Nuisance Organisations - do not use!
Unexpected attempts at joining or using MirandaNet
MirandaNet welcomes genuine members from all over the world, including those who make no pretence at being 'Scholars' but would just like to see our debates and find out more about the world of ICT in Education.
Sometimes educational companies try to join us to further their advertising base, and again this is welcome, but we do not allow blatant advertising slots under the guise of normal membership. We do of course have a section devoted to 'associates' where associate members may publish useful information about their products, but in return we ask for donations which help to keep us going.
Every so often there are some amazing attempts made by would-be joiners, and I have now decided to publish details of these people as a kind of 'negative' publicity. All MirandaNetters and indeed anyone reaching this page should be aware that these people use underhand methods to gain publicity and therefore should be shunned at all costs.
- Allegro Fashion Bridesmaid Dresses: https://allegrofashion.com.au (interesting one this - they have contacted me to say that the attempt at adding a link to our site was done by a 'sub-contractor' who had been told not to do this sort of thing, but by all accounts has tried to add information to numerous blogs and boards around the world, most of which seem to have removed the reference. It's a good example of how NOT to go about doing so-called SEO work!
- Kitchen Units Inverness, Kitchen Units Sale Inverness (0161 669 4780): http://www.kitchensunit.com
- Kitchens Uber: http://www.germankitchens.uk.com
- Solid Wood Kitchens: http://www.solidwoodkitchen.co.uk
- Kitchens Sale Leeds: http://www.cheapestkitchensintheworld.co.uk
- The Kitchen Factory, Really Cheap Kitchens,Kitchens Swansea (etc.): http://www.the-kitchenfactory.co.uk
- DIY Kitchens Northampton: http://www.kitchens-diy.com/diy-kitchens-northampton.php
- E-Directory is a (sic) Ireland Business Directory: http://www.edirectory.ie
- Interior Home Designs of Rossendale: http://www.interiorhomedesignsofrossendale.com
- JobsForce24: http://www.jobforce24.com
- batterietutti.com (Italian supplier of laptop batteries): http://www.batterietutti.com
- India Farms, Poultry Farming: http://indiafarms.org/poultry-farming/
- Jardine Motors Group (trading as Lancaster): https://blog.jardinemotors.co.uk (link added as part of Zoe's project on road safety,as requested by her mother, apparently)
- Hive HR - Easy, Effective Employee Engagement: http://www.hive.hr (link requested by Rahul Tiwari, software engineer, no doubt in an attempt at boosting CEO ratings prior to launch of site)
Scanning Google or Yahoo for a review or further information about many of these firms using additional search terms such as problem, problems, complaints, scam, avoid and so on will often turn up interesting results. I do hope I have helped a few more people from falling into their trap.
Of a rather different kind of nuisance:
- Magnatag: http://www.magnatag.com I believe this is magnetic board company and probably very useful and worthy, but they wanted me to put up a link to a possibly interesting educational article. The link would have been useful for their search engine ranking, I suppose, but no use to us, because you cannot access this site unless you are in the USA or Canada, or unless you are prepared to divulge personal information to access their site! And unlike most people who ask us nicely to put up a link, they made no offer of a link in return.
And if anyone thinks they have been unfairly listed, perhaps because of unauthorised activity by a so-called SEO optimisation firm, I do remove links when asked nicely, especially if there is an apology.