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little mailing list to tell people what
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because of this daily challenge that I’m
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I’ve moved on to some other device I
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urge you I strongly request that you not
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mark me as spam or if you drag me to the
promotions folder or to your spam folder
if you do anything that implicates to
your email client to Gmail or attending
but anything else that I am a spammer
and that’s what you do when you do that
that actually does go on my permanent
record it goes back to my my email
provider which is Aweber they mark the
fact that you have said I’m a spammer
and it lowers my overall deliverability
it also goes back to gmail and Gmail
goes huh so this guy’s sending out email
but people are marking it as spam and if
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get off the list but you also make it
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you’re getting rid of me while you’re
unsubscribing where you can if you just
simply unsubscribe you can give me a
reason right so it may feel as though
it’s the same thing that it’s you know
it all goes down the same pipe and who
but the truth of the matter is is that
just because you don’t want to get
information from me any longer you don’t
want to get emails from me any longer
you don’t want to you know be on my list
or or see my videos or be aware of what
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to great lengths to make sure that the
people that get information from me are
getting information that they want that
they’ve asked for that they’ve even
confirmed a second time that they’ve
asked for it and that if they don’t want
to be on the list all I have to do is
click unsubscribe but the lazy dragging
to the spam folder or marking as spam
because it’s the same
who cares it’s an icon of the spam or
it’s the eye of the link to unsubscribe
what really doesn’t matter right so know
that it does matter and know that if it
was you sending information out to the
world or making a podcast or doing
content creation that if somebody else
did that to you I don’t think you’d like
so this news to you is there something
that you didn’t know about before it was
news to a friend of mine recently when I
was talking to her about spam versus
unsubscribe and she’s like whoa who does
ooh who cares it’s you know these people
and I’m like well I’m one of these
people would you want that to happen to
me would you want that to happen to you
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19 Responses to Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.

  1. Takiyah Baker June 22, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

    Wow I didn’t know any of this. I learned something new.

  2. Deborah Geffner June 23, 2019 at 6:28 am #

    Great points. And I do think it’s rude to mark a list I have subscribed to as spam. There are some lists, however, with legitimate political or social issues that subscribe people without asking when you sign one of their petitions. When I happen to see one of these in my spam folder I gratefully delete all, knowing that I won’t have them cluttering up my inbox where I have to delete them individually. I never thought of the implications. Useful video. Thank you.

  3. Suzanne B June 23, 2019 at 6:32 am #

    David I am confused because I didn’t think there was anything wrong with Gmail promo tab, because gmail made that distinction. I have many newsletters and the like that appear in that tab that I did sign up for, so I guess I don’t see how that is prejudicial. Yours don’t but I sometimes even end up having auditions ending up in that tab and had no idea there were ramifications one way or the other. Let me ask you this, I was contemplating unsubscribing from the emails because I have subscribed to your channel. But if I did that, would I no longer get Rehearsal Pro emails?

    • David H. Lawrence XVII June 24, 2019 at 11:46 am #

      Being on the list gets you everything, including the videos, so if you want all the information I send, stay in the list.

  4. David Wandelt June 23, 2019 at 6:55 am #

    So yes, this was interesting to me. I knew that marking an item as spam would make my *client* program learn it and filter future emails based on that, but didn’t realize it would report back to my provider. Good info. Thanks.

  5. Remy OBrien June 23, 2019 at 9:02 am #

    Wow, I had no idea that’s what happened. Although I never put anyone in spam anyway

  6. Tom Johnson June 23, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    A true spammer will take that unsubscribe request and know that your email address is a good address and never stop sending stuff to that address. The problem is that we often have no way of knowing if the sender of the email is a spammer or not. I have learned this the hard way and eventually found myself simply calling an emailer a spammer because I got tired of having my unsubscribe requests being ignored.

    Now that I’ve said all of that, please David, DON’T take me off of your list. Thank you.

  7. Karin Collison June 23, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    Fascinating, David. Tx for shedding light on this. I understand Tom Johnson’s frustration. But at least now I know to only use the spam option as a last resort — and I also understand why I once got a warning from my email provider when I’d sent out a MailChimp announcement …

  8. Mary Zajac June 23, 2019 at 11:58 am #

    David, Thank you very much for the information. I never knew that. I don’t mark something as spam unless it is span e.g. the adult dating site or viagara site that sends me emails I NEVER asked for.

    Do you have any recourse for this situation to establish to your provider that the person confirmed that they wanted the emails from you?

    May I share this video with my friends on Facebook? I am not sure they would know the difference as I didn’t.

    Thanks again!

    • David H. Lawrence XVII June 23, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      You can share any video I do with anyone you want. I thank you for that. And no, there’s no recourse…there’s no way for my email list service provider to tell if someone really considers you a spammer, or they are just being lazy.

      • Mary Zajac June 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

        Thank you for saying I can share the video.

        That is unfortunate you have no recourse. Seems a little one sided!

        Thank you again for the one a day videos. I so look forward to watching them.


  9. Paula Faye Leinweber June 23, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks, David. I guess I never even thought of marking an email as spam if I don’t want to receive it any more. Really good to know how it all works!

  10. getrich206 June 23, 2019 at 11:02 pm #

    Thanks, as always, David. For the record, I DON’T want to unsubscribe from your videos, but if I did, there’s no “unsubscribe” button on this page. To unsubscribe, I have to close this page, go back to your email and know enough to scroll down and look for the “unsubscribe” link in small print at the very bottom of the page. I acknowledge that the “lazy” label can often be truthfully applied to people like me, but when a problem like this appears it might be more useful to think of us as just not very tech-savvy and to keep looking for ways to make things as simple and intuitive as possible. Hope this helps.

  11. Stan Allen June 24, 2019 at 5:12 am #

    I enjoy reading your emails whenever I can . I seriously regret having spent so much money elsewhere for largely ineffective training. Having seen the real world difference between your training and others, I now know that this is the most comprehensive training available, as far as I can tell.

  12. LINDA E LONGCRANE June 24, 2019 at 9:13 am #

    Thanks David! I had no idea; however, I have NO wish to be removed.

  13. Chris Buckner June 24, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    I always unsubscribe from lists when I no longer want the emails, but I didn’t know about the consequences to legitimate lists if they are simply marked as spam. Thanks for the video David.

  14. Petrea Burchard June 24, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    I did know this, so I’m careful to unsubscribe if I no longer want to receive email.
    There are two circumstances under which I’ll mark an email as spam. One is when someone puts me on a mailing list I don’t wish to be on without my permission, and they don’t include a method of unsubscribing. The second is when I select unsubscribe more than once and the emails keep coming, so I call, and the emails keep coming, and I write, and, and…you get it. I guess someone in the office dropped that ball!

  15. Stephanie June 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    I love what you send. Sometimes I get backed up on watching and just save them to binge later. There is so much value in your work. Thank you for everything you provide. I learned a lot about getting off other lists. Good to know.

  16. Tobi Czumak June 25, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    Heck David, you’re like my coffee in the morning — I won’t dream of unsubscribing — can’t imagine what I would do without your encouraging ajnd enlighting info each day.

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