NEVER NEVER NEVER use formblasting !!!!!!

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I would like to share this information so that other people will not make the same mistake I did.

Several weeks ago I received an email promoting the services of a company doing formblasting.

They explained that formblasting sends your message to website owners via the contact Us page on their website. Essentially, the formblasting service provider has a script or bot that trolls thousands of websites and completes the Contact Us page with your message.

They tout this as a great way to promote your business or service to website owners. For a fee of $20 or $30 they will send your message to 20,000 website owners. It seemed like a good idea to me so I went for it. What a HUGE mistake!!!!!!

What will happen is that in the formblasting process, they will sign up your email address up to thousands of lists.

You won't generate a single valuable contact for your business from any of the thousands of websites that were blasted, but your inbox will be filled with many emails (that come daily) from all the lists you were signed up for.

And it will take you weeks to unsubscribe from each of the lists.

I was stupid and did not research the pitfalls of formblasting. If anyone sends you an email offer form blasting services, STAY AWAY and RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author shmerns
    Agreed. Learning from our own "mistakes" is the best way to educate others. Thanks for a great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author javrsmith
    Thanks for the tip. I have done the same sort of thing manually, signing up for too many lists. I have been unsubscribing to pare down my inbox.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by htenbyslide View Post

    I would like to share this information so that other people will not make the same mistake I did.

    Several weeks ago I received an email promoting the services of a company doing formblasting.

    They explained that formblasting sends your message to website owners via the contact Us page on their website. Essentially, the formblasting service provider has a script or bot that trolls thousands of websites and completes the Contact Us page with your message.

    They tout this as a great way to promote your business or service to website owners. For a fee of $20 or $30 they will send your message to 20,000 website owners. It seemed like a good idea to me so I went for it. What a HUGE mistake!!!!!!

    What will happen is that in the formblasting process, they will sign up your email address up to thousands of lists.

    You won't generate a single valuable contact for your business from any of the thousands of websites that were blasted, but your inbox will be filled with many emails (that come daily) from all the lists you were signed up for.

    And it will take you weeks to unsubscribe from each of the lists.

    I was stupid and did not research the pitfalls of formblasting. If anyone sends you an email offer form blasting services, STAY AWAY and RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!!!
    I sure hope you have learned your lesson !
    There are no shortcuts in this business.

    And this is not only a shortcut, but this very, very Unethical
    If anything I hope your experience serves a notice to others here to NOT do this silly stuff


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  • Profile picture of the author adwaitk007
    Actually the main mistake you did is I guess you used your personal email address. For such "trials" you must create a decent professional looking email address. So if things don't wok , you can simply ignore the email address!
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    well, i learned something myself today. i have never even heard the term formblasting before.

    I thought i had seen just about everything in the online marketing world.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    As the owner of several business entities, I can tell you that I have been getting spammed with an increasing number of these formblasts across the board. Here are my thoughts on them...

    1) I would never respond positively to a spammer, and this is spam

    2) When one of my businesses gets an inquiry from a form, that is usually a good thing. When I open it and see it is spam, that makes me even less inclined to be receptive to whatever message is in there

    3) Gmail has just recently begun successfully weeding these out of my inbox, perfectly threading the needle between legit inquiries and spam

    4) I do get legitimate non-sales related inquiries through my forms, and I do at least read and consider them every time. Unless they are spam, of course.

    If someone has ever had any kind of a positive response to being formblasted, I would love to meet that person and see what makes them tick.

    From my marketing perspective, it is a disaster from every conceivable angle.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    A little secret... (think it will work).
    1)) Create an email account for these replies/newsletter that you will get back from the service

    2)) Create an "AUTOREPLY" message with your website link (inside your new email account), so when you receive new emails they will receive your promotion too ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Tara Garmon
    As someone who has received those messages, I would never buy anything through them because I don't like being spammed. Even if I got an offer I would have been interested in, I wouldn't respond because of how it was sent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I have been a victim of that same form blasting as well. Didn't even know there
    was a term for it. I would get queries from my copywriting site, only to see that
    it is SPAM. I could see that a bot filled out the contact form with some gibberish.
    That's why webmasters use CAPTCHA to prevent this.

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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
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      Any time you see the word "blasting" in a product or service, just walk away

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      • Profile picture of the author Winning34
        Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

        Any time you see the word "blasting" in a product or service, just walk away

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        or "autopilot"
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
    This is a helpful thread in what to avoid. You can learn a valuable lesson here.

    Don't do this!

    I never knew about form blasting, but I have gotten numerous emails through forms on my blogs promoting services.

    If I get one of these forms, I just delete, regardless of the service being offered.

    This is just SPAM, regardless of how it is packaged. Plain and simple....

    No good can ever come from contacting businesses or websites through this method.

    This is a slime tactic method of doing business and should be totally avoided...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    For a fee of $20 or $30 they will send your message to 20,000 website owners. It seemed like a good idea to me so I went for it. What a HUGE mistake!!!!!!
    Anything that sounds too good to be true like 'send to 20,000 for $20' usually is. Anyway thanks for sharing. The only way to learn is by trial, error and adjusting.
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  • Thanks for sharing this..

    Yes, mailing lists which didn't sign up though your landing pages..

    Just doesn't work
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