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    Ethical question
    As part of the launch of my website (my first), I'm offering a free mousepad to each person who signs up with a login id and posts a picture. I was GOING to do some creative searching on the internet to current websites and e-mail the article that has the free mouse pad offer to people who clearly would be part of my target audience.

    Is this considered SPAMMING?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnickKnacks4less
    Is this considered SPAMMING?
    Absolutely, SPAM is unsolicited e-mail. In other words, if they haven't given you their permission to contact them via e-mail, then it's SPAM.

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    I wish the same applied to snail mail.
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    If they have a Contact Us form or email you can contact them that way.

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    If they've posted that they're looking for a free mousepad and asked people to email them if they knew of a place to get one, I don't see a problem with it. That's what you meant when you said "people who clearly would be part of my target audience", right?
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    It's bad to spam, but if you can find a friendly site that might want to give away some freebies to its subscribers, then go for it.
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    Hmmm...I think I'm confused. Let me be more clear.

    My website is about a specific breed of dogs. I have access to get mousepads made very cheaply. So, I was going to send e-mails to breeders (from their contact us e-mail found on their website) and offer a free mousepad for registering at my site.

    So...Spam or no Spam...ethical or unethical?

    or...am I making this way too difficult on myself...lol

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    Ah... I see.

    Spam is unsolicited BULK mail. I often get pitches aimed at my site individually, 90% of the time I ignore them, but I don't consider that kind of approach spam. Make it clear in your email that you are addressing them directly, if you mention something you particularly like in their site then it will probably get their attention.

    It sounds like a good marketing technique. If the people who you are contacting are not competitors, then it sounds quite productive.

    Out of interest, how much do you think the mousemat + envelope + postage will cost you?
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    more importantly, what breed of dog?
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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    Dynamoo, excellent point. I do not consider myself to be a spammer and am considerate about affiliates time. That said as an AM/OPM I have to recruit and if contacting a webmaster to offer a program is spamming then I am out of a job. When possible I use first name and URL in the subject line.

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    Thanks for the input. I feel better about the approach now.

    Answers: The Breed - Shetland Sheepdog

    Answers: The cost - About $2 for each mousepad including shipping

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