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Don't Be A Spam Artist
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    Don't Be A Spam Artist
    by Terri Seymour

    Copyright 2001 Terri Seymour

    One of the hottest discussion topics going around
    the web these days is Spam. Spam is different things
    to different people, but basically it is sending
    email advertisements to anyone who did not request
    them or give permission to send them.

    I do not consider an email from an acquaintance
    telling me something they think might interest me-
    spam. I do not consider people telling me about
    their business and asking for advice-spam. I do
    not consider advertisements from companies I have
    asked about-spam. I do not consider an invitation
    from a publisher to join their opt-in list-spam.
    However, these invitations should not be sent out
    in mass mailings.

    There are, however, many things that I do consider
    to be spam. Unfortunately, when I first started
    on the Internet, I was guilty of spam once or twice.
    It does not necessarily make me a bad person, just
    an uninformed one. Now that I know what is considered
    to be spam and what is not, I would never in any way,
    shape or form become a Spam Artist!

    These are some things to avoid doing:

    * Sending your ad to any email you come across - SPAM!
    Do NOT send your ad to anyone unless they have asked
    for information, or if they have joined your opt-in

    * Joining every discussion and announcement list you
    can find and sending your ad every few hours - SPAM!
    When you join these email lists, they will send you
    an email with their guidelines for posting. Please
    read and follow these guidelines carefully.

    * Subscribing to an ezine and then replying to the
    ezine with your ad - SPAM! This is one way to get
    yourself removed from a lot of good lists. If you
    receive an ezine, do not reply with one of your ads.

    * Buying email address lists and blasting your ad-SPAM!
    Most of the people on these lists probably do not even
    know they are on them. Therefore, you do not have
    their permission to send your ads.

    * Adding people to your opt-in list without their
    permission - SPAM! Inviting people to join your list
    is one thing, but adding them without permission is
    a definite NO-NO.

    * Visit every board you can, leave an ad and never
    come back - SPAM! Message boards have specific rules
    for posting and are usually for people to discuss and
    learn from each other, not for posting ads.

    If you are unsure as to whether something is spam or
    not, visit some boards and ask other more experienced
    netpreneurs. It is better to be sure than to be
    accused of spam. Join some discussion lists also, to
    learn more about spam and what you should or should
    not do.

    Message Boards:

    Discussion Groups:

    Visit these sites for more information on what spam is,
    what to do about it and how to avoid it: (Coming Soon)

    Be cautious of the way you conduct your business.
    Some people are tolerant of spam (if you are not
    a repeat or offensive spammer) and will just hit
    the delete button, but some will report anything
    they think is spam.

    Do some research on spam and how not to become a
    Spam Artist!

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