Quick Tip: Handling SPAM in Your Inbox
There was a time when many of us checked our inboxes to see if anyone knew we had an email address. Once we knew they did, then we checked it every five minutes to see if any of them loved us enough to send a message.
Nowadays, 80% of what we receive is filled with so much rubbish it makes us wonder of we ought to get a different address. We’re overwhelmed by how many we get.
In this article, I want to share with you a method for dealing with that 80%. Just think how much better you’d feel if tomorrow morning you had a fifth of the messages in your inbox that came in today.
So, how do you get rid of it? By creating filters.
Spam is the junk mail of the Internet.
Just think what your mailbox would be like if you received 100 or 200 pieces of junk mail every day. That’s what your inbox could look like.
Maybe you get that much anyway.
If you don’t have a method for getting that junk out of your inbox, then you’ll be deleting messages all day long.
Most ISPs have SPAM filters that automatically send it to your spam folder. The folder is there so that you can look for the odd message that is accidentally deleted.
Now you have to realize that spammers are clever people. They want your money. If they can’t you to spend it on them, then they’ll use every ruse in the book to steal it from you.
The ISPs are winning. They constantly change their filters, but some of it still gets through.
The quickest way to deal with it is to take a little time to create your own filters. The trick is to identify the one or perhaps two words in the subject or text that you’re sure you’ll never care about, and then tell your email client that messages which contain them are junk.
You’ll probably need to create a couple dozen filters to get rid of it. But unless you have a lot of junk to deal with right now, you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time on it. Creating one of two per day should eliminate almost all of it in a week or so. And one more thing: Be sure that you are careful to spell the keywords exactly as they were spelled in the offending message.