Here is a question I received from Linda regarding my suggested use of email forwarding addresses.
Dear Rosalind… It has been my weekend project to read your book… wow – thank you! I am inspired to get started now.
I have one question please: How does registering an email address for each merchant control spam?
Thanks, Linda! That’s a good question!
So, here’s how it works.
You join Merchants A, B and C’s affiliate programs.
For each, you create a separate email address, eg. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and so forth.
Over time you receive standard affiliate information from Merchants A and C, but then you start to notice that a lot of spam is being sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
In all likelihood Merchant B probably sold your address or are affiliate spammers themselves.
You can do one of two things.
- Terminate your association with their program, or;
- Change the email address to email@example.com and see whether the situation improves.
My choice would be #1 above.
Hope that helps!
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