Let’s face it. Spam will be around forever and a day.
There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s like a freaking cold. No matter what you do, you still catch the damn thing.
Spam comes in many different ways, shapes, and forms. They come via email, comments left on blogs, forums, facebook, contact forms, basically any type of platform that has some type of form to fill out or ways to send stuff to you. There’s really no way of stopping it.
However, there are ways you can prevent spam from hitting you like a plague. You can actually do certain things to minimize the amount of spam you get.
Today I’m going to share 7 different ways you can fight spam and keep them from driving you crazy.
7 Ways to Fight Spam
1: How to Keep Spam Bots from Opting in to Your List
Every now and then you get these pesky spam bots opting in to your list. If you didn’t know by now, or are new to email marketing, the bigger your list, the more you pay for it.
If you don’t take actions to prevent these spam bots from entering your data base, you could potentially end up with more than 20% of your list being a junk list. And that can cost you a boat load.
2: Subscribe to RSS Feed
I’ve been subscribing to RSS feeds more often than an email list lately. Reason being is cause they can’t hammer me with offers via RSS like with an autoresponder.
On some of my favorite blogs, all I want is to get updated on the latest post.
Here’s a video where I talk about RSS Feeds and why I believe it’s sometimes better than subscribing to an email list.
3: Create a Dummy Gmail Account
A dummy gmail account is just an account that’s not important and only used for junk mail. You can also use your dummy account as a way to filter out the spammers from the good, content delivering, non-spammy peeps.
- Optin to whatever site, blog, or newsletter you want.
- Wait till you get about 5-10 emails from that person
- If they are one of the good guys, re-optin with your “real” email. The one you open the most.
- If they’re part of the spammy group, then just leave them on that dummy email.
This technique is good cause it’ll keep you from constantly unsubscribing from their list, over and over and over again. You know what I’m talking about ;-)
Another option is the next tip…
4: Hit Them with Boxbe
Boxbe is a great service that allows you to pick and choose who sends you emails. It prioritizes, filters, and organizes your emails.
If you don’t want certain people , or “companies” to email you, boxbe won’t let them. In fact the first time they try to email you, Boxbe will actually send them an email asking them to confirm that they know you. Pretty slick.
5: Slap a Captcha on That @$$
Many spammers crawl the internet looking for email addresses. When they see an email address on a blog, site, or even on a sales page, they’ll snatch that email address and send truck loads of spam.
A Captcha tool is a great way to make sure those people are real.
Here a link to a post that gives you 15+ free Captcha solutions.
6: Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
G.A.S.P. is a free wordpress plugin that embeds a checkbox to the comment form requesting that the user clicks it to prove they are a real person and not a spammer.
Damn spam bots wont see it so their spam comment will not go through. You’ll notice this same checkbox when you go down below to comment on this post ;-)
7: How to Unsubscribe from a List!
This is the one thing that you’ll never, EVER see or hear any marketer show or teach you. Most marketers will do anything possible to keep your from unsubscribing. Don’t really understand why. If you don’t wanna be on their list, so be it, don’t force people to stay.
Ok folks, that’s pretty much it here.
These are my 7 tips for fighting spam. Feel free to add any other tips for fighting spam. Just jot them down in the comments below.