Personal SEO ~ Website Marketing and Content Writing: You Wouldn't WANT to See Where We Place Your Link

You Wouldn't WANT to See Where We Place Your Link

"The content we write for you is not professional nor grammatically correct so we don't let you see where we've placed your link"

Are you kidding me?! Bad link building content

I literately heard this from a potential client this week that had gone with another SEO company. They repeatedly informed the client that they have been placing link building articles off-site but won't tell him where or give him the link to the page. When asked why, they replied that the content is not grammatically correct and not good content; it's just to add a link out there.

Okay, Stop right there.

Why would you ever want your link on some low-quality, content farm with bad spelling and grammar?

I mentioned that the reason for that is, IF the articles even exist, is that they outsource the content to places that don't know our language, grammar, spelling, or our business, for that matter.

Good SEO is about building a great online presence. Every page, whether it's link building or informational should be good content; quality content that someone would actually learn from. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter where the lead comes from, as long as you get the lead. Good content building happens by offering quality, unique content on a variety of platforms and websites, all linking back to the source. Guest blogging is fine, so long as it's good content. If people are writing for just for the sake of words on a page, fire them right now!

We write for a variety of businesses and industries yet all the content we produce is written either by us, or the very small team of writers that we employ. Each is a skilled writer with knowledge of their industry. We write about content that is meant to be found! Every post we write, whether it's for us or someone else is meant to offer some helpful information.

Don't lower your standards when it comes to the reputation of your website. Google is watching and so are your clients.

Personal SEO Tim and Tammy Emineth

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Comment balloon 22 commentsTammy Emineth • March 21 2013 02:30PM


I definitely have a lot to learn.  Thank you; I'll be back .....

Posted by Christi Farrington, ~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

thanks Christi! And thanks for the subscription! :)

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 7 years ago

Nicely said, Tammy. I hope this person you were speaking with opted to go with you.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 7 years ago

Tammy- I find it hard to imagine that any business would choose to have a link that was of poor grammar and spelling. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Teral, yup, he did. He was convinced after I just talked him about it. It seemed like, oh yeah! Ha.. he's calling me when his contract runs out.. (AND THAT'S ANOTHER THING.....) stupid contracts. LOL

Kathy, it's amazing that they would have the nerve to say that!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 7 years ago

I think I'm going to start using that... "Google is watching"!! You are right content need to be of worth to the reader. I still have much to learn about this myself.

Posted by Sabrina Solesbee, Sabrina Solesbee (Solesbee Group) almost 7 years ago

I understand exactly what you're saying, Tammy. The problem is that people who do not understand SEO, don't understand the negative ramifications of what you are describing. They don't understand that, poor grammar and link farming sites actually negatively impact you. But the biggest thing, I think, is that people don't keep in the forefront of their mind that everything we do impacts our reputation. The question we should be asking is, Will the potential client who sees my business name on one of these sites be impressed with me?" If not, don't do it!


Posted by Emcee M. Arah, Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, AHWD CRS B-Arch (Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD) almost 7 years ago

Wow, what a statement... essentially they said, "the content we provide is so poor and the sites we link to so pointless we don't even bother to document them."

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTORĀ® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Yes it does Sabrina, you never know where a lead might come from.

Emcee, Absolutely! It is hard to grasp sometimes but if you think it through it just makes sense. Make everything you do online be a positive reflection of you and your business.

Nancy, That's EXACTLY what they are saying.. oy vey!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 7 years ago

Is that what people mean when they refer to "link farms."  What a disaster.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Margaret, this is probably just a content farm. Not a list of links but a collection of poorly written content - page after page.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 7 years ago


As ever your sharing (aka “blogging”) is insightful and informative, providing the viewer the essential “first-person” connection.  I love your blogs, categorically.


Must admit, I particularly enjoy your missives.  And LEARN from you! Thank you, Tammy.

Regards and respect,


Posted by James Locklear, Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL (Online Marketing Advertising Consultant) almost 7 years ago

Tammy  you are so knowledgeable I would never fire you

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 7 years ago

Tammy, You have to wonder if some of those links are in the spam comments left all over the web.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 7 years ago

Oh my, Tammy.  Why would anyone farm out there SEO work to an off shore company that has no idea how our language works?  I recently read some of these offerings, and anyone with a brain would know that someone who is familiar with our language did not write it. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 7 years ago

We try so hard not to create blogging errors, typos, spelling errors... why would we tolerate it from someone we are paying???  Makes no sense! 

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 7 years ago

Tammy, Great info to know. There is so much to stay on top of. It's too bad that there really are people like this every where out there.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 almost 7 years ago

Tammy,  that is some story.  But I know that those organizations exist.  Don't the search engines filter those out?

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 7 years ago

James, thanks. IT's amazing what I come across.

Hannah, HA.. thanks!

Liz and Bill, possibly! Ugh.. irritating.. stop cluttering the comments! HA

Mike, Most people just don't realize what SEO companies are doing. If it sounds good, then it must BE good.

Kathy, Exactly.

Bobbie, It really is sad. Good SEO people get the same treatment as the scum.. I know, I've experienced it.

Grant, Well, yes you would think they would. The thing is, they don't last long and eventually you will get penalized for having your link on bad sites.

Pam, Feel free, anytime. A Back link is just a link out in Internet land for your site linking back to it. If you have a link on your ActiveRain blog to your website, that's a back link. Too many bad ones can really harm your site.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 7 years ago

Hi Tammy, It's always interesting to read all the various comments on your post, since they are jsut as informative as the post itself. Mike made an excellent observation above in comment #15. One would need to be very selective in who is doing the SEO for them for sure.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, almost 7 years ago

Tammy~ I am still amazed at people will tell people to rip them off! I know that k=now that you have set them straight they are sick about falling for that! P.S. Stop over :)

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, (McKinney Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Just stopped by to say hi Tammy and boy is it cold there or what? I am still enjoying the work you did for as well as the benefits.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 7 years ago

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