Ethical “White Hat” SEO Spam

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Sometimes, I find spam absolutely hilarious.

I mean, check this one out that came through our small business accounting software site. What really got me was the fact that it was sent from a gmail address and the reply to: field was the same gmail address. What’s even more interesting is that the actual address has always been a gmail if you do a search for this fellow, and the addresses just change. Seems rather “phishy” to me. Here’s the actual content of the spam email:

We would like to get your website on first page of Google.
All of our processes use the most ethical “white hat” Search Engine Optimization techniques that will not get your website banned or penalized.
Please reply and I would be happy to send you a proposal.

By now, if you haven’t junked it or laughed at it and then junked it, you would need to realize a couple things. First is that while white hat SEO is a great term, it doesn’t really fly in the face of those that have no inkling of what it is. The second is that spamming someone’s forms really isn’t considered “ethical” by any means so it doesn’t give credence to your SEO tactics. Last of all? Really. If you expect people to take you seriously for SEO, then you need to get a real website, with a real company name and be able to show up on the first page of Google for “best SEO company“. Let’s face it. If you’re truly good at what you do, you’d be there wouldn’t you?

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  • Here, here – See this article I published on our site:
    http://www.easykey.net/search-engine-optimisation/how-to-spot-seo-scams

  • Here, here – See this article I published on our site:
    http://www.easykey.net/search-engine-optimisation/how-to-spot-seo-scams

  • Mark

    I get SO sick of these emails! On all my plain html sites I put an extra blank on the contact us form.. it says “Is this spam?”.. it has eliminated all the automated spam. But these SEO idiots actually put “no” in the blank. I would NEVER hire anyone for SEO who doesn’t know what spam is (or that they are doing it!). I ended up putting filters in all my cpanels that bounce anything with the term “white hat” haha.

  • Mark

    I get SO sick of these emails! On all my plain html sites I put an extra blank on the contact us form.. it says “Is this spam?”.. it has eliminated all the automated spam. But these SEO idiots actually put “no” in the blank. I would NEVER hire anyone for SEO who doesn’t know what spam is (or that they are doing it!). I ended up putting filters in all my cpanels that bounce anything with the term “white hat” haha.

  • Mark

    Oh by the way.. that first comment was posted by someone selling SEO services, haha.

  • Mark

    Oh by the way.. that first comment was posted by someone selling SEO services, haha.

  • Yeah… I know. 😉 But I figured it was worthwhile to note it. People hurt themselves if they label themselves as “white hat” and then point to this link since they could basically be linking directly to their own failure. I can’t say that company is or isn’t…. but they are taking that risk. 🙂

  • Yeah… I know. 😉 But I figured it was worthwhile to note it. People hurt themselves if they label themselves as “white hat” and then point to this link since they could basically be linking directly to their own failure. I can’t say that company is or isn’t…. but they are taking that risk. 🙂