What email extractor should I use when creating my own listserv?

by on November 5, 2010

Q: I’m looking to begin building my own email listservs. What email extractor or grabber software do you suggest?

10 Responses to “What email extractor should I use when creating my own listserv?”

    By create your own listerv do you mean to say that you want to write your own software, or are you looking to set some up for group discussion?

    There are a number of free listserv software programs available for use that you can setup rather quickly, or you can go with a discussion forum system which has become the most popular choice.


    I apologize for the confusion. I attempted to edit my question when I realized that it was not actually asking what I intended for it to.

    My question is this: Which email extraction software would you suggest if I am looking to build my own email lists from online directories/websites?


    Sorry, I’m still not quite understanding your goal. Can you tell me exactly what you want to be able to do? By “e-mail” do you mean e-mail addresses, or e-mail messages or something else?

    My best guess from reading your description is you want to be able to scan webpages for for e-mail addresses and add them to a list, and be able to send e-mails to those addresses.


    Mark, you are correct with your guess. I would like to scan websites for email addresses, so that ultimately I can mass message those emails.

    Picked as best answer

    Actually that would be illegal in the United States as part of the CAN-SPAM act.


    Let me know if you’d like to talk about some better options for promoting your business.


    Good Morning, Mark!

    According to that link you provided, it states that I must CLEARLY define that my email is an AD, list my organization’s location, and give the recipients the option of “opting out” of future emails. However, it does NOT state that I cannot gather email addresses from the web.

    Thank you for the information; do you have a suggestion for the type of software that I’m interested in?


      I think you might have read a little too fast or maybe you just don’t understand what you are doing. The term used for what you are trying to do is called “harvesting” and if you go back to the page Mark sent you to you will notice that you are liable for up to $16k per email sent when you harvest but you can also be sent to prison.

      Q. What are the penalties for violating the CAN-SPAM Act?

      A. Each separate email in violation of the law is subject to penalties of up to $16,000, and more than one person may be held responsible for violations. For example, both the company whose product is promoted in the message and the company that originated the message may be legally responsible. Email that makes misleading claims about products or services also may be subject to laws outlawing deceptive advertising, like Section 5 of the FTC Act. The CAN-SPAM Act has certain aggravated violations that may give rise to additional fines. The law provides for criminal penalties – including imprisonment – for:

      * accessing someone else’s computer to send spam without permission,
      * using false information to register for multiple email accounts or domain names,
      * relaying or retransmitting multiple spam messages through a computer to mislead others about the origin of the message,
      * harvesting email addresses or generating them through a dictionary attack (the practice of sending email to addresses made up of random letters and numbers in the hope of reaching valid ones), and
      * taking advantage of open relays or open proxies without permission.

      Note I made “harvesting” bold so you could easily see it.


        I apologize to all that though that I was implying that this user could not read. I did not mean to imply that and I do apologize to everyone including MsJMSmith. I was just trying to state that it was possible that the user didn’t understand that the technical term for this is called “harvesting” and therefore probably overlooked the part that I quoted and made bold.

        I can see how my saying “or maybe you just don’t understand what you are doing” could be taken the wrong way but what I meant by that was “or maybe you don’t understand that what you are doing is considering harvesting and therefore you didn’t notice it”.


    Ok, so I’m downloading the entire pdf to read it thoroughly.

    Again, thank you Mark for you contributions…

    Matt, please see your inbox for my comments.


      Please see http://www.projecthoneypot.org/law_of_harvesting.php where they actually show the sections of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 that makes it illegal.

      Again I would HIGHLY suggest contacting a lawyer if you are considering doing anything like this because you don’t have just the federal laws but you have local laws too. If you email someone in another state and that state has a law against harvesting you could get in trouble for breaking that law as well even though you are in another state.

      I would highly suggest never emailing anyone unless they opt-in and specifically agree to allow you to email them because in most cases the law doesn’t care if someone else gave you the list, you end up being the one that gets in trouble since you sent the mail.