When marketers and relatively new products/services search the internet for the best strategies to market their products, grow sales and reach more prospects, they always find email marketing as one of the most effective channels to achieve the goal. The first thing that they may require to kick start their email marketing efforts is always the email list that they don’t readily have. Building permission based email list can be a long and hard process, and to cut it short, list hygiene is often compromised.

Failing to recognize the importance of email list hygiene, ill-reputed way of purchasing email list comes into play. Hundreds and thousands of email contacts in purchased email list, located even within your targeted geographical location, have nothing to do with your website, service or product.

You do a lot of research to find a vendor who sells a good list, often named it as opt-list, current list, clean list. But the fact of the matter is that even if it is a clean list, it can’t guarantee the results. After all the hard work and labor of collecting the permission and building the double opt-in list of contacts, no one wants to sell it at first place. Secondly, for the sake of discussion if you are able to find one good list, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will convert.

You are offered several free email extracting tools by putting one single query into the Google search. It looks fairly easy and tempting to extract hundreds of email contacts in a short span of time from some websites, forums etc. I’ve used the word some websites, forums, because no Big Social Networking Platform (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc), eCommerce Marketplaces and Forums will let the email extraction tool to grab their user’s data.

If you have collected email contacts using one of the above mentioned ways, you are actually violating the standards of permission based emailing. ISPs and other 3rd party organizations place maximum effort to recognize the email spam, unsolicited bulk emails relaying to the harvested list.

Being on poorest level of subscriber’s engagement practices, your emails are more likely to be rejected by the contacts in purchased list. The recipients of the purchased email list have their inboxes flooded with marketing emails, as you aren’t the only company sending those emails. And being offended with irrelevant stuff, they are more prone to hit your email as spam.

Honey pots or spam trap emails are one of the efforts to pursue email spam and to penalize the wrongly harvested list. Honey pots and spam trap emails have more than one ways to operate; it can be one of the silent and unengaged emails in the list that you have purchase, and can instantly be triggered upon receiving your email that they have never opted to receive. It can be one of the emails on the forums waiting for you to scrap or wrongly harvest the email list.

Consequences of hitting a spam trap vary from situation to situation, depending upon the severity of spam and the organization that has trapped the spam activity. If you hit an ISP originated spam trap, it can block the IP and the sending domain, either temporarily or even permanently. The temporary ban can be lifted by sending them request to unblock the IP. If some blocklist is running the trap that you have hit, then, they will list your IP or even complete range of IPs publically. As a result of all this, your IPs will be having poor reputation, the emails you will send will be blocked across certain ISPs, received in junk/spam folder, or doesn’t receive either in inbox or in spam folder.

You can think of some alternative ways to get the permission of the contacts in the scraped or purchased list, i.e. sending initial emails asking them the permission to send future email promotions, keeping only the ones that approved the permission, or removing others like, unengaged, bounced or spam traps etc. But even in this case, you will notice that only few will give you permission, and you still have to bear the consequences of sending unsolicited emails, like low sending reputation, listing of IPs, hard bounced in return of sending to invalid email contacts, spam complaints from already offended recipients and damages of spam traps, monitored by the bots and don’t recognize your courtesy of asking the permission.

No matter you send to an invalid email/ spam trap using Mumara or some other platform, it doesn’t make any difference. You will have to tolerate the damages associated with wrongly harvested emails. Mumara always recommends and encourages using double opt-in process of email collection, for the best results and helping organization to curb email spam. No matter how long will it take to build an effective list, a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.

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