Today, sending large quantities of messages directly from a desktop email application will often NOT work. For example, Rackspace (the email hosting provider we use and recommend), currently has an outbound limit of 250 recipients at any given time. The amount of time is purposely ambiguous to prevent intentional spamming. To avoid looking like a spammer yourself, use one of these solutions for sending mass email messages...
WEB HOSTED SOLUTIONS
Web hosted solutions are great for building lists online, tracking email campaigns and some include A/B testing so you can really fine-tune your message. Hosted solutions are often the only easy and safe way to send large volumes of email without looking like a spammer. Listed in alphabetical order...
- Campaign Monitor (great for designers)
- Constant Contact
- Mail Chimp
- My Emma
- Vertical Response (includes surveys and list segmentation)
Desktop solutions are can be attractive for smaller or less frequent mailings. Beware that sending bulk messages from your desktop may result in your email host putting a block on your account.