Form Submission Email Address being spammed...but not through the actual form

Apr 29, 2015 10:43 pm

Hi all - my client, http://www.saulsseismic.com/, is receiving spam email since the new site went live a few weeks ago. But it's not from the Contact Form itself. It's from the crawlers seeing the email address in the admin area of the site. Any ideas on how to prevent this?

Apr 30, 2015 10:12 am

Hey Amy,

That's definitely one I have struggled with in the past. On my site (skunk.guru) I simply force them to send the message via the contact form and don't list my email address for them. The only way they get access is to send a contact form and get my email from the reply.

However, there are now a large number of tricks to display an email address on the web without it being as susceptible to spam bots/crawlers. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how well it will mitigate existing spam to change it, since the address has already been crawled, but it may help prevent more bots from crawling it and help with future clients to implement one of these measures. Note that nothing will stop a human from reading an email address and manually adding it to their spam list, so no matter what, if you post an email on the web, you leave it open to the possibility of spam.

Here's a good site with some of those tips/tricks on how to avoid your email getting crawled.

How to Hide your Email Address from Spam Bots

Apr 30, 2015 12:21 pm

Thanks for your reply, Kalis. I'll look into all of this. I appreciate your time!