Is This Top 10 YouTube User’s YouTube Subscriber Alerts Going To Gmail Spam Because He Used Bitly In His Video Description?
You Tell Me…
So I ran into yet another of my favorite YouTube guys, Ray William Johnson, in my Gmail spam folder. And not some email from Ray, but his YouTube subscriber alert email I opted into on YouTube. An email list sent via the Google.com domain.
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Here’s original video, it’s a hoot! Give it a play :]
WARNING: May not be safe for work (NSFW)
You can see the YouTube video live here… (including the bitly link)
So, Before I Pronounced This As A Bitly Filtering Error?
First I looked thru my first few pages of Gmail and found YouTube emails from other top channels like Mashable, Machinima and Philip DeFranco…
In my social tab!
Next I searched my Gmail Spam Folder for “YouTube”…
I found 13 YouTube videos from Johnson’s channel in the Gmail spam folder in the last 30 days…
Oh, and yeah, before I forget, one of Google’s Own YouTube channel emails there as well!
So, Can I Say “Fore Shore” That The Bitly Link Is Sending This YouTube Channel To Spam?
No! Of Course Not… But-
No email deliverability consultant can ever say ANYTHING happens unequivocally for ANY reason. But we can make a pretty educated guess, can’t we?
The evidence is mounting here guys and I have certainly seen this before as social alerts to my Gmail Inbox carry over link shorteners with them, that are in major spam filter block lists.
Does that mean Facebook alerts, Google+ Alerts and Twitter Alerts with again, link shorteners in emails that are not trusted by Gmail and many other enterprise level blacklists and blocklists, are going to the Gmail spam folder?
I don’t fully know but take a look around you own Inbox and tell me what you think in the comments below…
I can certainly say that the Bit .ly link shortener is currently listed in one of the most serious URL blocklists I know of: the Spamhaus DBL and the Bitly .com domain is listed as malicious on another blocklist.