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        Email Delivery Problems? Your Email Address Could be Blacklisted


 "If you aren't getting all of your email - this may be why"

One of our favorite Authors is Jim Edwards. He is a syndicated newspaper columnist who recently published this article discussing blacklists and whitelists as one of his regular newspaper columns. (

      This is what he wrote:

        "Is Your Email Address "Blacklisted?"

                                                    - by Jim Edwards
                                        © Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved

A lady emailed me yesterday very upset over the fact that her friend's Internet Service Provider (ISP) wasn't delivering important email messages (or any of her messages for that matter).

It seems her friend's ISP was filtering her emails, but there didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why some messages got through and others didn't.

This lack of delivery caused a real problem for the two of them with ruined plans, missed appointments, and just plain

If you don't use email much, this might not sound like a "big deal," but for others it's having a profoundly negative impact on their lives.

This problem of non-delivery has dramatically affected the way businesses use email for about the last year, but

    it's now about to reach epidemic proportions
                  for consumers using email.

To put things into perspective, imagine if every time you dialed a friend's phone number you had no idea whether it would ring or not. Sometimes you got through, other times you couldn't... with seemingly no reason for it happening either way.

Now imagine the hair-pulling frustration you'd feel over time if your friend's phone number hadn't changed, but you kept dialing the number and it never EVER rang for you... but others could get through with seemingly no problem.

That's exactly how you'll feel when your personal emails start getting blocked for no apparent reason.
The problem of legitimate email messages not getting through stems from the uncontrolled and unstoppable onslaught of spam that currently grips the Internet with seemingly no end in sight.

The fact that viruses can now "spoof" email addresses and make it look like someone sent a virus to thousands of people doesn't help matters either.

In an effort to cut down on spam, ISP's implemented a number of counter-measures, including: text filters, spam databases, sender blacklists, and IP blocking.

If your email message doesn't get delivered, most of the time it means you inadvertently got caught in an ISP's "defense system."

See SIDE BAR Comments by Jim Edwards

     If you ever find your email messages don't get through, or

    if you'd like to head off problems before they
          occur, the following tips should help:

The first and best tip is to encourage all your email contacts to "white list" your email address in their email program.

Just like you can say which email addresses you don't want to get messages from, you can also specify a list of email addresses you always DO WANT to accept.

In Yahoo or Hotmail you can set up your filters to accept email messages from a certain source, regardless of the subject line or content of the message. Your friends and subscribers can do the exact same thing with your email address by adding you to their "whitelist" so you don't miss each other's emails.

It takes a little patience to set up, but it pays big dividends by not losing important messages.

If you use Eudora, Outlook, Outlook Express, MailWasher, or just about any other email "client" program, you can set up rules to always accept messages from certain senders (just check the help file).

If you send messages to people who use AOL, try this technique. Get them to add you to their address book "safelist" or "approved senders."

This helps AOL identify that the message recipient "knows" you and has a higher likelihood of actually wanting to receive your message.

Email AOL tech support for help on this if you encounter a

If filtering and "white" listing don't work
and your email messages are still getting blocked, then your friend needs to contact their ISP to sort out the problem.

Their ISP can certainly figure out why messages don't get through, but it may take some concerted encouragement to get the ISP's customer service to take the time to investigate the cause. (In other words, they may have to do some serious complaining to get the ISP to get up off their butts and do anything about the problem, but you must encourage them to do it!)

-- Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist
   ( and is the author of    several best-selling ebooks, information products and software
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SIDE BAR Comments by Jim Edwards

If you're a business owner, ezine publisher, or newsletter operator and you're frustrated with your email messages
getting blocked, my friend, Jimmy D. Brown, had just written an ebook about how to get more of your email messages through.

I thought I knew most everything there was to know on the subject, but Jimmy gave me some jewels I'd never thought of. In fact, I plan to implement them within the next few weeks.

If you want to get more of your messages through so you can sell more... increase readership... and just plain lower the "frustration factor" of worrying over whether or
not your email is even getting delivered at all, check out Jimmy's ebook right now...
       ...Jim Edwards

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