When I was in school, I used to spend my weekends with a bunch of buddies, who would eat canned spam and drink beer together. The term “CAN-SPAM” has taken on a new significance for me now that I am an adult and a successful internet business owner. In the United States, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act is the controlling legislation that regulates internet marketing.
While it is customary for legislation to be long, the CAN-SPAM Act is particularly extensive and attempts to cover a wide range of ground. I've included some of the most important provisions of the laws so that you can have the essential instructions for complying with the law.
-All commercial emails must have the appearance of being commercial emails. You can't help but like communications that seem to be from friends or family members. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) states specifically that “Your communication must include clear and visible notice that the message is an advertising or solicitation.”
-The subject line of every email must clearly state what the communication is about. It is defined as “would be likely to deceive a receiver, acting reasonably under the circumstances, concerning a significant fact about the contents or subject matter of the communication” under the CAN-SPAM act. In your subject line, be honest with yourself.
-There will be no incitement to illicit behavior. You are not permitted to attempt to coerce someone into doing something that is against the law. You are not permitted to even advise in the most innocuous of ways that someone engage in criminal activity.
You must specify in your subject line if you are selling, discussing, or alluding to adult material in any kind. The legislation is primarily designed to prevent naïve customers from reading emails containing potentially harmful material.
-Your virtual address, as well as your email address, must be legitimate. It is necessary for others to be able to contact you. Your reply address must be active, and your email must clearly identify who it is coming from in the body of the message. The good news is that it might come from your organization.
-Selecting the appropriate option. For the time being, the CAN-SPAM Act mandates just a single opt-in option. If you live in Europe, you must have a twofold opt-in process. One thing to bear in mind is that you are not permitted to add anybody to your group without their consent. Just because someone provides you with their email address does not imply that they want to be included on your mailing list. They must express their desire to participate.
-It ought to be simple to opt out. Each email you send must include a link that enables recipients to unsubscribe from your mailing list. You are not permitted to request any information or have visitors complete a brief survey before they choose to opt out. It must be simple for anybody to opt out of a mailing list.
-All opt out requests must be submitted within 10 days after the request.
In the case of group marketers, who get together and send a bulk email, just one opt out link has to be included in the email. The prior version of the CAN-SPAM Act specified that each marketer was required to provide a link; however, just one marketer is required to include a link under the new version. Yes, that's for us.
-It must be possible to opt out at any time. It is not permissible to charge someone to opt out. Just let them go. They'll be OK.
-You must have a physical address where snail mail may be delivered in order to be eligible to participate. You may now utilize a PO Box, which is really convenient for those of us who work from home. PO Boxes are available at affordable prices from the United States Postal Service and from a variety of private mail and ship companies.
-A receiver is now considered to be a human being. Gone are the days when sending emails to businesses or corporations was acceptable. While this may slow down marketers, it will result in less rubbish being received by internet company owners on a daily basis.
These standards are already being followed by the vast majority of reputable white hat marketers that operate online. Remember to follow these tips if you are just getting started and you will be well on your way to being successful.