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Avoid SEO Scams

If you have a website, at some point you may have received a form submission (or many) regarding marketing opportunities to promote your business. Within the past 30 days, we have noticed a sharp increase in what we call, “Bait and Switch SEO” emails.

Generally, the email is formatted with language to concern you that your website is being outranked by competitors, suggesting you follow up to get a free SEO analysis. Don’t fall for the bait.

Below are examples of bait and switch SEO emails sent to multiple clients, the only difference, the website address was changed…clever

Hi there, Did you know, your website [yourwebsite.com] is ranking way below your competitors? We can help you dominate them through targeted SEO. We have been in business for 5+ years and helped over 200 clients across the USA. Let me know if you would prefer to see recent results and the estimate first?

Hi, I came across your website today and noticed a few key factors your website is missing that would help you out-rank your competition. That's a lot of calls you're missing out on. So I made a video showing why your top 3 competitors are outranking you.

How Can You Tell it’s SEO Spam?

These emails are sent out in masses to tens of thousands of businesses, and often times, businesses might be inclined to follow up for more information, especially if it’s worded that their website is not performing well. At that point, they fall through the sales funnel to hopefully get hooked on some type of SEO commitment (i.e. 6 month SEO link-building campaign). Here are the two top ways you can quickly identify the email as being spam:

1. Where did the email originate from?

A quick way to find out if this is a scam, is to look at where the email originated from (the from address). If it did not originate from a company address i.e. info@seocompanyname.com, then there’s a high chance it’s spam. A majority of bait and switch SEO emails are originating from @gmail.com addresses. The reason for this is that it’s free to setup a gmail account, and these spammers don’t want to use their own email server as there’s a high chance they would be flagged for spam. They send out emails in masses and if the gmail account gets tripped as spam, then it only takes a few minutes to setup another one.

2. The Email Signature

If you take a look at the signature, often times it’ll contain the name of the person sending the email, along with the company they represent. It only takes a few minutes to turn to Google and look up the company. Surprisingly, we have noticed many of these companies originating from outside the U.S. If you have a local business, would you trust a marketing firm in a different Country to know your demographics, competition, service locations, etc.? Likely not. We suggest moving on, and if you are interested in SEO, contact a local SEO agency in the Boston area.

If you ever have any questions about your website positioning, or would like to inquire about our SEO services, please contact us. There is no obligation.

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