Comments on: Beware Of SEOs Bearing Gifts Search Engine Optimisation Ireland Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:03:56 +0100 hourly 1 By: Mark Mon, 21 May 2012 09:42:25 +0000 I’m his favourite too!!! I feel so special LOL

By: Brad Roberts Wed, 08 Jun 2011 20:14:06 +0000 Just thought I’d add our recent experience just a couple of daysago too, as he tries it on with one of our clients. He certainly likes to harass in his call to action. This is the last part of his email and interestingly enough agree totally, that cold emailing, certainly doesn’t say much for his client base and work load.

“But you’re my favourite and you are the one I really favour and the one I see I can monetize the targeted website traffic our linking can deliver. I have your contact info as”” phone no: Is it ok if I give you a call? I have a very simple way to prove that what I do works. 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? Sincerely, John Hartley
Director, Persimmon Publishing Ltd

By: Gosh Media Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:16:17 +0000 Richard,

So here we are almost 3 months away from this time last year and I find myself completing a quick bit of research on a company as already stated above, promising the world to one of my clients and low and behold you’ve beaten me too it! I also have to laugh at their site too. Well done on publishing this so that everybody else becomes aware of this scam.

Brad Roberts

By: Andrew Calvert Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:09:01 +0000 Just to let you know I just got an identical letter. Proves they are still at it. Good job I picked you up on Google.


By: charlie Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:59:42 +0000 Just to let you know this organization seems to be at it again – I received one this morning with exactly the same wording. Thanks to your post I will not be taking it seriously!

By: Frank P Sat, 01 Aug 2009 12:49:46 +0000 Thanks for clarifying – I just didn’t follow because I would see them as very different in terms of their aims.

I was also curious that the tone seemed to be anti adwords, but is this in terms of adwords as an exclusive measure rather than as part of an online marketing strategy?

By: Richard Hearne Sat, 01 Aug 2009 08:24:40 +0000 >> I could be wrong though

No. Nail on head Kieran.

Been reading some of your posts recently. You’ve been writing some good stuff. Congrats.

@Frank – these guys are basically offering to sell you links on other sites for a monthly fee. If you stop paying the links stop working. Of course that assumes that these links have any value in the first place, and given that this guy obviously isn’t a pro (he wouldn’t need to spam people if he was) I very much doubt his network has value.

Rgds to both

By: Kieran Sat, 01 Aug 2009 08:20:04 +0000 My take on it would be you are dependent on bought traffic that will disappear when switched off i.e. your rank will disappear overnight if links are removed …

I could be wrong though :)

By: Frank P Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:00:17 +0000 Hi Richard – I was a bit confused as to what you meant in the lines “So what’s the difference between this and Adwords? Both are chronic, but you’re a lot less likely to get banned from Adwords.”

Just wondering if you could clarify as I was kind of curious.


By: Kieran Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:46:51 +0000 Ha,

Nice post. The bit i find a little off is the reference to competitors. This is a pretty bad example of aggressive selling.

Although to play devils advocate (its always fun). It does bring up an interesting point on these type of services. Being able to seed optimised articles out good PR sites, where the only link on that page is to your site, does work (although as you say, it can be switched off). Dependent on your market, it may be essential that you engage in some type of aggressive links (I am not discussing the service you mentioned above but similar ones that are deemed aggressive). If a business doesn’t, they could very well go under before Google adjusts the playing field accordingly.

I always think it’s best to make a client aware of what their competitors are doing to achieve top spot and then lay all options out on the table, good and bad points.

Sorry, this comment felt a bit rantish. Funny enough, I have just wrote a post on a great link analysis tool that recommends buying links in their reports …

Nice post Richard …

By: Ricardo Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:15:33 +0000 Richard,

Good on you for exposing this.

I’m sorry to hear you’ve received legal threats for doing it in the past – but it only makes good, clean SEO a tougher market having **** like this being thrown around at our clients.

I have to let a client of mine know at least 2 or 3 times a month that the latest “guarantee you top-notch position on Google” email he just received is simply a scam.

I’m not as brave as you – but I think I’ll start publishing some of these myself.

Good work.