I’m sure all of you have received a pre-recorded call trying to sell you a product or service. One that I get several times a week comes from a friendly female voice claiming to be Sharon From Google. Now it seems odd to me that this same pre-recorded Sharon would call me from a variety of phone numbers.
The first thing you need to know is that while it might be possible the female voice on the recording is indeed someone named Sharon and that she indeed works for Google, the company calling you is not Google.
I won’t mention the name of the company behind these calls simply because I don’t want them to receive any benefit from their telemarketing campaign. The only part that is crystal clear is that it isn’t Google.
Sure, you can stay on the call and asked to be removed. Good luck, it hasn’t worked for me and from the messages on the Internet it seems that I’m not alone. You can also file a complaint with the National DoNotCall Registry though my numerous filed complaints have done nothing to stop my good friend Sharon from calling.
So why are they calling and what are they trying to sell you? The short answer is that they claim they can get you listed higher on Google Local or they can improve your Search Engine Optimization. Note that I gave you a long list of tips for free at Design A Web Site That Ranks Well in Search Engines via SEO. There are also plenty of free tutorials, such as 10 Things You Should Have Done to Make Your Google Business Listing Great for improving your Google Local ranking.
Paying a company to help you with SEO isn’t a bad idea. But do you really want to pay a company that repeatedly calls with pre-recorded Sharon From Google messages? Should you need help, do your research and hire a company that plays by the rules. Because if you choose a company that breaks the telephone rules, it is quite possible they’ll also get your Web site blacklisted by breaking the SEO rules. Consider choosing Web Design Solutions Unleashed to help with your Web site and SEO.
Update: We have been able to get these calls to stop and we have saved money at the same time. Read Upgrade Your Phone Service and Save Money With RingCentral to read about our new phone service that allows us to permanently block each of Sharon’s numbers.
Update: Below is a list of numbers Sharon From Google has used and we have effectively blocked with RingCentral.