Small Business Q & A: Beware Of Spam Withdrawals

Written by Tim Knox

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Spammers use "spider software" to crawlrepparttar web and harvest email address, so if you have a personal or company website that has your email posted on it, sooner or later a spam spider is going to grab your address and add it torepparttar 109565 mill. Likewise when you sign up to take online surveys or receive email newsletters, you are potentially exposing yourself to spammers.

How can you reducerepparttar 109566 amount of spam you get? Many people think that you can't fight spam, so you should just accept it and move on. In other words, you can not fightrepparttar 109567 Borg, so smile and be assimilated intorepparttar 109568 fold. While spam is hard to eliminate, there are things you can do to lessenrepparttar 109569 amount of spam you receive and it's impact on your daily business life.

First, stop clicking onrepparttar 109570 "unsubscribe" links atrepparttar 109571 bottom of spam emails. While some ofrepparttar 109572 links are valid and will get you removed from spammer's lists, other are actually there just to letrepparttar 109573 spammer know that your address is valid. Clickrepparttar 109574 link to unsubscribe and you might actually seerepparttar 109575 amount of spam you receive increase.

Second, it's a good idea to have at least two e-mail addresses. Use one for personal or business use, andrepparttar 109576 other for surveys and online purchases.

Third, consider installing a spam blocking software on your computer or company network. There are a variety of spam blocking applications onrepparttar 109577 market that range in price from free to a hundred bucks. Though none of them will completely eliminate spam, they can greatly reducerepparttar 109578 volume you receive. Searchrepparttar 109579 Web for "spam filter" and investigaterepparttar 109580 ones that you feel are right for you.

Your Internet Service Provider should also offer an anti-spam application, but be careful how you use it. I have a client who recently increasedrepparttar 109581 sensitivity of their ISP spam blocker to repparttar 109582 point that nothing was getting delivered to their company email accounts, including their own company newsletter. They had effectively built an email brick wall that stoppedrepparttar 109583 spam and everything else. Not a good idea.

Before investing in a commercial spam blocker you might also try adjustingrepparttar 109584 email filtering settings in your email software. Microsoft Outlook, for example, lets you set rules for handling incoming mail. The same is true with Outlook Express, Eudora, and Apple's Mail OSX. Each have built-in filtering features that can help eliminate unwanted email by parameters you set.

One thing to remember is that if spam didn't work, it would quickly go away. In other words, if spammers weren't profiting from sending unwanted emails they would go do something else.

Probably become a telemarketer or credit card debt collector.

Whether you use a commercial product or rely on your existing email software to filter out spam, just be careful that you don't batten downrepparttar 109585 hatches so tight that you no longer receive any email at all.

Here's to your success!

Tim Knox For information on starting your own online or eBay business, visit

Tim Knox as the president and CEO of two successful technology companies: B2Secure Inc., a Web-based hiring management software company; and Digital Graphiti Inc., a software development company. Tim is also the founder of, an ebusiness dedicated to the success of online entrepreneurs.

Stop Internet Pollution

Written by Chuck Bauer

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1.STOP placing your entire e-mail database or lists intorepparttar To or Cc fields As previously stated, some people place all their email addresses inrepparttar 109564 To or Cc field. There are two disadvantages to this: (a)repparttar 109565 recipient knows you have sentrepparttar 109566 same message to a large amount of people, and (b) you are publicizing someone else's email address without their permission.

2.STOP using sarcasm and humor in some e-mails Without face to face communications your joke or statement may be viewed with disapproval or even worse – you may hurt someone’s feelings. Genuine intimacy with our fellow human beings is a rare commodity these days – and many people who shy away from intimacy hide behindrepparttar 109567 veil of humor. If it doesn’t buy you anything, then don’t say or write it.

3.STOP opening e-mails with a “fwd” or “fw” inrepparttar 109568 subject matter These types of e-mails create a huge amount of pollution. The messages are typically laced with multiple forwarded subjects not to mention including each person’s e-mail list that decided to hit reply or forward torepparttar 109569 original message.


5.STOP writing anything you don’t want shared in public Never assume your email messages are private or that they can be read by only repparttar 109570 recipient. Facerepparttar 109571 fact, sending e-mails is just like having a “LIVE” microphone around a politician. 6.STOP changing e-mails addresses every so often Much of our Internet pollution is due to people changing e-mail addresses every so often. Many people have to change due torepparttar 109572 high amount of spam that they receive. Others change because ofrepparttar 109573 all new ISP that just came out. Yet, messaging everyone inrepparttar 109574 world about a new address, again, pollutes repparttar 109575 electronic traffic, not to mention everyone needs to update their database.

7.STOP sending unnecessary attached files Sending some attachments can annoy friends, family, and clients. Many files may even seize their e-mail system. Compress attachments and only send them when they are necessary and productive. Or, load you attachment onto a website and direct your recipients to viewrepparttar 109576 document using a URL link instead.

8.STOP sending messages with a typical spam title inrepparttar 109577 subject matter A relative every once in awhile sends a message and inrepparttar 109578 subject field it says “Hi.” Great . . . especially considering “hi” is one ofrepparttar 109579 most recognizable spam subject titles. Spammers use basic titles in their subject lines that are designed to create curiosity withrepparttar 109580 recipient so they’ll open or forwardrepparttar 109581 message. Amazingly enough, we use some ofrepparttar 109582 same titles in our legitimate e-mails. Another way spammers infiltrate is to misspell words inrepparttar 109583 subject line. Watch out for specific subject titles such as Urgent, Important, Sunday, Your Message, Invoice, Send Card To, Your Account; or any subject fields that are misspelled.

9.STOP passing along virus alerts E-mail users are still forwarding virus alerts – thinking that by sending these they’ll save some poor soul from a for-sure computer melt down. The fact is some virus alerts have embedded viruses in them. If you receive a virus alert, delete it without opening it or forwarding it. Checkrepparttar 109584 main homepage of your virus protection software often. Keep an eye on your favorite television news station or Internet news station like CNN or Fox News for your official virus alerts.

10.STOP replying to spam Each time you reply to spam or hit unsubscribe, you are confirming that your email address is “live.” Authenticating this will only create even more spam. Just hitrepparttar 109585 delete button or use email software to removerepparttar 109586 spam.

The Internet and E-mail is everything they said it was going to be. People all aroundrepparttar 109587 world are using this medium to connect and communicate with others. The “Net” has certainly changed how we live, work and play. Even Senior Citizens are now jumping in at a unprecedented rate of activity. Before they can speak, our children now have a mouse in their hand. Major corporate aircraft now have a mouse forrepparttar 109588 pilot and one forrepparttar 109589 co-pilot located onrepparttar 109590 cockpit consoles.

Asrepparttar 109591 Net continues to evolve, so do we as users utilizingrepparttar 109592 latest and greatest types of technology. Because of this wonderful phenomenon, we have no idea of what it will be like in ten years or how we‘ll all be affected by this incredible medium. We have just barely scratchedrepparttar 109593 “tip” ofrepparttar 109594 iceberg. Yet, we have a duty to safeguard and defendrepparttar 109595 Internets unique makeup.

Become a solution torepparttar 109596 pollution by implementingrepparttar 109597 ideas and suggestions found in this article. Start now onrepparttar 109598 road of increasing your awareness and reducingrepparttar 109599 huge amount of Internet pollution that we deal with on a daily basis.

If you have questions about this article or would like to schedule a training in regards to “E-Mail Essentials,” leadership, customer service or sales matters, contact Chuck directly or you may view all his speaking topics at: opics.asp View other articles by Chuck at

Chuck Bauer is an accomplished speaker, writer, and author. He has performed hundreds of trainings and workshops throughout North America. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, Coach University, and Attraction University. When he is not training or writing, he is a committed bodybuilder and private pilot. Find out more about Chuck and the Enspiron Training Company at

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