"Sharpen Your Email Skills!"

Written by A.T.Rendon

The foundation of any business strategy online should be done using email.

Email isrepparttar most effective and cost efficient manner in which to communicate with potential customers on and offrepparttar 109614 Internet.

And according to a recent report, released byrepparttar 109615 Department of Commerce entitled, "A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use ofrepparttar 109616 Internet" , 84% of ALL Americans make use of email to communicate.

This report contains an invaluable WEALTH of information regardingrepparttar 109617 numbers of American households connected torepparttar 109618 Internet, details how, where and why people surfrepparttar 109619 Internet, provides demographic details on income, employment status, age groups, gender, levels of education, urban or rural locations, race and a great deal more.

For those of us doing and wishing to do business online it is filled with nothing but encouraging good news.

You may access details for receiving a FREE copy ofrepparttar 109620 report, via auto-responder, at: mailto:govreport@emailexchange.org

Here are a few strategies to sharpen your skills and your ability to succeed with your online business:

1. Learn Before or Burn.

BEFORE you attempt to send out anything, make certain you know HOW to properly use your email program.

Whether you use a web-based email service like Microsoft's Hotmail, http://www.hotmail.com or your own mail program like Window's Outlook Express, Eudora, Pegasus, Netscape, etc., and test, test, test it out by sending yourself a message.

In my eight years of being online, I am personally aware of several popular newsletters that lost virtually all of their hard earned subscribers when they accidentally sent out their newsletter with repparttar 109621 entire subscription list exposed after switching to a new email program.


NEVER ever use a mailing list that you receive by email as doing so will constitute SPAM. You again risk losing valuable momentum if all your previous efforts are erased when you lose your email account.

3. BUILD Your Own Opt-In Mailing List.

It takes time, but it is well worthrepparttar 109622 effort to build a 100% safe email list. If you have a web site, add a "Subscribe" feature that will bring you a steady flow of new email addresses to which you can safely email.

Creating and managing your own list is difficult but possible.

If you want to save some time, subscribe yourself to one ofrepparttar 109623 many FREE mailing list services like Yahoo, http://www.groups.yahoo.com. They handle everything for you. And they are notrepparttar 109624 only FREE list host available.

Back Up Your Email Box Before It is Too Late

Written by Bill Platt

When so many of us rely so much on our email to operate our businesses or our personal lives, it is important to take preventative measures to avoidrepparttar ultimate disaster of unrecoverable email.

I come to this subject as a matter of multiple events on my machine where one day I would open my mail to discover that all has been lost. The pit that wells in your stomach upon realization of this occurrence can be overwhelming. To recover inrepparttar 109613 event of future losses, each of us should learnrepparttar 109614 basics of maintaining and backing up our email.

One ofrepparttar 109615 important things to do in preventative maintenance, is to clean your folders and to empty your trash. Most people do not realize that whenrepparttar 109616 number of messages in a specific folder exceeds a certain threshold that they begin running on borrowed time.

Exactly where that threshold is varies from email client to email client, so what may be true for mine may be different for yours. Personally, I userepparttar 109617 Netscape 4.x Email Client for security reasons more than anything. The Netscape 4.x Email Client is less susceptible to JavaScript attacks than any other email client I have used.

What I do know is that I have repeatedly pushed my client to its limits to see whererepparttar 109618 threshold might be. The Netscape 4.x Email Client will generally break at around 4,500 email messages in one folder, though it will become shaky at around 2,000 messages.

For users of other clients such as Outlook Express, Eudora and others, I cannot tell yourepparttar 109619 top end of how wellrepparttar 109620 software will perform.

If there are more than 2,000 messages you wish to hang on to, you should begin filing your messages in separate folders belowrepparttar 109621 Inbox. This will help you to find your messages quicker and it will provide more stability to your email client.

There are three folders that you must pay regular attention to. They arerepparttar 109622 Inbox, Sent Mail Folder and Trash Folder.

Most people fail to remember that their client is pre-configured to save a copy of all outgoing email. As a result, this folder can grow to unbelievable sizes before anyone thinks to clean it out.

It is important to mentionrepparttar 109623 Trash Folder in more detail since most people do not realize how it works.

Most email clients follow a general principle in their operation. Each email box is generally represented by two files. The first is a text rendering of all messages inrepparttar 109624 box. The second is an indexing file that listsrepparttar 109625 title of repparttar 109626 email and other identifying characteristics relative to each individual message.

When you look atrepparttar 109627 contents of your email box, you are actually seeingrepparttar 109628 contents ofrepparttar 109629 indexing file. When you pull uprepparttar 109630 text of an actual message,repparttar 109631 software is finding repparttar 109632 message inrepparttar 109633 message file according torepparttar 109634 software assigned Email ID as listed inrepparttar 109635 indexing file.

Now, when you move a message from one folder to another, including intorepparttar 109636 Trash Folder,repparttar 109637 only thing that actually moves isrepparttar 109638 listing inrepparttar 109639 indexing file! This is important to understand. A message moved torepparttar 109640 Trash Folder has not been deleted fromrepparttar 109641 origination folder. In fact,repparttar 109642 message is just where it originated until you dorepparttar 109643 command Compress Folders or Empty Trash Folder.

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