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of Scams by Type and by profession.
Rating: This one is just greedy and in my opinion dangerous
because the companies are working as legitimate companies.
Here is how this works.
You will get an email claiming to have THOUSANDS of clients looking
for a specific service and they want to sell those clients to you,
by selling you sole control of specific key words.
NOW... do not get me wrong, this is a semi-legal business, but in
my opinion a scam. These folks want to sell you a set of keywords.
The fewer the words the more it costs. The example I will use is for
the industry I am familiar with. The Fishing Industry.
How does the company get sole control of the Search Process?
They download a file to your computer when you ask for a free
program like an update of Adobe or some other program. They then
download a Browser Control program so that when you enter key words
or a search on your tool bar you get results that they control.
The company that I talked to claimed to have 20 million users of
their programs from day to day. That was my first clue that there
was a problem.. from day to day?
They wanted to sell me keywords for Kenai River Fishing.. 3
words $2200 for 15,000 users a year who search for that term... Well
if 10% of the visitors actually VISIT the site, or even call that is
only 1500 people. That is well in excess of $1.00 per visitor. Much
more expensive than Google or other search engines and referral
services. That is IF 10% of the customers will actually visit
your site. It also depends on NONE of those 20 million people
deleting the program or actually knowing how to delete the
Browser Capture. This is just a waste of money and if you have
worked hard to build traffic these guys are in MY OPINION trying to
steal your hard work on search engine optimization from you.. Why
I am sure someone in the Industry will want to reply to this
opinion of mine and you are more than welcome to.. My Evaluation of
this is that it is a LEGAL Scam in that it is a waste of money, but
is NOT currently illegal. I detest the downloading of programming
that a person does NOT know is being downloaded. At one time all of
these programs downloaded these Browser Hijack systems. The one I
looked at was supposedly approved by Microsoft, but I am not sure
and have no proof. I also saw no proof of any of their numbers or
assumptions. If you are in the Key Word Sales Business feel free
to email me your rebuttal. I will place it as prominent as this