Email Marketing: Improving Your Bounce Rate

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An email bounce rate is the percentage of emails that never make it to a recipient's inbox. The emails "bounce" back to the sender. Think of it like posting a letter to an old friend that comes back as undelivered. 
There are different reasons why an email might bounce. Knowing what causes them and ways to prevent them can help you reduce the amount of emails that get bounced. This can help improve your sender reputation
A screenshot showing bounce statistics in an email campaign.

The different email bounce types

Emails bounce for different reasons. Some issues that caused the bounce can be temporary (soft bounce), and some are permanent (hard bounce).
You can view bounce rates from the Delivery statistics panel of any email in the Email Marketing tab in your site's dashboard. 

Soft bounces

A soft bounce occurs when a temporary issue prevents the delivery of an email to its recipient. Some common reasons include:
  • The recipient's mailbox is full.
  • The recipient's email server has technical issues.
  • The email message is too large.
Since a soft bounce is a temporary issue, emails that are marked as soft bounced in email campaign statistics will not be marked as bounced.

Hard bounce

A hard bounce is caused by a permanent issue that prevents the delivery of an email to its recipient. Some common reasons include:
  • The recipient email address is invalid, meaning it might contain spelling mistakes, no longer be in use or it might not exist.
  • The recipient email server has blocked delivery.

Other types of bounces

Bounced by a local blacklist means that you received spam complaints in the past or if you continue sending emails to email addresses that have bounced before, your campaign can be rejected and bounced.

How bounced emails can affect your Wix account

Just like your business reputation, a good sender reputation is easy to maintain but takes more effort to regain when negatively impacted. A low number of bounced emails is expected, and can occur even if you’ve done everything to prevent them. 
If your bounced email rate is higher than normal, Wix can take the necessary safety measures to keep the negative impact to a minimum, and make sure you can improve your reputation sooner. 

  • Declined emails: Wix may decline distributing some of your email campaigns until you clean your mailing list and slowly rebuild your reputation as a sender.
  • Reduced email allowance: Your email allowance (the number of contacts you can send email campaigns too) might be reduced if you have a large number of bounced emails. 
  • Deactivated account: If you continue to have a high bounce rate over a long period of time, your Wix account may be deactivated due to a breach of the Wix Email Marketing Terms of Use.

Improving the bounce rate

The number of bounced emails from your campaigns is used to establish your sender reputation, and impacts how many recipients you can reach with your campaigns. 
It's always possible to take steps to improve your bounce rate and thus your sender reputation over time.


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