Email Security

Navigating Google and Yahoo’s New Email Sender Requirements

Gerasim Hovhannisyan, CEO and Co-Founder of EasyDMARC, details Google and Yahoo’s upcoming email sending requirements.

Navigating Google and Yahoo’s New Email Sender Requirements

The email-sending landscape is set to go through a major transformation in light of Google and Yahoo’s new sender requirements taking effect in February 2024. The two email giants have raised the bar for bulk senders (5,000 or more emails sent per day) with a clear aim – to create safer and less cluttered inboxes.

There are three key aspects to these changes that need to be addressed before the deadline: implementing email authentication, providing an easy unsubscribing mechanism, and maintaining a low spam rate.

As a mass mailer, adapting to these adjustments is not just about compliance; it’s also about safeguarding your sender reputation and ensuring your messages reach their intended recipients.

Email Authentication

To be able to successfully send bulk emails to Google and Yahoo recipients, having a valid DMARC record with an enforcement policy of at least p=none will now be mandatory. This also means having correctly implemented SPF and DKIM protocols since DMARC builds on them.

Notably, it’s more than just Google and Yahoo leading the charge for email authentication. Microsoft recently announced that they will start honoring the senders’ DMARC policies and is likely to also mandate email authentication in the foreseeable future.

Easy Unsubscribing

User experience takes center stage with the new requirement for a single-click unsubscribe mechanism. A clearly visible unsubscribe link should also be provided in the email body.

With this change, email users are given the power to easily opt out of unwanted emails, especially since senders will have to comply with any opt-out requests within two days.

Maintaining A Low Spam Rate

Maintaining spam rates below the stipulated threshold of 0.3% is crucial. With a recommended rate of under 0.1%, the emphasis is clear – send content your audience wants. In 2022, more than 56% of all global email traffic was categorized as spam, making the need for relevant, engaging content even more apparent.

On the flip side, the average return on investment for email marketing is between $36 and $42 for every $1 spent. Therefore, your marketing emails landing in the spam folder is like burning the money you’ve spent as well as the money you could’ve made with that campaign.

Additional Requirements

Beyond the headline requirements, a few additional nuances demand attention. Valid PTR records, adherence to the Internet Message Format standard, and refraining from impersonating Gmail From: headers are all part of the compliance package. These may seem like technicalities, but overlooking them could have serious repercussions.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

The stakes are high for those who don’t align with these requirements. Emails failing to meet the standards risk being flagged as spam or outright rejected. The potential damage to sender reputation could lead to a lower sender score, making it harder for legitimate emails to stand out. Repeated violations could even lead to domain or IP address blacklisting.

Preparing for the Change

As the clock ticks toward the February 2024 deadline, proactive measures are the need of the hour. These changes, while demanding, are a step in the right direction for the email ecosystem. By embracing them now, you not only ensure compliance but also fortify your email practices for a future where user experience and sender integrity take center stage.

At EasyDMARC, we’re ready to assist you on this journey. Having advocated for email authentication and safe email practices for years, we’re thrilled to witness this transformation on a more comprehensive level.

To learn more about the upcoming requirements and how EasyDMARC can guide you through the transition, contact us.