Last month I posted about Barnes & Nobles tedious process for unsubscribing from their email newsletters. It was so complex that I honestly coudn't even figure out why I was receiving emails to begin with. By all appearances I was not subscribed to anything. This was confirmed after a couple of submissions to tech support, they also told me that I had already unsubscribed. Phew!

But then today, guess what lands in my inbox? Too easy, huh? It was yet another email newsletter from our friends at B&

My first thought was, "Here we go again." I quickly scroll to the bottom of the page and find the so-called unsubscribe links:

How to unsubscribe: This message was sent to on October 9, 2007. If you no longer wish to receive promotional email from Barnes & Noble, please click here [link removed]. If you have a Barnes& account, you can also log in [link removed] to your account and follow the instructions under Change Your Communications Preferences.

I didn't notice if that was any different than the message at the bottom of all their other emails so I simply hit the "click here" link. You could say I was surprised when I was taken to this screen:

Barnes and Noble Unsubscribe

Could it really be this easy? I mean, yeah, it should be this easy, but it was so haaaaard before! Sure enough, one click and I'm told that I'm unsubscribed:

Barnes and Noble Unsubscribe

Though 10 days does seem long a long time to be removed from the list. That should be automatic. But still, I'm impressed.

So, just for fun I wanted to see what the process was like by logging in. I clicked the "log in" link in the email and was brought here:

Barnes and Noble Unsubscribe

Well, this is new. I logged in and was taken to an account screen. I quickly found the "Communication Preferences" area that gave me a couple of options:

  • Change Your Communications Preferences
  • Change Your Keep Me Posted! Newsletters and Alerts

The first option sent me to a page that le's me change if or how I want to be communicated with. Notice the yes/no options about receiving any kind of communications at all. By default my options were yes and well, contact me any way you can. Not what I expected to see after unsubscribing, but they did say it would take ten days!

Barnes and Noble Unsubscribe

The real disappointment set in when I click the link to change my "Keep me Posted" options. As you can see below this is the same sorry "we'll email you a link" scenario that I came across before.

Barnes and Noble Unsubscribe

Barnes & Noble needs to take a lesson from itself. All communication options should have a two-click (or less) unsubscribe option. But for now, I'm just happy they got it half right.

October 9, 2007

Stoney deGeyter is the President of Pole Position Marketing, a leading search engine optimization and marketing firm helping businesses grow since 1998. Stoney is a frequent speaker at website marketing conferences and has published hundreds of helpful SEO, SEM and small business articles.

If you'd like Stoney deGeyter to speak at your conference, seminar, workshop or provide in-house training to your team, contact him via his site or by phone at 866-685-3374.

Stoney pioneered the concept of Destination Search Engine Marketing which is the driving philosophy of how Pole Position Marketing helps clients expand their online presence and grow their businesses. Stoney is Associate Editor at Search Engine Guide and has written several SEO and SEM e-books including E-Marketing Performance; The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!; Keyword Research and Selection, Destination Search Engine Marketing, and more.

Stoney has five wonderful children and spends his free time reviewing restaurants and other things to do in Canton, Ohio.


Have you checked to see if they have an affiliate program? I have had this same thing happen with other sites. As soon as you unsubscribe, it seems that another affiliate picks up your info and runs with it. Barns and Noble must be saving your info in their data base and passing it along.

I'm certain that I don't have an affiliate account with them, but Not sure what they are doing with my info.


can you do me a favor please - When I am searching by Google

most time - opens - The - that means to search over this machine - but I don´t like this game -

Please can you tell me, how I can get this thing off. I searched allready - like - unsuscribe from............ but I don´t get any good advice how to do it. I work with Vista and Firefox

Thanks for your help



Robert, it sounds like you have spyware/spamware on your computer. You need to do a sweep on your machine to see if you can get that removed.

Also look in your installed programs for something that looks like it might be the cause and remove that.

Comments closed after 30 days to combat spam.

Search Engine Guide > Stoney deGeyter > How Easy Could This Be? UnSubscribe Me!