SHEREEF: hello and how are you doing this is Mr Agdar [name changed] and i would like to order some flowers from your shop to my company in West Africa and can you tell me the types of flowers you have and their prices each so that i can make my selections. hope to hear from you asap..
ME: I’m afraid you have the wrong email address–I don’t sell flowers.
Best of luck.
SHEREEF: Ohh Okay What do you sell?
ME: Nothing, really, we do services work.
SHEREEF: Dont you know any shop there so tht you give me their address so that i buy some of their goods?
This guy wants to buy anything wholesale and re-sell it. Where should I sent him?
I’m sure this happens to everybody, but certain Google users have a mentality about their search results. It goes like this:
“Because your site is ranked highly in Google, you must be an expert in my search terms. Furthermore, you must sell them for a living.”
He no doubt found me because of Flowers For Al and Don. If he’d asked for something other than flowers, I would have thought it was just a variation on Nigerian spam.
Another recent example is horse soccer balls. If you Google “horse soccer ball”, my site is the fourth result. The first result is a site which actually sells horse soccer balls (the excerpted text in the search results even implies this).
And yet I’ve received more than one call from people wanting to buy just such a ball. Odd, eh?