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Two Giant Leaps
They took a giant step by taking advantage of specialized software now available. It scans any document and automatically sends their "spam" to every URL and email address found. Fascinating. I'm now a spammer because my work appears in an ezine they have defined as spam. Nuts. This usually amounts to someone forgetting they subscribed.
Their latest step is even more absurd. You are now "spamming" with a 100% opt-in list if no confirmation is required. What in world does confirmation have to do with unsolicited bulk email?
My thanks-for-subscribing message includes URLs to goodies. And a URL that can be clicked to automatically unsubscribe.
When you open your front door to a knock, do you close it and require another?
Facts About Subscriber Counts.
You're bound to lose a few list members along way. Some choose to unsubscribe. More make a change in their email address and do not think to subscribe again. Thus you will inevitably lose membership each month. Possibly 2% of your list.
So long as number of new subscribers exceeds number lost each month, your list will continue to grow. But try a confirmation request, and you may find number of new members does not replace those lost.
Now explain to me how I'm going to grow a business in such fashion. And further, explain how SpamCops can decide that a list that doesn't require confirmation is sending spam. Then go on and make it clear just what SpamCops intends to accomplish with this demand. I don't think they know. They simply delight in hurting people.
So What's Next On The Agenda
Right. You guessed it. Content. If SpamCops can make confirmation indirectly "law," what's to prevent them from judging content of a given newsletter as unsuitable, and thus spam? Maybe a piece such as this one directed at evil done by such a rag-tag bunch of low-lifes.
A scary thought to me. This would open a whole new world of opportunity to destroy helpless individuals.
Don't even think about it. If you are attacked by SpamCops, respond minimally and politely as required, and get on with your business.
These people absolutely thrive on conflict. They glow with inner "strength" in heat of battle. They can amass an array of other right-thinkers against you.
Forget it, for it's a battle you can not win. It is impossible to reason with irrationality.
Hitting Where It Hurts
However, you can now hit back. And in right place. Their pocket book.
In a recent issue of her ezine, "The iCop Whistle Blower," jl scott offered a neat piece about absurdities of SpamCops. She wrapped with a positive and powerful suggestion. I want to do same here.
Serious minded people are joining in a class action suit against these people. You can contribute information or choose to participate. Here are some key links.
Victim Form - Explain How You've Been Hurt
Notes about how this all got started
Keep up on what is happening
In Closing ...
Here's a comment from jl scott. "I salute people who are determined to organize this class action suit. Clearly, if we don't do it ourselves, these wild-eyed lunatics will continue to hurt decent and ethical businesses."
I applaud her stand. Come join in; water's fine.
Bob McElwain, author of "Your Path To Success." How to build ANY business you want, just the way you want it, with only pocket money.