The Fastest Delete Finger In the Midwest
by Terri Seymour
© 2002 Terri Seymour
There are hundreds of thousands of people who are
trying to make an honest living on the Internet these
days. The Internet is a great opportunity for starting
your own business. There is not a lot of start-up
cost, you can reach the whole world from a small corner
of your own house, and the income can be exceptional.
However, a lot of us publishers and Internet marketers
are running into a serious problem.
Before I start talking about it, I want to ask you all
a question - How many of you get junk snail mail?
Everyone, right? Now, how many of you call the cops
when you get it? None, right? Of course not because
that would be ridiculous!
We simply throw it in the trash and forget about it.
Very easy, right?
What I don't understand is why it is not as simple as
that with your email. We have all received junk email,
also known as sp~m. Just junk mail of the Internet,
right? So why do so many people make such a big
deal about it??? I know that reputable publishers and
marketers have been reported to "sp~m cops" and
were caused serious problems because of it. And why?
Not because they have done anything wrong, but
because a subscriber forgot they subscribed to the
ezine or they forgot they requested information or some
other foolish reason.
Now we have to deal with a thing called "sp~m filters"!
Not only do these "filters" keep legitimate ezines,
emails, reports, etc. from going through, but the amount
of sp~m has only increased! These "filters" are also
causing many problems for publishers and subscribers
I have also had an experience of being reported for
sp~m. Someone requested one of my articles by
autoresponder. Well, they received the article and then
a couple of days later a follow-up thank you note.
Apparently this thank you note pi**ed them off because
they reported me to my ISP. I then received a phone
call from my ISP telling me my email account was going
to be cancelled immediately! Well, it took me awhile,
but I finally was able to explain that the person who
received that email had to have requested my article
by autoresponder. There was no other way he could
have gotten that message.
So, I was able to save my account, but I know of
several people who didn't get off so easy.
I rarely gripe about anything like this because I know
a lot of computer problems are out of our control, but
this is a problem caused by people, not machines!
This is really getting out of hand.....so I have come
up with a very simple yet effective idea for getting
rid of sp~m! Are you ready for this???
Ok, first you click on the sp~m message in your inbox.
Make the determination ( be sure now) that it is,
indeed, sp~m. Then you stick up your index or other
finger if you prefer ( be nice now) ;-) and push the
magic button marked D-E-L-E-T-E. This will make the
sp~m magically disappear!
I have used this method of sp~m destruction since
starting on the Internet and have found it to be most
effective. I receive hundreds of sp~m messages a
day, but always manage to make each and every one
I also have some tips for people who do not want to
receive any so-called sp~m:
1. Do Not subscribe to any newsletters!
2. Do Not sign-up for special offers!
3. Do Not request any information via autoresponder!
4. Do Not send any email to anyone at anytime!
5. Do Not use your email for any reason whatsoever!
I assure you if you follow all these tips you will never
receive any sp~m!
I know I have been a little ridiculous in making my
point, but that just is my point. All this hullabaloo
about sp~m is ridiculous. It is simply junk mail and
can be deleted without any trouble, hassle or problems!
Try it a few times and you will soon be like me - I have
the fastest delete finger in the Midwest!! Anyone care
to challenge me?? ;-)
Wishing you a wonderfully warm and joyous Christmas!
Terri Seymour owns and operates MyOwnEzine.com
Learn to publish and promote your own ezine. mailto:email@example.com
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ATTN: Ezine Publishers, save hours of your valuable
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