Now that Conficker is delivering it’s payload of spam, spam filters have been cranked up to their highest notch and email delivery is at an all time low, at least for me
After consulting my top contacts in the world of Internet security, spam filtering and network spam filtering appliances I can say without a doubt that spam filters are set at their highest level we have seen in a long time. I cannot reveal my sources, but they are top notch, this comes from the big firms.
I have lost allot of sales and subscribers that are not getting my emails and my open rate has suddenly fallen below 10%. It is not AWeber’s fault, it is my URLs and commercial slanted content.
My emails have been very commercial lately, because I am now in full launch of my Google Friend Connect Tactics members site and Jack Humphrey just JVed with me on this launch.
I have the best product and by far the highest value in any social marketing suite. So of course I want to shout it from the rooftops. The problem is no one is hearing me. Luckily I have some big affiliates or I would be pulling my hair out.
The best way that you can try to recover from this if you are experiencing the same is to ask anyone your can to check the spam folder and mark you emails as not spam.
Also whitelisting your email is still very effective especially in Gmail.
Ride it out, the worm will turn. What you don’t want to do is over email out of desperation.
Today I am sending a text only, no link email directing my readers to this blog. I will post back in the comments how it worked out. Hang in there, we have been here before, the filtering will come down. Try sending text articles without outgoing links and see how that works for you.
Microsoft Anti Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7 Can Display False Positive Warnings. Here is how you can tell if you are being blocked by a Internet Explorer Anti Phishing False Positive Warning
In a further effort to help legitimate businesses, here is how you can tell you have a Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or 8 blocking your site issue.
I am going to do a series of articles on exact terms that someone that was in my position with a anti virus false positive phishing entry so you can hopefully find this article and begin to clear your name.
This is about the only way you will be able to tell that an anti virus is blocking your site. The real problem occurs when your listing in the AV database spreads to other major networks.
Google Analytics Saved my Butt
You can tell that Internet Explorer is blocking your site if you have goal conversions set up in Google analytics. Check to see if you are selling any products to visitors using Internet Explorer 7.
If you have some type of block in a database it will be possibly consumed by the IE 7 anti phishing filter database and you will have almost 0 sales occurring in Internet Explorer. At the same time you will have a way higher sales success rate in Firefox.
That is the only thing that saved me was finding that FF had a 14% sales success rate and IE had a 0.26% rate.
This is not guessing on my part. This is the findings of the Trend Micro investigation.
Sudden drops in newsletter subscribe rates, abandoned payments, email click thru rates and sales in general are all indicative of this kind of blocking.
The only reason I got a few emails delivered was that I was highly whitelisted in Gmail due to my Google social network friends list.
Please tell anyone you know to look into this so that this does not happen to them. If I can help anyone do not hesitate to call me.
Still alive and kicking,
– Chris Lang