Did you even for a moment assume that your emails just drifted straight away from your mailbox to your recipient’s without so much as a hitch? The reality is far too bitter.
Emails blacklisting is every marketer’s worst nightmare. Since email marketing is the most effective way to get your message across to your target consumers, getting tagged as a spammer and being banned eventually is literally murder.
Why Do Emails Get Blacklisted And How?
Organizations use popular blacklists like Spamhaus, Barracuda Reputation Block List, and SpamCop to safeguard themselves from spams, viruses and phony emails. These are lists provided to the public by security companies, which are used to validate and build safety walls around their mail servers
Every email server has a spam filter that screens emails before routing it either to the designated user, spam folder or bouncing it back to you. When your email gets caught in any of these filters, flags are raised around your email server. And if, you persistently keep sending out emails in the same fashion, your entire mail server gets debarred from sending out mails. In simple terms, even a plain one-line email from your CEO will get blocked and that is not a pleasant situation to be in.
The debarring is time bound where the restrictions on you get lifted either by sending them a formal request or getting it done from your hosting provider.
How To Avoid Getting Blacklisted?
1. Move Away From Email Blasts
With increasing restrictions and filters in place to avoid the clutter, it is imperative that you send out value driven email campaigns. Sending email blasts will result in getting your entire email server black listed.
2. Get Formal Opt-Ins
Customers have grown very particular about who they want to hear from. Get formal opt-ins or for that matter, get a 2-layered opt-in, exclusive permission from them to receive emails from you. Sometimes, users forget that they have opted to get updates and marketing emails from you. So, it is always better to check back with them if they still want to hear from you, from time to time.
3. Clean Out Stale Email Lists
Using stale, old email lists time and again without updating is an open invitation to blacklisters. They are waiting there with their eyes peeled like hawks to catch a defaulter. Users tend to change their email permissions time and again and it is difficult to keep track of it. Look for phony emails – laden with scrambled letters and numbers, emails that no longer exist or any other abnormal activity.
4. Spam Monitor
Before you send out emails, undergo rigorous tests by the email service provider or even the freely available spam monitors online to check if your email can fly from under the spam zone.
5. Give Them A Choice To Unsubscribe
This is a Must-Do practice. Do not forget to add the unsubscribe link below your emails, allowing users to unsubscribe from you whenever they want. That way you won’t come across as a too salesy or pushy and will also keep your email lists safe.
6. Keep It Simple
You need to pressurize and harp constantly to entice your customers. That will only tick them off and end up with them debarring you. This is an operational tip which many of the old-school marketers have chosen to ignore gloriously. Keep your email copies simple. Don’t overload it with links, graphics, exclamations and heavy fonts in the subject line.
Instead of sending attachments, you could host the content giveaway on your website and share the link on your emails with a “Read it now” call to action. This will ensure targeted traffic to your landing page, helping you zero in on your customers better.
Emails are a goldmine of marketing effectiveness and hence need to be worked upon with immense precision. There is no shortcut. Try these simple tricks above to steer clear of the blacklisting.