Email spammers are persistent. They are based on the words of Napoleon Hill, “Patience, perseverance and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” In the case of spammers, the first two ingredients are certainly present; they have perseverance and patience. This makes it very difficult to get rid of spammers. They believe that if they make only one sale out of every 50.00 emails sent, they are successful. Therefore, those who want to get rid of spam will need to practice certain principles diligently. There are 3 good tips that everyone should use to prevent most spam emails.
Don’t register without taking precautions
The Internet offers many interesting offers. There is everything from free software to free advice. Every time someone signs up, they will end up on someone else’s mailing list. Legitimate internet marketers will send you a confirmation email and ask you to confirm that you have indeed signed up. Through this method, called Double Opt In, they give you the opportunity to rule out that your spouse or teenager did not enroll you. With this method, you can opt out any time you want and you will stop receiving the emails. The problem is, there is also an irresponsible way to run email marketing. The marketer who uses this rogue tactic will never give you the option to get off the mailing list and end the onslaught of unwanted spam. Some of those who practice this even put a link to “unsubscribe” at the end of the message, but do not follow it and remove it from the list. Everyone who signs up for free offers on the Internet must sign up with a free “throwaway” email account. It is a given that you will get spam, so why use your good email from your internet service provider? When you use a free account from, say, Yahoo! and it gets full of spam, you can just throw it away. If you register, you will receive spam. This is unavoidable. If you want to sign up and not worry about spam, take a few precautions and use a disposable email account.
Don’t post your email address in public places
Social media has become a great industry and a great topic of interest among many people. It’s fun to participate in forums and Facebook and get the desired interaction. For those who are serious about staying spam-free, there is a simple piece of advice they must follow with unwavering perseverance. Don’t post your email address unless it’s a free account that you’ll get rid of one day. People who use spam practices will find your address in no time. And in case you didn’t know, there are computers that scan the internet relentlessly and collect email addresses from forums, Facebook, and anywhere else people post them. You don’t need to understand the technology that makes it possible; it is a fact. This is transferred to the ownership of the website. If you are building a website, insist on having a good contact form installed with captcha security. Those who include their email on their website will have span. There are a good number of free contact form scripts available that will give your visitors the ability to contact you. You do not need to publish your address on your website.
Don’t open spam
Once you get spam in your mailbox, you can limit it by deleting it without opening it. Spammers have certain tricks that they use to check whether or not you have opened your mail. Once they find out you’ve opened, they will rush forward with all enthusiasm. After a spammer has verified that your email address is valid, you can add it to a large list and sell it to other spammers who want to send you their spam. You may see a lot of mail that you don’t recognize and this may pique your curiosity. If you want to get rid of spam, don’t open it. Microsoft Outlook offers a preview pane. If you need to know what’s inside spam, you can take a look at it via the preview pane. The best advice is to gather all the spam in your mailbox and delete it.
It is almost impossible to ensure that you will never receive spam emails. By consistently following these 3 tips, you can limit spam to a manageable level.