I know I should put my phone number on the Do Not Call List, but I actually find it interesting to see who ends up calling. My wife of course finds it incredibly annoying.
But it blows my mind that by far the majority of sales calls are from people trying to sell me SEO services. I just got another one today. The guy opened by asking me if I’d like to get in on the “exclusive” arrangement they have with Google, Bing & Yahoo to get me to the top. I asked him to describe how in fact he could do that and he again mentioned this very special exclusive arrangement. I told him to look at his lead list and read me back the name of my company.
The fact that these guys are selling complete bullshit is troubling enough. But how could you ever trust a company that tries to sell worthless local SEO services to a company called “Local SEO Guide”?
This wouldn’t have even set me off so much except that earlier today I spoke to a potential client who told me he was talking me and another guy who guaranteed he could get him to rank #1 in Google for a number of very competitive keywords. Of course you had to pay a huge fee upfront, but everything after that was guaranteed.
Perhaps the US Attorney’s office could divert some of its resources from harassing legitimate small businesses and do something about this particularly irksome form of chicanery that is doing real harm to our SMBs?