Respecting The Email Addresses Given To You
Most everyone who owns a website wants to capture the email addresses of those who visit their sites. There are several ways to accomplish this “capturing”. One way is to offer a newsletter. When you offer free information on an ongoing basis, folks who are interested in the topic you are writing about will subscribe. I believe this is actually the best way to capture email addresses.
The other way to capture an email address is to require a “sign up”. This is done when you sign up with an article directory or when you sign up to take part in conversation on message boards.
This past weekend, I know of no other word but abuse to describe the amount of emails I received from site owners where “sign up” had been required. I spent a good part of the weekend deleting my accounts from both message board communities and also from article directories. The threat of “you won’t be able to submit articles here anymore”, or “you won’t be able to post anymore” actually had me laughing. My articles bring in revenue to the site owners. My posts actually stimulate conversation thus bringing in revenue to the site owner. When I unsubscribe from the site, it is lost revenue to the site owner. With hundreds of article directories and hundreds of message boards on the web, I’d much rather give away my articles and posts to those who respect my email address.
Christopher Knight (Ezine Article Submission - Submit Your Best Quality Original Articles For Massive Exposure, Ezine Publishers Get 25 Free Article Reprints
) should consider teaching courses on respecting member’s privacy. I only get emails from him that I have REQUESTED. Right on his site he offers opt in’s to several mailing lists he distributes. Now, why can’t other site owners do this? Again, my articles are bringing in revenue to their sites. Why offend me with spam? Why not create a newsletter and allow me the option to opt in?
If you are a site owner that captures the email addresses of those who “sign up”, you truly might want to think about the pro’s and con’s of sending out unasked for emails.
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Audrey Okaneko has been working at home since 1983. She can be reached at email@example.com
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