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How I Eliminated Spam From My Life Entirely (Phase 1)

This article inserts a statement made in the past tense, into the present.

The insertion is: “I Eliminated Spam From My Life Entirely.”

My projection is that I will have successfully eliminated all spam from my life within 1 month, and that in a series of articles denoted by steps, I will have created a helpful guide for you to eliminate spam from your life, as well.

Let’s start!

Assessing My Personal Spam Problem

19 email addresses (I run several websites).

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So, that works out to 769.86 emails per day.

How did THAT happen? LOL.

I turned all spam filtering off because I periodically get important emails from people I either don’t know or haven’t heard from in a while. I didn’t want to miss any emails, so I just let everything through. And, due to particular circumstances demanding my full attention, I have neglected my inboxes for about 4 years now.

Tsk tsk, I know, but really, I had something very important to do…

That’s the email side of things.

How about spam on my websites?

Online — on websites and such — yes, my websites are pummeled with spam too.

This website currently has 2,500 “comments,” which is an oddly “round” number but here it is:

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Taking Some Initial Steps (March 30, 2015)

Well, I turned on “SpamAssassin,” and it doubled my spam.

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Taking Some Initial Steps (March 30, 2015)

OK, so I tried turning on “SpamAssassin,” which doubled my spam. I also turned on something called “Box Trapper,” which creates a sender challenge. I figured, if Box Trapper can unsubscribe from everything — but allow my friends, family, and business associates to just “verify” their emails — then I would be set.

But this is what my email looks like now:

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So, I get a message stating that the emails that I sent “verification requests” to — cannot receive emails.

I also chatted with DreamHost’s tech support and they suggested I lower the spam score to “3” on all my email addresses — so I did that. Still — it didn’t seem to mean — or do — very much to make that change.

How Many Email Accounts Do I Have?

I have 1 free gmail account I generally do not use. I pay for two servers that also host email along with websites. I have about 19 email addresses, because I host several websites and you need to have email addresses to do so. Of my 19 email addresses, about 2-3 are personal email addresses that I would like to be able to use. The main email address I am seeking to reclaim is dainis@dainis.net.

An Imagined Solution

I want to be able to publish that email address wherever I like, and, for example, if it is the first time you are contacting me, then you need to go through a verification process. It’s not really complicated — and I do not wish to receive any email without having consented to receiving that email.

Very simple.

Next, I will seek some solution providers…