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#157208 23-Nov-2014 19:39
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If there's one class of spammers that really annoy me is the SEO spammer.

Lately I have been receiving emails with similar text but different senders - all of these claiming to be based in Napier and "100% New Zealand Owned company". All coming from the same mail server. Every single one have been reported to the DIA Anti-Spam service.

The text goes like this:


Hi, I came across-your contact over the-web and wanted to-share a brief note. I think a few-changes, aesthetically and/or SEO-wise, can make your site-convert more-visitors into leads-and also get it placed-higher in the organic search-results, for a few of the select terms.(Search-Engine-Optimization is the-process of affecting the visibility of a-website or a web-page in a search-engine's "natural" or un-paid "organic" search-results)

This is NOT like one-of those foreign-emails you probably get in your-inbox every day. Just to be-upfront, I have 3 agents that-work with me for Web-Development-&-SEO.

I would just-need to know-which (if not both) services-you're open to checking out-information about, either web-design or-SEO. Would you be-open to seeing more-brief info / quote for what-I would like to accomplish?

Best regards,
Sandra | Director MKT | KiwiTech Media Ltd

Headquarters: Napier 4112, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Other Offices: Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wellington, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland


KiwiTech Media Ltd does not exist as a registered company according to the Companies website. Obviously the "other offices" listing is meant to impress the target and show this company has nationwide coverage.

A few years back we were importing job listings on Geekzone Jobs from a service called jobs.co.nz (now gone). They had a brilliant domain name (couldn't get better than jobs.co.nz for this space) and decide to hire a Christchurch-based "SEO company". 

A few weeks later I noticed a new user posting URL-drops in our forums with text like "Looking for jobs?" and so on. The user name was jobs.co.nz's CEO. I talked to him and he was horrified - he never registered on Geekzone.

What came to was basically this "SEO expert" hired a bunch of cheap Indian-based labour to improve backlinks to jobs.co.nz. In his parlance and misguided concept of backlink the quickest way of doing it was to go around spamming forums and blog comments.

Whenever I see a SEO consultant talking about backlinks I know something dodgy is going to happen. 

I am pretty proud of the way Geekzone comes up in search engine results and how quickly Google indexes our pages. Every time a "SEO consultant" contacts me saying they want to help me convert more visitors to leads it instantly register that they have not even looked at Geekzone, otherwise they'd know we don't need "leads". We don't sell anything here, for goodness sakes.

Bunch of spammers, that's what they are.

There are "SEO Expers" and SEO experts. It's not easy to find a good one, one that actually knows what s/he is talking about.

My rant for the Sunday.




 

 

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  #1181711 23-Nov-2014 19:51
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Cool story.






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  #1181715 23-Nov-2014 19:57
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idiots

 
 
 
 


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  #1181722 23-Nov-2014 20:08
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They must have a very big office to span two regions Manawatu-Whanganui.

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  #1181732 23-Nov-2014 20:24
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SWMBO, who edits a newsletter for a very small organisation, has been getting these spams for some time now. Whenever I'm nearby I report them to SpamCop, and they've always come from Indian servers.

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  #1181733 23-Nov-2014 20:25
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The ones from Indian companies are easy to spot. But these ones make a point of mentioning being a New Zealand company - a previous one even had a Napier address although latest ones have only a mention of the city.





 

 

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  #1181741 23-Nov-2014 20:44
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Yes I get them quite often.

last one a few days ago... The Address of course is a real one.. but not theirs


Hi,  

My name is Jennifer and I'm an independent web strategist. While doing research I came across your business website and found several issues. Specifically, it is not fully Penguin 3.0 & Panda compliant with Google's new search engine rules and I see there are toxic links pointing to your site. You have the potential to do much better!  

Whenever I find good companies with online issues I tend to reach out and let them know, In 20 minutes I can show you how you could fuel your brand and generate more revenue from search engines and social networks. These are tactics we've used to help over 300 clients grow their business and we are currently "The Leading Internet marketing Company in New Zealand"!  

All I'd like to do is follow up about this with a quick phone call.... Can I call you this week to discuss some proven strategies that can help your business grow? Looking forward to your positive response.    

Kind Regards,  
Jennifer Easton
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  #1181769 23-Nov-2014 21:04
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I've never had my own website or domain name. Do most such owners get spam like this nowadays?




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  #1181794 23-Nov-2014 21:58
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yes, I get them emailing me telling me that my page which is just the default one from the webhost could rank so much better in searches if I gave them money.




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  #1181816 23-Nov-2014 23:50
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freitasm: The ones from Indian companies are easy to spot. But these ones make a point of mentioning being a New Zealand company - a previous one even had a Napier address although latest ones have only a mention of the city.



I have been getting the same ones, and I recall Napier being in their signature. I thought they were coming from overseas and that  they had just added NZ towns to make them seem like they were local, but apart from the town I didn't seen any address nor phone number. But if they are using a NZ IP, I guess they must be.  I get many of these SEO spam emails every day, although most of these are the Indian type, and they seem to get past my spam filtering.

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  #1181821 24-Nov-2014 00:20
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never pay someone for SOE work

just do it yourself

the google webmasters site tells how to do it for free






 

 

 


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  #1181822 24-Nov-2014 00:36
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biggal: never pay someone for SOE work

just do it yourself

the google webmasters site tells how to do it for free


I am of this opinion as well, and have worked this way on Geekzone for years. Unfortunately a lot of companies don't have people to do it, and snake oil salespeople take advantage of it.




 

 

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  #1181886 24-Nov-2014 08:47
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It's especially easy on a Wordpress platform.  It's practically done for you!

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  #1181888 24-Nov-2014 08:52
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Had similar one in one of my personal domain mailboxes last week....  "ive been monitoring your website and impressed with the traffic etc etc etc..." funny thing, there is no website attached to that particular domain. Then a day later, they emailed me again asking why I had not replied to them :)

Also had a few come through on the work "info@" address as well....





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  #1181927 24-Nov-2014 09:51
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Other Offices: Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wellington, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland

seems like a lot of offices for the "3 agents that-work with me for Web-Development-&-SEO" to cover.....maybe they get around on the back of a jet ski towed behind a truck ???

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  #1181943 24-Nov-2014 10:03
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I wonder whether-all the extra hyphenation is-supposed to impress potential customers, or-whether it's just extra stupidity.

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