If you own a website, forum, or blog, chances are, you have received quite a bit of spam. If you haven’t, you are one of the lucky few. Being spammed is nothing new, however, there are things you can do to help cut down on being spammed. If this is happening to you, take a look at the tips below for help on cutting down on the spam.
Add Captchas to Your Comment Sections
Captchas are a life saver when it comes to cutting down on spam. By using these, programs can’t spam your comments section and those individuals who are doing it themselves won’t sit there and type in all the captchas. So definitely turn these on if you have that option. If you don’t, then install a plugin that will allow you to add them.
You should also turn on email confirmation. If you run a forum, or require people to sign up for your site or blog before posting, require that they confirm their email before continuing and using your site. When you turn on email confirmation, the automatic programs won’t be able to create accounts. If it is someone doing the spamming, they are less likely to sign up if they have to confirm their email.
Never Post Email Address
When you build a website, blog, or forum, it is important that you never post your email address. These bots are designed to pick up on email addresses and you will receive a ton of spam. There are different ways to allow people to contact you. For example, you can post a contact form for them to fill out and contact you, or if you do use your email, spell out @ and . in the email address.
These are the three main ways to help cut down on spam. You are bound to get some type of spam, but you won’t have to worry about being overrun with it if you use the tips in this article. If you want people to be able to contact you, it is best to go with a contact form. That way they can contact you without having your email address.