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This topic was inspired when a month or so ago I had a day when all my comments on other blogs went to spam and a post from an author in a facebook group about e-mails landing in spam. Your spam folder whether on your blog or your e-mail is there for a reason and most of the time it works quite well, but sometimes things you did sign-up or want to receive land in spam or things you don’t want to receive don’t land there. So that made me wonder if people actually check their spam.
Do I check my spam and how often
I’ve had newsletters from authors I signed-up for land in spam and I had to fish them out and genuine comments on my blog that landed in comment spam folder that iI had to unspam. So I know it can be handy to check my spam folder now and then. My e-mail spam folders I check quite regularly. Especially the e-mails I use most often, the lesser used ones I also check less often and I have one e-mail address forward to another, but sometimes e-mails land in the spam before getting forwarded and I don’t check that folder as often. My Lola’s Blog Tours e-mail address received a lot of spam a few months ago and every time I checked I found my spam folder filled with them, so most of the time there is spam in there. But sometimes a real e-mail lands in there and I am always glad I checked so I can get it out. I think I check my spam folder every day or a few times each week on my most used e-mail accounts. I don’t want to miss anything important and even though most of the time the only thing I find in my spam folder is spam, I also had to rescue some important e-mails from there.
Then again I am pretty bad at checking my blog spam, I get a lot of real spam in there and it can be a pain to wade through that to see if there’s something real in there. It seems that with e-mail I have a quick and easy overview and can see if there’s something in my spam that doesn’t belong there and get it out, but with my blog spam I have to check multiple pages. Sometimes I do check it though, but it’s sporadically or when someone lets me know their comments didn’t go through. That last thing doesn’t happen as often, but it does happen sometimes.
What do I do when your comment or e-mail goes to spam?
The situation I mentioned with my comments going to spam did also spark a conversation with another blogger about what we do when that happens. I mentioned I usually just contact someone on twitter and let them know my comment might’ve gotten to spam. Sometimes it happens when visiting another blog that my comment doesn’t post, which means it either goes to spam or the blogger has some to manually approve comments. For the blogs I regularly visit I usually know which of the two it is and some blogs who manually approve comments have a message that says so. When I post a comment on a blog I usually leave the site shortly after that, but I do sometimes check if my comment posted. Some days this is more of a habit and there are days when I am more busy and I might forget this. If I notice my comment doesn’t post while it should have I usually refresh the page a time or two first to see if that works. If my comment still doesn’t show up I usually just click away and forget about it or send the blogger a dm on twitter. I usually only do the latter if I know the blogger. I don’t want anyone to think I am not visiting back, but it does always feel like I am bothering the other person. Then again if someone’s comment doesn’t go through on my blog I would want them to let me know about it. So I usually use that thought to convince myself to ask them anyway. The worst that can happen is that it didn’t go to spam and I was wrong.
With e-mails it often depends on the e-mail in question. It’s harder to know if your e-mail landed in spam or not. As not all e-mails require an answer, so if you don’t hear back it could be because of that or because it never arrived or landed in spam. And most e-mails aren’t that important that I would double check to make sure. The only exception is work related e-mails. If an author books a new tour and I e-mail them about it and don’t hear back on that e-mail for a week or so I might dm them on tiwtter or facebook to see if they received it. It’s pretty important to make sure those e-mails arrive so that’s the only e-mails were I might double check to see if they arrived and only if they are e-mails that require an answer, like an e-mail to set-up a tour for example.