Beware of cheap web development/Internet marketing companies


I am constantly amazed at the amount of spam I get from companies claiming to be successful web agencies.  Well, I am about to show you why you should ignore those types of emails.  Most of the time, if not all of the time, they are companies that have a bot that is crawling as many sites as they can looking for a contact us form.  The bot drops the exact same thing into every form.

So, yesterday I got the following email from the Contact Us form on my website:

From: Nancy Gill
Subject: Is Your Website Mobile Optimized?

Message Body:
Hi Dear

Is your website mobile optimised? 60% of total visitors in today’s date come from mobile devices like phones and tablets.

I checked your website and there is a lot of room for improvement.

We are a web development agency who help SMBs just like yours get beautiful, functional websites at very affordable prices.

Interested?? Email me back, I’d love to chat

Thanks!!
Nancy Gill
Business Development Executive

Well, I decided to see who this person was.  Her email address was Nancy@imarkdigitalsolutions.com.  So I went to http://www.imarkdigitalsolutions.com/.  Here is what I found:

  1. They are a company based out of India
  2. They bought the following theme from ThemeForest: http://themeforest.net/item/seo-wp-online-marketing-seo-social-media-agency/full_screen_preview/8012838
  3. They swapped out the logo with their own
  4. However, the majority of the content in the site is the demo content that comes with the theme.  Including their team and taglines, guarantees, etc.
  5. Some of their pages still contained, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper.”

Anyway, it is easy to make claims that you can boost sales and get websites to appear on the first page of Google searches, especially when you are thousands of miles away.

So, beware of these types of emails and companies.  Personally, I would never work with a team or resource in another country without having some sort of way of protecting my money in some sort of escrow account, that I can release to them when the work requested is complete.  Otherwise, you might just be sending your money into a black hole.

In these screenshots below, notice the urls.  The first two are from ThemeForest and you can see the Buy Now button ($49) and then the last two are the http://www.imarkdigitalsolutions.com/

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