SEO scam of the week –

I’m not the type of person that goes and dogs out other businesses, but when I see something this shady – I just have to say something. Here’s hoping that someone hears it.

One of my SEO clients shot me an email this morning, inquiring about my thoughts on this:

Hello, Let us introduce you to our unique technology, which can place YOUR WEBSITE AS A BILLBOARD ON TOP OF ALL MAJOR SEARCH ENGINES (Google, Yahoo, MSN), framing above all your competitors! To see how our technology works, go to our website and see our ONLINE DEMO in 3 easy steps: 1. Go to and click on ONLINE DEMO 2. Enter your URL where indicated: 3. Enter your desired keyword – and click Go! With our technology you get: – Full year EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS for chosen keywords – No Pay per Click charge – No Bidding competition to get higher position than competitor – No other company can own keyword during your paid period – Fixed advertising budget – Keyword-Targeted Visitors to your website (Reach consumers the exact time they search your keywords) If you want to get more informations, please contact us and our representatives will kindly guide you through our technology and terms. You also can Request Quote for list of desired keywords here and our SEO specialists will give you estimate traffic and cost of chosen keywords. We look forward to your response. Sincerely, Spam company

Obviously crap, right? But to be the helpful SEO guy that I am, I decide to check them out so I can send back some actual info to the client instead of just saying – oh, it’s spam. Time wasting, yes, but sometimes it’s nice to know how these jerks work.

The premise is certainly inviting: I can buy up whatever keyword or phrase i want, assuming they’re still available – (a quick check shows they are-“free money”, “seo”, “chocolate”,etc… all still available. awesome! I’m going to OWN the internet now.).  Then I guess what’s supposed to happen is that whenever someone types in MY keyword that I own into the search engine, or youtube, or where ever, that MY SITE WILL SHOW UP AT THE VERY TOP!!!!  Here’s a screenshot of the demo to prove it!

scam company demo screenshot -

scam company demo screenshot -

Oh wait. not so cool.

The demo is run off of their domain and just loads the selected site into a frame underneath my site. Looks official (well, maybe to some people…), but just a bunch of baloney.

Hoping that they wouldn’t even have a listing on google, I did a quick search and saw this:

similar articles and blogs promoting the same site - lots of them...

similar articles and blogs promoting the same site - lots of them...

I was sure that I would have some uplifiting news to finish them off with, hoping they wouldn’t rank for any other terms – such as best banner ad companies, internet advertising, etc. – but GUESS WHAT!?

The big G has them listed on the 2nd page for best banner ads. (actually position #9 according to RankChecker, though my results were slightly different.) I know they can’t catch everything, but come on. They’re even running an adwords campaign – don’t they check the site prior to approving?

I know this type of thing is probably NEVER going to end. If you’re not sure – don’t do it. Get references. AND ALWAYS READ THE TERMS.

see you in bits.


7 Responses to “SEO scam of the week –”

  1. Kerry Dye Vertical Leap Says:

    Hi Tampa SEO, thanks for the great blog, as I just had the same email from a client about

  2. tampaseo Says:

    No problem. Apparently, a LOT of people are getting spammed by these losers…

  3. Allan Says:

    Surely a scam. I spoke to Robert at Bestbannerbrand and asked why I did not see any of these ads when I searched for keywords of his existing clients.
    He directed me to update my browser using the link on his site. Then search for FedEx or BMW. This he says will make the system work.
    End of my interest here.

  4. Ron Says:

    Thanks for the heads up, I started to think how could this be? We can own the Internet. Robert called me today with quotes and I asked him for a client that I could see for myself. He said “shipping” belongs to FedEx. Of course nothing happened. He asked if I was running Explorer, I said yes, was I running the latest version of Vista, again yes, then he just hung up How can these guys steal money like this and get away with it?

  5. Gaz Says:

    Interesting blog……..if this worked on a pay per click basis or maybe even a cpm one, it would’ve just about been believable but to say you can secure keywords for a year AND feature boldly on page 1 of all major search engines seems to good to be true!

  6. Davis Blanchard Says:

    I got scammed for the keyword “wind chimes”. The numbers of hits reports does not correspond to my website logs, and I have not seen any increase in sales. I have deleted their browser plugin, which was difficult to do, and have moved on, a little wiser.

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