DMARC DKIM & SPF explained for ActiveCampaign emails

You’re worried about email deliverability, and want to make sure your ActiveCampaign emails get delivered to the Inbox instead of landing in spam folders.

So you need to understand enough about the technical bits of email authentication to stay out of trouble – but without getting overwhelmed or bewildered.

Kay Peacey has you covered in this blog, with clear explanations of what DKIM SPF and DMARC mean, so that normal business people who sends emails with ActiveCampaign can understand what they are and how to use them safely.

Email authentication is a big deal – it’s the difference between wasting your time creating fancy emails no one ever sees, versus reliable email delivery that drives sales into your business on autopilot.

You can’t dodge it – but you’re in the right place to finally get a grip on email authentication for ActiveCampaign without wanting to cry or run away.

Follow these steps to learn what DKIM SPF and DMARC mean

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Learn the most important things about SPF for emails you send

SPF is pretty straighforward, as email authentication goes – so it’s not usually a big worry.

Five things you should know about SPF authentication for emails

  1. ActiveCampaign mostly handles your SPF for you – so that’s nice!
  2. Other platforms that send email for you might need you to take SPF action though
  3. Your SPF record lives in your DNS records – usually with your web hosting service
  4. You can should only have one SPF record for the domain you send emails from
  5. Your one spf record can cover lots of platforms that send emails using your domain

There are some more advanced bits to do to get gold star SPF alignment for ActiveCampaign emails – you don’t have to have them, but they will help more of your emails get delivered (and opened, read and clicked on!) if you have them in place.

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Know the most important things about DKIM for emails you send

DKIM is a little more complex than SPF email authentication goes – but it’s really important so you defintiely shouldn’t skip this one

Five things you MUST know about DKIM authentication for emails

  1. ActiveCampaign needs you to have two CNAME records for DKIM
  2. Other platforms that send email for you will probably need you to take DKIM action as well
  3. Your DKIM records live in your DNS records – usually with your web hosting service
  4. You can have many DKIM records for the domain you send emails from
  5. Each DKIM record usually covers one of the platforms that send emails using your domain

There are some older versions of DKIM for ActiveCampaign emails – you don’t have to update themto the latest version, but one day they will get retired and stop working, so it’s worth making sure you’re on the latest version of DKIM for ActiveCampaign.

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See the things you NEED to know about DMARC right now

DMARC is the riskiest of the email authentication technical bits.

If DMARC is done wrong, it can block all your emails from delivery to inboxes – yikes!

Let’s make sure you know enough to stay out of bad DMARC trouble…

Five things you must know about DMARC email authentication

  1. Your DMARC record lives in your DNS records – usually with your web hosting service
  2. You can should only have one DMARC record for the domain you send emails from
  3. If you send more then 5k emails a day you really must have a DMARC record to meeet latest email delivery requirements
  4. The minimum DMARC policy you can use is None – Quarantine or Reject DMARC policies should only be set up by deliverability experts
  5. Ideally you should have a reporting element in your DMARC record

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Understand how to get good email deliverability in ActiveCampaign

Getting your ActiveCampaign emails to land in the Inbox – not in the spam folder – involves more than just the technical bits of email authentication.

You need to know and do a few other things so that your emails have a strong chance to get delivered and drive sales for your business

Three thing you need to get to grips with for great email deliverability in ActiveCampaign

  1. How to use Engagement Tags to keep track of what your ActiveCampaign contacts are doing when you send them emails
  2. How to keep an eye on Spam Reports and stay under the cut-off limit from Google and other Mailbox Providers
  3. How to build better ActiveCampaign emails that are way more likely to get opened > read > clicked after they get delivered

Get more help to set up and check email authentication for ActiveCampaign

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In the ActiveCampaign Academy we will help you nail your email authentication fast, and right first time, with no stress.

Our flagship Better Engagement and Deliverability training has everything you need to go from spam folder doom to stellar inbox delivery rates as quickly as possible, with personal support and guidance from Kay Peacey alongside resources, courses and community help.

So come on in to the ActiveCampaign Academy, and you’ll have Kay Peacey and the Slick Business team, and all your lovely fellow members, to guide you every step of the way to fabulousness with ActiveCampaign.

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