More Vocus spam

I hate to call people out because, well, it’s happened to a lot of us in this gig…but come on. As you may recall I ripped Vocus for their outreach efforts around their Golden Rules for Blogger Relations.

Well, let’s add to their web marketing blunders: I got spammed from the now infamous Tami Queen to my work email address because I downloaded their Golden Rules for Blogger Relations. How do I know this is spam? Because the link at the bottom to be removed DOESN’T WORK. In fact, there is NO hyperlink – the words are black with no HTML in sight.

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Want to avoid Vocus spam? Do a search for “vocus blogger rules relations” and it comes up, viewable as a PDF or translated into HTML — so registration and subsequent spam isn’t necessary.

So for those keeping score at home, along with blogger relations and email marketing rules they need a quick tutorial on setting up a robots.txt file as well.

6 thoughts on “More Vocus spam

  1. Dianna Huff says:

    Ok, that’s funny you can download the white paper without registration.

    I’m sorry you got spammed again (I downloaded that white paper, too, but have not received any other emails).

    And it’s really bad if the email didn’t have an opt-out link.

  2. David Binkowski says:

    When I viewed the source of the email it showed that the “href” part of the link was removed by Notes. Thank you for following up and clarifying on this, however if 10% of corporations are using Notes I’d provide additional text for those users and/or a secondary way to opt out — basically I wouldn’t have the user assume they can respond to Tami to be removed.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Vocus are spammers. I’ve asked them several times to remove me from their lists. I’ve even called them, they continue to send “press releases” from just about anyone who hooks up with them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I called Vocus to complain. Of course, I got someone’s voicemail. Apparently, the woman in charge of the lists is Beth Coleman and her email address is:
    Do with that what you will.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm actually on the other end of the stick and STILL hate Vocus. As a publicist I pride myself in sending information only to the press to which it is most relevant. Vocus makes this virtually impossible with their incomprehensible and inconsistent search filters.

    I did not pitch you anything, but I'm sorry you're catching it and even sorrier that I'm forced to use the evil that is Vocus.

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