How to get noticed on LinkedIn (before LinkedIn existed)

What a pleasant surprise!  I had a contact through LinkedIn (which, to be honest, I don’t really use very much) from Hannah Skerritt of Qube Recruitment Ltd saying

Hi Steve
you just popped up on my “people you my know” screen and for the first time I think I do!! I think we studied together for a very short while many many years ago… Did you study software engineering at Mid Kent?

Whilst I didn’t study Software engineering, I did do a business studies course there as part of a training scheme with GEC Avionics in Rochester.  So a short email conversation with Hannah later she explained she remember me from the induction training week we both did there.  There were about 40 of us starting different training schemes that week.  So having met me for that short period of time she remembered me because of the way I introduced myself.  She says that I said:

I’m Steve Root, that’s Steve with a V and Root like a tree

Wow! I remember using that in the past but didn’t realise it had such an effect. It’s impressive and humbling to be remembered for that long simply because of a few words of introduction. Maybe I’ll need to start future presentations with that phrase.

Also worth noting is how lucky it was that LinkedIn made the connection. I’ve not put on linked in that I worked at GEC or that I studied at Mid Kent College so I think the only connection it could have had to work on was that I’m also in the ME postcode area. We have no other links in common.

Email from a new business that want's to supply my business

Hoorah! Matthew actually took the time to visit our web site, read the page about supplying to us and use the special email address.  Sure, the video wasn’t really just for our company but effort was there.  So, we don’t need a video right now but maybe if I share this here google will notice him quicker and help this new business become an established business.

Hi my name is Matthew Jones, I have started a new business called Blue Dot Media offering promotional videos as well as graphic design, since this is my first week in business I have made a video for your company please find below. The reason for this email is I am offering you a promotional video with your own photos for only £65.00.

Click to view the video on Youtube

  • A professionally designed video adds value to your website and credibility to your business, you can put it right on your homepage to be viewed as soon as a visitor hits your site.
  •  Another bonus is YouTube videos have a habit of coming close to page one faster than your website does sometimes.
  • You’re also able to submit the video to the top video sharing websites, creating a network of back links and potential traffic sources to your business. You can post it on your Facebook page, it gives you something to Tweet about, send out to your mailing list etc.

Thanks Matthew Jones
Blue Dot Media My Website

Caught in my spam trap – cloud-mailer.co.uk / brainycat.co.uk

I’ve decided to start naming and shaming the people who spam me. I have an email address hidden in the code of one of my web sites. It doesn’t display to visitors but robots will read it.  To give the spammers a sporting chance, the email address is nospam@….mydomain… I then email them to ask where they got the address from.

Their response to asking where they got the email address from?

hello@cloud-mailer.co.uk – no response

Observations

Appear to be a couple of web developers. They seem quite nice on their web site. A shame then they are not only sending spam to my spam trap, but offering a service of sending spam for others too.

Headers

Delivered-To: nospam@....
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        Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:00:09 -0800 (PST)
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	for nospam@....; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:00:08 +0000
To: nospam@....
Subject: Marketing
From: hello@cloud-mailer.co.uk
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  <p style='color: #125474; font-size: 22px;'><strong>Reach Thousands Of People This Evening</strong></p>

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	id 1UBYha-0006qM-67
	for nospam@....; Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:45:18 +0000
To: nospam@....
Subject: E-mail Marketing
From: team@cloud-mailer.com
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<h1>Thanks for your interest in Cloud Mailer</h1>

<p>With many returning customers, href="http://www.cloud-mailer.co.uk/">Cloud Mailer has changed the way people make new business contacts and leads.</p>

<p><strong>If it still isn't clear what we do - </strong>We send your email to an <em>up-to-date</em> database of UK based companies in industries and locations of your choice. All you need to do is choose who you want to send your email out to, write your email and then choose when you want to send it out. <strong>We do the rest</strong>.</p>

 

Caught in my spam trap – paramountbathrooms.com / .co.uk

I’ve decided to start naming and shaming the people who spam me. I have an email address hidden in the code of one of my web sites. It doesn’t display to visitors but robots will read it.  To give the spammers a sporting chance, the email address is nospam@….mydomain… I then email them to ask where they got the address from.

Their response to asking where they got the email address from?

sales@paramountbathrooms.com – asked twice, they never responded.

Observations

Their third spam email actually used someone elses domain (A foreign exchange business) as the sending address. I suspect that was an error rather than deliberate.

However, they are using multiple domain names to send the emails, probably so the spam filters don’t associate the main domain name with the spam they are sending. You can see them using tradeonlyfurniture.com and parabath.asia

Email headers

Delivered-To: nospam@...
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        Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:37:15 -0800 (PST)
X-Received: by 10.68.200.228 with SMTP id jv4mr6271839pbc.139.1358973435326;
        Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:37:15 -0800 (PST)
Return-Path: <bounce@parabath.asia>
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        Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:37:15 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: Trade only furniture prices
Message-ID: <839dd245850f86aabd86a30cfa0b42e5@tradeonlyfurniture.com>
Return-Path: bounce@parabath.asia
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:50:15 -0700
From: "Trade only furniture" <sales@tradeonlyfurniture.com>
Reply-To: sales@paramountbathrooms.com
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Paramount
Bathrooms
The UK's number 1 furniture supplier

www.paramountbathrooms.co.uk
sales@paramountbathrooms.co.uk
Dear nospam@....

----------The best quality furniture at TRADE ONLY prices-------

These prices are ongoing prices and not just a special offer.
At lot of our customers make a tidy sum each month just from
supplying

And another

Delivered-To: nospam@....
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        Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:16:01 -0800 (PST)
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        Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:16:01 -0800 (PST)
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        Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:15:59 -0800 (PST)
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To: nospam@....
Subject: Trade only furniture prices
Message-ID: <df6a8af754cbc985f3203fb731b52eb7@tradeonlyfurniture.com>
Return-Path: bounce@tradeonlyfurniture.com
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:44:08 -0700
From: "Trade only furniture" <sales@tradeonlyfurniture.com>
Reply-To: sales@paramountbathrooms.com
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer-LID: 11
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Paramount
Bathrooms
The UK's number 1 furniture supplier

www.paramountbathrooms.co.uk
sales@paramountbathrooms.co.uk
Dear nospam@....

----------The best quality furniture at TRADE ONLY prices-------

These prices are ongoing prices and not just a special offer.
At lot of our customers make a tidy sum each month just from
supplying

And even after asking twice where they got the email address from they continue. Obviously I’m being too subtle.

Delivered-To: nospam@....
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        Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:59:52 -0800 (PST)
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        Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:59:52 -0800 (PST)
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        by mx.google.com with ESMTP id d6si1343494paw.260.2013.02.12.07.59.50;
        Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:59:50 -0800 (PST)
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Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
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To: nospam@....
Subject: Why use anyone else?
Message-ID: <e5c5f6bf9ad026910436816c1c1cde83@tradeonlyfurniture.com>
Return-Path: bounce@tradeonlyfurniture.com
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:30:29 -0700
From: "Why use anyone else for bathrooms?" <tradeonly@trade.com>
Reply-To: sales@paramountbathrooms.com
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer-LID: 11
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Having trouble reading this email?
[http://tradeonlyfurniture.com/display.php?M=66944&C=a9ef5551407eef3445e5d28533ecfc6e&S=32&L=11&N=10]http://tradeonlyfurniture.com/display.php?M=66944&C=a9ef5551407eef3445e5d28533ecfc6e&S=32&L=11&N=10

[http://tradeonlyfurniture.com/link.php?M=66944&N=32&L=2&F=T]
www.paramountbathrooms.co.uk
email:sales@paramountbathrooms.co.uk       Tel:02392 586616

Newsletter
February 2012

Caught in my spam trap – buildingmergers.co.uk

I’ve decided to start naming and shaming the people who spam me. I have an email address hidden in the code of one of my web sites. It doesn’t display to visitors but robots will read it.  To give the spammers a sporting chance, the email address is nospam@….mydomain… I then email them to ask where they got the address from.

Their response to asking where they got the email address from?

No reply from ibenson@buildingmergers.co.uk  (also the address on the web site)

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From: "Ian Benson - Building Mergers" <ibenson@mergermail.co.uk>
Subject: Design, Construction, Fitting Out & Maintenance Businesses For Sale
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=EF=BB=BFBuilding Businesses For SaleBUILDING
MERGERS
Design, Construction, Fitting Out
& Maintenance Businesses For Sale

We market design, construction, fitting out and maintenance businesses=
 for sale across the UK. These include retirement sales, disposals by =
larger firms concentrating on core activities plus sales by entreprene=
urs who have built up businesses and wish to embark on fresh challenge=
s.

BT Openzone, Mac OS X connection problems

I’ve had a problem for a while connecting to BT Openzone from my mac.  I get an IP address. I can ping the gateway, but I can’t get online.  Using my android phone the connection always worked first time.  I read one forum post that the problem for one mac user was the DNS not being updated when the network was joined (he had google DNS set instead of BT Openzones DNS). I also had google DNS settings present (8.8.8.8) but removing them didn’t solve it for me.

Today, Skype interrupted my connection and asked if I’d like to go online with BT Openzone. It allowed me to use my account with BT to connect and once I’d entered the details BT Openzone is working fine.

I don’t know my problem is caused by skype, but on the other hand if you’re also struggling to connect maybe this will help you one step closer to a resolution.  Please comment if it works or if it doesn’t work to help the next reader.