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
Message Boards: http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/184615 http://eyerstation.community.everyone.net/community/scripts/directory.pl http://homebizlink.com/wwwboard/
Discussion Groups: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit these sites for more information on what spam is,
what to do about it and how to avoid it: http://w3.one.net/~banks/spam.htm http://www.arachnoid.com/lutusp/antispam.html http://www.spamfree.org/
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
Terri Seymour owns and operates MyOwnEzine.com
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