|Question: Please let me know the exact meaning of spam, I did not find it in my dictionary. I'm insisting on this because my existing affiliates were found by emails I had sent a while ago. I'm still not aware of the other methods and I'm wondering, shall I continue in this way around my area, by e-mails?
Answer: The meaning of spam is firstly and briefly described in the Affiliate Agreement which you have signed:
"…10. Affiliate agrees to not utilize SPAM in promoting SFI. This action may result in the immediate suspension or termination of Affiliate account with a cancellation of any pending commissions. Affiliate will also be in violation of the SFI Affiliate Agreement and subject to legal action and be held liable for any financial loss incurred by SFI. Any service interruptions to SFI as a result of Affiliates spamming will be billed to Affiliate at 200 U.S. dollars per hour until service is restored.
For the purpose of this agreement SPAM is defined as emailing ANYONE, in bulk or by single mailing, about SFI, who has not specifically requested the information directly from Affiliate."
In a few words, spam is sending an email to someone that did not request it. With the new technology we are now in a position to detect WHO is spamming us. By the way, this is NOT an SFI thing, it's Internet International rules.
To show you an example, I've let the MIME version of your email show (I'm usually deleting it when I respond by clicking the reply button). You can see, at the bottom of this email, all the details of YOUR email to me. I'm not interested in your details particularly, of course, but the system will give me this information on EVERY email, whether you want it or not, because I have chosen this option to protect myself against spam. To deposit a complaint I must submit these details to the spam authorities, otherwise they will not accept the complaint. As you see, I can locate your ISP number and all the details.
Now if there's a spam complaint against you ALL SFIers will suffer. It has happened in the past, before I joined in, and the main SFI website (gateways included) was down for 3-4 days. Can you imagine the fine that the person involved paid to SFI? I don't even want to think about it.
Now the point is: do you believe your friends will ever accuse you of spamming? That's up to you to decide. By experience, I know that if you contact people of your immediate environment, they will probably not accuse you. Especially if you send them an email about the weather, the nice film you saw yesterday, the football game you attended to and add a small sentence about the fantastic opportunity you stumbled across, they will probably not submit a complaint. But this is NOT an encouragement, NOR a friendly advice. YOU account for your actions.
That said, I personally never use email advertising. There are many more ways to promote SFI which you can learn step by step, methods that can direct you to the international markets, and especially the US market. I suppose that in your country people don't realize easily that working on the Internet involves getting in contact and selling to people OUTSIDE the narrow borders of their country.
Be patient and while working offline like you actually do, you can learn how to promote online at the same time. Remember, this is slowly leading you towards learning how to place your website on top of the searches for the product you have chosen and attract people wanting to buy this specific product. This is not about pressuring people to buy by forwarding unsolicited emails!