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« on: February 16, 2011, 10:19:45 AM »
Hello there Jon, thank you for the opportunity.

I have in fact asked a number of experienced marketers, unfortunately, no one wants to know. Odd.

I have a quandry. Over 5000 people have signed up to one of my WP blogs, in just 3 months. 1500 in one 3 day period.

Sounds great, doesn't it? However...

There are only 4 pages on the site and little else, I have not advertised the site, so, I cannot understand WHY they have subscribed.
There is a sign up form to a download site, however, this is bypassed and instead they sign up through wordpress, which gives them nothing.

I have only gone in circles trying to find out where they have come from.
Google analytics doesn't show them and, AWstats in cpanel shows the numbers, but I don't know where to go from there.

So, really I have a few of questions:
Can I legitimately email these sign-ups with offers, and not be accused of spamming?
Can I email these subscribers without cpanel having a conniption and freezing my account?
Do I even need to know where they came from?

Can you advise me on this, please?

With Regard,
Chris.

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Re: subscribers
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 10:55:24 AM »
Hi Chris,

The most likely answer is that the people who are signing up are spam bots hoping to post spam comments to the blog to get backlinks.

Re: subscribers
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 12:10:28 PM »
Hey Jon.
Well actually, there are no comments, nor extra emails coming in.
I should think that there is very little point in getting backlinks to a site with no visitors, no ranking in goog and 2.5 mil in alexa.
These are legitimate email addresses, too.
Should I just delete them, lest they slow cpanel to a crawl?
Seems such a waste.

Regards Chris.

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 07:19:32 PM »
If they opted in and agreed to receive emails from you, you could send out a test mailer to see what happens -- though I seriously doubt they are anything but spammers, and that could be dangerous if they've signed up with other people's email addresses.

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 08:39:53 PM »
Fair enough.
Thanks.
chris.