What’s more annoying than opening your inbox and finding half your email is spam? Even with a decent spam filter, you may still receive newsletters and notifications that you don’t want to see anymore. Here are a few ways that you can limit the number of unwanted emails that you receive:
Remove your email address from any e-newsletters that are sending you too many emails. There is usually a link at the bottom of the newsletter where you can remove yourself from their list or update the frequency that the emails are sent.
Email Address on Website
Make sure your email address is not listed in the text of your website. It’s better to direct your clients to the contact form where you can filter out robots and adjust your notification settings.
Set Up Filters
You can block certain domains on the server if spam is coming from a common source. For instance, if you’re getting a lot of spam from firstname.lastname@example.org, you can filter all emails from anyone sending from bademailspam.com. If you host with TheeDesign, you can log into your hosting account to set up filters, or go to www.theedesign.com/support and send us a support request.
Limit Website Spam and Notifications
If spam is coming from your website, there are a few other things to check:
- If you use the Gravity Forms plugin, enable the “honeypot” feature in the form settings. This will create a field that only robots can fill in so it will be flagged as spam. This is more user friendly than a recaptcha field because the user doesn’t even see it.
- Install the Akismet plugin for WordPress to filter comment spam or turn comments off. You can read more about it and download the plugin here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/
- If all else fails, get a recaptcha API key and add the recaptcha field to your form. You can get your key here: https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/
- Adjust your notification settings from WordPress and from plugins such as WordFence.
Spam Filter Service
It’s hard to track down the source of spam, but you can block/filter it better with a service called SpamStick for an additional monthly fee. The service has a web interface that you can log into and set filters, release quarantined mail, and more. If you’re interested in SpamStick and you host with TheeDesign, please go to www.theedesign.com/support and send us a support request.