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    Elite Member mountainman's Avatar
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    avoiding the SPAM bots when making a webpage

    Hey guys:

    I am curious if any of you know how to avoid the spam bots that scan websites and pull email addresses. I know one way to not have the bots hit you is to make a graphic with your email on it, however it needs to be functional.

    Does the bot scan the TEXT of the page that is displayed ? For instance, if you have "click here to email", will it read just that and pass over or will it also read the "mailto: ....." and keep that email ?

    Or, does it only grab it if you have "jumpinduo@[NOSPAM}hotmail.com" actually in the displayed text on the page ?

    Thanks for the help.

    PS. Or, do you know of a way to put a script or something on the page that will block the bot ?

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    Email harvesters can grab the entire source code of the page and filter thye email addresses, even if an image link is used.

    There are 3 basic ways to hide your email address:

    1. Best - Use a PHP or GGI email program to send mail from your pages.

    2. Use a javascript email link: http://ssmedia.com/Utilities/Unicode/


    3.. Less secure, but effective, is to use Unicode Characters in the email link. For instance, the email address joe@domain.com in Unicode is: joe@domain.com (view the source code of this page to see the actual unicode characters)
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    Thanks for the info, TonyT.

    Do you remember that CGI script I got help with about 3 weeks or so ago ? Something like that should work since the email is stored in the .cgi file, right ?

    Thanks for the help.

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    yes, the addresses are hidden in CGI
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

    LRH

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    Thanks again, Tony.


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    I want to say thank you as well, now I know how to avoid that problem on my website.

    Now all I need to figure out is how to make my graphics....anyone wanna help me with flash?

    -lance
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