My Cottage Web Studio
|WHY NO SPAM1,
BULK EMAIL, ETC.
1.) Virginia has an anti-SPAM law. It's a felony and
carries a stiff fine. Please refer to the following hyperlink.
Other states will most likely follow.
2.) Seasoned Internet users can smell SPAM without even opening it. The DELETE button promptly eliminates you.
3.) Sophisticated email programs can block (filter) your email from being received anyway.
4.) Bulk email annoys potential clients.
5.) Bulk email annoys non-potential clients to the extreme. They will FLAME2 you, they will file complaints with their own and other servers, and if you get them really angry, they will report you to the FTC and FCC.
6.) My email is mostly for business, sometimes for pleasure. When I'm working hard for the growth of my business, or I'm "playing" because I need the relaxation, bulk email is annoying and offensive. The same is true for a majority of people you might SPAM.
7.) Despite the promises of fame and fortune, those that "make money" on bulk email are the ones selling the lists and the ones selling spamming software. Visitors are reluctant to sign-up for mailing list because of the sale of lists to bulk emailers. It's the "kiss of death," don't do it.
8.) If you are paying for email addresses that are not in your "target" group, you are wasting your money anyway.
9.) Anti-spam obsessed nerds will track you down and spread the word that you're a low-down-dirty-spammer. FLAMES spread quickly on the Internet.
10.) There are fewer and fewer unsuspecting newbies and so many people are afraid of viruses they won't open any email--even from people they might know.
11.) Multiple mass email requires "bandwidth" and slows the Internet. The result is a bottle-neck and slow down of email servers. Slowing down servers is NOT a good thing.
12.) The "bandwidth" issue is one of the most sited reasons for not participating in chain-mail. Chain-mail is also illegal, often promotes illegal pyramid or border-line MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) and MMF (Make Money Fast) schemes, and much of it is, frankly, stupid. (Though I HAVE seen a few that are very funny!)
13.) Terms of Service on most membership hosts (AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) as well as even the smallest of Internet Service Provides (including My Cottage Web Studio) prohibit this activity. It will get your account shut down.
14.) Your reputation suffers.
There are legitimate ways to promote your web site and as my friends and clients we have either already implemented these techniques or discussed some of them to implement in the future.
I haven't seen it all, but I've seen a lot--watch your step, please.
SPAM* -- The history of this term is a bit of a mystery, but I've heard it referred to as an anagram for Soliciting Promoting Advertising and Merchandising. It's also been linked to Monty Python's "spam, Spam, SPAM and Spam" routine. There is nothing humorous about it. In a nutshell, it is unsolicited email or message posting.
FLAME* -- This term refers to angry and extremely hostile email or message posting. It can be threatening, irrational, vulgar, and a lot of other unpleasant things. FLAMES are stressful to deal with.
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Joyce K. Meyer. All rights reserved.
This page was created December 8, 1997, and last updated on 01/22/17.