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Combatting Internet Marketing Spam

spam1When you register your email address with an Internet Marketer, they will often be part of groups that do ad swaps, or share marketing lists, so they can reach a larger audience by utilizing the list they have already got.

Whilst this is always fine when you know the original marketer has good morals (and won’t let anyone send you any rubbish), sometimes you are unlucky, and end up getting some really bad offers in your inbox that are not at all what you are looking for.

You may also experience some spam, in one form or another, and to trace back who actually started it in the first place, is quite easy.

To start with, get a disposable email address with Yahoo or Gmail, or MSN. These will allow you to get all the internet marketing mail to one place, and if it gets too overrun with junk – you can simply walk away. If you don’t want to do this, you can do something even simpler, which enables you to unsubscribe from the original marketer who has passed on your email address.

When you sign up for a free ebook, or free internet marketing course, always add the initials of the marketer to your name. So if your name is John Smith, and the marketer’s name was Michael Bloggs, you would enter “John Smith MB” as your name. If the form allows first and last name, simply enter “John MB”.  Lets say that two months down the line, Michael Bloggs sells your email address to another marketer. This marketer sends you endless junk mail. You simply check the To: line in your email software, then all you need to do is :-

  • Unsubscribe from the current email list
  • Unsubscribe from Michael Bloggs’ list, and
  • Email Michael Bloggs and give him a ticking off that he sold your email address to another marketer.

Traceability is key if you want to cut down on spam. In short: make the original culprits accountable.

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