The Proliferation of SPAM in the Web Design & SEO Industries

At least daily I receive it.

Dear Sir/Madame, exceptional of greetings to you from our introduction. We are web design and development company in India ready to be willing to serve your PHP, Javascript…

…and so on. Developers from overseas curious as to whether or not I, a web designer and developer myself, would like to outsource my work to them and essentially put myself out of business. I find it baffling actually, the amount of these emails that I receive.

But I typically only receive them once per company. Action: Mark as SPAM. And it seems to work, I don’t hear back from that particular firm again.

While one might argue that anyone who participates in SPAM has no business developing the web–contributing to one of the largest wastes of Internet time and bandwidth is no doubt reason to have you banned from practicing HTML–it’s even more frustrating/equally telling when an “SEO” company SPAMs me.

Your website is of good quality posts and my reading here was appreciative splendid. However, you are not doing as well with Google as you could be. I think maybe 15.

Something along those lines. These are typically comment SPAM vs. emails, though, and so undoubtedly some bot is just cruising the web looking for anywhere to post, hoping some cookie recipe blogger grandma or desperate for success young entrepreneur might fall for the scheme. The irony of them posting these comments to my sites–which regularly rank #1, or at least first page, for my desired queries–when I offer legitimate, SPAM-free solutions to SEO, isn’t lost on me of course. When they come via email, it’s particularly insulting.

There is no licensing for web designers. Part of the beauty of our profession is that anyone with a computer, Internet connection and the willingness to learn can do it, but of course it’s also part of the dangers of the web when those who can build it are also those polluting it with SPAM.

Even in a time where it’s easier than ever for a website to get built, whether you do it yourself with some free service like WordPress or (aaak!) Wix, or hire an unknown company for $300 an ocean or two away after receiving some strange email promising “great service and good Internets”, know that you always get what you pay for. And even more importantly, the mighty Google is well aware of whether a website was created on a pre-built template, thrown together with a bunch of hacky code, or hand-crafted perfectly to suit your needs.

Imagine you were about to open a new business. You could either spend several grand a year on a good location, a main street in some thriving city neighborhood; or you could buy a busted up trailer out in the countryside for $300. Which one do you think is going to provide you with a thriving business?

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