How NOT to get subscribers with your emails

by Debbie Kennedy-Crook 25 replies
Every now and again I like to post up an email that I've received which clearly indicates how NOT to do it.

This is of NO help to anybody but its a good read anyway !


Dear Income/opportunity Seeker,

If you're looking out a real system that'll really work
and really pays your hardwork on the internet, you've
finally found what you're looking for...

I'm Josh, I found a website on the internet 5 days ago.
It looks like this site is hyping me that makes me feel
so intrigue with the system. I've made a purchase since
it is inexpensive. I've tried it, setting it up, follow
instructions and after 45 minutes everything's okay!

After that, I leave it and don't care about it! I thought
it's just another "possible scam" on the internet. But 3
days after, when I used to login in my account after I have
set it up it amazed me and blown me up because in my account
I have an earnings of $480 with no work at all! When I checked
my email, I saw many emails saying "Payment 0f $20 Received!"
I can't hardly believe on that. I contacted the support of the
website where I bought the system. I emailed him and told if
this is REAL & TRUE. In less than an hour, the support answered
and told me what was happening is ALL REAL and no GIMMICKS!

Discover it here undoubtedly:
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  • Profile picture of the author 6secrets
    Wow... That's right up there with the Nigerian Princess scam.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Didn't you like it?

    I only wish I'd paid more attention in English class
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  • Profile picture of the author BoJon
    I'm a newbie to this kind of things? What's the bad parts of this mail?
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    • Profile picture of the author l23bc
      Originally Posted by BoJon View Post

      I'm a newbie to this kind of things? What's the bad parts of this mail?
      Mentions scams and coming out of a thrid party review is one that comes to mind. making the reader feel like its the product owner and not a review email form a 3rd party.

      Imagine if i emailed you saying the following

      Hey Im josh, I just seem this great course at xyx com you need to check it out


      btw,Its not a scam site!!
      would you be feeling like you need to have a look

      :rolleyes:throught not,
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    • Profile picture of the author BryanC
      Originally Posted by BoJon View Post

      I'm a newbie to this kind of things? What's the bad parts of this mail?
      All of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author NicheMayhem
      Originally Posted by BoJon View Post

      I'm a newbie to this kind of things? What's the bad parts of this mail?
      Horrible grammar
      Feeling of scam from the first sentence
      Complete lack of anything which could be considered information
      Comes off as a desperate ploy
      Doesn't relate what the product is even for or about
      Nothing but a waste of text and the recipient's time

      This is an "instant unsubscribe" email.

      ...and to the OP, at least they conveyed to you why you do not want to receive anymore emails from them.

      Whether it is harsh of me to say or not, any of you wanting to have even mediocre results in this business need to recognize if you have a hard time with the English language, you are at a serious disadvantage. Either work on it, make a friend who will proof read for you or quit because bad grammar in sales translates into pretty much NO SALES EVER
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      • Profile picture of the author BryanC
        Originally Posted by NicheMayhem View Post

        Whether it is harsh of me to say or not, any of you wanting to have even mediocre results in this business need to recognize if you have a hard time with the English language, you are at a serious disadvantage. Either work on it, make a friend who will proof read for you or quit because bad grammar in sales translates into pretty much NO SALES EVER
        It's beyond me how people even get in the mindset where they are ok with sending something like that out without being 100% certain that it is perfect. I can't type any sort of sales ad without agonizing over every detail.
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    • Hi BoJon

      The bad parts abaout this email are more or less everything.

      Apart from the fact it came from an email address such as Joshspeakstosh@yahoo.co.uk

      (Any one who had advise worth giving or a product worth selling is going to have their own email address such as info@Imadvise.com . This isn't a real email address as far as I know, I just made it up for an example)

      The English Grammar is bad. You can see what he's trying to say but it just hasn't been worded properly.

      He clearly intends to use the phrase such as " this product has blown me away" but instead he uses " blown me up ".

      I actually feel quite sorry for this person. He clearly has been led to believe that he will make money from spamming this product to people ( and maybe he has made a few bucks but I doubt it). He has probably put a lot of work and spent money on an emailing through a company that has promised him that his message will get to 1,000,000 inboxes. Hes going to be yet another ' newbie ' who has been taken advantage of, misled and will probably give up on his dream because he will have been left disillusioned.

      Unfortunately, aside from it being spam which is annoying, the content of the email is so unproffessional, that no one in their right mind would have a look at the product.

      Incidentally, I only posted the email for a bit of light hearted banter & didn't expect so many people to take it so seriously but judging by some of the replies you can see how Spam is a very non productive way of Marketing.

      I hope BoJon, that as a 'newbie' ( I actually don't like that word) as a beginner, reading this post has helped you to avoid some of the 'traps. that are set out there for people like yourself.

      If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. You won't make money overnight but you will be successful if you are prepared to put in the time and learn some new skills.

      Good luck in your new venture
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        It's awful to say the least but it is sad that the only reason these are sent is because it's a numbers game and some poor sod actually buys it.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Deborah C Kennedy View Post

          Unfortunately, aside from it being spam which is annoying, the content of the email is so unprofessional, that no one in their right mind would have a look at the product.
          The sad part is, many people who might fall for this will look at it and think "if a guy with language skills this bad can make money at this, just think what I could do..."

          That and "it's written so poorly it must be from a real person - a scammer would be more professional."
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by BoJon View Post

      I'm a newbie to this kind of things? What's the bad parts of this mail?
      I'm Josh, I found a website on the internet 5 days ago.
      You started a business 5 days ago, and I should trust you that this is the real thing!!!

      Let me run to the bank and empty my savings account to invest in this most awesome thing...
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    I stopped reading after the first sentence. Its written very bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author excoder01
    You guys may think it's funny, but the sad part is those scammers are spamming because it works for them. They make a quick buck here and there as long as they don't get caught.

    As long as there are naive people on the Internet, there will be spammers like that. You won't believe tons of people actually fall for these spammers and actually purchase products through these kind of stuff.

    In fact, there was a story of a college professor who fell for those email scams as well.

    The majority of Internet Marketers here are savvy and know this is straight up a horrible scam.

    Of course, newbie Internet marketers can always fall for the "latest and greatest" hype with product launches sometimes, buying the new shiny "MMO" system as well.

    Naive Internet surfers falling for those Nigerian spams are no different than desperate new Internet marketers hoping to get rich buying the hype-up product, refunding it, and buying the next best MMO product as a cycle. One group of people are inexperienced with what spamming even is, and the group of people are hypnotized by clever salescopy.
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    • Profile picture of the author l23bc
      Originally Posted by excoder01 View Post

      You guys may think it's funny, but the sad part is those scammers are spamming because it works for them. They make a quick buck here and there as long as they don't get caught.

      As long as there are naive people on the Internet, there will be spammers like that. You won't believe tons of people actually fall for these spammers and actually purchase products through these kind of stuff.

      In fact, there was a story of a college professor who fell for those email scams as well.

      The majority of Internet Marketers here are savvy and know this is straight up a horrible scam.

      Of course, newbie Internet marketers can always fall for the "latest and greatest" hype with product launches sometimes, buying the new shiny "MMO" system as well.

      Naive Internet surfers falling for those Nigerian spams are no different than desperate new Internet marketers hoping to get rich buying the hype-up product, refunding it, and buying the next best MMO product as a cycle. One group of people are inexperienced with what spamming even is, and the group of people are hypnotized by clever salescopy.
      Your are right on the money part about scammers, Even today with some of my lists i have had some of my own customers who i talk too freqently asking me about poor sales copy emails they have received from other marketers in there inbox,like the op had posted.

      Sadly I dont think its scammy to a point because alot of new marketers (Even me 2 years ago who used to use safelist mlm solo ads in my newbie days!) fall into the idea that sending non-grammar and non english emails may still clinch a sale or lead. sad but true

      The scam part however can be easy seen with some scammers as i always in one of my old email address get emails form nigeran scam artists who appear on 311 scamsites which i beleive they have got my email address from one of the old sites i have lurking around in cyberspace with the same kinda grammar but at least with scammers you always get the Good day to you im dr.kajaue of cario university and i have 1000000000 dollars from a dead friend of yours to give you. which could possibily give the whole new meaning to entertainiment spam mails lol!

      While with emails like this i do feel sometimes pitty and would love to donate a dollar to the oringinal sender for school lessons. But paypal does not let me donate or its a case of "bah humbug!" to that idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author money2k
    That was funny to read and horribly written.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I find it amusing you're all critiquing a spam email.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    well that mail taught us a lesson. to avoid this kind of mails, never subscribe to site which offers mailing list unless you need it. these mails are just causing our inbox to be populated of unwanted mails and they keeps on sending every now and then. Just be more extra careful upon signing up on websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author rtole99
    Yes I agree with all of them. It has the odor of spam and eggs. One of the other NOTs or at least for me that I hate to read and immediatly trash are the ones who try to sell something right off the bat without any type relationship building. But that's just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    Whats sad is I get emails like this almost daily as a lot of my information is somewhat public and easy to find, not to mention some of my email addresses are several several years old (i have some over ten years old ). I've also found that these type of emails will rarely have an unsubsribe link (b/c its spam). So if it doesn't have an unsubcribe link I click the flag (when using yahoo) that will instantly report it. I've even went as far to email them back and tell them I've reported them and to quit spamming me. However, I've yet to get a reply, lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author joshril
      Originally Posted by Coby View Post

      Whats sad is I get emails like this almost daily as a lot of my information is somewhat public and easy to find, not to mention some of my email addresses are several several years old (i have some over ten years old ). I've also found that these type of emails will rarely have an unsubsribe link (b/c its spam). So if it doesn't have an unsubcribe link I click the flag (when using yahoo) that will instantly report it. I've even went as far to email them back and tell them I've reported them and to quit spamming me. However, I've yet to get a reply, lol.
      If a spam email has an unsubscribe link, you should never click on it; all it does is confirm that you have a "live" email address, and you'll just get more spam.

      It's also not advisable to email these spammers to tell them they've been reported. This will also flag you as a "live" email address and just creates more spam.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
        Every now and again I like to post up an email that I've received which clearly indicates how NOT to do it.
        If you receive unsolicited email (that is email from unknown sources) then simply delete it (them). Don't even waste time reading such SPAM. Your time can be put to much better use.

        If everyone ignored SPAM, then it would die out. Unfortunately that will probably never happen.

        Just my thoughts,

        Jeff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Now this is a good laugh, they need to hire a copywriter
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Bill,

    Every post you make, makes me laugh . (You said you weren't active on wf much eh?)

    Caleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Harold Lindsey
    I think SCAMS are Great!

    For those that can recognize them. Now think back to some of the emails, or links that you have responded too, or clicked on. Come on, don't be shy... It was well written, The promise wasn't over done, in fact, it was rather subtle.

    You said to yourself, being an experience IMer.. "Now that's the way to market." And you clicked the link. Then all of sudden you were taken to a weird looking site, and your anti-virus software started to go crazy, and then you saw something flash quickly across your screen.

    Then while your trying to do anything and everything to save yourself. You already know the truth; 'YOU'VE BEEN HACKED'. There is now something or several (BAD)things on your computer, and you know it.

    It's the stuff that we don't see, that we have to worry about.
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