There’s something about January that makes us want to clean. That shiny new calendar page appears, and suddenly we have no patience for the junk that snuck up and settled into last year’s cracks. So we tidy up the papers on our desks. We throw out all the clutter in our closets. And if we’re very, very smart, we clean up our email inboxes and unsubscribe to a bunch of mass-mailed crud and remove spam.

Yes, email comes in many forms, and somewhere in between the devious and illegal spam and the stuff we need for work lies a vast expanse of e-newsletters and other (mostly) junk.

Sometimes we get onto people’s mass email lists deliberately, having stumbled across an intriguing businessperson who seems to have something to say.

Sometimes we get onto these lists mistakenly, getting trapped in the web of “Please enter your email address” when we’re simply asking for information or ordering something online.

And often we get onto these lists because some peoples’ business models stink: They collect every email address they can get their weasel paws on, then they fire off constant inbox interruptions to remind us that we, too, can part with our hard-earned cash.

But no matter how we get onto these email lists, we often find that we want to get off. That’s when “unsubscribe” becomes our friend.

Often it’s tempting – and easy – to simply relegate unwanted mass emails into the junk mail folder, because that generally keeps them from mucking up the inbox. But there are at least a couple of good reasons to use the unsubscribe function instead.

Remove Spam

First, automatically sending emails to the junk folder doesn’t entirely take them out of our way. You have to remove your emails from these lists to remove spam.

We usually need to give the junk folder a quick perusal before deleting its contents, or we risk missing messages that were sent there by mistake. So when unwanted emails get sent to junk, they still take up our time and add to our workload with pointless tasks. (Source: Remove Spam)

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Unsubscribing

Unsubscribe

There are three ways that most company’s will ask you to unsubscribe:

  • The Auto-Unsubscribe – Click on the link, and a window pops up saying you’ve been unsubscribed, and please allow a pre-designated number of hours to be removed (usually 24-48). This is my favourite type of unsubscribe option, because it requires no input on my part. 🙂
  • The E-Mail Removal Form – Click on the provided unsubscribe link in the junk e-mail, and a small page will pop up asking for your e-mail address. Just type your e-mail into the field and click “submit” or “unsubscribe me” or whatever the button says. These forms will never ask for your name or any other personal information. If they do, do not input any information, close the window and move on the the next junk e-mail.
  • The “Reply” Removal – Some e-mails do not have a link to unsubscribe, and instead ask you to unsubscribe by replying to the e-mail with a word like “unsubscribe” or a phrase like “no thanks” in the subject line. Simply follow the instructions. I’ve heard people say that replying to these requests validates that your address is valid (opening the gate for more spam), however, I have never received a follow-up e-mail or any other correspondence from any company who I have unsubscribed from this way.

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