Your NEW domain on the spam lists?

Submitted by John Austwick | Category: General Interest | Published on Jun 22, 2006
So you have a new domain filled with good things, to drive traffic to your new domain amongst other methods you use email: to your lists, to safe list's, and e-zines etc.

You know from experience the typical response rate from your own list, and a reasonable idea of Safelist response, you know the Ezine ad has gone out ok you got your copy, so what went wrong?.

If you have your own list's you see a sudden rise in bounced mail, reading the bounce reports you see something like "mail returned your (new) domain is on a recognised spam list"

Very strange as this is a new domain recently registered and so far you haven't used the domain mail for sending messages, even more disconcerting is the fact you don't usualy get bouncers from your own list unless the mail box is full. And you are always anti spam compliant with your email. The Ezine ad's you paid for will have a similar attrition rate and safe lists are probably much higher.

The result VERTUALY NO TRAFFIC to your new site, you bought a good domain name, spent possibly 100s of hours building a perfect site then BAM you are hit with this. Most of the bounce back mails only tell you the new domain is listed but NOT where. It you are lucky you come across one that tells you it is in [ob] and gives you a URL to click leading to a page on spam registers, and how each one ties into the anti-spam system.

Further research at the outblaze [ob] site tells you that they provide the spam filtering for 1000s of isp's and mail programs around the world. That covers millions of mail boxes, including a large proportion of web based mail programs (the type used for mass mail receipt safe lists etc)

Further research through there pages also brings up a tactic IMHO is pure laziness ALL NEW DOMAINES are included in the spam list for at least 90 days, they try to justify this by stating a domain may be purchased by a spammer and if so chances are they wont use that domain after 90 days.

My thoughts on this: spammers are one of the most organised email users going, if they know about the 90 day rule they will purchase domains to sit on the shelf then use them after the 90 day period for greatest effect, (that's what they are experts at)

To me it's another case of punishing the majority for the actions of a very small minority and from the amount of true spam in my mail box's this tactic probably does NOT work anyway.

So what can we do about it? My experience of mailing them was not good; I received an auto response followed by my original mail with a request toresubmit later as they were too busy to deal with my request at that time.

The use of tracking links will overcome the problem, on experimenting with mail to my list the first mail had 2 new domain URL's included in the message with the bouncers coming back naming them both, a second mail sent with one tracker linked and the other the domain url the bouncers came back with only the domain url listed. The third using tracking links for both sites had no spam blocked bouncers at all. The moral to this is use tracking links (good practice) in any email based promotion use articles, blog's, pay per click, banners and reciprocal links to start building domain name recognition and work toward page list ranking of you're your new site.

John Austwick is a full time internet marketer having a passion for learning has put together a free lifestyle and hobby information site a href="

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