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#1 cre8pc


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Posted 02 December 2014 - 04:45 PM

I heard a radio commercial this morning in the car that reminded me of why I launched my first website in 1996 and then these forums in 1998.  Even back then the number of people and companies who outright lied to get in business was rampant and I used to write about them in an effort to get correct information and correct practices out there.


Today's radio ad was for a company that insisted that anyone could have a website for FREE.  "No programming".  "Any creative design you want".  There was no mention anywhere about search engines.  All it claimed was that "everyone" can have the "website of your dreams" for FREE.  The company name didn't stick in my head, maybe because it was not mentioned enough or because I was listening in disbelief that this type of misleading information still exists about websites.


Holiday shopping is always a difficult time for a usability specialist.  I got a 25% coupon for a site that sold pet products and was absolutely horrible to look at, let alone use.  That website owners don't know enough to even ask for usability help before holiday sales always bothers me.  Those that use cheap labor, "free" site software or other inexperienced alternatives to professional web design may have bought into the type of radio ad I heard.  


The lack of research by marketers is another issue.  These forums get messages sent to the Admin (me) several times a week with offers that range from a total redesign to SEO.  They never bother to contact the company that owns the forums or investigate the history, which includes the fact that a Internet marketing companies owns this site.  This is one from today:





My name is Martin and I was just looking at your website and thought perhaps I would message you on your contact form to see if you need help with any web work.

My web development firm specializes in virtually all aspects of the Internet.

My site address is

If you want some help or know of someone that could use a great Company, feel free to pass on our URL address.

Best regards,


He made a mistake contacting me.  I have zero tolerance for spam or non-researched cold calls.


For the second time in the past year I am dealing with a site owner who insists on hiring me but refuses to use my expertise on their website.  One of them read to me from her SEO book  that I'd never heard of before, filled with old and outdated information and demanded I make the site do what the book said to do.  The other one refuses content but wants to sell a $2000 product with nothing more than a long video.  There's no working with these people and yet they believe that website services are cheap and anything will do,


As a consumer, I research anything I am going to drop money on.  It's incredible how many people do not research who they will hire to build or market their website.  


It's even more incredible how many companies are willing to lie and spam to get the job.

Edited by cre8pc, 02 December 2014 - 04:55 PM.

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 05:12 PM

I was talking with a friend the other day and he was tickled to death that someone had taken the time to create a free Facebook page for his business instead of bothering with a complicated and expensive website.
I asked him what about the people who do not use Facebook and what happens when Facebook is not the social site du jour and just looked at me like I was nuts.
There is no dealing with some people so I recognize it as an opportunity for spiritual growth and let it go.

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 05:39 PM

Was that A Godaddy commercial? :)


"Website Builder and a free .ca domain for $1.00 dollar/month. This is not a typo..... and if it is, hurry before we figure it out"


Maybe that should be "hurry before you figure it out" :)

#4 cre8pc


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Posted 02 December 2014 - 07:38 PM

I wish I could remember the company on the radio ad.  It wasn't GoDaddy.  I do have a small biz client whose site is hosted by GoDaddy.  What a pain to maintain it! I'm working on a new design and moving it to a new server.  Her site doesn't come on in search engines for anything other than her url.  The person who did the work did it for cheap.

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 09:55 PM

I don't think Godaddy would be the problem. Been there since 2006. Have no problems. Yeah their site is like walking a mine field with options all over and easy to step on something you don't need....  But all my site are static PHP.

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 08:48 AM

Everyone misleads, misdirects, and misinforms in advertising. I almost threw up last night during a Blue Cross/Blue Shield ad that joyously proclaimed, "Your plan will pay in full for most covered prescriptions."




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Posted 04 December 2014 - 10:01 AM

How about all of those lyin' commercials for the recent elections ?

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 10:02 AM

The keywords  "most" and "covered" would need definition :)

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 06:35 PM

Unscrupulous companies, like politicians, love the uninformed consumer.
I heard one of these ads this after noon.  If you like the site you only need pay a small monthly fee.   I guess small fee can mean anything.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:22 PM

Something non-Brits might have missed: Is the Apprentice winner doomed to fail?


Some of the UK SEO scene feel that this is just another snakeoil / black hat salesman offering outsource SEO services in the guise of a reputable company. And the UK's equivalent of Donald Trump fell for it.

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:43 PM

Yup. There was a bit of crazy Twitter buzz on that as well.  The guy was sharing really bad SEO practices advice and other SEO's called him out on it.  Crazy  :dazed:

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 06:09 AM

There was a short lived trhing in the UK called GBBO: http://www.gbbo.co.uk/ which was just a free site to which G could offer Adwords.


And there are also companies like 1and1.co.uk who advertise on the telly selling hopeless turnkey websaites. And the SEO sharks cold-calling and doing the most appaling link-building.


Just about everying webby is unregulated and home of the unscrupulous. For every decent provider there are 10 sharks circling along with all the race-to-th-bottom freelancers on the likes of PPH.


I've just picked up a client who has spend nearly £5000 on their website and marketing and still hasn't seen a single customer. Taken in by the hype he has a website that's hosted on an overcrowded shered server, uses a site builder that can't be migrated and they are stuck with a £300/month SEO contract that is promoting the wrong keywords using guest blogging as their primary link-building tool.


All because of glossy but agressive marketing.


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