By Rishi | March 26, 2010
Shutting down a site as soon as the community questions is a sign of a scam. The same way search engine submission is a scam, in our industry at the moment, SEO Verification is a scam. There is no real body or authority that is geared to give you that stamp. For a few hours the site was turned to an “April Fool’s” prank, but I dont buy it, and neither did Alan Bleiweiss. In fact the whole proposition was seen as so insane, it managed to bait The Mad Hat to post for the first time in years. Todd Mintz took out a few minutes to point out:
Seriously folks, if you want to verify the quality of a SEO vendor, ask for references. Read their blog posts. Look at their LinkedIn page and see how much a part of the SEO community they are.
SEOAly just labelled the service a Verified Failure, and hit the nail on the head. On the other hand, Kim took a very balanced and mature look at what happened, and where Charles Preston made a mistake – in underestimating the industry which he aimed to “verify”. Geeks on Steroids have now grabbed the original domain that Charles Preston started the first version of this service., and is planning on making it a tribute site to verified SEO.
The site is no longer operational (archive here – thanks Sebastian!) and Charles Preston never responded to my challenge:
I will pay the $99 fee to Verified SEO if they can prove that the site and the verification process is run by “Industry Veterans”.
If there are no truths to these claims, wait for a whole host of SEOBullshit Articles.
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*Update 1* Get your Own “Say No To Verified SEO” Badge here.
Nick: It says an awful lot about your claim to be ‘industry veterans’ that you
(a) don’t know who Edward is without Googling his name and
(b) you just called him Ed.We are, however, most certainly qualified to verify an SEM vendor’s past success record.
VerifiedSEO: Actually anybody could do that, it just helps that we have worked in the SEM industry for a long time.
Nick: What absolute BS. So you’re saying you don’t need to be qualified to investigate the work of another professional. So we can grab someone off the street to verify the work of an accountant, lawyer or doctor? The body that certifies professionals has to have some kind of credibility within that profession.
Can’t imagine how Verifed SEO could judge SEO when rankings they got for their clients were for kws nobody searches for #guineapigseo
- consumer debt collection software
- debt collection management system
- online debt collection software
According to Google’s keyword research tool, even now, a few years later when there’s more competition, there are exactly NO searches at Google for those keywords. (via Sphinn)
*Update* 4: And the Verified SEO Story Hit TweetMeme Home Page