How NOT To Appear Like A Spammer


    Unless you use the Internet only for surfing and never use your email address you've probably received something that is called spam.

    There are different definitions for spam but I will say that spam is unsolicited email commercial. Many people harvest otherpeople's email addresses on email and web forums and send theminfo that they didn't request. This is very frustrating because you loose your precious time deleting those unwanted messages. In this article I will explain how NOT to appear like a spammer.


    If you have an email newsletter it is very important that youdon't appear like a spammer. If you want to stay long inemail publishing business your newsletters have to be based onopt-in method. It means that a subscriber chose to receive yournewsletter and that you have their permission to send them yournewsletter. It is called Permission Marketing. I would suggestthat your list be double opt-in. Now what is double opt-in? Double opt-in means that your subscribers have to confirmtheir request to join your list. Confirmation is done byreplying to the message that you send to everyone who hadinitiated subscription. Beside replying, people can confirmtheir request by clicking on a certain link. This ensures thatone person can't subscribe another person against his or herwill. Also, never buy so called opt-in lists and also never sell or rent your members base.

    Welcome message

    I would suggest you that you ask your new subscribers to saveyour welcome message. There you can put the necessary infoabout your list and list management: list description, subscribe/unsubscribe address, digest address, owner's emailaddress, list rules...

    This is important because of the following. Many people promotetheir newsletter for some time, until they get enoughsubscribers and then publish the first issue. However, it ismost likely that someone who had subscribed to your list severalmonths ago forgot that he or she actually requested to be amember of your list. And then, they can accuse you that you are aspammer. If they save a welcome message they can see that they required to be your subscribers.

    Subject line

    Subject line is very important in email newsletters. Beside, From field it is the most important thing for someone to decide whether to open your newsletter or not. I would suggest that your subject line consists a title of your article, issue number and date. If your From or To field doesn't consist your list name than you should put your list name in Subject line, too. Preferably in brackets. If you have your subscriber's first name in your database you should definitely put their name as the first thing in the Subject line. Then it is more likely that they will open your newsletter. Never use spam techniques like putting Re: at the beginning of your Subject line so that people think that they sent you an email and you are sending them your reply. Nobody is fool.


    Many people use email programs with powerful email filter options. Many people set their filters to delete messages with get-rich-quick-schemes, porn and similar content so it is wise that you don't put that kind of text in your messages if you want that people read it. Also, don't capitalize your words like FREE, MAKE MONEY, GUARANTEED... I wouldn't suggest that you use this or similar words in the first place beacuse these words are often used by spammers.

    If you have an option that in To field be your subscriber'semail address and not, for example your list name, that would be ideal because some mail washer programs automatically flag messages which don't have a recipientemail address as possible SPAM.

    List management

    Always provide very clear information regarding list managementin your newsletter. Very important thing is that your listmanagement provides very easy way of unsubscribing. For example, some email newsletters have at the very bottom an uniqueunsubscribe address for every subscriber. It can be something likeleave-yourlistname-111327893L@yourlistserver. com This way, yoursubscribers can unsubscribe only with one click and they don'thave to worry if they sent unsubscription request from addresswhich is in your subscriber list. Good list management is, also, useful because you won't loose your time explaining to yoursubscribers how to do something, for example unsubscribe or setreceiving messages in digest mode.

    Something like this:



    Your name: !*COMPLETE_NAME*!
    Member since: !*MEMBER_SINCE*!
    From IP address: !*IP_ADDRESS*!


    And in your Editor's Section you can start your writing with:

    Dear, !*COMPLETE_NAME*!?

    That's why personalization is very important.

    At the end, you can read several spam messages and - do theopposite in your email newsletter.



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