LinksHog (Nate Figueroa) Thinks I’m a Plastic Surgeon
May 8th, 2008 by
A company who’s domain is linkshog.com
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas film
has been spamming my clients. Here’s why I call it spam versus just unsolicited email (I’m not averse to well done unsolicited email).
- They clearly have no human review
- The search phrases they call out are inappropriate
- In a few instances they’ve been wrong (telling one of my “New Orleans Chiropractors” that he was in position 18 instead of position 4)
- They’re offering inclusion in some sort of link-network (clearly not good SEO)
For instance, I got an email because Search Influence ranks on page 2 of Google for “New Orleans Plastic Surgery”
I wouldn’t be so quick to call them out, but this is at least the 5th copy of this email I remember having seen from different clients. In 3 of the 5 instances they were highlighting inappropriate search phrases and in another misrepresenting the position.
And I’ve seen a dozen others with text similar enough to make me think they’re using different company names for the same offer.
Hey Links Hog, please spend the extra $0.50 per contact and make sure you’re spamming the right target.
If you get a call from these guys please feel free to give us a call at (504) 208-3900 and we’ll be happy to tell you why this is not a good idea.
Subject: I visited your website and had a question
Body: I was looking at websites under the keyword New Orleans Plastic Surgery and came across your website http://www.searchinfluence.com. I see that you’re not ranked on the first page of Google for a New Orleans Plastic Surgery search.
I’m not sure if you’re aware of why you’re ranked this low but more importantly how easily correctable this is.
There’s no reason you can’t have a top three ranking for the keyword New Orleans Plastic Surgery based on your site structure and content. You have a very nice site.
You need significantly more one way anchor text backlinks. If you’re interested I can help you with this…
I’m talking about getting you ranked for ALL your keywords. Adding new backlinks on a steady and consistent basis from high PR quality websites is what produces the rankings you are looking for http://www.searchinfluence.com .
The right kind of links are very critical in getting top ranking….and I can hand deliver these quality links to you.
My partners and I own 1000’s websites and offer private linking to hundreds of website owners just like yourself.
I didn’t send this email out to very many people but I am currently reaching out to a list of your “keyword competitors” as well. But I do favor your website because I can see your website monetizing the targeted website traffic the keyword New Orleans Plastic Surgery can deliver.
I have your contact information and phone number. Is it ok if I give you a call?
I have a very simple way to prove that what I do works and it’s risk free for you to try. Nothing beats seeing the results with your own eyes
Is it ok if I give you a call? I would love to pursue this further over the phone with you or should I go somewhere else?
P.S – If the tables were turned and somebody I didn’t know came to me with a proposition, even one that was appealing, I would be hesitant because I would be wondering – what’s the catch? What does this guy know that I don’t.
But then I would think he does know something that I don’t know. He does have thousands of high PR websites, he does have hundreds of thousands of pages indexed and ranking in Google Yahoo and MSN. Sites that can deliver the quality anchor text backlinks. I would also think that I need to get my website in the top rankings. And he is offering to turn key top rankings for me…on all my keywords including New Orleans Plastic Surgery. Even keywords I’m not currently competing for. Keywords that produce traffic that’s potentially worth tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of dollars.
I emailed you because It’s a win -win for both of us. Think of it this way – Who wouldn’t be interested in buying money at a discount? Because that’s what I’ll be able to do offer you…Money at a discount.
Is it Ok to give you a call? Or you can can call me anytime at the number above?
The shame is that they probably get a lot of response from that email. Business owners are so hungry for information that they might respond to this sort of stuff…
Gotta run… my packages for otc pharmaceuticals and deeper pleasure just arrived.
I just got the same email from linkshog.
I just got this email too…thanks for writing about it.
The following is in response to an email inquiry relative to this post and LinksHog.
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I’m so tired of this spam.
We are an SEO company, and while our clients might be on the 3rd page for a keyphrase, they are more than likely ALSO on the 2nd page AND the 1st page. Most of the time our client is number 1 for the keyphrase mentioned in the email.
I just called and mentioned they might want to do a little better research before sending those emails so they weren’t misrepresenting the truth. As you can imagine, they weren’t very receptive to my advice.
If you receive an email from Linkstiger.com (they keep changing their name, I wonder why 😉 I would recommend hitting the delete button as quickly as possible.
Thanks for dropping by — I couldn’t agree more! The delete button is the quickest and most effective way to deal with this problem 🙂
You know I totally agree with everybody here. I would have to say delete is a good option. I checked there site no page rank and where are the backlinks to there site? This is what they promised, right?
Just received identical email offer from:
New name, same pile..
They now have a new name Links Panther – Jason Miller – same intro email.
I just received the identical email, only with one of my targeted keywords. The email offer came from:
I checked out linkspanther.com and for $499 they will place your site on page 1. Yea, right…for a day?
It’s the ValueJet model. Drop a plane in the everglades and then change your name to AirTran. These guys have it down. One too many negative blog-posts and blammo, new name.
just to let you all know two and a half years later I’ve just had the identical email from Brian Thomas at linkshog (I don’t think they’ll be getting my $$$)
I received similar email. Not really wanting to have permanent links coming in form a known link farm / blog network, pretty good chance such links could hurt rather than help rankings.
Thanks for the info. I just received this spam. Good to know it’s a con.
I’ve also received the exact same intro email from LinksPanther.com (Jason Carter); I’m glad I did a scam search, not that I’m going to be spending $500/mo on SEO anytime soon. Thanks for the insight… I did think it odd that their website home page didn’t have a page ranking.
Just received the email from Brian Thomas @ linkshog.com.
I knew things didn’t sound right, as if I was internet dummy, prompt me to do a google search and here I am.
What a joke.
Great post Will, my company received this email and brought it to my attention. After seeing the monthly fee which is ridiculous I still decided to conduct a quick search to see if there were any traces online. Despite the fact there are no human reviews Will’s post is just as good if not better! Posted in 08 I am writing in 2011 and now they go by Linkspanther.com. How can they conduct a keyword search with the word “local” when they are in AZ hmmmm, special software or using various ports, maybe but maybe not. Anyway by running the keyword they were trying to sell us on it was clear that our listing was ranked really high and pretty much on top already. I personally do seo and optimization, even though I feel that I do a pretty good job it does not hurt to see if there are other methods that can be applied however with these guys I saw right through them, beware…500 a month is a lot of money for seo in my personal opinion unless you are a very major corporation and see substantial results!