How do I find out my mail server blacklisted?

by on October 27, 2006 · 9 comments· LAST UPDATED October 27, 2006

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Q. How do I find out if my e-mail server IP address is blacklisted?

A. First make sure you are not source of spam:

a) You have correct reverse IP address mapping

b) Your mail server is not open to spammers

mxtoolbox offers test that will check a mail server IP address against 147 DNS-based blacklists. (Commonly called Realtime blacklists, blocklists, DNSBLs or RBLs). If your mail server has been blacklisted, some email you send may not be delivered. Blacklisting is a common way of reducing spam.

Step # 1: Find out your mail server ip address

For example if your domain name is nixcraft.com
$ host -t mx nixcraft.comOutput:

nixcraft.com mail is handled by 10 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com.

Get IP address of this host:
$ host -t a ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com.Output:

ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com has address 72.14.205.27

Step # 2: Now visit mxtoolbox site and enter a mail server IP address 72.14.205.27

=> Visit mxtoolbox web site.
=> Enter IP address

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1 John Chow February 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

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3 S Smith February 26, 2009 at 3:40 am

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