Charlie has had it with the sleazy hard sell from a Redzee sales guy—after bugging her daily for a month, he started urging her to log in to “her account” on Redzee so she could see the amazingly valuable traffic he was generating for her site. “He kept saying that he had clients waiting out the door for the opportunity that he was offering us, and I quite bluntly told him that he should then answer their calls and accept their business because I was not interested.” So what the heck is Redzee?
It’s ostensibly a search engine, and it makes money getting businesses to buy prominent placement in their search results. But according to members of this forum, it’s nothing but a scam:
RedZee is nothing but bogus. If you have purchased key phrases in their “top 3” ppc [pay per click] program, every single hit that comes from either their search engine or their spybar is a bounce.
I’ll say this again because it is very important:
Every single hit that comes from either their search engine or their spybar is a bounce.
Excluding my own testing, in every single case where an IP address has entered my sites from the redzee search engine – either directly from their search engine or from browsers that have the redzee spybar installed, which appends redzee “top 3” ppc results to the top of the Google, MSN or Yahoo organic listings – that IP address goes no further than the landing page. In some cases, the IP bounces out before the entire landing page is requested from the server.
I have tested and confirmed this through exhaustive manual analysis of my raw log files. There is absolutely no doubt that the redzee “top 3” is a scam.
Just want warn everyone if (when) you get a call from Redzee.com to hang up the phone and save yourself some time. They are selling prepaid PPC packages for their “search engine” that is suppose to have all of this traffic blah blah blah.
Redzee wants you to pre buy for $4-500 worth or clicks…hint if they actually had traffic they wouldn’t need you to prepay.
Here’s Charlie’s story:
Redzee.com calls my office on a daily basis trying to get my boss to renew our account with him. It’s to the point where I feel harassed. I ask the man to leave a message, and he declines and hangs up only to call back the very next day. When I first heard about Redzee, I did some research and they are nothing but a scam. They send web bots and crawlers to your site that hit the front page and then bounce. After a month of this guy calling and lying to me saying that he was making a ‘personal’ call to my boss, he finally started conversation with me in which I said that I was now in charge of making marketing decisions for our company.
He proceeded to tell me that my free trackers that I was using to monitor my web stats were not set up to properly monitor his traffic and that I needed to log in to my account on his site so that he could show me that his site was, in fact, was generating a considerable amount of traffic to my site. He then went on to say that his engine was a tier 2 search engine and that normal trackers don’t track the type of search engine that his company uses. And then again said that I should log onto his site for accurate statistics.
He kept saying that he had clients waiting out the door for the opportunity that he was offering us, and I quite bluntly told him that he should then answer their calls and accept their business because I was not interested. He stammered a bit before again rambling his spiel about making an informed decision and logging into his site so that I could see the cold hard facts that I could not find anywhere else on the internet. How is what this company doing not fraud? They are selling you a service that they are not providing.
I see quite clearly through this scam, however my boss did not. Please post an article about Redzee.com and warn people not to waste their money or their time with this company. We need a reputable source such as the Consumerist to call a spade a spade and a scam a scam!
A simple “Beware of Redzee.com” [Les Jones]
“Investigating the RedZee Search Engine” [SEOmoz]
“Pay Per Click” [Real Estate Webmasters]