We have been hired by a company who already registered a domain name and had their son put a "coming soon" splash page up.
In reviewing the domain record, the Blacklist Status reports 3 occurrences with the last one being on Feb. 15, 2005. All three blacklist errors link to SPEWS.org (Spam Prevention Early Warning System).
Our client has registered their domain with Domains by Proxy, which hides the actual domain registrar's contact information. There is also a dummy email address set up on the record. If a SPAMMER tried to email this dummy email, would this cause the Blacklist Status?
Is anyone aware of any problems we might have using this domain name? Thanks!
The blacklist status means that someone had used the domain or IP to send out spam email in the past. If email is currently sent out from the blacklisted domain or IP, the email will bounce when sent to people who filter their email with blacklists.
Check the IP address in whois to see if it is the IP address that is blacklisted. If that is the problem, ask the web hosting company to change your IP address. Try to get one on a different "c" block. (aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd)They may charge a nominal fee if you request a dedicated IP.
Often spammers will hijack a domain and send large amounts of spam through an innocent domain. Check with the web hosting company, to ensure that they have added the necessary patches to prevent email exploits, to modules such as formmail.pl .