How SEO8 Scammers STEAL LEADS from unverified Google accounts

Adam Jefferies - Bulldog SEO's boxing champ

Yes, your competitors can edit your Google My Business listings to steal your leads! 😱

Here’s how it works and how you can ensure it doesn’t happen to your listing. Shady businesses (SEO8) can ruin your marketing efforts meaning you lose leads and calls. It’s low and dirty but it happens a lot.

This article is published and optimised for public awareness. Ordinarily we would swerve this kind of negativity but these kinds of tactics can really damage your business so we’re calling them out.

We’re passionate about protecting our clients and ensuring that full control is always in our clients hands.

How SEO8 tried to scam Medway SEO (and failed badly)

A few days back, we received an email from Google advising us that our listing had been updated. We have made no recent updates to our listing.

SEO8 scammers STEAL LEADS from your GMB map listings by changing numbers
SEO8 scammers STEAL LEADS from your GMB map listings by changing numbers

Our telephone number was changed to another Medway SEO business called ‘SEO8’

Imagine if were to never have received an email from Google?

SEO8 Case Study:

Scammers look for unverified map listings, then edit the information. These listings can have website addresses and telephone numbers changed. You may have seen the ‘suggest an edit’ link on other listings.

The main issues is that with unverified listings, you won’t be notified and the new information will stay live until you notice it. Assuming you all look at your Google listings regularly right?

Is your Google My Business account verified?

If it’s not, you may be at risk of having your leads stolen by cheap SEO scammers.

GET YOUR GMB LISTING VERIFIED!

If your GMB is verified, you’ll be notified by email and your edits are updated almost instantly. While this is a bit of a laborious task, it’s better than watching someone else update your listing and realising that you have no control.

This genuine link from Google explains how to get verified:

https://support.google.com/business/answer/7107242?hl=en-GB

About SEO8 and how they appear to operate

A quick search revealed that the new number was added by a pop up company called  ‘SEO8’. A business using an office address at Cliffe House, Anthonys Way, Rochester ME2 4DY.

They previously used another name with and the grammar in the site copy is probably indicative of the kind of service you’d be likely receive from them. Be very careful, companies using these tactics to rank can seriously damage your business.

Spam program ‘XRumer’ they posted on Google.

XRumer is a piece of software made for spamming online forums and comment sections. It is marketed as a program for search engine optimization and was created by BotmasterLabs. It is able to register and post to forums (forum spam) with the aim of boosting search engine rankings.

SPAM AND BLACK HAT SEO TACTICS CAN LEAD TO YOUR SITE BANNED FROM GOOGLE. DON’T RISK IT.

SEO8 scammers using dodgy software to steal leads
SEO8 scammers using dodgy software to spam sites and steal leads

Notice the content on the site is made using text from a theme template:

We’re not worried about them as competition, in fact here’s the link to their site. They have an insecure SSL certificate so be careful not to submit information.

https://seo8.co.uk/

Beware companies that use black hat SEO techniques to rank. If they are happy to scam other local businesses they will scam anyone, including customers.

This image shows where we rank in spite of this businesses and its shady efforts. Still number 1, still top of the map pack.

SEO8 ranking 3rd on google

Medway SEO – top of the map pack in spite of SEO8

Medway SEO - top of the map pack in spite of SEO8

Read more about the GMB scams here:

Scammers Swap Phone Number With Legit Business, Customers Pay Price

https://moz.com/blog/competitors-edit-listing-google-my-business

If you’re serious about ranking, make sure you only use white hat SEO methods. It’s just not worth losing your listing to unscrupulous businesses or spammers.

We’ve been operating Medway SEO in Rochester for over 6 years and can help protect your business against spammers, scammers and dodgy business practices. If you’d like to discuss working with a reputable business that can actually get you ranked without using underhand methods, contact us today and let’s get you started on the right path to ranking.

TJR Ovenclean covering Maidstone & Medway

TJR Ovenclean have landed. Eco Friendly and ready to serve you. Terry has 15 years experience in the industry and after running a very successful domestic & commercial cleaning business (sold in August 2018) he decided it was time to set up TJR and to go down the ECO friendly path.

“I enjoyed oven cleaning, but was not happy with using toxic chemicals, so I completed the training and switched over to Eco-friendly cleaning methods”

Who is Terry Rouse?

This post gives an insight into the man running TJR and will explain about the things he’s passionate about. Terry is literally putting his OCD tendencies to good use and wants to clean up Maidstone and Medway’s ovens. He also cares about using the right chemicals that are not harmful to the environment.

Terry John Rouse AKA TJR Ovenclean

Officially Dirtbuster Trained with a dynamic team

Now formally trained by the leading provider, Dirtbusters and fully equipped with his own kit and eco-chemicals, he’s now on a mission to clean up Maidstone and Medway’s ovens,  supported by a team of cleaners trained to the same high standards.

TJR offers the following services

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John Street Shop Rochester installs SLUSHY MACHINE!

The shop in John Street, Rochester has super friendly staff, fresh vegetables, newspapers & magazines, beers, wines & spirits, smoking supplies and a huge range of everyday items to get you out of trouble.

Including a PayPoint machine, National Lottery (Lotto) and a CASH machine and now

NEW SLUSHY DRINK MACHINE 😅

Fruity slush drinks machine
Fruity slush drinks –  £1.00 for a small cup and £1.50 for a large cup!

March and April have some great deals on Wines & Spirits so make sure you pop in and see what’s on offer!

Opening Hours: 8am -10pm everyday

The fridges & freezers are fully stocked with ready meals, a large range of Korkers Sausages, frozen vegetables and lots more!

Shop services & key information:

  • Cash machine  
  • PayPoint machine
  • Phone Top-up
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Beers, wines & spirits
  • Smoking & Vaping supplies (Inc. Rizla, RAW and E-liquids)
  • National Lottery
  • 3.7m Fridges and a bank of Freezers
  • Fresh Vegetables

Look at all the NEW STOCK – what will you try?

Would like a promo blog like this for your business?

Click here and see what you can get at an affordable rate:  https://medwayseo.com/digital-marketing-pro-seo-blog/

Food & Wine Convenience Store Rochester opens with FREE CASH MACHINE!

Update 31st March 2019 – Unfortunately the cash machine is no longer free. Each withdrawal now costs £95p. Kajan did his best to keep the machine free but the company made it impossible for him. He has chosen the lowest possible charge to pass on.

The Food & Wine Convenience Store Rochester is officially open and now has all services up and running –  PayPoint machine, National Lottery (Lotto) and a FREE CASH machine – yes, you heard it, a FREE cash machine in Rochester!

The shop has super friendly staff, fresh vegetables, newspapers & magazines, beers, wines & spirits, smoking supplies and a huge range of everyday items to get you out of trouble.

Opening Hours: 8am -10pm everyday

The fridges & freezers have been fully restocked with ready meals, a large range of Korkers Sausages, frozen vegetables and lots more!

Shop services & key information:

  • Cash machine
  • Slush drinks machine
  • PayPoint machine
  • Phone Top-up
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Beers, wines & spirits
  • Smoking & Vaping supplies (Inc. Rizla, RAW and E-liquids)
  • National Lottery
  • 3.7m Fridges and a bank of Freezers
  • Fresh Vegetables

Take the shop tour gallery and see what’s inside:

Free cash machine in Rochester

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Corporation Street Hotel Rochester – INFO HUB

Corporation Street Hotel Rochester, Kent.

There’s a lot of discussion on social media regarding the proposal for for the new Corporation Street Hotel Rochester.  We decided to create this post after realising that quite a few people were confused about the details of the project. Not content with teaching websites and SEO, we also want to educate local people about local issues affecting the area. Too pluggy?

The idea for an info hub came from a Facebook post shared in a local Rochester group:

In case any Rochester and Medway friends have missed it, the revised Corporation Street hotel plans are open for…

Posted by Sarah Anderson on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Here’s a collection of information and links about the hotel project that some may find useful:

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