SEO Spam Scams
We have decided to write this blog in order to help potential SEO clients identify something we refer to as spam scams. If you have a popular website and it uses enquiry forms or email contact addresses then you may well receive a lot of these. Falling for SEO spam scams can cost your business money, and also its reputation.
Many appear to originate from Gmail addresses and that should be the first warning. Any serious SEO or marketing company wouldn't use your enquiry form to sell their service. They would also most likely be sending from their own company email address and not an anonymous Gmail or other free email address.
Sometimes a phone number maybe included which is often either random figures or a foreign number as many of these scams originate from overseas. Our email technicians have been monitoring these kind of scams for some time and the volume sent out is quite staggering. Some will have a generic badly written message while others try to be a bit more sophisticated by highlighting weak points in your website's SEO that quite frankly do not exist. They are a form of blanket spam aimed at conning those with not much knowledge about SEO.
In order to aid you in determining whether something is a spam scam we will post some of the common types received by website owners.
|Enquiry description:||We offer quality Search Engine Optimization / SEO Services and Internet Marketing Solutions. Our dedicated team of SEO Professionals ensures Top 10 search engine rankings. Our SEO Processes are designed in view of the SEO guidelines, and white hat SEO techniques are strictly followed to ensure that our clients from world over get the best SEO services. Please reply to this email so we can send you more details.|
|Enquiry:||We offer $ 99 per month quality Search Engine Optimization / SEO Services and Internet Marketing Solutions. Our dedicated team of SEO Professionals ensures Top 10 search engine rankings. Please reply to this email so we can send you more details.|
|Enquiry:||We can quickly promote your website on GOOGLE top ranking.Hi, Website Administrator,Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) is a series of techniques used to improve the ranking of your website listing in search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN.Wouldn't you like to bring thousands of targeted customers to your site on a regular basis. We are Specialize in Article Writing, Link Building, Bookmarking, SMO & SEO.We are simple but use powerful, Marketing Strategies for your business, to get more traffic for your website. We provide:- Guaranteed Results, Full Transparency, Low SEO Pricing, Free SEO Analysis and ConsultationThank & Regards Andy Coteman firstname.lastname@example.org Seo ,Link Building and web Development Company|
"Greetings of the Day,
I am Pratik
Sub: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) I was surfing through your website and realized that despite having a good design; it was not ranking on any of the search engines for most of the keywords pertaining to your domain.
I was wondering if you would be interested in getting the SEO done for your website.
There is a simple equation that is applicable to the online world. Ethical SEO -> Better Traffic -> Higher Sales.
We are an ISO Certified, SEMPO registered Online marketing firm and have over 7+ years of working experience.
All the techniques used are ethical and proprietary.
In case you require any additional information, it shall be our pleasure to furnish the same. I would be happy to share with you our clients’ testimonials, methodology, price list and offers.
I look forward to your mail.
Business Development Manager"
Note that Mr Mishra omitted to mention what company he works for or its details. The email also rather amusingly had a CAN-SPAM act disclaimer. Sorry but in our opinion this is spam.