Without doubt bloggers are communicators and community builders. Blogs are focused on discussion but are comment boxes the only way for your visitors to make contact with you? Do you post contact information on your blog? If you do, does it take the form of an email address and/or a phone number? Or do you use a contact form?
Spammers use robots that crawl over all the pages they can reach on the Internet (more or less like search engine web spiders do). The robots scan for mailto: tags or whatever looks like something@something. Any email address published on a web page, blog, forum, etc. risks being collected and used as a target for mass mailing. –10 Ways to Protect Against Email Spam
The best way to avoid receiving spam is not getting on spammers’ lists in the first place. Why post your email address on your site when you can provide a contact form?
A contact form is an alternative to displaying your email address as a link. Contact forms allow visitors to send bloggers emails without exposing their email address to potential spammers.
Registering contacts or customer’s email addresses for a wide range of purposes such as subscriptions for newsletters or product notifications by email is awkward and clumsy. In contrast the ease of set up, use, surety of delivery, anonymity, and protection from spam contact forms provide makes the choice a no brainer.
Contact forms are easy to set up and each one can be easily customized to fit your needs. Feedback sent through your contact form is emailed to you and is also in your feedback management area.
Contact forms are easy to use because the prompts for pertinent details create a structure for keeping messaging on track. Using a contact form assures you the recipient will not loose your feedback to standard email spam filtering techniques/vagaries.
Read more about why contact form is an essential feature for a blog in Contact Form Additional Info.
Read why I don’t have a contact form posted on this blog in Blogging, Time Management and Contact Form Use
How do you manage “off-the-blog” contact form requests on your blog(s)?
Do you post contact information on your blog?
If you do, does it take the form of an email address and/or a phone number? Or do you use a contact form?
- How Did They Get My Email Address? The Accidental and Plentiful Supply of Academic and Scientific Contacts (scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org)
- How Marketers Can Avoid Those Dreaded Email Spam Traps (rpmgr.com)