Sending emails to end-users with a free email account is very tempting. The email accounts can be setup within minutes and you can register as many of these accounts as you like. You can also configure the majority of these free email accounts with your favorite email client utilizing POP or IMAP.
Up until today I was using Gmail to send out emails to potential end-users, but the problems I have experienced with the free email provider outweighed the benefits.
Here are three reasons why you should not send end-user emails with a free email provider:
1. It doesn’t look professional. How do you expect for a person to take your email inquiry serious if you are sending emails from a free email provider? It might of worked a few years ago, but these days you need to separate yourself from the rest and choose a domain name that you feel best represents you as a domain investor. You will be taken more serious this way.
2. Sending limits can trigger your account to be locked for 24 hours or more. When you are sending emails to addresses that may or may not be correct you are going to experience a number of bounce backs. As a precaution to reduce spam, free email providers like gmail will lock your account to reduce abuse. I’ve experienced this first hand and it really stops you in your tracks when you are trying to email new leads or follow up with old ones.
3. Spam filters aren’t kind to free email accounts. Have you ever wondered why you are not receiving any replies? There is a chance that the end-user on the receiving end didn’t even have the chance to view your email. Since a great deal of abuse tends to occur with free email accounts some people have taken the extra step to automatically deem the majority of emails coming in from a free email provider as spam.
I was inspired to write this blog entry because I’ve used a few free email providers to send out end-user emails. Lately it has been more troublesome for me to continue down this route and I’ve decided to move forward with a paid solution. When I say paid solution, I am referring to sending emails from my hosting provider or a 3rd party service. I’ll discuss more about this later, but for now I just wanted to share my experience with you.
To sum it up, let’s just say I don’t want to ever see this sending limit box again:
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