START UP WEBSITES AND COMBATING SEO SPAMMERS – Each day thousands upon thousands of people around the world decide it’s time to start up their own blog or website and see if they can create the next big thing that will throw them into the world of the super rich.
Well that’s the idea but for anyone who knows anything about running a blog or website they will know that the chances of creating the next Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter is remote to say the least; but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible and you shouldn’t let that statement deter you from trying… go for it!
Setting up a blog or website is a piece of cake. You only need to buy an appropriate domain name, hosting space and a design. One of the fastest ways to get online is to use something like WordPress and then buy a WordPress Theme and all of this can be achieved for under $200.
Regardless of what you want to do on the web it is essential that you have a clear understanding of how Search Engine Optimization (SEO) works and what the requirements are of the major search engines, including Yahoo, Bing and of course Google. If you are just starting out then a good place to begin is with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
It is irrelevant as to which search engine you want to rank well for with your chosen keywords because each uses a complex set of algorithms that scan each page produced and determine its value for ranking based on the keywords or key phrases chosen; plus a plethora of other information about your blog or website.
It is easy for someone new to the world of running an online business to understand the importance of learning the basics so as not to fall foul to the millions of spammers out there that are only too willing to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and charge you exorbitant fees for obtaining rankings that not only will you not get but are likely to get you kicked out of the search engines index for what is referred to as ‘Black Hat’ SEO techniques.
On average I get between 1 and 5 emails a day, of which 99% are all from India; with the intent of lulling me into buying into their SEO services.
At no point will you come across any form of linked email address on Meebal.com but this doesn’t prevent the spammers from simply guessing an email address for your blog or website; generally they use admin@ or info@ and then your domain name which works well in most cases.
Below is an actual example of the type of spam emails I receive and this is a typical example as they are always based on the same theme of reporting they are professionals in a number of fields, including SEO, and will rocket your rankings in search and avoid any major penalties from the search engines.
So how do you combat the spammers? Follow these simple rules and save yourself a whole bunch of grief and more important save your blog or website from being destroyed by these spammers.
Assign any such emails to your junk folder immediately and delete them.
Don’t ever be tempted to respond, even if it’s a request for them to remove your email address from their spam list.
These spam emails invariably carry a notice at the bottom informing you that the email is not spam and that you can unsubscribe from their list; that’s a lie and responding will only confirm to them that they have yet another email they can add to their spam list and sell on to other spammers.
Don’t ever be tempted to engage the services of people who engage in spamming. Think about this for a moment; if these spammers where actually professionals then they would easily be able to obtain high rankings in the search engines themselves and accrue clients legitimately.
If you must engage the services of an SEO expert then undertake a search on Bing, Yahoo or Google for these services.
Remember, just because a particular SEO service may be ranked high in the search results doesn’t mean that they offer a professional service.
You need to do your homework when it comes to SEO and you must always ask for references and make contact with these in order to determine if the services they offer are any good.
Never engage the services of the first SEO company that you find. You need to research at least 5 companies, ask for reference, follow up on these references and dig around the internet for any bad reviews on their services.
Finally… just remember there is no such thing as a free lunch nor can any SEO company guarantee you a No.1 ranking for your chosen keywords.
Often sub-standard SEO companies will offer you a No.1 ranking in Google and this is generally cloaked by the fact that the search term will be a long-tail keyword, such as “buying branded clothing at highly discounted prices guaranteed” – try looking that one up and you’ll see that that particular term is unlikely to generate any traffic; which is why the SEO company can offer you a guaranteed No.1 ranking in the search engines – you could do it yourself for free and in less than 10 minutes.
Just remember the 5 Rules above and you should be able to avoid being conned by the spammers and other unscrupulous SEO companies.
Do you have any advice on avoiding spammers? Please leave your comments below.