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Is it possible to have our actual domain name blacklisted as sender of spam

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Hi there,
We have been asked to potentially have bulk unsolicited (these could be warm but not sure at this point) email sent from external mail servers on our behalf, using our domain name. The plan is to add the ip addresses of these external mail servers to our existing SPF & Sender ID records (we already send our regular/automated email from different ip addresses so these are specified in these records) but are concerned that if these new bulk emailings are reported as spam that our actual domain name could become blacklisted. Is it possible to have our actual domain name blacklisted? If the ip addresses of these external mail servers get blacklisted then,whilst not good at all, it would mean that our regular/automated emails are still received whilst this is resolved. What we are really wanting to make sure is that our domain name is definitely not blacklisted.
Many thank in advance for your help.
Cheers.
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Blacklists work on IP's, not domains.

Your plan is solid except for one potential hiccup -- going from no volume to high volume like that on new IP's could very well cause large amounts of those mails to be rejected as spam.  If you are concerned with inbox placement of these mails, I highly suggest warming up the IP's first -- just start sending your normal mail through them for like a week.  When it comes to mail, IP's are tracked and assigned reputation based on several criteria like spam traps hit, volume, sending to unknown users, etc.

Check this out as an example.
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Thanks for you help - as it turns out the company supplying the data will be sending from their own servers, using their own domain names so this is now not an issue but thank you for your comments.
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