UpWeb Digital Marketing Solutions
Catching Up with a Cowboy
Following on from my previous article about UpWeb formerly SEOJuice a search engine optimisation company based Sydney Australia, having suddenly remembered on the afternoon of New Year's Eve 2017 that this 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 of them working on my website I was slapped with a penalty notice by Google because of their black hat search engine optimisation techniques. Despite all of their guarantees of page one ranking or your money back I was told none of these offers were applicable to me and having paid them almost $3000, I wanted my entire investment back.
Having Googled SEOJuice I discovered they were now also using the name UpWeb SEO and had created a second website at upwebseo.com (more recently they've updated the name again to Upweb Digital Marketing Solutions and have created a third website at upweb.com). A chatbox then appeared and I was 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 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 audit they were offering on the homepage of their website and as requested entered my details. Well kind of.
UpWeb.com | Frauds Worth Avoiding
Black Hat Search Engine Optimisation
Following on from my first article about SEOJuice who on 10th February 2016 also became known as UpWeb SEO and who have now changed their named again to UpWeb Digital Marketing Solutions, part two shows that despite farming work on my website out to a company in India who built thousand of spammy backlinks, this cowboy company still hadn't learnt their lesson. I was determined to get every penny back that I'd paid to them 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 was understandably 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" I almost fell off my chair.
The Window Centre Harrow | Window Replacement Nightmare
Worst Customer Service Experience
I 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. This window replacement company carried out work at my property in June 2016 and it was the worst customer service experience imaginable. Not only were the replacement windows and doors 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 problems began. After more than a year of adjustments on almost every window and door in the house the company finally admitted they 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 one of the replacement windows or doors was working as it should plus 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.
SEOJuice aka UpWeb Digital Marketing Solutions
Black Hat Search Engine Optimisation Services
In today’s world search engine optimization known for short as SEO is big business and there’s no end of genuine companies out there touting for trade but along with the many genuine businesses, there's also plenty of fraudsters like SEOJuice or UpWeb Digital Marketing Solutions as they're now known. I used the services of this cowboy 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 my website being slapped with a penalty notice from Google because of so called black hat techniques that had been used. In just a few months SEOJuice or UpWeb caused an enormous amount of damage to the online side of my business and instead of my website appearing more often and closer to page one in search results, it plummeted like a rock and sales dried up completely. In this article with the help of screenshots, forum posts and extracts from e-mail correspondence that was exchanged between us I will expose this fraudster for the liar and cheat that he really is. Dave Adamson of SEOJuice which then became known as UpWeb SEO before the company's name was changed once again to UpWeb Digital Marketing Solutions, is someone who needs to be avoided if you value your business. Sadly he has learnt nothing from his experience with me and continues to tout for trade using the same old tricks as he used in 2012. What makes him so dangerous is that as well as being a prolific liar and a cheat, he is also extremely convincing as most fraudsters are.
Shungite and Crystal Healing
Shungite | Exploring the Facts
Shungite is a curious stone that's found primarily in 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 that's similar to the soot produced by coal and is naturally lustrous. With Karelia in the north west of Russia being the world's main supplier, it's quite expensive and highly sought after by rock and mineral enthusiasts around the world.
Crystals Rocks Minerals | Understanding the Difference
What Exactly are Crystals Rocks and Minerals?
Crystals rocks and minerals are the building blocks of our planet and mankind has had an inherent attraction to them 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. They have been used as tools, been carried as talismans, have been carved into luxury objects and have long been associated with status, wealth and power. The belief that rocks and minerals hold magical and medicinal powers as well as healing properties dates back thousands of years and the stories and myths associated with these inanimate objects have been passed down from one generation to the next. In today's society the practice of using crystals 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 a multi billion dollar industry.
Lumina Jewellery Plagiarising Our Work
Caught Red Handed
Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's ideas and work in order to pass it off as your own and whilst this is 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 it can't be identified as someone else's work. It's well known particularly amongst online retailers that duplicate content doesn't rank well on Google which is another reason why pages that have been plagiarised tend to be altered before being republished. This behaviour also violates Google's User Policy and can result in the perpetrator's website being blacklisted. Sarah and Picky Saund of Lumina Jewellery were either oblivious to this or chose to ignore it and clearly lacking the ability to create something unique and exciting of their own, discovered Stone Mania and started helping themselves to everything they needed.
Having landed on their website purely by chance the style of the gemstone pendants in their collection quickly caught my attention and as I tried to find out more about who this company was, I found myself reading pages of information that seemed strangely familiar. One thing I knew for certain was that whoever Lumina Jewellery were, they had been helping themselves from our website. I couldn't quite believe what I was looking at yet plagiarising these pages of information was just the tip of the iceberg.
What is Plagiarism?
Taking Credit for Someone Else's Work
Trying to find original articles to read online about crystals rocks and minerals can be quite a 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 articles that I write for Stone Mania and have been posting articles online for many years and one thing I can say for certain is that plagiarism is everywhere. According to the Oxford Dictionary the word plagiarism means "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as your own". It comes from the Latin 'plagiarius' meaning 'kidnapper' and the practice contributes to a huge amount of inaccurate and misleading information being circulated online.