Has Your Email Been Blocked

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Has Your Email Been Blocked

By Leo Notenboom

How can I tell if my email address has been blocked? The email address I send to is good and working, the only problem is, it’s not working for me; have I been blocked? Is there any way of knowing if my emails ever get opened or deleted? And if I’m blocked, is it my email address that’s blocked or my IP address?

The ultra-short answer is: you cannot tell. There’s simply no way to know for sure.
Let’s explore why I say that.

One reason, or many

The root problem is that there are so many reasons your mail may not get through these days, it’s practically impossible to determine which reason is contributing to your situation.
On top of that, it could be a combination of reasons.
You could, indeed, be blocked

Stop! It’s certainly possible that your recipient has blocked you. All that means is that email from your email address is automatically discarded at that recipient’s end.
You will not get a notification; there’s simply no way to tell that this has happened. All you can do is ask the recipient to make sure that they haven’t blocked you. (I assume you’ve been in communication some other way, since you know that your email has not been received.)
It’s possible that your email address has been blocked (or black-listed) by the recipient’s email service, or by a spam filter along the way. Once again, there’s really no way to know whether this has happened. You won’t get a notification – your email will simply be discarded.

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