SIX EASY WAYS (+1 other)
To Reduce Spam Emails
After 10 years in the website design and marketing industry we have hosted many a website and solved many a perplexing problem. But the question that never goes away is “How do I stop spam emails‽” Unfortunately, there is no one quick, easy fix for this.
While enquiry forms are much better at stopping automated web form submissions (thank you CAPTCHA), there is still the issue of actual humans circumventing our best efforts by pressing the “SUBMIT” button. And if you are already on a spammers database there is no way to remove it. It’s all a bit too much for most of us to take in!
| 13 February 2019
But never fear, there are a few simple things (and another slightly trickier solution) you can do to decrease the spam that you see in your inbox. Below are 7 methods to reduce the effect that spam emails have on your day to day.
Manage Your Email Alerts
Most websites (like Facebook, blog sites etc) will try to send us an email notification for every post, like, or movement in our network. Make sure you go through your notification settings for each website or app to make sure you’re only opting in to receive the emails that are relevant to you. Read these very carefully, because some websites may even try and get you to agree for your email address to be given to third parties, which will result in even more spam.
Unsubscribe From Emails You’re Not Interested In
Are you still receiving the newsletter for that online store you stopped shopping at six years ago? Unsubscribe! By scrolling down to the end of the email, you’ll find the unsubscribe link which will remove you from that website’s email list. It’s often best to do this on a desktop, as some websites need you to log in or have difficult-to-navigate unsubscribe screens.
Don’t Respond To Scams
This sounds like the most obvious thing in the world, but modern-day scams are a lot smarter than they used to be, and replicate a lot of legitimate businesses. The general rule of thumb is not to login with a link that’s been sent to you in an unsolicited email—log in separately by navigating to the site in a browser to see if the warning from the email is real.
Move All Spam To your Junk Folder
More often than not, we just delete the junk that comes through our inbox. By marking it as spam (or junk, depending on your service), your email filters will become better at recognising what should and shouldn’t land in the inbox.
Get A New Email Address, Or Use A Separate One
This may sound a bit extreme, but it can be a great way of keeping your main inbox clear of junk. Gmail especially is good for this, as it allows you to fine-tune your email to catch different sites and services.
Block The Incoming Email Address Entirely
As a final step, you can go straight to the root of the source and block the incoming spam email address. How to do this depends on what email service you use, and is best done using the desktop site. For Gmail, click the three vertical dots next to the reply function and choose block from the drop-down menu. For iCloud email, you need to choose Rules from the cog drop-down menu, create a new rule, paste in the offending email address, and in the ‘choose folder’ menu, select junk.
By following these six simple methods, you should see a significant reduction in the amount of spam emails you receive.
And the “Other” way…. IP Blocking.
This works especially well if the source of your spam emails is your own website.
Speak to your website developer to see if your website can be blocked to certain countries that are known to invade inbox’s with spam emails. IP Blocking, when done correctly, can reduce the number of people who can see your site and therefore submit emails through your forms. More so, if you are worried about blocking the wrong countries, there are ways to track the IP address of those responsible to narrow down the targeted locations to block.
A final note on this, be careful if doing this yourself as you can cause adverse effects to your search engine rankings if this is not done correctly.