If you receive a ton of email newsletters in your inbox and if your email folders are far from zen, here are four specific ways to get back control over the same.
1. Create a folder to make newsletters skip inbox
Every email newsletter that’s sent out has an unsubscribe link at the bottom, and you can use filters to divert those emails to a particular label or folder. The emails won’t clog up your inbox and you can check them later, at a time of your convenience.
All you need to do is set up filters to look for the word ‘unsubscribe’ in the body of incoming email messages, and make them skip the inbox when they arrive. Setting this up is pretty easy in Gmail, just see the screenshot above for a sample setup.
2. Manually unsubscribe at the sight of a newsletter
Actively look for the unsubscribe link in emails that you receive. Most email newsletters will have it at the bottom, while some emails do display the link on top.
You might just trash or archive the message because you’re lazy but spending a few seconds to consciously unsubscribe from the newsletter will save you from a lot of frustration and clutter in the future.
3. Get an unsubscribe button if you’re really lazy
If you really hate the routine of searching for the unsubscribe link, clicking on it, going to a page to opt-out and then actually unsubscribing, you just have to get the Unsubscribe button for your inbox. The moment you open a newsletter and feel like puking over it, just hit the Unsubscribe button that this addon adds to your email program.
You get automatically unsubscribed the moment you hit the button, and this is free for up to five unsubscribes. You can alternatively forward the email to email@example.com. Go here to get it.
4. Never subscribe. If you really have to, use a temporary address
Of course, the best way to avoid these emails is to avoid the temptation of giving your email address to every other subscription box that promises a freebie. If you really want to take a peek at what that coaching program offers specially for its subscribers, use a temporary email ID instead.
There are dime a dozen temporary email address generators available and you can use them every time you want to subscribe to an email list that offers a free PDF or a report in exchange for your email ID.
If you’ve got tips to combat email newsletters, leave them in the comments.