We are living in an age where effective direct marketing has become a continually changing and growing challenge. With so many brands looking to be heard and consumers become super savvy, marketers seek new ways to be heard above all the inbox noise.
In this competition and struggle to be noticed it’s not uncommon for email marketers to bite off more than they can chew, often delving off into efforts which ignore best practices for email marketing. Such rogue adventures typing end up in your brand being blacklisting.
What are Blacklists?
To put it simply, blacklists are lists of bad marketers. These generally include spammers; however, legitimate mailers can also easily end up blacklisted just by not adhering to the best emailing practices. While most blacklists are usually IP based, they can also be URL or domain based. Typically blacklists are run by independent operators, hosting companies, corporate email managers or organizations who cater to ISPs.
What Makes You Get Blacklisted?
Blacklist operators are always actively using networks of spam traps to track and catch spammers and bad, unethical marketers. If you’re emailing to spam trap addresses, then that becomes a clear indicator that you are not following the best practices in list acquisition and list management, since these addresses are phony and don’t belong to a real user. This can cause you to be flagged as a spammer or even worse, get yourself blacklisted.
What Happens When You are Blacklisted?
Blacklists are commonly used by email receivers like ISPs and hosting companies to clock all unwanted “spammy” emails from suspicious mailers. Another thing to note is that the number of your emails blocked also depends on the blacklist that you have ended up in. One of the most widely known blacklists is Spamhaus and it is used by the majority of mailbox providers. If you end up on their list then you have a big problem for your business on emails.
How Can You Resolve a Blacklisting?
Keep in mind that each blacklist has its own process for removal. Once blacklisted, the most important thing to understand is how you got there in the first place. Once you have that figured out, you can reach out to the blacklist operator and formally request them to remove you from their list.
The best rule of thumb though is to stay off the lists entirely. Some of the ways to ensure that you stay off of blacklists include:
- Send out emails to users who have engaged with you in the last 90 days. This can vary from campaign to campaign, but keeping within this range will ensure you don’t get flagged.
- Remove users who haven’t engaged with you in over a year. If you don’t, you might end up in recycled spam traps and get flagged for unethical email practices.
- Employ double opt-in methods to avoid emailing repeatedly to spam trap addresses because they will not be able to click the confirmation links.
- We also advise that you always follow the best practices for email list acquisition.