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Spammers use "spider software" to crawl web and harvest email address, so if you have a personal or company website that has your email posted on it, sooner or later a spam spider is going to grab your address and add it to mill. Likewise when you sign up to take online surveys or receive email newsletters, you are potentially exposing yourself to spammers.
How can you reduce amount of spam you get? Many people think that you can't fight spam, so you should just accept it and move on. In other words, you can not fight Borg, so smile and be assimilated into fold. While spam is hard to eliminate, there are things you can do to lessen amount of spam you receive and it's impact on your daily business life.
First, stop clicking on "unsubscribe" links at bottom of spam emails. While some of links are valid and will get you removed from spammer's lists, other are actually there just to let spammer know that your address is valid. Click link to unsubscribe and you might actually see amount of spam you receive increase.
Second, it's a good idea to have at least two e-mail addresses. Use one for personal or business use, and other for surveys and online purchases.
Third, consider installing a spam blocking software on your computer or company network. There are a variety of spam blocking applications on market that range in price from free to a hundred bucks. Though none of them will completely eliminate spam, they can greatly reduce volume you receive. Search Web for "spam filter" and investigate ones that you feel are right for you.
Your Internet Service Provider should also offer an anti-spam application, but be careful how you use it. I have a client who recently increased sensitivity of their ISP spam blocker to point that nothing was getting delivered to their company email accounts, including their own company newsletter. They had effectively built an email brick wall that stopped spam and everything else. Not a good idea.
Before investing in a commercial spam blocker you might also try adjusting email filtering settings in your email software. Microsoft Outlook, for example, lets you set rules for handling incoming mail. The same is true with Outlook Express, Eudora, and Apple's Mail OSX. Each have built-in filtering features that can help eliminate unwanted email by parameters you set.
One thing to remember is that if spam didn't work, it would quickly go away. In other words, if spammers weren't profiting from sending unwanted emails they would go do something else.
Probably become a telemarketer or credit card debt collector.
Whether you use a commercial product or rely on your existing email software to filter out spam, just be careful that you don't batten down hatches so tight that you no longer receive any email at all.
Here's to your success!
Tim Knox firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim serves as the president and CEO of three successful technology companies and is the founder of DropshipWholesale.net. Related Links: http://www.dropshipwholesale.net http://www.30dayblueprint.com http://www.timknox.com