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Understanding how to avoid spam and still get great real estate informationI’ve had several people send me emails asking to subscribe to the Tallahassee Real Estate Newsletter because they weren’t receiving it even though they had filled out the subscription form. I then had to explain to them how the whole system works, and why we’ve implemented a third-party solution to distribute our newsletters.

Just a quick reminder: The Tallahassee Real Estate Newsletter goes out on Monday, so please take a minute to subscribe in the right sidebar of the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog.

The fact is, there are so many people sending us garbage via email that our “spam filters” are working overtime. I know that I personally get over 500 emails each day, so I appreciate some of the new technologies that allow me to verify that I really want to receive specific items.

Why Is There So Much Spam Anyway?

Chances are, you’ve been spammed before. Somehow, your e-mail address has found it’s way into the hands of a spammer, and your inbox is suffering the consequences. How does this happen? There are several possibilities.

Backstabbing Businesses
Businesses often keep lists of their customers’ e-mail addresses. This is a completely legitimate practice and, usually, nothing bad comes of it. Sometimes though, the temptation to make a quick buck is too great, and these lists are sold or rented to outside advertisers. The result? A lot of unsolicited e-mail, and a serious breach of trust. [CENTURY 21 First Realty will never sell your email address. We feel so strongly about this, we've even published our own Anti-Spam Guarantee]

Random Address Generation

Computer programs called random address generators simply “guess” e-mail addresses. Over 100 million hotmail addresses exist – how hard could it be to guess some of them? Unfortunately for many unsuspecting netizens – not too hard. Many spammers also guess at

“standard” addresses, like “support@yourdomain.com”,

“info@yourdomain.com”, and “billing@yourdomain.com.”

Web Spiders

Today’s most insidious list-gathering tools are web spiders. All of the major search engines spider the web, saving information about each page. Spammers use tools that also spider the web, but save any e-mail address they come across. Your personal web page lists your e-mail address? Prepare for an onslaught!

Chat Room Harvesting

ISP’s offer vastly popular chat rooms where users are known only by their screen names. Of course, spammers know that your screen name is the first part of your e-mail address. Why waste time guessing e-mail addresses when a few hours of lurking in a chat room can net a list of actively-used addresses?

The Poor Man’s Bad Marketing Idea

It didn’t work for the phone companies, and it won’t work for e-mail marketers. But, some spammers still keep their own friends-and-family-style e-mail lists. Compiled from the addresses of other known spammers, and people or businesses that the owner has come across in the past, these lists are still illegitimate. Why? Only you can give someone permission to send you e-mail. A friend-of-a-friend’s permission won’t cut it.

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Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for continued success. Happy Holidays!

Dec 17, 2009 11:01 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Thanks Roy, and Happy Holidays to you as well.

Dec 17, 2009 11:04 PM #2
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

It takes me one minute to delete spam during the course of a day. .I have a quick mouse. 

 Merry Xmas!

Dec 17, 2009 11:19 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Thanks Fernando. My problem is I actually root through the 500+ emails in my spam filter because I often have customer inquiries buried in there. Takes more than a minute for me...

Dec 17, 2009 11:37 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Joe, unfortunately spam is something we have to live with. Like you, my spam killer program is working overtime. Best invention on the key board is the delete key.

Dec 18, 2009 12:10 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Best invention and most used key Michael!

Dec 18, 2009 12:13 AM #6
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Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Joe, it can be time consuming to find that 1 or 2 prospect emails in your spam file. If anybody can figure out how to do it quicker or easier, sign me up!

Ty

Dec 18, 2009 12:40 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Me too Ty. Seems like such a waste of time.

Dec 18, 2009 12:42 AM #8
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