I made a group in Outlook express of about 1,200 emails. Why can’t I send a
blanket email to them? I tried and one email got rejected but I also copied
myself and it did not get sent to me either.
Without knowing more, it’s hard to say exactly why it failed, but
I’m not at all surprised that it did.
The approach that you took is most certainly not one that I would recommend,
for exactly that reason. There are alternatives, but they do require a little
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First, realize that these two things are VERY different:
Sending 1,200 individual emails
Sending one email with 1,200 recipients
By creating a group in your email program, and then sending to that group,
you’re creating a single email with 1,200 recipients.
And you know what that looks like?
Because of spam most email providers put a limit on the number of
recipients you can have on a single email message. Without seeing the error
message you got, or knowing who your email provider is, I can’t say for sure
that this is the problem you experienced, or what the limit might be. However, if I had to bet money,
exceeding that limit is where I’d place my bet.
That’s probably why you only got once error message – you only sent one
piece of email. Your mail provider returned the error before even trying to
send it on to all the people you had listed.
recipients you can have on a single email message.”
Most email programs, and certainly Outlook Express, do not have the
ability to create a mailing list of 1,200 recipients, and then send a message
as 1,200 individual messages. That’s not what they were designed for.
As I see it, you have essentially two options:
Figure out what the limit is, divide your list into groups of no more than
that limit, and send the message separately to each group. If your email
provider’s limit is, for example, 10, then to send to 1,200 people you’d have
to send 120 batches of 10.
Use a true mailing list service. This gets complicated, since you’ve already
collected the 1,200 email addresses. Ideally you might use a free service such
as Yahoo Groups, or many of the mailing list services targeted at on-line
marketers. The problem is that most, or at least the most reputable ones, will
require that each email address be confirmed by the recipient before they’ll
send anything to it. Why? Once again, spam.
Without knowing more about your specific situation, my general
recommendation would be to get your 1,200 people to join a Yahoo group.
They have to join, but once they’re on, then a) you won’t be accused
of spamming, and b) you’ll know that they actually want to get whatever it is
If you absolutely cannot ask them to take action to “sign up” for your
email, then you should check with your ISP for mailing solutions, or look for
mailing list providers that don’t require double opt in. You do run
the risk of being labeled a spammer, though, if you go this route.
Or, of course, you could send a lot of individual emails, by hand.
Though you’ll still run the risk of being called a spammer.