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2 Ways to Determine Why an Email Address was Blocked

When you view emails statistics on an Email Send record, you may see that there are some excluded emails.

There are three reasons an email address would be excluded from receiving an email:

1. Missing email: There is no email address in the email field on the Lead/Contact record.

2. Unsubscribe: The recipient previously unsubscribed.

3. Blocked: The recipient’s email address hard bounced on an email you previously sent, the email address has had four soft bounces in the last 90 days or the person manually marked a previous email as spam. You can read more about ClickDimensions bounce codes and service protection here.

The first two reasons are fairly easy to identify in CRM, but sometimes it can be difficult to determine why someone has been blocked. Here are two methods you can use to determine why an email address was blocked:

Method 1: The Email Send Record

Go to the Email Send record > related drop-down menu > Excluded Emails

This will take you to the Excluded Email Associated View. In this example, you can see one email was excluded for being unsubscribed and one was blocked. We are going to click on the blocked record to investigate further.

Once the Excluded Email record is open, you will need to click on the related Contact/Lead record:

On the Contact/Lead record, click the related drop-down menu > Email Events:

This will take you to the Email Event Associated View. Here we can see this contact has been blocked for “Invalid Recipient,” which is a hard bounce. In this view, you could also see if there were four soft bounces events or a spam complaint, which are the other two reasons a contact or lead can be blocked.

So, what if there are no email events in this view that explain why an email address has been blocked? This can happen if there are multiple records in your CRM with the same email address or because records have been deactivated.

Method 2: Advanced Find for an Email Address

An Advanced Find will pull up all email events for an email address no matter which Contact/Lead record the email events are related to, or if any records have been deactivated. You simply:

  1. Select Email Events
  2. Go to Edit Columns and add the Contact, Lead and Type columns
  3. Select Email | Contains | “Enter email address”
  4. Click Results

Now you will be able to see all email events for the email address, and you can check for one of the reasons mentioned in the beginning of this post.


For additional methods, please see this blog post.

Happy Marketing!

Written by Eryka Adams, Marketing Success Manager

About the Author:

Eryka Adams is a Technical Support Specialist at ClickDimensions.


  1. Mark May 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Hi there, so once we’ve determined the reason for an email address being blocked, how do we move forward to resolve it?

  2. Alexandra July 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Hello, so what can I do do with recipients with soft bounces? Are there any methods to improve the situation?

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      ClickDimensions Marketing July 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Bounce email events will contain the message of the bounce. Within that message, you can usually discern the issue. The best way to analyze if there are any trends or “root causes” to the soft bounces you are seeing is to view the soft bounces messages for a large send or for a period of a few weeks. This blog article may help with the most common soft bounces: http://blog.clickdimensions.com/why-do-emails-bounce-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/. The best way to improve the situation and reduce soft bounces is to correct the underlying issue.

  3. Marc February 7, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    If i have many blocked emails, how can I generate a list of all emails and why they have been blocked?

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