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Competition Contacted Me

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by reishii, May 23, 2011.

  1. reishii

    reishii Junior Member

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    I have an e-commerce site that I created Jan 2011. Using the knowledge I've learned here, I am currently dominating the first page of google with several keywords. Recently I received an email (via site email) from my competitor pretending they were interested in my products and wanting more info about the products, where it comes from etc. I know this person is my competitor because I follow on their facebook page and twitter (They dont know who I am.) So curious should I just ignore this email or respond to the email? Have you ever been in a similar situation? What did you do?
     
  2. Monrox

    Monrox Power Member

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    Misinformation can win a war.

    Ergo, feed him the most confusing (but not absurd) stuff you can think of. Make it look like you are clueless and naive, don't know how to run your business successfully, making decisional mistakes all the time, you are paying too mich and selling too cheap... there is nothing better than making competitors underestimate you. Then they usually start to wait for the time when you are no longer a business threat and dial back their own efforts to beat you. At the same time you keep on banking.
     
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  3. Madruga

    Madruga Senior Member

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    He just took the words out of my mouth. Also, never tell him your true identity, I mean the fact that you are stalking him on FB and TW. You can even eventually talk about how happy you are that by doing ~that and that for you business (which should be false and a mistake) is getting you ssuccesful. As Monrox said, make him take confusing actions, thinking he is doing same as you and will compete you on the same level, while he is actually doing worse. Ideas while pop out of you head soon enough.
     
  4. reishii

    reishii Junior Member

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    Lol, sounds good. Let the games begin.
     
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    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Or just tell him that you can only give out that information to the buyers of the new business and see if he wants to make an offer. Cash in and get it out.
     
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    ``Yousef Power Member

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    +1 to this.

    Mind you, you said you've only been around since Jan 2011. Not sure the prospects of sale are that great with only 3/4 months revenue.
     
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    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    To me, he's not selling based on monthly income, but on the value (and lost income) of ranking #1.

    His competitor is obviously doing his homework to see how he can increase business. Answer his dilemma by selling out. Make a friend, make some money, and make a client in the future.
     
  8. shudogg

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    Feed him some bs line to have him looking in the wrong direction. Blast porn backlinks and known malware site backlinks to his. Or just ignore him, that would probably make him even more upset than replying.
     
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    Ignore, don't tell them shit and keep making bank!
     
  10. reishii

    reishii Junior Member

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    Thanks, I think this is the road I'm going with for now. I dont plan on selling right now, still vary new, but once I reach my goal of 25-75k/month then I may sell and focus on other projects.

    I'm just so grateful to have BHW resources, I'm working on a new strategy to rank for more keywords and stay in the top two spots.

    I'm not gonna send him any malware or porn backlinks etc, dont wanna mess up my karma. Whatever I'm doing is working, so now time to step it up some more.
     
  11. Chronos

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    Just give him all of your information you have, including all your FTP and domain registrar passwords. EVERYTHING.
     
  12. getmoolaboi

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    Lmao at the last comment. On a serious note, not replying would super piss him off, but then you risk the chance of him noticing he was too obvious and continuing to spy on ur tactics. I would suggest replying with some misinformation, preferably leading him to think its just a tough racket and ur not making much either. Hopefully this will force him to jump into something else leaving you even more customers.
     
  13. cousty

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    Wow. Take the high route, dude. You're in the drivers seat here.
     
  14. cousty

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    Wow. Take the high route, dude. You're in the drivers seat here. Cashing out now isn't the worst thing in the world.
     
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    set up a fake seo site and tell him that you "dont know much about the business, you just send $300 a month to the seo company and they get you rankings and sales".

    be sure to have a paypal ready at the fake seo company!
     
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  16. futurestic06

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    Don't give him any kind of information which are unique :). just send him an e mail with the informations that are easily found on-line :) they are just trying to get information about your site and your contents. so i think it will be no good to share any good information with them.
    thanks