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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Reaching a pageview milepost very soon!

Never thought i'd be this close to celebrating 20000 pageviews (currently at 19926)...so soon. Yes, i know some (many actually) have achieved it in in much less time...good for them! I need to start thinking of how i can celebrate the milestone! Any ideas?

Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Poll: PTC vs PTR vs TE vs Auction vs Survey vs Affiliate

I've added a new poll to find out how internet surfers make (or prefer to make) their bucks on the internet. The choices are between: PTC (Paid to Click); PTR (Paid to Read); Surveys; Auctions; Affiliates and/or TE's (Traffic Exchanges). If you're interested in any of these, browse the pages below. There are plenty of posts/comments and information. If for any reason you're not able to find any links to your area of interest, drop a comment...and i'll help you find it!! Also, if there are programs which you think should be part of the poll...do the same..i'll be sure to include it in the next round!

Friday, 02 December 2011

Traffic Exchange Review: Easyhits4U - The No.1 Traffic Exchange

 It's easy to see why Easyhits4U has been the No.1 Traffic Exchange for such a long time! Not only has it ranked No.1 on Affiliatefunnel, but has also featured in the top on many other ranking sites, such as Traffichoopla for example.

The  Easyhits4U site offers the following:

  1.  1:1 surfing ration
  2. Guarenteed 24hrs unique hits
  3. Games in surfing
  4. 5 Levels deep referral program
  5. Cash and prizes for active surfing
  6. Free and easy to use splash builder
  7. Easy rotator tools
  8. Geo-targeting of traffic
  9. A huge member base of 500 000+

Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Like the new look? Do tell me!!

i gave the blog a bit of a more modern look...i hope...do let me know what you think!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Battle against scam site WON!

A few posts back i spoke about the scam site Cool-traffic.com (which turned out to be not so cool, and actually got few people rather HOT under the collar...LOL), well...i got my money back via a refund from the pay-processor. So if ever you've been scammed, don't just give up when they don't respond to your emails/calls, etc...take it up with the pay-processor, because at the end of the day...their name is also going to be dragged through the mud!!

Lesson learnt!!!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Competition: Kulula launches Daddy's Deals

Daddy's Deals — with love from kulula.com

PTC vs TE's: Surprising trend!

I've noticed a surprising trend away from PTC's towards TE's i.e. Traffic Exchanges for the newbies. However when looking more closely, perhaps it is not so surprising at all...actually!

PTC's was originally seen as an easy, free and user friendly means to make money and was a boon to advertisers and marketers alike; offering cheap advertising and a receptive audience eager to get 'paid to click'. The industry experienced unprecedented growth, but with that also came the negatives........get-rich-quick schemes and scammers, which i imagine was further fuelled by an over-optimistic click crowd, who included many cheaters amongst them. The reputation of PTC suffered tremendously in the process! What happens in times of turmoil? Put differently.....the loss of one is the gain of another.....enter TE's.

A traffic exchange very simply put is precisely what its name suggest, i advertise my site for free, in return, i click, providing 'traffic' or a 'visit' to some other advertiser! It's a win-win situation - depending on your ability to market effectively and exploit the system - it can give some an unfair advantage. The advantage of TE's over PTC's is that nowadays, you can get both credits and cash for surfing, hence the one-up over PTC's,, plus the added bonus of payment for and from referrals.....and this without having to pay a cent ....IF YOU GO ABOUT IT PROPERLY.....and with a bit of patience.

I've been fortunate in not having paid a cent of investment for 80% of the programmes i promoted, when i did invest, in an upgrade or buying of refs, it is AFTER, i've reached minimum payout level and as such minimised the risk, by basically using their own money to invest! Apart from the cases such as Bux.to that turned out to be such a disappointment and still owe me a few hundred dollars, my experiences have been largely positive.

Drop me a post on whether you agree or not!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Affiliate Funnel Is A Different Way Of Thinking When It Comes To Downline Building

Downline building has been around since the beginning of the internet. The offer is very exciting, let people know about your product or service, refer a few folks and presto, you are on your way to massive success. What's the problem with this scenario though?

Simple, downline building isn't as effective as it once was years ago. Sure there are people making lots of money online using their downlines and affiliate marketing strategies but during the past few years a change has been taking place.

It's called the marketing funnel and if you think of the pyramid look of a 'downline', flip it!

Here's how it works. Get as many people as you can into the top of your funnel and funnel them down into paying customers. Start with a free front end product or service and then let your marketing turn those free leads into paying customers and clients.

Affiliate Funnel is a service that does this plus so much more. It is an all in one business hub that shows you how to properly promote online using the best free resources around and channel these leads into a thriving downline. This is the power of a well put together marketing funnel, taking leads and turning them into clients.

Affiliate Funnel is owned by a guy who has built a massive six figure business using free resources and his own marketing funnel. Paul Kinder has put his experience in a bottle and packaged it for anyone to check out for free at:

http://www.affiliatefunnel.com/?rid=70255

Be sure to check out the Funnel today and start to promote your business the right way using the absolute best tools on the net. The results are there, it's time to grab them...

Tuesday, 09 August 2011

Clickfredtraffic: A brand spanking new Traffic Exchange

I was informed of a brand new site today, that has all the makings to be great. I trust my source who also has his own site! The NEW site involves surfing for credits, while at the same time getting paid cash to do so...HOWZAT??

The sign-up link is http://clickfredtraffic.com/?rid=36 as you can see i'm only member no 36...i've got nothing to lose and everything to gain! There's no sign-up fee, so IT IS FREE!!


Now some would argue and say...GEEZ MAN..don't this guy learn from hi mistakes, i mean his very previous post concerned him getting burned by a TE and here he goes barely a day later. Yah, i know that's the OTHER REASON i'm here to take the chances everybody else is afraid of...and also give you the feedback so YOU can can have greater peace of mind when you do decide to join any programme being promoted on this site.


I'm breaking another CARDINAL RULE here: promoting a site that has not yet proven itself....WHY? I've never really had the chance to 'get in early'...! Here i have an opportunity to build right from the word go and promote, BEFORE...YES BEFORE, anyone (or few others) does it! YOU, the valued followers and casual surfers and visitors of this site also have that chance...AND YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE!!!

I on the other hand have much to lose if you think about it  -  i've got my reputation and credibility to lose if this turns out to be a bummer and for me that's MAJOR!

Finally....Once you've taken the plunge and you've signed up let me know..so i can check if i've been credited!

GO FOR IT!!!!!!

http://clickfredtraffic.com/?rid=36
  • Click Fred Traffic was designed to help you earn traffic and cash as well.
  • As a Free member you earn half a cent every 30 pages surfed, when you claim the Prize Page.
  • In addition, you earn 10% from all purchases or upgrades bought by your downline.

 Enjoy your surfing at Click Fred Traffic

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Monday, 08 August 2011

What is a Traffic Exchange?

So some of you might be wondering exactly what traffic exchanges (TE's for short) are! It is really very simple....when you join a TE, you surf the site, clicking on sites. Depending on your activity, you'll get the corresponding amount of visitors to your own site, be it a blog, corporate website, or even an affiliate link that you want to promote.

The beauty of it all is that you don't have to pay a single dime for the visitors you'll receive and you can choose how much traffic you want to send to the site - we know some can handle much less than others! They also provide you with various options to advertise your site(s), such as text ads; banner ads, splash pages, or merely an ordinary link.

I've found them to be invaluable and have even got followers to the website and referrals/sign-ups to my programmes this way...so it's well worth your while to take a look at them!

Links to traffic exchanges i promote are to the top left of this site...go for it!!

Warning: www.cool-traffic.com is a scam!

I'm currently in dispute with cool-traffic.com for repayment of my fees used to buy referrals. I'll keep you all updated on the progress. This is what happened.

I purchased 50 referrals, was given only 44, a few days later this was further reduced to 38. I did not worry too much, since a common practice is for either the payment processor or the merchant to deduct 'admin fees'. I queried it nevertheless, but received no response - ALARM bells started ringing!!

However, after some weeks have passed and even the 38 refs couldn't get me a single surf credit, i had to do something, i mean for a site that purports to have over 91000 surfers, this would be 'peanuts' as they say, alas this was not to be!

I tried every means possible to communicate, i.e. using the contact button/link provided on the site completing the form 'to the T'; replying to the emails i still get from them (just bounces back), etc.

So i've taken the final step...to lodge a complaint with the payprocessor ...to get my money back! It is currently under investigation...obviously they'd want to get the other side of the story first (which is suppose is only fair). My experience and gut feel though is that....it is going to turn out to be a scam!!

I've already contacted one of the most experienced TE webmasters cum administrator who has a TE ranking site, and he agrees with me, ......the prognosis doesn't look good!

The good part of it is that you've learnt from my mistake ( i hope), you'll also see that cool-traffic was not listed or being promoted on this site....evidence to you that i only promote the best and most reliable programs here....and i have been paid by them or have the results/ difference they've made since i signed up with them.

So you can put your trust in these programmes....remember though that even when some of the programmes are quite good at first, they could turn out to be frauds/scammers or not paying in the end, some by choice, others by circumstance!

Take care out there...

vendgalaxy!!!



Sunday, 07 August 2011

New Category Added

I've added another category: Traffic Exchanges on the left side of the blog. Those of you who have been regular followers, would have noticed the phenomenal increase in traffic to the blog! This is partly due to my participation on traffic exchanges.

The ones listed i've found to be most reliable, ACTUALLY delivering traffic to the site. As a result of this, i've had sign-ups to some of the programmes i'm promoting on this site and even got followers as a direct result.

The beauty of it is that i haven't spent a single dime, only put in an extra few minutes a day to do some 'clicking'....it is well worth your while to invest some time...the Return is HUGE...as i've found out.

There are other programs i'm participating in , but these have YET to be proven, but i'll keep you updated.

So feel free to click on the links provided

Saturday, 06 August 2011

Interested in Chess!

I find this very cool site where you can play LIVE interactive chess! Has a great platform and no costs involved.
Don't be put off by the name, it also has several other aliases to facilitate 'playing at work' for example.
It is a great way to learn chess and also see how you rate against other players. So go on over and check it out!!
redhotpawn.com 

chessatwork.com

redhotchess.com

timeforchess.com

theimmortalgame.com

Thursday, 07 July 2011

Collective Cow: Get up to 70% off!!

                                               




Sunday, 01 May 2011

ClixSense vs NeoBux vs WordLinx vs GetBuxToday

The age old question - since the dawn of  PTC - is who truly rules the PTC waves? Now there's been some very worthy contenders over the years.

First up is Bux.To immediately comes to mind....it was without doubt the leader of the pack by a huge margin. Goodness knows what happened there.....perhaps greed got hold of those in charge; i wouldn't know and won't speculate, suffice to say that three years later they still owe me almost $200 in click commissions and also owe countless others i know - indeed, forums abound with tales of woe and warning of it being a scam, which it has now become.....TRAGIC.

Another sad story is that of Adbux, who at one time even had lawsuits against Bux.To (or was it the other way around - i can't quite recall, so long ago it was. This one too went down the drain. I've given up on the bucks i'm owed!

Now be careful these two still operate....Don't go there!

Uronlinebux was not that big (as a PTC) and started out as a website that reviewed moneymaking programs in general, rating them and also creating blacklists of sites to stay away from. I'm still making money from sites they recommended back then. When they branched out to create their own PTC site, things got out of hand.....they promptly closed down the site....and again i lost out on some bucks. The site has made a comeback giving all sorts of smart advice on how to make money-online. Only those who don't know their history of course will trust their utterings. They should've stuck to what they know...now their reputation is in pieces!

There were many others from i got paid, but they are not worth a mention, they've come and gone - at least by this time i had learnt to read the signs and managed to cash out before they close down.

That's just a bit of history....and may it not be repeated soon!!

To get back to the here and now. I've got 3 'oldhands' and 1 newcomer - how do they play out? My ranking is as follows: Clixsense ; Neobux; Wordlinx and Getbuxtoday - in that order - 1st to 4th. Why?

Clixsense have plenty ads right through the day; the new layout does wonders and is easy to navigate. 4 different payment options are available; payouts go at least 8 levels deep. Recently micro ads have been added. Not really my cup o' tea, but still it's there if you need the extra bit.

Neobux, has been very innovative, but i feel they've lost the plot a bit with the recent pay scheme changes, which favours the advertisers more, also, some of my referrals who have not upgraded have complained that not enough value ads are available (i used to get at least 4-5 as a free member), they focus more on the so-called 'micro ad' which pays a puny 0.001c. Meaning you have to click 10 ads to get 1 cent.....come - Neobux you can do better....i know! At least it's just 3 seconds each to click, so it basically works out the same in the end - both with time and money, but still all the EFFORT!  It is a trusted site though and pays instantly.

Wordlinx also has been around for a long time and is well known and trusted throughout the PTC community. It has recently launched Moreshare, a sister site where you can share links, earn credits and get free advertising. For a free member they don't have too many ads, but still it's worth it if you know you'll get paid.

My favourite site at the moment, for which i have high hopes is Getbuxtoday. This new kid-on-the-block has certainly got the PTC world agog. a lovely site and layout with some interesting new features not seen on other PTC sites, my bet is that it'll soon leapfrog my top three in no time. The only reason i don't have it at the top of my list.....loyalty to the 'establishment' (for now at least)!

So there you have it, my verdict, a bit of  history and some hope for the future in the ever evolving world of PTC! So if you want to earn some money on tried and tested sites, click on any of the links on this site...IT IS GUARENTEED TO PAY....for now at least....LOL!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Why i use (PTR) Paid To Read email sites

Apart from the obvious monetary incentive, the main reason was to use it as a tool/medium to advertise my affiliate programmes. The earnings from PTR sites are generally less than PTC (Paid To Click sites), but there are advantages. For one, you don't have to login to a particular site every time - the link is sent via email and all you have to do is click it. The site opens and when the timer is done, you are credited and close it...end of story! Secondly, 'cos it comes to your email inbox, you're unlikely to forget to click and earn. NB: on some sites you won't be credited with your referrals' clicks if you haven't clicked yourself, which is fair i suppose. You do have the exception to the rule, e.g. a site like  Paid For Emails pay handsomely considering it is 'relatively' new and only has a few advertisers. I do hope though that it will be able to sustain itself in the long term.

There are quite a few advantages to using PTR sites over PTC:
  1. you can get lots of exposure using their discounted advertising packages;
  2. they have other activities, like manual surf, which you can use to get advertising credits, which is great for newbies wanting exposure, but who do not have the budget!
  3. they have a very low minimum payout, ONLY $1;
  4. variety of payment processors available - Alertpay, MoneybookersPaypal etc.
  5. you gain exposure to a LARGE AUDIENCE!
I've been registered with a few, such as no-minimum and donkeymails for a number of years and have had a few payouts since, without any hassles and the advertising has definitely paid off or should i say paid out! Recent registrations are with taketheinternetback and inboxdollars from whom i haven't received payment yet, but research haven't uncovered anything negative about them. paidforemails is also a recent addition, and aclose friend has received payment already...looks good!

In summary, PTR's might not pay much, but are great for exposure and cheap advertising!!!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Blog design changes gain momentum!!!

I've added the following pages to my blog: Get Paid To Do, Scam Updates; Affilliates; Surveys and Downloads pages.

The idea is to make it more user friendly. by making the navigation easier. So instead of having to scroll down one long list of posts, A quick click on the appropriate tab will get you where you wanto to be. I've left the 'global' template layout for the side bars the same though...will evaluate as i go along....or if comments and suggestions from site surfers warant it!

All that's left to do now is to populate it!!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

New Year.....new blog design coming soon!

Yep, i think it's by time i revive the old war horse! Had an extremely succesfull 'blog year': added some more followers; blog rank jumped through the roof; got a few comments and even a few sign-ups to the affilliate programmes i'm promoting! For some it may not seem a big deal, but for me it's HUGE!

The main purpose for starting this blog in the first place, has always been to inform the unsuspecting public of the huge amount of SCAMS permeating cyberspace; secondly to provide proven, well established and affordable alternatives and thirdly to serve as a relief outlet for my creative juices which threaten to explode every now and then (Big LOL)! Actually it provides a way to constructively use all the free minutes i have at my disposal (smaller LOL) - a kind of hobby i suppose - while at the same time giving me the bonus of supplementing my meagre income (no LOL)!!

So the new blog layout and design will attempt to capture the essence of the reasons for the existence for the blog in the first place!!

Comments and ideas are welcome......

Sunday, 21 November 2010

My early days being scammed (as a newbie) in the PTC world!

Yep, i'm not ashamed to admit it! i was greedy, naive and lots of other things as well....and that is why i fell victim to a scam!

Back in my early days, when i was still a very fresh newbie to the whole PTC scene, i was in a rush to make a few bucks -Dollars nogal! So lo and behold i was suckered into joining and clicking away like crazy….. u know these kind of opportunities come along sort of always at the right time (for them at least)…..

Here i was a very fresh newbie, ripe for the picking!

How did it happen? Well, i was busy clicking away and being a newbie, was looking out for more sites to register with - you know, more sites more money - when i came across this absolutely awesome site, 'elephant mails', and they were really offering 'ELEPHANTASTIC' payouts. My mind went into overdrive, automatically...i signed...immediately!!!!!!!!

Who in their right mind was going to refuse such exceptional click rewards, with such a low payout? NOT ME CERTAINLY!! Would you refuse the following? :

  • Free Memberships
  • All Emails Worth $500
  • All ptc worth $100 $50
  • $2000 signup bonus
  • $200 referral bonus
  • Redeemption starts only $10000

It took me a few days to reach payout! Shu....$10000 ...here i come!!!

WAS I DISSAPOINTED......!!! :-(

I get too.....i don't even know what to call it....just thinking about it...!!!! I won't bore you with the details of my struggle to obtain payout! That's a story all on it's own.

Well the rest is history. I'm actually glad it happened to me so early, actually right in the beginning of my PTC 'career'.

I've learnt to:

  • Research
  • check out what others say
  • be patient
  • stay with the tried and tested
and most of all...to believe in the old maxim: 'if it sound too good to be true....it probably isn't'

After that i told myself never AGAIN!!!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Blog rank proof

In my state of excitedness, to post and share with you the news, i completely forgot to upload the proof...so see for yourself below:

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Blog rank jumped 100 fold in two months - Yippppeeee!!



Target
Base line (Sept)
Nov Stats
Climbed
Blog Rank
In Africa
<3000
4104
3413
691
In RSA
<2000
2945
2397
548
Site Visitors
<4000
5593
3443
2150
Page Views
<1800
2680
1850
830

   
Site visitors
Based on the above, you will see that the most significant increase has been in the number of visitors to the site. My success in this regard I can attribute to making relevant and insightful comments on various blogs, sites and forums, as opposed to what a lot of people do: spamming a forum with their links without really making a contribution to the discussion at hand.

Surprisingly, I would discount the influence of Facebook and Youtube, since I’m hardly active on Facebook and not even registered with Youtube. Twitter I’ve only recently joined as you can see from an earlier blog post, and I’ve not even made a tweet yet!

I’m sure though that these sites and social networking sites in general, have plenty to offer, by way of generating traffic and driving it to your site, the idea is to show that there are plenty other ways of achieving the same!

Page views
The increase in page views is a logical outcome of the increase in site visitors. I’m almost sorry I downloaded the stats today, instead of waiting for another week – I would’ve definitely achieved another target…only 50 views away!

Blog Rank
I’m very pleased with the blog rank movement in both Africa (up 691 positions) and South Africa (up 548 positions). I’m well on my way of achieving year end target of being among the top 3000 and 2000 blogs. I’m mighty proud of myself and am not shy to take the credit…LOL.

I achieved this in the space of 2 months in my spare time (which there isn’t much of) and didn’t pay a single cent to help me along, instead my increased activity and change in strategy increased my earnings gained from ‘online activity’.
   

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sharings links can increase your traffic and referral sign-up rate...here's how!

Why not make friends while at the same time increasing traffic to your website....FOR FREE!! How does the saying go: 'many hands make light work'...so let's help each other expand our horizons!

How it works...

Shortening a link with Moreshare automatically creates a share page. The page contains your link, plus several related links from other members. Visitors to your share page earn you credits which can be used to promote the site of your choice on other members' share pages.  

Why should I use it?

Get more when you share! Instead of just shortening links, every link you shorten and share with Moreshare earns you credits for free online advertising! Your link can be anything* with a web address; your website, blog, video, profile page, online store, affiliate link - the list is endless!
If you don't have time to earn credits yourself, you can show your link on members' pages by purchasing advertising. Target new website visitors by interest, category and location.


Saturday, 13 November 2010

Completing surveys for a living!

I would really like to meet someone who is able to onnly do this (complete surveys) for a living!! This post has been prompted by a number of queries i've received recently from people who would like to earn some sort of income in their spare time and for whom completing surveys would go a long way not only to spend their idle time, but also fill a gap or two in their budget!

It is not quite as easy as that...trust me...i've been around for a while.

First thing to watch out for is the scammers out there...who typically promise the world, but can't even deliver a lollipop...and then still make you pay for a so-called 'survey list'.

The saying that 'you have to spend some to get some' is only true in some cases. I've made it a point NOT TO PAY a single cent for any of the programmes i register with....they WANT my business, in this case THEY want ME to fill in surveys; in exchange, THEY pay ME and in turn get paid by their client...that is just how it works! The trick is to find really trustworthy sites...who will not 'sell' your information to third parties, etc. For this reason it is always important to read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS and other fine print very carefully to fully understand what you agreeing to.

Always do some research on whatever site or programme you intend to register with or sign up for...a simple search will pay lots dividends in the end..and spare many a heartache or even save you from an embarasing hole in the pocket!

My next post will provide a list of trustworthy sites that do not ask any money to complete the surveys and only ask for reliable people giving honest answers.

Thursday, 04 November 2010

Another South African PTC site....going DOWN!

Easyclix have announced the closing of the PTC website at end of November 2010.

It's a shame really, but i must give guys over at easyclix some credit.....they really tried their utmost to keep it going! For me, a number of things about the site is significent: firstly, i must commend them on always responding ASAP to any queries i've had....and the were many - it was always resolved to my satisfaction (and i'm not easily pleased)! Secondly, the site layout was good, making it easy for new users to sign up and navigate. Thirdly, i've never had any issues w.r.t payment - come payout, there is no hassles.

The only thing that did bug me was the quality of the referrals and the allocation of refs. This was quickly sorted though after i complained.  I wish all my other sites could be as accomodating.

So where did they go wrong? Not enough reserach before launch? Is our economy a tad small or perhaps not really geared to this type of marketing or advertising form? Was the payment system flawed or advertising rates too high...or maybe too low?

Yep, many questions....and i don't have the answers!

For me it comes to a focus on the source of revenue: if your main income is from advertising, then by all means get the word out.....cheap ads - lots of traffic, pricier ads - targeted traffic, etc. If your signed up members provide the bulk of income.....make it worth their while to stay members and recruit new members; a task i must admit is easier said than done! Make it exciting, have competitions, etc.

Anyway, wish them good luck in their next endevour and hope they'll take valuable lessons from this experience!

Tweet button added

Just added a tweet button to the blog....don't know why i didn't do this long time ago....would've helped a lot in getting more traffic! It is just so easy - so if you don't have one yet, click on my button and follow instructions....in 3 easy steps you can be tweeting like crazy!  create a twitter account

Monday, 25 October 2010

How to Deal With Spam…LEGALLY!!

This entry is applicable only to spam from South African websites
Surprise! Surprise! The Act allows for unsolicted emails to be sent as long as it meets certain requirements. Somehow it doesn’t make sense – heh! I mean, why have requirements permiting an action when the idea is to prevent the action from happening in the first place! At least measures have been put in place to deal with it once it happens…this is the subject of this entry…to inform you what you can do, i.e. when your rights (in terms of the Act) have been infringed.
For this purpose i’ve borrowed an entry by John Giles, made on the ISPA website, that explains it beautifully. A sample response  letter and text from the Act is included for your convenience. See below:
Here is the specific text of the Act relevant to spam:
Unsolicited goods, services or communications
45.(1) Any person who sends unsolicited commercial communications to consumers, must provide the consumer
(a) with the option to cancel his or her subscription to the mailing list of that person; and
(b) with the identifying particulars of the source from which that person obtained the consumer’spersonal information, on request of the consumer.
(2) No agreement is concluded where a consumer has failed to respond to an unsolicited communication.
(3) Any person who fails to comply with or contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction, to the penalties prescribed in section 89(1).
(4) Any person who sends unsolicited commercial communications to a person who has advised the sender that such communications are unwelcome, is guilty of an offence and liable, on conviction, to the penalties prescribed in section 89(1).
In responding to local spam you might find the following template message most useful in getting results
This template is also located here: http://www.internet.org.za/spam_message.txt
On [insert date here], I received the following message from you:
| Blah, blah, blah
Since this is a commercial message, and since I have not requested to be placed on your mailing list, this message constitutes an unsolicited communication in terms of section 45 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (Act 25 of 2002).
In terms of section 45(4) of this Act, this message serves as notification that I do not wish to receive any further communications from you. Failure to comply with this request constitutes a criminal offense in terms of the ECT Act.
Additionally, I hereby request that you immediately disclose where you obtained my contact details, as per section 45(1) of the ECT Act. Failure to respond to this request also constitutes a criminal offense.
[Optional paragraph:
I note that your original message did not provide me with an option to cancel my subscription to your mailing list, as required by section 45(1) of the Act. This means that you may already have committed an offense in terms of section 45(3) of the Act, and may be subject to prosecution.
]
Should you wish to familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation, or check my facts, a copy of the ECT Act is available on-line via the Government’s web site: http://www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=68060
Your co-operation in this matter will be appreciated.
Note: The Government of South Africa’s website has been known to change their link structure causing documents to become unavailable at their previous locations. Please verify the link before sending the above message. Please report broken links on this website to queries [at] ispa.org.za
You can also read the following legal opinion on the matter:
Legal View: The Law vs the Scrouge of Spam (Lance Michalson, 2003).
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