Is Your Website Blacklisted?

Written by Niall Roche

A blacklist, asrepparttar name implies, is a list of people or companies who have met withrepparttar 132708 disapproval of others. In repparttar 132709 online world a blacklist refers to those people who have been marked as responsible for generating spam in a very big way. Blacklists are also known as blocklists.

Blacklists are used to combat spam in a very specific way. When spam is reported to one ofrepparttar 132710 relevant spam fighting organizationsrepparttar 132711 IP addressrepparttar 132712 spam originated from is added to a banned or blacklisted IP addresslist. An IP address isrepparttar 132713 unique location of you or your website onrepparttar 132714 Internet - think of it as your "home address" online. To put it simply every Internet address has a matching IP address. Any email coming from your website domain also has a corresponding IP address. If your IP address is present on a blacklist then you're potentially wasting your time sending email to customers.

Why are you wasting your time? Modern spam blockers come withrepparttar 132715 most common blacklists installed and/or allow you to import updated blacklists into your spam blocker. This allows to you block a huge amount of spam but you may also, potentially, block legitimate email. Blacklists are not foolproof.

There are two types of IP address:

Dynamic - changes every time you connect torepparttar 132716 Internet. Most commonly used for dialup Internet access. Spammers love these because they're very hard to track and 100% disposable.

Fixed/Static - All websites, most large companies and some individuals use fixed IP addresses. This can cause huge problems if they're reported for pamming.

Why Your ISP Takes Bribes From Spammers

Written by Niall Roche

The lifeblood ofrepparttar spammer is email. They need to be able to send lots of it on an ongoing basis to stay in "business". High profile spammers can send 80 million pieces of junk email every single day. Yes one single person.

ISPs all overrepparttar 132707 online world have vowed to stop spammers sending such vast amounts of email through their mail servers. Do they really keep their word? Allrepparttar 132708 end user sees is thatrepparttar 132709 spam keeps coming. There must be a loophole there somewhere. There is.

Inrepparttar 132710 soft white underbelly ofrepparttar 132711 internet there exists something known as a pink contract. The term pink contract comes fromrepparttar 132712 color ofrepparttar 132713 famous tinned meat that

junk email gets its name from. A pink contract is simply a business agreement betweenrepparttar 132714 ISP andrepparttar 132715 spammer. The spammer agrees to payrepparttar 132716 ISP to turn a blind eye torepparttar 132717 junk email passing through their mail servers.

Surely this is bad business forrepparttar 132718 ISP? Wellrepparttar 132719 answer to that is both Yes and No. Yes it's bad news forrepparttar 132720 people who receiverepparttar 132721 junk email and No it's good news forrepparttar 132722 ISPs bank balance. A monthly pink contract can payrepparttar 132723 ISP amounts from $10,000 upwards. Bearing in mind thatrepparttar 132724 average work-at-home spammer averages $100,000 net per yearrepparttar 132725 above figure is small change forepparttar 132726 bigger junk email vendors (the guys who earn $200,000 - $400,000 per month.)

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