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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Affiliates to Give 200% Cashback to Charity


If that got your attention perhaps you'll also be snagged by a new breed of spam emails featuring incredulous and witty subject lines. I'll admit I was enjoying this spam and I was a bit dissappointed when they dried up as spam filters around the world sussed the format so for posterity here's a few highlights:

  • NASA to use Space Shuttles to kill birds
  • Switzerland To Be Devoured By Black Hole (one for James Avery there)
  • Home Office to deport anyone with IQ below 100
  • ICAN To Shut Down Email Services World Wide
  • Obama Captures Osama
  • Mccain vows to withdraw all troops from the US
  • Paris Hilton to operate new atom smasher
  • Paris Hilton's Vagina Bites Penguin
A different email spammer is sending out more believable subject lines which just don't have the same appeal:
  • Ronaldo leaves Man Utd
  • Cancer cure from American plant
  • UFO sighting in downtown NY
  • Steve Jobs to resign from Apple
  • London Olympics cancelled
...and so on
It really goes to show the importance of your email subject lines and for affiliates sending out newsletters there are lessons to be learnt.
I filter my incoming mail by subject line into folders and when I send out my weekly newsletters I always start each email with "CantBarsed.com" to make it easy for my newsletter subscribers to do the same and now I'm wondering if I would get a better open rate if I mixed up the subject line so it wasn't so easily filtered or maybe that would just annoy my subscribers?

Witty one line comments welcomed ;-)

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