I've been approached by a potential client to help market his newly-renovated site. A current client had recommended me to this gentleman months ago to do the website re-do, but they had already selected another firm. Now that the site is "finished," the potential client is complaining that no one can find it. The design firm is saying that they were paid to design the site, which they did - in Adobe GoLive 5, which I'm not familiar with - and they don't do SEO. The homepage contains only a Flash intro, and each interior page is top-heavy with a lot of scripting appearing before any content. When I looked at their old site, I found that the developer was using it as a hidden link farm for other sites (dozens of them) the developer had created. This new site has a new URL, although the old URL now points to the new one.
So, could Google have banned both URLs due to the hidden link farm? And if not, am I crazy to take this job?? While he assured me I could have access to the files on the webserver, I don't get the idea he's going to want me to change the content, or how anything looks.
Thanks for your input! carol