"Get Control of your E-Mail, Before it Controls You"

Written by Merle

Ask any online entrepreneur where they spendrepparttar bulk of their time and they'll tell you they are reading and responding to e-mail. If you run an online business you may receive hundreds of messages a day. It comes withrepparttar 109611 territory and unfortunately, there's no escaping it. Keeping up with your e-mail is very important to your success online and you should make every attempt to answer any and all messages within 24 to 48 hours.

Here are some tips for streamliningrepparttar 109612 amount of time you spend managing your inbox.

1) Folders: Set up folders to better organize your e-mail and find things more readily when you need them. For example, you may want to set up folders named after indiv- uals you get frequent mail from, folders for ezines you receive, software receipts, and others. When you need something, you will know exactly where to find it.

2) Blocked Senders List: Face it, we all get Spam andrepparttar 109613 more active you are online,repparttar 109614 more of it you'll receive. Take it from me, I know. I get hundreds daily on everything from growing certain parts of my anatomy (including ones I don't have), to how I can become a millionaire overnight. An easy way to rid yourself of Spam is to highlightrepparttar 109615 message and add it to your email client's blocked sender's list. Most all programs include this feature. Once you add someone to this list you'll never receive another e-mail from that address again.

Another option to reducerepparttar 109616 amount of Spam you get is to run a Spam Filtering program before retrieving your e-mail. SpamKiller.com or Mailwasher.net both work great. A brand new free service that just hitrepparttar 109617 scene and works with Outlook http://www.cloudmark.com/

3) Message Rules: Make sure you set up message rules or filters as they can automate some tasks and move incoming messages to their appropriate folders. For example, you can set up a message rule that says if email arrives to a certain email address, reply with a prefabbed text document you have created in advance. Also known as autoresponders, message rules make it easy to automatically reply to messages, send messages directly torepparttar 109618 trash and more. This is a powerful feature; study it and use it.

4) Empty Deleted/Sent Folders: Make sure you go into your sent box and deleted message folders on a regular basis and delete their contents. Messages can pile up quickly and slow down your e-mail client substantially.

5) Software: Many software manufacturers make add on module software for many ofrepparttar 109619 popular e-mail clients like Outlook and Outlook Express. Ifrepparttar 109620 program doesn't have a feature you need, you may find an inexpensive package that will extend your e-mail client's capabilities. For an example: check out a list of freeware at.. http://www.webattack.com/freeware/comm/

Work Your Autoresponder: Opinions & Product Reviews on Autoresponse

Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta

People are interested to hear about someone's opinion on a product or service.

When I scout for a web host,repparttar first thing I look for are testimonials from those who are already withrepparttar 109610 web host. If their testimonials include their Web site or e-mail address, I visit their site or e-mail them for reaffirmation.

When I buy books on Amazon, I readrepparttar 109611 readers' reviews first because they help me in my book-buying decision.

The same thing goes when I'm reading a sales page. What people think of a product, e-book, service or software matters a great deal, and can influence my decision to buy or not to buy.

As an e-zine publisher or Web site owner, you have an "influence" on your readers or visitors. When you recommend a product or service to them, your words will have an effect on their decision.

Many of us buy products (e-books, reports, software) that help us in our online marketing efforts. Which of these products do you honestly feel you can endorse to your r eaders and/or visitors?

Write an honest evaluation or review ofrepparttar 109612 products you have bought.

Talk aboutrepparttar 109613 many benefits you have derived from owning them.

What are their weak points? Where do these products excel?

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