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When to include a physical address

One of the requirements to be CAN-SPAM compliant is to include a physical address within every promotional email that is sent. If your company hires a third party to send email on your behalf, your physical address should be clearly visible within the message when the message is selling your products and services. There is […]

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Whois privacy protection

I’ve talked about using privacy protection on domains in the past (here, here, here, here, and here). Short version (if you don’t want to check all the old links) is that privacy protection for commercial domains is bad, that’s what spammers do and legitimate email marketers should not hide domains behind privacy protection services. I still believe all of […]

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Testing your opt-out process

When was the last time you tested your opt-out process? Did you just click the unsubscribe link to see if the page loaded? How did you confirm the email address was unsubscribed? If you have a Gmail account, Gmail allows you to use unlimited aliases. For example, if your Gmail email address is josh@gmail.com, you […]

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On Father’s Day

I’m on quite a few mailing lists for companies whose main product is sending gifts: food hampers, jewelry, flowers, overpriced desk toys and so on. They tend to ramp up their volume before appropriate holidays such as Christmas, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day and target their promotions to those particular holidays. One […]

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Image Blocking

I received this email earlier this week, an email that I wanted but this is how it arrived. The email contained a single image link, a text line of who the message was sent to, the senders name, address, and finally an unsubscribe link. Good news, the email is CAN-SPAM compliant! Bad news, I have […]

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PTR Records

PTR records are easy to over look and they have a significant impact on your ability to deliver mail without them.  Some ISP and mailbox providers will reject mail from IP addresses that do not have a PTR record created. PTR records are a type of DNS record that resolves an IP address to a […]

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Yahoo Mail Deliverability FAQ Updated

Yahoo has updated their FAQ and listed out a number of factors they use to determine if a mail message is spam. IP Address Reputation URL Reputation Domain Reputation Sender Reputation DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) signatures DMARC authentication Autonomous System Number (ASN) reputation Autonomous System Number (ASN) is a globally unique number that is assigned […]

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What about Tom?

I use tom@hotmail.com as my default bogus email address. Tom has subscribed to so many things because of me. This is why address verification doesn’t work. The address tom@hotmail.com is a real address. It exists. It accepts mail. And at least one person admits to signing up Tom for mail that the person doesn’t want. […]

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Alternate contact when mail bounces

We received an invite from a local company recently. At the top of the invite there was a sticker. We attempted to send email, but your address bounced. Please contact either me or the tasting room to update. Thanks! We attempted to send email, but your address bounced. Please contact either me or the tasting […]

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Purchased Lists and ESPs

One thing almost every ESP delivery person has dealt with, at one time or another, is a customer complaining about being unable to send to a purchased list. Inevitably, the customer will say “But other-ESP lets us send to purchased lists, why won’t you?” I’ve heard this over and over from many different colleagues. Of […]

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