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3.) Record their IP Address, you do not have to tell them that you are doing it, but do it. Although IP Adresses CAN be forged, if they are not aware that you ARE doing it, chances are it will be REAL. If you do NOT know how to do this, just copy and paste this code into your subscription form. Copy - input type=hidden name="env_report" value= "Remote_host,Remote_Addr"
4.) Make all fields on your form REQUIRED and if someone has a FISHY looking email address, don't add them to your list. Here is code necessary for making all of your fields required. input type=hidden name="required" value="first name,lastname,email"
5.) If they persist that your ezine is "SPAM", your best bet is to contact your ISP and web host immediately. Make them aware of situation and also forward them a copy of persons subscription request (with full headers) and ALL correspondence with complainant (full headers). In most cases your ISP will appreciate your honesty and nothing will come of it, even if person DOES complain.
6.) My last bit of advice is, try to maintain a good working relationship with your ISP and web host. Both my ISP and web hosts are all well aware of what I do online, they also know I take ALL of precautions that I can in respect to my businesses. Over past few years I have gotten to know them on a "personal" level - which is nothing but a BENEFIT to me in long run, should a situation such as this should arise. And I encourage you to do same ;o)
If you have been falsely accused of spamming or are now being blocked because of it, you CAN fight back! Go to: http://www.e-crucible.org and file your complaint, as there is a pending lawsuit against "Anti-Spammers", ISP's and hosts that utilize these programs.
Article by Laurie Rogers Copyright 2002 All Rights Reserved
Laurie Rogers is co-author of the Ezine Resource Guide, you can check it out at: http://www.zineadz.com/erg.html She is the owner of Optin Frenzy a list building program for ezine publishers http://www.optinfrenzy.com You can also obtain Laurie's articles at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org