Is it a Newsletter or Just One More Commercial?

Written by Francisco Aloy


When I purchased my very first computer, not too long ago, I signed up for many Internet Marketing Newsletters. Though it's been a few years, I still have them.

I've subscribed to at least 300 Newsletters and it affords me a broad outlook. My idea was to track and compare them. The plan was to see how each one of them changed over time and look for any discernible patterns, any nugget of information.

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The Newsletters I'm talking about are very easy to spot: they'll devote a single paragraph torepparttar 109505 reader and immediately insert a product hyperlink. It's gotten so bad, I've received Newsletters with a multitude of stingy 3 or 4 line paragraphs, each leading to a sales link!

Try as I might, I can't understandrepparttar 109506 reason for such Newsletters? Can you? What they are saying is this: Hi, this is Joe Blow and let me tell you how this is going to work: I'm gonna send you this irrelevant, so-called Newsletter. I'm going to offer little content and a mountain of product links! To do your part, we expect you to click onrepparttar 109507 links and buy, buy, buy!

Oh my! I can't wait a week forrepparttar 109508 next one!

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Avoid, Shun, Thwart, Prevent, and then Filter Spam

Written by Nick Smith


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Whether youíre a seasoned professional looking for a refresher course, or youíre new torepparttar 109502 internet and email and want to start off right, here are some easy steps to follow to reducerepparttar 109503 amount of spam you receive.

Donít choose an obvious email address. Spammers will generate lists of email addresses based on common names. A common list would be something like: nick@yahoo.com, nick1@yahoo.com, nick2@yahoo.com, etc. If you create an email account with less obvious combinations of your name plus some numbers, chances are better that you wonít find your way onto one of these lists.

Treat your personal email address with care. Only give out your personal email address to close friends and family who you trust. Give your direct business email only to clients and other contacts you trust to only use your address for legitimate business purposes.

Use different accounts for different functions. Create different aliases with your businessís domain name or create a few free accounts from free email servers like Hotmail, Yahoo!, Excite, etc. Use one account that you donít care about for posting to forums or discussion groups. Use another to subscribe to newsletters and newsgroups. When any of these addresses starts to get spammed too heavily, simply deleterepparttar 109504 account and switch to a different one.

Remove your email address from your website. Between blogs and cheap web space, it seems everyone has their own piece of cyberspace. Before you put a link to your email address on your site, remember that spammers have bots that harvest these addresses. They will even find addresses printed in plain text. Consider using a web-based form for communication from you website, or place your address as a gif or jpeg.

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