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Fowarding mail to AOL causes Spam Block | Company News

It seems AOL is not liking people forwarding their website mail to their AOL accounts.

The practice of using your website address, like This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and having it forwarded to your AOL account might have to come to an end.

Some people do this for various reasons, but usually it comes down to "but I'm used to AOL". Unfortunately, the advanced options you have with a real website email address are lost when you stick with the old, unprofessional AOL address.


Here's the problem:

You know it looks professional using your website address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. So, you give that address out for your business. But, you don't like to learn new things, or make any changes, so you refuse to actually use the mail features of your website. Instead, you stick with the email you are most familiar with... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Now, all the professional mail goes through the website server, and forwards to your AOL account. All of it, even the spam. So now you decide to report spam that you got, which seems like a good idea. BUT, the mail looks like it came from your website! Remember, it goes to the website first before being redirected to AOL. So, when you report mail as spam, AOL will think your website is the spammer, and block mail from it.

Wait. AOL doesn't just block your ONE website, it may block other websites on a shared server. So, because you can't ween yourself off of AOL, but want to use that professional email address, you risk putting everyone's email on the server in jeopardy.



If you are going to use AOL, then use AOL. Give out your AOL address, even if it is 'silly-name45@aol'. Do NOT use a real website address to forward to your AOL account.

Better yet, stop using your AOL address for business. Be a professional. Be an adult. You have your website, use that address. Or get another domain name using your name for an address. (check out for more info on personal web addresses.

Let's face it. Things aren't easy with all this technology. And it's not AOL's fault. This doesn't make AOL 'evil'. They are just trying to protect their users. The spammers make it harder to get work done, and ISPs like AOL, and email providers/servers are needing to put more and more rules in place. What used to work for you for 10 years may not be the best way to do it now. And, eventually, you're going to have to trade in your horse and buggy, and get a motor car, and follow the new rules of the road.


Nothing is more expensive than trying to save a buck.