Make Your Website Fight Back Against Spam With Spampoison

Email addresses are a hot commodity for a spammer who wants to compile as many addresses has they can in order to sell the list to shady marketers who will then cold message you to purchase products.  Spampoison is a simple piece of code that will not only keep spam bots off your site, but render them essentially useless to the owner.

To use Spampoison, just copy and paste a link to their site somewhere into your site's coding.  When spam bots see the link, they'll go in searching for visible email addresses, but get redirected back to Spampoison's genius software that will feed the bot an almost never-ending list of fake, generated email addresses.  The end result is that the spam bot will be caught at Spampoison for quite some time (and gladly not on your own site), but the list of email addresses it collects will be essentially useless.

Eventually, if enough sites use this approach, spam will die out forever.  If spam bots don't provide actual email addresses, the lists they create will no long have any monetary value.  Imagine a world where you never have to worry about clicking a link in an email ever again!

Spampoison is a small, non-intrusive piece of code, and anyone that owns a website would do well to put their small little link somewhere on their page.  You can even create a new page within your website and hide it from public view, but still link it so that the spam bots will follow it and get trapped.  Spampoison is good around the world, too.  The website is available in 70 languages.  Go let your site admin know about Spampoison today!

Jan 18, 2010
by Anonymous

While this makes sense in

While this makes sense in theory, it seems easy to account for... just tell the bot not to follow links to * Bots aren't free-roaming applications, they run from servers controlled by their creators and can be modified to deal with the changing landscape. Similarly, putting DELETETHIS or NOSPAM into your email address or writing someone(at)somewhere(dot)com worked for a while, but it's just pattern matching, add those patterns to the search and they're back in business. The problem is that it costs almost nothing to send to an email address whether it's valid it not. So it's easier to take everything whether it works or not. And despite the poor wording or absurd offerings of most spam messages, and near universal disgust with the concept, they continue because enough people buy to justify the minimal expense invested.