Encoding Your Email
As I've advised in previous articles and seminars, nothing attracts junk-email faster than having your address prominently posted on the Internet.
Whether your address is on every page of your web site, posted on external sites, or both, spam harvesting programs will find it, and then abuse it.
While you can always remove your email address from public display, which does tend to make contacting you slightly more difficult for sales prospects, and that might be a bad business decision.
An idea I've previous mentioned is that of using a graphic picture of your email address that real users can read. This completely solves the issue of automated harvesting by spammers, but forces human readers to manually enter the email address they see into their software in order to send you email. This is simply because a graphical representation cannot be hyperlinked; otherwise the address would remain vulnerable.
This relies on the assumption that the typical email address harvester is not yet designed to "decode" email addresses, as that would take greater computational efforts and slow down the harvesting process.
While simple to say, encoding can be confusing without a simple and free service offered by the likes of Automatic Labs.
The result is that viewers can see your address (if you choose to display it) and more importantly, they can simply "click" on the hyper-link in order to send you email.
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