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12/31/05 promotes sleaze

This really pisses me off. It gives all web marketers a bad name when sleazy people get into the business to rip people off or mislead them. It's one area I wish would be policed better, although I cringe at too much government interference with the web.

I subscribed to a newsletter from ezine marketing centre .com because I like to stay up-to-date on what is out there. I pass along the information to a lot of webmasters who are new to the web to help them stay up-to-date on the newest marketing techniques as well.

I only pass along information that is worthwhile. I don't pass along scams and won't accept ad dollars from scammers on any of my websites. I know by doing so, it means I am participating in the scam then.

Ezine Maketing Centre wants to say that they are not responsible for what their advertisers do. Legally, that is true. But when you claim to be someone who helps others market their websites, then build trust so your subscribers will click through to your advertisers, then your reputation is connected directly to that advertiser.

At ezine marketing centre I clicked one of their advertisers. If you go to that page, it offers something completely free. It says no gimmicks. Free. It asks you to fill out the info like email address, name, etc. then click to get your free gift.

You guessed it. No free gift. The second page tries to sell you other products. If you buy these products, you might get your "free" products as well, but that is not what the first page said!

That is called a comeon and is illegal in most states in the US. Wherever these guys are based it may be illegal. I will be finding out.

The reason they do this, first is to try to sell you product of course, but now they have your information you filled out. They end up with a lot of email addys and names they then sell to spammers. Thats how the scam works.

By accepting advertising from sleazy outfits like this, you become just as sleazy. Claiming you are not responsible doesn't change that or get the smell off of you

More things that just piss me off


Blogger The Gifted One said...

It ain't easy bein' sleazy...

The web just ain't what it used to be.

The Gifted One

11:40 PM  
Anonymous reverend gisher said...

read your blog a ways. can't say i argue with you. liked "To all those kids who survived!" hit home. what i would say to you is contained in my sermon that just went up at bastards, and I point you to it. i want you working with me if you are willing. after you visit bastards, wander over to my place. if you find a exchange of url's to be within your tolerance, pull down my email address of the sidebar, and let me know. thanks for commenting on my piece at bastards. he is a great guy who deserves more speaking out there.

2:53 PM  
Blogger rev. billy bob gisher ©2005 said...

gifted one i know you were being snarky, but i still gotta say:

sleasy is easy,

honor comes hard.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Gifted One said...

Yes sir, I do agree 100%.

But I really do prefer to remain snarky as often as allowed.

AWD is the place to be

8:02 PM  

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