I got the email below this month. I consider it spam because I did not subscribe to it so it’s unsolicited = SPAM. I am just not sure whether I will be annoyed or flattered. Annoyed because spam mails are annoying (that’s why I blog and tag them here). Flattered because it seems something is working (with the website) and it is attracting some attention with some SEO folks out there 🙂 .
I remember Matt Cutts of Google blogged some related encounters in one of his recent post so I am taking it lightly and looking at it more from the positive side of things…
Subject: SEO Optimization Local and Global Search
My name is (Name Removed) and working with a reputed leading SEO Company in INDIA having the experience of getting our customer’s websites top in Google, Yahoo, and MSN and other search engine rankings producing high revenue with top page rank.
Monthly task and Responsibilities:
1. Directory submissions
2. Social Book marking Submissions
3. Article Submissions
4. Press Release Submissions release websites
5. 10 Blog Submissions
6. 1 Unique, 400-word article written
7. 1 Unique, 400-word press releases
8. 15 One Way back links with mix PR
9. Meta tags changes suggestions
10. Keyword research
11. Competitor Analysis
12. Heading tag changes
13. Alt tag changes
14. Interlinking wherever required
15. Keyword Density in site content
16. HTML Site Map and XML site map and Submission in webmaster tool
Let me know if you are interested and I would happy to send you more details on this.
Online Marketing Executive
Note: We are not spammers and are against spamming of any kind. If you are not interested then you can reply with a simple “NO”,We will never contact you again.
Let me take this opportunity to give a short reply:
Hi (Name Removed),
Thank you for the offer.
Sorry. NO. Not interested
Website Owner [website-name-removed].com
Some additional things worth mentioning here:
- I will not reply via email. That warning/note at the footer is kinda lame and I am not biting the bait. I did not publish that email add but I guess they are resourceful (They probably got the address from whois services and that workaround make sense).
- Email Subject: “SEO Optimization” Local and Global Search – Isn’t that redundant?
- “Reputed leading SEO Company” = Reputable? White hat? Black Hat? Gray hat? Email is full of bullwords and buzzwords (Uh-oh!)
- Why use gmail add, a legit dot.com or dot.net add will add some reputation (and reputation checks 🙂 )
- Their services are either “basic (read: I can DIY easily)” or “tricky (read: bordering from gray hat to questionable practices)” or “fishy/phishy”. Decision: I’d rather stay on the safe side.
- I am not a grammar police, but to be fair this email got some better English (grammar and spelling). Unlike my previous encounters with Mr. Dan Maha and Mr. Basham Marliza) 🙂
- To the sender: Don’t push it further. Else I might elevate the rating to SCAM.
Do you also get interesting spam emails? How about SEO offer spam? Kindly share your experience here.