I Just Hate Those Forms For FREE Information!

@elisata (569)
Netherlands
August 22, 2007 10:35am CST
Does this sound familiar? You are browsing the net, looking for business opportunities or work from home programs... You find something that might be interesting. But then "they" want you to fill in a form with your name, email address and tel. number, before you can get into the real website to see what it is all about... I just hate that! I think it is a lousy way to collect email addresses... If you want people to join your program, you are not being very friendly with this kind of treshholds... Why would I give my data just to look around? When I browse in a shop for a pair of shoes or anything, I don't have to do that either... So every time I bump into a form, I leave as fast as I can (probably missing out on a fortune, lol)
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@peaceful (3301)
• United States
22 Aug 07
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@elisata (569)
• Netherlands
22 Aug 07
Thanks peaceful! See my comment above... about the attitude, I mean :-))
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@peaceful (3301)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Unfortunately, these people will always be around... They don't realize that having a bad attitude will always hurt their businesses in the long run. There are some really good offers out there, though... and I'm finding them more and more because I'm confident that my privacy is protected as much as possible... Don't allow a few "bad apples" to spoil your efforts at making your online time more productive. I have found some great sites that really work for people. Some them just simply lacked the confidence to look for "the good stuff", after running into the "bad guys"... Have a great day and I wish you well in your efforts and endeavours! :)
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@creationhub (3070)
• Malaysia
23 Aug 07
I must admit that I too hate that. Sometimes curiosity kills the cat. I filled in because I am too curious to get more information. Just cannot help that part of me. Of course I know you will end up in their lead capture strategy.
@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I do that too..lol and also wonder if I'm missing out. But i don't like putting my information like that either because it will say free and then you put that information in and you end up having to pay for the "secret" book that will end all your money problems. I think it's a bunch of bull too that so many people try to scam people who really want to try to better themselves. It's truly sad.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
I don't know. They may have a good reason to do so. After reading through countless marketing ebooks I keep running into the phrase "The money's in the list", and by signing up, you're adding them to their list. But remember to look for the part about "We will not rent, sell or do anything bad to your email address. We hate spam as much as you do" or something like that. I run into stuff like that all the time in free information, giveaways, etc. Plus, that leads to a double opt-in thing because of the CAN-SPAM Act, meaning that you can confirm your email address, and they also have an unsubscribe option too. Oh, and by the way, you might want to use AO Roboform to auto-fill in the forms next time.
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• Pakistan
23 Aug 07
Yeah I know exactly what you mean and the worst ones are where they lure with false promises of you giving you lets say 5 reports for absolutely free if you just fill out the form and then once you do that you are then taken to another webpage stating that all these reports are absolutely free with just the purchase of a certain e-book or another product. I too avoid these types of websites that want your info by any means. Best thing to do is to create another e-mail and use it solely for these purposes.
@TDonald (1423)
• United States
23 Aug 07
They are called squeeze pages. Not a very flattering name is it? When I promote anything the last thing I want is anyone's email. I give direct access to my free reports. I figure I don't have the time to coerce, persuade, or intimidate someone into partnering with me. Either they want it or they don't. So I don't keep a big email list, but I do have a very nice small list of customers and partners. That suits my style. And you're probably not missing anything.