Every blogger hates spam; whether comment and email spam. I doubt there are exceptions. It may also be right to say spammers too hate spam. While we bloggers are willing to take precaution to fight comment spam on our blogs, we still have email spam messages to deal with; like spam messages landing in your box or solicited messages landing in your spam folder. Thanks to effective spam filters on Gmail and other email account providers. I seldom receive spam mails in my inbox, so that doesn’t appear to be much of a problem. But how about solicited mails landing in your spam folder once in a while? Like a regular blog reader decides to send you a mail to show appreciation or request for more details on a post you wrote about, and it ends up in your spam folder. Has this happened to you? Do you often check your email spam folder?
During my early days of online activity and blogging, I often check my spam folder as often I as check my inbox. After some time, with Gmail spam filter proving to be equal to the task, my frequency reduced and I check like once in a week, sometimes two weeks or even month.
About two weeks ago, I missed out a series of solicited information. I subscribed to a video series on by Kellie Hosaka on 8 belief you must change to become a successful entrepreneur. The introductory message delivered to my inbox, which was good. It was an interesting start and I looked forward to the next in the series. Days passed, without me receiving the other parts of the series. Naturally my interest kind of diminished, as there is always one more thing to read. A few days ago I decided to check my spam folder (having not checked for weeks) to discover the 7 parts of the series (with several other junk mails as usual) lying captive in my spam folder.
Though I’m yet to complete the videos, (it would have been a lot easier to digest one mail at a time) so far, I can say Kellie Hosaka has a good message going in her video series, though that is not the point I want to get across.
How often do you check your email spam folder?
Do you leave control of your email distribution for spam filters, and never worry about it? I wonder how many useful messages might have disappeared down my spam folder during the period I don’t check for weeks. Spam mails older than 30 days are automatically deleted. From my experience, Gmail has a low false positive rate for spam detection. But it’s still susceptible to mistakes once in a while.
I think free email providers like Gmail, Yahoo are doing a good job to prevent spam mails from making their way to the inbox. But there are cases where the corn gets sieved out with the chaff and vise versa. It helps to manually check the spam folder once in a while, even more often if you will, depending on the nature of your online activity. It may take some of your time, if you get dozens of those junk mails daily. But you never know when the spam folder makes a little mistake on one important mail.
How often do you check you Spam/Junk folder? Do you have a unique way of handling spam mail issues? I’ll love to learn about it.