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Month: February 2022

Threatening Email Demanding Backlinks

Hacker using a laptop. Hacking the Internet. Cyberattack.

Threatening Email Demanding Backlinks.

Cyber threats come in all forms from computer viruses, data breaches, denial of service (DoS), blackmail (phishing attacks), to damage ranking and flagging sites causing search engine penalties or ransomware. A cyber attack or cybersecurity threat is a malicious act that seeks to damage data, steal data, or disrupt digital life in general.

Disclaimer.

Firstly I would like to say I do not know this individual or the company this person is referring to and I have not upset anyone enough to threaten me. The only thing I could think of is that I do not outsource my work and I may have disgruntled a Website Designer or two from India thinking I am being awkward. My business is UK-based and I support local businesses. I never outsource my work offshore. Some of my clients have been burnt because either their websites have performed poorly or their domain names have been taken, hostage. Besides with so many people out of work in the UK, why on earth would I give my work to someone abroad?

The Email.

The email I received today was a demand to give this individual a backlink.

The said individual should have asked nicely and in most cases I oblige, but I do not think this was their ulterior motive.

The entity that wrote the email said if I do not give a backlink he will spam my site and damage my ranking. He did have a clickable URL in the email and I did not open it as it could have been a virus. I do not recommend anyone else typing it into their browser either as it could be malicious.

Ahh, Bless he said Best Wishes!

Investigation.

I did a Google search for his name and came up with someone working in LinkedIn but the entity may not be using a real name, so I am not going to contact this person as the name in the email could be fake.

I also did a Google search of the company the entity is referring to:

Bizcope | SEO, Web Design & Digital Marketing Company

Website: https://www.bizcope.com/ (I am not giving a backlink here as this company could be the victim or the instigator (no one knows for certain), although they firmly deny ever using such low-blow tactics in the reviews).

This email threat could be a malicious and elaborate way to damage this companies reputation. Maybe the entity is a disgruntled employee but reading the Google reviews the company seems to have never have heard of this person, again I reiterate he/she/it may not be using a false name.

Google Reviews.

It clearly shows I am not the only person being contacted by this individual also with the same jargon… I am not going to give a review as this company could well be the victim to getting one-star reviews.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=Bizcope+SEO+company#lrd=0x3755b8497a7a0435:0xca6ecf4842d19100,1,,,

Google Webmaster Questions.

https://support.google.com/webmasters/thread/104275220/threats-of-blacklisting-my-site?hl=en

Name and Shame

“Dusyanthan Balasubramanian”

The email address:

sheaaestheticclinic@gmail.com

(“A WORD OF CAUTION – DO NOT EMAIL THIS PERSON OR TYPE ANY OF HIS LINKS INTO YOUR BROWSER”).

IP ADDRESS:

185.128.26.101

Through the email source, I managed to find the IP address but if the entity is using VPN then this location may not even be accurate.

FINAL THOUGHTS.

The said individual did get his/her 5 minutes of fame and gave me a post to write about but as for backlinks ask nicely.

I believe this person is a hacker and wants to ruin someone’s life and business. This tells me this person has a very sad life if they want to hurt other people. Imagine if the same thing happened to their family or friends would they be so eager to cause anguish and distress to another person?

I believe that search engines should do more and blacklist these people off the internet altogether. I think search engines should also make people show photo id to prove they are who they say they are so that they can eliminate fake accounts and websites and stop these idiots in their tracks. As an example, I am connected with some very important people and you would be amazed how many fake accounts add me every week near enough claiming to be the real person in question.

I believe in:

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”.

If you give out bad vibes then the UNIVERSE will pay you a visit but will punish you ten times harder.

If you do not believe me then research:

NEUROPLASTICITY.

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Going Ahead With the Plan: Starting Your Business After the Pandemic

Going Ahead With the Plan: Starting Your Business After the Pandemic

Have you had dreams of becoming a business owner?

Did the COVID-19 pandemic stop you short in your tracks?

As life slowly moves back to normal, you might still feel hesitant to move forward with your plans to open a new company.

Why You Should Start Now

MIT Sloan Management Review explains that many entrepreneurs are finding the business world has changed. According to experts, the labor market became disrupted in 2020, and there were not enough workers to manage certain industries like retail and health care. Fed up with restrictive jobs, many employees decided to forge their own path.

As bigger chains face hardship with workers leaving them, this is a good time to pursue something you have always dreamed of. Depending on your industry, you might face less competition and find it easier to make your first sale. As businesses close, many sell equipment, giving you a chance to purchase at a low price and start your own company. When things return to normal, you might not find the same savings to benefit from.

Make the Most With What You Have

Before you rush out to take a loan, start small and allow your company to grow as needed. Perhaps this means running your business out of your home or garage to keep costs down. Maybe you’ll only buy a few pieces of equipment or limit how many supplies you purchase to estimate how much demand is currently there. Or maybe you’ll renovate a dedicated space in your home and create a fully functional office, which includes your tech set up (computer, keyboard, printer, monitor, etc.) as well as furniture like a desk and comfortable chair. Keep in mind that any updates you make may even boost your home’s value.

The Business Journals recommends doing some research about the competition in your area. Maybe they recently went out of business themselves, or perhaps there is a service people need that they are not offering. Try to step in and fill these gaps for your potential customers.

Also make sure you are allowed to operate your business in your location, especially if you work from home. HOAs, local governments, and landlords usually limit what can be done and what sort of business can be conducted on properties within their limits. If it’s determined that your business can’t be run out of your current place, consider moving into one of the nearly 4,200 houses for rent in Phoenix, to a property that does allow you to run your operation without restrictions.

Know Where to Turn for Help

It is crucial that you know when to seek help. While you do not want to needlessly throw money around, it is important to outsource certain tasks you are not knowledgeable about or if it would take away time that you could use to grow your company. Sometimes, it is worth the extra cost to spend on a freelancer or another type of remote worker, such as blog writing services, a graphic designer, or a bookkeeper.

If you’re worried about hiring a contractor, consider one or two areas that you think would benefit from outsourcing. Track the results and judge for yourself how much time you get back when you use a freelancer instead of doing it on your own.

Get the Word Out About Your Business

Marketing will play a critical role in the success of your business. Make sure you have a solid marketing plan that can appeal to the demographic you want to attract, all while keeping costs low.

Consider using free or low-cost marketing methods for social media or a website. Later on, you can spend money on marketing that is more likely to stick with people, such as creating promotional items like t-shirts or keychains.

Starting your new business in an unexplored economy might sound challenging, but this might be the best time to put your dreams into action and move forward with your goals.

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