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Is AOL Spam Reporting Banning Your Site?
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    Is AOL Spam Reporting Banning Your Site?
    by Martin Lemieux

    As I read the awful truth of the nature of aol's new spam
    reporting from their 9.0 version, I left with a knot within
    my stomach. Have they gone too far?

    Last week I received a message from my hosting company
    notifying me that AOL has just banned them completely from
    ever sending aol members any e-mail messages. Sadly my
    hosting company told me that it was because of my newsletter.

    Not only were they banned but in order to lift the ban they
    either had to; a) Prove that my company does not indulge in
    bulk mailing or b) Delete my account entirely!

    If you're thinking ouch, you are so right!

    So I went through my e-mail list and realized that only one,
    I repeat, there was only ONE e-mail account found from aol!

    Here's the sad truth, one person, one voice hit their "Spam
    Report" button to aol because they received a message from
    my company and presto, aol set's a ban on all the servers
    assigned to my hosting provider.

    Is this fair?

    I mean do we really hate spam so much as to having the ability
    to hurt people's future? The thing is it wasn't even spam!!!

    Here's another sad reality, my newsletter has a "double opt
    in". So in other words, not only do you need to submit your
    information but you also have to go back and confirm your
    e-mail address after you submitted it to my company.

    Better To Be Safe Than Sorry:
    Because of recent events, my newsletter NO LONGER accepts any
    submissions from people using AOL E-mail Accounts. I suggest
    you implement the same strategy. Is it really worth it to you
    to go so far as to having your web site banned?

    Power To The People:
    I really feel we should all have a word in this matter and
    protect our rights to provide e-mail information to people
    who ask for it and we shouldn't be subject to a ban from one
    voice, one mailing. AOL has given too much power to

    What If Your Competition Has AOL?
    What is stopping your competition from buying aol and opting
    into your newsletter just for the sheer opportunity to report
    your company as spam!

    A Concerned Marketer:

    Martin Lemieux
    Founder and President of Smartads. &
    Here to provide you with effective web design &
    web advertising services.

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