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What's the best way to deter spam crawlers from collecting email addresses
What's the best way of preventing spam crawlers from collecting your email address from your web site? Simply not having the email address on the site is not an acceptable solution in this situation.
thanks for the tips.
I suppose you could insert junk HTML tags or comments in the address in a way that will not affect the display. Ideally ones with spaces.
Use an image
True, encoding is the easiest way. But you should only encode that HTML segment contains email links only, not that whole file.
However users with no scripting support browser may have problem
The link I posted takes you to a form to ASCII encode the email address mailto link, it will display fine in a browser and is a simple cut and paste operation.
It also does not use any scripting, it is simply using the ASCII character sets raw numbers which any browser converts back to human readable text. I think Lynx even works with it .. lemme check .. yup works in Lynx
I thought that was kinda thing that convert the code into JS/VBS
Don't bots read that too? I have no experience with email harvesting bots but Googlebot can understand that for sure.
A simple method that has worked a long time for me is to just use the ASCII code for the @ symbol.
Works in any Browser and stops the majority of Spam bots. Using this method should always be done and to stop all Spam bots, using JS encoding or redirection to a Perl script works 100%.
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