While some people insist on having their email addresses placed directly on their website, they soon regret doing so. They find that they receive more email from spammers then potential clients. Spammers send out spiders or robots that swiftly scan websites to find any email addresses it can find and saves them to a database. By placing your email address directly on the website (as text) you are not only subjecting yourself to spam from those that know how to crawl and collect email addresses, but to those that SELL email lists.
What are your alternatives?
Some people display their email address via an image as spammers will most likely not use an OCR (optical character reader) to read the text on your images. There are two two drawbacks of using this option; 1)if you link the image to your email account its the same as writing your email address as text- the robots can read it even though the person viewing the website can't. 2)Unless this is done well the email image often appears clunky and unprofessional.
If you do elect to place an image email on our website, it is always a good idea to also have a form somewhere on your website to accommodate those who simply like and prefer the convenience of spontaneously sending you an email while it's on their mind.
While using a Contact Form on your website will not totally eliminate spam, it will cut it down significantly. Because your email isn't disclosed anywhere in the code, the spammer can't easily access and save it; instead the form must be completed and sent to you with the hopes that you will reply. Replying via your email account is the only way they can access and obtain your email address.
As with all emails, always be cautious before replying to senders you have never dealt with before, especially if it contains a link for you to click on.
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