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  1. Infinia

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    I'm new to the forum, but have done support for many of the mailers on here who can vouch for me. I've been in the industry a while and actually want to help out. It's my little contribution to bump up in the ranks around here.

    most of you know me as hobby. but I've got some new businesses that I'm working on atm.

    anyhow, here's some tidbits I've garnered recently.

    If you want to test an ip against a domain without going through your MTA (on linux):

    Code:
    cat /path/to/test/email | nc -v -w 10 -t -i 2 -s IP.ADD.RE.SS mx2.hotmail.com 25 2>&1
    - make sure your test email has the correct EHLO and MAIL FROM commands (and yes, the ip needs to be bound to the box)

    - we use this to test ips before we pay for them and can test a full /24 in a matter of minutes

    more to come later.

    also, i'm happy to answer any questions
     
  2. hobby

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    better stop using my friends account

    ok, so now that i have my own account, I don't have to use my buddy's account as Infinia.

    Anyhow, same applies to above
     
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    get the domains in a file

    I use this command to analyze an email file to determine how good it is. this command will tell you how many email addresses in a file are in a domain. So you can figure out if your file has a lot of a certain domain or which domain names are misspelled.

    Code:
    awk -F@ 'END{for(i in A)print i, A[i]}{A[$2]++}' FILENAME
    I actually use this before I import lists so that I can get a good idea if I'm importing just GI data or a TLD list and also which domains are in that TLD. It's been helpful for finding spelling errors in domains and to clean out common mistakes (like yahoo..com).
     
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    Hi Hobby,
    Thanks, these are some good tricks. When you do the IP test script in your original post, do you just test a sample of domains where you have seeds to see if they land?

    Welcome!
    -Red
     
  5. hobby

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    Re: Red

    Red -

    Yes, the file contains a sample email message with the seed email account. I can then check the seed account and see where it landed (inbox, junk box, black holed). This way also, I can use a very benign message (no links) and that allows me to test the ip reputation without having to worry about having my message blocked for spam-like characteristics (such as links, images, junk text, etc).

    Here is a sample message that I use:

    Code:
    EHLO cf463a8c.my-domain-name-to-use.info
    MAIL FROM: <[email protected]>
    RCPT TO: <[email protected]>
    DATA
    From: [email protected]
    Subject: Re: Guitar Lesson
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-type: text/html; CHARSET=US-ASCII
    Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT
    
    Thank you for helping me practice the guitar.  I'm finally learning chords.
    
    Max
    
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    Seeing competitors payouts in linktrust

    Just an observation that I had while working with a client on a Linktrust integration. In an older version of Linktrust (quite a few advertisers have not upgraded to the newest version), there is a security hole.

    When you access your report data via the API, you have to pass along your affiliate key and your publisher id. These are not linked in any way. This means that you can pass in your affiliate key and any other publisher id.

    You can use this to see what other publishers are getting paid for the same offers. You can also find out what everyone else is running and either get on the same bandwagon or pick offers that aren't as active.

    Again, this security hole only exists in the older version of Linktrust (the one with the light gray background before they switched to the new version with the large green buttons).

    - hobby
     

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