Just looking for a bit of advice here.
I've had 2 phone calls now from an SEO Company, who I will not name at this stage. From what I can gather they are a decent size (certainly they claim to be).
I have told them each time that I am not interested in their service. I have examined the link profile of several sites they SEO and it would appear that the links come from basically a spam network of very low quality sites, all of which run from the same template and most of which do not appear to be even indexed by google.
When I advise them of this they immediately become aggresive and tell me that I know nothing about anything. They have been around for 10 years and will be here a lot longer than we ever will be, kind of a 'we could buy you out with our spare change' type attitude.
The thing that most concerns me though is that twice now they have said 'well, I'm going to add your link into our network now anyway and we'll see if it gets your site banned'. Surely this is a threat, which could potentially effect the performance of our business? To say I am angry at their business practices would be an understatement and I have already contacted trading standards for advice.
Has anyone had an experience like this before with an aggresive SEO company, or advice on how to proceed? Should I file a complaint with trading standards, or wait to see what transpires.
Obviously I am concerned that the hard work I have put in over the years using ethical, white hat SEO and building links naturally could be undone by this. There is a line of thinking that says you can't be penalised for who links to you, the worst it can do is pass no value, however, if there are suddenly 3,000 (and the rest by the looks of things) spammy links pointed at our site then it is certainly going to raise some flags somewhere and probably at best trigger a short term filter.
I am putting this in the google forum, as their entire sales pitch was based around google rankings and they obviously cold call based on searching ppc advertisers.
Any advice greatly appreciated.