I've been using Interspire's self-hosted email marketing platform for years to send autoresponders and high-quality monthly newsletters for clients (they provide me their non opt-in email list). Both have prominent unsubscribe links. I've learned to clean the lists before importing, process bounces and now use SMTP.com (whose IP scored a 97 for the newsletter last month). But, it's the domain and firstname.lastname@example.org email address I'm worried about. It didn't score well through an EmailReach.com test. That domain and email address has been used since 2007 and not until last year did I finally start implementing some best practices. Any suggestions? Should I consider starting over with a new domain or organically improve its score since I'm now doing most things right?
It always starts with the list. You mention 'non opt-in' lists, which is certainly more troublesome than any domain name. Your best course of action is to get a new domain, re-confirm the lists you have (requiring the subscriber to click through in order to stay on), and only accept confirmed opt-in lists moving forward. It will decimate your mailing list in the short term, but long-term eliminate your deliverability concerns and improve ROI.
@Ben Isaacson. Thanks for you input on using a new domain.
I should have mentioned since last year that I require my clients to get permission from their customers to be on their list (and provide recommendations on how to ask for that permission).
On the page where they upload their .cvs list, there's an opening paragraph says, "We’re very careful not to include email addresses that have not given you permission to receive your newsletter. If you want to be certain of what can and can not be included, click here for examples." Then, there's a checkbox that says, "These contacts have given us permission to receive our newsletter."
I then have the list cleaned, upload into Interspire and a welcome autoresponder is sent out from my client. This welcome email tells the customer they're now on the monthly newsletter list, shares a link to previous newsletters and tells the customer they can unsubscribe anytime, including removal links in the header, the footer and a large one in the body that sits between the copy and my client's signature.
I just thought I should mention this. I didn't know better before, but experience and hard lessons make us smarter.
Cheers and thank you.