Spammers - Where do They Come Up With This Stuff?

Written by Laurie Rogers

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What really makes me laugh is inrepparttar body ofrepparttar 132741 email it reads, "Would you like to start a home business?" You just told me you went to my site, obviously you would know I ALREADY have a business! In fact, I have four of them so you may want to head back there that way you can learnrepparttar 132742 REAL way to market online.

This last little episode really gave me a good chuckle, I got spammed by some person claiming I requestedrepparttar 132743 information (a private email address). So, I reported it torepparttar 132744 program owner and torepparttar 132745 autoresponder service that they were using (which is owned by a good friend of mine). The program owner allowedrepparttar 132746 person to state their "case" and forwarded me a copy of their response.

This was their reply - "I'm not certain where I received that email address from. I used to buy email addresses, but I don't do that anymore. I have been marketing now for over two years and NEVER had a spam complaint, so I'm really appalled at this acusation. I have had 4 of my ISP accounts shut down, because mayberepparttar 132747 people were offended byrepparttar 132748 ad copy. The person who sent you this complaint MUST be someone I have previously been in contact with because that isrepparttar 132749 only way to get on my list."

Sheesh, I wonder WHOrepparttar 132750 LIAR is in this case? There's nothing like a contradictive statement to hang yourself out to dry. In this caserepparttar 132751 person should have just came right out and said, "Yeah, I harvested her email address", instead of talking in circles and digging themselves into a DEEPER hole. The great Homer Simpson once said, "DOH"! (but hey at least he admits to doing something STUPID!)

Laurie Rogers - co-author Ezine Resource Guide you can view at You can also obtain more of Laurie's articles at: Laurie is also the owner of Optin Frenzy - list building program for ezine and newsletter publishers.

Anti-Spam Two Step for Webmasters

Written by Thomas Benton

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Now, just because you've scrambled your email address, that doesn't keep all spammers from sending email to you. Some will just use something like *anything* because they understand that most websites have email forwarding. Anything that is emailed to your domain will be forwarded to an email address you specified.

You never have to see this email if you forward it to another email address that automatically deletes it.

You will need a free email account that offers some simple anti-spam features to use as your *dump account*.

You must be able to designate email addresses from which you will not accept any email. You may already have an account that can handle it. If not, look into or

Then make your free email dump accountrepparttar default forwarding address in your website's email handler. Go to your free email account and set it to reject all mail received from YOUR domain.

Then have email that is sent to your published email addresses (those you have scrambled on your site) forwarded to your normal forwarding address. Or, set them up as individual POP accounts if your hosting service offers this feature.

Now you will receive email from your website visitors who actually read your email address on your website and all other email will be deleted.

This is a very effective way to get rid of most spam that is generated from your domain. It won't eliminate all of it. The volume of spam that I was receiving decreased by 90-95% after I made these changes.

This tactic will work for sites that have been online with an unprotected email address too. Changerepparttar 132740 email address on your site to a different scrambled address. Forward all email that is sent to your old posted address to your dump account.

If you've been using your primary email address on your site, you'll need to notify everyone that your email address has changed. This makes it more difficult, but worthrepparttar 132741 effort if you're being slammed with spam.

Thomas Benton is the owner of and the publisher of Active-eBuilder, The Do-It-Yourself Web Design and Internet Marketing Ezine. Visit Tom's resource-rich website:

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