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Email marketing using emails in the public domain: spam or no?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Abroncas, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Abroncas

    Abroncas Newbie

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    I have targeted local businesses with outdated websites and am going to pitch web design services to them. To build the list, I'm pulling their email addresses from their sites and will email them the pitch.

    Since the email addresses are visible on the websites, am I safe in thinking that my email pitch to them is not considered spam since I am contacting them on an email address that is in the public domain? To clarify a little more, would I be in compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act?

    All advice welcome
     
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  2. grock

    grock Registered Member

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    It is spam but you do what you gotta do
     
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  3. KHer0

    KHer0 Senior Member

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    This is exactly what Spam is ..

    My Advice : Go for it :D
     
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  4. GreyKnight

    GreyKnight Regular Member

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    It would be impossible to send sales pitch emails to a lot of person without "using" spam.
    Yes, it's spam, but nearly everybody use that.

    Spam is basically unwanted emails.
    I bet your mobile service providers sent you some "premiere product" that you don't want every day, or some companies who suddenly knows your name although you never sign up in anything.

    Big companies trade our private data every single time, despite their so-called "privacy policy". Behind closed doors data are exchanged, I know this. So, why don't we even the playing level by a bit by grabbing those floating in the Internet? Or by scraping those emails? Unwanted emails, whether from big Fortune 500 companies or from smaller companies are still spam.

    In conclusion : Just do it!
     
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  5. Abroncas

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    Thanks for all the encouraging replies. I'm more comfortable going ahead with this now!