Why Gmail is Rejecting Your Newsletter

Today marks the day that Gmail will  join Hotmail, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and many other email providers in rejecting emails that aren’t sent from their own servers.

Why Are They Rejecting My Emails?

Many email providers have set up special policies in their email server software that will reject emails that are not sent from their own engines. It’s a good thing, and its something you should be doing when you send out your email too. They are doing this to ward off spam for their readers.

What Happens If I Don’t Fix This?

Your readers will not receive the emails you are sending, period.  This applies to all external, bulk mail systems like Infusionsoft, MailChimp, Aweber, 1ShoppingCart (or any shopping cart), Ontraport, etc. It applies to your shopping cart, any automated emails or bulk that are sent. It also applies to email that you send from your own website, when people sign up for your newsletter, fill in a form or opt-in, your contact me form, and any other automated emails that you send from your website. Again, if you ignore this, your emails will not be received by your readers and website visitors.

Don’t panic. Take a deep breath.

If you use your own domain email address as the “from” address, newsletter@mydomain.com, as an example, you are fine. You have this issue covered.

If you use another email address to send your bulk emails where the domain name is from another company, like those listed above, you need to make some changes.

How Do I Find Out What I’m Using?

Log into any provider of any service that you use to send emails out to your prospect or customer list. Go to the settings for the account and for all the lists and forms that you maintain on the provider’s system. Double check to make sure you are using your own domain email address.

Make a list of all your providers and your website forms and identify the email address that’s being used to send out the email.

I’m Using My Own Domain Email Address

The best solution is to always use an address using your own domain to send out any email. This applies to your newsletter, any bulk email from any external provider and any other emails that you send out from your website.

What If I’m NOT Using My Own Domain Email Address?

If you are NOT using your own domain email address to send bulk and automated emails, you’ll need to use an existing email address or create a new one.

If you don’t have your own domain yet, now is the time to do it. Buy a domain and setup email when you purchase the domain.

Now that you have the email address, get that list out that you made, identifying any of the email addresses you are using to send out your bulk and automated emails.

Log into each service and plug in the new or existing domain email address into all of the software systems that you identified above.

Crisis Averted

You have already been using the proper procedure to send out your automated or bulk email, using your own domain email address, or you’ve now established a new email address and are using it instead of external systems like Gmail. One more step.

Make sure you have that email address or email addresses set up properly on your domain. You’re going to need your own policy set up so that any server that receives an email from you knows you aren’t spam and are sending a valid email from a valid server.

The policy is called an SPF record and its done on your domain, usually using your control panel. Each hosting provider may have a different way of doing this. You’ll have to find out what the method is and create or add to your SPF record to make your email address safe for consumption.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this or don’t have the time, I’m happy to take a look at your systems and ensure that your emails to your prospects and clients are being delivered properly.

Gmail will start doing this today, June 30th, 2016, but many other email providers have already implemented this and your emails may already be getting rejected. Don’t wait, get it done now.

iPad Printing

I have a great printer.  It does everything I need it to do except it isn’t AirShare compatible. That means I can’t print from my iPad using AirShare.  I also use my iPad away from from my normal WIFI connection quite a bit.  Enter Dropbox, my Mac with an Automator folder action and an app on the iPad – PDF Printer.

How to Print from your iPad from Anywhere with an Internet Connection

1. Create a folder in Dropbox.  You can call it anything you like, I called mine PrintQueue

2. Open Automator and choose Folder Action

3. Select the Choose folder dropdown and select the folder you created in step 1

4. Select Utilities/Print Finder Items and drag it over to your workflow

5. Select Files & Folders/Move Finder Items to Trash and drag it over to your workflow

6. Save it

7. Purchase and install PDF Printer for iPad onto your iPad

8. Open PDF Printer for iPad

9. Click on the settings icon on the left

10. Enter your credentials for your Dropbox account

Anytime you want to print from your iPad

1. Click on the browser icon on the left (Its the second one down)

2. Enter the URL you want to create into a PDF and print (Copy the URL in the Safari browser)

3. Tap the convert button in the upper right

4. Tap Convert to PDF

5. Enter a filename (Anything will do, you’ll be deleting it later)

6. Tap OK

7. Tap the Adobe icon on the left, it will have a NEW notification alert on it

8. Tap the share icon on the right next to the item you want to print

9, Tap Send to Dropbox

10. Select the PrintQueue folder (Or whatever you called it)

11. Tap Put Here

When you return to your default printer, you’ll find anything that was in the Dropbox folder is now on your printer.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs – Rest in Peace

Steve JobsMany years ago I did a bit of programming on a hugely expensive computer named Lisa. Years later, i saved up to buy my first Mac. It had no hard disk, just double floppy drives and an amazing ability to outshine my PC. It actually spoke. A colorful IMac and laptop followed. My first Macbook Pro lightened my backpack weight, eliminating my need for a heavy PC laptop.

Today, i have an iPhone, an IPad 2, a 27 inch iMac and a Macbook Pro. One or more of them are always with me. Steve Jobs is responsible for making technology accessible and portable. His innovative ideas and his ability to lead others to implement them changed our lives.

Steve Jobs died peacefully with his family around him. I hope he was able to die knowing his innovations had a huge impact on our day to day lives. He goes down in history with many others who changed our lives.

Apple, the company he co-founded, was removed from, rescued from near bankruptcy and ultimately led to being one of the world’s most valuable companies, will go on without him. I hope that it will pick up the vision and move beyond it, above it. I hope they learn to stop asking themselves ‘What would Steve do?’. Instead, concentrating on solving the problems that technology can solve and sometimes creates.

Steve has a lesson for us all. He loved what he did for a living. He rose every morning and lived it to the fullest. Steve, you will be missed, but thanks to your visionary mind, you will be remembered and your legacy will live on.

iPhone 4 in Hand

iPhone delivered at 11:25am today. Out of the box and plugged into iTunes to activate. Session expired. Huh? I called Apple. Sure enough, he tells me that I won’t be able to activate the phone until tomorrow because that’s the official date.

He tells me that the people on line that have already received and activated their iPhones must be boasting and lying or they must have special access because they are bloggers. What is this guy smoking?

Disconnect from iTunes, restart and reconnect. All is well. I’m syncing as I type.

Rethinking, Restructuring

Merlin Mann, of 43folders.com fame, has been rethinking his site. I can really relate to his restructuring and rethinking of how he wants his business and site to work. We can all relate, or at least we should all relate to his thoughts and actions. If you haven’t thrown all your hard work into the trash and started over lately, I can highly recommend it. In fact, Merlin takes the approach on the site to remind us to re-learn how to use it.

Merlin, please, if you’re going to take this approach, what all of us readers would like is for you to journalize it. Toss around your ideas on the site so we can learn with you. That’s been the exciting part of watching your site grow and change. That goes for anyone who is going through a transition, let us learn your trials and tribulations as you change.

If you’re restructuring your business, let us restructure ours with you. If you’re becoming a public speaker, let us in on how you are doing it. Writing a book? We can learn to write one too, if you let us know the steps you’ve used and what you’ve learned along the way. We can offer one another encouragement, support, share in the headaches and successes. Isn’t that what building a website community is all about?

Word!

1. Where is your cell phone? charging
2. Your significant other? Jim
3. Your Hair? Blonde
4. Your Skin? Fair
5. Your mother? Beverly
6. Your favorite thing? Kids
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? tea
9. Your dream/goal? health
10. The room you’re in? office
11. Your ex? none
12. Your fear? drowning
13.Where do you want to be in 6 years? alive
14.Where were you last night? home
15.What you’re not? old
16.Muffins? blueberry
17.One of your wish list items? CGM
18.Where you grew up? California
19.The last thing you did? code
20.What are you wearing? shorts
21.Your TV? HD
22.Your pets? cat
23. Your computer? mac
24. Your life? crazy
25. Your mood? pooped
26. Missing someone? no
27. Your car? accura
28. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
29. Favorite Store? borders
30. Your summer? hot
31. Like someone? yes
32. Your favorite color? magenta
33. When is the last time you laughed? today
34. Last time you cried? yesterday
35. Who will respond to this? you?
36. Who’s Answers are you anxious to see? everyone