Most likely while you are surfing through the internet and possibly looking for more traffic and ways to get it you have come across advertisements promise you lists of thousands of email addresses for little money. Or other advertisement for shared email lists where all you have to do is share your list with another marketer to get them to share their list with you. You can get these emailed directly into your inbox and some bulk mail companies also offer you all of these email's and names in a CD sent right to your home. Sounds pretty tempting don't it? Sometimes temptation can get the best of you and work against you.
Well of course, having thousands of subscribers would be best thing that could ever happen to any one in Internet Marketer business. I'm sure you are right now imagining all the sales and income you will get from all those subscribers buy email address. With 100,000 the usual 10% conversion rate, that would be an average of 10,000 sales. If you had 10,000 sales each month you could make a ton of money! These offers often sound too good to be true and on most occasions, it is too good to be true!
The thing is, many beginning marketers do not realize that these bulk companies scrape the email addresses or buy email lists from other companies on the Internet. This is how they get these thousands of email addresses that they advertise. Most of these people don't even opt into any type of emailing lists or ask for information. Even if you see that you can buy emails in certain markets, such as people interested in antique cars who visit sites that they like, can also be added to these lists but never had any intention of receiving information from anyone but the certain website, so they really aren't really interested in the market, they are just interested in one site.
Now, the most terrible aspect of buying bulk email lists at so called low prices is not only just a waste of money, you are risking your reputation by being accused of spamming them. If these people on your list have never heard of you, or requested information from you, then it's called spam mail. In order for it not to be spamming, they have to opt in to your own email list by making the decision themselves to give you their information. Even though today its just another email to receive spam mail on any sort of product and too often things you don't even know what they are or how the company got your information. You don't want to be pegged as a spammer because if you are, you will never make sales. People will look at your emails and immediately delete them or they will go straight to the spam folder.