Oh dear! Not good
I’ve seen numerous people not protecting their email while reviewing blogs recently!
Definitely not a good idea!
Writing your email as firstname.lastname@example.org in a blog post or on a page means it can be picked up by search bots and then spammers may use it to send you unwanted emails.
I’ll share some ways of protecting your email below — but first let’s talk about student emails.
Emails on Student Blogs
There are numerous reasons why it mightn’t be appropriate for student emails to be displayed publicly on a blog.
If you are a student please DO NOT display your email on your blog unless your teacher or parents says otherwise!
Educators please make sure you’ve provided clear guidelines for appropriate email use and being Internet Savvy otherwise this can happen….
Ways of Protecting Your Email
# 1 Use an image to display the email address
Search bots aren’t able to read email addresses in images.
This is easy as either:
- Creating your own email image using a photo editing program like I’ve done on the contact page of my personal blog
- Using email image generators such as:
#2 Writing it in a different format
Others understand your email when written as yourname[at]gmail[dot]com or yourname at gmail dot com but search bots don’t.
While an image is a better way of displaying email on a blog this is the best method for posting emails in a forum.
#3 Use A Contact Form
Edublog Supporters can add a contact form to their blog as simply as:
- Activating the WP-Contact form plugin
- Configuring the settings for the plugin (Settings > Contact Form)
- Adding the contact form code to a post or page using the HTML tab
Here’s how to:
- Go to Plugins > Installed in your Dashboard
- Click on Activate below WP-ContactForm
- Go to Contact Form tab in Settings menu
- Insert your email address, adjust the settings as you desire and then click Update Options at bottom of page
- Copy the contact form code at the bottom of the page in Settings > Contact Form
- Create a new page or post. Click on the HTML Tab and add the contact form code then press Publish.
- Presto! You now have a contact form on your blog!
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