This article doesn’t call out a company by name, although I have a couple hunches. Note the warning signs:
- They promote a domain other than your actual domain.
- The other domain is owned by the SEO.
- They wanted to charge for SEO traffic for each click from the domain that they owned.
- The phrases that they are able to rank for are low-traffic, very specific phrases that the business could probably rank well for anyway.
Ugh. I’ve talked to quite a few people who were taken in by similar stuff in the past. One person refused to pay the “rent” on the domain that she had paid to optimize, so the SEO took that traffic and sold it to the client’s competitor. Companies like this are part of the reason that SEO has gotten a bad name with some people.