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Inbox Zero Challenge Day 3: Unsubscribe from Annoying Newsletters

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You are halfway through the challenge! Let’s take a look back on what you did on days 1 and 2:

Challenge #3: Unsubscribe from annoying newsletters

Yesterday, we taught you a simple decision-making guideline to help you process your email more efficiently.

As a reminder, the word processing means deciding what needs to be done. When you process your emails you are deciding what needs to be done so you can confidently archive (or delete) the email. Here’s a visual of what email processing can look like: 

Inbox Zero Workflow

In today’s challenge, we’re going to help you reduce the amount of email you receive by getting rid the ones you don’t want to see.

You probably receive a lot of email from sites and services that you’ve forgotten you’ve subscribed to – but those sites and services haven’t forgotten you. They continue to send you email on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis about things that you are no longer interested in. If you saw a list of all these companies lined up, you’d be shocked at how many of these useless emails are stuffed into your inbox (excluding Asian Efficiency of course ;)).

Get your email offender list

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to get access to this list.

Every email list that you’ve signed up is required by law to provide a unsubscribe link. This makes it easy to see everything that you’re subscribed to because you can simply go into your email client and search for “unsubscribe” or “manage your subscription”.

From here, you can decide which email lists you want to stay on (no action required) and which ones you don’t want to see anymore (click unsubscribe link).

The Takeaway

Even unsubscribing from just one newsletter will help you start to take control of your inbox by reducing the number of emails you receive. Today’s challenge is to use the unsubscribe search trick to unsubscribe from 2 or 3 unneeded emails.

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Posted by Michael  | September 10, 2016 at 12:45PM | Reply

In in doubt, I’ve created a rule to route a newsletter to a special folder and mark it read. Almost as good as unsubscribing. If in the next 30-60 days I don’t miss it, then I unsubscribe.

Posted by Eric  | September 8, 2016 at 9:55AM | Reply

Done! – Super easy…

Posted by access2pam  | September 8, 2016 at 9:07AM | Reply

Day 3 – (152 subscriptions rolled up, 193 Deleted). What was I thinking? Done :-)

Posted by Diane Thompson  | September 8, 2016 at 5:50AM | Reply

I am already subscribed to Unrollme. It has cleaned up my email by quite a bit.

Posted by barb  | September 8, 2016 at 4:48AM | Reply

I’m getting there with this!

Posted by Katie  | September 7, 2016 at 10:26PM | Reply

I’ve been using it for awhile now and love Unroll me. Might be time to update the list.

Posted by Deborah  | September 7, 2016 at 3:42PM | Reply


Posted by Erica  | September 7, 2016 at 11:49AM | Reply

EASY! (& already done). I’m not much of a newsletter gal, & have a separate box for purchases & anything that’s not personal / one-to-one communication. I wish this were my challenge.

Posted by Vivek  | September 7, 2016 at 11:03AM | Reply

We use GoogleApps for work, hence the unwanted newsletter are under control. I have used Unroll.Me for persona accounts and got rid of 38!! Newsletters – mostly spam.

Posted by Mary Benson  | September 7, 2016 at 10:57AM | Reply

I have found SaneBox to be a tool I started with a year ago and find it works well. I haven’t yet tried Unrollme, Mail Act-on or SpamSieve, I like SaneBox’s one-click “black hole” option so I never see certain newsletters or junk mail again.

Posted by Peter  | September 7, 2016 at 10:52AM | Reply

Unroll.Me is a great and flexible tool.

Unsubscribe from a newsletter is something I don’t do anymore. I found that, after unsubscribing from most of the newsletters I receive a bunch more newsletters (I never subscribed to).

For the time being I use SpamSieve and Mail Act-on to get these newsletters out of my inbox.

I tried the trial version of @Sanebox. A great tool!!! But I am still hesitating to pay their annual fees. A big amount of money to change from SpamSieve and Mail Act-on (both 1-time purchases). The price isn’t worth the benefits for me (not yet).

See you tomorrow for day 4!

Posted by Hema  | September 7, 2016 at 10:10AM | Reply


Posted by Jon  | September 7, 2016 at 10:07AM | Reply

Done. Use SaneBox already for personal email (the Sane Black Hole is nice for this)

This time around I’m focusing on work email which already filters out junk.

Posted by Carolyn  | April 1, 2016 at 4:01AM | Reply

I try to do this periodically but was more brutal in my approach this time. I doubt I’ll miss any of them. Anything to reduce the volume!

Posted by joe  | April 1, 2016 at 1:15AM | Reply

Little by little getting rid of those newsletters, however sometimes it’s hard to tell which ones are spam and which ones are genuine. I don’t want to touch the spam ones cause I don’t want them to bombard me with even more garbage.

Posted by Kimi  | March 31, 2016 at 11:55PM | Reply

It seems like I keep unsubscribing from the same lists. I wonder how many of their lists lists I am on. There is one list that seems to have about 8+ different email addresses, so I have to unsubscribe from each one individually. I like that takes care of the unsubscribing, and keeps it out of your inbox even if the email keeps coming.

Posted by Lisa  | March 31, 2016 at 8:30PM | Reply

I have hundreds of these lists sending me junk. It’s going to take a while to unsubscribe from all of them. I’ll have to bite it off in chunks.

I had used for a while but stopped and I can’t remember why. I’ll have to check into it again.

Posted by Anne  | March 31, 2016 at 3:40PM | Reply

Aaargh one thing I notice is that sometimes they make it hard to Unsubscribe. Like, in order to unsubscribe you have to login to their site, which may involve remembering a password you’ve forgotten…can definitely take more than two minutes!

Posted by Caroline  | March 31, 2016 at 2:27PM | Reply

Yahoo! Done! I often receive newsletters from organizations I don’t recognize, so I’ll be more diligent about unsubscribing vs. just deleting.

Posted by Eric  | March 31, 2016 at 2:22PM | Reply

Lost over 50% of the newsletters with So easy. Thanks!

Posted by K  | March 31, 2016 at 12:57PM | Reply

This is a great hack. If I want information I know where to find it. If not, I’m free to not be distracted.

Posted by Günther Wasser  | March 31, 2016 at 6:56AM | Reply

Good advice. Unsubscribed from the unnecessary newsletter that came in today.

Posted by Graeme  | March 31, 2016 at 6:27AM | Reply

One of those jobs that I just keep putting off
Done – I feel better already

Posted by Dustin Hartzler  | March 31, 2016 at 6:21AM | Reply

I’m using to limit a bunch of newsletters and manually unsubscribed to a dozen more.

Posted by Martijn Kreek  | March 31, 2016 at 5:07AM | Reply

Done! love, got rid of 66 subscriptions :-)

Posted by Sergei Kolobov  | March 31, 2016 at 4:08AM | Reply

Done – unsubscribed from 44 mailing lists I no longer need! :)

Posted by hef920  | March 31, 2016 at 3:39AM | Reply

Signed up with
Fantastic service so far! Unsunscribed from over 80 newsletters! Also spent hours yesterday evening on Email as so motivated to clear the backlog….all it took was a 30-min starter and a AE challenge!!

Posted by Jocelynn M Mosley  | March 31, 2016 at 2:58AM | Reply

It was really easy to do this sonce I don’t read many of them anyways.

Posted by Nagesh  | March 31, 2016 at 2:23AM | Reply

Looks really are deceptive ! This single tip from AE of signing up for seemed too simplistic a tool to me at first.

But truly, it is awesome, powerfully effective and achieves a lot. Surprising to realize how those pesky newsletters & unwanted subscriptions quietly occupy your Inbox…. eating away valuable space & time.

Feels good to completely unsubscribe the unwanted ones & keep the somewhat desired ones at arms length – all rolled up in a single smooth stroke !

Inbox management is definitely getting better & better.

Posted by Louise  | March 31, 2016 at 1:31AM | Reply

Set the rule of one to junk email, feeling great !!

Posted by Kat S  | March 31, 2016 at 1:22AM | Reply

I’m ahead of the game on this one, fortunately I started doing this about a month ago, and unsubscribe from any stragglers as they come in :)

Posted by Arnab Chakrabarty  | March 31, 2016 at 1:14AM | Reply

Done. Never knew about This is a great tip. Hope to get a better control of my inbox.

Posted by Danny  | March 31, 2016 at 12:21AM | Reply

5 newsletters cancelled. Feels good.

Posted by Morgan  | March 30, 2016 at 11:59PM | Reply


Posted by Janeson  | March 30, 2016 at 11:43PM | Reply

Unsubscribing from an embarrassing number of email newsletters was one of the most satisfying things I did today. Thanks for the incentive!

Posted by Ann Schmitz  | March 30, 2016 at 11:33PM | Reply

Great. Thanks!

Posted by Cathy  | March 30, 2016 at 10:56PM | Reply

Done! Thanks for this assignment. I unsubscribed from several newsletters and mailing lists.

Posted by Francesca  | March 30, 2016 at 10:30PM | Reply

I realized at work I do not receive useless newsletter.
The catastrophe was in my private email: this will save me preciuos time per day.

Posted by Gail  | March 30, 2016 at 10:28PM | Reply

I am back down to zero. I unsubscribed to almost all my newsletters. I had the best intentions to read the ones that I subscribed to, but I can’t seem to get to them. Now I don’t have to worry about it. They are gone!

Posted by Billy Mansfield  | March 30, 2016 at 10:11PM | Reply

Unsubscribed to 3 newsletters today!! Feels good.

Posted by April  | March 30, 2016 at 9:59PM | Reply

This was awesome! thank you!

Posted by Robin  | March 30, 2016 at 9:53PM | Reply

What a cool trick. Will be using for both work and personal email.

Posted by Ray  | March 30, 2016 at 9:48PM | Reply

Done it – did it. :-)

Posted by JW  | March 30, 2016 at 9:45PM | Reply

I’ve been very good about keeping my newsletters carefully curated. I unsub’d from two newsletters that my work email was getting; everything else seems legit.

Posted by sleepydwarf  | March 30, 2016 at 9:43PM | Reply

I have so many lists to unsubscribe from. I’ve started unsubscribing as I get them, which works well as I can make a decision each time. All of the ones that I keep to read later, I never end up reading, so they are all gone or in the process of going. I just have to make sure I don’t subscribe to more newsletters to fill the gap :-D

Posted by Gordon L  | March 30, 2016 at 9:27PM | Reply

I got rid of 10 plus newsletters.

Posted by michele  | March 30, 2016 at 8:53PM | Reply

The first step in using unroll me is to get a list of the emails you are subscribed to and check the ones you want to stop receiving. That is much faster than the hack you recommended

As for rolling up the rest – I have not found that useful or time saving.

Posted by Mike Dodson  | March 30, 2016 at 7:29PM | Reply

Good reminder. I unsub’d from a few more today. Will definitely checkout

Posted by Justin  | March 30, 2016 at 6:54PM | Reply

Done. Unroll.Me is a great tool.

Posted by Scott  | March 30, 2016 at 6:48PM | Reply is phenomenal!!! Great tip. But I do admit I find it very satisfying to unsubscribe and tell someone to stop emailing me!

My inbox is already far more manageable without having to delete these newsletters after unsubscribing

Posted by Nils  | March 30, 2016 at 6:15PM | Reply

Hi guys!
What a great idea to use the search term “unsubscribe” to get an update about all newsletters. I’m not subscribed to many of them but was able to clean up on my list… Perhaps I will try at another time.
Thanks a lot.

Posted by Frank  | March 30, 2016 at 5:36PM | Reply

Nice tip. Thanks. Done for today.

Posted by Cecilia  | March 30, 2016 at 5:23PM | Reply

I unsubscribe a couple of newsletters every day now…
And I am fed up with e-book-authors who tell you that there are extra material (workbook) that belong to the book, that you have to access with a link in the book, And then the extra material does not contain anything that could not have been included in the book you bought – and then they start bombarding you with newsletters. …

Posted by Matt  | March 30, 2016 at 5:23PM | Reply is awesome but unfortunately does not work with my work email. I do use it for my personal email and it is great. I had unsubscribed from several emails a few months back but in reviewing my junk mail found a few more to unsubscribe from today.

Posted by Jay  | March 30, 2016 at 5:10PM | Reply

I currently use for my personnel email via but use clearcontext to autofile in exchange. However I think the tip on creating a unsubscribe search on your inbox to clean up you newsletters is a great tip and have used that to delete about 5 newsletters and clean a number of emails from my inbox.

Posted by Terri  | March 30, 2016 at 5:08PM | Reply

Interested in seeing how works. I only had 55 subscriptions identified and got rid of about half of them on my first email account. Still have others to do, but don’t expect to have as many.

Posted by Michael Peay  | March 30, 2016 at 4:54PM | Reply

I _try_ to keep my newsletters to a minimum, but they do start to accumulate as you start using new services and make purchases. I like the tip about searching for “unsubscribe.” Off to do that now…

Posted by Kim  | March 30, 2016 at 3:34PM | Reply

hahaha! Yes, Asian Efficiency will always be in my inbox. ;-)

Posted by Philipp  | March 30, 2016 at 3:28PM | Reply

Somehow it’s so easy, but I really used the motivation to consciously decide, what I don’t need anymore

Posted by Andrew  | March 30, 2016 at 3:17PM | Reply

1+ for Sanebox. Awesome!!! You might want to check the Privacy Statement for

Posted by Dale  | March 30, 2016 at 3:11PM | Reply

My provider is “not supported” in so I am doing this by hand.

Posted by Bob DeSilets  | March 30, 2016 at 3:05PM | Reply

I finally had to stop myself after 15 min of unsubscribing in both work and gmail accounts. I guess after 16 years with one company, and having a gmail account from early Gmail beta (when it was invite only), my email address has been sold around a lot. I’ll have to have a regular (6 month) check-in to unsubscribe from email cruft build-up.

Posted by Melissa  | March 30, 2016 at 2:46PM | Reply

I will definitely look into! Sounds like it might be helpful. I’ve already been pruning the subscriptions but somehow more keep popping up!

Posted by James  | March 30, 2016 at 2:44PM | Reply

Handled – been casually doing this previously when it was convenient, but it was generally quicker/easier just to delete. Making a focused effort to take care of it is quicker than deleting and being distracted forever.

Posted by Neil MacLennan  | March 30, 2016 at 2:40PM | Reply

Great tip on searching for ‘unsubscribe’ — simple yet effective!

Posted by Jeff  | March 30, 2016 at 2:34PM | Reply

Done! getting closer to inbox zero now!

Posted by Katherine  | March 30, 2016 at 2:32PM | Reply

Done and Done. I’ve used for a couple of years now and I love it. I used to have it delivered in the evening because I thought I’d want to see everything I got that day, but I never processed them. I recently switched to getting them in the morning and I’m much more likely to process them during my morning routines. Funny how that works… thought I’d share in case it helps someone else.

Posted by Rick  | March 30, 2016 at 2:30PM | Reply

Got rid of 8 email subscriptions I no longer read

Posted by Brandon  | March 30, 2016 at 1:58PM | Reply

Done. Wish worked with Exchange.

Posted by Stephen  | March 30, 2016 at 1:43PM | Reply

This is a bit of a puzzler for me, to be honest. The “newsletters” arriving in my inbox each day are a mix of genuine newsletters that I’ve subscribed to (for which these instructions are perfectly valid) and others that are, in reality, spam.

My issue with the latter is that, by using the “unsubscribe” option provided, I would likely be simply validating that my address is live – thus encouraging more. What I think I need is a better way of blocking / filtering these. It was easy when we used Google Apps at work, but after migrating to Exchange the junk mail filtering has been terrible – it lets through what looks (to me) like obvious spam, yet blocks perfectly innocuous (and in some cases very important) genuine emails. Any tips for good Exchange spam filtering?

Posted by JL JAB  | March 30, 2016 at 1:42PM | Reply

Nice tips!
Just waiting for tomorrow to see how I’m done with!

Posted by MB  | March 30, 2016 at 1:34PM | Reply

Done. Love

Posted by Jeff Grosse  | March 30, 2016 at 1:34PM | Reply

I’m not a super fan of, though Gmail has gotten better and better at helping you unsubscribe easily. I used to just filter many of those to another folder, but I’ve unsubscribed from most now.

Posted by Bruce Farley  | March 30, 2016 at 1:31PM | Reply

Just unsubscribed from almost EVERYTHING–and I think I’m going to be ok–I STAYED with AE though!!

Posted by Jan  | March 30, 2016 at 1:23PM | Reply

Doing this for a while now. I unsubscribe immediately after receiving spam but it does not stop. getting like 2-3 newsletters per day I have never subscribed to…

but it is getting less…

Posted by Alexander  | March 30, 2016 at 1:12PM | Reply

Already used in the past and unsubscribed from a lot of newsletters. I gave it another try today and found another 90+ news letters that I unsubscribed from. I like the suggestion of searching for unsubscribe but as someone mentioned even though companies are required to provide a unsubscribe button/link some use another description like: “don’t receive these emails anymore” so just searching for unsubscribe won’t suffice to get rid of all unwanted newsletters.

Posted by Monika  | March 30, 2016 at 12:54PM | Reply

Hello Mike,
Could you please e-mail me the first couple of days. i was late signing up :)

Posted by Jeff  | March 30, 2016 at 12:50PM | Reply

That was awesome.

Posted by mlg  | March 30, 2016 at 12:41PM | Reply

I recently signed up for Unrollme and I love it. It keeps finding newsletters I’d forgotten about. Lol

Posted by Dan  | March 30, 2016 at 12:40PM | Reply

That was the easiest step yet, but very useful. I have been working on de-cluttering my newsletters for the last few weeks, so I had very little still around.

Posted by Bob  | March 30, 2016 at 12:36PM | Reply

Good post. I do work at this but it is amazing how many creep back in (by me signing up and thinking I want them!) I will definitely check out

In the spirit of this conversation, can I make a request of AE? Is there some way of not having your popup to join your mailing list come up every time I visit? I already subscribe and I’d rather not be reminded to join every time I come. Yes, it is just a quick click on the x but just asking.

Posted by Curtis  | March 30, 2016 at 12:16PM | Reply

OK, done.

Posted by Brovaktaren  | March 30, 2016 at 12:05PM | Reply

Unsubscribed a few, blacklisted some. Going to try to do this regularly as they come in. One of my email account is strictly regulated so is unfortunately not an option.

Posted by Paul  | March 30, 2016 at 12:00PM | Reply

Pre-done! Went through this a couple of years ago and have been hardcore straight edge ever since: it’s a big time saver.

Doesn’t stop my employer from spamming me (!) but that’s what experience and additional filters are for ;-)

Posted by Louise  | March 30, 2016 at 11:49AM | Reply is useful; thanks for the tip. :)

Posted by Tajinder  | March 30, 2016 at 11:49AM | Reply

Most of the unwanted junk is filtered by my spam filter. But still it is helpful to weed out some unwanted emails.

Posted by Árpád  | March 30, 2016 at 11:47AM | Reply

I started this cleaning already yesterday :)

Posted by Raoul  | March 30, 2016 at 11:46AM | Reply


Posted by Luisa  | March 30, 2016 at 11:41AM | Reply

YES to, will do a search for sneaky ways newsletters get in my inbox…declutter baby!

Posted by Suhrid G  | March 30, 2016 at 11:32AM | Reply

Great tips. I’ve been routinely unsubscribing for some time now and it’s definitely resulted in less clutter. Inbox is down to 6!

Posted by Ratana  | March 30, 2016 at 11:18AM | Reply is a game changer. There were subscriptions I didn’t even sign up for (or had forgotten about). Reduced over 170 subscriptions down by half. I suspect this number will get smaller as I realize exactly how many of these I just don’t read anymore. Day 3, done!

Posted by Robby  | March 30, 2016 at 11:07AM | Reply

I’m a huge fan of It showed me so many newsletters I forgot I signed up for.

Posted by Bill  | March 30, 2016 at 11:06AM | Reply

This is one step that I have been doing for a while now. I also use SaneBox to send newsletters that do not obey the unsubscribe to the black hole.

Posted by jon w  | March 30, 2016 at 10:56AM | Reply


Posted by Rob M  | March 30, 2016 at 10:51AM | Reply

I’m looking forward to trying this step out today. I just wanted to point out a slight typo in the text: “Even subscribing from just one newsletter will help you start to take control of your inbox” should (obviously) be “Even unsubscribing…” (Otherwise we’re heading in the wrong direction, hehe.)

Posted by Claire  | March 30, 2016 at 10:50AM | Reply

Done! Unrolled 87 newsletters, most of them very old, and not seen for years, but at least 20 which were pure distraction. Kept some of them though..

Posted by Steve  | March 30, 2016 at 10:48AM | Reply

I have a newsletter email address…it’s a Google account. If I am interested in reading a newsletter, I know I’m setting myself up for a constant barrage of emails. So I put this unique address in and when I have time to look at them, perhaps a couple of times a month I log into the email account, scan the long list. Read the ones I am particularly interested, the ones I want to read later I send them to Omnifocus and put i them in the folder “to read”, that way they don’t dominate.

Posted by Chris Lassiter  | March 30, 2016 at 10:46AM | Reply

Ready for Day #3. I am approaching Inbox Zero for the morning, and I have “re-activated” my Unroll account.

Posted by Erzsebet  | March 30, 2016 at 10:44AM | Reply

Thanks for this tip, too. Done! :)

Posted by Toby  | March 30, 2016 at 10:43AM | Reply

Great tip to search for unsubscribe however I have done that anyway. Some sites do not honor that request, so for those I set up a gmail filter. While sounds like a good service, I am uncomfortable giving someone else access my email.

Posted by Mary Benson  | March 30, 2016 at 10:42AM | Reply

I have been using Sanebox for a year now, and their ‘black hole’ button takes care of unwanted newsletters. But that being said, I hadn’t used the ‘black hole’ button as often as I could, so I have started to unsubscribe to newsletters each day this week as I review my Sanebox digest.

Posted by Joshua Fritsch  | March 30, 2016 at 10:39AM | Reply

Was surprised at some of the things that came up! I have gotten so used to just marking them as spam or sending them to trash that I almost didn’t notice they existed anymore. Great tip!

Posted by Stewart  | March 30, 2016 at 10:38AM | Reply

Both my work and personal email accounts are on Office 365 and the Clutter feature works quite well in filtering out newsletters and other emails that you ignore on a regular basis.

I also have a rule that filters emails with the word “unsubscribe” in the body into a “Newsletter” folder. There are quite a few emails in there at the moment. At some point I will go through and unsub from the ones I really don’t want to receive anymore but, as someone mentioned earlier, there is the possibility that unsolicited emails will use this unsub link as a method of verifying a valid email address and therefore automatically subscribing to a bunch of new and unwanted newsletters.

Careful evaluation of each link on a case by case basis is the key here I think.

Other than that, day 3 and I’m still at Inbox Zero. Spark email for iOS is displaying “Zero e-mails in your Inbox. Relax and enjoy the moment!” :-)

Posted by John H. Miller  | March 30, 2016 at 10:35AM | Reply

I am also a huge fan of Unroll me! I only had it on my personal email and was able to cut down on a ton of time with that. I’m now also using it for my work email. Thanks!

Posted by Marieke  | March 30, 2016 at 10:29AM | Reply


Posted by Taylor Lawson  | March 30, 2016 at 10:28AM | Reply

I LOVE! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it sooner. I’m all signed up and cleared out.

Posted by Dmitr  | March 30, 2016 at 10:26AM | Reply

Great tool!

I want to try it!

Thanks for a useful and detailed article.

Posted by Lisa  | March 30, 2016 at 10:22AM | Reply

I do subscribe to a lot of newsletters. I wonder what your thoughts are about creating rules to move these emails into folders instead of having them plug up my inbox. Thoughts?

Posted by Michael  | March 30, 2016 at 10:19AM | Reply

Already did it some time ago. Also switched to daily or weekly digests for notifications from some sites.

Posted by PG  | March 30, 2016 at 10:18AM | Reply

What do you guys think about SaneLater?

Posted by Amit Taneja  | March 30, 2016 at 10:15AM | Reply

I agree – Fewer newsletters = fewer distraction opportunities, and fewer precious seconds lost in processing crap. So now, I have become ruthless at culling – I don’t subscribe to newsletters with my office email. My office deploys SPAM filters and I only allow Asian Efficiency to go through at the moment.

Posted by Kate  | March 30, 2016 at 10:05AM | Reply

Super easy.

Posted by Mark  | March 30, 2016 at 9:55AM | Reply

Unfortunately, was never really good at the ‘unsubscribing’ function but the daily digest was good. I personally don’t use it any more and handle everything manually. I also use the gmail ‘alias’ option when I give out my email address.

It helps to identify which site sold my email address and then I can block future emails to that address not to mention I then completely avoid anything connected from that site, ads, etc.

Inbox is finally clear. Now to get the system in place to help keep it that way.

Posted by Eva  | March 30, 2016 at 9:54AM | Reply

I didn’t find a lot of newsletters anymore that I want to unsubscribe from. However, I found some hundreds of old newsletters, which I removed and thus reduced my archive. Great!
Besides: Being from Germany I also searched for other words like “abbestellen” and “abzubestellen”, which are frequently used expressions.

Posted by Heather  | March 30, 2016 at 9:50AM | Reply

Update – personal email had 154 newsletters and I unsubscribed from 40 and rolled up 80, so thank you!!

Posted by Tracy  | March 30, 2016 at 9:49AM | Reply

Not too fond of having another site wanting access to my mail just so they can filter it. An OS X Mail rule handles filtering to a “Newsletter” folder without problem.

Posted by Jeanie Williams  | March 30, 2016 at 9:45AM | Reply

Wooo Hoooo!
Unroll me is awesome! We’ll see how it works day to day, but it feels SOOO good to have all of that stuff shuttled to one spot, and to get out of a bunch of subscriptions that were just clutter.

Posted by Rachel  | March 30, 2016 at 9:43AM | Reply

That was interesting! I realised through this challenge that my stopped working last November. Tried to log in, and realised I can’t remember my email password, which is slightly terrifying … and not at all AsianEfficient :( On the plus side, manually subscribed from 10 newsletters that I was mindlessly deleting every day.

Posted by PaulD  | March 30, 2016 at 9:42AM | Reply

I have done it long time ago but is necessary to review once in awile

Posted by Heather  | March 30, 2016 at 9:38AM | Reply

Fortunately I don’t get that many newsletters in my company email (which is where I’m focusing on inbox zero), but I too had never thought to search for ‘unsubscribe’. I will definitely look to do that on my personal account and see if the works on my AOL account, but from other posts it sounds like it probably won’t.

Posted by Clemens Schleicher  | March 30, 2016 at 9:34AM | Reply

AE is my last and only one ;-)

Posted by Anne W  | March 30, 2016 at 9:32AM | Reply

I love this tip! Sometimes I unsubscribe to a bunch of things, then I slowly start to subscribe again. I think I need a monthly process to “spring clean” my subscriptions!!!

Posted by Michael  | March 30, 2016 at 9:31AM | Reply

It was really time to unsubsribe from some stuff. By the way, I have an extra emailaccount for newsletters, so they don’t fill up my daily inbox and I can decide when to check them.

Posted by Elaine  | March 30, 2016 at 9:30AM | Reply

I knew that I’d been needing to do this, and I’m glad today was the push that I needed.

I have filters set up have my newsletters bypass my inbox and sort into folders. Because I have this set up, I get lazy about unsubscribing from the ones that I don’t want anymore.

My real email is a google account. I have a hotmail address that I give out to the public and it is set to forward to my google account.

I tried on my hotmail account but because it has no mail and no contacts, it found nothing (great — that’s why I have the setup that I do). Then I used on my google account and unsubscribed from half of the newsletters that it found. That felt great!

Tomorrow I will delete these accounts and that will close off their access to my contacts/mail.

Posted by Jaime  | March 30, 2016 at 9:28AM | Reply

done! liberating actually! I did quite a few unsubscribes on Day #2 as well. Thanks! Too bad doesn’t work for enterprise email solutions, but individually worked out ok.

Posted by Gizem  | March 30, 2016 at 9:22AM | Reply

Done. Unsubscribed from five. Some made it hard, by forcing me to type my own email address, but I persevered :)

Posted by Brad Back  | March 30, 2016 at 9:22AM | Reply

Another great one—I love, have been using it—NEVER thought of searching out “unsubscribe”! Doing that now!! Thank you.

Posted by Lisa  | March 30, 2016 at 9:20AM | Reply

Recently I have been flagging the unwanted messages as Junk which has been great for keeping it out of the Inbox. I just unsubscribed from everything that accumulated in the Junk folder over the last 24 hours, wow that’s a lot of email! The Junk rules are working well, lets hope the unsubscribe works too!

Posted by Bonnie  | March 30, 2016 at 9:09AM | Reply

Good tip, will have to investigate spam sieve. In addition to a lot of newsletters, I also get a bunch of “ads” that I never requested – things like medicine from Canada – these have unsubscribe buttons but I am afraid to use them – I have heard that by actually clicking on the link, you are letting them know that this is a live address and you will just get on more skanky lists.

Posted by Mike  | March 30, 2016 at 9:01AM | Reply


Posted by Wilson  | March 30, 2016 at 8:59AM | Reply

I had already got rid of the unwanted newsletters, so this tip is not very useful for me

Posted by Robert Duffy  | March 30, 2016 at 8:54AM | Reply

Having been using Unroll me for a couple of years – its a great timesaver and reduces the frequency of having to check the inbox

Posted by Leonardo  | March 30, 2016 at 8:50AM | Reply

Happy user of since months… Real great tool to keep track of anything I’m subscribed to and, of course, to reduce the amount of e-mail I have to take care of.

Posted by Hans  | March 30, 2016 at 8:49AM | Reply

Seem to have difficulties signing up to but unsubscribe works a treat. (So simple yet so effective)

Posted by Divaldo  | March 30, 2016 at 8:41AM | Reply

Astonished with the number of sites I had to unsubscribe, but done! Thanks!

Posted by Phil  | March 30, 2016 at 8:36AM | Reply

Unsubscribed at least one. See if they keep their end. Good reminder though to do this and remove them.

Posted by Nicole  | March 30, 2016 at 8:34AM | Reply


Posted by Gil  | March 30, 2016 at 8:34AM | Reply

Did this last week, spent 2 hours on it and have already saved at least that much time.

Posted by Aaron M  | March 30, 2016 at 8:32AM | Reply

Done – I like it! That was pretty cool…Thanks

Posted by Michael Setnicky  | March 30, 2016 at 8:30AM | Reply

Done…along w/ a rule to move those newsletters I do want to read out of the inbox.

Posted by BS  | March 30, 2016 at 8:29AM | Reply

Today’s post was not really helpful for me. I did look through my email programme for unwanted newsletters, but this reference to doesn’t fit. I deliberately don’t have a microsoft account and that service only works with microsoft accounts. The last thing I would want to do is to create an microsoft account (in order to get rid of spam) due to privacy reasons. That would be like throwing out the baby with the bath water!

Posted by Mark  | March 30, 2016 at 8:25AM | Reply

May need to search for “opt-out”, “remove me”, or other variations of “unsubscribe”. Not ready to give yet another service access to email and contacts so opted for manual unsubscribe and a filter.

Posted by Tomas  | March 30, 2016 at 8:21AM | Reply

Great tip. Just cleared all those unwanted newsletters that tend to accumulate over the years

Posted by Katherine  | March 30, 2016 at 8:18AM | Reply

Best tip yet! I trashed a lot this morning!

Posted by Copper  | March 30, 2016 at 8:13AM | Reply

I’m with @PETER I’ve moved more to blacklisting with a spam filter (I also use SpamSieve) than to unsubscribing. Added bonus: If I just unsubscribe I can accidentally resubscribe later, blacklisting saves me from myself down the road.

Posted by Chris  | March 30, 2016 at 8:12AM | Reply

done, thanks for this simple but effective trick!

Posted by Ysabel Woody  | March 30, 2016 at 8:11AM | Reply

I love! Learned about it from you guys last year, and just used it this past week to unsubscribe from about 200 mailing lists.

Posted by Peter  | March 30, 2016 at 8:10AM | Reply

The tip about I have to try.

The problem I find more and more is that “inscribing” from newsletters delivers me more “newsletters” afterwards. So I now put them via a rule in Spam (or @BlackHole in Sandbox) and use SpamSieve for Apple’s

Posted by Andrei  | March 30, 2016 at 8:09AM | Reply

Subscribed for all the old newsletter. Unfortunately i can’t use as i’m and exchange user and they don’t support that.

Posted by Phil  | March 30, 2016 at 8:07AM | Reply

Great tool!

Posted by Finn  | March 30, 2016 at 8:06AM | Reply

I wish there was something that blocks newsletters that I never signed up for in the first place.

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