Over the years I have received a vast number of guest post, or article exchange request, emails from people. The vast majority of these I just delete but, given the emphasis Google is now placing on identifying poor quality links, I felt I should share one I received today in the hope it stops at least one person from taking up one of these ‘offers’.
The below email comes in two parts, as many of these spam requests do, appearing to be an original email I have received and a follow up email. This is a clever trick to make the recipient think they’ve entered into conversation with the sender already. I haven’t, it’s just spam.
You will notice the name of the sender is Indian, and the email address used is a free one at Gmail. The better educated among you will also notice the grammar in the email is poor. This always surprises me actually. If you’re going to the trouble of sending out thousands of spam emails looking for links on websites, you could at least ensure your own email is written properly. A little effort up from would save a lot of wasted effort in sending the emails. But anyway, I’m glad they don’t as it makes it even more obvious to spot.
You can also see the sender has requested a link on CSAhell.com, but the email didn’t come through the contact form. No, it came through the info@ email address. This again is a red flag because it shows someone has sent that email on spec to info@, hoping it exists and someone will receive it. They haven’t ‘gone through the site’ at all, and I’m sure they don’t ‘appreciate your hard work’.
Please, I implore you, if you receive emails such as this don’t reply and don’t take them up on it; just delete them. It won’t help your website’s rankings, it’ll have the opposite effect.
I hope you are doing well. I believe you receive my previous mail. For the time being am sending few sites of mine.
Please send me your feedback as soon as possible so that I can start writing article which will be suitable for your site ” www.csahell.com “.
Waiting for your kind response.
Thanks & regards,
And the ‘original’ email…
On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Basij Lorena <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am Lorena member of financial domains on debt, loan, mortgage and other various finance topics. Today, while searching for a suitable blog, I just come across yours. I have gone through it and found it very resourceful. I must appreciate your hard work.
It will be my pleasure if I can contribute some quality content for your site ” www.csahell.com ” each of my content will be analytical and relevant . If you wish, you can suggest few topics on which you would like me to write. Not only that, I will give you the total right to edit the article and modify it as per your needs.
In return, I would gladly place your articles in my websites. This mutual content exchange will help our websites to get more targeted visitors.
Let me know your thoughts.
Waiting for your positive reply.
Thanks & regards,