This is day 6 of my journey to publish something every day (M-F) for 30 days.
I've been working the past few weeks on starting up my own article writing service. It's taken a while but today I finished writing the new web pages for it and uploaded them to http://writeaholics.com/writing-service.html.
I was going to do more publishing and I did in a way. I had applied for a part time report writing job about 3 weeks ago and had put in a long and detailed application.
I'd almost forgotten about it but today the company callled me to do a telephone interview and then said the job was mine. It entails visiting local companies and writing reports. I start next week and I'm looking forward to it.
But it took up a lot of time today because I had to go online and set up my account because although I have to physicallly visit companies, the reports are written later and then uploaded. So although I didn't publish anything else of my own, I did work hard on setting up an online account for a new writing job, so that must count. Mustn't it?
I've also spent a lot of time the last couple of days beating sp*mmers at their own game.
I have 12 different email addresses that I use for my business and I get so much unwanted email (I don't want to use the "S" word too much or this email will look, to the email filters, like it is the "S" word).
Last week, I got over 200 of the little varmints in one day. Most of them were from the same websites Spamming me over and over at my different email addresses.
These were all websites who were sending emails to me all the time. Some would send multiple emails, from different email addresses in the same day.
So then I had a great idea. I'd send their spam straight back to them to see how they liked it.
So I did a WhoIs check on all the websites. Some were easy to find their ISP some were not. For those that were, I set up automatic forwarding of their emails to their ISP with a message attached stating that this was spam and that each one was being automatically forwarded so that when I stop getting the spam, so will they.
For the websites whose ISP was more difficult to sniff out, I looked for the contact email listed for them on their WhoIs record and set up the same email forwarding and similar message.
For the other websites whose ISP I couldn't find and they had hidden their identity by using a privacy protection company, I set up automatic forwarding to the privacy protection company stating that if they were protecting the website owners identity then they could have all the sp**am instead.
There was one person who was sending website URLs with their affiliate link in it. So I visited the website without the affiliate link (copy + paste +delete the affiliate code in my browser search box - I never clicked any links in any of the emails), clicked on the "join our affiliate program"link to find out which company ran their affiliate program, and then automatically forwarded all the emails onto them with a message saying that it was their affiliate so they could deal with it, or words to that effect.
It took a while to do and every time I got another unwanted email from another website, I repeated the process.
And guess what?
They all stopped sending me emails.
This morning I only received about 3 or 4 from websites I hadn't had spam from before.
And do you know what I did with them?
Yep, I'm pretty sure I've finally found a way (all be it an initially time-consuming way) to beat them at their own game. And once set up for each website, it just works on it's own. You should have seen all those 200+ emails being forwarded once I set up the redirects and hit "apply."
Whoosh! It took several minutes, but one by one the little 'forwarded' arrow appeared on them all. And each time another came through it would go straight to trash and the little arrow would appear on it automatically.
By the end of the day, all was quiet in my email trash folder. And this morning not one of them had emailed me again.
And I hope this has given you some idea of what can be done with repeat unwanted-email-senders.
It seems that they can give it but they just can't take it.
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