Booting Spammers Out of Your Mailing List

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I’ve noticed a trend lately: a lot of sign-ups to my mailing list from the same IP address. So I did a little research and lo-and-behold, it’s a “zombie” computer automatically signing up for ezines in order to steal the return address when you send the “thanks for signing up” autoresponder. (Those little stinkers!)

So, what do you do?

  • First, check to see if your ezine software captures the IP (internet protocol) address of people when they sign up.
  • Next, check for repeat IP addresses. I notice that these sign-ups are often in the “waiting for optin” list under, because they have no intention of opting-in.
  • Sometimes, however, there is an army of poorly paid people somewhere in the world who click on the opt-in links in emails for these spammers, so check your newly added email addresses¬†on your list. It’s easy to find them: look for email addresses that don’t match the name they signed up under. For instance, the name is “Mary Jones” but the email address says georgesmith@xxxxxx.com. The email addresses are almost always from live.com, gmail.com,¬†or yahoo.com because these are free email services. Yahoo seems to be the frontrunner in bad/zombie email addresses.
  • When you find a suspicious email address, copy it into Google to see if sites like www.cleantalk.org have blacklisted that email address.
  • Finally, I go back to my mailing system, and look for the place where I can block specific IP addresses or specific email addresses.

Voila! Now that zombie can’t sign up for my mailing list anymore!

It takes a little due diligence to keep your list clean, but it’s well worth it. And if your mailing list system won’t let you ban IP addresses, consider switching to a new one.

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Organizing for the Self-Employed – Free Audio

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Last week, we had special guest Jamie Novak on our free monthly teleclass, giving us great tips to Get Organized Today!

Jamie helped us with:

  • Time management
  • Messy desks
  • Piles of paper and filing
  • Managing email

The audio recording of that teleclass is now available:

http://www.passionforbusiness.com/teleclass/jamie-novak.htm


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Simple Solutions for Busy Entrepreneurs – Free Audio with Angee Robertson

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Recently, Angee Robertson did a great teleclass for us, full of tips on how to work more efficiently in your small business office.

Learn how to deal with:

  • email overwhelm
  • a great follow up system
  • interruptions that drive you crazy

You can listen to the audio of this teleclass here:

http://www.passionforbusiness.com/teleclass/angee-robertson.htm

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