Humility, and unrequested sales emails from India

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Great quote from today’s morning religious programme (no better way to start a day) “humility is not about thinking less of yourself but thinking about yourself less.”  This has nothing to do with today’s topic.


I receive many unrequited offers to help me with SEO, web development etc. Most of them are from India, and from a private person probably fishing for a small percentage of profits that they will get if the customer signs up with a real company.

I was attracted to this letter because it was written in good English. Normally there are at least three mistakes and they get immediately cast aside by moi.

Interestingly, the mother ‘site’, mediabysearch,com  is registered in Russia but the writer claims to come from India. I decided to amuse myself with syntax and spend the odd 10 minutes reflecting on her letter.

From:Alicia <>
Subject:Design and Develop Website….??
Date:Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:16 AM
Size:13 KB

Hello Brian,

I am Alicia, I apologies for my cold outreach!!

Are you looking for Mobile Apps to improve your business or you want to Website Design\Redesign of your Business?

We can design and develop Mobile app to help you deliver more value to customers in your specific industry. I hope, you’ll notice that many small businesses you interact with in your daily life have their own dedicated app.

We offer the following services, all at Flat Rate prices:

1.      Apps Development (iPhone/iPad, Android & Hybrid/Web App)

2.      Mobile Responsive Website

3.      Website Re-Designing

If you are interested then please reply back to this email today and let me send you links to our portfolio and vast gallery of our many happy customers. Also, if you send me your detailed project specifications I will be more than happy to provide you with a flat rate price.

I appreciate your time and consideration.



Business Development Consultant (India)

To which I replied:

This is written not only in English but in the English language.  Lots of brownie points for that.
Your outreach was not cold (you are not a cold person are you?) You can have cold calling, a cold attitude, giving someone the cold shoulder, but cool and calculating, cool as a cucumber, etc.
The horrible American term is ‘I reach out to you’. Ugh.
Outreach programmes are to the unconverted and helpless. Maybe I am both.
I have tried to find your site without success but here is a commentary on it: is 7 months 1 week old. It has a global traffic rank of #14,259,135 in the world. It is a domain having .comextension. This website is estimated worth of $ 8.95 and have a daily income of around $ 0.15. As no active threats were reported recently by users, is SAFE to browse.  (
Let me know when you have an up and running site and we can continue.
<end of letter>
I will certainly keep you in touch with anything that happens.
We very seldom take trains on account of cost but tomorrow we plan to go to Weymouth, which is on the South coast of UK and mingle with the crowds. The train is via Frome, a cross country effort that does not attract premium charges. I decided to check on the train, the 9.47am and see if the hot weather itself causes problems (30 degrees causes the track to buckle).  Sure enough today’s train has got stuck some way south of Castle Carey and remained there for an hour due to ‘a fault’.  Does lightening  strike twice? Will I be delayed if I travel on the same train tomorrow?  Who knows.

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