I’m sure every new (or established) business owner gets these emails.

You know the ones.

They offer SEO (search engine optimisation) services for your business and guarantee that you will appear on the first page of Google.

So how do you spot genuine SEO experts from the SEO scams?

Here’s our top 5 tips on spotting and dealing with SEO scammers:

1) First up. If you have received an unsolicited email it’s a sure sign of a scam. It’s actually illegal to send emails to just anyone.

So if you haven’t “signed up” to receive email communications from said SEO company you can be pretty sure they aren’t legit.

2) The communication is full of errors. Look out for spelling and grammatical errors. Have a laugh. Delete.

3) Most of these emails don’t even provide information on their business. Look for their website links or contact information in the email footer.

If it’s not there, it’s most likely a scam.

4) Ridiculously cheap services.

No one is going to get to the first page of google for $99 a month. Just saying.

If it sounds too good to be true.

It probably is.

5) SEO is a real and effective tool.

If your business could do with scaling up on search engines then I highly encourage you to do your own research. Search for reputable SEO businesses, check their reviews, email them directly or call and speak with a real person.

So there you go. Five hot hints on spotting the SEO smoke and mirrors.

Ps. Don’t ever reply to these unsolicited emails. It just proves your inbox is active and those bastards will continue to hit you up. Delete or send them to junk.

Unfortunately I can’t see and end to this ridiculous spamming but hopefully with a little education vulnerable start ups can avoid being lured by these dodgy emails.