Every morning when sit down at ole computer and go to check my email I know two things will happen. (1) I won't have received any new sign-ups in any of hundreds of affiliate programs that 'guaranteed' me a massive downline and (2) I will have at least 30 emails that are unsolicited or SPAM.
As an experienced 'Interneter' (definition: One who spends way too much time on internet) I know that lack of sign-ups may change. One morning I may awaken to 30 new affiliates in each of my programs. Or at least that's what my guru friends keep telling me... The SPAM however, 'ain't goin' nowhere.' It's just become a fact of internet life. 'He Who Hath Email, Will Get SPAM.'
I personally use Delete-It-And-Forget-About-It Method to deal with SPAM. This time tested method has three basic steps:
1. Select 'suspected' spam email (Note: I use term suspected because according Internet Law Code Title 12 Chapter 15 Subtitle 3 'All spam is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of it's peers, or until it emails a virus to your whole address book.)'
2. Hit 'Delete' button
3. Move on to next email
This highly complicated method for dealing with SPAM is not, I have found, for everyone. There are some people who feel that this method lets spammers off too easily. These are people who feel very strongly about SPAM. They don't just dislike SPAM, they DESPISE it. I'm talking about kind of people who, judging by their actions, must be allergic to SPAM.
These kind of people prefer I'm-Going-To-Get-You-If-It's-The-Last-Thing-I-Do-Online Method. This method involves any or all of following steps:
1. Quitting your day job so you can have more time to write nasty replies to all emails that you get that you don't remember requesting.
2. Doing an exhaustive 30 hour online search for a suspected spammers IP address so you can report them to their ISP. And their hosting services. And their mother.
4. Attempting to get in touch with Tom Ridge, newly appointed Director of Homeland Security, because you think spamming is a form of terrorism.
5. Showing up at suspected spammers front door at 3 AM wielding an AK-47 assault rifle and wearing only WWJD bandana and a mousepad, and shouting, "If I want Spam I'll buy a can" between gunshots.
However you deal with SPAM is of course your business. I, by nature, am a passive person (by passive I mean lazy) so SPAM doesn't usually annoy me to point where I feel need to take action. I will admit that occasionally though SPAM does get me a little angry. Like when I open my inbox and see that of 25 unread emails I have, 20 have subject lines like:
* Let Me Show You How To Make An Extra $5000 An Hour Selling Squid!
* Hot Blonde Men Want You!
* Congratulations You've Won An All Expense Paid Trip To Uzbekistan
* Do You Know What You're Children Are Doing Online? (A quick note to all spammers: If you are going to illegally fill my inbox with SPAM at least be kind enough to send me something that might interest me. SPAM about children does not interest me in slightest bit seeing as I have none. And if I did have kids I wouldn't care what they did online as long as they stayed quiet and left me alone. Thanks.