So, how do you add us to your white list?  There are quite a few Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and email software packages available today.  In time, we’ll do our best to cover as many as possible.  Here are a few of the most common providers.  Click on the appropriate link below to obtain your specific white list instructions:

Yahoo, Gmail

what is a white list?

So why do I need to add simplify 101 to my email white list? What is a “white list” anyway? Great questions – and ones that we’d love to explain…

Most of us who use email are unfortunately too aware of “Spam email”.  A simple definition of spam email would be an unsolicited commercial message (email) that is sent to multiple recipients (often thousands or millions).  They’re very annoying, and we’re happy to see that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are doing what they can to help filter out these types of emails.  Unfortunately, sometimes the good guys get filtered out with the bad.  If you’re interested why this happens, we’ve created a separate page to explain why newsletters get filtered as spam.

The solution?  The white list, approved senders list, or safe senders list – there are a variety of names for it.  Simply put, a white list is a group of contacts or email addresses that you want to receive email from.  When you first receive an email, your service provider or email software will check this list.  If the email has been sent from someone on this list, the email will be automatically delivered to your Inbox – every time!  We emphasize the words “every time” because spam filters are constantly changing.  So, if you are receiving our newsletter today, without issue, it may not always be that way – unless you add us to your white list.

Yahoo Mail

If Yahoo interprets an email as SPAM, it will place it in your “Spam” folder – located in the left navigation.  It’s a good idea to check this folder periodically. If you find an email in the bulk folder that you wanted to receive, simply open the email and click on the “Not Spam” button.  This will help to train Yahoo’s filters that this email sender is not sending SPAM.  Note that this will not automatically insure that you’ll receive email from the desired sender in the future.  You’ve done your part to help in the fight against SPAM – now let’s make sure that you receive the simplify 101 newsletter.  To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Yahoo mailbox and click on the gear icon in the right hand corner below the Home button.
  2. Click on the “More Settings” link. Find the “Filters” link on the left sidebar and click on it.
  3. We’re going to set-up a new filter, so click on “Add new filters”.
  4. In the “Filter Name” box, give your filter a name that reminds you of what it’s all about – you might use something like “simplify 101″ or “Aby’s newsletter”.
  5. In the “Set rules” section, use the “From” option and select “contains”.
  6. In the box immediately to the below, enter the text:
  7. Near the bottom of the filter window, find the section that says “Move to Folder” and select “Inbox” from the dropdown box.
  8. In the top left corner, click the “Save” button.  Voila!  You’ve done it – you’ve told Yahoo that anytime it receives an email from simplify 101 to place in it your Inbox.

GMail (Google Mail)

GMail will place any email that it interprets as SPAM in the “Spam” folder – located in the left navigation after you login.  To insure that you receive the simplify 101 newsletter, all you need to do is add us as a contact. Here’s how:

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your GMail account.Click on the “More Settings” link. Find the “Filters” link on the left sidebar and click on it.
  2. Click on the cluster of boxes in the upper right corner and click “Contacts” link.
  3. Click on the “New Contact” link in the top left of your screen.
  4. In the “Add Name” field, enter the following:  Aby Garvey
  5. In the “Primary Email” field enter the following:   aby mail
  6. Click the “Save” button at the top of the screen.  That’s it!  You’ve now told GMail that all future simplify 101 newsletters should be delivered to your Inbox.