Hostgator.com Black Friday Spam
Hostgator.com has found it’s black Friday special on my blog for the third year now.
As I get back into the swing of things after the end of a rather intense work load, I find reason to write and that is the spam that comes from Hostgator.com affiliates.
Just in case this time someone at Hostgator.com reads my blog, just to be clear I am not blaming you for spam. However if you don’t address it, with more than a unofficial looking short email while still collecting new customers from this form of very annoying affiliates you might as well do the spamming.
Instead of pointing out who has spammed me this time I am going to instead put together recommendations. But first let’s look at the promotional email that hostgator.com put out last year:
“Be ready to see a huge amount of activity and unbelievable sales numbers that will only come around once a year!
Here’s what we want you to do:
Post about the promotion on your blog
Post on Twitter and Facebook
Post about it on forums (follow all forum rules and don’t spam)
Tell your E-mail lists (Again, no Spam!)
Refer friends and family
Push all of your hosting related traffic to HostGator and EARN BIG!
Tell everyone you know!”
From there I am going to formulate what should have been done.
- An official Hostgator.com looking email.Seriously the last one I saw asides for being lite on content and poorly formatted was weak. Especially when the prior emailed encouraged use of forums, Twitter, Facebook, email lists, friends, and family.
- Tell your affiliates their consequences and what defines spam. Let us put two and two together, you refer someone and they only pay a penny for service, and you get the full $50 – $125 refer fee. In short it looks like Hostgator.com how to spam, without actually defining what spam is. From the traditional perspective spam is an email only thing. But the truth of the matter is spam has come to envelope any form on undesired communication via the Internet. From what looks like people trying to say how grand and wonderful my site is, while trying to get site with a url to something about Viagra in very long link. To the people sending me messages via chat to sign up with some date service or some other crap.
- Remind them of your Affiliate Agreement.
- If you are going to advise them to use of forums, Twitter, Facebook, email lists, friends, and family. Advise them on a proper protocol as opposed to annoying people.
Hopefully this time around I am busy with online stores and their Black Friday deals as opposed to going to through my in box, YouTube channels, forums, blogs, and whatever else.