The Incredible Persistence of Newsmax

I had a good laugh Wednesday when I woke to an email from Newsmax asking if I’d be interested in an amazing revenue opportunity, by which they mean putting a widget on the sidebar of FTB that links to a few articles on their site and a whole bunch of scams. Here’s the email:

Hello Ed,

I am with Newsmax Media, reaching out with a potential Digital revenue stream for Free Thought Blogs.

Briefly – Newsmax can provide you with relevant content For you readers to enjoy, while generating thousands of

Dollars in passive revenue. Publishers hosting our content Are earning significant revenue for below-the-fold placements. Would you be interested in discussing revenue potential?

Best Regards,

Anthony Guzman

anthonyg@newsmax.com

Business Development Executive

Newsmax Media, Inc.

Now let’s set the wayback machine for two years ago when another Newsmax “business development executive” (read: salesman, but if your ego needs that title, you cling to it like the last life boat on the Titanic) named Kevin Mallon sent me an identical email. I had a lot of fun mocking Mallon for it. So I just sent back this reply:

You people are absolutely hilarious.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2013/02/02/amusing-marketing-email-of-the-day/

Since then, I’ve written many times about the huge number of scam emails your company sends out on behalf of fraudulent companies pushing ridiculous health care schemes and survival supplies and other such bullshit. But hey, at least you didn’t tell me how much you just love my blog and read it all the time like Kevin Mallon did when he tried this two years ago.

And seriously, learn how to write. You don’t seem to have any idea which words need to be capitalized and “for you readers to enjoy” would get marked down on a third grade grammar test.

Love ya, mean it.

Ed

I just love it when right wingers duck into the punch.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Since then, I’ve written many times about the huge number of scam emails your company sends out on behalf of fraudulent companies pushing ridiculous health care schemes and survival supplies and other such bullshit.

    Sounds a lot like the adware/malware that’s been cluttering up FTB ever since it was created.

  • A Masked Avenger

    Sounds a lot like the adware/malware that’s been cluttering up FTB ever since it was created.

    Hrm. Speaking of which, Ed, can you please visit your own site using an iPhone? Please? Log out and do that?

    You’ll find that every time you open a damn page, it switches to the App Store and tries to get you to install some friggin’ app. Often it makes the site unusable, because when you return to your web browser, the content is gone, and the back button takes you to whatever you were looking at before FTB.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    They obviously outsourced their email writing to Nigeria. All they needed was to start with “Beloved,”.

  • LightningRose

    Hells belles Ed, you should do it.

  • ehmm

    Exactly correct as far as responses go.

    However, in their defense, dropping the “r” from “your” is something I’m seeing on more and more websites and blogs these days. I even find myself doing it from time to time. Maybe it’s a quirk of current spell/grammar checkers or the smallish displays on mobile devices. I don’t no.

  • ehmm

    @2. I’ve experienced the same thing.

  • narciblog

    The irony abounds, in that the banner ad for me was one from Newsmax, “Do you support Netanyahu?”

    And you really shouldn’t complain about email scams when your own ads feature nothing but belly fat burning pills, steroid pills, and wrinkle removing creams.

  • dingojack

    Hey Ed —

    I’m still getting those irritating left-hand slide-in ads that screw with navigation.

    I wonder if Newsmax is selling a product that cures this accurséd affliction?

    ;S Dingo

  • Trebuchet

    I went ad-free a couple of years ago. It’s cheap and there’s a handy button up at the top left of the page.

    Or, if you don’t want to bother looking for the button, click here:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=noadsub

  • khms

    Oh, I recently went ad-free, too. You know, it would be nice if, when FTB forgets that they know you, there’d be some login button at the top of the page. Instead, first there’s the evil sliding ad, then I need to scroll to the bottom, then back up far too much usually as the left hand vertical bar is usually longer than the comment section, then there’s a login button at the comment box, and then, after being logged in, I get to scroll back to the beginning.

    You know what would be good? If FTB sees a user with a cookie that claims he was logged in, but has timed out, directly offer a login option, without showing them any ads. Only go to ads if they refuse to log in.

    Oh, and while we’re on the topic of logins: last time I tested it, the G+ login did nothing whatsoever, and Google says the plain login is going away. That is not a good state of affairs.