SEOJuice aka UpWeb SEO - Bunch of Frauds Well Worth Avoiding


Following on from the first instalment of my blog about SEOJuice who also became known as UpWeb SEO on 10th February 2016 according to the Australian Business Register, part two of this saga 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 created a detailed blog post on my website which included screenshots of his 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.  Bearing in mind 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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Yeo Valley Farm - Foreign Object Found in Yogurt


foreign object yeo valley yoghurt


I've been buying Yeo Valley yogurt for quite a few years and always have at least one pot in the fridge at any one time.  It never lasts long and is usually eaten within a few days.  In November (2018) having torn back the lid of a pot I'd bought just a few days earlier, there was something strange on the inside of the lid.  I initially thought it was just a lump of yogurt but having touched it with a spoon realised it was much more than that.  Having removed the object and then rinsed off the yogurt, I found myself looking at something unfamiliar and really had no idea what it was.  It was light weight, smooth and slightly rubbery, had no smell and no residue came off when I handled it.  My hunch was that it was fungus.

More curious about what it was than upset, I initially contacted the local environmental health office who advised me to get in touch with Yeo Valley Farm who produce the yogurt or alternatively take it back to the supermarket where I'd bought it and they would send it off for analysis.  Not having a receipt I didn't believe Sainsbury's would be particularly interested so decided to get in touch with Yeo Valley Farm instead.

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The Window Centre Harrow | What a Headache

Some of you may have noticed that I've been rather quiet lately but you'll be glad to hear that's about to change.  Over the last twelve months or so as well as flying around the world 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 two incompetent installers who caused a significant amount of damage in and around my property but just two weeks after they'd left, problems began and have continued ever since.  After more than a year of amateurish adjustments on both windows and doors which included some being removed and refitted on more than one occasion, I was told the windows had not been manufactured correctly hence needed to be replaced.  That came as no surprise at all considering all the problems that I'd had and by that point in time, every single window in the house was either scraping or catching as it moved.  I'd also had continuous problems with a kitchen door that was unbelievably draughty and despite it being adjusted several times and being removed and refitted twice, the second time under the supervision of the director of The Window Centre Harrow, it was still draughty.  When I told him I intended to have it replaced because it wasn't the high quality door I was assured I was buying, I was completely ignored and in his subsequent correspondence in which he confirmed the windows would be replaced, he said a further adjustment would be carried out on the kitchen door.  By that time I had already informed him that I wanted a full refund for the entire installation and was taking legal advice.  A few weeks later as the weather turned colder I discovered that the patio doors which had also been adjusted several times, were still draughty.  In addition to the afore mentioned problems there were many other issues that I was dealing with as well.

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SEOJuice aka UpWeb SEO - Cowboy Search Engine Optimization


screenshot of a phoney promo posted in a digital marketing forum


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 cowboys 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 in order 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 techniques.  In the few months they worked on my website they caused an enormous amount of damage 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 aid of screenshots, forum posts and extracts from 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 online 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 Crystal Healing


elite grade shungite


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. It's surprisingly light weight, has a black residue that’s similar to soot that's produced by coal and is naturally lustrous.  The fact that it only comes from 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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Understanding Crystals, Rocks, Minerals


coloured crystals, rocks and minerals


Crystals, rocks and minerals are the building blocks of our planet and man has had an inherent attraction to them since the dawn of time. Their use for personal adornment can be traced back 82,000 years and throughout history they have remained a constant source of intrigue and fascination. They have been used as tools, carried as talismans, been carved into luxury objects and have long been associated with 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 them has been passed down through the generations. Today 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 many 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


screenshot of a jewellery website


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 in order to ensure that nobody identifies it as having originally been created by someone else. 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 the people behind Lumina Jewellery made a conscious decision to set out to steal creative ideas and company policies from another business and I can only assume that was because they are unable to come up with anything original and exciting of their own. Sadly on this occasion it was Stone Mania who was the victim but what we uncovered after having landed on the website of Lumina Jewellery purely by chance, was that they had a very unhealthy interest in our business.      

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Plagiarism also Known as Stealing


Bart Simpson writing lines on a green coloured blackboard





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 in the Rocks & Minerals section of Stone Mania's website 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 trying 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 published online particularly on matters relating to crystals, rocks and minerals.

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