Few things are more overwhelming to me than seeing a jam-packed inbox. The energy it takes to go through each email, deciding which ones stay (and where to put them … but that’s another blog) and which ones go, leaves me exhausted. The kicker is many of these emails I consider to be junk (or spam as they are also called).
If only there was a way to curb the number of junk emails I receive. How can I do this? How can you do this? It’s easy. Just follow these 5 simple steps.
We all sign up for product updates, newsletters and other notifications from various companies. At the time it seems like a good idea, but when you start getting emails from them (sometimes daily) it doesn’t take long for your inbox to feel the bulge. You may be having second thoughts, especially if you never open these emails. That’s when you know it’s time to unsubscribe. Each of those emails has an unsubscribe link. Sometimes you have to search, but it’s worth it. Click on unsubscribe and even if they send you a drippy message saying how much they’ll miss you and are you sure you want to leave … do it. You’ll be better off for it.
2. Don’t Respond
Have you ever received unsolicited junk mail that contains an unsubscribe link saying something like To unsubscribe, click here? Whatever you do, do NOT click on that link. Clicking it lets spammers know they’ve got a live email address. Note: This is different from unsubscribing to mail that you know you have subscribed to, as I described above.
3. Spam filters
Your email provider should have a good spam filter built in. But if too many junk emails are still getting through, you might have to take matters into your own hands. You have two options. First, your email program likely contains filters you can set to weed out emails that contain words likes sex, earn $$$, and others I can’t mention. Set your filters to automatically delete messages containing these words. Monitor the junk emails you receive and update the filters with the words they use.
If that doesn’t do the trick, your second option is to purchase software to help you out. Just Google spam filters to find some, or ask your email provider for a recommendation.
4. Use a Temporary Email
Imagine, having two identities. Well, with email you can … and you should. It’s a good idea to sign up for a second email address, using Hotmail or Yahoo! Use these free email accounts whenever you make an online purchase or sign up for something. As a rule, you should only give your private email address to people you trust. That way, if the spam ever gets out of control, you abandon the free account and open another. This protects your private email address and doesn’t inconvenience your business partners and friends who use your private email address.
5. Never Post Your Email
Never post your private email address online. That means in forums, guest books, blogs, or on a website. Spammers are tricky and they use robots to scour the Internet collecting email addresses they can sell. Always use your free account.
Following these five quick tips will help you get on the road to an empty inbox.
How do you keep junk email at bay? I’d love to hear your ideas. Post your comment below.