So, today I just finally had it with my Inbox and the amount of spam email, newsletters and “updates” that I get. It’s completely ridiculous. Anyhow, it’s kind of funny how sometimes the Universe just aligns perfectly and gives you the answers you need.
To begin, I hopped over to Lifehacker, as I usually do, to look for answers. To my surprise, right there on the front page was a link to “Email Overload”.
Jackpot! Spam email… you’ve just met your match!
You’ll discover tons of great advice about how to tame that wild beast that we call the “Inbox”.
First Strike Against Spam Email
First up, I uncovered a great study conducted by IBM that found that people who organize their email into folders end up spending 4X more time trying to find an email than those who just search for the email.
That was enough for me to make the switch.
Bam! Left jab to spam email!
Pow! Right hook to spam email!
A few clicks of the mouse and all of my folders are gone. Already feeling more in power.
Second Strike Against Spam Email
Next up, Lifehacker introduced me to what I think is the most useful site that I’m come across in years… Unsubscribr.
Basically, you give Unsubscribr access to your email account and it searches through all of your email looking for newsletters, updates and spam email that you subscribed to. Honestly, most of the email that I get, I did request to receive. However, I consider it spam email because the people sending it do so under the guise of “updates” to a piece of software that I bought. Every day, these guys send an email to me about some new product and most of those emails are for the same product. That’s way I say it’s all spam email
Then you simply go through the list and choose one of three options:
- Do nothing and stay subscribed
- Simply unsubscribe
- Unsubscribe and delete all spam emails from the sender’s address
I ended up using a combination of all three but I did unsubscribe from at least 30+ subscriptions which means that I am probably going to get 30+ less spam emails per day. F-yeah!
Also, I combined all of those options. I deleted about 75% of the emails from the senders as well. The end result? Within a half-hour, I was able to delete almost 2,000 emails from my inbox.
I was so impressed with the free version of Unsubscribr that I signed up for the premium version which costs a whole whopping $2! And for that, you can search all of your email folders back as far as 30 days (the free version only searches your inbox up to 5 days back.)
Straight up, if you dread opening your email every day because of spam email then you need Unsubscribr. It will take a load off!