Spam - Is there Anything

Written by Dennis Eppestine

Spam - love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We all receive it, some more than others. One way to keep from being too annoyed is to get a free web based email account. There are many free ones available onrepparttar Internet. I try to keep one personal email address that is private, but sometimes I start receiving spam at that one, too!

Of course, for legitimate business email correspondence I use my website associated email address. And yes, I receive spam at that address daily!

So what can you do? Well, you can turn on your email filters. Most email programs have filters you can set up. But unless I'm completely overwhelmed with spam, I don't like to use filters. There's just too much chance of something important getting sent to a junk folder.

I've come torepparttar 132786 conclusion that since I'm going to receive it, I might as well enjoy it. Yep, that's right - enjoy it! Hey, it's free entertainment. Have you ever read some of that junk? "Receive $20,000 in 7 days!" I really did receive an email with that subject line 2 days ago. If these people were really making that kind of money, wouldn't we all be doing it?

Spam Not

Written by Mari Peckham

"Spam not, lest ye be spammed." ~Mari Peckham

Just yesterday, I received over 40,000 emails from a person who had harvested a contact email address from one of my websites. The person may or may not have personally secured my email address, but since I use it only to receive email feedback from my website and never to send mail, I know that it was a harvested address. Because ofrepparttar nature of my use of this email address, I also have a "Thank you for contacting us." autoresponder message in place there.

My server was mad at me. My entire system was mad at me. I couldn't conduct my normal business and send out email that needed to be sent out, because my computer was hard at work downloading email upon email.

How can something like this happen?

Simple enough, really. My email was picked up off of my website and added to an autoresponder. If it had been a regular email account, I would have received an unsolicited message that I would have easily deleted, no big deal. But since my email address was attached to an autoresponder, it started a vicious cycle of email autoresponse.

The person who had sent merepparttar 132785 email - well, they ended up with 40,000 "Thank you for contacting us." emails in their box from me.

I'm sure that that wasn't very pleasant for them, either. Andrepparttar 132786 fact ofrepparttar 132787 matter is that they may have not even realized that they had done anything wrong.

Spam is bad. Not all spammers are bad people, though. Some of them are just misinformed or inexperienced Internet marketers.

I'mrepparttar 132788 first to admit that marketing can be frustrating. Just when you've hitrepparttar 132789 wall and can't think of another fresh marketing idea to get new people to your site, along comes a company that offers you a list of 100,000 email addresses for just $24.95 or some other unbelievable deal. Wow! What an opportunity! Affordable, even! It's hard not to jump all over an offer like that.

But beware! It's hard to say where those email addresses are coming from.

Many unscrupulous companies use "harvesting" software that spidersrepparttar 132790 Internet and lifts email address off of websites. They then compile lists of these email addresses and sell them as "opt-in safelists" for profit.

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