Please don't use shady tactics in your emails....

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Hey guys,

For a long time, I have been noticing that when
people send me emails, they leave a huge space
after the message (so I can't reach the unsubscribe link).

For example:

Subject: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah





(5 blank pages)









To unsubscribe please click here:
aweber.com/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
The quote above is just for illustration purposes. In
these emails I have to actually scroll like three
pages or more of blank space to actually get to the
unsubscribe link.

I don't know if you guys are getting these or not but
I have been getting lots of them and I simply can't
figure out the though process behind this.

I mean if a person really wants to opt out of your list,
do you think they will have any trouble finding the scroll bar?
Or if they simply don't want to be on your list then how are
you going to persuade them into buying from you?
And if you constantly keep sending them with promotions
after promotions without giving them a choice to opt out,
they will mark your messages as spam and this will simply turn out
bad for you.

So why even do this? Why not be crystal clear in your marketing?

Let me know your thoughts.....
#stupid
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
    If some autoresponders find out you are doing this they will make you remove the space.

    People do it to force and hide their unsubscribe link to the bottom, to reduce their chances of unsubscribers.

    If their email autoresponder series is good and has decent content in then they shouldn't have much to worry about in the sense of people unsubscribing.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    I mean if a person really wants to opt out of your list,
    do you think they will have any trouble finding the scroll bar?
    I chuckled at this. I understand your sentiments. I unsubscribe all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author djbventures
    I have seen this quite a bit too, but now I know where to look. I think if the autoresponders go through all the trouble they do to abide by the canned spam act, they should have picked up in this a long time ago.

    Personally, it just stinks of bad business. Some people still don't get it!
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Ya, Jani G does this. Some others do it, too, I think, whose emails I get.

    Pretty silly, really.
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    • Profile picture of the author JaniG
      Originally Posted by redicelander View Post

      Ya, Jani G does this. Some others do it, too, I think, whose emails I get.

      Pretty silly, really.
      lol yeah sometimes i do it

      it has become a habit

      but also a marketing lesson for you all

      the reason is this

      not so you can't unsubscribe

      but so the reader thinks its a personal email

      try it you will get better click through rates and make more money

      You want to make more money rite ?

      or just complain

      hehe

      PM me if you have any questions guys im here to help

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      • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
        I had seen some pretty large gaps but never one so bad as you described until tonight. The blank space went for so long, that either Aweber or gmail truncated the message. When I finally found the end of the email, it said [message clipped] with a link to the entire message. I had to click that to find the unsub link.

        If I hadn't wanted to unsub before that, you can bet I was at that point. I was steaming - that is just ridiculous!

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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by JaniG View Post

        lol yeah sometimes i do it

        it has become a habit

        but also a marketing lesson for you all

        the reason is this

        not so you can't unsubscribe

        but so the reader thinks its a personal email

        try it you will get better click through rates and make more money

        You want to make more money rite ?

        or just complain

        hehe

        PM me if you have any questions guys im here to help

        Jani G



        For myself, wasn't really complaining, just observing. I did not unsubscribe from you so what does that tell you? Ha ha.

        Personally, I think it's silly to do that but I can understand why you do it, now that you've given your rationale. Obviously, it looks like it's worked in your own personal testing and that's all that counts.

        Have you ever had a problem with your auto-responder company noticing you do this? Since I have not done this, I don't know if there'd be any problems though some would say aweber, at least, would not like this practice.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
        Originally Posted by JaniG View Post

        lol yeah sometimes i do it

        it has become a habit

        but also a marketing lesson for you all

        the reason is this

        not so you can't unsubscribe

        but so the reader thinks its a personal email

        try it you will get better click through rates and make more money

        You want to make more money rite ?

        or just complain

        hehe

        PM me if you have any questions guys im here to help

        Jani G
        Well Jani I unsubscribed from your list a long time ago thinking you are hiding the unsubscribe link from me.

        It's amazing what we all can assume sometimes.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lance K
        Originally Posted by JaniG View Post

        lol yeah sometimes i do it

        it has become a habit

        but also a marketing lesson for you all

        the reason is this

        not so you can't unsubscribe

        but so the reader thinks its a personal email

        try it you will get better click through rates and make more money

        You want to make more money rite ?

        You really think that is a result of people thinking it's a personal message?
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Carn
    I leave a few spaces after the email content, not because I'm trying to hide the unsubscribe link but to make my main email body stand out.

    Thanks,
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Originally Posted by Adam Carn View Post

      I leave a few spaces after the email content, not because I'm trying to hide the unsubscribe link but to make my main email body stand out.

      Thanks,
      Adam
      Have you ever split tested?

      I have done lots of testing on this and space or no space makes no difference whatsoever on my click thru rates. However, I do tend to get a little higher unsubscribe rate with my IM list when I do leave space.

      It might be different for you but you should always test and not do something just because a guru is doing it or just because it might help increase your click thru rate. Always test and find out for sure.

      EDIT: And hey, I am ok with a little bit of space but I hate when I have to scroll like 5 times to get to the bottom of the email.
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      • Profile picture of the author Adam Carn
        Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

        Have you even split tested?

        I have done lots of testing on this and space or no space makes no difference whatsoever on my click thru rates. However, I do tend to get a little higher unsubscribe rate with my IM list when I do leave space.

        It might be different for you but you should always test and not do something just because a guru is doing it or just because it might help increase your click thru rate. Always test and find out for sure.

        EDIT: And hey, I am ok with a little bit of space but I hate when I have to scroll like 5 times to get to the bottom of the email.
        The thing is I usually have a link near the end of the emails, like in the "PS" bit so I put a few spaces at the end to seperate that from the unsubscribe link. Two blue links close to each other doesn't look right, can be confusing for the reader.

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      • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
        Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

        I have done lots of testing on this and space or no space makes no difference whatsoever on my click thru rates. However, I do tend to get a little higher unsubscribe rate with my IM list when I do leave space.
        I think you may have answered your own question. I have a sneaking suspicion that people may unsubscribe by accident (I did this a few times before learning more about email marketing). Seems unlikely, but it's better to eliminate the possibility.

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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    They think the old adage "Out of Sight, out of mind" is working for them - and who knows maybe it does. The only real way is to test.

    Personally, I would not do this because I think its not too smart. As you and others have said - most people will find the scroll bar and if you're lucky unsubscribe. If not, they may just report you as spam and be done with it - and heaven help you if they actually have a 'report as spam' button on their email reader - since I've found a lot of people think that's ok to use to unsubscribe.

    my $0.02 anyways,
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbthe1
    Just another reason to have a junk email address. I have one that I use and I never unsubscri e cuz u never know what goodies they may throw at ya
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    That always makes me laugh
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  • Profile picture of the author czilbersher
    I know what you mean. It's those types of tactics that cause decent folks to label most IMers as a bunch of scumbags. Glad I'm no longer in this biz
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  • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
    I am familiar with the tactic. The marketer who taught me to use the tactic said she uses it because people hit the unsubscribe link by mistake. her suggestion was to put about 8-10 lines at the end of your message. I recently printed an email that used 1/2 page of text only to discover that he had included 5 pages of gap before the unsubscribe link. There is no sense in that.

    I have also seen that tactic used by spammers who did not include an unsubscribe link.

    A gap is one thing, but get real, how much space do you really need?
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    make it looks nice LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author markament
    I just taught my stepmom how to unsubscribe from those emails. She had never scrolled down to the bottom.

    Although she stayed on the lists before she learned about it, she was more annoyed than anything and I doubt she ever bought any products from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    A lot of you guys have made assumptions about the reasons why people do this. Not all are the same.

    I prefer to have my address and unsub link at the bottom because I just like to keep it separate.

    However, under my signature I have this:

    ...if you're fed up with getting my messages -
    unsubscribe! The link's at the bottom of this email. Honestly, I
    won't mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author scottsheen
      Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

      A lot of you guys have made assumptions about the reasons why people do this. Not all are the same.
      I make no assumptions of why someone would do this. I don't really care why it was done. I do make it an automatic unsubscribe. I don't consider this as leaving "white space". That's just the way it is.

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      • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
        If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
          That's a good point. I've never unsubbed BECAUSE of white space. I wouldn't have even noticed it if I wasn't already looking for the unsbub link.

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          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
          You're so negative.
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        • Profile picture of the author scottsheen
          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
          Please at least take the time to read what I wrote. I don't unsubscribe because of white space. I said *** "I don't consider this as leaving "white space" ***. How much confidence can a person have in the information they are sending out if they have to try and hide an unsubscribe link behind 7 or 8 pages of nothing? And if you don't think the information you are sending me can stand on it's own merit without using tricks or schemes it's not be worth reading. /unsubscribe

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          • Profile picture of the author rts2271
            mywebwork,
            I can't quote directly as again it is third party info, but from the source that called out there delivery monitoring service folding, which it did, says that there delivery service is on the ropes as well. Take it with a grain of salt.
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          • Profile picture of the author rts2271
            Mohammad,
            I don't think he was trying to be salty towards you. I think he was just saying you may be wound a bit tight over this. It's all good my man.

            Originally Posted by Mohammad Afaq View Post

            How about don't suggest what I should do???

            EDIT: Listen up,

            Just because I unsubscribe from a person's list when they try and "hide" the unsubscribe link from me because I think they aren't clear in their marketing, doesn't mean I can't make any money.

            The amount of money one can make online is not directly dependent on how many lists they are on.

            I have been doing this for a looong time and I am still making a full time income online. So please don't suggest that I should "pack it up and move on".

            I'm not trying to fight back or anything. It's just my opinion (and many other's too as you can see on this thread) and I am entitled to it so please don't suggest stuff without even knowing me.
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            • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
              Originally Posted by rts2271 View Post

              Mohammad,
              I don't think he was trying to be salty towards you. I think he was just saying you may be wound a bit tight over this. It's all good my man.
              Yeah I just realized that.

              I get too defensive sometimes.

              I'll delete that post right now
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              • Profile picture of the author kingW
                lol...now I know why they put empty spaces.

                But if I want to unsubscribe, nothing can stop me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alchemium
          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
          I am afraid I have to disagree. Spotting annoying sales methods like this and bringing it to everyones attention, makes him/her too jaded for this business?

          I think quite the opposite is true.
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        • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
          Why is it that whenever someone complains here about certain shady marketing tactics they pretty much are guaranteed this response? (marketers who hate being marketed to).

          Aweber seems to have a problem with this....are they just jaded marketers too? Or maybe they are an experienced marketing company that knows sometimes people cross lines that shouldn't be crossed?
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        • Profile picture of the author Lance K
          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          If you unsubscribe simply because someone leaves some spaces at the end of their email...you are too jaded for this business, and should probably just pack it up and move on.
          I'm not going to disagree, but it could also be said that if you leave a bunch of spaces at the end of your email so the unsub link is somewhat hidden...you are too paranoid for this business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel Gray
    If you subscribe to IM'ers email lists then you should expect that there will be some "Marketing" in the emails. It seems that the space is just another tactic to either make your email stand out, reduce the amount of un-subscribers or hide the un-subscribe link from people who do not know enough to scroll to the bottom of the email....it is all marketing tactics of some kind, maybe not all agreed with but never the less just a marketing tactic.

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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Someone had a thread one time here where they were stating that Aweber killed their account for doing that...

    Aweber it seems has a rule that you cannot leave more than 4 blank lines before the end of the post and the unsub link...

    Great idea... There is no need to force people to stay on your list... It is a waste of your efforts...

    If they don't want your email and cannot figure out how to get off your list... Guess what? They still are not going to read your email...

    You can force them to receive the email, but you cannot force them to read your email...

    So if people want off your list, make it easy for them to do so...

    Anything less is self-delusional...
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    • Profile picture of the author rts2271
      Every 25 emails I send I put the unsubscribe link at the very top of the email in bold. It gets rid of the kaka off the list. I add the whitespace and I have tested it. Without it unsubs increase, not from people trying to get off your list but from them mistaking the link.

      If your panties get that bunched up from some blank lines you might want to think about switching from IM to knitting.

      And Aweber sucks, no wonder the word on the street is they are about to go tits up if they remove a account for too much space.
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      • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
        Originally Posted by rts2271 View Post

        And Aweber sucks, no wonder the word on the street is they are about to go tits up if they remove a account for too much space.
        Is this really "the word on the street"? I hadn't heard that AWeber was in any danger of folding. Can you provide a link or elaborate on that please? As someone whose list is housed by AWeber I certainly would want to know if that list is in any jeopardy, and I'm sure there are many others here in the same position.

        To the OP, I agree that 5 pages of white space is ridiculous, however that alone wouldn't get me to unsubscribe. There are some things that will though:

        I unsubscribe to lists that constantly push every new ClickBank product using the same e-mail text provided by the product owner - when I get 5 identical e-mails from 5 different marketers in a period of 5 minutes then thats 5 less lists I'm subscribed to.

        I also will leave a list whose owner chooses to use deceptive titles to make me open it, especially ones that tell me "my purchase is ready" when I haven't bought anything or that there is new money in my PayPal account when there really isn't.

        And I'm almost ready to start on the next bunch - anyone who sends me something with a subject starting with "re:" that isn't a response to something I sent them. This one, like the deceptive titles, tells me that the marketer will stoop to deception to sell something, and I don't want to be a customer to someone with business ethics like that.

        The last one may be silly, but the e-mail account I dedicate to subscribing to lists gets over 400 messages a day so it's time to weed a few out!

        Of course there are a few marketers whose lists I would never unsubscribe from, no matter what they did with the title or white space. But those marketers who would never utilize these tactics in the first place.

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  • Profile picture of the author fort21
    yes I will make the extra effort to unsubscribe if the content is junk. cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Amith
    Whats interesting about Gmail, is that I notice they don't include unsubscribe links in truncated messages. This mostly happens if I'm getting several emails (on the same topic) from the same person.

    That kind of sucks, since the anchor text above it says "- Show quoted text -"...and people may click on the unsubscribe link by mistake. ...not sure how often that happens, but I wish that the unsubscribe link would be truncated with the content.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    To all the people who have mentioned that people "mistakenly" click the link, here's my explanation:

    With aweber, unsubscribe is not a one click process.

    Let's try and unsubscribe from someone's list, OK.

    Step 1: Find the unsubscribe link in the email:



    We click the link and we are taken to a page that has a table like this:



    To unsubscribe from a list you need to click the Unsubscribed button.

    Let's assume someone "mistakenly" clicks that button too.

    They get redirected to a page that looks like this:



    So that's an "In the Face" notification of removal.

    Now if they really did all of this accidently, then all they need to do is click the back button on their brower and they will be taken to this page.



    Looks familiar ??

    Now all they have to do is click back on the subscribed button and they will be taken to this page:



    So the chances of people unsubscribing from you list are very slim and leaving 5 pages of blank space isn't justifiable.

    Hope I made sense
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I bet you most of the marketing email I get does this. I don't open a lot of it as I am not in a buying mood. But if I see some kind of crude, stupid, or other type of trickey marketing crap in a subject line or email, I just go to the unsubscribe link.

    One way to get me to unsubscribe from your list is to put the re: at the beginning of your subject line. Like I don't know that is not a reply to something I sent out. Do you really think I am that stupid.

    And the long whilt space in the email to the unsubscribe link, that is on my list now. It has been pissing me off for a while now.
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  • Profile picture of the author purplecone
    I get these types of emails all the time. When it happens, I immediately unsubscribe. As someone else said, leaving so much white space stinks of bad business. And to me seems a bit dishonest. I don't want to deal with people who do this. I also have started unsubscribing to the RE: emails that I have never heard from, as well as those that make threats, even if somewhat veiled.

    There are very few that I stay with for long periods of time. Treat me wrong, treat me like I'm an idiot, or download something onto my computer without my permission, and you are off my approved list for good.

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  • Profile picture of the author ajmorgans
    I have built my list fair and square for years. I'll be the first to say, it's better to have the unsubscribe in a place where the person can see it.

    The goal is to get more unsubscribes to motivate you into getting more people to join,
    who are your exact target market. This will take out the fluff away from everything.

    But if an internet marketer did this to you, it's obviously someone who is afraid to lose people and cannot provide something in value for you to stay apart of the list.

    Thanks for sharing and I wanted to share my input.
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    • Profile picture of the author DownloadDan
      I don't really care where they put the unsubscribe link. If the content is good I stay on the list. If all they do is send me to other people's squeeze pages I drop them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    Some just add nonsense like a dozen quotes from famous people
    all spaced about 6 lines apart.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    I try to add a sufficient amount of quality content so as to push the subscribe link below the fold naturally...
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  • Profile picture of the author jlucado
    I am a little surprised that nobody has even talked about the purity of their lists.

    Why does anyone want to keep dead weight in their list?

    Don't hide your unsubscribe link. Give people ample opportunity to unsubscribe. You will find what you are left with is much more profitable.

    One should focus on their open rates more than their unsubscribe rates. Your open rates will really make you analyze what your content says and make your email marketing much more valuable.

    A thousand person list is just a list. A hundred person list of motivated buyers who know, like, and trust you is money.

    To your success.
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  • Profile picture of the author txconx
    My other favorite tactic is the 35-character line. A little content goes a long way when you're using half the normal line width!

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  • Profile picture of the author Butters123
    That's funny I have never got one of those e-mails I do have to scroll down a ways and they are mostly just repeating themselves, but ya most people would be able to find the unsubscribe link :S well most would....lol
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