Beware of SEO Scams – Avoid SEO Scammers


It’s Easy To Fall For SEO Scams When You Struggle To Get High Rankings For Your Website Content



eight seo scams to avoid
It takes “Black Hat Magic” to guarantee first page ranking”

Not a single day goes by without at least one spam email that offers “Guaranteed First Page Google Ranking”. Like moths drawn towards the light, these self-proclaimed SEO Gurus swarm towards website owners or webmasters.

I submitted a new website for indexing to the major search engines on January 15, 2014. The site is getting decent traffic by now (June 2) and over 50% of my posts rank on the first three pages in Google for their respective keyword phrases; five of them on page ONE.

This is pretty good, I think, but there are also drawbacks. One is the ever growing flood of emails I really don’t care for.

These unsolicited mailings usually read like this…….

“Dear webmaster,

I visited your website and noticed that you are not listed in most of the major search engines and directories…”


You should be very skeptical if you respond to this kind of emails. Most likely, you will be dealing with a scammer. Don’t get me wrong, there are legitimate companies which specializing in SEO and their service could be beneficial to your business.

If you don’t have the time to become an SEO expert and planning on out sourcing this task, beware of the claims the scammers use to get their hands on your money.


1) Guaranteed First Page Ranking on all Search Engines


That sounds too good to be true; in particular when they add “within 48 hours”. Of course, you can get on the first page immediately, if you pay for PPC (pay per click), but we are talking ranking in organic searches. No one can give you the guarantee that your posts will get to page 1, 2, 3 or will rank at all. If any SEO company gives you a guarantee like that, just walk away. They are scammers


2) Submissions to hundreds of search engines

This is a mute point. Google, Yahoo and Bing(Microsoft) are the search engines that handle over 90% of the search queries. A good SEO company would not even bring up a stupid offer like that. They may include AOL and “Yandex”, the Russian search engine.


3) Free SEO Trial

“Free” sounds great. Free SEO trial is a pile of BS. SEO is not something that can be finished in half a day. The task is ornate, tedious and time consuming. I don’t know of any legitimate SEO company offering a “free trial run”. I am not sure what the purpose of such an offer would be, other than getting access to the back office of your website. You would have to disclose your username, password and even allow access to your hosting service. Avoid and run away as fast as you can.

4) Lowest price for SEO


This is as bad an offer as the “free trial offer”. As I mentioned before, SEO is hard work. Legit and excellent experts do charge according to their expertise and their success. Don’t fall for ridiculous low price offers, because you get what you pay for.


5) We have the “IN’S” with some Google staff

Dismiss as an outright lie. I guess you know that not a single Google employee would take part in illegal activities, which would cost them their job.


6) We use secret SEO strategies.

Oh my, here is the magic black hat! Or maybe David Copperfield works for them. Whatever their “secret” may be, it will get you banned by Google and the other search engines. The times of “black hat SEO techniques”, like outdated back link building, are definitely over. Time to walk away, don’t you agree?


7) We are the experts in Google Algorithm

SEO scams and Google AlgorithmHahaha. I am laughing so hard, I cannot breathe. I bet there is NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON that knows exactly how the algorithm works. That includes the co-founders of Google, and Matt Cutts.

The algorithms used by search engines are the product of the programming work of hundreds of folks. People  may know enough about the certain aspect they were actively involved, but have no knowledge how the different modules work together. According to Matt Cutts, there are over 200 criteria, which determine the ranking of a website page.

It is obvious that the senders of unsolicited spam email are NOT Google Algorithm Experts, but a bunch of SEO Scammers. The good folks at Google are aware of this SEO scam problem.

You can check out a Google article about SEO scams within it’s Webmaster Tool section.



Avoid Getting Burned – Understand Basic SEO and Research SEO Providers

Don’t spend money on any of these worthless offers you may get in your email. If you consider the services of an SEO company, follow the Google Webmaster guidelines.

Better yet, get involved and learn SEO. Legitimate SEO service is quite expensive. Over time you may spend thousands of dollars. True, it’s tedious and time consuming. However, the more often you do it, the easier it gets. Look at another important point. SEO is an ongoing process with many changes and adjustments.

I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate, a college like learning community, where many experienced internet marketers share their knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the business. We are always up-to-date with changes and new SEO techniques. Why don’t you join me and check it out.

Follow my link to the Wealthy Affiliate community and I welcome you on the other side. There is no cost involved, so you can leave your wallet at home. Look around, see what’s going on, and more importantly, meet some of the real experts in the field.



John Worthy Profile ImageI am John. My passion is Internet Marketing and I am helping people to start their online business the right way. I hope my article was helpful. If you have any questions, just leave me a note in the box below or send me an e-mail



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3 Responses

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  2. sean

    Hi John, Just popped over to say Hi and keep up to date with your latest projects. I must say I’m very impressed with this article, you’ve done a great job informing people how to avoid bad SEO. Many have been stung by the scammers so this information is invaluable to newcomers in the web building world. Thanks for posting!
    Warm Regards
    Sean 🙂

    • John Worthy

      Hi Sean. I researched about 8 of these so-called SEO experts and it’s a shame that they are allowed to offer their services. Thanks for stopping by and all the best

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