The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, November 20, 2017

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

From
Victor Green <sales@qtonix.com>
To
sean@conman.org
Subject
Re: Attract more customers to your Website Sean - 2G
Date
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:27:17 +0530

Hi Sean,

Just took an initial look at your site http://www.conman.org/ and found that there are not enough keywords in the source code of your website resulting in loss of valuable opportunities.

About us, we are Qtonix Software and have been in this domain for the last decade and have amassed 500+ clients in the US alone. For details, please visit http://www.qtonix.com/.

We will not only put your site at the top of Google, but also ensure visits from target viewers. We will do a total competitor analysis and market analysis and give you 50 targeted key words to choose from (a mixture of long tail specific keywords and high volume ones). That done, we will optimize your website as per those keywords to attract the target visitor.

Your social media presence is minimal and not integrated with your site. We will do regular postings on your behalf and create and manage your brand awareness, driving in more traffic from Social Media.

Today visitors depend a lot on reviews and we will ensure that you have only positive reviews on Social Media as well as your website.

The site has an alarming 6 HTML Coding errors making it difficult for Google to navigate the site properly. You can check the link https://validator.w3.org/nu/?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.conman.org.

Organic Traffic to your site using the concerned keywords is only 5 and there has been a disastrous reduction in traffic since August 2017.

I saw this spam, and I thought, this is how you sell yourself as an SEO expert! You give your company name, and specific indications of what you can fix. It wasn't until I got to the bottom of the email that I realized this was my “Free report!”

Unlike most companies, we are offering you a unique Money Back Guarantee, under which you can get all your investment refunded within the first 30 days, in case you are not happy with our services. For more details, please visit http://www.qtonix.com/money-back-guarantee/.

Please send me your direct number and a convenient time so that I can share more with you.

Thanks

Victor Green
/SEO Consultant/
Qtonix Software Pvt Ltd
p: XXXXXXXXXXXX m: XXXXXXXXXXXX
s: sales.qtonix
w: www.qtonix.com <http://www.qtonix.com> e: sales@qtonix.com

On 11/20/2017 9:39 PM, Alisha Qtonix wrote:

———- Forwarded message ———-

From
Sean Conner <sean@conman.org <mailto:sean@conman.org>>
To
David Parker <davidparker@weboptimizes.com <mailto:davidparker@weboptimizes.com>>
Subject
Re: Serious issue found while visiting your website
Date
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 5:01 AM

It was thus said that the Great David Parker once stated:

Hope everything is fine at your end.

It is, thanks.  How are things with you?

PS: I am not spamming. I have studied your website, prepared an FREE audit report and believe I can help with your business promotion.

A free report?  Sure, please send it to me.

So … David Parker is Alisha Qtonix? Or David Parker forwarded it to Alisha Qtonix? Who then forwarded it to Victor Green? Okay …

But then immediately afterwards, I received another email from Victor Green:

From
Victor Green <sales@qtonix.com>
To
sean@conman.org
Subject
Re: Attract more visitors to your Website Sean - 2G
Date
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:41:18 +0530

Apologies, the trailing mail was sent inadvertently. (Subject was wrong!)

Victor Green
/SEO Consultant/
Qtonix Software Pvt Ltd
p: XXXXXXXXXXXX m: XXXXXXXXXXXX
s: sales.qtonix
w: www.qtonix.com <http://www.qtonix.com> e: sales@qtonix.com

On 11/21/2017 4:27 AM, Victor Green wrote:

Hi Sean,

Just took an initial look at your site http://www.conman.org/ and found that there are not enough keywords in the source code of your website resulting in loss of valuable opportunities.

About us, we are Qtonix Software and have been in this domain for the …

It quoted the entirety of the previous email.

Wow.

I honestly didn't expect an answer back. And now I know where the “errors and issues present in the website” came from—an experimental HTML validator. I'm using HTML 4 for my website, and had he used the main validator, Victor would have seen my site passing quite readily. Just for kicks, I decided to return the favor and validate one of the sites sent as an example of their work and man … fifty-three errors! And just to make sure it wasn't an anomaly, I tried another one (out of the 11 sent) and this was better—only fifty errors.

Their own site does much better—only three errors, but still, if you are going to show me the errors on my page, it might be a good idea to check your own site first.

I'm just saying.

I think I should point this out to them.

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