I’ve just had someone write to me and ask for the password to my first protected post. I gave it to him because he’s been on my blog list for a long time, but that’s the last time I’ll do it.

I’ve no idea if he’ll receive my email. Probably not.

The reason he didn’t receive the first email is likely because his email provider filtered it out on the incoming network.

Look.

If you have (or have aspirations for) an internet business, then for goodness sake, treat it with respect. Treat it like a business.

If you have friends you want to send the latest chain mail, then by all means use Yahoo or your ISPs email account. It’s non-critical right?

It doesn’t matter if your friend doesn’t receive it. (He won’t because it’ll be filtered out on the network).

But if you’re doing business, then use a business email address off one of your own domains.

Have you ever seen an email from me that was sent from Yahoo? Or my ISP?

So why would you send me an email or sign up to my mailing list with a Yahoo account?

If you’re not serious about your business, then don’t expect business people to treat you seriously.

Having an email address with Comcast, Verizon, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, etc. is like having a phone that doesn’t always ring out. And that phone only sometimes works when you want to make a call.

Yes I know this has been a bit of a rant, but it’s fast becoming near impossible for me to reply to people. And you probably know if you’ve had any dealings with me that I try to get replies out to you as soon as I’m able.

As I said in an earlier post, the chances of you sending a business email from Yahoo to AOL (and vice-versa) and you ever getting a reply back you can count on, are next to zero.

Something in that business email will trigger a network filter.

So get yourself sorted out. It will take you 10-20 minutes to do and will stop any future problems you may have even before they happen.

-Frank Haywood