I have a VPS and recently upgraded it so I expect to have enough spare resources to "rent out" aka host others. lol.
For those that run newsletters/mailing lists/whatever, how should I deal with spam issues so that my IP doesn't get blocked, the server shut down, or anything else? I am pretty confident they are not sending ANY spam, but I still want to cover my ***.
Make sure the people running newsletters and/or lists have real Opt-In lists.
True opt-in should be: Someone requests to be added, a confirmation email is sent to the subscribed address, and they confirm by clicking a link.
Make sure every mailing has a link to unsubscribe and includes the physical address of the company or person sending the mail.
Bounced email addresses should be removed from the list regularly.
And finally, since your on a VPS make sure the mailing script you are using supports throttling the rate that messages are sent.
Dada Mail is a nice mailing script which allows you to manage multiple lists, can be setup to automatically remove addresses after so many bounces, throttle how fast the mails are sent, handle double opt-in and remove requests and the Pro Version can also handle click through tracking.
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