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Cold Call I receieved today

Anybody else had a cold call offering this?



2:42 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys,
Just been cold called by a company offering me a guaranteed 10,000 hits for 500. Anybody else had any dealings with a company like this, as the guy on the phone seemed a little bit militant in his sales pitch?

5p a click would be nice if it turned out to be for real but I get the feeling it's not :-)


Chris Holgate

[edited by: agerhart at 2:43 pm (utc) on July 10, 2003]
[edit reason] removed company specifics per TOS [/edit]


2:50 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You have to be careful with the these companies that call you out of the blue. Check out the company before you try it. Remember just getting hits is not getting visits from your target audience.


3:08 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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TOS confusing me. I can post a comment regarding or even slating Google but if I name a lesser known company as I tried to do above then my post gets edited!


3:13 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They are the TOS. It could happen to you too;)

I get these calls a lot. 10,000 hits from where by whom?

10,000 software generated hits.

What percentage are from real individuals that you can serve?


3:18 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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There is a 99% chance this is a scam.

10,000 hits

This could mean a ton of different things:

Forced Exit Traffic
Crappy Foreign Traffic that doesn't even read your language
Clicked Traffic from an exit console
Or a ton of other things

hits don't mean squat. you want visitors. and you probably want qualified traffic.


4:48 am on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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These things are usually pop-behinds. It pops your site behind some garbage search engine that gator or some other spyware installs. I had a client do this once and the only replies he got were from people thinking his site installed spyware on their computer and kept making it pop up. I'd stay away.


9:38 pm on Jul 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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shmekkyl, Chris and peewhy are correct. This kind of traffic is usually junk. There are a lot of sites who offer 10,000 hits for 10$ or even less.

USELESS. I do SEO for my clients and tried this for my client. I didn't tell him that I am doing this for him. I paid the company. The client receieved no sales from the special link I used to send the traffic to. It was a Batteries website. usually the client gets over 20k in sales everyday.


4:52 pm on Jul 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I never like to say anything is a scam, but lets look at the facts. Any of us could go straight to Google now and do a search for website traffic, I could arrange 10,000 visitors for your site thru any of the companies coming up for about $50's - 35. Why pay more? Think of the profit they are making if ther sell it for 6-7 times that!

Advice - forget it! Might be a scam or might not be, who really knows. What we do know is that you can get it 10,000 popunders/ups SOOO much cheaper anyhows (and I think we all know this is what it means), so if you wanna test it out go get it elsewhere.

Oh and another thing...would you buy double glazing from a cold call? nope?....so dont buy traffic either


4:55 pm on Jul 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Someone who could generate REAL visitors in those numbers would make more money sending it to targeted affiiate programs or other partners, so why would they sell the traffic to you?


9:32 pm on Jul 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Exactly buckworks...exactly...


4:37 am on Jul 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've had a few of these calls lately. One ended up being a company that tricked people into downloading a "special" toolbar by entering a sweepstakes one of the others promised optimization without touching the site....ie old style doorway pages.

It's amazing once you point out and tell them exactly what they are going to do and how they are going to do it they get all defensive.


12:10 pm on Aug 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I also receive a call from them today promising me 10,000 unique U.K. visitors over 12 months 600.00 + VAT. Here's a excerpt from their follow-up email:

"When a U.K. user (we can tell U.K. users by the I.P. address) searches for, as an example,your keyword, and clicks on to one of our affiliates listings, we simplt redirect them through to the one U.K. web site that the C.A.T. system has been set up for.

We are creating a win, win, situation. Our affiliates win because they are not being contacted by people they are not looking for business from and they also get paid x amount of a percent for the redirect, the U.K. user wins because they do not have to trawl through site after site after site to find what they are looking for and our clients win because they are picking up on U.K. users they may be missing out on."


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