I'll keep this short and simple. I think I've seen this on BHW before, and it may have even been posted by me in a thread somewhere, but I just did it again so I figured I'd outline this. I get a shit ton of SEO services, web development, etc spam from people who do low quality work to my spam box. Every now and then I go in there and respond to a few of them seeming interested and ask to see a portfolio of some past work. In 100% of the cases, the portfolio examples I receive are complete shit. And in 100% of the cases, even if they gave me a few examples, it's pretty easy to backtrace the rest of their client list. I then contact those clients, explain to them that the service they received was shit, and that I can shovel the shit and replace it with gold lickety split. For $X,XXX. And then $XXX per month after that to maintain their website (meaning to update the plugins, keep the site hosted, and occasionally blast out a quick blog post. I've contacted maybe 20 people about this. 11 didn't respond. 3 basically told me to fuck off. 1 had no clue what I was talking about. 1 was dead. 4 turned into paying clients. That's a 20% success rate. I'll take it. Moral: Don't look at email spam as an annoyance. See it for what it is underneath: A free list of potential clients.