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Website Smarts Re: Email Addresses

We are all trying to do so much these days to advance our businesses to the next level ourselves. Thus, sometimes we just don’t have the time it takes to learn everything about everything!

So I will be posting tips that I have personally learned along the way mainly from my “set-up your own business” trials and tribulations.

The first one is in regards to setting up your websites. This applies whether you use a pre-made templated website service or create your own site from scratch.

Website Smart: Never put your actual email address(es) within the text of  your website — anywhere.

Why? Because this is where and how the bulk of spammers get your email address. They can spider websites with automated, email sucking systems — a.k.a. bots — to get your email address or they will just copy them from your website manually. The internet world is full of enough spam as it is, therefore you need to protect your email address in as many ways as you possibly can from the crooks, while still making it easy for your customers and potential customers to find it so they can contact you.

How then can your website visitors contact you if you hide your email address? Here are a couple of quick-to-do website changes that makes it basically the same to contact you, if not easier:

1.) Simply put a link to your email address from text that says “contact me” or “email us” or something to that effect.

2.) You can place a clickable graphic that has a link to your email address. A picture of an envelope or a mailbox or whatever you like and, the graphic itself can say “email us here” with the text created in your graphics program — not — text overlaying the graphic in your html editor.

These are not 100% foolproof methods to completely stop others from obtaining your email addresses from websites, blogs and networking pages, but it will stop a huge amount of email thieves. As surely as there is night and day, internet criminals will continue to waste their time on ways and means to steal your information, abuse the system and make life miserable for many honest business owners.

I had a “contact@…” email address that I removed from a site quite a long time ago once I discovered this fact, and over a year later I was STILL getting spammed from that mistake.

Be sure to note: email addresses need to be changeable simply because of all the spammers who like to waste your time, my time and apparently theirs too! Revise them when your spam gets overwhelming or even sooner. Email addresses are easy to come by, and even easier to get rid of old ones and create new ones. But remember where on your sites you have linked or listed your email address, and when you revise the addy, be sure to update your sites too.

EMAIL TIPS: Keep one email address as private as you can and for the use of your current paying clients only. Do not use this one in any on your public sites, blogs, networking sites, etc.

This will help you sift through the garbage that comes to your email inbox every day and you can pick out the important emails quickly.

Also, by using email filters that sort according to your various email addresses, you can have the additional confidence that you are getting to the important emails quickly.

I hope this will help many of you avoid making this webmaster mistake to begin with. My email box gets full enough every day with important emails, I don’t need all the garbage that comes in too — and I am sure neither do you!

Have an email tip for our readers? We would love to know about it! Please post it below in the Comments section for this article. Thank you. :)


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