Getting Started with Recipient Validation
Send with confidence!
Recipient Validation helps you remove bad email addresses before you send to them to protect your sender reputation so your emails land in the inbox.
We leverage hundreds of millions of delivery and engagement events, in addition to the existing hard bounce events, giving us the most powerful validation algorithm in the market.
Start using Recipient Validation if you’re running into any of these challenges:
- Experiencing a high number of hard bounces when sending email campaigns
- Seeing poor deliverability with major mailbox providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft
- Dealing with recipient lists that haven’t been sent to for months, most likely filled with email addresses that are no longer engaged and or invalid
- No way of auditing email addresses entered in as part of your upfront sign-up or opt-in process flow
- Sending to low-quality email addresses, including both masked email addresses and disposable throwaway email addresses, that hurt your reputation
- Using a current validation tool that takes either minutes or days to complete your validations. You need your validations faster, especially if it is a part of your sign up flow!
Start validating and see improvements in your inbox performance and sending reputation.
Recipient Validation is available to all SparkPost senders on the Starter plan and higher.
How do I Validate?
Validate an email list in app
Using Recipient Validation, you can quickly validate a list of email addresses. In addition to your regular list hygiene, you should be sure to verify your list when sending to recipients for the first time in a while, and when you migrate between email delivery providers.
Learn how to validate your list.
Validate a single email address in app
While in the SparkPost app, you can quickly validate a single email address for spot checking purposes.
Integrate the API
You may want to add Recipient Validation when you first collect an email address. When you validate email addresses the moment you collect them, not only are you able to block undeliverable and risky addresses from making it past your digital front door. Additionally, you are able to catch your user’s typos and recommend a correction, so your user isn’t confused when they never get emails from you.
Learn how to protect your forms with Recipient Validation.
Understanding the results
A more robust set of result categories allows you to catch typos and syntax errors for real and valid emails and further investigate other addresses that come back with more information. We help you decide whether to use the email address or not. Let’s learn about them.
result field contains the overall status of this email. It will show the status of the email address as either
typo. You should never send to addresses classified as
||Data indicates a delivery and/or engagement event associated with email address. You should send to it.|
||Data indicates no hard bounce, delivery, or engagement event associated with email address.|
||The email address is risky to send to because it is suspected of hard bouncing in the past.|
||The email address is undeliverable because of hard bounces, syntax, invalid domain, or invalid recipient issue.|
||The email address may have a misspelled domain. Please see did_you_mean for our best recommendation to correct|
Recipient Validation provides a
reason field, which describes how it reached the
||Given email is not valid email syntax|
||The domain does not exist or is not set up to receive email|
||Email address does not exist, according to our data|
Did you mean?
When the response contains the
did_you_mean field, it indicates there is probably a typo in the domain of the email address. An example of this is “gmial.com” instead of “gmail.com”. You can pass this correction on to your user when you integrate Recipient Validation through the API or use it to correct the email address in your list.
Email address types
Disposable email address
Disposable email providers are services that create email addresses that are discarded after one use or a short period of time. People use them to avoid giving out their real email address. Our data shows that disposable email providers have engagement rates of less than 1%.
Role-based email address
Role-based email addresses represent a group or activity, like sales or abuse. They tend to engage less, and unsubscribe and complaint more. These email addresses should be avoided since they risk harming your reputation.
Free email address
Free email providers such as Gmail allow anyone to sign up for an email address. In most cases, these email addresses are not low-quality leads. However, certain businesses may consider requiring professional email addresses and not allowing free personal ones.