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Old lists have bad delivery

This is something we all know is true, and something that everyone believes. But, Mailchimp has actually published numbers demonstrating just how bad old lists are. Stats for the “Inactives” list (241,832 recipients): Spam Complaints: 43 Open Rate: 6% Click Rate: 2.4% (and 7,688 total clicks) Unsubscribes: 264 Bounces: 6,878 (2.8%) Stats for the “Actives” […]

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Yahoo delays

People are reporting delivery delays into Yahoo over the last day or so. Yahoo is having some general connectivity problems and are working to correct the issue.

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AOL Report Card Changes

Changes to the AOL report card were announced today on the AOL Postmaster blog. The new Report Cards will be sent to domains generating in excess of 0.3% inbox complaints. While 0.1% is still the target for a bulk mailer, we do not feel it is necessary to alert mailers of a potential problem until […]

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TWSD: breaking the law

I tell my clients that they should comply with CAN SPAM (physical postal address and unsubscribe option) even if the mail they are sending is technically exempt. The bar for legality is so low, there is no reason not to. Sure, there is a lot of spam out there that does not comply with CAN […]

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TWSD!

One important aspect of getting good delivery is to look like legitimate email. A big part of that is to not do what spammers do. More specifically, do not do the things that ISPs trigger on when identifying spammers. There are a lot of these “tricks” and “delivery techniques” used by spammers. They may seem […]

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Excite (BlueTie) FBL live

ReturnPath announced today that the BlueTie FBL is live. You can signup for the new FBL at http://feedback.bluetie.com/.

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Just Leave Me Alone Already

I tend to avoid online sites that require you to register and provide information including email addresses. In my experiences companies cannot resist sending email and my email load is extremely heavy and I want less email, not more. Sometimes, though, what I need to do requires an online registration and giving an email address […]

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Feedback loops: net benefit or net harm?

There has been a very long, ongoing discussion on one of my mailing lists about whether or not feedback loops are a net good or a net harm. I believe, overall, they are a net good, but there are people who believe they are not. The biggest objection is that the lawyer mandated redaction of […]

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McColo goes offline

Last week a major player in the botnet arena was taken offline when they were shutdown by their upstream provider.  With the demise of McColo, there has been a 30 – 50% drop in the amount of spam as measured by any number of different techniques. The CBL team has posted an article about their […]

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Don’t do this

I recently received an email from someone I do not know. This email was welcoming me to the friends and family beta of a new website. This email got under my skin a bit and it has been one of those weeks and so I decided to reply to the email. “Whomever sold you this […]

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  • OTA joins the ISOC

    The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) announced today they were joining forces with the Internet Society (ISOC). Starting in May, they will operate as an initiative under the ISOC umbrella. “The Internet Society and OTA share the belief that trust is the key issue in defining the future value of the Internet,” said Internet Society President and CEO, Kathryn Brown. “Now is the right time for these two organizations to come together to help build user trust in the Internet. At a time when cyber-attacks and identity theft are on the rise, this partnership will help improve security and data privacy for users,” added Brown.No Comments


  • Friday blogging... or lack of it

    It seems the last few Friday's I've been lax on posting. Some of that is just by Friday I'm frantically trying to complete all my client deliverables before the weekend. The rest of it is by Friday I'm just tired. Today had the added complication of watching the Trumpcare debate and following how (and how soon) it would affect my company if it passed. That's been a bit distracting, along with the other stuff I posted about yesterday. I wish everyone a great weekend.1 Comment


  • Indictments in Yahoo data breach

    Today the US government unsealed an indictment against 2 Russian agents and 2 hackers for breaking into Yahoo's servers and stealing personal information. The information gathered during the hack was used to target government officials, security employees and private individuals. Email is so central to our online identity. Compromise an email account and you can get access to social media, and other accounts. Email is the key to the kingdom.No Comments


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