For the most part, I will return solicitation emails when people ask if I want to buy their domain name(s). While the vast majority aren’t close to being of interest to me (keyword .com domain names are almost exclusively what I buy), I do my best to give a “no thanks” or something along those lines because I think it is courteous.
In addition to these emails, I receive a ton of guest post and SEO pitch emails. I almost never reply to those emails because I have absolutely no interest in working with someone who needs to make these types of unsolicited emails to get business. I don’t want to give someone an opportunity to add me to a “responsive” email list for future solicitations, nor do I want to get another sales pitch.
One thing that irritates me is getting an email like this:
“I want to confirm you received my email. I did not hear back from you about my special offer, and I want to see if you are interested…”
I get that people need to feed their families and rely on sending email to people they think might be interested in what they are selling. When I do this, I do my absolute best to make sure the recipient is someone who might have a genuine interest. I’d rather send 10 very targeted emails than 150 broad emails.
One thing I never do is email a person a second time, even if I think my domain name will help their business. I figure if someone wants to pursue my domain name, they will contact me after I made one attempt. If not, a second email will probably piss them off, and perhaps they will even report me for spam, despite the fact that it was personalized and well targeted.
If you are sending emails to prospective buyers, I urge you to respect their inbox. One email should be more than sufficient. If they don’t respond, they are most likely not interested. Perhaps they didn’t see your email or forgot about it, but that is the nature of the business. I’d rather not take the chance that I annoy or anger someone.