Permission only email: We make your "exposed account" permission only. This is superbly effective. We simply add your address book or contact list to your mail server's safe list, giving those senders permission to send email to you, and then block all others. This safe list is on the Admin side of the mail server, and is very effective. If a spammer tries to send spam to you, the spam won't even leave the spammer's outbox.
How it works: Anytime you want to add a sender, you must submit their email address to us, and give us time to add this to your mail server's safe list. (Usually same business day - but sometimes (weekends) we need 24 - 36 hours). The charge is $25 per month, per email account, and you can submit unlimited additions to the safe list. Again, it is flawlessly perfect. No one gets through without being authorized to send, and those with permission are never mistaken for spam and blocked accidentally. Keep in mind that a mis-configured anti-spam program running on your machine can foul things up, and send good mail to your junk folder - it's best to deactivate email spam filtering on your machine if you are using permission only. After all, anything that ends up in your junk folder will be from someone who has permission to send.
Implementation: First, your email domain must be hosted with us. We can't control the mail servers of others. The way we implement permission only email is to first lock down your existing account that is receiving large amounts of spam, and give permission to all of your known senders. Then, if you need an email address to display on printed marketing material, we create a new email account, (Your computer checks both addresses for mail). You include this new address on business cards, and other physical marketing efforts. (You must never expose this new account on websites!) This new account is primarily for first contact with those who get your address off of printed marketing material. (Spammers don't dig through printed marketing material looking for email addresses, they harvest them from the internet)
Using Permission Only: When providing an email address over the internet to vendors, for newsletters, or for logins and usernames, ect., use your "Permission Only" address, and simply submit their domain name for inclusion on the safe list, so they can send mail to you. As an example, if you were signing up to shop at Amazon, you'd use your permission only address, and we would add the domain "amazon.com" to the mail server's safe list. You can start out by adding your address book to the safe list, and you can add domains like "stx.rr.com" to help ensure you can receive mail you want to receive. If someone who doesn't yet have permission to send, uses your "Permission Only" address, but sends from "stx.rr.com", or another domain with permission, you will still get the mail.
How Can I make it so people can contact me through my web-based marketing efforts? The use of contact forms on your websites, if configured correctly, will protect your email address from being exposed. These forms can be set up to forward to your email account, without exposing your address in the website's html or php code.
On the other hand, if you absolutely must use your email address to market your business on the internet, you must unfortunately get used to sifting through spam.