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I completely understand. Our deliverability team would be happy to look into this further with you, as there are many reasons why an email address may have bounced, and they are the expert team on this subject. They can be reached at 866.433.8499 and are open until 11PM EST today, I hope this helps!
We went from a .7% bounce rate to a 7.7% bounce rate in a week. Nothing at all has changed on our end.
People who have been getting - and opening - our emails for months now show up as Blocked - not suspended, but flat-out blocked.
Thanks for reaching out! I'm sorry to hear that your bounce rate increased from blocked emails. Sometimes just a few spam complaints can land Constant Contact on a blocklist/blacklist. ISPs also filter content which can lead to blocked emails too. And some ISPs (especially corporate networks) utilize their own custom critera for blocking. Here's some important information about understanding how and why Internet Service Providers block email. I would also recommended providing your contacts with the whitelisting information.
It is intermittent - this week's emails were not blocked at the increased rates - at least thus far. Which is a good thing for us, but is curious and brings its own set of problems, like how do we know which email will be blocked and which will be allowed through? I know, no good answers on this sort of thing. Even email addresses that were blocked last week are not blocked this week (nor are they suspended).
If the block is occuring intermittently then it could be something with the content of the e-mail the receiving server is taking issue with. I would compare two of your campaigns, one which is not experiencing the block and one that is, and see if there are any differences in content that might stick out. This would give an idea what the receiving server is flagging as a problem.
It can certainly be a difficult thing to navigate and deduce, though. I recommend calling and speaking with our Deliverability team at 866-433-8499 between the hours of 7AM to 9PM EST Monday through Friday. They have specialized knowledge and training when it comes to bounces and deliverability-related issues.
Hello @GOTRHR. I can certainly explain the reason why those emails are showing as suspended. When an email bounces an non-existent, Constant Contact puts a temporary hold on the email address for 15 days. During this time, we will not any emails to that address. If an account attempts to send to that email address during the 15 day hold, we will mark the email address as suspended. After the temporary hold is lifted, if the email address bounces again, then we will assume it as non-existent, mark it as Suspended, put an indefinite hold on the email address and will not send to it.
Constant Contact will not remove these email addresses from your account but we do categorize these email addresses as recommended for removal. If you do believe that some of your suspended emails are good emails, you can email us these addresses to us at social_support(at)constantcontact(dot)com. Just keep in mind that resetting the email addresses doesn't prevent it from bouncing again in the future.
Thanks for reaching out. I'm sorry to hear that you had contacts bounce as "suspended" on your first send. When a contact bounces as "suspended" the first time you send to it, that means it bounced as nonexistent in another Constant Contact account that sent to that address. Here is a link to a helpful guide on "Managing Bounces on Your Account."