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Creating Gmail Aliases

Creating aliases for your email account can be extremely useful for things like testing, and spam filtering.

  • Emails that are sent to the alias will go to your account.
  • You can set up filters to automatically archive/delete emails that went to that address.
    • Good for when you are registering on sites that are likely to spam you.
  • Allows you to create multiple email-based accounts on sites without actually having to set up new email accounts.
    • This is particularly good for testing your own websites etc.
  • By creating a specific email alias for every site that you register for, you can figure out which sites are selling your email onto other sites that then spam you.

Steps

To set up a gmail alias, simply add a + followed by a name for your alias. For example if your email address was:

joe.bloggs@gmail.com

Then you could create any of the following aliases

joe.bloggs+123@gmail.com
joe.bloggs+www.someCrappySite.com@gmail.com