How To Prevent Spam On Your Website

Website spam can come in all kinds of “shapes and sizes”, from suspicious traffic spikes to an influx of obviously-fake contact form submissions. In order to keep accurate website data, it’s important for site owners to limit spam as much as possible. In this article, we’ll talk about a few different ways that you can go about keeping spam bots off your website and out of your contact form inbox!

Use Honeypot Or reCAPTCHA

If you’re receiving a significant amount of spam contact form submissions, one of the easiest fixes is to add a honeypot or reCAPTCHA on your contact form. A reCAPTCHA is a field on a contact form that makes users check a box, identify a word, or select certain pictures in order to prove that they are human. You’ve probably had to complete a reCAPTCHA a million times on all kinds of websites. A similar, yet slightly different strategy to filter out spam is to use a honeypot. A honeypot is a field added to a contact form that real users can’t see due to CSS or JavaScript. Honeypots are great for two reasons: they don’t inconvenience real users with an extra field, and they catch spam bots in the act. If the honeypot field is filled out, it’s clear that the form is being filled out by a spam bot. Honeypots and reCAPTCHAs are incredibly simple to add to the contact forms on your website!

Use Anti-Spam Plugins

If you have a WordPress website, a great way to filter out spam is to use an anti-spam plugin. There are hundreds of these plugins that are available to you at no cost. These plugins will eliminate comment spam, content spam, registration spam, trackback/pingback spam, and pretty much every other type of WordPress SPAM. You can add one of these anti-spam plugins to your website by simply logging into the backend of your WordPress site, then clicking “Plugins” > “Add New”. If you’re not sure which anti-spam plugin is right for your website, check out this article from HubSpot on the “11 Best Anti-Spam WordPress Plugins for Securing Your Site”.

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If you have any additional questions about preventing spam or any other website issues, contact our team at Boston Web Marketing! Our SEO specialists help businesses in all kinds of industries achieve higher search results! Give us a call at (857) 526-0096 or fill out the contact form on our site!

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