This Email Was Almost Funny Even Though It Should Have Been in SPAM
Spammers are people too. Are you at risk of becoming one? After being at Wealthy Affiliate for over two years, I have watched a few too many people fall for shiny objects in hopes of making money faster. Even a few "respected" members have. So, just because someone is a Wealthy Affiliate member; that does not mean they immune from becoming a spammer.
Maybe I"m in a weird mood today but this morning I found myself feeling sorry for a spammer. After all, this spammer is just like most of us. This spammer is simply trying to make a living. Trying to earn a few dollars so they can pay their bills.
Yet, that person has gotten sucked into a method that is not going to work. They have wasted money and time listening to someone that has tried to offer a fast way of making money.
Here is what happened:
This morning, my cooking with chocolate website received the following email from a girl with a gmail address. Although I was a bit confused about the title, I still opened the email. After all, living in Colorado, I do frequently find myself sharing my opinion on CBD.
Check out the email that I received. How many "No, Nos" can you find?
To: me, admin of my chocolate website, at my email address.
From: Her first name and last firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: cbd/vape help
I just wanted to check in with you whether you need any SEO / lead generation services at the moment?
I have a pretty good working knowledge of the vape and CBD niches as I have been in this game for 7 years and have helped to rank some of today's leading sites.
I can do all sorts of things such as monthly backlink packages, writing blog articles, scraping leads for your business, doing an outreach, promoting you on leading vape and cbd publications and so on!
You can buy my links / chat to me here fiverr.xxxxxxxxx this is a freelance site).
This marketing email is almost a "Textbook" case of what NOT to do:
1. My website was about cooking with chocolate. It is a nice, conservative, type of mommy website. The knowledge about vaping and CBD is completely irrelevant to me.
2. I don't want to my chocolate website to rank for vaping or CBD words. (Knowing my avatars, my audience, that would be a public relations nightmare for me.)
3. If this person is sending info to me, the owner of a chocolate website - I do not believe the really have the experience ranking websites that the person claims to have.
4. This person will scrape leads for my business?
5. They are going to sell me backlink packages. I can buy them from this person?
6. They are going to promote my chocolate website in leading CBD and vape publications.
Wow.... Based on things that I have learned here at Wealthy Affiliate, I am concerned their offer would kill my website's traffic rather than help it. Black hat SEO strategies, such as these, do not work.
Had my website been promoting CBD or vape things, would I have been tempted? Fortunately, I have learned enough here WA to know that scraping isn't good. Nor is purchasing back links. If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, it probably is.
Somewhere, there is probably a person just like you and me, trying to build an online business.
That person probably purchased some sort of program promising a way to find new businesses.
They were probably told that using a person's name with a gmail address would keep your "offer" from getting sent to SPAM.
Maybe my email address ended up on someone's email list that was sold or rented.
Regardless, this person will be happy that people are opening the emails, yet the people are not converting into paying customers.
This person probably bought some program, some shiny object, that like it would help them make money fast. I sort of feel sorry for them.
Bottom Line- Trust the training that you get here at WA. Be Patient. Consistently publish good content that will help your readers. Always strive to improve your skills.
Do NOT get sucked into believing that short cuts work.
I hope that you all have a great week.