Posing Gmail Email Address - Will I Get Alot of Spam?

Discussion in 'Website Creation' started by andre_noble|5, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Hello
    I have my website direct email to my web site hosts (IX Web Hosting)mail account, which then forwards to me. http://andrenoble.com/contact.ht
    Would I get a lot of spam if listed my personal Gmail email address directly on my web pages? (instead if listing using this form page and instead of listing my web hosts email box "info@andrenoble.com" etc.)
     
  2. Yes, you will. But I will say that Gmail has a very good mail filter. You really should be using a contact form. BTW, you will also likely get spam by posting your email address as you have done, above.
     
  3. It hasn't been a problem for me. I have my e-mail address posted in numerous places (including my business' "Contact Me" page) as un-obfuscated "mail-to" links to make it as convenient as possible for clients to reach me. GMail's spam-filter is outstanding; I (maybe) get one spam e-mail a week, and I can't remember when I had to root through my spam-folder to find a legitimate message.
     
  4. Even a contact form doesn't completely prevent spam. I get someone who fills out the form with nonsense and links to some site, a few times a week.
    <Chas>
     
  5. The ideal case is letting someone to e-mail you with a single click without having to enter anything, AND without revealing your e-mail address, AND at the same time blocking the spammers. Not sure if that's possible, but many have tried:
    http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum88/5083.htm
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2230453/spam-prevention-reduction-contact-form
     
  6. I actually use a nifty little Javascript that builds the email address in the browser for the user. The advantage is that site scrapers/spiders don't typically run Javascript so they never see the email address the same way that real users do.
    Even after a year the total amount of spam I get is effectively none. If anyone would like the script feel free to drop me an email and I'll share it.
     
  7. Another mailto trick that seems to work, surprisingly, is to replace @ with the numeric equivalent, @ (or possibly @, which I have not tried).
     

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