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13 May 12

Spam, Just As Bad As Spiced Ham

Irwin Hau | Search Optimisation

How many times have you received an email like this?

Dear Sir/Madam I thought you might like to know some of the reasons why you are not getting enough Social Media and Organic Search Engine traffic for 1. is not ranking top in Google organic search for many competitive keyword phrases. 2. Your website profile is not available in most of the Social Media Websites. 3. Your site has zero Google back links, this can be improved further.

There are many additional improvements that could be made to your website, and if you would like to learn about them, and are curious to know what our working together would involve, then I would be glad to provide you with a detailed analysis in the form of a WEBSITE AUDIT REPORT for FREE. Our clients consistently tell us that their customers find them because they are at the top of the Google search rankings. Sounds interesting? Feel free to email us or click here. We can call you back if you provide me with your phone number and the best time to call you. Sincerely, Tracy Spam Can you trust such emails and what should you do? As a web and SEO company, we receive thousands of these sort of spam emails each day (even when we rank on the top spot on the 1st page!).

When our clients are approached with such emails, we advise the following:

  • Check out the source of the email. If it comes from a free email account, i.e. gmail, hotmail, yahoo then we tend to ignore the messages. If it comes from a company based email then at least it seems somewhat legit and “tracable”
  • Check it out yourself. Why not check your rankings . There might be truth to the email but work out for yourself where you stand.
  • Block/report spam. The online space can be a messy place so block and report any dodgy spam mail.
  • Beware of phishing. So what is phishing? It’s the act of sending an email to a user pretending to be a legit source (someone you know, a well known company, etc) attempting to scam the receiver into surrendering details or secure info that will be used for identity theft. Examples of things to be wary of include links which will take you off to other website (which usually are bogus) and suggestions of giving credit card details or passwords.

At the end of the day, the simplest truth is, if you don’t know who the email is from, delete it. Done!

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