Scams and Warnings

When you get domain and website you are more than likely going to receive offers to "help you" with your website and advertising - including offers for link requests...

SCAM: Asian Domains

Many of my clients have received emails or even phone calls from businesses offering Asian domain names.

View Example Email...

Dear CEO,

We are the domain name registration organization in Asia, deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally. Now we have something important need to confirm with your company. On the Jan 28, 2013, we received an application formally. One company named "Random Asian Company Ltd" wanted to register following Domain names:

  • devinewebsites.com.cn
  • devinewebsites.com.tw
  • etc

and Internet brand keyword: "DevineWebsites" through our body.

After our initial examination, we found that the keywords and domain names applied for registration are as same as your company’s name and trademark.
We don’t know whether you have any relation with them. These days we are dealing with it. Now we have not finished the registration of "Random Asian Company Ltd" yet, in order to deal with this issue better, Please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.

They are trying to get you to buy the equivalent Asian domain name to your existing domains and also try to sell you rights to an "Internet brand keyword" these are both scams.

If you are not interested in buying the domains - just mark as spam, delete or ignore the emails

So far I have seen none of these domains purchased by the Asian company reportedly about to buy them...

If you want to buy the equivalent Asian domain name to your existing domains you can get it much cheaper than they offer. I can help you with this if you are interested.

Also an Internet Brand Keyword, is the right, in China, to have your website come up automatically in an address bar if someone types in your "Internet Brand Keyword". They also refer to them as Internet trademarks.

So far no where else in the world is this "Internet Brand Keyword" policy in use.

SCAM:Domain Registrars

domain renewal scamEvery year I receive envelopes in the post from a random company (usually from USA or Australia) with what a first glance looks like an invoice for one of the domains I look after. They are actually an attempt to get you to transfer your domain to them and get them to renew the registration at a substantial increase in price. Sometimes they even offer free goods or services to entice you away. Usually the cost far exceeds any benefits...

Normally domain registrars will email any renewal notices (unless your email address is out of date) and provide a link to renew the domain.
I take care of this for most of you and also get a bulk discount that I pass on to you as well. If you are unsure of the validity of anything you receive to do with your domain or website, please just send me a quick email and I will give you an answer.

Also just to let you know - I can also register/renew .NZ domains for $28 +GST annually and international domains eg .COM for $20 + GST annually.

Warning: Find the Business (www. find the business .co.nz / www. find the business .com.au)

Some of you are getting calls from Find the Business, this is a franchise operation that offers to get your company onto the local Yellow Pages website's and also onto Google Maps/Google Places, all for a rather costly fee. Both of which you can do yourselves for Free. Yellow Pages NZ offers a free advertising service to all businesses and I have already added most of you onto Google Places. If you are not already there let me know and I will schedule a time to do this for you.

Warning: Google Adwords telephone calls

Some of you are also getting calls from companies pretending to be Google.
They are actually companies who have Google Adwords accounts and are trying to sell the Google Adwords service. For around $500 (or more) per month they will manage Google Adwords ad campaigns for you.

This is not a bad deal if you wish to run a large advertising campaign using Google Adwords; otherwise this is something you could do yourself, if you have the time... and it is also something I can do for you if you are interested..

SCAM: Lead generation and link building ...

Some of you are also getting email from companies and individuals offering lead generation and link building services - "creating thousands of keyword rich, relevant and information-intensive pages which will refer traffic".

1000's of pages suddenly linking to your site would see you plummeting down the organic ratings and probably get your site blocked from the Google index..
Check out Google's Webmaster Guidelines especially the page on Link schemes

The person or company claims to be local but advertises with an overseas telephone number and links to a website that sometimes not even fully completed..

View Example Email...

From: "Random Name" <niche seo marketing services@gmail.com>
Subject: Capture More Inquiries in your (Hamilton) area..

Hello, my name is Random Name and I have helped over 300 local businesses improve their revenue by over 200% using an extremely UNIQUE approach.

However, before you read the rest of the email, I would like to point out 2 things:

1. This email is definitely unsolicited but NOT spam. I can be reached via email and phone anytime you want.
2. My lead generation method will help improve your bottom line - GUARANTEED.

My special method of dramatically increases qualified leads/customers to your industry website. It comprises of getting your website shown in Google, Yahoo and Bing for THOUSANDS of your targeted keyword phrases.

Yes, instead of your website showing up for only 5-10 keywords, I will increase your online exposure dramatically by getting you visitors from thousands of your keywords.

I do this by creating thousands of keyword rich, relevant and information-intensive pages which will refer traffic to your target domain: http://www.example.co.nz/.
These are only SOME of the keywords that I will help you rank for (There are 100s more that we can use):

  • Lists lots of long tail and generally low quality keywords and phrases...

The best part is that the pages are generated for a one-time charge, stay live forever and will constantly send you new and targeted traffic..

Check out how you can get top listings by viewing this case study for a local business in the US: CLICK HERE: How a local business in US increased traffic by 600% -

As you can see from the link above, we have acquired hundreds of top 5 listings in Google which is definitely referring hundreds of visitors to the website owner every month.

I can do something similar for you for a one-time charge. We generate the pages, we upload them to our servers and once they are indexed in Google, they will start referring traffic to your website.

But there is a catch: I have sent out this email to 121 (organisations in your industry) in Hamilton and can only work with one company on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once the spot is taken, the offer is gone.

If you want to dramatically improve your local business, send me an email ASAP so we can work together (if this offer is still available by the time your respond).
Cheers,

Random Name
Local Business Marketing Specialist

Websites to check for possible Scams

If you are unsure if something is a scam - firstly do a Google search or check the following sites

Or send me a quick email and I will give you an answer as soon as I can...