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Houston Search Engine Optimization Spammers Promoting thehoustonseo.com

Posted in: Search Engine Optimisation by Richard Hearne on May 19, 2009
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Update I’ve edited this post to remove any direct references to The Houston SEO actually leaving the spam, since obviously I cannot prove this, and since thehoustonseo.com felt they had to threaten legal action via my contact form (which I’ll have lots of fun publishing shortly, along with the nice comments they are trying to post about me around the web).

Like many bloggers I get hit with lot’s of comment spam. You know the stuff you can buy for $10 from India.

Occasionally I get this crap from “commenters” trying to promote SEO companies, like the comment spam I received promoting thehoustonseo.com who apparently offer Houston Search Engine Optimization and SEO Houston services. Obviously I cant say that thehoustonseo.com, or their agents, actually left the comment spam, and I’ll leave readers to decide for themselves.

Here’s a comment I received:

Author : Guaranteed Houston SEO (IP: 59.95.172.82 , 59.95.172.82)
E-mail : annuity3@googlemail.co
URL : http://www.thehoustonseo.com/guaranteedhoustonseo.html
Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=59.95.172.82
Comment:
Awesome Information about SEO! I liked this blog and do not have any reason for post my comment here.

So I wandered over to the Houston Search Engine Optimization website being promoted and sent them a message via their contact form letting them know how I felt about this comment spam. Contrary to the reply from the form I didn’t receive a response within 2 business days. Not that I was expecting it… but leave it at that methinks.

And then I get this:

Author : Houston search engine optimization (IP: 59.95.163.7 , 59.95.163.7)
E-mail : annuity3@googlemail.com
URL : http://www.thehoustonseo.com
Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=59.95.163.7
Comment:
These information are remarkable and looking so informative and helpful to me as concern to SEO business.

So to anyone considering the Houston Search Engine Optimization services on offer from the various Houston SEOs maybe you want to think twice about whether they’ll do your site more harm than good.

The real shame of this is that Google will likely start ignoring blog comments altogether (if they haven’t already done so as I predicted) as more and more spammers muck up the blog segment of the web.

So again if you’re looking for Houston Search Engine Optimization take care that the the Houston SEO you choose does not use comment spam (like the comments above that were left to promote thehoustonseo.com) and other blackhat techniques to promote your site. Spamming for SEO is not a good long-term strategy.

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3 Comments »

  1. I think you’re about to be sued…

    Comment by uh-oh — June 2, 2009 @ 10:16 am

  2. Hey.

    we got a “cease and desist” from these numpties today too. they came a spammin’ to our blog, attempted to drop the lamest of lame comments trying to deep link to “Guaranteed Houston SEO” :)

    we nofollowed and changed the link to point to their domain, told them what they had done wrong and gave them a chance to repair the damage, and the numpties only went tried (another one liner) doing the exact same thing 3 hours later.

    then a few days ago the idiots left an abusive message in the comments and got themselves tagged again by Woopra, (email and IP) and were back again this morning with their legal nonsense.

    the difference is that with Woopra we can and will prove exactly who did what and where and we’ll publish screenshots too if they persist.

    so we told them where to poke their lame-ass legal threats and if they don’t apologise they’ll be getting their own special post like you made for them here

    Will link to you as proof of their serial spamminess :)

    muchos regards from Ibiza

    Comment by SEO Ibiza — June 2, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

  3. “I liked this blog and do not have any reason for post my comment here.” are you serious??? It’s like they didn’t even attempt to make it relevant.

    I am curious about what you say here: “Google will likely start ignoring blog comments”, how will Google be able to differentiate between blogs and regular sites?

    Comment by Evan Kendal — July 3, 2009 @ 12:33 am

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