The other day, I received a message from someone who visited my website and who completely misunderstood its intent — it only shares my personal collection of boots and motorcycle/leather riding gear as well as provides some tutorials and explanations about boots, wearing leather, and so on.
It is not a sales or business site. However, visitors who aggressively promote their products and services continue to bombard me with messages that fall into three main categories, which I’ll explain in a moment.
However, a recent message doesn’t fit into a “regular” category. I classified it as downright creepy. I explain what it said that made me classify it as creepy after the jump.
As I was explaining, the messages that I receive via my website fall into 3 categories:
1. Legitimate questions about boots, boot quality, concerns on boot fit & design, and leather garments and gear. Those I try to answer within a reasonable amount of time. I do not receive as many of those kinds of questions as you may think, but enough to keep it interesting and give me occasional fresh ideas for this blog.
2. Sales pitches from aggressive Sialkot, Pakistan, leather vendors promoting their junky, poor-quality leather gear. I just delete those messages that I receive two or three times each week.
3. Promotions from highly aggressive search engine optimization (SEO) salespeople who are liars who pretend to have American names and give false U.S. locations as where they are writing from, but are all from Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. I track them back to this source all the time. Sometimes I call them out on their lies, but most of the time, I just delete these messages.
However, the other day, I received a message that said this:
My name is Randy and I was looking at a few different sites online and came across your site bootedman.com. I must say – your website is very impressive. I found your website on the first page of the Search Engine.
Have you noticed that 70 percent of visitors who leave your website will never return? In most cases, this means that 95 percent to 98 percent of your marketing efforts are going to waste, not to mention that you are losing more money in customer acquisition costs than you need to.
As a business person, the time and money you put into your marketing efforts is extremely valuable. So why let it go to waste? Our users have seen staggering improvements in conversions with insane growths of 150 percent going upwards of 785 percent. Are you ready to unlock the highest conversion revenue from each of your website visitors?
[X company name] is a widget which captures a website visitor’s Name, Email address and Phone Number and then calls you immediately, so that you can talk to…
Yeah, this guy is Randy like my name is Alibaba Bullinsky.
What creeped me out is that there might be some code on a website that collects or finds ways to determine someone’s name, email address, and phone number without asking for it (such as in a web form.) I doubt that exists, but if it does: NO WAY WOULD I DO THAT TO MY WEB VISITORS!
Man, what a creepy invasion of privacy.
Don’t worry — I never install advertising or any other invasive “widgets” on my website or this blog. I hate seeing ads on other websites, so why subject you to ads on mine? This blog and my website are only personal hobbies — not revenue-generating internet properties.
I may pay some $250/year to cover the costs of multiple domain registration, hosting, askimet spammer protection, and a few other back-end costs, but that’s not a problem. Since I don’t have a wallet-sucking silly phone, I can afford it.
But I do not need — and do not want — to collect data that could track back to “customers” to try to increase “sales.” I do not need or want to generate revenue from my web properties.
Trust me, with my sites, you’re safe, ad-free, and always will be.
Life is short: avoid the creeps, visit my website with creepless confidence.