Over the years huge progress has been made in combating spam. This is due to filters that sites put in place to detect spammers along with databases maintained by communities that combat against spam.
My Gmail accounts gets a couple hundred pieces of spam a day, but thanks to their filtering system I dont’ see a one of them.
That’s the main reason I use Gmail. In my opinion there is nothing out there that even comes close to fending off email spam better than Gmail.
With all this filtering and data collection going on the chances of you getting banned and branded as a spammer have increased. And this can happen without you even knowing it.
Glen wrote a piece on email spam a while back. In the article he points out that spam originates in more than just email. Here is a snippet of what he had to say;
Nowadays spam isn’t limited to unsolicited bulk email. It’s also done in blog comments, forum threads, guestbooks, social bookmarking sites… if you annoy someone, they’ll tell you you’re spamming. And they’ll probably be right.
….. read his entire article about Spamming
At times you may find yourself desperate for links and you resort to things that may not be completely on the up and up. You might find yourself dropping a short, cheesy, irrelevant comments or links on a site then moving on never to return.
Consider this scenario.
During your campaign of building links you are almost certain to run across a vigilant site owner that hates spam with a passion. They even let it be known they have a zero tolerance policy for spam.
After you’ve dropped your comment/link and have moved on, the site owner notices your comment and promptly reports it as spam. Now this particular report doesn’t just go into thin air, rather it goes into a global database that is collecting known spammer email addresses.
A few weeks go by and you’re ready to join at a hot spot directory. During the process of creating your account you discover that the new site won’t let you create an account no matter what email address you try. Finally you just give up and move on, missing the chance to participate at the hot spot .
Then you try to open account at another site and the same things happens.
Now your thinking to yourself….what is going on?
Well, chances are the first site that reported the spam uses a global database to check new registration and commenter’s against known emails AND IP’s. In this scenario the other sites you tried to log into also use the same database.
Just like that you’ve official been branded as a spammer.
Once your IP is banned the road becomes much harder to travel. With little recourse of being removed from these databases, practicing good online manners at ALL times is your safest bet.
Don’t spam…it will catch up with you.
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