As the maintainer of the Seattle CoderDojo web site, I get the contact emails. Twice in the past 9 months, we’ve received emails with the exact subject line “coding resources (thanks!).” Each purported to be from a different woman who was the caregiver of a child who was learning to code and found our resources page really helpful. They also just happened to find a page at Certstaffix’s certstaff dot com and that it would mean the world to them if we’d add it to our resources page because they’d like to show their kid that they were able to help other kids.
The first time, I wrote it off as a well-intentioned grandma. Now, with a second one, with an extremely similar story and emotional touchpoints, the same appeal to show the kid they’d made a difference, and the EXACT same subject line, I’m calling bullshit. I believe that CertStaffix Training has hired an SEO company that is pulling a scam to generate backlinks. Not sure if Certstaffix knows, but when I tried to tell their CS staff, Sheila said we weren’t in their CRM, got huffy (wished me a “good DAY!”), and ended the chat.
I am not claiming that Certstaffix was doing this themselves or knew whomever did this was acting unethically on their behalf. But now that I’m calling this out, I hope they will get to the bottom of this and get it stopped.