My First E-mail Spam Operation

I knew a guy that did white hat mailing for a living, so I decided to consult him. Now he was from the AOL scene too and you could say that there was a certain level of camaraderie between people from that scene. We came to an agreement that he would provide e-mail data for a revenue share.

I decided to use the hotmail accounts from the Hi5.com database to mail from, after all 25% or more of the people used the same passwords for everything. I partnered with a programmer to create software that would verify which accounts used the same password on hotmail and additional software that would mail with those accounts.

I did it, I was in business, I was officially an e-mail spammer. I remember it like it was Christmas, because it actually was a day before Christmas 2009. I made something to the tune of $17,000 the first month of e-mail spamming, or so I thought. My programmer and partner at the time actually took the majority of the money and took off to the Dominican Republic for an extended vacation.

Things in my life got pretty rough after that, mostly because of drug abuse. I ended up moving to Kissimmee, Florida. It was a chance to get a fresh start with 2 other guys from the AOL scene that started an affiliate marketing company. It was a win-win situation for all of us, I could focus on mastering my craft, and I would in return help the company grow by promoting their offers.

Upon arrival, I couldn’t help but to feel like Will Smith in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I grew up in a small town, in a small house outside of Little Rock. This house was 4,400 square feet and came equipped with a movie theater, pool, and jacuzzi. Although it wasn’t necessarily a mansion, we still deemed it the “Spamansion”.

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Everyday for 5 months, we got up at 5 A.M. to launch our campaigns, cook breakfast, and sparked a blunt to get the day started. I was promoting everything from dating websites to credit report offers, making anywhere from $300 to $1000 a day. It was the beginning of me realizing my potential and what I could actually achieve if I worked hard and stayed focused. We celebrated daily and frequently invited other internet marketers to come visit and party with us. I was 20 years old at the time and I’ll always remember this as being one of the greatest summers of my life.

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