Trying send incomplete email addresses

Discussion in 'Email Newsletters' started by looking2send, May 20, 2009.

  1. looking2send

    looking2send New Email

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    I typically send between 500 to 1000 emails at a time. I find it very time consuming to have to search through and delete incomplete email addresses. Is there an easier way?
     


  2. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Hello,

    Using a mailing list software package instead of an address book contact list might work better for you. Some are free, some cost money, but one of the standard features is an automatic unsubscribe mechanism for email address that are invalid or bounce several times in a row. How are you storing your list of addresses now and how are you sending the email to them? Who provides you with your email account and SMTP server? It's unlikely that a residential ISP has an option to help you with this but it's possible. Do you know what limits your ISP has for the number of email you can send in a day and/or the number of recipients that are allowed per email?

    -Raymond
     

  3. looking2send

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    I copy and paste a list emails to an excel sheet. These emails come from people who are trying our product for the first time. Alot of times; people don't want you to email them, so they put in incomplete email addresses. I'm trying to find a way of deleting these either when I copy/paste or am trying to send through my outllook.
     
  4. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    What do you use on your web page form that is collecting the email addresses?

    It really is best to confirm the email addresses before adding them to an email list.

    To answer the problem, have you tried filtering for valid format email addresses in the form before the visitors can submit the form?

    Here is an example of the code to use if you use php for your web pages:

    Email format validation in Php using regular expressions

    -Raymond
     
  5. looking2send

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    We have an admin website that I simply copy from. I then paste this list into microsoft excel and copy them to my outlook. When I try to send from my outlook; it tries to give suggestions for the incomplete email addresses which is very time consuming to have to go back in and find each incomplete email address. Sometimes they don't even have the @ sign in them.
     
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    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Hello,

    Yes, I stand by my previous recommendation then that your admin page should have some better code in it, or better yet the form collecting the information could have some smarter programming. Do you have a web person who can make the update? There is an example of the php linked to in my above post.

    -Raymond
     

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