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Article: Thinking of getting into or trying multi-level marketing (MLM) ?

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With the shift in the economy over the past year and a half, more and more people are looking for ways to either supplement their income, or start out on their own with self employment.

Read the full article by Marc Bissonnette on Canadian ISP.

Article: Have you ever wondered about average sign-up rates for email newsletters ?

I needed to know this number for a discussion elsewhere, but it took a lot of looking (Google seemed to think I wanted to know conversion rates, or how to "increase my signup rates by a million percent!". Here is what I found:

Read the full article by Marc Bissonnette at his website.

Article: Legitimately Promoting Your Site On The 'net

I was spammed today by someone pushing an employment site. This isn't uncommon at all. The site they were promoting was unprofessional, looking like it was thrown together in about 5 minutes using MS word and there were several "Coming Soon" links. This isn't unusual, either. I sent her (the spammer) a note telling her that not only was she spamming, she was spamming a very poorly thought out site with little content and terrible design. We're still not at the unusual stage, yet.

Read the full article by Marc Bissonnette at his website.


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A new DNSbl has been launched - TRBL, aka Yet Another Spamtrap DNSbl.  While the service is new and considered experimental, we've been using it successfully on our own systems for scoring spam.  Check it out, and make sure to follow TRBL on twitter.

ASRG Draft on DNSbl Best Practices

Although the AHBL has not played any role in the ASRG's BCP07 proposal for DNSbl practices, the document serves as a reasonably good reference for how to run a DNSbl.  Please note that we do not in any way endorse the recommendations in BCP07, nor do we use them as a basis for our own policies.

Article: Destroy A Life With Your Keyboard

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InfoExecutive in Canada is running a series of articles called "Destroy a Life With Your Keyboard".  They don't mention the stalker by name, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know which crazy kookeries are being talked about.  Part one was posted on 2/25/2011, with more coming soon.

Site Redesign

As many of you have already noticed, we've redesigned our website a bit, making it easier to locate the information that you need quickly.  Over the next few weeks, we will likely be upgradin the lookup/removal tool with something more robust and capable.

Updated AHBL Listing Policies

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As part of an overhaul, we've updated and made current our listing policies.  Not all that much has changed, but we've clarified some policies and expanded on others.

Upgrades and changes

Just an FYI to all users, over the next few days, we'll be doing some upgrades to the servers.  Shiny new large hard drives, upgraded Xen software, and other good stuff.  If we are down at times, please be patient as these types of upgrades take time.

[ Update 7/27/2010 ]

Good news everyone! (I've always wanted to say that)

99% of the upgrades are already complete thanks to efficent and quick work, two days earlier then expected.  Please let us know of any website issues you may run into.

Press Release from the former head of the AHBL regarding Mr. Richard M Scoville.

My name is Andrew D Kirch, I'm one of the founders of the AHBL, and served in that capacity until 2008.    I've been harassed, extorted, sued, and defamed by a Mr. Richard Morton Scoville, a resident of San Antonio, Texas for a period of 7 years.  During that time I have suffered nearly irreparable damage to my character, and public reputation.  I've been questioned by police, and my customers, and I have incurred over $10,000 in legal costs defending myself in court against this person.

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