PLAGUE OF SEO SPAM EMAILS FROM INDIA – Spam and eggs, spam and chips, all very tasty unless that spam comes from India through to your email inbox.
There’s a growing issue with most bloggers and website owners and the issue is with the rising number of spam emails coming from India offering all manner of SEO services with the glossy promise of making your blog or website a real shining star with Google.
The first rule is to label their incoming emails as SPAM and then duly dump these straight in the trash can where they belong.
Over the last 6 weeks I’ve received no less than 719 emails from every Patel and Singh known to mankind and despite having no visible email address anywhere on meebal.com they continue to flood my email box.
As a small business I rarely have time to read emails, so I quickly scan incoming mail and trash 99% of them. My job, my only job, is to write content for my readers. I don’t bother with SEO per say other than using an SEO plugin on the back of my WordPress CMS.
Like most blogs I have a number of backend development issues that need taking care of but not being a developer I have to turn to outside help and there are a number of useful websites that provide freelancing services, such as peopleperhour.com.
Just a couple of hours ago I decided to give peopleperhour.com a go and post a job that needs doing. Freelancing of course is highly cost effective for the small business and you can always end the contract if you are not happy with the work.
I was careful in how I constructed the requirements and the type of people I was looking for to quote for the project. Right at the beginning of the project spec I wrote: UK Based Developers ONLY – the ‘only’ being in capitals so as to make this perfectly clear.
Unfortunately my fear of getting multiple requests from Indian based business was soon realized. Within less than an hour I had received no less than four quotes and each and everyone was from India… make that five, another one has just come in.
It appears that India must be the world’s capital of web based development and SEO but unfortunately they are also becoming the world leaders in SPAM emails and it appears that they will do anything to get a job even if that means ignoring specific instructions.
Sorry about that; had to take a break as that’s another one in from PPH who can’t read English – what is it with these people?
I can understand that these folks are just trying to make a living; we all are, but not reading a job specification or simply resorting to spamming is not the way to make friends and influence people and if they haven’t figured out that their obtrusive methods don’t work by now then they’ll never get any work.
Just wait up… why do I get so many spam emails from India. Certainly it’s not difficult to grab an email address but thinking about it nobody would persist if there wasn’t money to be made from doing so.
I have to conclude, on that note, that there must be a vast number of gullible people out there who are engaging their services; and no doubt paying the price.
I use the word gullible because I get a huge number of emails, from India, which offers the purchasing of back-links and anyone who has been operating a website or blog for more than 30 minutes would be able to tell you that this is a violation of Google’s terms and will therefore quickly get you penalized.
For anyone reading this, who has never operated a website before but might be thinking of doing so, remember these rules:
- Never put a live email on your website – just use a contact form.
- You are going to get bombarded with spam mail from India.
- Don’t bother reading them and never reply.
- Mark the email immediately as SPAM.
- Report their emails to the provider, such as gmail.
- Place the email in your trash folder and leave it to rot.
I suspect that by the time I’ve finished publishing this there will be yet another Indian spamming my email box and no doubt another responding to the project on peopleperhour.com.
Do you have a problem with spam emails from India? Do you have any solutions to the problem? Please share by leaving your comments below.