We all agree we are sick and tired of spam, right? But, even with the most excellent spam filters, we still have to review our spam/junk folders to find those legit messages that get caught in the spam trap.
(Check out my article Simple Tips on How to Deal with Spam.)
Once each day, I go through my spam folder, mark spam as junk and move the others to their appropriate folder. If I don’t have the discipline to do this every day, the volume builds and gets unmanageable. In addition, I have probably deleted legit emails that got caught in spam filters when I deleted all junk at once.
I admit I do open some spammy emails because curiosity gets the best of me. To see what they are up to. And I can see why some folks fall for these tricks and scams. Some of these emails look professional and are great at spoofing companies we all do business with.
No Subject = Spammer
For the most part, I do not open emails where the Subject field is blank unless I immediately recognize the sender. This is because most non-subjected emails are spam.
Not having a Subject makes you look spammy and generally will have your email end up in my junk folder misidentified as spam. I get so many emails I don’t have time to open them all to double-check.
Opening the email in of itself is not risky. The risk is clicking on any links within — don’t do it.
Recently, I had several subject-less emails arrive in my spam folder. When I kindly let those who sent me the emails know that they should always use a Subject so they don’t look spammy, well, two of the three didn’t appreciate my advice.
if you were up as late as me – you would be too tired to think of a subject too…
If you are that tired – go to bed and email folks in the morning. Otherwise, you risk spam filters sending your email (to me or anyone else) to spam/junk without being read.
The other gave me a hard time and told me that I am “too into Netiquette.” Hmmm….. too late – I’m a member of Netiquette Anonymous – the group of folks who want to help everyone be aware of how their use of technology can help or hinder them. I can’t help myself! (There is no NA — just kidding. But I do admit I am into Netiquette.)
The third was very friendly and thanked me because they didn’t know that not including a Subject could mean their email would not be read. So one out of three ain’t bad.
Always Create a Fitting Subject
The Subject field is an important part of every email you send. Take the time to create a relevant phrase that applies to each email you send. Don’t be spammy.
Here’s a list of just a few of my Subject related articles for your convenience:
- The Subject: Field is fro the Subject!
- E-mail Subject Field Tips
- Please Use the E-mail Subject: Field Properly