Its very surprising to me how few people use software to remove SPAM overload in their Email box! But I constantly hear that they are always sifting through the garbage emails to find what they need… What I hear most is “Its not the just emails that bug me, its that darn notification bubble that won’t go away!” or “for every 15 email coupon/promo I receive maybe one is useful; at that its usually expired…” I’m sure you have this issue like the rest of us! So that’s why we wanted to get this to you so you can find ways yourself to see how to resolve this irritating issue! Read along to see what tricks and tips you learn along the way!

  1. Sign up for Gmail.

Gmail actively works on your behalf to reduce the unwanted email that appears in your inbox by identifying prolific producers of spam and sending messages from those producers directly to your spam folder. Google recently added a “Promotions” folder to Gmail that filters messages that are clearly advertisements—but may actually be offers you want to see—and sorts them into this folder to allow you easy access to these offers while keeping them out of your inbox. Gmail also offers businesses the ability to use the Gmail service with the business’s own domain name, so Gmail’s effective spam filters are available for both business and personal accounts.

  1. Unsubscribe buttons work.

Well, they work for reputable companies, anyway. Here’s a helpful tip: When you follow the unsubscribe link, make sure you unsubscribe from all the emails you wish to block. It’s not uncommon for folks to click on the link and then have to take an additional step or two to actually fully unsubscribe.

  1. Blacklist obvious spammers.

Blacklists permanently block emails from selected senders or servers. Some email programs use blacklists already, but you can find lists  that will help you identify additional domains that are known to generate spam. Once you blacklist a domain, server or sender, those senders simply can’t contact you.

  1. Use a spam filter.

Seriously, I’m shocked at how few people actually use software that’s designed to specifically solve the problem that so many of us complain about. For less than $30, you can get the highest rated spam filters like SPAMfighter Pro and MailWasher Pro. These programs are designed to offer both flexibility and comprehensive protection.

  1. Report spam.

If you have Gmail and spend the few seconds that it takes to report a spam message, Gmail will work to address the problem behind the scenes. Consider it community service—you’re spending a little bit of time to make the world a better place. Last Resorts These five tips will resolve the vast majority of issues that the average user will encounter, but there are times when that’s not good enough and you still find yourself inundated with spam that inhibits your productivity. In that case, here are two final tips to use when every other action has failed. These measures should only be taken as last resorts, because they’re likely to have some problematic side effects.

  1. Use your own filters.

If you’re plagued by spam that’s preventing you from efficiently, then you can create your own spam filters. You can create a key list of addresses and send every message that doesn’t come from one of those addresses to your spam folder. The drawback here is that you’re eventually going to miss messages you may actually want or need. The solution is to regularly look through your spam folder and make sure there aren’t any messages that need your attention. It’s also important to keep that key address list updated so new contacts get sent to your regular email inbox.

  1. Change your email.

This is another drastic measure, but sometimes it’s the only way to absolutely ensure that your email address is secure. I recommend this measure for a person whose email has been repeatedly hacked or is hopelessly inundated with junk mail. You want to be accessible, but only to the right folks. Technology has developed to the point where we have transitioned from telemarketers who call at dinnertime to emails that offer free cruises to the Bahamas while spam is slightly less intrusive than a ringing home phone, it’s still no less a problem