would have sufficed.
On the other hand tons of people have approached me for FREE advice in private here (dozens actually) and that gets very tiring indeed. I’ve finally started telling them to ask a question in the public area if they wanted a response. I do it politely and always respond to the requests.
The very reason I like it here is that plenty of the people have a lot of knowledge in areas that I may not know all I might need to know – sharing and learning is the goal, all the way around. It is what I have appreciated all along. The web is still evolving and to keep up we need more places like this one to help us stay sharp.
This is certainly not the only forums I scan each day, this is for social media – I tend to spend more time with programmers in other forums.