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When helping others with SEO and Design turns into a witch hunt.
Recently I was on some of my local facebook groups posting about how I've been in SEO, Web Design and Marketing since 2003 and I'm willing to help out anyone who is having a problem with their website or marketing campaigns. I helped around 20 people until I posted in one group and I had 2 people jump down my throat about how I was spamming and that I should set up an ad within Facebook to better target my audience. I mean, I was getting pretty targeted when I was posting in these groups because they were all local and I'm sure a good amount of them either had websites or have thought about putting one up as some point or another. But this guy didn't see the link and basically just went on a witch hunt. He got a few people on his side before I noticed what was going on and when I eventually got back to the thread, they had their torches and pitch forks waiting lmao
So when I got back to the post, I noticed that it was 2 guys talking back and forth and they were also tagging others within the post to help get people on their side. I didn't want to do that because I thought it was petty and childish, so I simply responded in a friendly manner to each person that commented and put out every fire I could, except for the 2 main witch hunters in the group. Just so you know, within private groups you have to get your post approved by the administrator, which mine was. These two guys were just on a witch hunt because they didn't know what they were talking about. They have probably been scammed by a design or marketing company in the past and just decided to label us all the same, witches lol.
After about 10 or 15 public conversations with the people that kept popping up, 7 of them enlisted my help as a consultant (for free) and the rest just faded away. The only 2 that were so headstrong about this eventually left the post but went right into messenger and started harassing me that way lol. So now I'm pissed, but I keep it professional at all times until they start insulting me for absolutely no reason. Now I've dealt with this type of thing in the past, so I know how to handle it, and I'm not too proud of it because I eventually stooped to their level lmao I tagged everyone that I had helped from my posts and they came in to defend me. They weren't my friends, they were random people that I actually helped. I then posted all of the screenshots I took from when these 2 guys started to harass me through messenger and posted them to the comments section of my post, which made them go into hiding.
After about an hour of this I had the admins of the group contact me and apologize for the behavior of the group members that were harassing me and I said not to worry about it because it wasn't their fault. Everyone has a position on topics, whether it be right or wrong, they feel a certain way about something and usually will voice that when online because they are safe behind their computer screens. I told them that I was just going to leave the group because I didn't see the point in defending myself every single time I wanted to post something to help others in my free time, but the admins quickly told me that they banned those 2 guys right after they noticed what was going on and that I am free to post whatever I want lol
In the end, the witch hunters ended up burning themselves at the stake and now are banned from a Facebook group that they enjoyed. They decided to call me a witch and go on a hunt but it backfired because they did no research what so ever on what I was doing for the members of the group, for free.
This experience could have gone south really quick if I stooped to their level from the beginning, but it didn't. I played nice until I had the cards I wanted and then I got them to fold. They attacked me by tagging their friends, family and random people in order to gang up on my for this witch hunt and I turned 7 of them into potential clients since I gave them a bunch of advise on what to do with their websites in order to make the design better as well as increase their search engine rankings for more traffic and sales Keep it professional and people will see that you're not there to harm them. The good ones will contact you and figure out what you're doing on their own all while you're showing the nay sayers what you've actually done for members of the group. In the end I actually turned their people against them and helped the tagged people out with problems they were having. I didn't block the witch hunters from my messenger, and I'm waiting to see if they send me anything else lol
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