How Do You Stop Emails Going To Junk Mail so That The Important Ones Always Reach You?

Spam emails are a pestilence of today. With millions of dollars invested in developing mail filtering algorithms, they are still far from perfect. Aside from spam mails breaching to clutter your inbox, the reverse scenario is more of an issue. 

If you expect a vital business email and it ends up unseen in your spam folder, you may lose a crucial opportunity. You can get frustrated while waiting for an important service password reset email while it’s already there in your junk. In some cases, you might miss an email within your inbox due to the clutter caused by unfiltered spam. 

Here are some tips on managing your inbox so that it becomes spam-free. 


How To Stop Emails From Going To Junk/Spam Folder Manually

Today, the leading email providers are:

  • Gmail 
  • Outlook 
  • Yahoo Mail 

Each one has its own interface and approach to spam filtering, and here is how to use them to your benefit.

Mark Email Sender as Valid in Gmail to Prevent Emails From Going to Junk Mail

Here is how to remove the spam tag from an email sender in Gmail:

  1. Open Gmail
  2. Navigate to the Spam folder
  3. Locate the valid email 
  4. Open the email
  5. Click the Not Spam button on top of the page

Mark Email Sender as Valid in Outlook to Prevent Emails From Going to Junk Mail

To un-spam the sender in your Outlook inbox, you need to:

  1. Log in to your Outlook account
  2. Expand Folders on the left side
  3. Go to the Junk Email folder
  4. Locate the email you want to un-spam
  5. Open it
  6. Click the It’s not junk link

Mark Sender as Valid in Yahoo Mail to Prevent Emails From Going to Junk Mail

To allow emails from a specific sender in your Yahoo Mailbox, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Yahoo Mail account
  2. Navigate to the Spam folder
  3. Open the email that ended up in Spam by mistake
  4. Hit the Not Spam button on top of the page

Why Emails End Up in Spam in the First Place

Email users often wonder why spam robots still make so many mistakes. Let’s dive into some of the technical aspects of it. It will also help you write emails that will not get captured by spam filters. 

Sender Domain Reputation

For each domain used to send emails, there is a reputation score. Newly registered domains have a lower reputation threshold. If senders reach out via email and cross these pre-set thresholds, their emails may be recognized as spam. If a company increases the number of sent emails steadily, along with the rest of the parameters, this will escalate the limits set by the email forwarding servers. 

Low Open Rates and Reader Activity 

For the same reason, if you receive an email from an account that has not been active for a long time, it might end up in your spam folder. Also, if the emails sent from one domain are generally not opened by most of the recipients, they are likely to get the spam tag. 

Spam Word Triggers

Spam and scam emails often contain similar wording. If the message contains words like  “congratulations,” “dear friend,” “great offer,” “winner,” “guarantee,” etc., the filters might interpret it as spam.

Mismatch Between Email Content and Subject Line

If there is a breach in logic between the subject line and the email content, email filters will often see this as spam activity. Older spam filters were not checking the email body at all but made decisions based on the subject line only. Because of this, spammers started to use completely different subjects compared to what was in the email body. Nowadays, those get filtered, too. 

Suspicious Attachments or Links 

As spam-filtering AI has continued to develop, scammers and spammers moved to different strategies. They started inserting links towards malicious websites or attachments containing viruses. Since spam-filtering AI has been doing its job better than ever before these days, if an email contains questionable content, it might be marked as spam. 

How To Determine if an Email Is Spam

If you’re having a hard time determining if one of your emails is spam, here are some common giveaways. There is no foolproof formula, but the pointers in the table below will provide helpful guidance:

Not Spam

Spam

The email addresses a specific person, and the wording is not generic

The email contains generic words and phrases
The subject line and message content stick to the same topic

The email is randomly titled or without connection to the content in the email body

Email links and attachments are relevant and verified 

The message contains links towards well-known scam or phishing sites
The message is sent through a well-known email service

The message is sent from a low reputation, unknown domain

How To Get Rid of Email Spam With DoNotPay

After you’ve ensured that important emails are not filtered out, you will need to clean up the clutter in your inbox. This way, you won’t miss important conversations due to them being packed into a sea of useless junk. All you need to do is:

  1. Log in to your DoNotPay account via a web browser or download the iOS app
  2. Select the Spam Collector option
  3. Enter your email address to link it with DoNotPay
  4. Forward the next email you receive from any spammer to spam@donotpay.com 

For each forwarded email, you will be unsubscribed automatically.

Also, if there’s a class action against the sender, you will receive a notification. In case of illegal spam—if there is no unsubscribe button or if you didn’t agree to receive messages—you can get compensated by joining the class action lawsuit.

If you join a class action settlement, it will show under the My Disputes section. 

You can check out our article on how to report spam emails if you’re tired of receiving them. 

Get Rid of Physical Mail Junk Using DoNotMail and Earn in the Process

Unwanted mail is not exclusive to email addresses. We get a lot of physical mail spam, as well—coupons, promotions, and advertisements are only a few of them.

DoNotPay’s feature will unsubscribe you and block companies from sending you more junk. In case there is an ongoing class action, we will notify you to join it and claim the settlement cash. 

With DoNotMail, you can:

  • Claim class-action cash
  • Stay protected from scams
  • Take control of your mailbox

What Else DoNotPay Can Do for You?

Let us know if you need help with reporting email abuse or blocking spam on your Android device—our robot lawyer will handle those before you know it. If you want to know how to stop receiving emails or how to stop spam emails, DoNotPay can assist you in that as well.

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