ArchiveJanuary 2008

Changes at RoadRunner

I’ve been hearing rumors that some * domains have been bouncing all mail sent to them. Those domains belong to customers that were moved to Comcast as part of the RoadRunner / Comcast / Adelphia purchase and customer swap. As a courtesy, RoadRunner forwarded mail to comcast for those former RoadRunner customers, but have ceased to do so. Mail to any address in the following *

Yahoo and Spamhaus

Yahoo has updated and modified their postmaster pages. They have also put a lot of work into clarifying their response codes. The changes should help senders identify and troubleshoot problems without relying on individual help from Yahoo. There is one major change that deserves its own discussion. Yahoo is now using the SBL, XBL and PBL to block connections from listed IP addresses. These are...

Al Ralsky Indicted

Al Ralsky is a very prolific spammer and his name is well known among ISP abuse desks.  Along with 10 other people he was indicted today after a 2 year investigation by the Justice Department, according to an article published today by  the Detroit Free Press. U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy said, “Today’s charges seek to knock out one of the largest illegal spamming and fraud...

Email Marketing for Dummies

Mark Brownlow has an interview with the author of Email Marketing For Dummies. It is a great summary of the book and gives some good hints to anyone interested in starting to use email as a marketing and customer retention tool.

Happy New Year

Blogging was light the last few weeks as I coped with the holidays, visitors and a very nasty cold. I have a backlog of posts I want to write over the next few weeks, including a description of stale list syndrome, information about pitfalls of collecting email addresses at the point of sale, and how to improve your IP  reputation. As I did in 2007, I’ll also keep updating readers to change...

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