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Purge Your Inbox of SEO Scams & Spammy Web Form Submissions
“RE: SEO Proposal
We can fairly quickly promote your website to the top of search rankings with no long term contracts!”
Sound familiar? Spam web form submissions aren’t uncommon for small businesses. Mysterious webmasters named “Jenny” or “Molly” promise business owners they can take their website to the top of search engine rankings—all at a very low, cheap price.
The problem? They’re lying.
Jenny didn’t actually take any time to review your website’s SEO campaign. Not to mention, SEO scams like these typically start to pile up in your inbox once your site has moved to the top results of search engines—a sign that the SEO campaign your current vendor is running isn’t performing half-bad after all.
How to Identify SEO Scams In Your Inbox
So how do you know if the SEO inquiry you received is real or fake? Here’s a few signs to look for:
- The SEO has a Gmail, Yahoo, or other general email address – If the person reaching out doesn’t work for a real company and have an @companyname email address, beware.
- The web form doesn’t have any specific information about your website or SEO campaign – Web form spammers play a numbers game—the more companies they can reach out to per day, the higher their chances that someone replies.
- The SEO says they are not spammers – If an inquiry goes out of its way to point out they’re not spammers, they’re spammers and even they know it!
- The message is written in broken English – If your web form is written in broken English or doesn’t read well there’s a high chance your submission isn’t coming from “Jenny,” it’s from someone outside of the U.S. looking to earn your business.
- You receive the same message from multiple people – It’s not uncommon for the same SEO scams to include the same message, but the web form is submitted under a different name. It’s because your website is on a list of thousands just like it, all of which are targeted by these self-proposed “SEO experts.”
- You can’t find the person on Google – Unable to find the person who submitted the form on Google, or their company? There’s a reason… they’re not real!
- You find others questioning if the person is real – Do a quick Google search for the email address submitted. If you find others wondering if email@example.com is real or fake, it’s fake.
The Bottom Line
The best SEO company doesn’t to fill up your inbox with web form submissions—they let business come to them! If an SEO company fills out a web form on your site, it’s best to ignore them.
Other Examples of Spammy SEO Web Forms & Inquiries
*Here’s a few common SEO inquiries some of our clients receive:
IP Address Spam
We can Fairly quickly promote your website
first page of google spam
high authority link building spam
ranks india spam
*Editor’s note: Phone numbers and email addresses are removed to limit the visibility of these spammers.
Not Sure If It’s Real or Fake?
Contact Blue Corona if you’re not sure whether or not the web form you received is worthwhile to investigate or if it’s complete garbage. Our team of digital marketing specialists will help you identify what’s true, what’s not, and work with you to improve the results of your SEO campaign.
About The Author: Brandon works in Blue Corona's small business division, Rank First Local. Outside of SEO and analytics, Brandon’s interests include NBA and college basketball, tweeting, and playing with his dogs, Jax and Kona. Twitter: @doylestweet
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