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    Are You a Spammer?

    Raise your hand if you get a lot of spam in your inbox every day. I know I do and Iím sure you do, too. Now, if youíre a business owner, Iím sure you use email to communicate with your customers and subscribers. But your stuff isnít spam, right? Just everyone elseís, but definitely not yours!

    We all feel this way. I spoke at a conference in Vancouver last month and someone asked me, ďhow do you know if youíre spamming?Ē It took me a couple of seconds to think about the right answer, and finally this is what I said: ďThink about the context in which your subscribers and customers gave you their contact information.Ē You see, itís all about expectations. If I sign up to get your weekly newsletter, I expect one email a week with your newsletter. Nothing else, nothing more. Let me give you a few examples.

    If someone buys something from you, donít assume theyíre interested in getting your weekly specials. Ask them.
    If youíre planning to increase the frequency of your emails, let your subscribers know so they know what to expect.
    If you give away a free ebook, report or video, and your plan is to give them away in exchange for an email address so you can follow up with your prospects, thereís absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just make sure you are upfront with your prospects about what they can expect.
    Donít automatically put people in email lists that they didnít request to be in. If you want to do that, ask them first and let them know what they can expect (how often youíre planning on communicating and what kind of communication you plan on sending.)

    Itís all about setting the right expectations and fulfilling your promises. Please share this article on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or by email so we can build a better world (with less spam).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zekecamusio View Post
    Are you a Spammer?
    Yes of course... and I like it :P

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    Actually I don't know whether I'm a spammer or not !! :P

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    These are all good points, and the way that things should be done. There should also be an opt-out link in your emails so that people can remove themselves from the list.

    On the rare occasion that I sign up to an email list I don't feel that email from that sender is spam. It may be unwanted or over-abundant, but I did sign up for the list. If they share the list without my permission the resulting emails are spam.

    In cases where there is a deluge of email from an over active sender I usually just set up a filter to send those emails to a folder. I may never even check the folder, but they don't show up in my inbox with things that may be important.

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    Same post has been written at many forums..
    Hello there.

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    I have never met a webmaster or IM who is not a spammer. You can't live by Google search engine guidelines. But the thing far you are willing to go in spamming.

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    Key is to Spam but don't get caught

    Google is against the spamming but everyone is doing that, it is acceptable upto a level

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalanbk View Post
    Google is against the spamming but everyone is doing that
    That's how we survive
    Hello there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalanbk View Post
    Key is to Spam but don't get caught
    I think the key is to stay in a safe life without getting noticed. Also giving something back.

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    I think once in a while you should do some polls and surveys to your list. It not only increase your earnings from it but also helps you not to become a spammer

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    Show me ONE webmaster that makes money and doesnt spam and I show you a LIAR!
    Cmon, we're all spamming in some way.

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    I agree with your opinion. Perhaps the comment that was sent, we can find out if they are interested or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by koernelcool View Post
    Show me ONE webmaster that makes money and doesnt spam and I show you a LIAR!
    Cmon, we're all spamming in some way.
    Would you then be willing to call me one? lol I do not spam. I don't believe that I should spam in any way, merely because I know all about the implications that go with being one. In fact, I have even gotten to the point where I get angry because I am labeled a spammer because of my ISP proxy.

    @Bluearrow, it is really quite easy to follow Google's guidelines without having to cross any lines, and still get the results you want. I guess its all about niche etc. The more competitive, the more you need to do, the more you need to resort to spamming etc. But in the end, I guess, if you are ok with being one, then all is good. it's all about how you feel and see yourself that matters.

    @koernelcool, might I suggest that, where each is entitled to his own opinions, not everyone needs to filtered through the same light.
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    Well, there are SO many ways to define SPAM that it is really hard to say. SPAM is now being applied to email, article marketing, commenting, classifieds, forum posting, and etc. Basically I think what people are referring to is brainless marketing...where you post (or send) junk that doesn't relate to the target audience. Ultimately I think we have all done that at one time or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royljestr View Post
    Well, there are SO many ways to define SPAM that it is really hard to say. SPAM is now being applied to email, article marketing, commenting, classifieds, forum posting, and etc. Basically I think what people are referring to is brainless marketing...where you post (or send) junk that doesn't relate to the target audience. Ultimately I think we have all done that at one time or another.
    I've seen that in action to be honest, and it riles me everytime I try do a Google search for something. It's annoying that all these low quality sites are being placed above the sites that actually have the information I need. It's as if they specifically target a keyword regardless of whether or not the site is actually about said keyword, as long as they get the page to rank, they aren't bothered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anupviews View Post
    Same post has been written at many forums..
    Are you saying Phoenix is a spammer? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolff View Post
    Are you saying Phoenix is a spammer? LOL
    oi I think I resent that lol... :P
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    I am a moody spammer. When I dont have any work or I dont want to do any work, I like to spam a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post
    oi I think I resent that lol... :P
    Hehe, I was having a crack at anupviews.

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    LOL its cool. I'm not phased.
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