Have you tried to subscribe to a newsletter and get a message like “You cannot subscribe to this list with the email address you entered”. Why is this happening?

It has happened to me a couple of times, and mostly when I was trying to subscribe to a newsletter powered by Aweber who are an email marketing company.

What Email Address Did You Use?

I used ‘info @’ worthdesigning.com.au and subsequently couldn’t sign up to the newsletter!
Different Address Needed

So I tried another address: ‘keely @’ worthdesigning.com.au and that was fine to use.

Email Spam

Role-based emails like ‘info@’ and ‘contact@’ generate a lot of spam complaints. They’re often found on websites that are then found on scraped or harvested email lists.

Harvested Email Lists

“Email harvesting is the process of obtaining lists of email addresses using various methods for use in bulk email or other purposes usually grouped as spam” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_address_harvesting

How annoying! You think you’re being professional by using contact@ with your domain name, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Here’s a list of these sorts of email address – this list should give you an idea of the types of email addresses that can be classified as “spammy” email addresses.

  • info@
  • contact@
  • no-reply@
  • support@
  • admin@
  • webmaster@

What’s the Solution?

Create an email address that DOESN’T use one of the more common words at the start. Use your name. It’s more personal. Or if you have multiple people using the same email address, try something like ‘theteam @’ or ‘getintouch @’

What are your thoughts?

Have you received the same message when trying to sign up to something? Let me know in the comments below.
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