Behind Some Lovely SEO Company Emails
My business is well… booming… and in fact I can’t take more SEO work at the moment and in many cases I have to refer some SEO work to other SEO professionals.
That’s why I wonder why other SEO companies seem to be struggling.
I mean, if you provide value, if you are honest and you do things properly, you should be able to get proper results for your clients… and then, well… your reputation will grow.
That’s why I find amazing when a supposed Australian SEO company, decides to take INDIAN TACTICS (and if you are Indian, READ ON….) and decide spamming their SEO services.
But what I find even more UBER-STUPID is when they SPAM their crappy offers to ANOTHER SEO company. (well, I’m not a company but you guys get the point)
Dam, how stupid can they REALLY BE?????
Well welcome to SEO COMPANY (NAME REMOVED), the new SEO company in town… where this morning I got this beautiful email from his “NATIONAL SALES MANAGER” <—- very important title
SEO COMPANY (NAME REMOVED) UNREQUESTED EMAIL:
I visited your website http://www.seoforayear.com.au and I noticed that you are currently missing out on first page rankings in Google for keywords and key phrases that are potentially profitable for your business. These keywords are used thousands of times monthly by potential customers looking for what your business has to offer.
We specialize in achieving first page, organic, search engine rankings for businesses like yours. We are an Australian company that has helped hundreds of Australian and International businesses and I would welcome the opportunity to do the same for your business.
We are so confident in our ability that we offer no contracts – you can cancel at any time – and we give you your money back in full if we cannot deliver on our promise. This is our guarantee to you.
That means all our clients could cancel today, if we did not deliver the profits that we promise. Our unique methods consistently increase rankings for all the keywords vital to our client’s business success.
You are competing for the first page. If you don’t do this, your competitors will.
Can I call you?
I would like to have a chat with you to explain to you in minutes how we can achieve this for you.
If you prefer I can email you with further information on our company which includes our proposal. Please let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you.
National Sales Manager
NAME REMOVE TO AVOID SHAME ON THEM
Level 29, Chifley Tower
2 Chifley Square
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Off course the most lovely idea is that this comes from a website with zero page rank, and 41 backlinks that NOBODY has ever heard off.
So let’s try to figure out why this “AUSTRALIAN” SEO company behaves like the typical INDIAN SEO Company… shall we?
First let’s look at who owns the site?
These are the records from the Australian whois.
Last Modified 18-Aug-2011 07:49:47 UTC
Registrar ID Aust Domains
Registrar Name Aust Domains
Eligibility Type Partnership
Registrant Contact ID R-001291132-SN
Registrant Contact Name Prince Vasquez
Registrant Contact Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mmm interesting, email@example.com …. will PH means Philippines?
Lets check it out by visiting websitedesignph.com.
So what do we found here?
Established in 2008, Website Design PH is a full service web design and SEO company and interactive internet marketing agency headquartered in Quezon City Philippines.
So yes… is in fact a website owned by someone in the Philippines? (It seems like) Mmmm now we understand a bit who is behind the SPAM I got this morning.
OK. Cool, now let’s look a little bit more about the history of the “company”
So far the so called SEO company has..
- No clear info in their website about who they are.
- No Customers profile on their site.
- No domain name age history
- No Domain name Authority
- and No idea about Australian law for email marketing (or spam)
Also… it’s registered in Australia by a company called “NAME REMOVE ONCE AGAIN” but their contact name is someone in the Philippines called “Prince Vasquez” .
Mmm so I’m getting confused here.
But may be it’s me.May be it’s my latino blood that makes me look at the “bad side” always. So let’s keep digging…
Let’s do a bit of research and try to find where they are located.
Because may be Gab is wrong and these guys are in fact a huge SEO company and I’m making a big mistake.
Level 29, Chifley Tower
2 Chifley Square
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
And guess what I found?
Mmm a virtual office!
Part of “http://www.servcorp.com.au/virtual-offices”
Ok… so I guess I will try to find who Terry Norris is:
Well, when googling their SEO manager name and any term related to SEO, I had no luck. He simply doesn’t exist ….
OK…. but may be I’m wrong, may be this SEO company is in fact emailing me from Australia… Right?
WRONG AGAIN GAB!!
Let’s look at the email:
IP Location: Philippines Philippines Pldt_gntc10ki01_dhcp
Resolve Host: 188.8.131.52.pldt.net
Gosh… ! So they are in fact sending me an email frm the Philippines.
And not only from the Philippines but Mr Prince (Very cool name) is sending me the email directly.
X-Source-Sender: (PrinceVAIO) [184.108.40.206]:58161
So if Mr Prince is sending me the email… do I need to call the Sales manager to understand why an Australian SEO company is spamming me about SEO, when clearly they have NO IDEA about SEO and they are so stupid they even spam another SEO person in the same industry.
And then we wonder why some new SEO players in this industry never achieve any type of success.
Lack of Brain cells mate! Lack of brain cells!
Interesting update: THE SEO COMPANY contact me today and in a very non happy way they announced that they are not breaking any law and this is a free world and that my site is about SEO and they can send me any type of email.
You are a fly on the wall mate – they said. We can do what ever we want.
I don’t agree: This is a copy of SPAM ACT
Te Spam Act prohibits the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages- known as spam – with an Australian link. A message has an Australian link if it originates or was commissioned in Australia, or originates overseas but was sent to an address accessed in Australia.
If your business uses any form of e-marketing, including email, SMS (text message), MMS (image-based text messages) or instant messaging, you must understand and meet the following three key requirements of the Spam Act:
- Consent – the message must be sent with the recipient’s consent. The recipient may give express consent, or under certain circumstances consent may be inferred from their conduct or an existing business or other relationships
- Identify – the message must contain accurate information about the person or organisation that authorised the sending of the message and how to contact them
- Unsubscribe – the message must contain a functional ‘unsubscribe’ facility to allow the recipient to opt out from receiving messages from that source in the future. Unsubscribe requests must be honoured within five working days.
A message does not necessarily have to be sent out to numerous addresses to be considered spam. Under Australian law, a single electronic message can be considered spam.
(my Notes: IN THIS CASE, : They didn’t have my concent, and I coudn’t unsubscribe. )
The supply or use of address harvesting software or harvested email addresses for the purpose of sending spam is prohibited.
IN THIS CASE, they didn’t contact my email address, they in fact contact me via the email in my “whois” , therefor It seems they may have use some type of automatic email system.
(My Notes: Regardless the case.. it seems that when I spoke to the SALES MANAGEr [ the guy that told me I'm a fly in the wall] , and it seems he forgot what a commercial email is… so here we go)
What is a commercial electronic message?
The Spam Act defines a commercial electronic message as any electronic message that:
- offers, advertises or promotes the supply of goods, services, land or business or investment opportunities
- advertises or promotes a supplier of goods, services, land or a provider of business or investment opportunities
- assists a person to dishonestly obtain property, commercial advantage or other gain from another person.
The Act classifies an electronic message as ‘commercial’ by considering:
- the content of the message
- the way in which the message is presented
- any links, phone numbers or contact information in the message that lead to content that has a commercial purpose – as these may also lead the message to be defined as ‘commercial’ in nature.
The company keep sending Spam. now they are targeting some other SEO industry members in WA. funny wise they don’t seem to learn…
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I'm an SEO professional living in the South Coast of NSW - Australia. SEO is what I do... I'm not a web guy, or a webmaster, or a designer... I just do SEO ;) Love it. Enjoy it and I still have fun doing it.