Emails that harm our reputation

The SEO community is very good at rising up and defending our reputation. It is a shame we have to. Every month I hope we'll see less and less cowboy practices but each month I usually see something that annoys the heck out of me.

Yesterday I was emailed the following. The emphasis is mine. Doesn't it make you feel great to be an SEO?

I was looking at websites under the keyword New York Plastic Surgery and came across your website I see that you're not ranked on the first page of Google for a New York Plastic Surgery search.

I'm not sure if you're aware of why you're ranked this low but more importantly how easily correctable this is.

There's no reason you can't have a top three ranking for the keyword New York Plastic Surgery based on your site structure and content. You have a very nice site.

You need significantly more one way anchor text backlinks. If you're interested I can help you with this...

I'm talking about getting you ranked for ALL your keywords. Adding new backlinks on a steady and consistent basis from high PR quality websites is what produces the rankings you are looking for

The right kind of links are very critical in getting top ranking....and I can hand deliver these quality links to you.

My partners and I own 1000's websites and offer private linking to hundreds of website owners just like yourself.

I didn't send this email out to very many people but I am currently reaching out to a list of your "keyword competitors" as well. But I do favor your website because I can see your website monetizing the targeted website traffic the keyword New York Plastic Surgery can deliver.

I have your contact information and phone number. Is it ok if I give you a call?

I have a very simple way to prove that what I do works and it's risk free for you to try. Nothing beats seeing the results with your own eyes

Is it ok if I give you a call? I would love to pursue this further over the phone with you or should I go somewhere else?


Adam Ross
(480) 588-8900 ext. 600

P.S - If the tables were turned and somebody I didn't know came to me with a proposition, even one that was appealing, I would be hesitant because I would be wondering - what's the catch? What does this guy know that I don't.

But then I would think he does know something that I don't know. He does have thousands of high PR websites, he does have hundreds of thousands of pages indexed and ranking in Google Yahoo and MSN. Sites that can deliver the quality anchor text backlinks. I would also think that I need to get my website in the top rankings. And he is offering to turn key top rankings for me...on all my keywords including New York Plastic Surgery. Even keywords I'm not currently competing for. Keywords that produce traffic that's potentially worth tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of dollars.

I emailed you because It's a win -win for both of us. Think of it this way - Who wouldn't be interested in buying money at a discount? Because that's what I'll be able to do offer you...Money at a discount.

Is it Ok to give you a call? Or you can can call me anytime at the number above?

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Dixon Jones said…
Hi Andrew,

Those emails do, indeed, harm our reputation. Unfortunately - that's not the only way reputations within the industry can get harmed.

One of my clients had a personal email from an experienced company, pointing out some highly questionable backlinks they had found. Now - the client is fully aware that this is way off our patch, luckily. Other less enlightened clients might see it as a blemish on our name. Certainly it seems the links exist - but also it wasn't THIS SEO that put them there.

Here in lies a problem. If you want to "win" business from other agencies, it's pretty easy to find fault with most websites and make the SEO look like the fall guy. Usually it is inactivity on the part of the client or worse, mistaken activity on the part of the client.

I regret my one transgression into "commenting on the competition" as you know. None of us are blameless though in our quest to win the good business it seems.

I wonder if competition will get more fierce as we see the world moving into harder times? I hope the top end of the industry keeps up the clean game as it's far more friendly and productive for the industry.

Anonymous said…
Might be the formatting, but I can't see where you put the emphasis... Of course, it's easy to see your point :)

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