Has a marketing “expert” told you plain-text emails hit the inbox more often than HTML emails? Or that plain-text emails have a 100% deliverability rate?
If so, they’re lying or misinformed.
In this post, I’ll debunk the common myth that plain-text emails reach the inbox more than HTML emails.
I interviewed email marketing and anti-spam expert Laura Atkins to get her take on this myth.
Laura is a founding partner of the anti-spam consultancy and software firm Word to the Wise, and she has over 20 years of experience tracing internet abuse. At Word to the Wise, she advises businesses on how to reach the inbox and respond to spam complaints.
I asked Atkins if plain-text emails are more likely to reach the inbox.Trending
“Anybody who tells you that does not understand how email filtering actually works,” she says.
I asked Atkins this question as well. She says the amount of images and links in your emails does not impact inbox placement. However, the reputation of the domain (URL) you’re linking to and the domain where you host images that are within your email does matter.
“Every link that you put in an email, every domain you link to in an email, every image that you link to in an email has its own reputation. If that image happens to be something that a lot of spammers use, it’s going to have a bad reputation,” Atkins says.
If you use the same links and images that spammers use, your email is more likely to go to the spam folder. To avoid this, don’t like to sites with a bad reputation or include images hosted on a site with a bad reputation within your email content.
Not sure if a site has a bad reputation? You can use tools like Cisco’s Talos to check. Just paste the domain you’d like to check in their reputation lookup field. If it’s blacklisted, don’t include it in your email content.
Pro tip: Don’t use link shorteners, such as bit.ly or tinyurl.com, in your emails. They can hurt your chances of reaching the inbox, too.
Some people will tell you there are simple tricks to reaching the inbox, like not using the word “free” in your subject lines. This isn’t true, says Atkins. They don’t understand how delivering emails works.
“Anybody who tells you, ‘if you do X your email won’t go to spam,’ doesn’t know how filters work,” Atkins says.
Atkins went on to explain that internet service providers (ISPs), like Gmail and Yahoo, use an algorithm which decides whether or not to deliver an email to the inbox or the spam folder.
These algorithms are complex and use machine learning. There are no easy tricks to deceive the algorithms. They are designed so that spammers can’t trick them.
Their number one goal? To deliver emails their users want and expect.
“This is their sole reason for existence … to identify what mail users want and to give it to them,” Atkins says.
Atkins says the best way to reach the inbox is to,
“Send mail your recipients want and expect.”
At AWeber, we recommend following this 4-step strategy to make sure your subscribers want and expect your emails:
The main takeaway? Whether your email is an HTML or plain-text email has nothing to do with landing in the inbox or the spam folder.
In fact, people often confuse simple HTML emails with plain-text emails. They think they’re sending plain-text emails when they’re really sending HTML emails. Let’s dive into the difference between the two types.
An HTML email contains HTML code that impacts the appearance of an email. Here are some examples of common HTML elements that might be inside an email:
I have known Charles Vincent Kauwasha for many long years now since we first met in Accident and Emergency department of Hutt Hospital Lower Hutt New Zealand, where he was an emergency nurse. I had a problem with my heart and very quickly learnt to trust him with my life! we got talking about our businesses and exchanged contact details. Charles has been a loyal friend and business contact here and on whatsapp etc ever since that time, even after he moved from New Zealand to Australia. Charles is a very honest, loyal and trustworthy person, both in business and as a friend. I highly recommend Charles as a safe person to know and do business with.
Charles has provided me with many – free but easy to use marketing tools. If you are new to affiliate marketing – Charles is the best person to go to
With his humble beginnings overseas, Charles would be a perfect mentor for someone feeling trapped with not much to look forward to in future. Listen to his story and be amazed and inspired… starting with nothing to where he is! He will teach you about the power of perseverance. Well done Charles
A unique and profound CEO I have seen in our times, I have seen the calibre in Charles. Charles has a performing influence drive from his desires to do work in an extraordinary way. Charles is adeliver, you will not regret working on projects with him
I Studied with Vincent Kaluwasha during this programme. A highly skilled and knowledgeable individual. Passionate about Occupational Health and would suitably work in the is capacity anywhere in the world”.
JACOB JOSEPH SAKALA-NURSE CONSULTANT
Charles is a man with a great deal of integrity and takes pride in his work
I’ve known Charles for many years and every encounter has been a happy one….he has a wonderful attitude towards life. He is a man of integrity
C J Investiment helped me to secure my first investment with couple of weeks. I will recommend their services to anyone looking for best investment in any city or country
I have seen how Charles has evolved from nothing to setting up a real estate portfolio with determination -Jessica McDade He is a man of integrity and passion who leaves a stone unturned!
All the developers of D5 Creation have come from the disadvantaged part or group of the society. All have established themselves after a long and hard struggle in their life
Thanks to you Charles, we can be there when the worst happens to give people the emergency medical care they need – and rapid transport to hospital. Your support means that CareFlight can fly at a few minutes’ notice, to some of the most inhospitable places in this country. It means patients like Simon can be reached quickly with hospital-level emergency care at the scene – and in cases like Simon’s every minute counts.
On behalf of everyone at CareFlight, thank you for your generosity – and have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you so much
Dear CVK, Awesome, a huge thank you for your prompt response!!! I feel blessed to know you.I love your inspiring video and I have learnt a lot from your nicely arranged presentation. I can’t remember the question I paused to you myself but it feels like whatever it was I asked you has been effectively dealt with in your powerful video. By the way, I strongly feel you can make a good mentor of mine considering the massive education and experience you have acquired through the years. Let me know if you can do this for me because I firmly believe there is a purpose why God brings certain people into our lives which is to help us achieve our fullest potential and arrive at our God-given destiny. Remain blessed forevermore in Jesus mighty name, Amena!!! By the way, many thanks for your quick encouraging feedback and for the free book offer on how to attract people to my biz.Will study the book ASAP and I should be able to implement what I will learn and will see where that will take me. I am looking forward to a rewarding interaction between the two of us. Once again, thank you for your non-wavering support and encouragement you have rendered to me over the years. I thought you had given up on me and forgotten about me since I appeared to be wasting your time. I am still interested in salvaging my life and do something new and big because I am tired and sick of living a mediocre kind of life. Please help me if you can by God’s grace. Have a blessed day my Brotherman
Charles, right now, a lot of people in this country are saying, “Thank you.”Thank you for being there when they needed help most. Thank you for taking charge when their world was turning upside down. Thank you for giving them confidence, when they were afraid and needed life-saving help. As a CareFlight Support Crew Member, you are making such a difference for so many people. Your regular donations help save lives and keep families together. Patients like Thomas, who told us, “You made it possible for me to survive.”And Agnes, who said, “I’m very grateful a service like CareFlight exists.”Below are some more messages of thanks: Thanks from the patients you help. As we head into another year, we know there will be even more people who will call on our services. So, I’d like to add my heartfelt thanks to those of our patients, for your steadfast support. Together we are ensuring CareFlight is always there for people when they call for our help. Whether it’s intubating a patient at the scene of an accident, or ensuring a newborn is safe on a flight from a remote area to a major hospital for treatment, our patients cannot speak highly enough of the care they receive. Charles, that care is part of a chain that starts with people like you. These expressions of gratitude, from all over the country and from all walks of life, show you how much your support is valued – and how much it is needed, more than ever. We can’t do what we do without you.
If this year has taught us anything so far, it’s that none of us ever truly know what is around the corner.
That’s why I can’t thank you enough for your support that ensures we can continue to provide life-saving aeromedical care to Australians most in need.
Our CareFlight crews are in a unique position to understand what Australians have been going through. Every day, we care for people who have found their world shaken by a sudden accident or illness – coping with circumstances almost none expected to face when they woke up that morning.
People like Simon Bowman don’t like to rely on others for help. But one day, as he lay trapped inside his car after a terrible road accident, with suspected injuries to his spine and shoulder and a possible head trauma, Simon needed life-saving help desperately. CareFlight was there in a matter of minutes.
CareFlight’s rapid response helicopter service is so vital in situations like this. Our crew can be airborne in minutes and by the side of our patient, delivering hospital-level emergency care as fast as possible.
Simon doesn’t remember much about his accident, but he does recall the voices of the CareFlight crew as they worked urgently to treat his injuries. Simon told us: “I knew there was someone looking after me and that I was in good hands.”
Our mission is to deliver people the very best care. We’ve spearheaded international aeromedical innovations such as our stretcher bridge system and become the first civilian service to carry blood plasma to the scene of an accident.
The care, the state-of-the-art equipment, those voices which reassure patients that they are in the hands of skilled professionals they can trust – it’s all thanks to people like you.
Simon has recovered and recently visited our base to meet some of the crew. He has never forgotten the help he received from CareFlight, so meeting them again was an emotional experience.
Seeing the helicopter that transported him to hospital, he was amazed at its size. He confessed he’d never been that keen on helicopters, “but I was very keen that one was there that day.”
Your support for CareFlight is helping to save so many lives, like Simon’s.
Thank you so much.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CEO!! peacemaker, Shepherd, wise, intelligent, focused, hardworking, caring, loving, forgiving, Husband, Granddad and most importantly best Father Charles V. Kaluwasha. We’ve been truly blessed to have you as our mentor and protector. We thank God for keeping you alive and healthy. Today we celebrate your 60th, a blessed milestone! Next, we count down to your 100th BIRTHDAY. WE LOVE YOU and pray we have you as our father in the next life- @Kendy Kaluwasha
Charles is a very intelligent individual and is very knowledgeable in regards to the Australian Real Estate market. We continue to work a long side each other and we will be for a very long time. He is a much needed asset to my business and growth of my business in the future.
Charles, is very knowledgeable about real estate and great person to connect with. He teaches what he has done himself.
My great sponsor, you inspired me a lot, you are really God sent, to make life better for me, I will not hide it from you, that I really have a little bit of financial contains, because all what I was saving for my travel I left 60%of the money to take care of my two children, to buy a bag of rice and different foods stuff. so here in Monrovia I don’t want to sit idle I just want to start some clothing business, so I am pleading what everything you help me with for the sake of God Almighty, God will surely triple it in return. Thanks sir and God bless you the great man one day you will be the richest man in Zambia, God bless you. I pray that the money will grow more than ten billion dollars. Amen sir, thank you sir, one day you will be a leader in Zambia, by the Grace of God, that my vision for you sir.
Thank you sir hope your work and business expand. Greatness is your portion on a daily basis. You inspire many to pursue their dream, so good to see you pave the way.
You are just not any other resource mwanta, but a creative, proactive and as sharp as a double-edged sword. I love the way you have put together connected opportunities available in our programme and the turning of light by the blind buddy. This is awesome, This is incredible!! https://www.entredevec.com/