I received a call recently with a most perculiar point. The caller wanted to take me up on an offer we had for web designers to do one of their client’s sites free in hopes of securing additional work down the road. While I’m always happy to work with designers the message was still odd, I never approved such a promotion and as we’re basically running at full capacity and having to turn down clients to insure our guarantees and current client obligations are met – I was certain that in some 16 hours-of-work daze I wouldn’t put out or OK such an email.
After discussing the issue with the caller a little more I discovered that the email came from our domain. The email address? firstname.lastname@example.org. Hmmmmmmm.
The gentleman was kind enough to forward me the message he received. Note: this did not come from Beanstalk. It is simply being posted to put out there what it already apparently being published in our name. This email is in no way associated with Beanstalk and we cannot honor the content of it. Here is the email:
My name is Steve Wilson. I am a SEO analyst at Beanstalk-Inc.com. We are
excited to offer you a FREE website SEO analysis and optimization package.
There is no cost whatsoever to you. We do ask that if you are satisified
with our service that you write a short review about Beanstalk-Inc.com.
If you’re not familiar with the term, SEO is short for search engine
optimization, the process of increasing the amount of visitors to a Web
site by ranking high in the search results of a search engine. The higher a Web
site ranks in the results of a search, the greater the chance that that
site will be visited by a user. It is common practice for Internet users to not
click through pages and pages of search results, so where a site ranks in
a search is essential for directing more traffic toward the site.
SEO helps to ensure that a site is accessible to a search engine and
improves the chances that the site will be found by the search engine.
At the end of our analysis and optimization service, your website is
guaranteed to start receiving more traffic from the most popular search
More traffic equals more dollars.
If you are interested in this free offer, feel free to contact me via
Email or MSN(preferred). Thanks for reading and take care.
P: (250) 370-9750
F: (800) 979-3215
So there you have it, Steve Wilson is a sp@mmer and a thief – trying to profit off the reputation we have spent years developing. We will be taking actions against him shortly of course but thought it wise to post this here just to make sure our site visitors aren’t confused.
SEO news blog post by Dave Davies, CEO @ 10:22 pm on January 17, 2007