Electronic Marketing Service (EMS) Ripoff internet marketing service scam Orem, Utah
I got a call from EMS a few months after I purchased 3 websites from Stores Onlne (SOL). I told the salesman I was not interested b/c I hadn't really started the websites and was not ready to start promoting them to get to the top of the search engines. He assured me this was o.k, actually, even better. EMS could help me build the website and then aid in marketing. With the guilt of spending $4000+ on the websites and not using them yet, I bought EMS service for $9000+. The way I understood it, they would do most of the grunt work for me.
I met with Dave, my coach, every Monday. I told him my plan for the sites originally was to start online nutrition counseling, or an online diet program (I am a dietitian). I believe I also told this to the original sales guy I spoke with. I was encouraged, however, after I signed up for their service, to start dropshipping to make my money back faster. This also fits in nicely with the cookie cutter program and homework assignments I was given. I don't think my idea would have fit in nicely with their program. One of my first assignments was to come up with a list of 10 items I could dropship and then use the reverse search tool to see which would be advantages. I ended up creating a website for security cameras ? the numbers made sense, but I know NOTHING about security cameras.
My Monday meeting with Dave just included homework assignments for me to build my site. I guess this was helpful as it gave me some direction and motivation?someone to answer to. The website is built. My frustration came when it was time to submit to directories and vertical portals and to trade links. This is very time consuming and tedious and I can't find a vertical portal to save my life. This is when I thought, ? This is part of getting on top of the search engine. Why am I doing all this work, and you have 9,000 to TELL me to do all this work.? I was getting behind, as at that time, I was switching jobs, studying for a credential exam and planning a wedding. I asked Dave for about a month or two off to catch up. I'm not sure how you can submit to 200+ directories and portals and trade links with other companies in one week anyway.
Dave gave me the O.K, and I did SLOWLY keep adding to only directories. I e-mailed a few links to exchanged (Dave gave me an template of how to write the e-mail), but I never heard from anyone. Months went by, and I got an e-mail from my site from a potential customer. When I looked at my ?stats? page on the website, I saw the msn.com picked it up, and it was actually first on the list when someone search ?outdoor surveillance camera??or something like that. My page rank was still zero, but I was exited and motivated to get going again. I emailed Dave the exiting news and asked if we could get stared again. He wrote back with the list of February telephonic seminars (or whatever the provide) and told me to tune into those. I just think for the money I paid, I should have someone hold my hand through this a little more. When I e-mailed the EMS help desk (that was usually what Dave told me to do when I had questions) about the vertical portals, they wrote me back with some info, but I still don't think I ever found one and for $9000, can't you find one for me?
I just remember hearing a bunch of times when approached my EMS ?We'll do that for you? and I feel like I did all the work myself. I know I haven't' gotten as far as I should have, and maybe in further steps they would have paid off, but I am very frustrated and now selling cameras I know nothing about, nor care about, and I have no nutrition site and not instead of wasting just $4,000 on website, I have wasted a total of about $15,000. Actually, I can't say I have wasted money on the website. I have used SOL myquickresponse.com very much. And also just e-mailed them for help, and even called. I barley used EMS. And the sites I believe I have forever were as the EMS service I paid a ton for is gone, but I wouldn't want it anyway.
Not sure if there are any other consumers out there who feel like suckers for purchasing this or if I just gave up too soon, but even if I got half my money back from EMS I'd be happy. The weekly meeting did light a fire under to me to start building a website ?even thought its not what I wanted.