How can I check to see if email addresses are valid?

How can I check to see if email addresses are valid?

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  1. Catherine1

    Catherine1 Active Member

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    I was reading about some email marketing things the other day and it said that it is a good idea to check your email addresses are valid that you are sending your emails to. I found some checkers online but they did not seem to work because I check a few of my family members and they said they were not valid but I know they are.

    Is there a way to check to see if an email address is valid that is actually accurate?
     
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    Are you using an ESP to mail with? If you are, they will remove any addresses that become bad.

    You only really need to do if you let the addresses site for any significant length of time.

    Also, you could have users that abandoned an account and the provider after a certain amount of time turns the address into a recycled spam trap.

    To the best of my knowledge, the following is correct.

    AOL: 90 days
    Gmail / Hotmail: 270 days
    Yahoo: 180 days + 60 extra days for each year the user had the account

    So it is important to remove addresses that go bad before they get to the age listed above. Once an email becomes a trap it is harder to identify / remove.

    There are services that will do it for you reliably.

    A couple popular ones are...

    briteverify.com
    neverbounce.com
    xverify.com

    I don't use any of them because they are overpriced. But they are fine for small lists.
     
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    Catherine1 Active Member

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    Forgive me but what is an ESP?

    Sorry but I am a newbie at email marketing so I don't know all the terms that are used yet.
     
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    ESP = Email Service Provider

    Companies that provide you with the ability to send bulk email (email marketing)

    MailChimp, Aweber, Getresponse, etc... are all ESPs.
     
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    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    Did you collect them yourself through some kind of a signup form or did you get them somewhere else?
     
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    Chi Doan New Member

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    I have tried neverbounce, it works fine for all of my checking. But it's quite expensive :(
     
  7. Catherine1

    Catherine1 Active Member

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    Thanks for clarifying that. I just have not heard the term "ESP" before. I have always seen it spelled out but I am pretty new to email marketing so I don't know all the terms yet.
    They were collected myself through my blog signup form.
    Is that a website or a software you buy?
     
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    Kania Active Member

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    If you use the double opt-in method for your subscribers then you will know that the emails are real and not fake.
     
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    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    Did they have to confirm their email address when they signed up? Like through a confirmation email.
     
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    Catherine1 Active Member

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    Some were done that way but at first I did not have any confirmation emails.
     
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    If you did not do them at first with confirmations then people can just put a fake email address. Maybe they did not do that but some might be that way.
     
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    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    If they were not confirmed then some of them may not be real emails but if it is only a few then I don't think you need to be to concerned about it.
     
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    Vini New Member

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    You can hire a developer to get a script developed to validate your email addresses OR use service kickbox for validating email address.
     
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    Thank you so much everyone for sharing valuable information which is useful for me.