Why do my fans get a spam warning when they subscribe?
Imagine the lives that would be transformed if your website reached it’s potential.
Imagine the lives that would be transformed if every website reached it’s potential. The world needs your message. Don’t let new changes hold back your growth. I’m writing this article both from the perspective of someone who signs up for newsletters and someone who manages her own online newsletter account. I hope it is helpful to everyone who subscribes to my website and those who are managing their own website newsletter subscriptions.
Today I received an inquiry from a new subscriber, “Why does my email think your newsletter is spam?”
In short: you signed up for an email newsletter from an address that is not in your address book.
The long answer goes like this:
Whether you are the sender or the receiver of email newsletters you’ll want to read more to find out about the new security features of google/gmail and others. Here is a typical message you might receive when you subscribe to my website for example. (I do not love the wording because some of my readers are terrified of being targeted by hackers like they see on TV). The pop up message says:
“Be careful with this message. It contains content that’s typically used to steal personal information.” There are two links that allow you to either “Report this suspicious message” or “Ignore, I trust this message”.
I just did some research, due diligence, very important for world changers to stay on top of these things. Right team? Apparently, from what I have read, it is not judging the specific sender (you or I), it is judging the marketing method of email newsletters in general. From now on anytime you signed up for an email newsletter from someone who is not in your personal contact book, you’ll get this message. The gmail service is requesting that you respond (like a survey) to let them know if your email was harvested unethically or if you indeed chose to sign up for the newsletter. This survey is a recent addition to the subscription process, so it will be new for many of you, but you can be sure you will see this and other added security features in the future.
For those of us who are building a fanbase online the beginning stages just got more complicated. Any entrepreneurs out there will count on their raving fans to sign up and click “Ignore, I trust this message” by doing so, their fans demonstrate their vote of confidence to google/gmail. If your reputation is soiled with too many guests clicking “Report this suspicious message” they will close the account. Gmail is cracking down.
The world needs your message.
To my knowledge no one has ever thought my newsletter was spam, but I have never added anybody, I always let them stumble across it and sign up on their own. Friends, this is SOOO important. Study, learn, master permission marketing. Interruption marketing is a thing of the past, and will crash your reputation before you begin. Now get out there Rock Stars and go crush it! 🤩 The world needs your message.
Also, if you want to create raving fans who spread your message, always give them an unsubscribe button. When someone loves these motivational articles and clicks subscribe, at the bottom of every newsletter is an unsubscribe button. Because someday they may need to move on and if you don’t have an honest unsubscribe button they will have no choice but to mark you as spam. Don’t make them do that. Here is the definition of spam:
Spam: irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to a large number of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.
So, if a follower finds you irrelevant after life takes them down a new path, future subscribers might get warned that you are spam and fear you are spreading malware! It’s all jumbled together. I laugh at “typically to a large number of users” because today when a potential subscriber received this warning, everyone is receiving this warning even websites that are just starting up, perhaps especially websites that are just starting up because they are not yet in anyone’s address book. They are right, none-the-less, a subscribe button on a website has the potential to reach “a large number of users” an infinite number even.
Imagine your message changing the world. Imagine the lives that would be transformed if your website reached it’s potential. Learning to create raving fans who spread your message is entering into a step-by-step process that aligns your online activity with your core values and offers valuable services from a distance. Staying on top of these new developments requires a lifetime learning attitude. The impact we are going to create together is worth it. Who are you influencing? Who are your mentors? What new breakthrough would make all the difference? Stay alert. Cast out fear. For we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline. You can do this!
You can do this!