Gmail has many spam filter barriers which are hard to pass by. It uses machine learning and AI to decide whether to send an email to the spam folder or inbox.
Google in its security blog stated that their spam filter mechanisms prevent more than 10 million unsafe or unwanted emails from reaching the users.
In this guide, you’re going to learn about some precautions you can take to minimize the chances of ending up in the spam folder.
Like any other email client, Gmail has its own spam filter to decide whether an email is a spam or not. It’ll send your email straight to the spam folder if it matches too many of those predefined criteria such as,
So how do you safeguard your emails from them?
You cannot be 100% sure that your emails won’t end up in the spam folder. But you can take some precautions to lower the probability.
Gmail does not reveal the criteria used in its filters, but there are some precautions you can take to minimize the probability of ending up in the spam folder.
"Messages that have a From address in the recipient's contacts list are less likely to be marked as spam." - Google.
Ask your customers to add your email to their contact list. If your customers do that, it'll send an indication to Google that you are of importance to them, so your emails are less likely to end up in the spam folder.
You should get permission from your customers where they opt-in to your email list and agree to receive your emails.
You can do that by offering a lead magnet and asking them to exchange their emails addresses and tick a checkbox that says something like "I agree to receive marketing emails from Mailmodo."
You can either use a single opt-in or double opt-in method to achieve this objective.
Many people think about buying an email list to build up their audience quickly. However, this will send your emails to the spam folder because recipients on that list are more likely to mark your unsolicited emails as spam since they don't recognize you.
Also, you’ll be marked as spam by mailbox providers and other organizations because they use pristine spam traps to identify people who buy an email list. All organizations expect you to build your list in an authentic way and don’t buy a list. So it’s best to avoid purchasing a list.
Add an unsubscribe link in your emails on which the recipients can click to unsubscribe from your email list. And please stop sending them emails after they’ve unsubscribed, or they will mark you as spam.
Not doing so will definitely hurt your deliverability, domain reputation, the overall success of your email marketing campaign. So respect your customers' decisions and unsubscribe them from your list if they want you to.
If your emails sit in your subscribers' inboxes without being opened, the Gmail spam filter will consider your future emails spam. You might create a sunset policy and a suppression list to manage these unengaged users.
One of the best things you can do is track these unengaged users with your email service provider. You can send them a reminder asking why they haven’t engaged with your emails. Then, ask them if you can do something else for them. If they remain unengaged for a significant time even after the initial ask, it is best to avoid them altogether.
These people find you irrelevant and won’t ever do business with you. So instead, focus your time and energy on people who are engaging and value your content.
You can try AMP emails to increase your conversions further.
Spam checkers are online tools that will check your email against parameters like a spam assassin score, DKIM, and SPF. Then they’ll generate a report that shows how spam filters rate your emails.
If you don’t have the intention to spam, you don’t have to worry too much about ending up in the spam folder. But taking precautions is never bad. As simple as getting permission from your customers can significantly improve your deliverability.