Another SEO Bozo Alert. Bozo Alert! LeapFish.com. Here We Go Again.

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As I was just getting to enjoy my coffee (perfect temperature) my cell phone rings. 

It's a sales call from a fast talking telemarketer from LeapFish.com

"I found you on ActiveRain," he says "...and I wanted to let you know that you can own keywords for your area."

I ask him, What keywords and since 92% of my traffic already comes from Google and I am already page one #1 and page one #2, how can I get any better than this?

He explains, "Because you get to own the key words and we're the biggest out there. We've combined Yahoo, Google, MSN...blah blah blah blah"

The rest became white noise for me.

I tell him I am going to LeapFish.com and I enter in the key words, virtual tour camera,  360 virtual tours, and broker agent software.

I'm already on page one on your site now.  I ask the pushy fast talker, HOW CAN I GET ANY BETTER?  (This guy is starting to irritate me now)

He says, "Because you get to own the keywords, you pay once..." I cut him off. I say thanks but is it too much to ask that you guys at least QUALFIFY your prospect before you call them?  Geez, man it saves a lot of embarrassment here. 

So we hang up.

But here's my concern for my fellow Active Rainer's.

They are snooping Active Rain for prospects.  So here's my concern for all of you who right now DO NOT have a natural first page presence on Google.

Stay away from these guys. It's clear to me they are only patrolling the Active Rain portal to scoop up leads and if they call you, it might sound impressive. But you have to understand the importance of PLANNING THE SALES CALL.

Since they didn't bother pre-screening me for any top page rank key words, this means this firm practices the classic READY, FIRE, AIM which simply means this firm is not looking after your best interest.

They only want your money and a slick voice will tell you lots of interesting things -- but if they are not doing any research on you or your domain name before they call -- this simply smacks of unprofessionalism and greed to me. 

But for me, this firm is no better than MerchantCircle.com and ePerks a similar firm went bankrupt and it looks like funds from that firm have gone to start up LeapFish.com.  But I have not done a lot of research on this yet. You can read more about ePerks and LeapFish here. 

 

 

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Bart Wilson | CIO
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police message?  bet it was polite and that's a typo... my imagination was going for a minute there.  

May 21, 2009 03:57 PM
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I'm not so sure you all understand what they offer. They're offering 1st through 3rd position keywords at the top of all search results. Think about it for a minute, if you own the top position for let's say the keyword "software" and it only costs you $5,000 to buy it outright today then if Leapfish.com gets more popular in a couple of years you could sell that top listing for a major profit to some major software corporation.

I mean let's look at the facts, if your listing is in the #1 sponsored listing at the top of a google search you would get a lot more business than just be ranked #1 organically, now combine the two and you have most of the traffic for that keyword. The problem is with traditional pay per clicks you have to have very deep pockets to get a #1 position on a 24/7 basis for a highly competitive keyword and most of us don't have deep pockets like that. This model is more affordable "if" and only if they grow to the size of one of the big 3 search engines, which I'm not sure they have deep enough pockets to advertise like they need to to take over market share from Google, Yahoo! or MSN. 

I like their search model and I think it will catch on, but it may also be coppied to some extent by the big 3 search engines in the near future.

The question is: Will Leapfish.com be the next big thing in search over the next 3-5 years? If you answered yes then maybe you should buy up all the available keywords you can afford because you will make a ton of money selling them later at a premium. If you're not willing to take a risk then you shouldn't talk bad about a company that is trying something new even though there may be some black sheep in the flock. I'm not promoting this company nor am I tearing them apart I'm just one of the guys who was called about the opportunity and I think it is a risk, however risk pays off big and sometimes not. This is like buying stock in the company so if you don't like the product in general then most likely other people will find it the same.

I have top 3 rankings for most of my major keywords on a few of my sites and I'm always looking for new ways to make money but in some cases I lose money so if you don't have the money to lose don't do it. It's alway easier to talk bad about a company when you don't understand entirely what is being offered. Just keep in mind you could loose every penny you put into it or it could pay off big just like when people were saying it was crazy to buy up all those one word domain names back in the 80's...PIZZA.COM (this guy was crazy for buying this domain name!)...look who's laughing now.

September 08, 2009 08:05 PM
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Courtney Brown, Realtor (S) Vice President
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After my seventh or so call from LeapFish from very aggressive salespeople, I said I'd like to do resarch on my own first prior to making any commitments.  My first step was to search LeapFish on AR, and I found this post.

Thank you for the post, and to all readers for their comments.  Reading about the experiences of others is helpful in my decision making process.

October 22, 2009 04:05 PM
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Hi Courtney,

You are welcome. We can do without firms like LeapFish or MerchantCircle.com.  We do not need them to help you rank better in the search engines.

For more helpful hints on this, follow me on Twitter @voyager360

 

- Bart

 

 

January 05, 2010 10:53 AM
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This thread is rather old, but if any one is interested, there is one law firm in San Francisco currently investigating possible class action lawsuit against LeapFish:

http://www.danielbakondi.com/leapfish_class_action_lawsuit_ripoff_fraud.htm

It is probably not the best way to recover your losses with these jerks, however it may help to stop them from prowling after unsuspected business owners like myself.

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