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I normally don’t use our platform to complain, but I have had it! How many of you get these annoying spam emails everyday, sometimes multiple times a day, that offer to get you on page one of Google? I own an agency that competes in this space, and I get them all the time. I can only imagine how many hard-working entrepreneurs get inundated with this garbage! Here is the latest. The last straw, so to speak…
Dear Head of Business Development,
I thought you might like to know… Being on the top of Google (#1- #5 Organic positions) is the best thing you can do for your company’s website traffic and online reputation.
Ironically, It’s very likely that had you spent your last 6 months of online marketing dollars on SEO instead of paid advertising that you would have 3 times or greater the traffic today and not need the paid advertising at all.
Fortunately you can still start today and begin getting that traffic in just a few weeks. We look forward to discussing our SEO plans with you…
A-HOLE HACK “SEO SPECIALIST”
Here’s my problem. They just spammed me. Had they actually taken 30 seconds to check my site out, instead of using an automatic spamming software to email me, they would have noticed:
1) I am a direct competitor
2) The site already shows up on page 1 for virtually every search we want to rank for
Here is my eloquent reply:
Dear Business Development Spammer,
If you actually checked the Search Engine Results, you’d see that we rank top 3 for every search we are targeting, organically. I know you didn’t really check anything and you’re just using automated software to spam people, as you didn’t even stop to check who you were spamming. You really give legitimate internet marketing and SEO agencies, like mine, a bad name by spamming for prospects. Why don’t you practice what you preach and optimize your own site and allow your leads to find you?
There, I will get off my soap box now and resume business as usual. Please feel free to use my reply letter for your own use. This crap has to stop. Aside from three sixty solutions, there are many great agencies and honorable businesses that truly do practice what they preach. To name a few in my local market: Apogee Results, Tasty Placement, and Refresh Web. I’m sure there are others, but those are a few I know who follow best practices and don’t spam people to death! While I am concerned about the black eye these hacks are giving to reputable agencies, I am even more concerned about the hard-working business owners who fall prey to these black hat marketers. After all; if no one hired them through these tactics, they wouldn’t use them.
Yours in Business,
Ben Littlefield, MBA
CEO | three sixty solutions