If you have a business of Any Kind, you WILL be getting calls and emails, usually from an online spammer or a robo-calling auto dialer. It doesn't matter HOW official it may look or sound, it's ALWAYS a Scam.
Business Owners are constantly being hit with a Barrage of Scams and a Very Common one is from folks claiming they will improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization) rankings.
In the past, the way to get higher Search Engine rankings was through better Key Words, Search Engine Submission and Rank Building. Those days have ended but it's truly amazing at how many Scammers still say they will achieve higher rankings by Submitting to Search Engines, Tweaking HTML and adjusting Keywords.
Time to set the Record Straight.
There are hundreds of S.E.O. Scammers out there and they are Relentless and Ruthless. You can always tell its a scam when they start making the outrageous claims of Google 1st Page rankings. I get calls nearly every day from clients who have been approached by these fast talking Scammers. One of my clients has shown me Five proposals he's received and he's always trying to convince me it sounds pretty good. I finally told him if he's intent on spending money, go for it. Find out for yourself...but don't say I didn't warn you. (Dr. Rick Mayer)
Entprepreneur Magazine even published their
And MEDIA BUZZ publizhed their
When Google does anything, Scammers will figure out a way to exploit it.
There are a host of webmasters and hosting companies pushing all sorts of "Go Mobile" solutions and although they fall short of an out and out scam because they do actually provide a service, what they don't tell you is you Really Don't Need Them!
Technology has paved the way to the end of the expensive webmaster and right now they are reaching for any lifeboat they can find, and the Google "MobileGeddon" change was a big one for them.
As a result of Google changing the algorithms a LOT of sites started Fall in Rankings and even Disappear from Google, and business owners were fair game to the first guy in the door.
The Professional Web Development Scam
Register a domain name anywhere and sit back to see what happens.
It won't be long before you start getting emails from "professional design" companies with this and that professional to make your online presence soar.
Oh, they will have all sorts of fancy claims but the bottom line is you are probably getting taken, and in a BIG WAY. One of the most common tactics is to build your site with a teaser price then drop the bomb about the real price. But the biggest issue is the minute you let them start working on your site they literally Steal Ownership so they can hold you hostage. Then later on when you decide to drop them you find out how much they want to sell YOUR domain name back to you! You are stuck because hidden in the document you eSign is the wording that you gave them ownership of your domain name.
Don't believe it? Here is and and
There are MANY More.
Companies like this use scare and pressure tactics to get you to say "yes" somewhere in the conversation, and you are stuck. (There are usually scores of video testimonials on their sites from happy customers but many folks seriously question the legitimacy of these testimonials.
And if the money you loose isn't enough from their build-out, your old site is Gone and now you start from scratch with a new domain because it's too expensive to buy your original one back.
But it gets worse! Some of them try to artificially force rankings as they still have a few tricks so you'll see some quick results but when Google sees this happening you suffer. Google punishes those who don't play by the rules and that punishment is severe, even to the point of totally delisting your online presence...and if that happens you might as well close the doors.