An epic wad of spam!

Hi Basicinstructions Team,

I thought you might like to know some of the reasons why you are not getting enough organic & social media traffic on your website.

I would like to update you that your website is still not ranked on the top pages of Google SERPs for your popular keywords (Products). Your loss is your competitor’s gain i.e. the traffic which could have generated quality sales for you goes to your competitors as they rank well in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) organically.


1. HTML and other on-page errors are present on your website.
2. Low number of internal and external quality links present on your website.
3. Duplicate or low quality contents present in your website without any regular update.
4. Need to update fresh contents on your website and blogs as per the latest Google guideline.
5. Broken Links and Poison words might be present in your website.
6. Social media profile needs to be updated regularly.

Long gone are the days when Google used to give priority to websites of keyword based domains or websites with huge number of links. Now Google counts each and every detail to verify if your website is relevant to the keywords you are promoting for. A single un-wanted link or a duplicate content can lead your website to be penalized by Google.

We are a leading website promotion company providing online promotion, SMO, Reputation Management, Content (both web and promotional content) fixing services to clients. We have a team of 240+ SEO professional working 24*7. Our team of dedicated Google Analytic and Adwords certified professionals excel in promoting and increasing the visibility of a website in various search engines (including the latest Google Panda and Penguin updates), which will directly help in increasing traffics for your website.

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If you are getting rigid by paying a huge amount in PPC then Organic listing by using white hat technique will be definitely a right choice for you. As the rate of conversion is more in organic listing as compared to PPC, eventually it will be an absolute gain for you.

This email just tells you the fraction of things we do, our optimization process involves many other technical factors which can be sent to you on your request. If you would like to know more about our services then please write us back else you can give us a call us in our number below.

P.S: – This is our marketing strategy that we use the Gmail account. Once you reply us back, the next communication I will do is from my corporate email ID.

Let me know your thoughts and looking forward to work together.

Best Regards,
[Name Redacted]|Senior SEO Advisor
PH. No: (555) 5551212
Skype: nameredacted888
1: This is a onetime email and you may ask us to “REMOVE”.
2: If you are interested I will send more details on our “corporate identity”, “company profile”, “why you should choose us?”, “Price list”, “money back” etc. in my next mail.

So first off, you’d think this message came in the form of an email. But you would be wrong. This message was left as a comment on one of Scott’s comics. So right off the bat, they’re lying about their “marketing strategy” using email, and I can’t exactly respond with “remove” to a comment left on a blog. Also, they never once mentioned the company name. Nothing scammy about that at all.

Nextly, many years ago I was the webmaster for a store. That store had a small physical location, as well as a larger web presence. A lot of the products they sold were drop-shipped from the manufacturer, so while a lot of things were sold, very few were actually shipped from our location. An intriguing way to run a business, certainly.

When I took over as webmaster, I re-did a lot of the pages with search engine optimization in mind. And soon enough, we were getting good Google results for a lot of our keywords. In fact, there was a brand new product that I somehow managed to SEO well enough that we were the number one search result, and was the number two. Traffic was up, business was up, and then suddenly, we were on the radar of crappy SEO companies like this one.

The boss at that job received come-ons from two different SEO companies, offering the moon and the stars. He asked me which one I thought he should use, and I opted for “neither one”. Because at the time I refused to (and I still refuse to) do business with any company that blindly sent out generic emails asking for my business. Boss disagreed, and hired one of the companies. They promised improved search engine ranking, five new pages of keyword-rich content, and edits to our twenty top pages to make them more search engine friendly.

They were a grind to deal with — nobody ever got back to me in a timely fashion. Then there was the “content” they sent. Basically, lists of keywords, only some of which were vaguely related to our business or products, that they wanted me to include not just in the HTML tags, but also in the actual page content. They didn’t deliver the five new pages, and when we mentioned them, they denied that it was part of the deal until we dug out all of the old emails. (I don’t know that there was even a contract signed; just a huge payment from Boss to the SEO company.) They provided one page, and it was a ghastly piece of word salad. None of it made sense, and it was just a keyword-riddled nightmare. Of course we didn’t use it.

I was finally able to convince Boss that they were scammers. I believe he did a chargeback on his credit card and filed with the BBB (not that complaining to the Better Business Bureau ever did anyone any good, but Boss thought it was a perfect way to “take them down”). They fought it and declared their intent to sue, so then I got to put together a record of their emails and a timeline of missed promises and lies.

So, in conclusion, forgive me if I don’t call you to get your SEO expertise, [Name Redacated].