The majority of us can’t seem to last more than ten minutes without taking a glance at our social media or email. While this seems harmless, the constant interruptions can have a negative impact on one’s level of productivity. The simplest solution is to close an email app, so you aren’t distracted by notifications. The problem is that this is easier said than done.
Fortunately, there is another solution to overcome the interruption of emails – get fewer emails. If you have fewer emails, there are fewer notifications and fewer distractions. While you are not able to ask your boss to stop emailing you, it is possible to reduce the number of promotional emails that clog up your inbox. This article provides information on how to stop getting mail promotions.
What Are The Different Ways To Stop Receiving Mail Promotions?
Tip #1: Mark Spam As Spam
When an unsolicited email appears in your inbox, it is important that you mark it as spam before deleting it. This is how automatic spam filters identify spam emails and filter them out. By reporting the mail as spam, you are telling the email provider which mails you want and do not want in your inbox.
Tip #2: NEVER Publish Your Email Address
Despite the need to use your email to sign up for most things, it is recommended that you avoid publishing the address where possible. Spammers and scammers utilize tools to “scrape” websites finding email addresses for promotional campaigns. If your email address is published online, it is up for grabs for any spammer to email or sell to other spamming agencies.
Unfortunately, people often need to publish an email address for business purposes. In these cases, you should consider using a contact form or opt for the domain privacy feature. Domain privacy features are extra expenses, but it keeps information confidential without appearing in the public WHOIS database. If you run classified ads, have the customers contact you via temporary addresses provided by the advertising platform.
Tip #3: Do Not Open Suspicious Mails
Another way spammers collect email addresses is by sending emails containing tracking pixels. If you open this type of email, the spammer will receive a notification of the email being opened and knows that the address is active. So, even if you don’t click on any of the links in the email, you will still be monitored by the spammer. The best way to avoid your email being captured is by avoiding suspicious mails from people you don’t know.
Of course, this is not always practical, particularly if you own a business and work with customers daily. If you need to open emails from strangers, there are methods to avoid the address being scraped by spammers. Extensions are available that block any tracking pixels in emails, so if the email has a tracking pixel it will be sent back to the sender when you open the tracked email.
Tip #4: Don’t Give Your Email To Companies You Don’t Trust
The final tip to stop receiving mail promotions is to not give your email to companies that you don’t trust. For instance, I passed on my email address to a company last year to receive a notification for a product when it was on sale. I didn’t receive the notification but have received several spam promotions from other companies selling similar goods. The initial company just took the email address and sold it to other companies. It is important to give your email address to reputable businesses and companies exclusively. This way you are less likely to land up with promotional spam in your inbox.