Why You Might Not Want to Unsubscribe From Spam Sales Emails

One thing that bothers me quite a bit and I’ve heard others complain about it, too, is the amount of automated spam emails that are sent to domain owners to try and sell domain names. These emails are pitching domain names that are similar to names already owned by the recipient, so if a person owns thousands of emails, they probably receive a whole lot of spam.

The most recent example of one I received was an email trying to sell me Top-Notch-Domains.com, since I own the non-hyphenated version. I received several emails (all appropriately caught by my spam filter), but it was annoying to continue to see multiple emails about the same domain name.

The email contained an opt out link, but you may want to think twice about opting out this way. When you opt out, it lets the sender know there’s someone on the receiving end of the email, and that may make them send even more emails about other domain names, possibly from other email accounts.

When I get these emails, I generally prefer to copy some of the language that is the same in all emails and add a filter to automatically delete these emails upon receipt. If you want to be even more aggressive, you can report these emails by forwarding them (headers included) to spam@uce.gov, which was set up by the Federal Trade Commission. If you are technically inclined, you may also want to trace the headers and report the spam to the sender’s hosting company.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. i LOVE spam emails. when i wake up in the morning and there’s 200 emails in my box… it makes me feel important… and loved. that’s the whole reason i got into domaining.

  2. Honestly, I’ve made a couple of sales from emails that accidentally landed in my spam box. Gmail’s spam filter is too strong by default. I often lose actual emails in the spam filter.

    I’d advise that you check your spam folder every 4-5 days for any important email that may have accidentally landed there.

  3. One thing that my mail program does (Mac OSx Mail) is you can send back a response to the sender that their email bounced.

    Its the only program I have recently used that offers that feature, but I found it to be pretty useful. If they are always sending emails to an address that responds with a bounced message they “may” blacklist your email.

    I received alot less spam emails from the same sender after I did this numerous times to their emails.

  4. Yea. Unfortunately most of these large domain spamming organizations just send out and don’t monitor.

    Filtering is really the best solution, but you may filter out a few useful emails that way.

  5. Getting the spam domain emails are annoying enough but what really burns me is the (supposed) resolution offered by the sender “please click the link and follow instructions…”. Seriously? You send me a spam email and then expect that I will click an unknown link and “follow instructions” to stop it.

    Having said that, one of these spam emails actually offered up a “soon to be released” domain (which I’d actually meant to backorder and hadn’t) therein alerting me to it’s impending drop status and allowing me to grab a backorder and bid/win at auction.

    So I guess I’ll make peace with the annoyance which only requires a quick glance and delete b/c you just never know when one will offer up something of interest… 🙂

  6. Getting one or two by the same sender is business. It’s the repetitive assault that some (mainly one in this industry) of these outfits do that is way overboard and should be shut down. They are way out of bounds and obviously don’t care about anyone.

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