Filtering Traffic Exchange Emails

Yesterday’s blog post was quite interesting. I appreciate the feedback! All the talk of filtering emails made me realize I had two tips for you:

Generate Filters

I made a tool way back when that lets you generate filters for the top exchanges. It uses Traffic Exchange List and you can generate the filters in chunks if you want. So if you want the top 20 going to your inbox, but 21+ going somewhere else, you can make the filters. They are designed for Gmail but I’m assuming most other email clients will work.

TE Filter Generator


I’ve got a secret. I’ve actually been switching all my TE and Safelist email accounts over to It sounds insane, but it’s actually much better for me than Gmail. It’s got a nice clean layout, and it’s got aliases. I’ve got one email account there (timlinden@) but I was able to add 2 alias accounts (trafficexchanges@ and safelists@). So when email comes into the trafficexchanges account, it goes to my traffic exchanges folder automagically.

On top of that it’s got “sweep” features. It automatically deletes emails from safelists after 3 days. You can set it to what you want, but if I haven’t read it in 3 days I’m not gonna have time to go back. So it auto cleans them.

It gets better! For traffic exchanges I have it only keep the most recent newsletter. This is my favorite option. Especially when some exchanges send more than once in a day, they clutter my inbox. Not anymore! Now I’ll always have the most recent update in my folder.

So there you go, two ways you can clean up your email inbox to the way you like it!


9 thoughts on “Filtering Traffic Exchange Emails

  1. Wow Tim, I do use Outlook but I didn’t know I could create those filers. I use folders, is that the same as aliases? Please elaborate more. Thanks. Shelayne

  2. ah it is such a coincidence I have been working on this this week with Google and g mail… g mail also u can make the parent folder and sub folder for all TE I will check out the out look too as you suggested. ……u r always way ahead of all of us so follow the Master! Thank you Tim

  3. Outlook is real easy to setup too. I have 4 used for specific reason. It works well as you know where the mail is coming from.. I use gmail, hotmail and still have a yahoo mail account.. But with outlook mine all come with one click and it shows each account..

    Seems like there are so many tools out there to use today, hard to keep track of things at times..

    Thanks for the post.
    Richard Faller

  4. Hello Tim,

    thanks for the advice. I am really not a Mircosoft Fan, but I will try it.

    Meanwhile: if you want to find all unread messages that are older than 10 days, just enter

    older_than:10d is:unread

    in the gmail searchbox.

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