“Do Not Reply” Address? Don’t Bother.

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

It’s not often we invoke Sesame Street on this blog, but today it seems appropriate.

Let’s play a little game: which thing doesn’t belong in your email marketing campaigns?

  • Presenting subscribers with other ways to interact with your business – like on your blog, Facebook group, Twitter account or even in person at events your business will attend.
  • Writing in a conversational tone – like a “real person” talking to your subscribers.
  • Requesting feedback from subscribers on how your business – and your emails! – can better meet their needs.
  • Trying to learn why people unsubscribe by asking them.
  • Starting with subscribers’ permission and creating relevant emails that seek to build a relationship with your potential customers.
  • Sending your emails from a “No Reply” or “Do Not Reply” address.

If you guessed “Sending your emails from a ‘no reply’ or ‘do not reply’ address, give yourself a pat on the back.

“Do Not Reply” Addresses Have No Place In Your Email Marketing Campaigns.


All the other ideas in the list above aim to make your email marketing more social.

“Do Not Reply” addresses, on the other hand, try to take a permission-based, conversational marketing medium and mold it into an online version of TV or billboard advertising.

People who use “Do Not Reply” addresses…

  • … try to have one-way conversations in their marketing.

    Problem is, a one-way conversation isn’t a conversation at all. It’s a monologue.

  • … treat subscribers as a cost whenever they’re doing anything except buying something.

    To them, feedback isn’t free research on how to market better; it’s a cost to be avoided.

  • … don’t get that the main thing that affects your email deliverability is basically whether you make subscribers mad. Make them mad, they click the “spam” button. Enough of them do it, and you have a delivery problem.

    To subscribers, spam isn’t just unsolicited bulk email, it’s any email they don’t want. And not many people want to hear from people – or companies – who refuse to hear back from them.

    Business who use a “Do Not Reply” address don’t understand that they’re asking for spam complaints.

Good News: Most People Understand This. Better News: More People Will.

Most people don’t send their email marketing campaigns from “Do Not Reply” addresses – which was exactly what we expected to find when we ran stats on the “from” lines in all of our users’ campaigns a while ago. You guys are good :)

That said, there were a few people who were creating campaigns in AWeber and using addresses like noreply@example.com, do-not-reply@example.com and so forth (at their own domain, not example.com) in the “from” line.

We realized we needed to close that loophole and educate those customers, and we’ve done so.

When you create a campaign in AWeber, we check the “from” address for many common variants of “Do Not Reply” addresses. If a customer enters one, they’ll be notified that this is not OK and will be prompted to choose a new “from” address.

Our hope is that with a little guidance and education, we can help those businesses become better email marketers.

What Do YOU Think of “Do Not Reply” Addresses?

Have you ever sent a campaign using a “Do Not Reply” address? Ever received one? What do you think of them?

Share your thoughts below!


  1. Chris Sherrod

    5/6/2009 12:29 pm

    I ask people to simply hit reply to my email if they have a question or want to discuss it further. Auto response email services just help automate sending out a lot of email to your list. It shouldn’t de-personalize it. Write the email to one person and send it to all. Address should match that message.

    Great idea to have aweber check the from address. You all tweak and make aweber just so nice and easy to use.

  2. Cassie

    5/6/2009 12:41 pm

    I expect big companies like Amazon and Google to send emails from noreply addresses but when Joe Blow Marketer sends me an email from a noreply address, that signals to me that they don’t want to be contacted and in some cases that sounds a bit shady. If you do use a noreply address, at least provide a contact link in each email.

  3. Angela Wills

    5/6/2009 1:33 pm

    I’ve seen people debate this on places like the warrior forum and other places. Those with huge lists say they just can’t get to the emails and they direct people to their support page, etc.

    I don’t like it. If I’ve subscribed to someone’s list and made MYSELF freely available to them whenever they feel like emailing me I think it’s common courtesy not to make me jump through hoops when I have a question to ask or a comment in reply to an email.

    As a marketer I totally agree they will lose out on valuable feedback because who is going to go through the trouble of signing up and filling out a support ticket just to give some feedback or maybe even ask a question on a product they’re interested in.

    The do not reply emails don’t quite bug me as much as a blog that doesn’t allow comments – now those I quickly leave because a blog is meant to be a conversation.

  4. Justin Premick

    5/6/2009 1:54 pm


    My thoughts exactly. Automation is designed to save you time, not suck the personality and service out of a business.

    Cassie and Angela,

    What’s funny/sad/bizarre to me about companies who say they "just can’t get to the emails" is that many of them have customer support people who answer questions via an online help desk.

    Is it really so hard to send from an address that the customer support team checks? Surely the same people who work a help desk are capable of handing support queries that come in via email. Example: all of AWeber’s own email marketing campaigns are sent from help@aweber.com – so all replies go directly to our awesome Customer Solutions Team.

    And for what it’s worth, I don’t think larger companies have a "get out of reply free" card. If anything they enjoy better economies of scale than "Joe Blow Marketer" does and should open email as an avenue of communication for customers to reach them.

  5. Jack Williams

    5/6/2009 3:38 pm

    Man – These are conversations on the level where I can go to school. Thanks for the perspectives on marketing approaches

  6. Gobala Krishnan

    5/7/2009 3:20 am

    The problem is, the tons of "Out of Office" replies, bounce notices, mailbox full notice etc you have to deal with if you’re sending from an email address that accepts replies.

    The problem just gets bigger as your list size grows.

    Also, do you not think it would be better to publish proper support desk / help urls and instructions in the email instead of letting customers reply directly to one email add?

    I mean, sometimes I’m just not available to check emails and really urgent matters go unattended because they replied to me personally. If they would have opened a support ticket on the other hand I have 3 staff waiting to solve their problems.

    The post here seems to imply that if you want to be professional, users must be able to reply to autoresponder messages directly and send you an email.

    But wouldn’t it be better to ensure they get their problems solved ASAP instead of sending a "personal" reply 3 days later? It’s great that you took the time to reply to them personally but by then it would have already been too late.

    Unless you want to sit in front of your PC every hour of every single day and respond to all inquiries yourself, i think it would be better to get a proper support desk software and publish that URL in every email you send out.

    A while back I did try sending out broadcasts from the actual support email used by my helpdesk, but again tons of useless auto-replies every time I send out a broadcast. Which just cuts down again on the response time of my staff.

    I dont have as many staff in support as Aweber does :)

  7. Karin H.

    5/7/2009 3:58 am

    I cannot believe what I’m reading!

    Using AWeber is using, utilising more likely, Permission Marketing, and I absolutely agree with Angela on this. Effective email marketing should be about two-way-traffic – IF you want your business to grow that is.

    We even use an extended AWeber web from so prospects can ask us for personal advice. That list has the highest conversion rate in prospects/clients.

    Those who use a no-reply from address should have their (business) heads examined, or shouldn’t be in business at all. I also consider it very pompous and arrogant: "I’ve got so many subscribers I can’t take the trouble to reply to emails of my prospects" (Ever heard of delegating????)

    Rant over

  8. Gobala Krishnan

    5/7/2009 3:59 am

    The new rule doesn’t seem to work well, I’m getting an Error Code: B.

    This is perhaps when they do send a reply to my actual support desk email they get an instant notification that their email has been received.

    If that’s indeed the case, I think you need to take a look at the process again. It would be better I think to add a "Contact Information" field under "Global Fields" and make that compulsory to all users.

  9. Dennis Lowery

    5/7/2009 6:20 am

    I think that you nailed it. Using a "no-reply", and to a degree … sending people to a support page to get an answer instead of interacting with them directly, to me is a clear case of the "quantity versus quality" issue. As a business person who had worked with a lot of clients and customers over my 26 year career … I’ve learned that for me, it has to be about quality. As a side philosophical note: I think if our society focused on quality (in all things) and not quantity that it would be better for everyone.

  10. Karin H.

    5/7/2009 8:24 am

    "The problem is, the tons of "Out of Office" replies, bounce notices, mailbox full notice etc you have to deal with if you?re sending from an email address that accepts replies.

    The problem just gets bigger as your list size grows. "

    Some solutions for your ‘problem':
    1) filter your emails on Out of office etc – every email program has that feature,
    2) dedicate a fixed period per day or even week to reply sessions – easy added to your auto ‘message received’ email (did you read the 4 hour work week?),
    3) delegate the task better
    4) add additional information in your AWeber signature on how your subscribers can best come in contact on various issues.

    In my eyes a "Do-not-reply" address is definitely a "Do-not-buy" address!

  11. Justin Premick

    5/7/2009 8:49 am


    I can sympathize – I used to do a lot of customer support here, and I’ve seen the amount of spam, autoreplies and other “clutter” that comes in on our help address. It isn’t pretty.

    The problem is, publishing a help desk URL as the sole means of responding to an email only works if people look for that URL. And some people (I would argue many people) won’t. After all, it’s not how they respond to other emails they get.

    Plus: what about people who reply asking to unsubscribe? Sure, they *should* use your unsubscribe link, but:

    a) not everyone will think to do that
    b) some people don’t trust unsubscribe links

    You definitely don’t want to be ignoring unsubscribe requests just because they didn’t come in via the most convenient medium.

    All in all, I think it comes down to whether:

    – the onus should be on our subscribers to figure out how to respond to our emails using a mechanism other than the one that’s already built into email and that they’re already familiar with.


    – we should realize that keeping that communication channel open is our responsibility as senders and, if you want to look at it this way, a cost of marketing your business via email.

    At AWeber we opt for the latter and invest in making it easy for people to get ahold of us in the way they choose. For us that means not just email replies, but also livechat, phone, Twitter and this blog.

    I don’t think that’s necessarily the right path for everyone, but having a working reply address that gets checked regularly is Email 101 in my humble opinion.

  12. Kelly Seow

    5/7/2009 10:11 am

    This is such an insightful post – I completely agree!

    I think for anyone in marketing it is always too easy to fall back into the trap of making it ‘about me’ – whether it is in promotional copy, e-mail replies, or what have you. I know I am often guilty of it myself!

    I believe it’s a knee-jerk response that is present from the automatically hype-ey, manipulative days of selling that are coming to an end – but often still unconsciously influence our actions.

    People don’t want that anymore. And if you think about it – if you choose not to make it convenient for your subscribers to respond to you, there are probably 5 or 10 other people in your niche that will!

    I think that more and more, any of us that are in any aspect of marketing need to take a step back and say, "Is this action of the greatest service to my potential client, or is it of the greatest service to me?"

    If there is any doubt, maybe it needs to be adjusted! Thanks for the reminder Justin!

  13. Marc Berouti

    5/7/2009 10:23 am

    @Justin & everyone

    Couldn’t agree with you more. There’s nothing colder than an email coming from someone who’s telling you "I don’t want to hear back from you".

    You specified the context is email marketing campaigns. How do you feel about using ‘do-not-reply’ for system emails that are used for things like account activation links and password recovery?

  14. Carol Bentley

    5/7/2009 10:53 am

    I love replying to the email replies I get – whether questions, comments or complaints. And they all come in to me personally.

    True, I probably spend too much time doing that but it’s all part of having the conversation and building that relationship.

    Mind my list does not contain thousands (as you know Justin ;?)) but – as Dennis mentioned – I do have top quality friends rather than a high quantity of subscribers.

  15. Bernie Kunze

    5/7/2009 10:59 am

    Thanks for this blog post – I’ve been banging on at my clients for ages about not using "no-reply" addresses for exactly the reasons you mention… now I have an authoritative second opinion to refer them to :)


  16. LouAnn

    5/7/2009 11:08 am

    What’s this that Karen H. uses…

    extended AWeber web from so prospects can ask us for personal advice.

    Sounds like a good idea and something I could incorporate.

    I’m grateful for the replies. In the last month I’ve gotten some incredibly positive feedback that the sender(s) is allowing me to use as testimony for my weekly publication and article. If I’d had ‘no reply’ I would have been the one to miss out.

  17. Wes Hopper

    5/7/2009 11:10 am

    I’m on the lists of a lot of internet marketers and the best ones take email replies (and are on aweber!) I have some I avoid because it’s too hard to contact them or get off their lists, so I make sure that I don’t make that mistake as my lists grow.

    I love having the replies come to me, because I get the nicest comments from people, not just for the newsletters, but even sometimes for the sales pitches. People will say, "Wow, that was just what I needed to hear" or, a couple of weeks ago, "That was the best email I received from anyone in the last year!" Yeah, the "out of office" stuff is a pain but I can delete it pretty fast.

    With all the buzz about social media it’s easy to forget that email was the original social media, but only if it’s two way. How can a marketer build relationships with just broadcasts?

  18. Eruwan Gerry

    5/7/2009 11:12 am

    Great advice guys!

    I for one don’t agree with people that send emails from a "no-reply" email address as it beats the purpose that the email should sound personal and friendly to the subscriber.

  19. Ralph Sabean

    5/7/2009 11:27 am

    There are still quite a few like that still online and many that aren’t marked as so but are still no reply addresses. Still there are some that I’m pretty sure actually get your email and read it and decide they don’t want you on their list ( Thank Heavens) and then send a no reply email saying it was a no reply address. Some if you unsubscribe just use a change of email address on you. Most will change to a first or last name or use a friend to email you or one of his or her MLM marketers. You may get 50 emails a day from one person like say Justin Blake, or Cody Moya or a dozen others and these will have MLMers trying to market by getting you in their downline. I wish their was a good and true way to make money online but I’m pretty fed up with all these MLM ing schemes.

  20. Mickey Wong

    5/7/2009 11:41 am


    I agree with you and am glad you brought up this issue.

    When the ‘From’ name and email address is one of the first things people see, using a "No Reply" or "Do Not Reply" email address is not exactly a good way to start that particular message. It gives an even worse impression if it’s the first email someone receives, such as having just opted in – not a good way to start a relationship.

    It’s like, "Hey, listen to me now… but if you want me to listen to you then here are some hoops to jump through (use helpdesk, etc.)."

    Disrespectful? I think so.

    I don’t think it matters whether you’re an Amazon, Google or Joe Blow Marketer – simple systems can be put in place so you don’t have to use a "No Reply" or "Do Not Reply" email address.

    On a side note…

    What’s impressive to me about your post is the fact that you managed to quote something from Sesame Street! I’m just trying to think through your thought process at the time of writing… how did that happen… what were you smoking?! ;0)

  21. Justin Premick

    5/7/2009 12:26 pm


    Good point about availability as a differentiator. Your competitors are just a click away…


    I prefer to have all emails come from a "real" address. Any email can generate questions/feedback/etc.

    It’s important to realize that email marketing isn’t only autoresponders and newsletters.

    To the recipient, every email from your company is… an email from your company. And they all say something about your business, for better or for worse. In other words, they all market your business, positively or negatively. Even mundane ones like "here’s your password."

    Recipients don’t say "oh, this is a transactional email and this is a marketing email…" ("transactional email" is an industry term and classification, not a recipient-generated one).

    Great comments by all here. I want to point out one more that I saw on Twitter from someone who tweeted about "do not reply" addresses…

    "The whole issue with emails for customers is to build personal relations – NOT block their advances."

  22. Brian D. Hawkins

    5/7/2009 12:42 pm

    No one wants to listen to a monologue and that’s exactly the impression a ‘no reply’ sender address leaves. I hate to see it even from my domain registrar, cable company or cellular service provider. It’s just bad form.

  23. Lalitha Brahma

    5/7/2009 12:55 pm

    I am a stand for open, two- way communication. For smaller companies, it is OK and feasible for the sender to respond. For bigger companies, there should be a helpdesk to take care. In addition, the sender must clearly state in his email-How he will respond to receiver’s emails. He must indicate the time frame and also whether he/his assistant/help desk will respond. Once the receiver know what to expect, he is fine. It is the question of revealing the systems in place clearly and following the same.

  24. Lalitha Brahma

    5/7/2009 12:56 pm

    Justin, I really appreciate you, responding to the comments.

  25. Maria Miller

    5/7/2009 12:58 pm

    I don’t know if my list is small or big as compared to average (it’s about 35,000 now), but that generates maybe a dozen to two dozen "out of office" autoreplies, and I can delete them in a matter of a few seconds.

    I generally get 10-20 responses to the newsletter, various kinds (if I’m NOT asking for feedback, that is). Some are nice compliments, some are off-topic questions, some are on-topic questions or unsubscribe requests. Those are definitely not too much a strain to answer – a few minutes per email.

    But, I don’t really know how time-consuming such would be with larger lists.

  26. Bob Marconi

    5/7/2009 1:01 pm

    Another problem that goes along with this is using an email address that looks legitimate but goes nowhere when you trying to use it. I have seen many people use this method including some of the big boys – whoever they are – in internet marketing.

  27. Fred D.

    5/7/2009 2:23 pm

    Quite Frankly, if you are not willing to accept my replies, then do not send me your email. If you invade my mailbox, then my time is more important than yours. Those who act like true businesspeople are the ones that get my business. I use that feeling as a guideline when I initiate business contacts with others.

  28. Justin Premick

    5/7/2009 2:29 pm


    I’m right with you on that one. For most people, it’s not an unmanageable amount of incoming email, and as it grows, there are things you can do to manage your incoming email (filters are a start) to minimize time spent removing the clutter and getting to the important replies.


    Totally agree – the "go ahead and reply – but nobody’s really listening" is just as maddening as a "do not reply" address.

    The only difference is *when* subscribers get mad – when they see that they can’t reply, or a few days after trying when they realize nobody’s home?


    Thanks – that means a lot. I try to stay involved in the conversation without getting in the way. Don’t always get it right but I keep trying…


    I’m not sure where I came up with the reference. Guess I was feeling nostalgic for my childhood or something :)

  29. Graham Constantine

    5/7/2009 2:34 pm

    Great blog post. I took it for granted that the purpose of sending emails is to build relationship with customers or potential customers. So it seems strange to me to use a do not reply email address. I know that I have attempted to send replies to people who send me newsletters and realised that I don’t like do not reply addresses myself. I tend to use this as a common sense test, do to others as you would have them do to you.

  30. Alexander

    5/7/2009 3:30 pm

    Ich frage mich, wie AWeber sich dazu aufschwingen kann, zu entscheiden, ob ich diese No-Reply-Adressen nutze oder nicht?

    Schlie?lich bezahle ich f?r das Versenden der E-Mails. Ob und was ich empfangen will geht AWeber nichts an.

    Zwar verstehe ich die Argumentation, und handle auch danach, aber die Entscheidungsfreiheit sollte doch jedem Gesch?ftsinhaber verbleiben, ob er seinen Kunden diesen Service anbieten will oder nicht.

    F?r diese monatlichen Geb?hren noch dazu.

    Note by Justin: Alexander is basically saying he agrees with the advice but also asking how it is any of AWeber’s business whether he uses a “do not reply” address. You can get a rough translation of his comment using Babelfish.

  31. Kirk

    5/7/2009 4:51 pm

    Hey Justin,

    That Sesame St thingy was great. You actually got me to click the link…

    And it was worth it!

    Well Done

  32. Simon Carter

    5/7/2009 5:44 pm

    We use a noreply email address because automated tools just love to collect email addresses like yours. Here’s how they work
    a) an automated spider comes to your site and finds a form to fill out
    b) the spider submits info with their email address (a temporary gmail or hotmail account)
    c) they mine the confirmation emails to collect YOUR email address, then they submit spam to it forever more.

  33. Tarik

    5/7/2009 6:01 pm

    I receive questions and comments about my weekly tips newsletter on a regular basis from my subscribers. I want them to contact me.

    I couldn’t imagine having a donotreply address unless it was a coupon list or something.

    Seeing Do Not reply makes no sense in this competitive online world. If you do not want replies, I’ll go to someone else who wants them.

  34. James Pereira

    5/7/2009 7:44 pm

    This lesson is so timely. I’m a new full-time internet marketer and have recently bought some training programs and I was surprised (actually annoyed) to receive autoresponder emails from "donotreply" type email addresses.

    In several of these cases, I needed to make enquiries and it’s so frustrating to see such addresses. Then you start then hunt for the helpdesk or support links, either in that email or even in an email from some months back.

    As an internet marketer, I’m irritated with such addresses. Imagine the level of irritability among those who receive our emails who are not in the internet marketing niche.

    Agree, totally that our subscribers should be able to just hit the reply button to communicate with us and we can also add a link for the helpdesk. We should do whatever it takes to ease customer contact with us.

    My 2 cents worth…

  35. Rick Luck

    5/7/2009 9:34 pm

    I agree with your comments about "do not reply" but i’m appalled at the fact you would enforce your brand of email marketing onto your customers.

    I appreciate your tips and suggestions, many of which i try, but its up to me what i want to implement or not. You can’t possibly know my business as well as i do.

    If you have a problem with customer feedback with broadcast or followup emails, get a customer service desk that allows you to redirect emails to the desk. Set up filters to cut out the junk, and you can easily have people reply to your emails. Kayako does all that and hosts it for less than $30 per month. It takes about two hours to set up.

  36. Stephen

    5/8/2009 4:30 am

    I once put "do not reply to this email" in my campaign and gave clear instructions on the "reply to" address, unfortunately I missed about 17 replies from people who just automatically hit the reply button.

    I lost some sales and even more importantly lost a lot of credibility and I will NEVER do that again.

  37. Karin H.

    5/8/2009 8:44 am

    Re Simon.

    There are plenty of spam catchers out there. Our server uses a grey-listing, even better.

    To me it sounds you feel it is more important not to be spammed than for your prospects to have the most easy, simple and practical way to contact you for – heaven forbid – buying requests.

    Re Alexander: AWeber makes it perfectly clear what and why their software is created for: ethical double opt-in email marketing. That’s the principle choice they made, that’s the principle choice one makes too when using AWeber IMHO. If you don’t like, well, that’s your choice but AWeber is very much entitled to ‘educate’ their clients in their ethics.

  38. Justin Premick

    5/8/2009 8:49 am


    I’m a big fan of applying the "Golden Rule" honestly to your email marketing. I try to look at emails I like – and don’t like – as a recipient and draw parallels between them and what I’m doing (or could be doing) with my own campaigns.


    You’re right, address harvesting does occur and chances are, your reply address is or will get on a list.

    But is that really a reason to disrespect your customers and potential customers, not to mention potentially miss unsubscribe requests sent via email, by using a "do not reply" address? I tend to think not.


    You sum it up well. For every business that won’t listen when subscribers talk, there’s a competing one who will.

    Alexander and Rick,

    In a sense, you’re right – it is up to you what you do or don’t do with your email marketing.

    However, it’s up to us to decide what is and is not OK for someone to do with the AWeber service.

    You could easily make the same argument about buying email addresses that you are about "do not reply" addresses. It’s none of our business – until you start using AWeber. Then it’s very much our business, because your actions affect our reputation as a service, which in turn affects the reputations of the 58,000+ other people using AWeber.

    We try not to “force” things on people, but rather to educate them about email marketing best practices and to guide them along the path toward more responsive, profitable, deliverable campaigns. Sometimes that involves restricting things like the use of “do not reply” addresses.

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  40. Dave Doolin

    5/8/2009 6:27 pm


    I’m reading Napolean Hill right now "Think and Grow Rich."

    Very interesting.

    He states (in 1937) that customer service saw *stupendous* improvement between 1929 and 1935. The surly, abusive tram and train drivers… tracks ripped up and replaced by polite and helpful _bus_ drivers.

    Serving staff at restaurants… who served instead of sneered…

    I’m building my businesses for the long term, and if means staying up late to answer some customer emails, dammit, I’m happy to have the customers!

  41. Rick Luck

    5/9/2009 10:02 pm

    Hi Justin,

    I understand your response, and i feel the same way about my business. I guess its hard to determine where exactly to draw the line, what to enforce and what to recommend.

    What i would like to see is more of an explanation about why any such enforced changes are good for aweber deliverability and therefore for me. For instance, in this case, what impact on your deliverability does the "no reply" addresses have? How did you measure that? etc. If you want me to follow your recommendations, show me the facts behind the decision.

    You business is clearly trying to build a relationship with its clients which is awesome. I wonder are you consulting with your top clients and beta testing changes with them? I’m in such a group with clickbank and it makes the world of difference to the changes that they are implementing, both in terms of my understanding of why the changes need to be made and their understanding of the impacts on their clients.

    More information about the rationale behind your choices and more consulting with your users, can only lead to an even better relationship.

    PS I know this all sounds a little negative, but aweber is doing a great job, i’m just looking to see us both grow even more .

  42. Justin Premick

    5/11/2009 10:21 am


    There’s certainly a difficult line to be drawn there, and I’m glad you ask for an explanation. I’d hoped that my article addressed this sufficiently, but it sounds like I need to clarify.

    Without getting into unnecessary detail, there are a number of things that affect your email deliverability. Most of them have to do with reputation – both your individual reputation as a sender, and the reputation of the service you use.

    In both cases, that reputation is affected by spam complaint rates. Your own reputation is affected by how many complaints your own messages generate relative to how many emails you send (aka your complaint rate). The reputation of the service you use (AWeber) is affected by the complaint rates of all of our customers.

    "Do not reply" addresses lead to increases in complaint rates, for the reasons I noted in the last bullet point in my article. So we restrict the use of "do not reply" addresses to maximize deliverability service-wide.

  43. David Snape

    5/11/2009 3:50 pm

    I took the time to respond to this because it is important. No reply is spam to me.

    But, sending me to a ‘help desk’ to log a ticket is almost as bad as a no reply. The more it happens, the less likely I am to stay on a list.

    I’m left with the feeling that the person doesn’t care about me – all they
    want to do is sell me something.

    I think that is one of the worst feelings and it doesn’t win the ‘marketer’ any points with me.

  44. @tankianann

    5/12/2009 1:47 am

    Thanks for the simple tip Justin. Totally agreed. If you want conversations, then make it easy for people to converse.

  45. @tankianann

    5/12/2009 1:49 am

    @Simon Carter

    I think spam is unavoidable these days. But the Gmail spam filters work awesome. Granted, these spam bots are irritating, but would you risk a potential customer because of that?

  46. Bill

    5/12/2009 12:42 pm

    I was very glad to see this topic. It would seem like common sense. I am doing things to be self-employed online.I want to have that control in my life. However, it’s NOT about ME!
    No matter what I have done inlife, I have had success. Some less than others. But the bttom line has always and will always be that one is paid what one is worth to this society (any society). His/her benefit to others is what matters, so wether you cashier ata supermarket, or CEO a large corporation, we are always viewed as how important we are to others.
    No replies are crazy unless purely informational (Bank of America info, "we recieved your message and wll reply within 24 hours…." that type of thing….) however they SHOULD, or, but they MUST direct you to something where you ask questions if you need to such as "should you have the need to contact (us/our customer service center/me/the dude you’d like to kill right now/etc.),please (email/call/send flares in space to) and you’ll be guaranteed response within(X) hours." YOUR business/inquiries/questions are important to US. THANK YOU.
    It’s the customer. It’s about the customer……not the control-freak owner.

  47. Kevin

    5/12/2009 8:36 pm


    How’s it going? So here’s the deal… what I do is have a "real" e-mail address as a reply-to address. However, when a message is sent to it, an auto-response is generated that says the following:

    I’m sorry, but this e-mail address is not monitored
    for incoming mail. Please visit our central customer
    service website located at:


    If you wish to remove your e-mail address from our
    e-mail mailing list, simply click on the link at the
    bottom of the e-mail you received from our mailing
    list and change your subscription settings.

    This gives a customer who needs support/help or who has a question a REAL way to reach me (via the support desk that my virtual assistant checks Monday through Friday and on Sunday nights). And it also provides them with instructions on how to automatically remove themselves from the mailing list if they want to.

    Does my system meet Aweber’s new guidelines? If so, maybe this can be a model others can use to deal with e-mails. Thanks!

  48. Anonymous

    5/12/2009 10:19 pm

    […] The AWeber Blog has made a very simple but important point today. Basically, it says – don’t use “do-not-reply” email addresses in your campaigns. […]

  49. Rodney

    5/13/2009 12:09 am

    What do you do if you get hundreds of comments each day and you are not a big company? I have clients who are in this situation. We just can’t handle all the e-mail we get.

  50. Karin H.

    5/13/2009 8:30 am

    Hundreds of comments each day, wow! Opportunity a plenty to start an even more personal conversation with the prospect and more chance to convert them to clients – or buy again/more.
    Certainly worth to invest in a dedicated email reply person??
    (With additional help of an online FAQ site where you can direct the person asking a question to, still a personal reply and an effective answer.

  51. Justin Premick

    5/13/2009 9:08 am


    That’s an interesting approach.

    It’s certainly better than a "do not reply" address and/or sending no reply at all… but wouldn’t it be easier, from the subscribers’/potential customers’ perspective, to just have those replies go into your help desk? Why the extra hoop to jump through?

    I know that if I were your subscriber, getting that email back would tick me off (because it does tick me off when other companies do that).


    When you say "comments" – you mean questions from potential customers? (If not, what kind of "comments" are you getting?)

    To me those are opportunities to create customers. I’d look at adding resources to help you tackle those opportunities more efficiently.

    A couple ideas on getting more efficient with your email support:

    – Add an FAQ or Knowledge Base so you can reference that documentation when you answer emails from subscribers

    – Compile answers to your most common questions so you can quickly respond – perhaps via copy/paste, keyboard macros or software like Lifehacker’s Texter or the Firefox plugin Clippings.

  52. Kevin

    5/13/2009 9:30 am

    @Justin — The reason for the extra "step" is ironically because when we used to do support purely via e-mail, we had many instances when people posted on forums saying they "never got replies" from us, which was 100% B.S. and hurt our reputation. It was really frustrating. Look at it from the standpoint of a customer. They send an e-mail, and get no response. I agree, that sucks. But we WERE responding.

    Turns out in some cases e-mail filters were discarding our replies. Total nightmare. Now, people get a ticket number and are told to return to the help desk and input their ticket number to see our response. They are ALSO sent an e-mail telling them a response was provided, BUT, we don’t say that… we set the expectation that if they want a response, they must return to the help desk and input their ticket.

    It’s kind of a no-win situation. We also had trouble managing expectations. People would send an e-mail question at 10pm EST, and write back again in about 2 hours (midnight!!) threatening to do a chargeback on their purchase because they hadn’t received a response. At least with a help desk, we can set the expectation that someone WILL respond, but that someone is not on duty 24 hours a day (as I mentioned before, my VA checks things Mon-Fri and again on Sunday night…I often go in late at night most weekday nights to double check that no questions fell through the cracks)

    I’m 100% open to your suggestions… seriously, I WANT to interact with and deal with customers. Not trying to hide behind a help desk — but how do we overcome the challenges I mentioned without having a help desk? Thanks!

  53. Justin Premick

    5/13/2009 9:52 am


    That’s a tough situation, and I don’t know that you can ever completely avoid it without eliminating email replies, which I still think is worse than the alternative, even given the problem you detail.

    You say some people weren’t getting your replies – which I understand – but if someone isn’t getting your replies, then who’s to say that person even gets your autoreply?

    As I see it, there are 4 possible scenarios, assuming you reply to emails from subscribers:

    1. Subscriber gets both your autoreply and your "actual" reply (with answer to his/her email).
    2. Subscriber gets your autoreply but doesn’t get your actual reply.
    3. Subscriber does not get your autoreply, but does get your actual reply.
    4. Subscriber does not get either your autoreply nor your actual reply.

    Given those scenarios, your best approach is not to avoid sending an actual reply (this is bad because in #4 the subscriber gets nothing at all after emailing you), nor is it to leave your "from" address unmonitored (this is bad because in #3 the subscriber could have gotten your reply, but instead gets nothing at all).

    The best situation for you, in my opinion, is to instead change what you say in the autoreply itself.

    Instead of telling people you won’t email them, tell them you WILL email them, tell them up to how long it will be before you do so (24 hours, 48 hours, etc) and provide a tracking/ticket number (assuming your help desk software supports this, which it certainly should or you need new help desk software).

    You can also include a blurb in your autoreply saying something like "if you don’t hear from us within X hours, check the ‘junk’ folder in your email program. If you can’t find our email, contact us at (help desk URL) with your ticket number so we can follow up with you."

    I think this might help you manage expectations a bit more effectively. (Curious that you use that phrase – I’m working on a post right now about creating expectations in your email marketing campaigns!)

    Quick addendum: just because you monitor your “from” address doesn’t mean you have to encourage people to contact you in that particular way.

    You’ll notice in the AWeber email campaigns that we point ‘contact us’ links to our Contact Us page. We prefer people to contact us that way for the reasons you mention – but we still leave the email reply option open.

  54. Ismail Kimyacioglu

    5/13/2009 12:14 pm

    Hello Justin,

    I had and I think still have the same problem with Kevin. And I believe that I lost many potential customers as they think that Aweber autoresponders go to their Inbox but my replies not.

    In one instance, my potential customer was very angry with me as he thought that I only sent automated e-mails to him but did not answers his questions, that he asked after receiving automatic mails. This one had happened in a "Would you like to know more about our product ?" link which activates several follow up emails talking about our product vastly. As I think that it is not logical to ask for a phone number in this type of web forms, I couldn’t get back to him although I replied to all of his e-mails properly. And finally he told me that he contacted another company and received the replies so he decided to purchase from my competitor.

    To solve this problem, I checked the DNS blacklist thing, moved my sites to a reputable hosting company, tried to explain and warn the subscribers about this issue before they click Submit button (for an example, please browse the following link; http://www.miscomputer.net/index.php/Contact/MIS-Online-Contact.html), but still I can see that my replies go to SPAM folder but Aweber ones go to Inbox.

    I am not sure how effective it would be to talk about this issues also in the first autoresponder as sometimes people even reply to it without clicking the link and confirming their e-mail address.

    Briefly, I had decided to have 2 different email accounts such as followup@domain.com and support@domain.com. Automatic mails will be sent from followup one and when the reader hits the reply button, he will send his question or comment to support@domain.com. But this one also does not work with Aweber.

    I am still thinking how to solve this issue effectively.

    Any comments ?

    Warmest Regards

  55. Daphne Pitts

    5/13/2009 2:31 pm

    I feel like my question or any feedback I may have is irrelevant to the sender. There have been a couple emails that I received with a product that I was interested in purchasing, just that I had a couple of questions that I wanted answered before making the final decision to buy, but there was no way to get an email response because of that. Lost sale to that marketer!!

  56. Simon Crabb

    5/13/2009 7:56 pm

    I’d go even further. Actually use an address that people will reply to!

    And ASK them, I have several messages in my autoresponders that ask a question of the reader.

    And the answers I get are PURE MARKETING GOLD! Often I get responses that I didn’t even think about, so that means I can tune my offerings, and make sure I’m giving them what they want.

    For example, on one list I got loads of replies saying that they didn’t even know where to start with the particular niche, so I’ve created an info product that’s gone right back to basics. Fingers crossed it will sell well, it’s what people have asked for, afterall.

  57. Gobala Krishnan

    5/14/2009 2:38 am

    Wow this post is a really popular topic as I can see since my last comment.

    However, I’m writing to say that I take back my comment, and my opinions on using a no-reply email based on justifications of spam etc were totally off course.

    Here’s why.

    Over the past few days I’ve been checking the sender’s email from most online gurus that I receive in my inbox. True enough, only about 5% of them used a no-reply email address. Another 10-15% used what seems like a real email address but you get an autoresponse message only.

    The point is everyone else, no matter how big their list is, puts in their own real email address.

    For example, I get the Wilson Web newsletter all the time from Dr Ralph Wilson’s email address. I just replies to the ezine email asking about advertising rates.

    And believe it or not, less than 48 hours later I received an email from Dr Ralph himself directing me to the URL with information on advertising rates.

    If Dr Ralph can do it, I’m sure we all can. It’s about time we look back at some of our email practices and figured out what the real problem is.

    Is it really a SPAM problem, or is it lack of prioritization and capability to deal appropriately with the challenges we HAVE to face as email marketers.

    I can imagine if someone had replied directly to my email address asking ME about advertising on my site and got an error message since the no-reply email addresses aren’t real anyway. Or got an auto-response email instead and sort of dropped the idea before he got to actually visiting my helpdesk.

    That being said, I hope Aweber will allows us to use Gmail addresses in our lists as the reply address. I recently tried to change my no-reply email addresses to my actual Gmail, the one I personally use all the time. I was told however that free email addresses are not accepted.

    The thing is, Gmail is pretty good at helping us manage SPAM and a high volume of email. I also allows us to manage multiple emails within one account, so we can actually send replies from our support desk email and have replies go there instead to the correct personnel who will follow up with the inquiry.

    Without Gmail we’ll have to get some other third party software to do it. The exact response I got for not allowing Gmail:

    "The reason the wizard is not allowing you to pass this step is due to the fact that this email address that you are using is a free address. This is basically letting you know that deliverability is more effective by not using a free email address. If you have another address, preferably one that is an email address for your business’s website domain, it would"

    Perhaps there’s a solid point there, but I have never lost an email send to my Gmail account. Plus with the filters, labels etc its much easier for me to find and reply to emails quickly :)

  58. Tom Kulzer (AWeber CEO)

    5/14/2009 8:53 am


    You said:
    "That being said, I hope Aweber will allows us to use Gmail addresses in our lists as the reply address. I recently tried to change my no-reply email addresses to my actual Gmail, the one I personally use all the time. I was told however that free email addresses are not accepted."

    The warning that shows up when you attempt to enter a Gmail "From" address is just that, a warning. It does not say they are not accepted, it says they are strongly not recommended for best email deliverability results. Just wanted to clarify to avoid confusion of other readers.

  59. Marian

    5/14/2009 10:56 am

    Wow, just popped in and saw this passionate discussion!

    I think @Karin H. summed it the best for me,
    "In my eyes a "Do-not-reply" address is definitely a "Do-not-buy" address!"

    Last year, I received emails from a $10M business that opens every email as follows: "Hi Marian****Do Not Use***,"

    Now how do you think that makes me feel?! And last I checked my last name is not "****Don Not Use***. [By the way, the reply-to email is customerservice@domain.com.]

    Whenever I saw that greeting, I got ticked off, ready to reply just to give them an earful. Then sanity returns. And I remember that I vote with my wallet. And I have the power to unsubscribe. So I did!

    We’re discussing two sides of the same coin. And it boils down to effective communication that fosters a long-term business relationship (i.e. where the customer buys, buys some more and tells all their friends to come and buy–all because we the business provide stellar value!).

    When you wear the customer (email recipient) hat, you see right away that "do-not-reply" or worse (the version I rec’d) leaves a bad taste in the mouth. No matter how you, the business owner/marketer, tries to sugar coat it.

    If the point of communicating is to get the prospect/customer to take action (i.e. buy, complete a survey, register for a webinar, etc.), then you win more bees with honey. It’s called being customer-centric. It’s not about you, it’s about them. And excelling in this area helps with your top line — Revenue!

    Now, on the other side of the house, we have the business challenge of managing those communications–Costs. And honestly, that’s not the customer’s problem. It’s the cost of doing business. And a challenge that you need to creatively solve without ticking off the "geese" that lay the golden eggs.

    I’ve seen some creative ideas presented here about how to manage that and bravo to you! And some times, if you don’t have the solution, it’s helpful to engage your customers on the ideas of how to best handle their desire / need to communicate.

    I have a Fortune 100 background. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experienced, first hand, people who operate with the mindset of how the customer is creating a "problem" when they reply to emails. And in so doing, they create unfriendly customer policies and practices (i.e. "do not reply") to make THEIR lives easier.

    It’s a blessing that you HAVE customers AND they WANT to send you an email! Now it’s time to become a better business LEADER (whether you’re a marketer or entrepreneur). Time to lead your business into meeting and anticipating the demands of your customers. And creatively solving the growing pains associated with that. Because if you don’t, someone else will.

    To your communication and business success!

  60. Fred D.

    5/14/2009 11:24 am

    Here is what I keep reading in these blog replies:

    There are people who want to send three trillion emails to every breathing human. And they want to do it at no cost. In that effortless, free mailing, they want to find one customer who will make them independently wealthy. They do not care about the others who cannot make them wealthy. Hence, it is OK to spam the world with emails that use "Do Not Reply" in the return address.

    Here is the problem in a nutshell –

    Anyone who has this selfish attitude thinks that they can defy human nature. They do not believe in personal interaction and support. For these would-be tycoons, it is Ok to steal everybody else’s time, but it is not OK to use selling time to sort through spam to look for potential customers.

  61. Mike Russell

    5/17/2009 9:35 am

    I think it looks bad if you don’t provide a way for people to easily communicate.
    Simply stating "NO REPLIES TOLERATED" would upset anybody.
    However, the online world is full of spammers – why do you think Aweber has a deliverability niche?
    The "doing business online" situation ranges from one person, doing everything with limited time and resources, to companies that can afford full-time support staff. Some people will love to talk and have time to do so, others will not, with every variant in between.
    Helpdesk links are only hard to find if people hide them away at the bottom of an email – the same goes for unsubscribe links.
    What a helpdesk does is help define a person’s resolve. If there is a real issue, they will use it. If you have time to reply to issues which aren’t strictly pressing, or relevant, but you feel would help customers feel better, then fine, but it depends on your ability to do that.
    To force people to behave a certain way is just as bad as putting up a "NO REPLIES!" notice – they will feel they don’t have control over a situation, so become upset. As far as essentially ms-representing Aweber, by using a certain type of emnail address, I can’t see that. Next you’ll be issuing precise copy rules and instructions for every email written, with NO DEVIATION PERMITTED! If people find what works for them and it isn’t illegal, or immoral, then their success, or failure will be their teacher – they don’t need Aweber becoming a nanny.

  62. Adam Taha

    5/19/2009 8:17 pm

    This is a very good post. I always wondered about the emails where it says, "do not reply."

    I personally feel, a two way communication is best because customer can help to indentify more on their needs, and help to deliver a stronger customer service.

    I mean, what happened to engaging, transparency, two way communication?

    Anyway, great post and a lot of great comments too.

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  64. Bo Tipton

    5/31/2009 9:25 am

    I couldn’t agree more. If you are trying to market to someone would not want to have every means possible for them to contact you.

    Sending out a email message with a no reply address is like telling someone I am really interested in you as a person and how my product will help you.

    You can only look through the windows of my office at my products. You cannot come in the front door because yesterday someone without a good question came in so I am not going tell you where it is.

    If you do have question you can go around to the back of the building to the backdoor. Write your name and email address down on a slip of paper and slip it under the door. We will answer through the door if we get your paper and you should hear back from us soon.

    When we contact you again we will not tell you the answer but will send you back to the same door so that you can pick up the answer using the code we provide you.

    Doesn’t make sense to me. I do not care if my email goes to the person sending the email or a support desk as long as I can easily get a reply with out having to leave my email software and open up my browser, fill out boxes and then send it for a reply. You want my business I do not want yours so earn it making it as easy for me as possible.


  65. Mike Russell

    6/1/2009 8:37 am

    IF you can do it…

    Try this scenario out;

    "Anyone and everyone is welcome. Please come in and feel free to browse around and ask any of our sales personnel any question you have – assuming you can actually get in the door. We’ve been open for 24 hours now and some people seem to find it nice to talk, so the whole street is here – all of it.."

    Filters need to exist. In turn they will cost time, money, or both.

  66. Julian

    6/6/2009 2:53 am

    If I receive an email with do-not-reply, then I don’t reply because I don’t read the email. Its the electronic equivalent of "Talk to the hand, coz the face aint listening" I think do-not-reply will die out by a process of natural selection pretty soon.

    If the email is really only about information, then perhaps ‘for your information’ or ‘notification of….’ would be better in the subject. Nevertheless, the reply-to address should always go somewhere it will be heard.

  67. Travis

    6/8/2009 4:13 pm

    I think you hit it on the nail. It’s not a conversation. I view it as someone who is only concerned with selling me something and not concerend with helping me.

    I think all business should be win/win. Not win/lose.

  68. jason

    6/11/2009 1:48 pm

    Email is not always used for ongoing person-to-person 2 way communication.

    An emailed order confirmation for example is not generally considered a person-to-person communication. A newsletter isn’t either. Most people do NOT expext these to be 2-way conversations.

    While I do not use no-reply, and I think it looks really bad, I don’t take issue with those that do.

    I don’t really think aweber should dictate internal business processes, as they simply have not made a compelling arguement as to how it affects them. I haven’t seen them post stats on spam complaints for people who use no-reply, which should be pretty easy for aweber to find. Which leads me to believe that the facts do not support the hypothesis.

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  70. Lola Vanslette

    6/17/2009 9:06 am

    I have been having a whole lot of trouble with this one.

    I absolutely hate getting emails from the big gurus that I have purchased downloads from and can’t contact them when the product isn’t ‘available’ for one reason or another.

    It is a stupid practice.

    I understand they don’t want tons of emails, like I’ve gotten, but they have to have some way of contact for times when their products have problems.

    This is especially annoying with responders like GetResponse. There is absolutely no way to correct this problem when they have no email to ask for help.

    Aweber is much better because they at least have the link where you signed up for the products.

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  74. Jay | kpfingaz

    8/4/2009 5:57 pm

    To me when I see messages from no-reply addresses, its usually a notification email or some other automated system email that I’m usually glad to recieve.

    Thing is, some people think its ok for them to market like that. Fail!

    It tells me instantly that this person has no time for me but wants me to make time for them. I don’t see this too often though…but when I do I’ll be sure to unsubscribe.

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  76. James Yuille

    9/1/2009 2:35 am

    No Reply email addresses smack of arrogance.

    Pity so many so-called Internet Marketing Gurus use them…

    Wonder what they’re really telling us about themselves?

  77. Serge Rodriguez

    1/12/2010 4:47 pm

    Sharing your real email and one that you can read and answer right away, is one of the best investments a business can make. It makes a great, greta difference, I think.

  78. LT

    5/12/2010 4:38 am

    Never use a do-not-reply@example.com email address, worst thing you can do just shows that you are trying to hide, and totally understand the issues regarding bounces, out of offices etc.

    I manage an account with a list of over 500,000 addresses and the number of emails that you get back are huge, the best that you can do is say do not reply to this address but contact us here in the email. But its also about placing this in the correct place on your email and making it clear.

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  80. LW

    7/30/2010 7:50 am

    I disagree with those who say that having a huge list makes the email response unworkable.

    If you have a huge list then you’re likely making money. Spend some of that money to hire a person (or more) to deal with the email.

    Some of them will be autoreplies and spam — use filters.

    Some will be unsubscribe requests — have an automated tool to deal with those quickly. I’m sure they’re available somewhere or you can roll your own quickly.

    Some will be requests for more information — pass to sales department.

    Some will be testimonials — pass to sales or PR.

    Some will be complaints or support issues — pass to support.

    If you have people on your list then they deserve to be able to contact you in the same way that you sell to them. Imagine if you got a telephone call from a company that wanted to sell you something, but when you call them back you get an disconnected number or a message saying “Don’t call us — come in to the store at …”

  81. KL

    11/15/2010 2:03 pm

    Thanks for the spot on article, using “do not reply” emails is a good way to ensure you never get any feedback. Email marketing campaigns should be trying to get your viewers more involved with the company. If they want to get involved via email, then they should be able to.

  82. ch

    7/21/2011 5:06 am

    I entirely agree with the Gobala, and I am sorry that you all feel that way. I worked customer service for a company with an email subscription list of 32k
    before our noreply email address, we received 500+ out of office/no longer working/out on maternity leave and bounceback emails in about 6 different languages, making the real 300 emails that were hidden amongst the nonsense hard to sort through and I imagine more than one real email message ended up going to the trash bin on accident.
    We cant filter out bouncebacks because we needed to know when a real reply bounced back, believe it or not, people misspell their own email addresses often.
    If we did not know that it bounced back, we could not notify them via order number etc, and contact them.
    We cant filter out languages we don’t understand because we may be omitting a real email.
    I was a dang good CS person, and frankly no-reply helped me do my job better.
    So, until you’ve had to empty an inbox of 800 emails where 500 are nonsense in one day, don’t knock the no-reply. 😉

    I don’t however agree with no link to the real email address, or contact link.

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  84. SallyAnn

    12/5/2011 12:01 pm

    Great article & great comments! I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion for an email address (example@) that will be used for email replies (actual replies, out of office messages and bounces) to promotional messages? The inbox will be regulary monitored. Info@ and Sales@ won’t work for my company as they are already designated for other uses.

  85. Justin Premick

    12/5/2011 3:22 pm

    Hi SallyAnn,

    Good question. There are lots of possibilities, and I would think the one you’ll want to pick will depend somewhat on the nature of the messages you send.

    Some possibilities:


    Hope these help you select a from address!

  86. SallyAnn

    12/5/2011 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the REPLY Justin! I was thinking about the reasons a person would reply to our messages and have settled on reply@. Another one I like is talktome@.

  87. iSurfer

    8/10/2012 4:17 pm

    i hate spammers and they always send messages from noreply@ adreses…
    sometimes there is a option to unsubscribe. but tell my how to fight with this hard-one-spammers who don’t respect my rights to privacy? tell me how?

    it should be a site to report spammers and an internacional spammers blocklist for email providers… something like AdBlock+ for FF..

  88. Bill

    8/11/2012 5:35 pm

    I agree with using something like newsletter@ rather than noreply@ because it tells my subscribers I’m really not interested in feedback, negative or positive.

    But that won’t stop a spammer from subscribing to my newsletter, then using the reply button to spam everybody on my list. I’m preparing to install phpList, for example, but can’t find any way to configure it to stop spammers from motivating my subscribers to unsubscribe.

    It’s bad enough to receive spam in my inbox but completely unacceptable to have spam show up in my subscribers inboxes that didn’t come directly from me.

    Any solutions to that?


  89. Crystal Gouldey

    8/13/2012 7:42 am

    Bill – If you use our service, that won’t happen. Subscribers will only see the email as coming from you and sent only to them – there’s no way to see all the recipients of that email.

  90. Bill (LoneWolf) Nickerson

    8/13/2012 12:13 pm

    Bill, if you’re using email software on your own server then configure it to use bcc for the recipients rather than to or cc. The bcc (blind carbon copy) doesn’t get passed to every email like to and cc do.

    But that being said, you’d probably have better results using AWeber if you’re publishing a newsletter. There are a lot of advantages even though it does involve a monthly cost.

  91. Bill

    8/14/2012 10:48 am

    Crystal, Bill: Thanks for the feedback. My website isn’t yet online and my newsletter therefore will be pretty small for some time to come so I’ll probably do things manually (BCC) for a while. When I get too many subscribers to handle subs and bounces and such I will definitely come back and start up with Aweber. Thanks,

  92. Bill (LoneWolf) Nickerson

    8/15/2012 12:37 pm

    You’re welcome Bill. Glad to help.

  93. William

    8/21/2012 2:00 pm

    I can not stand when someone sends me an email with a do not reply… ugh. They can email me, but I can reply? Why would someone do that?


  94. Sergio Felix

    9/12/2012 11:57 pm

    Hey Justin,

    I always thought that those “do not reply” e-mail addresses sounded like a real serious enterprise but I never used those because of what you’ve said: it’s a conversation after all.

    I even entice my subscribers to reply back whenever they have questions about the content they just received and to be honest I never thought someone will actually reply but they do!

    I think it’s fantastic to have that kind of relationship with our lists, if it’s doable, then why not?


  95. Owen Jones

    9/24/2012 1:08 am


    I’m glad you raised this because I won’t have anything to do with no-reply addresses.

    I hate them and have reported some for spam.

    I don’t trust ‘unsubscribe’ buttons either (except from Aweber and a few others).

    Good article.


  96. R

    10/11/2012 8:31 am

    I personally blast the emails of my company from a “Do Not Reply” address. I think it helps in keeping the process clean and effective.

  97. Dith

    1/3/2013 4:24 am

    I have never used a ‘do not reply’ address and have never believed in them. People still reply to such email addresses anyway, so might as well make it a working email.

  98. Klay Kohl

    1/8/2013 6:41 am

    I am Very new to aweber and this form of marketing but I definately see tha value of doing this verbatim as I have found through awebers awesome step by step cover all the bases approach. I am delighted to be a part of it . As for “no Reply” Mail and What do I think? When I get them I don’t think at all. I spam them. To me it comes off as being awfully assuming of those who sent it. I’m just not the one!

  99. Saleh Noerhakim

    2/13/2013 6:59 am

    I personally blast the emails of my company from a “Do Not Reply” address. I think it helps in keeping the process clean and effective.