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Mailinator.com – Countering Spam But Affecting Marketers

I just wanted to make a post about a great site I use all the time, mailinator.com. By no means is this site new, and I am not saying it is. It is just a great tool to use to avoid spam. Basically, if you need to input your email address somewhere but you don’t really want to give out your true email, you make one up @mailinator.com and you can instantly access the mail. Such as spam@mailinator.com. No password needed. You just go to the site and put in what you entered, such as “spam” in the box saying “check your inbox” and there it is.

Only thing is anyone else can use it too so do not put valuable information in there such as social security or any passwords you actually use. It is a great tool, but a lot of services automatically block it now. Some software such as some auto-responders auto block anything from an @mailinator.com email, so you wont be able to use it.

So what are the repercussions of a service like this? Nothing, for you, but for merchants and people that rely on collecting your email, such as internet marketers, it can actually hurt their business. Internet marketers sometimes make visitors enter their email addresses before being able to access something good like an ebook, or a video. That way, they can market to you in the backend, by emailing you. This is how they usually stay in business (and thus can continue to give away free ebooks!).

This is very common now, whether or not using that site or just using a spam filled email account, users are on to marketers trying to get their info; especially new marketers. If they don’t know them, why trust them? As for seasoned marketers, such as Eben Pagen, people know and perhaps trust his products, so they are more likely to put in their real information.

But in any case, one starts to wonder if it has gotten to that point where asking for an email for a free product and being joyful for having thousands of new ‘subscribers’ may be useless now, as most people just put in a fake or spam filled email. That they never read. Where is the value in that? What are your takes on this? Do you think most people put fake emails in now?


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