|The Small Business Library|
February 5, 2001
Harvesting Email Addresses
Well, YOUR email address has been harvested and sold. How would you like to fall victim to their ploy of selling YOUR email address to others? I promise you, you will get in so much trouble if you decide to buy one of these lists, or use software for that purpose, it is only a matter of time before you face dire circumstances.
To be honest with you, harvesting email addresses is not illegal. You will not be fined and you will not go to jail. But what will happen will hurt your business immensely. Here are just some of the consequences you will face:
Just think of all the hard work you put into your business. Getting listed in Search Engines, Advertising everywhere you can find exposure and networking on the internet. ALL this is down the drain, cause you have now lost your domain, so if a potential client sees your ad, or sees you listed in a search engine, it will do no good, cause your domain is GONE!
Once you work your BUTT off getting back up and going again with a new ISP and new domain, guess what?? Now you are faced with another dilemma. You have gained such a bad reputation as a spammer, that people will not want anything to do with your business because of your previous ethics.
Is this worth it? Many of you do not know the seriousness of what harvesting email addresses can do. I am here to give a heartfelt warning. NO MATTER how good it sounds? Do not FALL FOR IT!
For all of you who are fairly new to the internet... I hope you now realize what harm harvesting email addresses can do. And how falling for these big offers, no matter how tempting they are, will just ruin any business.
Please DO NOT ruin your business for the Easy -Way -Out.
Just remember... Harvesting email addresses is very bad business etiquette with dire circumstances to face. Honest etiquette is honest business. You will gain a respected reputation, and your business will flourish. SO, as you can see, hard work does has its rewards.
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