3 Tips To Help Webmasters Reduce Spam In Their Inbox, Today
Webmasters and site owners receive more and more time-
wasting spam each and every day. Thankfully, there is something that can be done: simply remove your mailto:
email address from your website. This article provides 3 tips to let you do just that, namely: 1) ASCII-encode
Email spam is no joke.
Each month the situation of unsolicited junk email seems to
get worse and worse, wasting more and more of your valuable
If you are a webmaster (or site owner) – i.e. you have your
email address on a website – then there *is* something you
can do to help reduce spam in your inbox, today.
Quite simply, you need to encrypt your email address, and
get rid of the bare mailto: link on your site.
This article covers:
- How webmasters get S P A M in the first place
- Tip 1: Encrypt your e-mail address with ASCII-code
- Tip 3: Hide your email address in an anti- S P A M
- Further reading about the ‘spam wars’
- Bonus Tip: Use the very latest anti-spam email addressSo, let’s begin.
=> How Webmasters Get S P A M In The First Place
There are many ways that webmasters, everyone really, can get sent spam. (See Further Reading below for a full
discussion.) The easiest way, however, is to simply put your email address onto a website in the format: mailto:email@example.com
Then, so-called email-harvesting programs (spambots) visit
this web page and collect each and every email address they
find, and add it to a spammers database.
So, if you put an ‘un-protected’ e-mail address on a
website, soon enough you’ll receive all sorts of unwanted
e-mails in your inbox.
This article discusses 3 ways to protect or encrypt your
email address, and thus make it harder for spambots to add
your email address to spammers databases.
Here are a few tips that WILL help reduce what I call
‘webmaster s p a m’:
== ASIDE ==
You may well get S P A M sent to the e-mail address you
leave at a forum, or newsgroup too. In this case – when you
are unable to encrypt your email address – you should use a
freebie e-mail address instead, as mentioned at the end of
== ASIDE ==
=> Tip 1 – Encrypt Your E-Mail Address Using ASCII-code.
Simply put, this means replacing letters and numbers in your
e-mail address with its ASCII equivalent; e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org would
It’s best if you also encrypt the mailto: statement too, as
I *have* received spam at an ASCII-encoded email address !
I use Mailto-Encrypter, a Windows-compatible program, but
you might want to visit the following online resource. The
“Advanced Email Link Generator with Anti-Spam Encoder”
generates mailto: links you can copy and paste
into your web pages and emails.
(You can also find several mailto encrypters via Google
produces mailto:email@example.com on your web page; which acts as a
valid e-mail address. Most e-mail spambots can not recognise
Want to see an example? Visit the link below – the e-mail
=> Tip 3 – Hide Your Email Address In An Anti- S P A M
Yes, your email address can be extracted from a standard Perl/CGI form too. (In some cases, your form can actually *send* spam – early versions of FormMail suffer from this security flaw, apparently!)
Enter the Master Feedback form from Willmaster.com – an anti-S P A M feedback form.
In the words of Willmaster.com: “Master Feedback helps you S P A M -proof your site by not requiring your email address
anywhere on your page, not even embedded in hidden form fields or other HTML tags. Now you can stop feeding [those] email address harvesting robots!”
You can download the feedback form, for free, at
Want to see an example of the feedback form? Visit
=> Further Reading About The ‘Spam Wars’
This article provides a few solutions to the problems of
receiving s-p-a-m; but they are not the only solutions.
For further reading on the ongoing battle against S P A M,
and how that battle affects both the innocent and the guilty,
take a look at these links…
=> Bonus Tip: Use The Very Latest Anti-Spam Email Address
(Bonus tip is only available in the online version of this article! Find the online version at the link below
So, there you have it: at least 3 ways you can reduce spam
in your inbox, today.
As I said in the beginning, email spam is no joke, so do
make sure you try at least one of the methods I’ve shown you.
Either use an anti-spam feedback form, or encrypt your email
address! And if you want absolute certainty that your email
address is safe, check out the Bonus Tip I mention above!
Above all, remove your mailto: link on your website, any
way you can!
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