os28.net Google Sitemap Spam

A client of mine received a spam email from an SEO spammer by the name of Nick Hollander. Nick works for, (or owns, I’m not sure), an SEO company called 0s28.net, based in Washington DC an Nick’s email address is nick.hollander@os28.net.

Why mention the 0s28.net spam email - after all we all receive bundles of SEO spam every day? I mention it because this is a pitch to add a “Google Sitemap file” to your website, despite sites that are already well spidered and already featuring on the front page of the search engines for all of their search engines don’t need one and adding one could harm their existing rankings. As well as that, os2.net do not appear to have an xml sitemap on THEIR site, nor a Google verification code from webmasters tools and their email was obvious spam, as they didn’t even get the name of my client’s website correct! To be fair, they may have an xml sitemap hidden somewhere on their site and it’s just not obvious where it is to anyone but Google and they may have removed the verification code after registering it with Google, but with spammers, it’s worth checking out.

The os28 Google Sitemap spam email details:

From nick.hollander@os28.net
Subject: Sitemap File Missing - and then the incorrect website name

As I was on http://www.hypnoanalysis.com/ this morning, I was unable to locate a “Google Sitemap file” on your website.

I am not referring to a regular “site map” for people to visit online, but rather to a special script called “Google Sitemap file” which helps Google to read and index your website’s overall content.  I advise you to visit us online where we explain clearly what is a “Google Sitemap file” and why you need to get one: http://www.os28.net/sitemap_file_service.html

A Google Sitemap file captures all the crucial information about your website, thus facilitating the crawling and indexing process for Google.

Google & Yahoo as well recommend that you get a Sitemap file. I invite you to call me at 1 (202) 250-3620 to discuss how can we can help you almost overnight to get set up with your Google Sitemap file.

I am looking forward to our conversation.

Regards,

Nick Hollander
nick.hollander@os28.net
_____________________

1250 Connecticut Ave N.W. Suite  200
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Direct line: 1 (202) 250-3620
http://www.os28.net/
SEO services since 1999.

You probably don’t need a Google XML sitemap

OS28.net make it seem that you need to add this file to your site - you don’t! Their email pitch is compelling and their video is even more compelling, but it doesn’t tell you why you need it and what benefit it will be to you. Unless you have a brand new site, if your site isn’t already indexed, you likely have more issues with your site and source-code than can be resolved with an XML sitemap and if your site is already indexed and you have numerous page one positions for your targeted search terms, an OS28 site map will not make a difference to your site, apart from possibly losing you positions! If you are already ranking - do not add a Google XML sitemap to to your website, you are completely wasting your money.

Rather than mess about with xml sitemaps, spend your time achieving a handful of good links to your site from good quality sites - that is the best way to bring a spider to your website, as you have the added advantage of the link text boost in the search rankings.

Is $250 Good Value for an XML sitemap?

The os28.net sitemap service costs $250. Is $250 a fair price for the service? It’s not for me to comment on what another SEO charges for a service, but you can buy software for as little as $39 that creates the file in seconds and that can be used over and over again. This is only one example of sitemap creation software:

http://www.inspyder.com/products/SitemapCreator/XML-Sitemap-Creator.aspx.

I have never used this software myself, as in over 11 years in the industry,  I can see no use for XML sitemaps, when more traditional techniques work so much better, but the creation software looks fairly straightforward and it is only one of dozens on the market.

If you are convinced that you need an xml sitemap, which my client that was pitched certainly didn’t, don’t go with some SEO spammer, speak to your web designer; someone you trust, and they will do it for you.  

12 Responses to “os28.net Google Sitemap Spam”

Syd Says:

For the last few months I’ve also had emails from Nick Hollander; so another one to look out for:
‘I am Nick Hollander and I work for Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc. in Washington DC (Tel: 1-202-250-3620) - I am Dr. Marc Schneider’s new assistant - I would like to speak with the person in charge of your international clientele. Who is my contact? Who should I speak to?’
I had identical emails for about two years from Dr. Marc Schneider.

Regarding xmk sitemaps I always use http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ which is a free service for up to 500 pages. It will also produce sitemaps as ROR, Text and HTML.

Nick Says:

Hello, my name is Nick. But I am not the Nick that you mention here. Oddly enough, I also live in the Wash DC area AND I got this SPAM email from these folks as well.

So they want $250 to get my website indexed? Why? I am presently ranked number 1 in Yahoo, number 7 in Google and number 3 in MSN - based on search criteria.

Keep your checkbook in your drawer. These people are offering nothing of value.

sheridan dickson Says:

we’re getting them in new zealand too. so random. our audience is local so we don’t even care if our website doesn’t rank no.1 offshore. we’re getting them from a different email address: From: Martin Vermont [mailto:mvermont@ os28.net]

I suspect it’s a bot producing these. But why? Maybe there’s a trojan once you’ve signed up and paid the initial $250? I don’t know about a suspected Trojan, but they are most certainly spammers and I’m not sure that their service offering is good value for money. BM

gbrecke Says:

How kind and respectful these comments are!

Dr. Marc Schneider and Nick Hollander? whether real names or bogus, the bot generates a very frustrating amount of spam, and have been doing so here for years!

One thing worth mentioning is the total lack of intelligence this spammer seems to deploy. I’m sure his service is just as obtose as his spam bot if it exists at all. If only I knew where his personal home was.. To pump out a septic tank truck into that house would bring me joy, he’s been pumping Sh__ my year for years!

michelle Says:

We’ve gotten a few from Dr. Marc Schneider’s “assistant” gravely telling us that we don’t have an international presence, and our [insert website URL here] deserves one….

Two things:
1. We service a niche audience in Australia that respond well to personal contact, so audiences derived from SEO are generally unqualified users; and

2. Why would a Dr speciallise in SE0??? What has he gotten his qualifications in?

mario Says:

Hi, thanks for all this helpful info.
Os28 “arrived” in Portugal also a few months ago and the “new assistant” is Martin Vermont.
These days one is open to do business on the web and I myself am exploring the possibility of hiring casual IT solutions, but SPAM is always SPAM and Os28 is toxic SPAM

Maya Says:

I too received a message from Martin Vermont; in fact, he was chasing up a response he felt he was owed from his email from a month ago. We deal widely with contacts in Asia, and our website is well-known and accessed there, so he clearly just swinging the lead.

Filing you under Bin, ‘Martin’!

Irina Says:

Thanks for this information. We already got 3 or 4 mails from Martin Vermont, very insistant. I wanted to answer him finally that we don’t need his services. Luckily I looked here, it would be silly to write to a bot.

Paco Says:

This is what i got after another one… Note that is different since they know my website is in spanish….

Did you receive the email copied here below sent to you last month?
Please confirm good reception.

Cordially,

Martin Vermont
mvermont@ os28.net

I am Martin Vermont and I work for Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc. in Washington DC (Tel: 1-202-558-2504). I would like to speak with the person in charge of your international clientele. Who is my contact? Who should I speak to?

In fact, after visiting (my website) , we have noticed that your website cannot be found on foreign search engines (I tested it on Hispanic search engines, German search engines, Asian search engines, etc.) Our company is specialized in multilingual search engine promotions in 28 languages. From the Japanese Google to the German Yahoo, from the AOL in Spanish to the MSN in Chinese, we can show you how to develop a true international online presence by promoting your website on foreign search engines.

I strongly suggest that you watch our online presentation which explains clearly how to get top rankings on foreign search engines with only 1 entry page per language (click on the following link or copy-paste it into your web browser): os28.net/demo

Please call me at +1 (202) 558-2504 or email me and let’s work on giving your website the true international exposure which it deserves to have with foreign native online users!!

Regards,

Martin Vermont
mvermont@ os28.net
Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc.
1250 Connecticut Ave N.W. Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036 USA
TEL: +1 (202) 558-2504
os28.net
Multilingual Search Engine Promotion Services since 1999″

Luca Says:

Hi,

we’ve got the same e-mail from Martin Vermont:

From: Martin Vermont [mailto:martinvermont @languageseo.net]
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 9:11 PM
To: our e-mail address
Subject: (( our website)) - Did you receive this email sent to you last week ?

Did you receive the e-mail which we sent to you recently (copied here-below)?
Please confirm since I have had problems lately with emails intercepted by spam-filters set too high.

Cordially,

Martin Vermont, Ph.D.
martinvermont@ languageseo.net
I am Dr. Martin Vermont and I work for Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc. in Washington DC (Tel: 1-202-558-2504) - I would like to speak with the person in charge of your international clientele. Who is my contact? Who should I speak to??

In fact, after visiting (((our website))) , I have noticed that your website cannot be found on foreign search engines (I tested it on Hispanic search engines, German search engines, Asian search engines, etc.) Our company is specialized in multilingual search engine promotions in 28 languages . From the Japanese Google to the German Yahoo, from the AOL in Spanish to the MSN in Chinese, we can show you how to develop a true international online presence by promoting your website on foreign search engines.

Let us show you how to develop a presence on the multilingual web without having to translate your website: It is not necessary to translate your website in order to submit to foreign search engines, however, you need to have at least 1 page in Japanese optimized with Japanese keywords and meta tags in order to submit to Japanese search engines, at least 1 page in Spanish optimized with Spanish keywords in order to submit to Hispanic search engines and so on…

I strongly suggest that you watch our online presentation which explains clearly how to get top rankings on foreign search engines with only 1 entry page per language (click on the following link or copy-paste it into your web browser): languageseo.net/demo

From the Japanese Google to the German Yahoo, from the AOL in Spanish to the MSN in Chinese, get users to find your website when searching with YOUR KEYWORDS in their Native language.

Please call me at +1 (202) 558-2504 or email me and let’s work on giving your website the true international exposure which it deserves to have with foreign native online users!!

Regards,

Martin Vermont, Ph.D.
martinvermont @languageseo.net

Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc.
1250 Connecticut Ave N.W. Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036 USA
TEL: +1 (202) 558-2504 - FAX: 1 (202)-318-4779
languageseo.net
Multilingual Search Engine Promotion Services since 1999.

Please see further information below:

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Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:18:09 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of apache @languageseo.net designates 64.191.12.166 as permitted sender) client-ip=64.191.12.166;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of apache@ languageseo.net designates 64.191.12.166 as permitted sender) smtp.mail=apache@ languageseo.net
Received: from languageseo.net (localhost.localdomain [127.0.0.1])
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Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 22:10:43 +0200
From: Martin Vermont
Message-ID:
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Adele Says:

I’ve been getting these emails from Martin Vermont for nearly a year now. Like others here our compnay serves a niche market so we are not interest in any SEO. I’ve blocked these emails but every few months the originating address is changed so they still come through. No problem - I’m very handy with the delete button!

Klas @ Social Media Says:

Just got another one of these e-mails. Now you would think that “Martin” from os28.net would use their multi-language SEO pages on their own site, right? Wrong!

A quick check with Google shows that their site does not have any non-english pages:
http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.os28.net

Hmmm …

K.

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