Black Hole Lists

Written by Richard Lowe

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Here'srepparttar process. A system is determined to be an open relay. It is added to one or more Blackhole lists. ISPs that subscribe torepparttar 109635 lists will bounce (return to sender) any messages that originate fromrepparttar 109636 open relay email system. This means ALL users from that email system are blocked. Every single one of them.

I know that seems cruel, but look at it this way. The open relay is encouraging spammers and is an unwitting accomplice in their operations. In fact, many of these open relays do not even know they are causing a problem, andrepparttar 109637 first inkling that they get is when their users complain that things are running slowly or when problems occur with their servers.

The Blackhole lists are often run by individuals or small groups who believe inrepparttar 109638 anti-spam cause. They are often unpaid volunteers who simply want to help clean uprepparttar 109639 internet. They are also extraordinarily successful and many ISPs use their services.

To give you an idea of how successful this approach has been, there was a blackhole list called ORBZ. This was run by a young man named Ian Gulliver, a 20-year-old systems administrator from Ghent, New York. Ian is an extraordinary person and created one ofrepparttar 109640 most successful blackhole lists ever.

What ORBZ did is send messages to email systems to determine if they were open relays. If it determined thatrepparttar 109641 email system had this problem it added it to it's list. This was very successful untilrepparttar 109642 end of March, 2002.

At that time, ORBZ probedrepparttar 109643 email server of Battle Creek, MI. Unfortunately, this system usedrepparttar 109644 Lotus email system, which has a known bug. The probe causedrepparttar 109645 email server to slow down considerably, and it was interpreted byrepparttar 109646 city as a hacker attack.

The poor ORBZ administrator found himselfrepparttar 109647 subject of a search warrant signed by a Michigan judge that authorizedrepparttar 109648 search and seizure of all data relating to ORBZ accounts.

Ian almost immediately shut downrepparttar 109649 ORBZ system (he reopenedrepparttar 109650 service a few days later with some major changes and a new name), which led directly to a huge amount of spam suddenly being received all overrepparttar 109651 internet. The closure of a single blackhole list had dramatic and noticeable results.

The upside is that blackhole lists prevent a tremendous amount of spam from getting sent throughoutrepparttar 109652 internet. They are very efficient andrepparttar 109653 concept is simple and straightforward.

Onrepparttar 109654 downside, blackhole lists are not governed by anyone and answer to no one. They add open relays (and other spam sources) to their lists using their own rules, and usually assumerepparttar 109655 suspected spammer is guilty until proven innocent.

They are, however, a necessary and vital piece inrepparttar 109656 war against spam.

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11 Creative Ways You Can Use Autoresponders

Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta

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7. If you've written 20 or more articles and you have them on separate autoresponder accounts, create a master list for your articles. In this master list, listrepparttar titles of your articles, their autoresponder addresses and their short descriptions. You can then just promote this master list.

8. Put excerpts or free chapters of your e-book, book or paid e-mail courses in an autoresponder series, then include your follow up sales letters atrepparttar 109634 end.

9. If you're selling your own products, put your testimonials on autoresponder, along withrepparttar 109635 description of your products, an excerpt or a free chapter. This will increase your credibility.

10. Keep track of people who download your free e-book, e-report, or free software by putting their download links in an autoresponder. When you promote your free product, you can just promoterepparttar 109636 autoresponder address.

11. Put links to your hidden pages on autoresponder. A hidden page could berepparttar 109637 affiliate page where you have allrepparttar 109638 graphics, text links, promotional articles that interested affiliates can use. Let people know they can have free access to your affiliate page by requestingrepparttar 109639 autoresponder. This way, you can have a list of people who are interested in becoming your affiliates.

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