Once you have hit a spam trap, the impact to your deliverability is huge, and it can take a while for your domain's reputation to recover.
There are two types of spam traps:
The permitted period of inactivity after which active email addresses are converted into dead email address varies between different email service providers. Tabulated below are the inactivity period of few email services providers.
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Spam traps are owned by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Email Service Providers (ESPs), and anti-spam agencies like Spamhaus. These are the groups you must negotiate with if you hit a spam trap and want to clear your reputation.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to know whether you have hit a spam trap. No ESP will explicitly declare that you've hit one, or give you the spam trap's email address. You may get a hint that you've hit a spam trap (for example, all your emails to a particular email service are being blocked).
Honestly, it could happen to anyone. The best thing you can do is to avoid indiscriminate marketing processes and techniques. Here are a few things to look out for:
If you want to make sure you don't hit any spam traps, follow this advice:
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