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    My spammer-friend.

    Imagine walking in a room one day and a person you know very well telling you he goes into spam business.

    Well, can't say I was personally surprised. The guy runs two porn-sites successfully, but spam was something I still thought he would never touch. And yet he did.

    So I'm reporting what his first month of operations were like.

    I know he got bullet-proof server that cost him $2,000, signed up for a bullet-proof affiliate system (yes, the magic pills!) and went live.

    Period: 30 days.

    Expenses: $2,000.
    Revenue this month: $19,500.

    Profit margin nearly 900%.

    Now, I know spam was profitable, but not THAT profitable. of course it'll never go away with this level of "safe" profitability.

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    That's fricking insane.

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    Originally posted by interactive
    That's fricking insane.
    I know! I was stunned when he told me! He says he actually didn't put much of his effort into it. If he did, according to him, it is an easy 1K+ a day for the money he spent.

    Originally posted by interactive
    Why didn't you beat your friend to death?
    I told him a few stories of how famous spammers get their property stolen, vandalized, etc. Told him to be careful in that sense. But now I understand. So what if his new car gets stolen? Those "famous" guys can buy a new car every day. Two of them actually - after breakfast and dinner, and still have cash to pay for all bills.

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    Originally posted by Artashes
    I know! I was stunned when he told me! He says he actually didn't put much of his effort into it. If he did, according to him, it is an easy 1K+ a day for the money he spent.


    I told him a few stories of how famous spammers get their property stolen, vandalized, etc. Told him to be careful in that sense. But now I understand. So what if his new car gets stolen? Those "famous" guys can buy a new car every day. Two of them actually - after breakfast and dinner, and still have cash to pay for all bills.

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    That is so true. Unfortunetly the USA nor Canada (AFAIK) actually has a politician in office that knows half a red cent about spam (thus the reason we have the can-spam law)...
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    That's ridiculous. Well guy's, I guess its time to quit the day-job, and start up as a professional spammer I'll work for a few years or so, and retire

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    Originally posted by Joseph_M
    That's ridiculous. Well guy's, I guess its time to quit the day-job, and start up as a professional spammer I'll work for a few years or so, and retire
    I'd like to join you . Where do you live (address...)?
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    What affiliate is he selling for that he makes that much money?

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    Thats a ridiculas thing. The only mantra of a successfull business is doing ethical means of business for long term and stable.

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    17,500 a month ! wowy !
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    Re: My spammer-friend.

    Originally posted by Artashes
    So I'm reporting what his first month of operations were like.

    Period: 30 days.

    Expenses: $2,000.
    Revenue this month: $19,500.

    Profit margin nearly 900%.

    Best,


    you shouldnt have posted that, now people are going to see it and try to replicate the feat' = more spammers.



    back to being serious, I never thought its that profitable!
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    I'm being sincere - I couldn't stoop that low (spammer) for money. I'd rather stay at my present income level and be able to look in the mirror every morning when I shave.

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    That is a wicked ammount for something online!

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    Artashes: Where did all that revenue come from? I Mean... what makes money with spam? Is it just ads? Or do people actually buy??
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    Originally posted by adminME
    What affiliate is he selling for that he makes that much money?
    He runs two affiliate programs. One is selling pills that promise to make your private parts bigger. Another is like a Columbia House offer, but for adult DVDs.
    Originally posted by siplnettech
    Thats a ridiculas thing. The only mantra of a successfull business is doing ethical means of business for long term and stable.
    I know, that is why I'll never be in that business. However, he IS a good guy and he is popular. From time to time there are actually people who would like to join him.
    Originally posted by websterworld
    you shouldnt have posted that, now people are going to see it and try to replicate the feat' = more spammers.
    It was not easy for him to set everything up. Plus, it is quite expensive to start, so I don't think plenty of youngsters can afford operation expenses. There is also plenty of thought invested in actual infrastructure.
    Originally posted by Xshare
    Artashes: Where did all that revenue come from? I Mean... what makes money with spam? Is it just ads? Or do people actually buy??
    Look above in this post to learn what kind of affiliate systems he runs. And yes, people BUY!!! And they buy a lot! He works purely on commission and gets those funds wired to his bank account. He actually showed me the publishers control panel of the affiliate program for selling pills. The average sale (bestselling) is around $180. Insane.
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    Well, a lot of people do make money this way. Its unethical and illegal and all, but it depends on how adventurous the people are.

    If they think its worth the gamble, they go ahead.

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    im lost in another one of those moments where the guys like follow me and im like ummmmmm Y - - - E - - - A SSOOOOO??
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