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We discuss the many emails you can build out of one gmail account
so that you can manage your emails faster and easier (including spam).
I am writing this post the day after Thanksgiving and, for those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great time. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a great opportunity to reflect of everything that has taken place in the year so far and be grateful for all the things that have come your way. I have a lot to be grateful for. My business is doing spectacular, I have developed my first online products this year, I am in great health and, last but not least, I have you – reader of my ramblings on this blog. I am very thankful for all of you, who have contributed to my success online and hope that I can repay the favor to you one day.
Now that I have that out of the way, I wanted to talk to you about emails. Yes, I realize that this is a different topic from the usual, but we are all using email, and I am sure we are all struggling with the amount of emails that are coming into our inbox and how to manage them. For me, that task became a little bit easier when I discovered gmail. This free email system is so powerful, that since I switched to it, I never looked back.
I would like to mention one feature in particular, since I believe that there are not too many people that know about it. Ironically enough it is one of the strongest, unique features of gmail. What I am referring to is the fact that you can write your email in many different ways. For example, if my email was email@example.com, any of the following email addresses would arrive in my inbox:
The above example only shows you the options with one dot, but you can place as many dots as you want. So even firstname.lastname@example.org would arrive in your inbox as if it was email@example.com. And it gets even better, because you can add any random text string at the end of your name, by adding a ‘+’ sign. For example, you can change your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is this so important? Because you can use the same email for everything and still distinguish where the email came from. You could use email@example.com for your friends and firstname.lastname@example.org for work. Gmail let’s you set rules to automatically deliver these emails to different folders. Without having to lift a finger you can work emails from the emails you receive from friends. Also, when you subscribe to a newsletter, you could use email@example.com and send this straight into your newsletters folder.
Another very interesting advantage by making unique emails is the fact that you can very easily find out who is passing your email on to others. E.g. if you signed up for “thiswebsite” with firstname.lastname@example.org and you are all of a sudden receiving messages that are not coming from “thiswebsite”, you know that they passed on your email address to others. It is also very easy to get rid of unwanted email messages, using the same logic. This is particularly helpful, when you get messages from someone who does not provide an unsubscribe option. All you have to do is make a rule that automatically deletes emails with this particular email address.
Where you aware of this option in gmail? Are you using it? Do you know of other gmail features that can be helpful to others. Please share them in the comments. As always, if this post was helpful to you, I would appreciate it if you could click the ‘+1′ button and/or the StumbleUpon button in the top right corner.
To your success,
To your success,