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Deliverability – How to Make Sure Your Email Sent (Even In a Storm!)

Deliverability – How to Make Sure Your Email Sent (Even In a Storm!)


How to Make Sure Your Email Sent (Even In a Storm!)

By: Deliverability

We’ve all been there—you send an email and it takes forever to load, and then there is an error, and then the Internet isn’t working, and then you are worried the email hasn’t sent, and sometimes anxiety ensues. This is particularly common if you’re trying to work in a storm, and Hurricane Sandy doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. This then begs the question: Is there a way to know whether or not your email sent aside from looking into the “sent” folder of your messages?

How to Take Your Best Guess When Having Internet Problems

The truth is that there isn’t a way to tell for sure, but there are a few things you can know about message delivery that might help you make a more correct estimate:

  • A simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) reply means that your email bounced back to you and did not send. Look for these messages once your computer is back up and running!
  • Sometimes you will get a message that your email failed permanently. This quite obviously means your email didn’t send, but it wasn’t the fault of your computer. The email address was either typed incorrectly or is no longer in use!
  • An email will never show up in your sent folder if it was not sent. Once you get your computer running properly again, still check this folder to confirm.
  • On the same token as the point above, an email will never not show up in your sent folder if it was sent.
  • You can use other computers to check your “sent mail” folder. This will not interfere with the status of your message.

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