How to Stop Spam
There is no simple solution that is effective in all situations. Eliminating Spam requires a multi-layered approach.
Some people just want the bottom line, the big picture, and leave the detail. If you are someone who just wants spam to go away. If you want a solution that doesn't involve effort on your part. You just want the problem fixed. Then you need an expert in Spam elimination. I receive on average one spam email per month at my domain. I don't promise that I will get your Spam level that low, but I will certainly hit it for six. To have your spam squashed, contact me at
Why am I not afraid to put my email address on my web site? I have several anti-spam measures in place.
The first step in eliminating Spam is to distinguish oneself from the crowd.
Like many things in life, dealing with Spammers is about image. It involves presenting ourselves in a manner, that lets them know that we are different from the usual complainers. Our goal is to let Spammers know that we mean business. This involves a multi-layered approach, that includes doing certain things on our web site that let Spammers know that if they continue to deal with us, they will get their fingers burnt.
Web site changes include things such as making it difficult or impossible for Spammers to harvest email addresses from our web site. Putting a Project Honey Pot banner on our home and about us pages, and have a terms of service agreement along the lines of Project Honey Pot. These things present an image to Spammers of someone who is prepared to go the extra mile, and of someone who means business. These things lay a solid foundation that facilitates effective addressing of existing Spam mail.
It has been said: “Know thy enemy”. To effectively deal with Spammers, it helps to know a little about how they operate. Armed with this knowledge, we take back our power, and are able to put in place effective deterants, and to be able to take effective action to eliminate Spam.
The problem of spam begins with the collection of email addresses. Many times the collection of email addresses is for legitimate purposes, for example signing up on a particular web site and agreeing to receive a newsletter. There are also unscrupulous persons who harvest email addresses from newsgroups, message boards, and web sites. Spammers get their email addresses from both unscrupulous harvesters, and from legitimate sources unscrupulously released to third parties. Most efforts to date, have addressed the tail end of the food chain, the delivery of the Spam email. Project Honey Pot is the first to address the head of the food chain, to starve the Spammers of fresh leads. Additionally measures can be taken to make it difficult or impossible for harvesters to collect emails from the web site in the first instance.
Where do Spammers get email addresses from? Well ultimately from us of course. We give our address to various people. This is a good thing to do, and is what we are meant to be doing with our email addresses, giving it out to various people. However along the way, our email address falls into the hands of Spamers. To starve Spammers of fresh email addresses, we must look at how Spammers get our email addresses. While Spammers collect email addresses from various sources, in this article, I will focus on harvesting from Web Sites, and reduction in existing levels of Spam reception. The diagram shows how your email address is circulated, and how the circuit is completed with receipt of Spam.
To starve Spammers of fresh email addresses, we need to be carefull about who we give our address to. There is no, one size fits all solution. It will depend on your circumstances, as to what is the most effective strategy. If you just want the bottom line, you just want to be told do this, and all your troubles will go away. Then that is what I am here for. Drop me a line at:
Web site anti-spam measures include:
Email anti-spam measures include:
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