So this is what happens when your site gets popular. About 2,000 people hit PeopleByRyan every week but some of them ain’t people, they are spambots. The level of spam is getting ridiculous – at one point I was getting comment spam every 2 – 3 minutes. That lasted a week or so…
Anyway here are 3 things I’m doing to reduce the time I and my clients spend dealing with spam.
- The quote request form now has a “prove you’re human” check. Just type the 4 or 5 characters in the box and I’ll know you’re not trying to sell me dodgy pharmaceuticals.
- Some of my emails were getting incorrectly flagged as spam. So I now ask for your address when you ask for prices. It’s not compulsory but if you fill it in I can also send your quote by post.
- I’m now using Mailchimp to manage my mailing lists. If you fill out the “keep in touch” box on the right you’ll be added to a Mailchimp list and get weekly updates on the site. I’ll also use Mailchimp to follow up if you ask for a quote and I don’t hear back from you. Mailchimp has excellent anti spam abilities and of course you can unsubscribe from the list at any time.
[BTW thanks to Freezelight for the Spam picture. I just couldn’t face the irony of spending time to illustrate an article about spam…]
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