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title: Boost organic search engine rankings - new SEO service

     
5:44 pm on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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How many people just can't wait for the page to load when they read this line, "Boost organic search engine rankings...new SEO service, sign up today", etc, etc.

Sorry - not here to spam, only to ask a question. How did you feel when you read the title / description of the post?

1) Angry (eg, somebody spammed the forums).
2) Curious as to what the sale pitch would be - but no interest in the offer.
3) Disturbed at yet another con artist trying to sell people on a scam.
4) Excited - maybe this is my ticket to #1 ranking baby!
5) Insert other phrase here?

Reason I wanted to post this is over the years, I've read dozens of service announcements, tool descriptions, search engine ranking promotion pitches #1 in 90 days or money back etc, etc.

I've gotten tired of the hype long ago, and for me, it's the #2 above - curiousity - that makes me continue to read about the newest gizmo that'll help me with my search engine promotion efforts. Really, if I could press a button, and boost my organic search engine related referrals tomorrow, I'd sign up today!

Sadly, there is no "pot of gold" at the end of this rainbow / only a poll :)

C'mon, don't just read it - post about it, eh?

6:04 pm on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Mostly curious, especially when I saw it was posted in this forum - followed it from the active pot list, btw. Maybe a bit of frustration and a bit of excitement - but again that had more to do with where it was posted along with the title a descp.
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How did you feel when you read the title / description of the post?

I started laughing because it was another chance to play the "Can I read this garbage before it gets zapped by a Mod?" game. But I guess this one won't be getting zapped. <sigh> ;)

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6:22 pm on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I first saw the thread on the active list, so I didn't see the authors id.

My first thought was.... ahhh, more spam!

Still, I opened the thread. I'm sort of interested in the variety of ways folks spam boards. I don't think I've ever responded to the stuff, but I find it interesting as a general subject.

I'm sure that had I first seen the thread on the index for this forum my reaction would have been more positive because I would have also seen the authors id at the same time. Must be something about thread titles in relationship to who the author is.

Obviously, over time, posters sometimes build up credibilty that outweighs other factors.

6:34 pm on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My first thought was that someone was reporting about mail they'd received from a spammer or cold caller trying to sell SEO services.
7:28 pm on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I would have passed on by except for the posters name - good branding!

When I do break down and read such threads (rarely) the reason is your number 2: curiosity.

I find it amusing/amazing that such titles still work - if the economic response wasn't there that over-the-top, pie-in-the-sky, snake oil style of advertising would have disappeared. It hasn't so I guess the suckers haven't either. An educated/intelligent society we are not.

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I recognize your name. I didn't think even for a moment that this would be a spammy post.
5:00 pm on May 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Curisity here as well.

I often check these things out to see if there's something I haven't heard of before. I like to be as up to date as I can on the latest scam/method/technique so that I can hopefully recognize it when one of our clients asks about it.

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If I hadn't recognised the poster (having met him), I'd not have opened it.

I get a little bit of SEO spam email but I don't usually open it.

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I thought it was spam for sure... nice trick
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It makes a great piece of PPC ad copy...

"Boost organic search engine rankings...new SEO service, sign up today"

Newbies read "Boost rankings... new, sign up today" - lots of call to action here. And yes, it's the same thing a hundred ads say, but if you're a newbie, this might be your first one.

Those slightly-to-somewhat familiar with SEO will see "organic" and "new service", get curious, and click.

And the pros will laugh, but they aren't the target market, are they?. So really, the ad succeeds here too: the vendor just saved the cost of a useless click.