Working within the search marketing industry, one look at an email like this makes us cringe. We have had clients in the past telling us they’ve received a solicitation from an SEO company letting them know that they don’t rank. They forward it to us and ask why?
Do you ever receive emails that say this kind of stuff? We do, on average, several times a day. Though as prevalent as those Nigerian prince scams, SEO spam is simply par for the course— and every bit as illegitimate. Sure, real SEO firms do reach out to potential clients (that might even be how you found us); so, just how can you tell if that offer in your inbox is legit? Here’s a list of red flags you should be aware of and delete it right away.
Let’s break down this email:
First Page On Google [Making guarantees about something you cannot control carries inherent ethical problems and with lazy tactics will probably get your website penalized by Google in terms of Search Engine Page Rank (SERP).]
From Shriya Saran [Who? Seriously no company or website to check out?]
Hello, [Obviously you don’t even know us.]
We are fast a fast growing company based in India with a primary focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Link building Services. [Really?! So do we.]
We have a dedicated team of 130 professionals to serve you in building appropriate links and developing SEO. [Sure… sure you do. If you need that many employees on your team than certainly your doing something wrong as we have a small in-house team and able to rank many targeted keywords for our local clients.]
We are working as an outsourced vendor for many reputed SEO agency based in USA, UK, Canada and Australia. [Really, than list one.]
Other Affordable Search Engine Optimization Services Provided By Us:
1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
2. Link Building
3. Press Release
4. Article Submission/Article Writing
5. Blog Submissions/Writing
6. Directory Submission
Social Media Optimization [Low cost SEO will cost you much more in the long run and why we would never risk doing business with anyone that doesn’t know us, our site, our current rank on, what target keywords we would like to for.]
Let me know if you are interested and we will mail you more details, or we can schedule a call. It’s your option. We would love to work with you!
I look forward to your reply. [Great –We’ll be sending you a link to this blog post.]
PS: We will be more than happy to send you “Proposal” and Pricing.
Hey Shriya … remove us from your list and stop trying to rip people off.
Bots and “spiders” that spammers use can find your info easily through your business’s contact which of course, resides over the web and how legitimate customers and potential clients can easily get in touch with you.
A real SEO pitch will demonstrate actual knowledge of your company, and that includes pitching the services to the proper person from an address that includes their domain. Spammers can easily discard accounts that have been terminated from free email accounts Gmail, Yahoo, or other services with new ones. Wouldn’t they want to get their brand out there or you to be able to visit their website? The truth is, the vague info given allows them to gather for information on the victim while avoiding being called out on one of the many SEO forums dedicated to outing spammers. Having no website means leaves no existence to track them through WHOIS.
Noticed a decrease in your search rankings? Perhaps it may be time to consider a search audit as we are “SEO Experts” and can review your site to resolve problematic areas caused by various algorithm tweaks and work with you to improve content quality, user engagement, and navigation.
Tons of cheap backlinks will only result in low-quality links that will risk being penalized by Google and further investment in getting all those spammy links removed that will hinder your search ranking.
Developing solid content, building robust backlinks, and optimizing your website takes time to build trust with the search engines and building trust is also fundamental in order to establish a working business relationship with all of our “Saint John SEO clients”. We provide a free consultation and negotiate a contract or monthly retainer, as well as fees for specific additional projects.
Do you use SEO, SEM, or SMO to help improve your search ranking? Have you got any Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tips and tricks to share with other SEO Experts out there? If at any time you get stuck or need further assistance than feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.