How to White List your Emails

Today we’re going to look at how you can ensure that you receive the email newsletters that you sign up for.

Have you ever signed up to receive a newsletter and then found that nothing happens?

Well you might have typed in your email address incorrectly, and that’s a whole other story. But if you did type your email address correctly then chances are it’s because your email system think that it is unsolicited, unwanted advertising email and in its efforts to protect you, it has tossed your newsletter confirmation email in the junk mail. Let’s face it most of us never think to regularly check our junk mail, so there it will sit until your junk box does its regular clean out.

And all the time you’re thinking “What a dodgy newsletter that was. They didn’t even bother sending me one copy.”

Frustration for you and frustration for the newsletter producer. And I speak from personal experience here. I could weep when I see all the would be subscribers to my Word Art Newsletter who are listed as Unconfirmed because my email to them requesting confirmation of their subscription has been considered spam by their email system.

So here’s a tip if you sign up for anything and you want to receive their emails:

White List the email addresses of the Newsletters you want to receive.

What does that mean?

Well most email systems have a way that you can identify an email address as a ‘good guy’ so that they will allow emails from that address to get through.

First add the email address that you want to White List to your address book. For example,

karooch(at)scrapsofmind(dot)com if you want to receive the Weekly Word Art Newsletter.

Unfortunately all email systems are different (wouldn’t you know it?) so it might take a bit of checking in your menu bar to find the way it works for yours. But here are some instructions for some of the more popular ones.


  • Open your Yahoo mailbox.

  • Click Mail Options.

  • Click Filters.

  • Next, click Add Filter.

  • In the top row, labeled From header: make sure contains is selected in the pull-down menu.

  • Click in the text box next to that pull-down menu, then enter the address in the “From” line of the most recent email from the site you want to white list.

  • At the bottom, where it says Move the message to:, select Inbox from the pull-down menu.

  • Click the Add Filter button again.


  • Click the Options tab.

  • Select Safe List. (It’s under the heading Mail Handling.)

  • In the space provided, enter the address in the “From” line of the most recent email from the site you want to white list.

  • Click Add.

  • When you see the address you entered in the Safe List box, click OK.


  • Add the email address of the site you want to white list to your contacts list by choosing Add Contact from the list of options on the left.


  • Go to Keyword Mail Controls.

  • Select the screen name that your emails are being sent to.

  • Click Customize Mail Controls For This Screen Name.

For AOL version 9.0: You need to add the sending address to your “People I Know” list.

  • Open your latest email from from the site you wish to white list.

  • Click the Add Address button (over on the right) to add
    to your “People I Know” list.

AOL version8.0: Select Allow email from all AOL members, email addresses and domains.

  • Click Next until the Save button shows up at the bottom.

  • Click Save.

For AOL version7.0: In the section for “exclusion and inclusion parameters”, include the site you wish to white list.

So I hope that has helped some of you who might be feeling a bit annoyed with newsletters that never arrive.

And if you’re someone who has signed up to the Scraps of Mind Word Art Newsletter and not received one, then please try again and white list my email address to I can break thought your email protection shield.

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