Bane or Boon

Written by Bob Osgoodby

Email to some is simply a way to contact friends and family, and to keep in touch. To others, it is a very important method of communicating with business associates.

Unfortunately, those who send out unsolicited ads have created a problem for both. It seemsrepparttar amount of spam received daily increases geometrically, and try as we might, we just can't keep ahead ofrepparttar 109659 game.

Let's talk about some ofrepparttar 109660 more serious offenders. We have all received email, and tried to respond, only to haverepparttar 109661 response returned as undeliverable. These people forge an email address, and are basically dishonest. Anyone who does business with their ilk, deserves what they get.

High up onrepparttar 109662 list of "pains inrepparttar 109663 neck" are people who list an auto-responder as their return address, and program it to send out a series of emails on a regular basis. If you reply to them and ask to be removed, you will get at least five or more emails from them over a short period of time. These people are also dishonest as they are trying to sell you something, even though you have asked them to cease and desist.

Another winner in this "hit parade" isrepparttar 109664 "fresh fromrepparttar 109665 farm newbie" who harvests (or if they are really dumb buys a list) thousands of names and starts sending out unsolicited email. Thinking they have foundrepparttar 109666 keys torepparttar 109667 vault, they start sending out spam byrepparttar 109668 thousands. They really take offense when their ISP (Internet Service Provider) cancels their account.

And don't you just loverepparttar 109669 "braintrust" who sends out his/her thousands of emails and showsrepparttar 109670 email address of everyone they sent it to. Spammers who may receive their ad have just added another thousand or so names to their list.

Let's look atrepparttar 109671 flip side of this coin. First let's agree that we don't like spam. Some people however, really "flip out" and make it their holy grail to get even. Inrepparttar 109672 early days ofrepparttar 109673 Internet, one solution was to send back hundreds of copies of a long document hoping to fill their mailboxes. That worked for awhile, but modern email readers let someone preview an email and they quickly delete this "reverse spam".

Bouncing Emails- A Pain in the Neck or Maybe Not!

Written by Donna Sweat

I like other publishers have had our share of bouncing email addresses. Hotmail and Zwallet accounts are notrepparttar only culprits are many claim. Email addresses are of all makes and sizes.

I have had subscribers that have been on my list for eons it seems and suddenly their email bounces two or three times. What isrepparttar 109658 cause of this scenerio? Perhaps their ISP is not working or they are away and forgot to putrepparttar 109659 mail on hold or even forgot to pay their bill. Even forgetting to checkrepparttar 109660 inbox may cause a email to bounce.

Patience is a virtue for those loyal friends. Keeping a log of bouncing emails may solverepparttar 109661 problem. Just recordingrepparttar 109662 dates and times and what email they coincide with, may just keep you from deleting a loyal subscriber with a slight problem.It probably is just that!

Solo Ads have a way of subscribers driving subscribers away, as do Classified editions. Butrepparttar 109663 subscriber fails to see that these emails are a part of publishing and they had their ad listed in those classifieds once too. Solo ads are "paid" advertising and deserve their place inrepparttar 109664 limelight as well.

But onrepparttar 109665 flip side there are those fake email addresses that really get under your skin and trying to track them literally wears you out. This is a sneaky attempt to subscribe with a free ad, over and over again, until you happen to get caught..maybe!

I immediately reply to my new subscribers either personally or through my host, Topica. Topica does a great job handling bouncing emails, either they are a soft bounce[temporary] or a hard bounce[cannot be delivered at all.] I always reenable a soft bounce, keeping track of course and immediately deleterepparttar 109666 hard bounces. I don't needrepparttar 109667 harassment, yet I give those soft bounces another try. If I send a personal reply and it bounces, forget it, deleted, ad and all. No shame! Get a "Real Email Address or do not subscribe." Case closed!

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