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Catching Up with a Cowboy

 

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Following on from my previous article about UpWeb SEO aka SEOJuice, having remembered for some reason on the afternoon of New Year's Eve 2017 that this Australian search engine optimisation company still hadn't refunded a penny of my money, I was curious to see what they were up to nowadays.  It had been five years since I had signed up with them and after six months work on my website I was slapped with a penalty notice by Google because of their black hat SEO.  Despite making guarantees in all of their promotions and on their website of page one ranking on Google or your money back, I was told none of the offers were applicable to me.  Having paid them almost $3000 I hadn't received a single penny back.

Having Googled SEOJuice I discovered they were now also using the name UpWeb SEO and had created a second website.  A chatbox then appeared and I was being invited to chat with them about their services.  To my surprise just a minute later and I was talking to Dave Adamson founder and primary employee of this cowboy search engine optimisation company but as soon as he realised who he was talking to, he blocked me.  This fraudster clearly wasn't too happy that I had reappeared out of the blue after so long.  Not one to give up that easily I decided to take advantage of the free SEO audit they were offering on the homepage of their website and as requested entered my details. Well kind of.

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SEOJuice aka UpWeb SEO - Frauds Well Worth Avoiding

 

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Following on from my first article about SEOJuice who on 10th February 2016 also became known as UpWeb SEO, part two shows that despite farming work on my website out to a company in India who used black hat SEO techniques to build thousand of spammy backlinks, this cowboy still hadn't learnt his lesson.  I was determined to get every penny back that I'd paid to this phoney search engine optimisation company but Dave Adamson clearly wasn't going to give up without a fight.  Having blogged in detail about the work that SEOJuice carried out on my website and included screenshots of his phoney promotional material along with correspondence that had been exchanged between us, he understandably became a little upset.  The last thing a fraudster wants is to be exposed.  This was someone who at the time had been working from home for just a couple of years running a search engine optimisation business with occasional help from his fiance so when I received the following email from their "human resources department" it made me laugh out loud.

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The Window Centre Harrow | What a Headache

red angry emojiI may have been rather quiet lately but you'll be glad to hear that's about to change.  Over the last twelve months as well as flying around the world buying rocks and minerals I've also been dealing with a wretched company called The Window Centre who are based in Harrow.  They fitted replacement windows and doors at my property in June 2016 which not only were installed by a couple of cowboys who caused a significant amount of damage in and around my property but just two weeks after they'd left, the problems began.  After more than a year of adjustment after adjustment on almost every window and door in the house, the company finally admitted the windows and doors had not been manufactured correctly hence needed to be replaced.  That came as no surprise considering all the problems that I'd had and by this point in time, not a single window was working as it should and both sets of doors were draughty.  In October 2016 I began legal proceedings against The Window Centre Harrow and dealing with the case has taken up a huge amount of my time.

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SEOJuice aka UpWeb SEO - Black Hat Search Engine Optimization

 

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In today’s world search engine optimization (SEO) is big business and there’s no end of genuine companies out there touting for trade but along with many genuine businesses, there's also plenty of fraudsters like SEOJuice based in Australia who now also trade as UpWeb SEO.  I used the services of this search engine optimisation company run by Dave Adamson for six months to help promote my website in search engine rankings but instead of achieving positive results, it ended with me receiving a penalty notice from Google because of their black hat SEO techniques.  In just a few months they caused an enormous amount of damage to my website and instead of it appearing more often and closer to page one in search results it plummeted like a rock and my online sales dried up completely.  In this article with the help of screenshots, forum posts and extracts from actual email correspondence I will expose this fraudster for the liar and cheat that he really is.  Dave Adamson of SEOJuice / UpWeb SEO is someone who needs to be avoided if you value your business.  Sadly he learnt nothing at all from his experience with me and continues touting for trade using all the same tricks as he used in 2013.  What makes him so dangerous is that as well as being a prolific liar and cheat, he is also very convincing as most fraudsters are.

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Shungite and the Truth Behind Crystal Healing

 

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Shungite is a curious stone which comes exclusively from Russia, it's relatively rare, virtually unknown and the finest grade is known as elite shungite. As well as being surprisingly light weight it has a black residue similar to soot that's produced by coal and is naturally lustrous.  The fact that it can only be found in Karelia which is in the north west of Russia means that stones tend to be expensive and are highly sought after by rock and mineral enthusiasts around the world.

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Crystals Rocks Minerals - Understanding the Difference

 

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Crystals rocks and minerals, the building blocks of our planet and something that man has had an inherent attraction to since the dawn of time. Their use for personal adornment can be traced back at least 82,000 years and throughout history they have remained a constant source of intrigue and fascination. We have used them to create tools, carried them as talismans, we've carved them into luxury objects and have long associated them with status, wealth and power. The belief that they hold magical and medicinal powers also dates back thousand of years and the myths and lore associated with these curious inanimate objects has been passed down from one generation to the next.  In today's society the practice of using crystals rocks and minerals to promote health and well being is widely known as crystal healing and despite it being considered by some to be a pseudoscience, it remains hugely popular and is without doubt a multi billion dollar industry.

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Lumina Jewellery Caught Plagiarising Our Work

 

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Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's ideas and work in order to then pass them off as your own and whilst it's a massive problem online, most perpetrators are savvy and discreet enough to cover their tracks and make sufficient alterations to the stolen material to ensure that it can't be identified as someone else's work.  It's also pretty well known amongst online retailers that duplicate content doesn't rank well in Google which is another reason why pages of text that have been plagiarised tend to be altered before being republished but more importantly, plagiarism also violates Google's User Policy. Despite that Sarah and Picky Saund of Lumina Jewellery made a conscious decision to steal ideas and policies from a competitor and I can only assume that was because they were unable to come up with anything original and exciting of their own. Sadly for them on this occasion they picked on the wrong person to plagiarise from and what I discovered after having landed on their website at luminajewellery.com purely by chance, was that they had a very unhealthy interest in my business.      

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Plagiarism also Known as Stealing

 

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Trying to find decent articles to read online about crystals rocks and minerals can be a real challenge because so much of what's available is repetitive, unoriginal and in many cases has been written for the sole purpose of improving a website's search engine ranking. I research extensively in preparation for the articles that I write for Stone Mania and have been writing articles to post online for many years.  One thing I can say for sure is that plagiarism is a massive problem and one which Google is working hard to eradicate. According to the Oxford Dictionary plagiarism means "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as your own". The word plagiarism originates from the Latin 'plagiarius' meaning 'kidnapper' and it causes a huge amount of inaccurate and misleading information to be circulated online.

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