Deal With It

Dear Janice Jacobsen

Dear Janice Jacobsen,

Thank you for contacting… wait a minute… your email address looks awfully familiar. Where have I seen that before…

I know! It’s the same damn email address that a previous spammer, named Jim Guthrie, used on my blog just 2 months ago. Go ahead everyone, compare the two…

Janice Jacobsen SEO Email

Wow! Jim, or is it Janice now?, either way you are still a dirty spammer that continues to try and peddle your “SEO services” through comment and form spamming. Oh yes, I (again) checked to see if I could find out more about you and again you left a comment and contact trail all across the Internet.

Tadah

More Janice Jacobsen Spam

Your continued efforts are lack luster, at best. As you continue to spam legitimate SEO sites (which is just stupid) your shady business practices will continue to become more apparent to a wider audience.

My previous post to you, Jim or Janice, has already helped to inform one small business owner of your sticky web of deceit and hopefully this post will continue to raise awareness.

Your continued usage of comment and contact form spam is just as confusing as your gender!

Give it a rest already, stop dragging our industry through the mud and drawing negative sentiment from business owners that would benefit from SEO but are now left with a poor perception of a legitimate marketing tactic. You continue to push buttons and by doing so continue to draw unwanted attention to the parent organization that you are linked with [full details here].

Just cut the bullshit.

GFY,

Matthew Diehl

P.S. I await (on pins and needles) your gender decision, pre-op and post-op photos would be great too!

122 comments

  1. Bob
    Reply

    It’s true, a truly knowlegeable SEO should have tons of business from natural search traffic alone, no? Spamming? lol

  2. Jason Harris
    Reply

    Thanks for this post, it’s great to be able to find info that helps separate out who’s legit and who’s not.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Jason – Glad I could help! That is exactly what I was hoping would come out of this post and the previous one. These individuals continue to give SEO a bad name by running shady acquisition and business practices. I doubt they will ever stop so the best that us legitimate types can do is educate.

      • Ned
        Reply

        Wow! Thanks for this post, Matt. Just got same mail from same source requesting to work up my site.

      • Adrienne Lawler
        Reply

        Hi Matthew

        It may be a year since you last addresss this twonk but it/he/she/undecided continues the path of spamming. Checking it/him/her/undecided out online drew me to your site with its blog, warning against these people. Thank you. I wish I had the money to pay you to do work for me. One day, one day.

        Kind regards

        Adrienne

  3. Laurette Willis
    Reply

    I just rec’d the same spammy email, googled the name and the word “rankings” and found your blog post. Thank you for the heads up – and thumbs down! – on this “perp.”

    Good work!

  4. Michael Kivetz
    Reply

    I got this same message and it seemed way too over-the-top to be real. Glad I checked it out. Ran it through SpamCop and reported it to the authorities. Hopefully, if more people jump on these Bandwidth Thieves, we’ll have less crap to worry about in our inboxes.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Michael Good move for taking the further steps with reporting them to SpamCop. Hopefully, someday we won’t have to deal with these folks spreading their garbage about in the search engine marketing industry.

  5. hahaha she just emailed me
    Reply

    From: Janice Jacobsen
    Subject: Thought regarding your website

    Message Body:
    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    This mail is sent via contact form on Abod http://abods.com
    ———–

    get a real job Janice Jacobsen

  6. Di Stafford
    Reply

    Janet, using Jims email address, sent me the same message today. Surely she/he must be bored copying & pasting all day long rather than working! Great to find your post about J’s antics. :-)

  7. Tom
    Reply

    I got the Janice email and another: Laura Nowacki
    Similar message in body. I searched “Janice Jacobsen SEO” (no quotes), your blog is #1.

    I do mostly local SEO for sites I build. I would hate it if one of my customers got taken on a Janice or Laura or Jim ride.

    I’d like to point our another thing SEO spammers do. Optimize for useless keywords. They are easy to optimize for but useless because no one is using them in searches. Here is an example:
    I have a site that is #1 on Google for the term “oil field excavation” (no quotes). I discovered this quite by accident but was pretty pleased with myself when I did. I rushed to the Google Ad Words tool to see how many searches there were for that term…less than ten, Globally! (<10)

  8. TradiArt
    Reply

    Thank you very much for letting us know this. We have just received also this email.

  9. Alan Son
    Reply

    It does make you wonder though what would happen if you mail them back, not that I ever would. I was inclined to do so just to waste their time.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Alan People have definitely responded back. That is how we know these emails lead back to certain unethical companies with our industry because not only have they sold the SEO service to unsuspecting business owners, they have screwed over those business owners. Such a shame.

  10. Tom
    Reply

    I don’t know what would happen if you responded to their email ad. I would suspect they would try to sell you SEO services. Such as site evaluation and on site optimization, keyword research.

    Their integrity is in question because the source of introduction is spam. You have to ask yourself, “how reliable can they be?”

    SEO begins with keyword research. If you get that right you have a fighting chance. Then using the keywords properly on site, then inbound links off site.

    Of course quality content and a reasonable amount of it. Last but not least, interaction and content updates and addition. Like us leaving comments on this blog. We are SEOing this page by adding to the content. The circle is unbroken because Matthew began with a cleaver idea and good content. The content served us and we respond with interaction.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Tom Thanks for your continued commentary on the post. Your interactions continue to help this post rank highly and drive continued visits from others being emailed by these shiisters. Additionally, the point about their introduction being through either email or comment spam is very valid. 100% of the time these solicitations cannot be trusted!

  11. Viggie
    Reply

    I just received an offer from Janice Jacobson, googled her name & your post is the first result. Hope this post saved many potential victims.

    The mail content matches the text shown word by word. Only her email ID is different. I never respond to site promo offers, for the first time I’ve checked on the net how good/bad are they. Thanks for posting your thoughts.

  12. john
    Reply

    These are the same spammers that take credit card numbers if you use their services. They are usually from foreign countries and sell your credit card number to thieves that buy up things and mess your credit up

    Thanks Janice Jacobsen or Jim Jacobsen or Natahili Gahndi or whoever you are.

  13. gj91
    Reply

    Not sure if this helps but I just got this from my site.

    Office Use Only:
    From: Janice Jacobsen
    Email: jimguthrieii@gmail.com
    Login Name: Not logged in
    Login Email: Not logged in
    Telephone: Not logged in
    IP Address: 122.163.56.150 – 122.163.56.150
    Host Address: ABTS-North-Dynamic-150.56.163.122.airtelbroadband.in
    Date and Time: Wed Sep 15 2010 6:19:37 PDT

  14. Kevin Williams
    Reply

    Just got a comment from Janice Jacobsen on one of my clients sites. I Googled her name to see if she was professional (didn’t think so for a second due to lacking english and marketing skills) and I came to this site.

    Thanks for the heads up. I wonder how low the response rate is from their comments?

    Thanks,

    Kevin

  15. Jerry DeMarco
    Reply

    Add mine to the chorus of thanks, bud…. Well done, my friend…. You kept me from stepping in it….

    Kudos,
    Jerry

  16. Drew
    Reply

    I just received that same spam message yesterday from Janice Jacobsen. The funny part is that is the name of my trainer at my new job. I informed her of it and she said she has never heard of anything like it.

    P.S. This time, the e-mail was used.

    -Drew

  17. larry
    Reply

    Janice/Jim is still sending them out and still getting reported for SPAM

  18. Vegas Dave
    Reply

    I just got the same email. I love when they promise me top listings. Ive been doing this 12 years and even if you get to the top… someone will knock you down a peg or too as soon as you take a vacation. While Im sleeping here in Las Vegas, some little fricken genious is making 10,000 doorway pages in europe or asia. I used to make $3000 a day in the adult industry until altavista took a nose dive. Now I struggle everyday to make money from non adult traffic. You can do everything right and a search engine can change their algorithm.
    I was wondering…. Did Al Gore invent “ALGorithm” Who knows :) Much success to everyone.

    Dave

  19. Brian
    Reply

    Just got spam for Janice today so it looks like he/she/it is still out there. Crazy how Google can’t stop this nonsense. I like the part where it says the clients are begging for more. If they are begging for more, why is “it” looking for work.

  20. Adam Hodge
    Reply

    THank you Matthew for publicising what a scam this Jim /Janice invite is all about . I received the invite yesterday and found the email address rather strange for a business and couldnt find anyone of that name and skill set in LinkedIn.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      Not a problem at all Adam, just glad you found it useful and helped you steer clear of whomever is behind these apparently never ending spam program.

      Also, checked out the Oxford Botanica site and the gardens there are beautiful. To bad I live on the wrong side of the Atlantic to stop by.

  21. Majella Wilkins
    Reply

    Hi too have been contacted by the infamous Janice/Jim and did the same some of your other commentators – googled the name and came across this useful blog – thanks Matthew.

    I agree that SEO is an important marketing tool and that spammers like Janice/Jim muddy the profession as well as rip off unsupecting people. If Janice/Jim were a professional they would have their own website promoting their professional services, have a healthy google listing and not be hiding in an internet corner somewhere sending out spam emails.

  22. Murtaza Chang
    Reply

    Me too 😀

  23. Dale Burkholder
    Reply

    I’ve been getting those emails for months now through another dot com I own. I actually responded to them tonight for the first time. I told them no..in a polite way. I then Googled the names both Jim and found no one, then Janice and got led here. I’ve also, since I publish my number on my sites have gotten calls from India and other countries asking to do SEO work and site design for a low price… Tell them what you want done, give them your admin password, they do the work, then you go back and change your admin file name and password. Do you think these are legitimite services??? By giving them access could they “plant” stuff within my site that could capture my customers info ( we do not store credit card info within our admin site, only last4 digits, cc type… But they could gain addresses, email and who knows what else!

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Dale – Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story.

      Do not trust anyone else with your Admin credentials beside yourself! As you mentioned they can easily take advantage of customer data or even plant malicious code, link farms or hidden content that may go unnoticed by you but will results in getting your site removed from the search engine indexes.

      As I have told a number of business owners, get references for the companies that you are considering outsourcing to. Make sure these are references that can be trusted as well, spammers are tricksters and can easily create fraudulent references too. If anything seems unusual, don’t trust the fate of your business to someone who is the slightest bit shady or promises the world on a platter.

  24. JoeNo1
    Reply

    Thanks for your post!

    I’ve got the exact same email from this spammer. I get to here by googling its email address, “jimguthriess@gmail.com”

    The following is the original email header:

    Received: by 10.229.39.82 with SMTP id f18cs85851qce;
    Thu, 2 Sep 2010 00:12:17 -0700 (PDT)
    Received: by 10.150.92.4 with SMTP id p4mr4968717ybb.4.1283411535004;
    Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:12:15 -0700 (PDT)
    Return-Path:
    Received: from smh01.opentransfer.com (smh01.opentransfer.com [71.18.216.112])
    by mx.google.com with ESMTP id e10si426753ibg.3.2010.09.02.00.12.14;
    Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:12:14 -0700 (PDT)
    Received-SPF: neutral (google.com: 71.18.216.112 is neither permitted nor denied by domain of jimguthriess@gmail.com) client-ip=71.18.216.112;
    Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=neutral (google.com: 71.18.216.112 is neither permitted nor denied by domain of jimguthriess@gmail.com) smtp.mail=jimguthriess@gmail.com
    Received: by smh01.opentransfer.com (Postfix, from userid 8)
    id 6EB407EA543; Thu, 2 Sep 2010 03:12:13 -0400 (EDT)

  25. Kelly Kernick
    Reply

    This is great! I just got contact by ‘janice’ and was going to repsond. It was then, as I usually do, I googled her (he-she) and found your blog. Thanks for the heads up:)

  26. Scott Eglinton
    Reply

    Matthew-
    Thank you for this post! This is the scond time I have received an inquiry from this bozo. Very much appreciate your efforts. Happy Holidays.

  27. RevBuilders
    Reply

    Nice post sir – I too am sick and tired of these tatic’s. I just got the same email. I am amazed at how many I receive, not only for our site but from our client sites as well. I am cc’d on most of our client sites. You are right in they are making it that much harder for us to build credibility for our industry. Glad to see other stright up folks out there.

  28. Brian
    Reply

    Hey thanks for the info! this is what they sent wickedmag.

    Name: Janice Jacobsen

    Email: jimguthrieii@gmail.com

    Website:

    Your interest: Jobs

    Message: I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and
    I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise
    the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver
    rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to
    oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for
    more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings.
    Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll
    never see rankings the same way again.

    IP: 122.173.230.230
    HOST: ABTS-North-Dynamic-230.230.173.122.airtelbroadband.in

  29. Brad
    Reply

    This idiot is still at it. Annoying!!! Website contact form submitted

    Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by
    jimguthrie13@gmail.com on January 14th, 2011 at 09:55AM (MST).

    first_name: Janice
    last_name: Jacobsen
    street_address: Charleroi
    street_address_additional: Charleroi
    city: Charleroi
    state: PA
    email: jimguthrie13@gmail.com
    Interested_Products: Wood
    Method_of_Advertising: Yellowpages
    Preferred_Method_of_Contact: Phone
    best_time_to_contact: 7am to 11am
    Submit: Submit

  30. Jonathan
    Reply

    Nice post, I like being able to get in touch with people that do work for me. If I can’t meet for coffee with someone, even if it means flying across the country, I don’t want to do business with them. I wouldn’t put it past someone to setup the spammer to get people to search the person, then find this site, who has a hero on it… A real SEO!!! That can really help their business. Everything can be setup… This is why I like to be able to meet people…buyer beware. Seller be ready for the contracts…;-)

  31. Derek
    Reply

    Nice post! I’ve been getting the same email offers from him/her. What a byatch!

  32. The Dan
    Reply

    I just got this email today. Googled their name, found your blog in #1 spot for her name… talk about funny! Hopefully non-web savy website owners are smart enough to Google “her” name and to find this blog post. I run around 20 websites and I get a lot of “SEO spam” from sites saying I will sell more products/services, and half the sites they are contacting don’t even offer any product/services. Untargeted spam flat out bad.

  33. Anthony
    Reply

    Good Blog Thank you! Janice Jacobsen, hint, maybe get some tips from this Matthew as you have some pretty bad press and your rankings are lower than this…hmm you must be a little sketchy? . Maybe change your name again – Try Muddles the Dog, keep the same email so as we know it is still you, but time for another change yeah?

  34. Vesko
    Reply

    I had email months ago, which I just deleted. I was surprised when I got the same email by my contact form, which is only less than one week old. There is a captcha, which didn’t stop them. You guys don’t tell me that they filled the form by hand, do you?

    Name = Janice Jacobsen
    Phone = 0125874512
    From_Email = jimguthrie15@gmail.com

    Comments = I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    User’s IP address: 122.177.45.62
    HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.16) Gecko/20101130 Firefox/3.5.16 GTB7.1

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Vesko

      First, thanks for the comment. This post continues to grow in comments and continues to rank well for the spammers name in the emails and hopefully, I have helped some webmasters not get burned by these guys.

      Also, I do think they are filling these out by hand but it is being filled out by incredible cheap out-sourced labor that doesn’t care who they are contacting just that they are filling out forms. Hence the incredibly stupid form submission on my SEO blog try to sell me SEO. Idiots!

  35. Ian
    Reply

    Just wanted to add my comment I also have had spam though my wite contact form, my form never really gets spam bots so I only presume this Janice Jacobsen or Jim is doing this manually, anyway just wanted to get then name Janice Jacobsen on your already already well ranked page to make these sleezy spammers easier to find for anyone else who googles them and hopefully does not buy their services.

    Thanks for letting me have my say I feel better now.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      @Ian

      Yes, (as I commented to Vesko above) I think these submissions are occuring manually but by incredible cheap, low intelligent outsourced labor. They think that volume of submissions = better chance at hooking someone. But, business owners are becoming more savy and hit a search engine before even contacting them back. Which is why I am here :)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment.

      Also, I can’t believe this is still going on or that it is even working for them at this point b/c of the rankings my post has in the search engines.

  36. Harry
    Reply

    Thanks Matt, just got this:

    There has been a submission of the form Contact Us on through your website.

    Name
    Janice Jacobsen

    E-Mail
    jimguthrie15@gmail.com

    How did you hear about us?
    Twitter

    Message
    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

  37. Darlene Shaver
    Reply

    Believe it! Filled out a form on my website today. Same info as previous but different telephone number. I find it hard to believe anyone would respond to this without checking it out but I guess it happens or they wouldn’t keep filling out the forms.

    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.
    Janice Jacobsen
    Telephone: 0110120120120
    jimguthrie14@gmail.com

  38. Gaspare Russo
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have receved the same email today, and I’m based in Italy…. seems like he’s looking for worldwide business!!

  39. JW
    Reply

    Got contacted by this same name recently. I responded to ask about the companies rates. Guess what? I got a response…

    Here is the company that responded:

    Captain Marketing
    http://www.captainmarketing.com

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      Brilliant JW!

      I haven’t successfully heard back from any of the spam emails that I reply too. They may realize I am an SEO and would probably just out them for their shady shady practices.

      Running a spam email campaign like this to acquire customers really raises other questions as the the ethics and quality that they apply to their search marketing campaigns. I would suggest staying away for them, seems a little sleazy.

      Also just tried to find the person behind the company and there is no one identified on the site. Also the Whois is private registered to hide who owns the URL. The only thing I could cook up is a Linkedin profile for the company – http://www.linkedin.com/company/captain-marketing

      • sally
        Reply

        I applied for a social media writer job on craigslist and it was by this company. It seems a little shady since I got an automated reply with my resume. (I have no background in this field.)

  40. Flemo
    Reply

    Wow I just received an email from Janice and was really ready to sign my life away to her, she sounded wonderful. Then here you come along and spoil all of my fun after being ready to be “begging for more”. You bastard!

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      Sorry to burst your bubble Flemo!

      But as my parents taught me growing up: If it sounds too good to be true, it is!

      Everyone needs to watch themselves when receiving unsolicited emails because you never know who is ACTUALLY on the other end.

      All the best!

  41. John
    Reply

    Great job Matthew, I love it. Thanks for posting this!

    This clown and many others are always spamming my clients. Most of them just ignore it, some will write back and say something like “And you found my site where? Yea, the 1st page of Google… take a hike!” LOL

    If only they truly understood SEO they wouldn’t be spamming. I’m so busy I pick and chose who I work with. I guess when you do good and current clients want to expand and refer their associates, that’s what happens! I won’t even post my URL because I don’t need the link and my main site is in major need of an overhaul, (coming soon) but kind of embarrassing to be honest. : )

  42. James
    Reply

    I’ve got so many spamming “seo service”. I hate their dirty method. They don’t understand, This is not promoting SEO service but it’s spamming their customer candidat. LOL

    Thanks Matthew for writing this up.

    ~james

  43. Vesko
    Reply

    Hi guys,
    Here is another one:

    Name = Jaime Jack
    Phone = 0120120120

    From_Email = jackwalkerdo@gmail.com

    We noticed that you are not at the top of the search engines for a number of your key terms. We have helped companies similar to yours to achieve top organic rankings. Please reply to this message and we will prepare a special proposal for you, to show you how we can achieve similar results for you.

    User’s IP address: 122.161.212.58

    HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.14) Gecko/20110218 Firefox/3.6.14 GTB7.1 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    How many do we already know?

    Jim Guthrie – jimguthriess@gmail.com
    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrieii@gmail.com
    Jaime Jack – jackwalkerdo@gmail.com
    …………………….
    Laura Nowacki

  44. Jason
    Reply

    Matthew,

    Our office just received a lead notice from our company website with the “Janice Jacobsen” using the e-mail address of jimguthrie13@gmail.com. The company name that this person indicated was simply “Marketing Company”.

    Thanks for the post and heads up! Cheers!

  45. DanielTan
    Reply

    Janice Jacobsen is still going strong sending the same message to contact forms:

    email: jimguthrie13@gmail.com

    IP address indicate, they are using mobile broadband connection from New Delhi, India

  46. Alban
    Reply

    Hello,
    I’m French.
    I have a question to block spam on my site.
    Math question in French.
    But I have this message:

    – Son pseudo : Janice Jacobsen
    – Son E-mail : jimguthrie13@gmail.com
    – Son site :
    – Objet du message : Thought regarding your website
    – Message :
    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    –> I note it here as a database against that person.

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      Hey Alban!

      Thanks for leaving the message. “Janice” seems to have kicked it in high gear recently as I am hearing from a lot of people about there spam emails.

      It looks like they are spreading through, I believe you are the first from France to post here. With that said, everyone in France beware of these emails!

  47. Vesko
    Reply

    One more…
    Maybe I should give up and give them the money… 😀

    Name = Marvin Maloney
    Phone = 1201201200

    From_Email = miltonlake654@gmail.com

    Comments = Search Engine Marketing will increase your company’s online presence through comprehensive online marketing campaigns, targeted search engine optimization, and highly managed internet marketing promotions. A search engine marketing campaign will encompass several procedures and factors to make it successful. Please reply to this email so we can send you more details.

    User’s IP address: 122.162.137.64
    HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.17) Gecko/20110121 Firefox/3.5.17 GTB7.1 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    • matthewdiehl
      Reply

      Hey Vesko – Thanks for coming back with more of these emails. The snakeoil salesmen behind these spam broadcasts are relentless! Never give up hope because there are real professionals out there (like me) who don’t stoop to such a low level.

      Keep fightin’ the good fight!

  48. Craig Wiseman
    Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Just wanted to give you a special thank-you for your blog and especially for your post on this subject. I just got the same message from a form filled out at our website. The name used was Janaice Jacobsen and the email address was jimguthrie12@gmail.com. The first thing I did was google the name and your site was the #1 ranking. Happy I found you before I did something stupid like even responding to this con! It is sites like yours that make the internet a good place when used properly. Thanks again.

    Best Regards,
    Craig

  49. Christine
    Reply

    Hi, thanks for this, I just received the same email through a comment form on my blog.

    #####
    dateWed, Mar 30, 2011 at 1:56 AM
    subjectContact Form: Thought regarding your website
    mailed-bychristinebarry.com

    I\’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I\’d
    love to show you what my service can do for you. I don\’t promise the
    world, I\’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings.
    My rates are completely affordable and I don\’t want to oversell you
    either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won\’t
    take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this
    e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you\’ll never see
    rankings the same way again.
    From: Janice Jacobsen
    Email: jimguthrieii@gmail.com
    Blog: christinebarry.com
    ######

    Thanks for the heads up Matthew :) Found you by googling Janice Jacobsen. ~cb

  50. ben
    Reply

    me too ,i got the same stupid message.

  51. Arya Goudarzi
    Reply

    Great. The same person just message me using my blog. Kinda oxymoronic of a SEO specialist to advertise like this. I did the same thing as you did. The email didn’t look professional but like any other Gmail account. I googled it and I landed on your post. Cheers man.

  52. Jose Uzcategui
    Reply

    I just heard from our friend Janice :)

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  54. Jeroen Moors
    Reply

    Got his mail too!

    You should become his SEO agent as your post is ranked #1 for his name :-)

  55. Eddie
    Reply

    Ha, here it is nearly a year after your post and I just got a message from “Janice.”

  56. Aaron
    Reply

    I just searched for “jimguthrie13@gmail.com” as it was the first spam SEO service email i got that actually looked like it could have been genuine. I guess know i know the truth :)

  57. Judith Geiger
    Reply

    Thanks Matthew for the heads up! I wish more people would take the time to let others know about things like this! Have a great day!!! :)

  58. Louise
    Reply

    Yada Yada Yada everybody’s got a schtick …I think it’s a boiler room full of unemployed weird-os…but thanks for being here to reconfirm my suspicions…I’ve had a couple of these in the last few days…I wonder if that means I’m moving up the blog/website ladder…ha ha ha.

  59. Sam Wilson
    Reply

    I got the same email and did a search to see what I could find. The thing is, if these people had any real value to offer, they’d be getting business from their own website instead of email spam. – Or at least they’d put their web address in the email if their website didn’t have a Pagerank of 1.

  60. Vesko
    Reply

    Hey Matthew,

    I think, they like me. :)
    This is my full list:

    Jim Guthrie – jimguthriess@gmail.com

    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrie13@gmail.com
    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrieii@gmail.com

    Jaime Jack – jackwalkerdo@gmail.com

    Jaime Jacob – jesseholden116@gmail.com
    Jaime Jacob – jesseholden1a@gmail.com

    Darian Lewis – derekjohnson.321@gmail.com

    Marvin Maloney – miltonlake654@gmail.com

    Laura Nowacki –

  61. Daniel
    Reply

    Thanks for posting this. I just received an email from Janice as well. It’d be ironic if Janice/Jim’s spam bot, or whatever searches and spams comment sections, did it for a blog entry on them being a spammer. Of course, in saying that, I don’t wish it on your blog (or anyone’s blog), Matthew.

  62. Ross Kernick
    Reply

    Got the email, googled the name and found your blog, nice one!

  63. Scott Shorter
    Reply

    Nice blog, one of my clients just got spammed with this over the top rubbish. I’m in Australia and my client is a .au ccTLD so it’s interesting to note this one is global.

    Regards SS

  64. Paul Mc Cormick
    Reply

    hi ta for the heads up on this scammer to be honest i was almost taken in by it but google her name and came accorss your blog
    Regards Paul

  65. Diane
    Reply

    Looks like “Laura” is expanding her ‘services’ from plain old google no1 seo spam services, here’s her latest email…

    From:
    Laura Nowacki
    lnlauranowacki-at-gmail.com

    Message:
    We provide custom software development, software testing, database
    development, maintenance and other services related to web and
    software development. Please contact me for more information.

  66. Roger
    Reply

    thanks for call this guy out!

  67. Sylvia Howard
    Reply

    Janice is at it still! I can’t believe how many comments there are here,
    Jim/Janice is a busy little spammer!
    thanks for the post, I will ignore the message now.

  68. flair
    Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this info

    I received exactly the same copy/paste SEO bs email from jimguthrieii@gmail.com and as others before me, googling the address brought me to your blog

    Over a year later and the spam content remains the same.

  69. Sibel Yazman
    Reply

    Yup, I was graced with a Jim/Janice email today as well. Did a quick search which revealed your blog as #1. Thank you, nice job!

  70. Jean
    Reply

    Thanks for the informative post. I just received a spam form e-mail from Laura Nowacki, and a search on her name led me eventually to your (much needed) blog post. Perhaps you can add a brief note about Laura in your main post so that anyone Googling her will find your page.

    Thanks again!

  71. Mark Boardman
    Reply

    Yep, I keep getting the exact same email from this Transgender SEO buffoon. Targeting SEO companies is just plain daft!

    Well done for getting this blog post up!

    Thanks

    Mark

  72. Amanda
    Reply

    Great post – I didn’t think the message sounded legit and I was also confused about the Janet/Jim mix-up (sounds more like Janet and John now)

  73. Kit
    Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    The SEO is strong with you ~ :)

    can’t tell you how many times ‘Janice’ has spammed me through various contact forms the I have set up on client sites, AND my SEO sites. A couple of years back, when ‘Janice/Jim’ started this rain of spammy SEO terror, I used to write back snarky replies, and never got an answer.

    This time I decided to run Ms./Mr. Jacobsen’s name trough The Google, and found your site. Thanks for the fun ! Credit where credit is due !

    Cheerio !

    ~ Kit

  74. Rey
    Reply

    I got it too: Now shes selling software?

    Name: Laura Nowacki
    Email: laura.lauranowacki@gmail.com
    Feedback Details
    Subject: Software Development
    Comments:
    We provide custom software development, software testing, database development, maintenance and other services related to web and software development. Please contact me for more information.

    You know i cant even turn on my skype any more due to people like Laura from INDIA absolutely slamming my Skype with requests for work…It seems the only people who are doing this to most of my blogs are from INDIA! id say 95%… whats the deal with this country? Do they have any ethics at all?
    Rey

  75. Web Dev
    Reply

    What do you know! I got it too (a few times)

    From: Janice Jacobsen
    Subject: Thought regarding your website

    Message: I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    …sure….

  76. John Tendon
    Reply

    Another spam, thanks for the site.

    Contact us

    Your name Janice Jacobsen

    Phone

    Company name

    Email jimguthrieii@gmail.com

    Message Thought regarding your website

    Attachment {file_6}

  77. Tim
    Reply

    Heh, this is funny that there is actually a post about this particular person, but well (s)he’s been doing it for ages – I got one today, you’d think they’d change their email address or copied introduction!! So just now I (as a web developer) changed my form processing to pretend that it was properly submitted but if the message contains ‘SEO’ ‘rankings’, ‘improve results’, ‘increase(d) traffic’ then it never even gets passed on (I hope)… Any comments if this is a good idea, I can’t think of any of these terms being used in a legitimate sentence?

  78. Asif N
    Reply

    Janice is extremely persistent. It’s a shame google has not picked up on these solicitations. All the SEO spam I get, whether its from Janice or Jane or any other girl’s name on the planet, comes a gmail addresses – hell, almost ALL of them use gmail addresses on form spam too.

  79. Asif N
    Reply

    In fact I have half a mind to think that this might be our culprit: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/janice-jacobsen/0/7ba/1

  80. Pamela
    Reply

    Hi, I just got an email from Janice Jacobson, but, I was immediately suspicious because it came via my webhost? which I thought at first glance was a message from Hostgator. It was odd as she had used the first part of my web address for hostgator login to cpanel, not sure whether to have a word with Hostgator about it.
    gator1361.hostgator.com
    “I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.”

    Whilst it is true that my new sites need a lot of work, (I am very new to website development) I would never take any notice of anyone slipping an email in, making out it might be from my web-host, and which has not been solicited by me, and particularly when they could have taken my contact details off any one of my websites, and contacted me in the normal way. So I googled the name and found your blog. Thanks! for the information about Janice Jacobsen. Pamela

  81. Pamela
    Reply

    Just to correct my spelling error I spelt the spammer’s surname incorrectly at the begining of my entry above, it should read “Jacobsen”. Sorry about that. Incidentally this is another email address I just noticed which I presume is meant to be hers too:
    Janice Jacobsen
    jimguthrie14@gmail.com

    Cheers! Pamela

  82. Vesko
    Reply

    My list is getting long:

    Carlos Carney – charlesgates002@gmail.com
    IP address: 182.68.43.213

    Darian Lewis – derekjohnson.321@gmail.com
    IP address: 122.177.82.150

    Gary Smith Garyinternetmarketing@gmail.com
    IP address: 59.177.132.196

    Jim Guthrie – jimguthriess@gmail.com

    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrie13@gmail.com
    IP address:122.161.124.123
    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrieii@gmail.com

    Jaime Jack – jackwalkerdo@gmail.com

    Jaime Jacob – jesseholden116@gmail.com
    IP address: 182.68.95.199
    Jaime Jacob – jesseholden1a@gmail.com
    IP address: 122.173.56.187

    Jorge – nehaseo.seo17@gmail.com

    Leah Brady – leah.brady19@gmail.com

    Larina sara – lisaalderman.123@gmail.com
    IP address: 122.177.111.182
    IP address: 122.173.90.59
    IP address: 59.178.35.99

    Laura Nowacki –

    Marvin Maloney – miltonlake654@gmail.com
    IP address: 122.161.116.140
    IP address: 122.162.137.64

    Phyllis Palacios – phillipbabb654@gmail.com
    IP address: 182.64.233.62

    Sib Alley – Sibseomarketing@gmail.com
    IP address: 59.177.136.84
    IP address: 120.56.194.214
    IP address: 59.178.59.91
    IP address: 59.178.35.99

  83. Shell
    Reply

    Thank you so very much for exposing the iligitimacy of this scammer. My hats of to ya!
    Be well,
    Shell

  84. Diana Snow
    Reply

    I just received an email from the lovely Janice and I instantly googled her name and cameaccross your blog…got to LOVE google…not that I thought she was legit because he use of forward slashes and delivery was ridonculous!! Glad to have found this.
    Thanks,
    Diana

  85. Alban
    Reply

    Hey matthew !

    (sorry, my English is very bad).
    After March 17, 2011 … It’s me again from France.

    Again, the message comes from my contact form.
    However, I have a question (in French) to block spam-bots, on my website.

    Today’s message is this:
    – Son pseudo : Joey Jacobs
    – Son E-mail : justinmadrid009@gmail.com
    – Son site :
    – Objet du message : Thought regarding your website
    – Message :
    We are a leading India based SEO company providing the best search engine optimization services. We act as your business partner and helps you reach your business goals. We promote websites no matter who you are – a huge company with thousands of employees, a small business or a professional who offers professional / consulting services. Let us know if you are interested and we will get back to you with more details.

    Like my firts comment –> I note it here as a database against Janice (or another Name).
    The list is long now!!! Thank’s for this page.

    sincerely

  86. Sue
    Reply

    She/he is still sending out the same email, just received today. I luckily googled her name and came up with your site – thank you!!!

  87. Alban
    Reply

    Hello,
    A new one.
    they know how to thwart anti-spam code.
    But they do not write me in French;-)

    Larina sara was write by Vesko (August 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm) like lisaalderman.123@gmail.com
    Now, there are : lisaalderman.132@gmail.com

    – Son pseudo : Larina sara

    – Son E-mail : lisaalderman.132@gmail.com

    – Son site :

    – Objet du message : Want more customers?

    – Message :
    We offer quality Search Engine Optimization / SEO Services and Internet Marketing Solutions. Our dedicated team of SEO Professionals ensures Top 10 search engine rankings. Our SEO Processes are designed in view of the SEO guidelines, and white hat SEO techniques are strictly followed to ensure that our clients from world over get the best SEO services. Please reply to this email so we can send you more details.

  88. Heather
    Reply

    Wow. (S)he is STILL doing this! Crazy.

    Took me two seconds to google his/her/it’s name and this blog post was the top hit.

    Thanks for writing it in the first place. :)

  89. Christian
    Reply

    It is still active:

    Your Name: Janice Jacobsen

    Your E-Mail: jimguthrie13@gmail.com

    Subject: Thought regarding your website

    Your Message: I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    What will happen if I say “Yes, I want you to do the optimization thing!”?

    [ ] My Mail gets marked as “valid”, put in a list and I never hear of her/him again?
    [ ] I pay for something and get crap or nothing?

  90. EOS
    Reply

    Hello everyone I am new but just have gotten up to check my email and when I seen this contact I had to run his/her name and found this site, So nice to see people who actually care about us hard working people. Here is the email I received (same name same everything
    Thanks EOS

    Name : Janice Jacobsen
    EMail : jimguthrie15@gmail.com
    Daytime Phone : 0120120120
    Comments : I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again

  91. John
    Reply

    Janice Jacobsen sent a message using the contact form at http://www.usa-contractors.com/contact.

    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    —-
    I replied with a link to your post

  92. Tim Jacobsen
    Reply

    Such a shame to the name Jacobsen :(

  93. Brian Sokolow
    Reply

    Janice’s latest spam recipient here! By the looks of the post dates on here, he/she doesn’t appear to be slowing down or show signs of stopping in the near future. I guess business is good for Jim/Janice when it comes to the unsuspecting. We get tones of these messages to our site, and I have often assumed they were junk. Interesting to think there are probably folks out there who don’t research people before giving then money 0r purchasing services. Thank you Matt.

    Name:
    Janice Jacobsen
    Company:
    Phone:
    State:
    Signup for Newsletter?
    Yes

    Message:
    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    IP Address:
    122.161.48.123

    Timestamp:
    2011-11-08 03:33:20

  94. Diane
    Reply

    Just got the same email – apparently they are not giving up on spreading their spam around. I’m glad I Googled Janice Jacobsen and came across your blog site. Thanks for posting this, saved a lot of people a big headache.

  95. Doug Cole
    Reply

    I too have been getting her/his spam through the contact page of my website. I finally googled her/him and got your post. Thanks also for the heads-up, from an SEO consumer who is muddling through the internet junk on the path to business survival and searching for valid SEO info/services. It is so hard to find the REAL thing, thanks to the imposters.

  96. Mark Young
    Reply

    Thank-you for posting your findings. This is an evil that needs exposed. I haven’t found an honest SEO Co. yet! When I got my:
    From: Janice Jacobsen
    Email:(jimguthrie15@gmail.com)

    I found it to sound honest. This tells me that the best is the worst and that is what screws it up for an honest SEO business. What is your sugestions in finding an honest SEO Company?

  97. Ewa
    Reply

    We are getting emails like this for some time now and it’s annoying – as you probably already know yourself 😉 Not only is this person sending us spam but as under the names of a three different people. Does anyone know how we can block those messages from our contact form?

  98. Jason
    Reply

    Thanks for this site as i just got the following message through my website and i wasnt sure about it so i goggled the name and i was sent to this site. Thanks for the information.

    I’ve helped hundreds of companies increase their traffic and I’d love to show you what my service can do for you. I don’t promise the world, I’m straight forward and to the point … I deliver rankings. My rates are completely affordable and I don’t want to oversell you either, I start small and have my clients begging for more. I won’t take on your site unless I know I can deliver rankings. Reply to this e-mail if you have the slightest interest … you’ll never see rankings the same way again.

    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrie13@gmail.com
    IP address:122.161.124.123
    Janice Jacobsen – jimguthrieii@gmail.com

  99. Paul
    Reply

    We get loads frm mrs Jim and Mr Janice
    Has anyone tried to call/take up thier offer/bluff and actually got them (hey I’m talking as if they’re two people!) to show more so this practice might stop.
    Maybe you know another spammer that can spam them too!.Takes one to catch one?

  100. Paul
    Reply

    Just had another thought
    maybe……………..
    your them,him,her and this is a massive double bluff to make you look good
    Hmmmmmmmmm.

    • Matthew Diehl
      Reply

      Hi Paul!

      Props on your cynical mind and it really made me laugh. But, I am definitely not them, him, her or whatever it is. Haha!

      No double bluff, just a upstanding SEO professional calling it as I see it.

  101. Vesko
    Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I am just stopping by to say, that I am tired of them and I do not keep track anymore.
    However, here is something else for who believe. You people do not ever replay to unsubscribe from spam emails.
    I think, I did that mistake long time ago….
    This one is new, from San Diego. 😉
    It has a zip code. 😀
    “Katie” became “Jesika” and is asking for 12 minutes, to do what…? – To send me spam emails.

    From: “Katie”
    To: “Vesko”

    Hi, I was hoping you would give me just twelve minutes of your time to talk to you about your website. I am showing businesses like yours how they stack up against their competition, with a no obligation in depth analysis of their site.

    I pride myself in understanding how search engines work, and can break it down to a simple science for you. If you give me an opportunity, I can show you how your site is currently stacking up against your competition and how you could be on top _ getting all the traffic your business deserves.

    I am doing this at no cost. If by the end of twelve minutes you do not want my help, at least I will know you are making an educated decision and will remember my name when you are ready.

    Please let me know the best way to reach you and any comments you want me to consider before I do my research.

    I look forward to earning your business,

    Jesika Mills

    Traffic Marketing | Sales Department | San Diego, CA 92166

    If you never want to hear from me again, just reply with REMOVE in the subject.

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