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I think I`ve been conned:(

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by anything7pob, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. anything7pob

    anything7pob Newbie

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    Hey,
    A couple of days ago I purchased a header advert for yahoo local UK.
    I purchased this from a telesales guy which is a first for me.

    The cost was £100 for 6 months, I was looking for some cheap advertising so this seemed a good punt to me. If anyone types any of my keywords (roofing related) + Essex which is the county I live in I am displayed at the top.

    The sale hinged on the data the guy provided me, he told me that yahoo local has 600 queries per month for my keyword combinations. Not a massive amount but I only need to get 1 job in 6 months to earn back my outlay.

    I have tried to verify this number (600 per month) but I cannot. Is it actually possible?


    I am worried that the guy just flat lied to me and the combinations get minimal traffic, £100 is not a lot of money but I want to make sure that I am getting what I payed for.
    Any ideas guys?
     
  2. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    You can do the math easily. Go to Google adwords tool and check the number exact searches for your keyword in UK. Lets assume you find out that there are 2500 searches made per month.

    In UK 90.46% percent of population uses Google, and 2.58% uses Yahoo. So using the old trick, we all know:

    The number of searches in Yahoo is approximately: 2500 * 2.58 / 90.46
     
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  3. anything7pob

    anything7pob Newbie

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    Thanks mate,
    I will do. Although the ad is not actually on yahoo search engine. Its on Yahoo local which is like a directory I think.

    I thing using Google keyword thing will still help me estimate 2500*0.00024/90.46 or sommit.
     
  4. anything7pob

    anything7pob Newbie

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    Hmm, the sum that you kindly provided comes out to 71 views per month.

    I think that I can assume that the queries for yahoo local uk will be significantly lower.

    In conclusion I have emailed the guy to ask him where he got the figures from and If I can see a copy.

    I believe they will have the call recorded and be looking to delete it asap. I have been asked to send an email stating that I am happy with the ad once it is live which I will obviously not be doing.

    Thinking I might go to my bank and ask them to charge back my card or something...
    any opinions?
     
  5. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    Check their terms and conditions before you cancel the payment. Or it might backfire.
     
  6. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    For 100 quid, it's not worth losing sleep over, especially if you just need 1 job out of it.

    In my experience with Yahoo Local, they are full of shit, but if I were you I would just run it as a test. By the time you've gone back and forth with the sales guy for hours and gone to your bank, you could have made that £100 back hustling online.
     
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    Yeeeaaaa just ignore the fact you got scammed and take it as a lesson.. He bought a product thinking he would get 600 quieres a month, instead he gets no where near it. He should claim a refund ofc.... Won't take more than a few minutes per email...
     
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    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    There was no "scamming" here. Just a classic case of buyer's remorse. We all get it. Sometimes you need to back yourself and stick with your original decision.
     
  9. anything7pob

    anything7pob Newbie

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    I disagree Meathead.
    Unless the search term gets the queries advertised at the point of agreeing a verbal contract it is, I believe, by the word of the law, a void contract.

    I fully expect expect my bank to get my money for me.

    Unless of course he can back up his figures which I have now asked him to do.

    At this point the phone call is the only proof he has that he legally made a charge to my card so the call cannot be deleted, until I send the "I am happy with the ad" email.

    Well, I hope I am right anyway, no way I will sit back and be taken for a mug without fighting my corner. £100 is a days money to me slogging my guts out on a roof!

    As for infoserves terms and conditions, I believe they are void unless we have a legal contract. Of course, what I believe counts for nowt. I will have to research some more and get some more advice..
     
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