Every day, our Inboxes get clogged up by spam email. Most of it is unsolicited. Someone or some company somewhere has sold your email address to a third party who then proceeds to send you offers you’re not interested in.
If you have your email address on your website in text format, it can also be scraped into a large database which is then used to send emails you’d rather others not see in you Inbox if they look over your shoulder – emails for adult products and services.
This is why it’s a good idea, if you’re going to put your naked email address on your site, you should use an image of your email address rather than regular text. The contents of an image can’t be scraped.
The other solution to protecting your email address is to add a contact form to your site which doesn’t show your email address publicly.
Another source of spam email comes from some of the various mailing lists you sign up to. Responsible email list owners will treat their subscribers with respect and send them quality information that has real value.
Irresponsible list owners will think that, now that you’re on their list, they have carte blanche to send you any old tat they think might generate them some income.
Most of us simply delete those unsolicited and unwanted spam emails. But have you ever been tempted to respond to one, not to buy into something, but to see what reaction you get from the sender when you engage with them?
That’s exactly what James Veitch did. And he talks about his experiences in these TED videos.
I just couldn’t stop laughing when I was watching them.
Now the interesting thing to note is, these videos have had over 37 million views!!!
Now that is some serious traffic!!! Think how big a mailing list he could build with that! 🙂
If you are going to build an email list, please don’t be a spammer.
All the best,
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