How not to send spam spam spam spam

Pythonviking You might be sending spam! Horrors! How do you know? Here are some hints from the Lyris HQ blog: What is spammy content and how does it hurt deliverability?

The content filters used now are generally more sophisticated than they were just a few years ago, when even “free” in a subject line could have been enough to block a message or route it to the bulk folder. However, if your message contains too many questionable words, phrases or questionable-looking punctuation or formatting, it could still get blocked or filtered.

Spammy content:


  • Anything that sounds like a “get rich quick” scheme or miracle cure
  • Excessive exclamation points, question marks, asterisks or strings of unrelated punctuation marks
  • Broken or nonstandard HTML code

As you can see, it’s not always obvious what’s spammy. Be sure to test your emails for spammy elements and make sure you get in those inboxes!


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4 responses to “How not to send spam spam spam spam”

  1. Christine H Avatar
    Christine H

    I almost missed reading this very useful post – your email triggered my ISP’s spam filter today. You may have sent the world’s first example of meta-spam!

  2. Christine H Avatar
    Christine H

    I almost missed reading this very useful post – your email triggered my ISP’s spam filter today. You may have sent the world’s first example of meta-spam!

  3. It seems the word “spam” is itself a spam trigger. Meaning many email subscribers did not get this post. Too bad for Hormel Foods, the manufacturer of Spam (the meat product) — it must be awfully hard for them to do business.

  4. It seems the word “spam” is itself a spam trigger. Meaning many email subscribers did not get this post. Too bad for Hormel Foods, the manufacturer of Spam (the meat product) — it must be awfully hard for them to do business.

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