Avoid Unsolicited Emails Saying They Can Help Your SEO
Over the past 24 hours I’ve received well over 100 spam emails and a few caught my eye as examples of what to stay away from when thinking about your website’s SEO (search engine optimization).
How your site is optimized makes all the difference in how it ranks on the search engines.
And to let it be optimized by scammers is not the way to go. Not at all.
So I’d like to share with you four SEO scam emails that I seem to get frequently.
Below each email I’ll breakdown why they are scams.
Scam Email 1:
Hope you are doing well,
(Your website Url) it was not ranking on Google for most of the keywords relating to your business.
I was not finding your website on starting pages; I can help you do better on your ranking for all search engines.
Let me know if you are interested and we will send your company a detailed cost for our services.
Business Development Executive
*So what makes this email a scam: (1) They never actually scanned my site (2) They don’t reveal their last name (3) They never list their company name, where they are located or a website for additional information.
Scam Email 2:
This email is in reference to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Services, offering “1st page rank on Google, Yahoo and Bing (whatever is your preferable search engine) and targeted traffic” at a very competitive cost. We will do online promotional activities and work as an Online Marketing Team for your business.
Please write back to me if you are interested in our proposal so that I can provide you costing and other details.
Look forward to hearing from you.
*So what makes this email a scam: (1) Daniel Craig is not their real name, Daniel Craig is the actor who currently plays James Bond 007 (2) They never list their company name, where they are located or a website for additional information (3) Who really uses Yahoo and Bing for searches anymore?
Scam Email 3:
Hope you are doing well!
I am from a digital marketing company. We’d like to draw your attention to a very crucial issue regarding your website. It will be really high-yielding if you address the issue.
Your website is awesome so far as designing part is concerned. However, it doesn’t follow Search Engine Guidelines; as a result, it has a very low visibility in search results.
We’ve done a thorough SEO audit of your website, and found that it has a big potential to generate more revenue than what it might be earning at the present. And yes, we have generated a report for the same as well.
We’d be glad to share the SEO audit report with you so that you can check it yourself and find out what should be done to make it SEO friendly.
If you are interested in knowing more about online marketing methodologies and how we can help you realize the true potential of your site, Please share your contact details (Phone, Skype) so that we can discuss the growth opportunity for your business by making your website SEO friendly.
Once you reply to this email, the next communication you receive from our end will be through our corporate email account.
Business Development Executive
“We always provide solutions”
The above mail is in accordance to the Can Spam act of 2003: There are no deceptive subject lines and is a manual process through our efforts on World Wide Web. You can opt out by sending an email to ensure you will not receive any such mails.
*So what makes this email a scam: (1) They never list their company name, where they are located or a website for additional information (2) They violated Can Spam just by sending me this unsolicited email and once you respond back saying remove me, they know it’s a “legitimate” email and will now email using other email addresses and (3) they never once scanned my site or did an audit of the SEO, this is a form letter they send to everyone.
Scam Email # 4
Subject: (Hire SEO Resource – 15 Day Trial!)
Hope you are doing well.
I just wanted to know if you require better solution to manage SEO, SMO, SMM, PPC Campaigns, keyword research, Reporting etc. We are a leading Digital Marketing Agency, offering Marketing solutions, Web services and Mobile apps services at affordable prices.
We offer following services with suitable price.
- Free Site Audit Reports and SEO Proposals for your clients.
- Free 15 Days trial on any of your 3 projects.
- Website Online Marketing: SEO, SMO, SEM
- E-commerce Website Development
- Complete SEO Packages,
- Word Press Website Development
- SMO, PPC, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Marketing,
- Monthly SEO Updates & Reports, etc.
We look forward to have a long term mutually beneficial alliance with you.
If you are interested, then I can send you our past work details, company information, affordable quotation with best offer.
You can get more information.
A waiting for your positive reply!
Business Development Executive
Note: If need a quote, please share your website info and requirements.
*So what makes this email a scam: (1) They never list their company name, where they are located or a website for additional information (2) WordPress is spelled as Word Press – to some they might not notice that, but it’s always a red flag when people who claim to be in the industry can’t properly spell what it is they are trying to help you on (3)who says, “a waiting for your positive reply”? That phrase is typical of a English as a second language translation – very proper, but lacks the casualness you might find in a native English speaking person.
In all four emails above, the moment you reply to these nefarious unknown entities you are telling them you are acknowledging their email. If you say “yes I want more information” they will send you all kinds of rates and maybe some facts to back up their work. Yet, you still have no idea who they are or where they are located. And, the moment you grant them access to your website or give them any personal information about yourself they will use it against you.
Look, if your website is not ranking the way it should don’t fall for an unsolicited email from someone who doesn’t even share their true identity. Talk to your entrepreneur friends who have websites and ask them who they recommend and why, ask them how long it took their site to rank for certain keywords and ask them if their SEO expert explained in detail everything he/she was doing to help them rank.
Feel free to drop a comment and myself or one of my awesome staff members will reach out and answer your SEO questions.
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