Can Aweber detect Bogus Email Addresses?

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I am using paid traffic to a squeeze page in the Sports Memorabilia NIche once somebody opt in to my list I tell them on my thank you page that a welcome message will be sent your email address shortly however I am getting zero opens on the first message. Any advice?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

    I am getting zero opens on the first message.
    Forgive me if you knew this already and/or if it's useless/unhelpful information for you, but when people say this, I always like to check whether they appreciate that open-rates can be monitored only from HTML-formatted emails (because of the "pixel-device" used to track them) and that if by any chance your first message is being sent out in plain-text format, no "opens" will be recorded.

    And - with apologies for "subsidiary questions" ...

    Are you using single or confirmed opt-in?

    What kind of numbers are we talking about?

    Have you asked Aweber's support staff about this, too (also very much worth trying)?

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    • Profile picture of the author deebee23
      Ah thanks. So that's what I was doing wrong. I had my first message in plain text format. I generate about 5 to six leads a day. I use single opt in. Thanks you're a life saver.


      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Forgive me if you knew this already and/or if it's useless/unhelpful information for you, but when people say this, I always like to check whether they appreciate that open-rates can be monitored only from HTML-formatted emails (because of the "pixel-device" used to track them) and that if by any chance your first message is being sent out in plain-text format, no "opens" will be recorded.

      And - with apologies for "subsidiary questions" ...

      Are you using single or confirmed opt-in?

      What kind of numbers are we talking about?

      Have you asked Aweber's support staff about this, too (also very much worth trying)?

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      • Profile picture of the author OTrap
        Originally Posted by deebee23 View Post

        Ah thanks. So that's what I was doing wrong. I had my first message in plain text format. I generate about 5 to six leads a day. I use single opt in. Thanks you're a life saver.
        Text-only emails aren't inherently poor practice, so I'm not sure I'd say you're doing anything "wrong," per se. However, Alexa is correct. Open rates can only be tracked via tracking pixel, which renders as an image.

        It's also worth noting that open rates can be affected by the email client or the ISP, as many of them have images disabled as a default (though this seems to be changing, as Gmail has been enabling images as the default for awhile now). So even with HTML emails, you could be getting opens you're not seeing, and the number of opens not being tracked could even be substantial if a large portion of your subscribers are using one of the ISPs not automatically showing images (or Outlook, as well).

        Do you have any links at all in the welcome email? They don't necessarily have to be offers or anything. However, if you had a link, you'd at least have some kind of indication as to what kind of engagement your welcome emails are getting, because AWeber can still track clicks in text-only emails.
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        • Profile picture of the author deebee23
          Originally Posted by OTrap View Post

          Text-only emails aren't inherently poor practice, so I'm not sure I'd say you're doing anything "wrong," per se. However, Alexa is correct. Open rates can only be tracked via tracking pixel, which renders as an image.

          It's also worth noting that open rates can be affected by the email client or the ISP, as many of them have images disabled as a default (though this seems to be changing, as Gmail has been enabling images as the default for awhile now). So even with HTML emails, you could be getting opens you're not seeing, and the number of opens not being tracked could even be substantial if a large portion of your subscribers are using one of the ISPs not automatically showing images (or Outlook, as well).

          Do you have any links at all in the welcome email? They don't necessarily have to be offers or anything. However, if you had a link, you'd at least have some kind of indication as to what kind of engagement your welcome emails are getting, because AWeber can still track clicks in text-only emails.
          Yes I do have links in the welcome email. It is used to give the subscriber the first look at my website which is an eccommerce tailored affiliate website.
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  • Profile picture of the author jsyz426
    Do you use your own tracking software? If not, you should. Because the way that these companies track your opens is with a 1 by 1 pixel image. And if the email opens and loads that pixel image it counts as an open. But the problem is that a lot of email services out there do not load images. So your email may very well be getting opened but just not pinging their tracking. If you insert a link into these emails, don't be surprised if you get like 3 clicks but it still shows 0 opens.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    I spoke to Aweber support a couple of months ago, about preventing bots from subscribing to your list, or other junk subscribers, by adding a "Captcha" it was not until recently I noticed they started to implement the captcha within their system! I think it is a great idea especially if you don't know where your traffic is coming from. However there is always faults within that itself, that is why they offer email list cleaners that work really well. It's always a good idea to filter out bad email addresses after about 1 month of follow ups I would say if they are never opening.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRiley
    To an extend YES.

    But couldn't if the bogus email address have @yahoo.com and @gmail.com in them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      They can detect if an email is poorly formed, but not if someone is really using that particular address that they enter into the form.
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