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TIA. P.S. If you want a freebie log-on, everybody else has!! BG
I would definitely track backwards and see what the post that is creating the traffic actually says. Then determine the validity of the "explosion". Is there a way to convert them into buyers?
First, I'd make a change on your website that puts the free offer on hold to newcomers. You should explain your circumstances just as you've done here. You'll be slammed, but at least you'll maintain your credibility. And, with credibility intact, you can recoup. I'd also post the "too much of a good thing" on the freebie board, thanking them for their enthusiastic and overwhelming response. Ask for their help so you can come back again when you're better prepared.
In other words, no reassurance is given that names collected will not be sold, leased, result in unsolicited mail, whatever.
This might be slightly off-topic, but as professional webmasters we need to examine privacy policies, and as surfers, we need to have more awareness than we do.
You might want to consider adding something to your policy page, just to reassure people like myself.
>>TIA. P.S. If you want a freebie log-on, everybody else has!! BG
Some kind of promo, TheBomb. Surprised you've still got more to give away. Congratulations on the clever marketing, good job of it!