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By the Numbers

Being a numbers guy, I want to share some stats about this blog: 3 years, 1 month: the amount time I’ve been blogging 457: the number of posts 123,300: the number of words written (enough for a decent sized book) 1,272: average number of posts viewed per week (the most was 2,954) 14,718: the number […]

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Double Opt-Out

When I receive spam email, I do what most people to; I press delete and move on. However, there is another type of email, which most people also call spam.  It is the poorly targeted message from a legitimate and viable company.  When I receive these, I respond as a responsible Netizen (a “citizen” of […]

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More News Than You Can Use

A few months ago, I blogged about the various random press releases that I receive each day. In that post, I committed the faux pas of labeling them all as spam — and was quickly chastised for making a sweeping overstatement that was not entirely correct. In this, I was reminded that spam is in […]

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Harvesting Data From Websites

I’m used to people harvesting contact information from my websites to send me messages, most of which are span. I have a dozen or so sites, with each containing links to many of the others. So it not uncommon for them to harvest an email from one site, jump to the next to harvest a […]

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Misdirected Press Releases Seem A Lot Like Spam

After yesterday’s column mentioning press releases that were poorly targeted, I made a list of the headlines sent my way recently. None of them have anything to do with what my magazines cover. Even though the summer months are light for news submissions, I still received quite a few. For some of them I am […]

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The Opt-Out Cop-Out

I receive a great deal of unsolicited email.  I’m sure you do, too.  Aside from the obvious spam promoting products of a dubious or base nature, much of the spam I receive is from people who have harvested my email from my various Websites.  Since each Website lists its own email address, it is common […]

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AARP Revisited

My post last week, “Who Told AARP About My Birthday?” brought a quick response from “AARP Staffer.” I would let you know who this mysterious AARP staffer is, but unfortunately, he or she was too shy to leave a name or a working “reply to” email address. Generally this degree of anonymity would cause me […]