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The First Paid Google +1 Popularity Building Unsolicited Email?

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It was probably just a matter of time before someone tried to monetize Google’s +1 by selling them to webmasters either desperate for search engine attention or too naive to understand exactly the type of manipulation that Google frowns upon. In case you don’t quite understand what G considers a poor and manipulative practice, this is it.

This email came in through an old email address that I have not used in 2+ years, but check from time to time because 1 client still emails it when they can’t seem to find my current address. It is my first (the first?) unsolicited email from an, *ahem*, internet marketing company, selling +1’s for the express intent of adding algorithmic social media weight to search rankings. And for as little as $0.59 for each +1!

The 1st Google Plus Paid +1 Building Email

The First Google Plus Paid +1 Building Email? (click for full image)

Here is the full email transcribed with identification data scrubbed.


Hi James-

We’re beta testing a brand NEW Google +1 service. Google +1 is Google’s new game changing way of incorporating social media with search rankings. We have a limited amount of inventory. It will be a few weeks before we have any more open inventory. They all come from unique IPs and real google user profiles.

There are 3 options:

1st Option – Starter Package – 100 +1s for $199 – 5 Packages Left

It usually takes about 3 to 5 days after your project is started to fulfill 100 +1s. Projects will typically be started within 72 hours depending on how backed our team is at the time.

PayPal:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ABCDEF1GHIJKL

– OR –

Credit Card:
https://www.2checkout.com/2co/buyer/purchase?sid=123456&quantity=1&product_id=503

After payment, please e-mail the URL of your of your website to email@domainname.com.

2nd Option – Starter Package – 500 +1s for $349 – 3 Packages Available- Can be split between 2 URLs.

It usually takes about 3 to 5 days after your project is started to fulfill 500 +1s. Projects will typically be started within 72 hours depending on how backed our team is at the time.

PayPal:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ABCDEF1GHIJKL

– OR –

Credit Card:
https://www.2checkout.com/checkout/purchase?sid=123456&quantity=1&product_id=501

After payment, please e-mail the URL of your of your website to email@domainname.com.

3rd Option – BEST VALUE Package – 1000 +1s for $599 – 1 Packages Available – Can be split up to 4 urls

It usually takes about 5 to 7 days after your project is started to fulfill 1000 +1s. Projects will typically be started within 72 hours depending on how backed our team is at the time.

PayPal:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ABCDEF1GHIJKL

– OR –

Credit Card:
https://www.2checkout.com/checkout/purchase?sid=123456&quantity=1&product_id=502

It usually takes about 5 to 7 days after ordering to fulfill 1000 +1s. Projects will typically be started within 72 hours depending on how backed our team is at the time.

After payment, please e-mail the URL of your of your website to name@domainname.com.

We also recommend placing the Google +1 code on your site but it’s not required. You can find the code and any questions about Google +1 at:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/

Regards,

Real Name

email: email@domainname.com
cell: 123.456.7890

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Reader Comments

  • Chris | July 14, 2011

    Is it wrong that I just +1’d this?

  • James | July 14, 2011

    Did you get paid to do so? 😉

  • Famous Smoke Shop | July 20, 2011

    I got that same email and quickly deleted it. It’s certainly playing with fire, especially since it’s a Google service that they are using for the manipulation.

  • Richard Aubin | January 26, 2012

    Hi Chris, my brother is purchasing these types of services and is having some success with them.

    I still consider it “gaming” the system. I say to him “those links, likes, bookmarks, etc…” aren’t contributing anything to the users of these systems. One day, your network of cheap links will vaporise and so will your traffic.

    I hope he learns his lesson. Thanks for sharing.

  • Richard Aubin | January 26, 2012

    Hi Chris, my brother is purchasing these types of services and is having some success with them.

    I still consider it "gaming" the system. I say to him "those links, likes, bookmarks, etc…" aren’t contributing anything to the users of these systems. One day, your network of cheap links will vaporize and so will your traffic.

    I hope he learns his lesson. Thanks for sharing.

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