I got a shockingly large amount of spam this week. Enough so, that I'm going to take an hour out of my day to complain about it. The 3 places that I received ads for in these emails were CL Dominator, BP Dominator, and EZ Ad Blaster.
Hm, the pieces to the puzzle aren't that hard to put together.
The spam came to my gmail inbox, but specifically it was sent to my email address associated with this domain, nathaniell [at] onemorecupof-coffee.com.
Whether I was a target of a spam campaign or my address was scraped from somewhere is unclear. In fact, the only reason I received these spam messages rather than them going to my junk folder was because I set a gmail filter to never send emails going to my domain email into my spam folder.
Effectiveness of Spamming Craigslist
Using software like this basically finds a ‘loophole' or there kind of trick to exploit Craigslist so that you can automatically post ads.
99% of people out there will ignore this, report it, and you make zero dollars. A very small amount of people will click these ads, and an even smaller amount will buy anything from you.
It's a numbers game.
The more you spam, the higher that tiny amount of people that buy from you are. This is the same tactics that Nigerian email scammers use.
They know that the vast majority of people are too smart for this, but they are targeting the .01% that actually believe that a prince in Africa wants to transfer money to them.
So by doing this, you are no better than one of those email scams. Is this the type of business you want to run?
Blasting Emails Isn't Worth Your Time
Perhaps even more invasive and an even greater waste of time is using software like EZ Ad Blaster to send out mass amounts of emails to anyone/everyone in hopes that some unsuspecting soul clicks on your product.
Aside from making you a scam artist, it's a complete waste of time.
Most of the time modern email clients can block out known spam sources and keep your inbox clean. A few sneak through, but most are safely ignored and deleted after a period of time, never seeing the light of day.
This time, they happened to pick an email that I specifically set up to never go to spam, so I don't miss any emails from people asking for help through my website. That's why they came through the filter.
But even considering this, it took me exactly 10 seconds to click my “Create Filter” in gmail, and automatically delete any email that mentions the domains http://cl-dominator.com/ or
http://BpDominator.com/, or the product called Ez Ad Blaster.
Done. Now I never have to hear from these guys again.
A Legitimate Way To Make Money
Hopefully you are here because you're pissed off about receiving this spam and just want to see if anyone else is getting it too. I'm sure you are. I just check checked a video on YouTube about how to use this software and it had about 2,000+ views.
That means there are at least 2,000 people thinking about using this software! Oh no!
But if you were actually considering buying something like this to make money on the internet, DON'T. You will not longer be ‘just a guy looking to make money', you will be a creator of email spam, Craigslist spam, and making money by dishonest means.
There are legitimate ways to make money online, but this type of marketing is NOT the way. I recommend you take a look at some legit business models and set some realistic goals before moving forward.