I own 3 different domain names that I use to market my products. Over the last four years, I have built a subscriber database of 12,000 OPT IN's ONLY. I don't send out newsletters very frequently. Usually, I'll send one every 2 months.
I am hardly a spammer, but I was kicked off my mail server because of one complaint. Even with the evidence that I send mass mailing very infrequently, my mail server provider still canceled my account.
My hosting provider claimed I sent email to a honeypot? I had no idea what a honeypot was until doing some research. If there is a honey pot address in my list, it is because someone intentionally entered it into my opt in form. The problem is I don't know what email address it is to remove it!
My hosting provider recommends I use a double opt in method which makes sense to me at this point. (I never recognized why this was important) But at this point, I have spent 4 years building a list that contains 1 honeypot address. How can I clean up my list?
Another problem with my list is I have never used software to remove bounced emails. With many email addresses 4 years old, I usually get 1,500 bounces out of the 12,000 emails. I never recognized the importance of removing bounces until now. I just bought software that will remove bounces after 2 times.
I found this forum because my domain names are posted above. jilliandistributors.com and jillianleather.com
Unfortunately, there is no book "Everything you need to Know about Internet Marketing". I have learned most of my lessons as I go.
Can someone please tell me what method I need to use to clean up my lists, and keep from being confused with a spammer?
Thanks for your help,