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! ūüėĪ

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.

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

Update 31st March 2019 РUnfortunately 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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Looking for local Medway Oven Cleaning Services? Try Pro Clean Kent

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Looking for local Medway Oven Cleaning Services?

Before you go paying franchises and big brands, why not consider using a local business?

Oven Cleaning at home usually means using caustic chemicals that can be harsh on your skin, your oven and the environment. Besides the mess, many people just don’t have the time to do the job.

Try ProClean, their team of friendly, trained operatives use non-caustic, non-toxic products in your home along with the right amount of elbow grease to finish the job!

They’re friendly, reliable & professional, and leave no mess, just a sparkly clean oven for you to use right away. Medway Oven Cleaning Services have reached a new high!

Pro Clean will thoroughly clean your oven, eliminating all traces of dirt, grease and burnt on carbon. They use non-caustic, non-toxic, eco friendly products that will make your oven look brand new!

Pro Clean Kent Oven Cleaning before pic1 Oven Cleaning Services Medway Pro Clean Kent Oven Cleaning after pic 1 Oven Cleaning Services Medway

Look up ProClean Kent and get your oven back to brand-new  -fast!

ProClean offers the best Medway Oven Cleaning Services to domestic users using custom made heated dip tanks¬†mounted in each van. These are for soaking racks, shelves, glass etc. This brings them up like new and removes all grease and carbon during the time it takes to clean the oven. Continue reading “Looking for local Medway Oven Cleaning Services? Try Pro Clean Kent”

FREE SEO Audit – see where your site stands

A Free SEO Audit for your web site CAN HELP YOU IMPROVE RANKINGS ON Google AND OTHER SEARCH ENGINES.

 Order your FREE SEO Report and let's get you on the right track.

S.E.O. stands for Search Engine Optimisation and it’s really important that you have good SEO in order to appear in the search engines when your prospects search for your product or services.

Why do I need SEO?

A website without SEO is like having a motorway sign in the middle of a field. Nobody see’s it. The sign needs to be placed in view of the traffic. That’s what SEO does.

Are you on page one for your local area for your business niche?

Book your free SEO Audit ¬†and let’s¬†take a look at how your site looks to the search engines. The SEO audit contains 3 key elements.

You’ll receive two reports and a personal SEO audit performed by our experienced SEO.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Learn on-page SEO yourself

on-page seoLearn on-page SEO yourself – it’s not that hard once you understand how it works.

First we’ll explain what on-page SEO means.

The term ‘on-page’ refers to the optimisation of the elements contained within your page, that is, all the things that show on the page; Text, images, links, meta tags and so on.

All these things can be optimised with a chosen keyword or phrase. For those who were asleep in the last lesson, SEO means Search Engine Optimisation. See me after class.

When you’re selecting your keywords or keyphrases, head over to Google and type them in. See where the keyword(s) appear and you’ll soon be targeting your market like a dream. Continue reading “Learn on-page SEO yourself”