One of the big reasons that it is getting harder to avoid emails going to spam is that spam filtering has become more rigorous. Webmail providers are simply cracking down harder on spam. However, the filters aren’t 100 per cent accurate, so sometimes legitimate emails go to spam too.
Subscriber engagement plays a huge role in email deliverability. That’s because webmail providers look at your engagement levels and recipient behavior when determining which emails actually make it to the inbox.
But don’t worry, we will explain all of these factors in detail so you can avoid getting flagged and stop emails from going to spam.
The more an email from your address is opened, the more likely that an email server will consider it the right sort of email. On the other hand, if more recipients of your newsletter are flagging it as spam for one reason or another, the email server will automatically start sending your message to the wrong folder. To get around this, use catchy, non-deceptive headlines and beef your email with the right content for the right audience.
Your newsletters might be going to the wrong folders because of your use of spam-trigger words. Email marketing can only be effective if your messages reach your customer’s inbox. To do that, avoid using some or all of these words altogether: score with babes, earn extra cash
Try to avoid these words and other sensational phrases even if your email is amazing and they can actually cancel at any time.
Now, this normally applies to a recipient you don’t have regular communications with. Attachments have been used to spread malware via emails by many hackers. For this reason, first-time emails, or emails to people who don’t have you in their address book could be flagged for carrying potentially harmful information. If it’s the first time you are sending an email to someone, give them a reason to trust you before you start attaching documents.
Recipients don’t know you
For businesses, building an email list is important for driving engagement. While it might be tempting to buy emails in bulk from third-parties, remember that successful email marketing is couched on trust. Your audience must expect your email before you send them. That means you should send an opt-in email first before you start bombarding them with ‘amazing’ promotional offers. You should also include your physical address and an unsubscribe link to alert mail servers that you are legitimate.
One way to ensure your email is trusted by the spam filters is by authenticating your email address. You can use either a Sender Policy Framework (SPF) or Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) to do this. The former validates all emails coming from the right domain and prevents hackers from sending messages pretending to be from your domain successfully. This means third parties can’t send an email claiming to be coming from your domain, also known as email spoofing. The latter adds an encrypted signature to all outgoing emails. When the receiver’s email server detects this signature, it verifies it as coming from the right source, thereby passing your message to the inbox.
Emails that fail SPF and DKIM verification checks may be sent directed to spam or rejected altogether, depending on the recipient’s mail server configuration.