YouTube Emails Going To The Gmail Spam Folder?

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 domain.

Screenshot of Ray Williams Johnson YouTube subscriber email in Gmail spam...

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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!

Screenshot of YouTube channel emails not in my Gmail spam folder

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…

Screenshot of all of Ray Williams Johnson's YouTube subscriber emails in spam...

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.

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  1. Links to images of your own Gmail spam folder screenshots are welcome in comments. If you are not seeing what I am seeing in your own email clients, please, do let me know!
    – Chris

  2. For the last couple months, I have been getting all kinds of quality emails in my spam folder including from clients! Over and over I’ve created filters; clicked always mark as important, never send to spam. Eventually it seems they leave spam hell, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. I need to religiously check my spam filter 2 or 3 times a day to make sure I don’t miss something important.

  3. Hi Chris
    I dont use the tags in my Gmail, I find it frustrating trying to hop between the regular, social and promo tagged boxes. I prefer to see everything in the one box and sort it myself into read or delete in one fell swoop, saves all the messing about and getting frustrated when stuff ends up in the wrong box !!!

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