are one of the most widely used promotional tools on the Internet. They're
also known as mailbots, automatic email and email on demand. They were derived
from the very popular fax on demand and designed to automatically respond
to any email message sent to it with an automatic response.
What is an
Autoresponder programs vary from autoresponse messages set-up within an email
program to a script that runs on a server. This script may run a web-based
autoresponder system that utilizes a web page form or it may run with a pop
email account on a server. It's programmed to automatically send out a pre-
determined message when a message is received to a specified script address
or email address.
Not only are autoresponders one of the most widely used promotional tools,
but are becoming one of the most widely abused. While using autoresponders
will enable you to put a lot of your daily tasks on autopilot, autoresponders
can also wreak havoc on innocent individuals who may cross their
addresses should NEVER be used when submitting your website to Search Engines,
Directories, Free For All sites, or in Classified Ad contact forms. Many
of these types of websites use autoresponders to send thank you or welcome
messages to their users. When their autoresponder sends a message to your
autoresponder, this creates what is known as a loop. Each autoresponder will
continue to respond to the other.
When subscribing to an ezine or email discussion group, always use a real
email address and NEVER subscribe with an autoresponder address. Subscribing
to these types of publications with an autoresponder address will get you
immediately unsubscribed. Why? For example; If you're a member of a discussion
group and receive many messages each day, your autoresponder will respond
to every message it receives. Not only will the list owner receive a mailbox
full of complaints, but they will also receive all of your autoresponse
Another problem ezine publishers encounter with autoresponder subscribers
is locating the perpetrator. Many times, the "reply to" and "from" address
of an autoresponse message aren't the same as the address they subscribed
under. It takes a great deal of time and effort to track the address, which
is time that could have been better spent elsewhere.
Another unethical use of autoresponders is autoresponders. Let me explain
... There are many Internet Marketers now using unethical techniques to subscribe
innocent individuals to their junk mailing lists. They will send a message
to an autoresponder address using their subscription address. When the
autoresponder answers the message, the "from" address on the autoresponder
will be instantly subscribed. This technique is not only unethical, but also
can be a wonderful tool for Internet Marketers and can save you hours of
valuable time. However, if not used in a professional manner, can wreak havoc
on the Internet community. Don't be tempted to tarnish your professional
reputation by indulging in the abuse of our autoresponder system. It's just
not worth the price.
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