The majority of my clients' end up being contact by a certain 'web design company' via contact details on their website. The contact comes in two forms either;
- via email (the email address listed on the website)
- via the form (contact form, usually on contact page)
The emails are always the same, and I have even received them myself through my own company website.
They go along the lines of "hi there, I had a look through your website recently and we think it can be improved, we can get you higher rankings, develop it further, bring you more enquiries. why not reply or contact us on xxx for a free consultation and proposal or read our testimonials on our website www"
Obviously that is much abbreviated, but it is something to that effect over the course of a few paragraphs with a name and staff photo in the signature.
It is the same company (random SEO spam from india aside), and it always happens to client sites eventually.
It's really annoying and I just wondered if any other agencies, companies or even freelancers had experienced this and what you've done to stop it if anything? I've not lost any clients to these UK based spammers, thankfully as I have good realationships with all my clients, but their templated emails touting for business on every client site I build, within 6 months of it launching is getting pretty annoying.
I have contemplated removing email addresses from client sites (but this does seem like it would damage user experience somewhat), and we could of course add some form of blacklist 'word' filter to contact forms but that feels a tad backhanded.
I invite your thoughts...