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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Yahoo update

It has been quite a while since I have had the opportunity to share information about Yahoo here on the blog, but there is new information to share. Yesterday, Mark Risher from Yahoo spent some time talking with people about all things spam over at Yahoo. Matt from EmailKarma posted the transcripts as well as […]

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Preventing subscriber remorse

Mark Brownlow has a great article up about how senders can stop subscribers from regretting they signed up for mail. He starts off saying So how to avoid subscriber’s remorse? The obvious one – and stop me if you’re heard this before – is sending relevant, timely, useful emails. Unfortunately, remorse can set in long […]

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We’re back!

Sorry for the downtime, the machine running the blog had a motherboard fail and for various reasons (deadlines, family emergencies, etc) it has taken a bit of time to get the blog moved to another machine. I do apologize for the time the blog was gone. Regular blogging will return tomorrow.

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Paypal fixes unsubscribes

Through the grapevine, I have heard that PayPal is actually complying with the new CAN SPAM rulemaking and offering one-click unsubscribes.

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AOL announces web support tool

Yesterday, David announced a new suite of tools to help senders troubleshoot blocking problems more efficiently. 

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List Attrition

DJ over at Bronto blog has a post up about list churn / list attrition. She quotes a statistic published by Loren from MediaPost (the original post is behind a subscription wall) that a list will lose 30% of their subscribers year over year. This is similar to a statistic that I use, but the […]

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CAN SPAM rules take effect

The new CAN SPAM rules take effect today. EmailKarma has a list of articles detailing the new rules. These rules govern handling of opt-outs and establish a “sender” category for purposes of physical address and opt-outs.

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Another benefit of email marketing

Kevin Hillstrom over at MineThatData blog talks about using email metrics and other customer information to not market to people who cost a company money. 

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PayPal Followup

I thought I would give everyone a brief update on my continuing saga with trying to unsubscribe from PayPal’s marketing list. Because of what I do, I have some options not available to the average recipient. One of the things I did is ask people I know if they had any contacts at PayPal who […]

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Analyzing email

Over at the VerticalResponse blog, Janine walks us through analyzing clicks in an email and sets herself new things to test in future mailings. Well worth a read.

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  • HE.net DNS problems

    Hurricane Electric had a significant outage of their authoritative DNS servers this morning, causing them to return valid responses with no results for all(?) queries. This will have caused delivery problems for any mail going to domains using HE.net DNS - which will include some of their colocation customers, as well as users of their free services - but also will have caused reverse DNS to fail for most servers hosted by Hurricane Electric worldwide, so if any of your mail is being sent from HE hosted machines you may have seen problems. (We're HE customers so we noticed. Still happy with them as a vendor.)No Comments


  • 65.0.0.0/8 DNS issues

    If you're sending email from any address beginning with a 65 - in 65.0.0.0/8 - it's possible you'll see some delivery problems. Something appears to be broken with dnssec signatures for the reverse DNS zone, leading queries for reverse DNS to fail for anyone using a dnssec aware DNS resolver (which is almost everyone).1 Comment


  • Our green bar certificate is going away

    Later today we'll be switching from an Extended Validation ("green bar") SSL certificate to a Domain Validation certificate. This isn't exactly a planned change but I'm waiting for responses from Comodo before I go into it too much. I'll share some more details next week.3 Comments


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