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What happens when you mark or report an email as SPAM?

by Joe McDonald on October 12, 2012

I wanted to take a minute and inform our members & visitors about a problem many businesses run into managing their email campaigns, and a problem that we here at also experience from time to time.

The question is, do you know what happens when you mark or flag an email in your inbox as SPAM?

Please be aware that clicking the SPAM button in your email program is NOT the same thing as unsubscribing from the list

We take a lot of pride in managing our email subscription lists and we always make sure people only receive emails that they opted-in to receive. As with many businesses, we actually pay for our email services, such as MailChimp, to ensure that our emails get through to subscribers correctly.

What many people may not be aware of, however, is that when you flag an email as SPAM in Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL, that complaint gets reported back to the email service being used, like MailChimp or Constant Contact etc. That service then reviews the senders account and will actually terminate their service if spam complaints continue to come in. That hurts legitimate businesses who are sending honest emails to subscribers who opted-in.

It could be that maybe you forgot that you did subscribe to the email or maybe you just don’t want to receive it anymore, but please be aware that clicking the SPAM button in your email program is NOT the same thing as unsubscribing from the list. I know we all get bombarded with spam and there is definitely a time to flag emails, but all legitimate emails will have an unsubscribe link, usually at the bottom in the footer. This unsubscribe link allows you to opt-out correctly if you no longer wish to receive the email. This is the fair and polite way to remove yourself from an email list.

Many times people just decide they are no longer interested in receiving an email so they just click the ‘SPAM’ button instead of the unsubscribe link. This hurts the organization sending out the email. If this is really an email subscription that you signed up for, PLEASE take a few extra seconds and locate the unsubscribe link in the email to remove yourself the right way.

Here at, if you receive an email from us and click the button to flag it as spam, we have no choice but to suspend your account and remove you from our directory listings and all email lists. We do this in order to protect the services we rely on to conduct business and provide support and services to our members and subscribers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important message and thanks for supporting!

do you know what happens when you flag or report an email as spam?


Join Our New Linkedin Group for Seattle Artists

by Joe McDonald on August 1, 2009

I have setup a new Linkedin Group for Seattle Artists and those who love them :)

Just jump over to the new group and join, everyone can join. If you aren’t already a member of Linkedin, it’s free and easy to join and is a great way to network.



You Can Now Follow SeattleArtists On Twitter

by Joe McDonald on March 21, 2009

I’m a bit behind the curve in regards to Twitter for I’ve been using twitter quite successfully with other businesses and clients but just never got around to adding it to

Well now it’s here. You can follow us at I’ve always been a huge fan of Twitter so I’m going to try and quickly integrate it into our site and emails.

So if you have friends that are interested in the Seattle art scene, please retweet it, repost it, or pass it on with whatever your favorite flavor of social media is.





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