This is one in a series of posts reviewing and looking at how some of the SEO companies which use bulk emails/spam with ‘we can help your terrible site’ type emails really can (and actually mostly can’t!) help your site.
This is a bit different to my normal SEO spammers. It’s from a Guest Post Spammer. I’ve done one of these before. I’ve been quite a lot of guest post spams in the last couple of weeks, so I thought it would be good to look at these types of spammers again…
The email came from a ‘Hazel’ who was using a bestcustomoutreach.com email. This domain was only registered in November 2020 (just over two months ago) and there’s no site on it. It’s clearly simply been registered to send spam from… The spam email subject was “Paid Guest Posting” and the email went:
I hope you’re enjoying good health.
We’re professional Blogger Outreach and content marketing agency. We provide long term relationships with our clients.
We provide articles and non-promotional content to blogger relevant to their website niche.
You can help us by placing an article with a do-follow link on your site. If you’re interested, then tell me the price to publish my article.
We make payments through PayPal or Payoneer (Totally Your Choice).
We’ll be happy to hear from you soon.
I’ve had several identical emails to this. I don’t know if many different guest post spammers are using this same template or if Globex Outreach just send A LOT of spam – probably both!
Anyway, as the email basically told me nothing about who they are I asked…
Please can you tell me more about your agency? What company are you with? Do you have a website?
And I got this reply:
We are an SEO agency and provide links building service to our clients and for that, we first make a deal with bloggers.
So, we have a deal with thousands of bloggers and providing them a long-term business.
For more details kindly visit our website www.globexoutreach.com
Looking for your reply.
So now we have a company name! And… they also claim to be an SEO company, OK then. So I replied to Hazel explaining who I am and what I do, as we as asking a few questions about why they sent spam…
I’ve been a web designer and developer for 20 years. I like to reply to SEO & other spammers to see what ‘services’ they offer and the things they say and use to get clients.
If you’d have actually bothered to visit my site, you would have seen that it clearly says “Please don’t ask if I have guest posts, this site is just for my rambles!”
So why did you then spam me (breaking several international laws in the process…)?
Also, why did you spam me from a different domain (registered only two months ago) rather than your main business one? Is it because you know you’re spamming and don’t want to get your main domain into trouble for spamming? hmmmm…
Also why do you claim to be based in New York on your site, when you’re clearly based in Lahore?
None of that is very trustworthy or professional is it?
Well, this got a one line reply:
No, we did not spam you
Well, yes they did. So I tried to explain this to them:
You did spam me. I live in the UK. We have a law called PECR which states what marketing emails can be sent. (https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/electronic-and-telephone-marketing/electronic-mail-marketing/)
I am a ‘Sole Trader’ so count as an individual. As it clearly states in PECR “You can email or text an individual if they have specifically consented to receiving emails or texts from you”.
I HAVE NOT given you consent to contact me. Thus your emails are spam.
You also didn’t answer why you’re not using your real email to email people from or why you claim to be based in the USA when you aren’t…
This time I got two replies, within the space of two minutes:
I did not understand what are you saying…
If you don’t want to make a deal with us.
Otherwise we want a long-term business relationship with you.
Oh dear. They don’t seem to understand what spam actually is! So I did my best to explain things again, very simply…
OK, I will try and explain things very simply.
No, I DO NOT want to work with you.
You are spammers.
The original email you sent me broke several different anti-spam laws from around the world, including: PECR (UK) / CAN-SPAM (USA) / CASL (Canada) / Spam Act (Australia).
It’s that simple. Please do some research on the above laws and you will find that your emails break all of the laws above.
But I’ve had no reply to that email. It really does seem that spammers don’t like it when you call them spammers!
Looking at Their Site
With SEO spammers, I also like to look at their sites, to see if they practice what they preach (I mean would you trust a plumber who had leaking and rusty pipes all over their own house?!); and also to compare their site with a site they say they can help…
There site is www.globexoutreach.com
Their site has 20 errors and 5 warnings. Not a great start.
Using the ‘WAVE’ Accessibility Testing Tool, their site has 13 errors and 29 contrast errors.
Using the GTmetix Tool their site gets:
Overall Grade: F
That’s really not good at all. You’d have thought that an SEO company who know that things like HTML validation, accessibility and site optimisation would be important – but apparently not!
And looking on their site, things only get worse.
On their site they list their company as being based in central New York. Only they’re not. If you Google the address they give, the first several entries are for ‘virtual offices’ where you rent an address and sometimes and phone number as well – you don’t actually have any ‘real’ presence there.
However, their Facebook page lists an address in Lahore, Pakistan! The ‘bestcustomoutreach.com’ domain was registered in Pakistan. The time when Hazel first spammed me would have been 4.30am in New York but would have been 2pm in Lahore…
Looking on their LinkedIn page, they claim to be based in the USA. However, if I google the name of their CEO, guess what, his profile (on several different social media platforms) lists him as being Lahore. What are the chances!?
There also seems to be a sister company ‘Globex IT Solutions’ and guess where that’s located – LAHORE!
So I think it’s safe to say that Globex Outreach/Globex IT Solutions are really in Pakistan.
Also, rather worryingly, Globex don’t seem to know when they started business. On some sites/profiles it says 2005 and on some 2010. But the domain ‘globexoutreach.com’ was registered in November 2015 and ‘globexitsolutions.com.pk’ in May 2016; so frankly who knows!
All of the above doesn’t exactly inspire confidence…
Globex Outreach/Globex IT Solutions are happy to hide behind fake domains when spamming people.
Globex Outreach/Globex IT Solutions also don’t actually seem to understand what spam is (or SEO or how to set-up a website properly).
So if Globex Outreach/Globex IT Solutions want to offer guest posting services to you. I’d think twice (or just hit the delete button).
But the choice, as ever, is yours.