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How not to sell SEO services

August 30th, 2006 · 9 Comments

I received an email a couple of days ago from an SEO company which I thought I’d keep to one side to have a look at. As a rule I don’t pay for anything so had no intentions of using their company but thought I’d have a look at their site when I got the chance.

For obvious reasons I won’t name the company who spammed sent me the email but let me say thanks guys – I haven’t laughed so hard in days 😆

The email told me what a great SEO company they were and how they were going to get me to the top of all the search engines. It went on about the benefits of linking and made specific reference to the link: feature within Google. For those who don’t know what this means, it’s a rather inaccurate but still slightly useful tool offered by Google to show you how many sites link to a specific URL. Personally I don’t trust the information returned and prefer to use tools like the ones I refer to in my 5 SEO Tips post.

They told me that I had a poor rating for my particular site with only 7 inbound links and how they could transform my site into a fully optimized site by getting me loads more inbound links using their own “tried and tested” techniques. They will guarantee me my money back if they couldn’t achieve a Top Ten listing in Google, Yahoo! and MSN.

Imagine my mirth when I sauntered over to Google and typed in link: and discovered that their “tried and tested” techniques had gained them…ermm…no inbound links.

Maybe I ought to reply to the email and offer my SEO services 😀

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9 responses so far ↓

  • WordPress SEO Advice // Jul 24, 2007 at 2:27 am

    This was hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mike // Jul 27, 2007 at 12:41 am

    Unfortunately it’s not an isolated incident. I probably get a couple of these a month from firms trying to sell me SEO services without actually doing any research…

  • Jax // Mar 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hey it always depends. There is a lot of factors that come to SEO. I had good results with a company that didn’t even have meta tags on there website. I was a little weary when I found out afterwards, but they did come through and got me top page listing on a lot of my keywords. I guess with SEO its just a gamble. There’s good and bad out there you can’t just judge by the cover.

  • Mike // Mar 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I agree, Jax. There are hundreds of factors when it comes to SEO (Google suggest that there are over 200 in their algorithm) but you’d think that a site hard selling SEO would at least make an effort on their own site.

    Not having meta keywords certainly wouldn’t be a reason not to use a company because keywords aren’t as relevant as they once were. Not having a quality title or meta description, on the other hand, would make me think twice.

    Thanks for dropping by and taking the time out to leave a comment.

  • Jonathon // May 28, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Hahahahaha yer they are so funny, i find alot not from india :S and they are the same price as ones in usa/uk

  • Ben // Jan 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    We got one the other day that was very thoughtful. It looked like they had actually been to our site and read a blog entry. Also, they were only soliciting a review of their product (with a link of course)…. We didn’t do it, but it caught our attention as a “better” way to solicit links… (I know that’s a little off-topic, but it came to mind as I read your entry).

  • Mike // Jan 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    They’re very good at making it look like they’ve made the effort but it’s normally pretty easy to see through them. Mind you, I’m curious they approached you given the nature of your own site…


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