Spam Spiders from Hell

Mega Rant of the week…


OK here’s the way this works. You put up a web site. You want everyone to be able to reach you. So you put your email on some pages.

And along came a spider…

Spam spiders go adrift on the internet sniffing for anything that looks, smells or tastes like an email address. They don’t ask your permission. NOOOooooo. Forget the CANSPAM act. They suck your email address into a big data base & spam the daylights out of it. OR if you are unlucky they SELL your name to another spammer. If you are REALLY, REALLY, REALLY unlucky they sell it to ALL of the spammers in the known universe! This describes the email address on my FIRST website (a music related site).

So that is one way they do it. Another is to use email addresses from user groups & forums. It might be a good idea to use a disposable email account for those.

Did you ever wonder just WHY you needed so darn much Viagra anyway??? It’s because of Spam Spiders. So how do we stomp a spam spider anyway???

Well friends, I am learning. So here are some solutions for you.

1. Convert your emails to the crappy form… Unfortunately you need to put instructions nearby to explain HOW to use it. If you don’t tell everyone to remove the “nospam” part you won’t get half the email from your friends, BUT on the good side you never get spam either. 🙂

A BETTER form is Here all I did was to move the “nospam” to the domain side of the email so the email would bounce IMMEDIATELY from the domain instead of like the first example which has a legal domain. In other words, the first one sends an email that travels through your domain & bounces because it has the wrong email address when it gets to your web host (or ISP). The second form blows up because there is NO DOMAIN by that name. I like this a little better because my web host doesn’t have to deal with it at all. A happy web host (or ISP) is good.

2. A MUCH BETTER form yet is what I am using on my web site now. It uses a Java script to ENCRYPT the email address so that it is total garbage to the spiders. This method replaces your email address with a string of number exactly one mile long & links to a website that decrypts it on the fly. There are two downsides to this method. One is that the other site may be down & keep your email address from being decrypted. The second is that the customer / user may not have Javascripts enabled in his or her browser. I have a check for that too.

Subscribers to the MMR newsletter got a link to the javascript that I use. I often have extra info & freebies for my subscribers. You can be added to the list at You can sign up on the home page.

Well I guess that’s about it for today.

Until next time, here’s to your success.

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