Today I received word from my server admin that AOL is now blocking all form driven emails unless server owners / administrators bring servers and software into compliance with AOL standards.
For UNIX / Linux server owners, this requires in some cases major server reconfiguration which is not practical to your web server and software you may be running.
AOL is providing a white list service in which a server owner / administrator must meet certain requirements to be allowed to send newsletters and other mail through AOLâ€™s network. Again, this is not practical in most cases.
This brings me to another point for small business owners that might use AOL for business purposes. DONâ€™T USE AOL. If you own a domain name, use email addresses associated with your domain. It looks more professional and youâ€™ll avoid in many cases bounced or dropped email issues you might have with an AOL account. If you donâ€™t own a domain name, purchase one and use a commercial email address or account.
This brings me to another soap-box point; Want to get rid of SPAM? Go complain to Google, Yahoo, MSN and all the other providers of FREE email accounts. Iâ€™ll cover this in my next post.