You know, I don’t really like outing people. In fact, I admire people that go an extra mile in order to try to provide a valuable service – even new people or new businesses. If they are legitimate. Unfortunately, there are so many so called SEO specialists and businesses cropping up that obviously have very little experience (maybe they just took a 9.99 course on SEO or something that teaches a bunch of crap), and they are sending you emails and making absurd claims and actually are lying!
Here’s an email I received this evening – normally I don’t respond, but you can read my response below:
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Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 07:12:49 +0530
Subject: Organic SEO – About-Flyfishing.com
From: Maria Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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I thought you might like to know some of the reasons why you are not getting enough Social Media and Organic search engine traffic for About-Flyfishing.com
1.Your website About-Flyfishing.com is not ranking top in Google organic search for many competitive keyword phrases.
2. Your website profile is not available in most of the Social Media Websites.
3. Your site has 16 Google back links, this can be improved further.
There are many additional improvements that could be made to your website, and if you would like to learn about them, and are curious to know what our working together would involve, then I would be glad to provide you with a detailed analysis in the form of a *WEBSITE AUDIT REPORT for FREE*.
Our clients consistently tell us that their customers find them because they are at the top of the Google search rankings. Being at the top left of Google (#1- #3 organic positions) is the best thing you can do for your company’s website traffic and online reputation.
Sounds interesting? Feel free to email us or alternatively you can provide me with your phone number and the best time to call you.
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*PS2*: I found your site from online advertising but did not click.
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Here’s my response to Maria Wilson:
You are a liar. I am going to expose your lies.
1. My website IS ranking for many competitive keyword phrases.
2. My website is available in Social Media websites.
3. I have indeed, over 10,000 backlinks according to Google Webmaster Tools.
Not sure which outdated tool you are using to determine backlinks, but it is
quite dubious indeed.
4. You did not find my website through advertising. I don’t advertise. Big lie
So, now that your credibility is shot, what’s next? I’m posting this to my
blog as well.
Some, if not all, of these people need to be exposed for what they are. Fraudulent charlatans. Maria Wilson, SEO Consultant, emailed me and made certain claims that were untruthful and indeed, outright lies.
Perhaps I’ll phone her tomorrow and see what else she has to say for herself. I’ll let you know if I do.
Anyhow the lesson is this: Examine these types of emails carefully. If you do need SEO, be sure to find someone who has been doing this for years, not someone who just recently took a course and suddenly have pronounced themself as a “SEO Consultant.”
So I called the number, (301) 859-4332. A woman that could barely speak English answered the phone. She claimed to be Maria Wilson. I’m curious how many women in India are named Maria Wilson. As I began to ask questions she advised she was going to pass me over to a colleague.
When I asked where they were located, I was told they were located in India, with an office in New York. She was unable to answer my questions about the total number of backlinks, indeed, trying to suggest that the google search switch “link:” was the only way to know this.
She asked me what keywords I wanted to be ranked for. Instead, I replied to her, “Well, in your email to me, you wrote that ‘Your website About-Flyfishing.com is not ranking top in Google organic search for many competitive keyword phrases.’ so perhaps you could tell me what I should be ranked on, but am not!”
So, I’m to get a free report shortly, apparently.