Don’t Miss Your Important Email Messages

Spam filters are great for stopping the floods of unwanted email that we all get to our inbox. But how do you ensure that emails that you want to look at don’t get marked as spam?

I’ve recently noticed emails sent to me from friends and business contacts getting marked as spam. It’s only by wading through my spam folder that I’ve found important messages that I needed to read.

If you’ve signed up to my list recently, you should have received a sequence of five emails giving away my free products. In the last month I’ve had over a dozen complaints from subscribers who’ve not received all five of these emails.

So what’s the solution?

The best way to ensure that you get emails from me is to whitelist my email address.

Not clear on whitelisting? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

“An e-mail whitelist is a list of contacts that the user deems are acceptable to receive email from and should not be sent to the trash folder.

Spam filters that come with e-mail clients have both whitelists and blacklists of senders and keywords to look for in e-mails. If a spam filter keeps a whitelist, mail from the listed e-mail addresses, domains, and/or IP address will always be allowed.

Some internet service providers have whitelists that they use to filter e-mail to be delivered to their customers.

If a whitelist is exclusive, only e-mail from those on the whitelist will get through. If it is not exclusive, it prevents e-mail from being deleted or sent to the junk mail folder by the spam filter. Usually, only end-users would set a spam filter to delete all e-mails from sources not on the whitelist, not internet service providers or e-mail services.”

I’ve now whitelisted all my important email contacts – something I should’ve done before but never got around to. I recommend you do the same if you’ve not done so already.

Full instructions on how to whitelist are here.

2 Responses to “Don’t Miss Your Important Email Messages”

  1. Excellent guided for anyone to use at home or office.

  2. Hi Pete,
    Thanks for the great tip. I have now adjusted my spam settings and whitelisted you. Think I missed some of your emails. Should be OK to go now. Sometimes its the little things we overlook in our business that can save time.


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