You may receive spam from a 'Marian Dolan'
They want to exchange links with you. but really they are spamming their seo services. If you respond to this email they will ask you to place an outbound link on your site, and then they will place a no-follow attribute on the inbound link to your site.
I ran across your site yoursite.com while surfing the net and would like to exchange links with you.
What I'm offering is a free, fair and beneficial deal in exchange for a backlink.
At socialseomaster.com you can find everything from beginner's guides to more advanced topics that will result in real traffic to your site as well.
All of this is totally free of charge.
Let me know what you think, as I am looking forward to exchanging links with you.
Marian Dolan - SocialSEOMaster.com
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Have you ever received this communication through email or email forms?
Ignore it! Why you ask?
The name of the company is not included in the email. Typically a reputable company will include their Name, Email Address, a working phone number, and a street address of their business.
Can you trust this company?
Have you ever heard of this company before? Do they have a WORKING phone number? Are they even real?
Can you trust the sender?
A good email system and a bit of searching would tell you that the ip address is from another domain and if you do a quick search on the reply to email address that this person or "SEO" company has been email spamming, forum spamming and more.
Is this company in America?
There's a good chance you are receiving this message in America, so the chances of you getting any money back from them is laughable. Unless you just want to throw your money into a hole, then leave them alone. Find a local SEO company that you can hold accountable if you are unsatisfied with the results.
Was this email written specifically for you?
These messages are usually sent to thousands of potential customers hoping for quick cash.
Even Google gets these spam emails
Web consultants or agencies that send you email out of the blue.
Be wary of SEO firms and web consultants or agencies that send you email out of the blue.
Amazingly, we get these spam emails too:
I visited your website and noticed that you are not listed in most of the major search engines and directories..."
Reserve the same skepticism for unsolicited email about search engines as you do for "burn fat at night" diet pills or requests to help transfer funds from deposed dictators.
Asks you to reply
Replying ANYTHING back is a bad idea because many times it lets the sender know you are a real person and that the email address they are spamming is valid.
Wants you to participate in link exchanges
Scammers are building regular websites and asking others for link exchanges and after enough links have been gathered, the site is then converted into a spammy site.
Ignore it! Ignore it!
Sometimes the spam is intended to hurt the reputation of a competitor. That's why it's best to simply ignore email spam altogether.