Here is spam similar to what I received from Orkin this week. I’m guessing that Orkin hired some outside company to help them build links probably paying big bucks for this and yet the company doing the link building is asking for free links! I’m going to write back and see if they will add me to their site :)

Dear Website owner.

My name is Tiffany and I am contacting you regarding your website.

I’m working with Orkin, a leading pest control provider. We feel that the information on your site very useful and informative. We think that adding a link to our Millipedes section would be a nice addition for your visitor and inform them more about Millipedes and other insect pest.

Would you please consider adding a text link to the following URL: orkin.com/other/millipedes?

To add it your site, you could simply copy and paste the code below:

< a href = orkin.com/other/millipedes ">Millipedes

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Tiffany Hamilton

This message was sent by Orkin, it is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and is solely for the individual or organization to whom it is addressed. It may contain PRIVILEGED and CONFIDENTIAL information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication and its contents is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication and its contents in error, please notify us at Tiffy.Hamilton@gmail.com and delete it and any copies from your computer.

Orkin, you’re being a pest!

6 replies
  1. Arif says:

    Orkin is a big name. But, it is unfortunate they are making backlinks,so, what we will think about them? What is necessary for a brand, quality of service or advertisement?

  2. Tim says:

    Yup, brands are ranking well right now. This latest update was suppose to fix all that, but as you know, anything goes with an update. Best bet right now is to kick back another week and see how Orkin and others building links like this do.

  3. Michael says:

    Jim – I sure hope so. Orkin is still ranking really well, however. There is another site in the pest control space (Pest Mall) that does nothing but spam .edu blogs with their comments, leaving a link back to their site as their name and they are ranking even higher than before. To me it seems like the search results are worse than before the update, for some terms…

  4. Michael says:

    Orkin also buys a lot of links. Some links they pay hundreds per month for. This is not a suggested practice, yet Google still ranks them highly for the big keywords. Just because Orkin is a big brand name it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have to follow the rules!

  5. Laura says:

    Did you hear about the Former Orkin Pest Control Employee that collected $5M in a Whistle-Blower Lawsuit? Search Google.com for it and read up.

  6. Jim says:

    Okay, Tiffany contacted me again!

    I have two sites, one covers herbivorous insects in general and another more focused on millipedes. Because the millipede is herbivorous, I link to this site from my more general site.

    Tiffany from Orkin web link development did research on my millipede site and tracked any links coming into that site, then looked up the restricted whois information, grabbed my email for that site, then spammed me with the following:

    Dear Website owner,

    My name is Tiffany Hamilton and I work for Orkin.com, the pest control service.
    We’ve noticed your link to [my millipede site] at the top of your post.

    While we do know how terrible millipedes can be, we wondered why you chose [my millipede site] as your link and wonder if our millipede page, http ://www. orkin.com/other/millipedes?, could be added as well. Millipedes can be a problem and on a campaign on trying to inform others about Millipedes, a link to our Millipede resource would be a tremendous help.

    If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.

    Thanks,
    Tiffany Hamilton

    So, Orkin Pest Control is finding popular sites and writing the owners to obtain links, then also finding anyone that links to that popular site and trying to get them to replace or add their link as well. If anyone is wondering how companies such as this are building links, here you have it!

    Orkin Pest Control keeps on spamming with total disregard for rules set forth on harvesting email addresses from whois information; illegal and very irritating!

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