When you register a new domain name without Domain Privacy or any spam protection service, it’s possible to wake up the next morning with a heap of emails, usually offering you services that will go with your domain or website – with the most common being SEO.
Most of these emails are automated and only a few are sent by real people with real services. As such, it’s obvious how much risk it is to even consider responding. In this article, we’ll look into why we get these emails, what it looks like, and how to deal with them.
Why Do I Get These Emails
As per Registry policies, the Registrant, Administration, Technical, and Billing contact information must be published on WHOIS databases across the network. This means that when you register a domain and do a WHOIS search for it, your information will appear. Try to look up your domain, or any domain, through our WHOIS link below:
This is why it is recommended that you get Domain Privacy as an addon service with every domain that you register.
If without Domain Privacy, businesses can take advantage of your public information. Of course, you may get emails from actual SEO providers, who are just trying to generate more business and you may be happy to hand the technical stuff to these professionals. However, most of the time, you won’t be able to tell which ones are real and not.
So as a general rule, beware of these emails. They may contain malware or run phishing attempts. There are cases where they are able to access your website, personal information, and financial information; and Cyber Fraud can take place.
What Do These Emails Look Like
It can take many forms. The most common emails or comments left on your website can say something like: “You’re missing out on hundreds of visitors!” or “Expiration Offer Notice“.
The whole idea in the email is what they offer and how they can show it to you with an almost immediate result when it comes to generating traffic to your website. To give you a clearer idea, here’s a sample of an SEO spam email:
|Title: Listing On Web|
My name is Bob and I am an Online Strategist.
I’ve been tracking the success of your website while doing some research on your industry I’m impressed with your company, but there are some real opportunities for growth that you currently are missing.
Are you interested in several proven strategies to use content and social media to drive relevant traffic to your site? In 20 minutes I can show you how to fuel your brand and generate more revenue from search engines and social networks. This is a $500 value free of charge. I’d like to follow up about this with a quick phone call.
Can I call you this week to discuss your campaign?
What Should I Do
The best response is no response. However, we recommend the following on dealing with SEO spam emails:
- Ignore and delete the email to avoid phishing attempts.
- If your domain name is still public, we recommend that you enable Domain Privacy.
- Block spam comments (if any).
- Use spam blockers or filters in your email address.