How to stop AT&T from sending mailers and advertisements

AT&T has been sending me relentless amounts of AT&T U-verse letters in the mail without any opt-out addresses to respond to. After a quick search on the Interwebs, I found this post on how to opt out of AT&T’s mailers.

Although the post had some great information I still don’t think it should be this hard to opt-out.

Please comment below if you know a better way to opt out. In the meantime here’s a few different methods from their post if you are a current AT&T customer:

  • Contact Information to address concerns- clicked on contact us- NO PHONE NUMBER. -but buried in text is a list of phone numbers –Contact
  • Email-Please e-mail us at  privacypolicy@ATT.com or write to AT&T Privacy Policy Manager, 208 South Akard, 27th Floor, Room 2750.04, Dallas, TX 75202 to address any concerns you may have about our privacy practices and policies.

If you are a not a AT&T customer:

Determined to be opt out, I emailed AT&T at their privacy policy email asking them how would be the best way to remove an address from their ad campaign. Surprisingly, I received a quick response from them in about 25 minutes. Their email said:

Thank you for writing the AT&T Privacy Policy Mailbox. Please provide your wireless telephone number and mailing address and we will process your request.

While we will strive to honor your request, you may receive an occasional mailing. To the extent that you receive unwanted U.S. Mail from any source, it is hoped you can make it available to a paper recycling program.

Sincerely,

AT&T Privacy Policy Inbox Manager

I promptly replied back with the respective information and received another email the next day confirming the removal:

Thank you for providing the requested information. Your request for Do-Not-Mail has been submitted for AT&T. Please allow up to 30 business days for the process to complete.

Sincerely,

AT&T Privacy Policy Inbox Manager

Kudos to AT&T for having a process to get names and addresses removed from their mail list, but seriously it shouldn’t be this difficult. In this day and age of automation this process should be much much easier.

How to Remove Unwanted Ads from Google AdSense

You've created a website with tons of seemingly related content and you're now looking to make your next million in related ad revenue through Google AdSense. But look, your Google ads are showing unrelated ads that no one will click on.

Here's the basic rundown on how to Remove Unwanted Ads from Google AdSense.

Step 1.

Login into your Google AdSense account.

How to Remove Unwanted Advertisers in Google AdSense - Part 1

Step 2.

Click AdSense Setup in the top tab. Click on Competitive Ad Filter.

How to Remove Unwanted Advertisers in Google AdSense - Part 2

Step 3.

Go to your own website and copy and paste all the URL addresses to remove from your webpage. For instance Godaddy ads seem to appear everywhere. I suggest copying and pasting all of them into NotePad.

How to Remove Unwanted Advertisers in Google AdSense - Part 3

Step 4.

Enter URLs to filter from ads on your content pages, then click Save changes. Changes may not take effect until up to a  few hours. Make sure you remove subpages or sub domains from the links and just input root domains if you want to eliminate the advertiser all together.

How to Remove Unwanted Advertisers in Google AdSense - Part 4

Step 5.

Check back to your website after the changes have been updated within the Google AdSense system. There might be more ads you need to remove. This can be an ongoing process, but keep trying anyway.
 

Remove Connections on LinkedIn

Do you have connections in your social network that always take but never give back? Are they always spouting off endless and useless information? Do they set their microblogs on auto post 24 hours a day but never take a break so they can simply gain followers? You're not alone.

Recently I got fed up with a contact I had helped out in the past. I extended my hand in friendship but the friendship and favors were hardly reciprocated. I tried and tried again over the course of a couple of years but I just wasn't feeling the love so I finally gave in.

Thanks to Dave Taylor's post on how to delete a contact in LinkedIn, I was able to remove the connection. Dave's post was slightly dated and partially confusing so I decided to repost with an easier "how to" remove connections on LinkedIn.

Step 1.

Login to your LinkedIn account. You will be directed to the LinkedIn dashboard. In the center area on the navigation, click on Contacts and then My Connections from the drop down menu.

How to remove connections and contacts on LinkedIn

Step 2.

Once you're on the Contacts page, you should see the Remove Connections link on the right side. Click on it and it will take you to the Remove Connections page.

How to remove connections and contacts on LinkedIn

Step 3.

Use the vertical alphabetical navigation on the left side of the Remove Connections list. Locate the connection you want to remove. Select the check box next to it. Click on the blue button on the right side Remove Connections.

How to remove connections and contacts on LinkedIn

Step 4.

Final step, there will be a pop up window confirming you want to remove the LinkedIn connection. Click on the blue Yes, remove them button and you're done!

How to remove connections and contacts on LinkedIn

Now go enjoy some peace and quiet without someone auto posting 20 times per hour.