In the last two weeks I’ve gotten a spate of similarly worded emails asking me about selling links on some of my blogs. I don’t know what is happening to the market, but this is the second strange email chain I’ve been getting. This new one goes something like this, invariably they contact me through the contact us section of the blog and they try get you to add a paragraph at the end of existing posts which contain 5-7 links. All the of these emails tend to come from different @googlemail.com or @hotmail.com email addresses. Because they are not telling who they are, i.e. what is the company behind this, I started to think it was a scam. If it was any respectable company, they would have used an email address from their domain that you could at least visit.
The Request to Sell Links
This is XXXX and I am interested in purchasing space for text link advertisement on your website internal pages .Let me know if you are interested and I can offer you a superb proposal which will definitely be worth your time. I shall look forward to your reply.
The email address that this request came from was an @googlemail.com. I guessed that this is coming from an non-English company, as they referred to me as Mr. Becky. This is a typical mistake of people who don’t speak English as a native language. I did check into the IP address of the submitted contact forms, and I saw that they were all coming from a .net.pk domain. This would mean that they are somewhere in Pakistan.
I followed up on one of the many emails I received to see if I could find out what these people were talking about. One of the emails said that they represented a company called 1-HIT SEO Services www.1-hit.com which is registered to a young man in Bristol, Britain called Shahzad Shahnawaz. I also wanted to know how much they were offering :). I learned that they were willing to pay me between $15-$20 for a paragraph of text that would go at the end of my existing posts. This is what they said about the paragraph that they would insert (note the misspellings are theirs, not mine):
- Paragraphs would be around 125 words and there will be 5 to 7 links on each paragraph and one paragrah for one page only.
- Site owner can have the text link ads changed or edited through me .
- Owner will place paragraph in the middle/end of site contents but above the footer.
- Money transfer is according to the site’s owner ease.
They even went as far as to show me what the text would look like on a real advertisers page. Here is one example :
So here a lot of keywords are linked to various different sites. The style of the page doesn’t even fit in with the pages, see here for yourself. The topic of the ads isn’t inline with the ‘real content’, and the copy for these are worded in poor English. They use “To start with look for a cheap company that sell domains”, shouldn’t that be sells instead of sell ? Maybe you think these guys are looking to manipulate their rankings for this keyword ? Of course they are ! They are targeting the keyword “sell domains“, as well as many other in this post.
To me it is clear that these are SPAM links, but I wonder how many normal visitors are tricked by these tactics ? I’m guessing/hoping that the search engines find these sites and penalize them !