10 Tips for E-mail Etiquette

Written by Tim North

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If you receive a message like this, don't just forward it on. Do everyone a favour and spend a few minutes tidying it up.

6. Don't send unsolicited attachments.

That three megabyte movie file may berepparttar 109592 funniest thing you've seen for a long time, but don't automatically send it to everyone to know. Ask them first if they want to receive it. Many folks still receive their e-mail via modem, and at three or four kilobytes per second, your three megabyte file is going to lock up their Internet connection for quarter of an hour or so. Be polite and ask first.

7. Ensure that your PC is protected against viruses.

Unless you take suitable precautions (like regularly downloadingrepparttar 109593 latest definition file for your antivirus software), you runrepparttar 109594 risk of your machine becoming virus infected. Far worse, you runrepparttar 109595 risk of unknowingly sending virus-infected e-mail messages to everyone in your address book. This is not a way to win friends.

8. Don't type in ALL CAPITALS

There are two reasons for this. First, text in all capitals is harder to read. Second, typing in all capitals is considered a faux pas by most Internet users, and doing so may see your message ignored.

9. Thou shalt not spam!

It doesn't matter how good a deal you've got. It doesn't matter that you're just going to do it once. It doesn't matter that everyone else is doing it. That doesn't make it right for _you_ to do it. Don't send spam.

10. Wait a while before sending your message.

Proofreading your own work is a risky business. I'm a writer and proofreader by profession, but mistakes still manage to slip through in my own writing. The best strategy I know of is to put my writing aside for a while then look at it afresh. It's amazing what will often just leap out at you.

So if you haverepparttar 109596 time, wait an hour -- or even just ten minutes -- before you pressrepparttar 109597 "send" button. This will let you read your message again and, hopefully, spot any typos or other weaknesses before it goes out.

Armed with these ten tips, your e-mail should be well received every time. Good luck!

You'll find over 200 tips like this in Tim North's much applauded e-book BETTER WRITING SKILLS. It's just $19.95 and comes with a 90-day, money-back guarantee. Download a sample chapter here: http://www.betterwritingskills.com

How To Fight Spam

Written by BB Lee

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Fight Spam. Here are ways to fight spam.

-Close allrepparttar spammed email accounts. Set up new accounts and be very careful who you give your main email address to.

-Set up filters to directrepparttar 109590 spam directly torepparttar 109591 trash folder. Read your email program help files for complete instructions.

-Open Junk Mail Accounts. These are accounts specifically set up for unsolicited emails. Use these accounts when advertising at FFA's, Free Classifieds, or when an unfamiliar website ask for your email address.

-Report spammers. Spammers are tricky. Many spammers supply fake return addresses. But it is worth a try.

Report spammers. http://www.SpamCop.net

Spam Abuse. http://www.spam.abuse.net

Spam laws. http://www.Cauce.org

-Use special software to fight spammers. This is a good idea. Here are popular spam fighting software.

SpamPal (freeware) http://www.spampal.org.uk/

Mailwasher (freeware) http://www.mailwasher.net

What Not To Do.

-Don't spamrepparttar 109592 spammer. Don't sink to their level. -Never threaten violence. This could get you in big trouble. -Don't hack into their site. Need I say more. -Don't try other illegal tactics. Stay cool.


BB Lee is Editor/Publisher of SmallBizBit's Free Home Biz Newsletter. Subscribers to SmallBizBit's get free ads for their business onrepparttar 109593 website. Great startup ideas, free articles, free ebooks, free tips inrepparttar 109594 newsletter. Subscribe:mailto:Smallbiz-subscribe@topica.com Visit:http://www.angelfire.com/zine/smallbiz ====================================================================

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