Can I link to email?

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  • #48084

    marcys
    Member

    Can I do a link titled “Contact me” and have it go to my email address? I’ve tried several different ways, to no avail.

    #48194

    drmike
    Member

    Just for reference, please next time tell us what you have tried. Normally we can’t help if you don’t know what you’ve done. :)

    FAQ.

    Regards,
    -drmike

    #48389

    nosysnoop
    Member

    Keep in mind that doing this will have spammers pick up your email address which will flood your inbox with spam. You can try what I’ve done:

    http://services.nexodyne.com/email/

    That generates an image showing your email address which can’t be picked up by spammers. Just make sure the file name of the image is something random and place the code in a widget.

    #48411

    vivianpaige
    Member

    I wondered where those images came from! I’ve got spam up the wazoo & have just changed my email address to avoid it (and this time, didn’t include a direct link) Too bad that image thing doesn’t work for self-hosted email addresses.

    #48421

    raincoaster
    Member

    Can’t you take a program like Paint and just make it a solid background with text, save as JPG and upload that? It should work.

    #48424

    timethief
    Member

    Yes, it does work too.

    #48426

    vivianpaige
    Member

    OK – so I though about that. And then I wondered if the img source should link to the actual email adddress. If that is the case, won’t the spammers still be able to get it?

    #48439

    drmike
    Member

    Vivian – Yup. Most spiders read teh address from the mailto portions of the tag, not the text that’s displayed.

    #48440

    vivianpaige
    Member

    OK, so the safest thing is to just put the address in the way I have it on my About page (with the spaces in it and not a direct link). That’s fine. Too bad for folks who want to just click on an email address.

    #48441

    timethief
    Member

    I used to have an image with text written over it that was linked and clickable. What I endured was mountains of spam. nosy suggested her generator and I used it but also linked the image – mountains of spam. drmike suggested removing the link and I haven’t had the same problem since.

    #48446

    drmike
    Member

    The issue with the image generator is for those readers who surf with text browsers. They don’t see images. For that, best bet would be to put the address broken up like Vivian mentions into a alt or title tag for that image.

    #48447

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks – gottcha. :)

    #48469

    eclecticgeek
    Member

    I used an email obfuscator to generate something that spambots supposedly can’t read and attached that to an image. It seems to be working so far.

    #48497

    nosysnoop
    Member

    Is the generator thing I found okay? Because I’ve been telling others about it for a while now.I looked at the page source of my site and it doesn’t show my email address though.

    #48546

    vivianpaige
    Member

    I had my new email address on my blog for maybe one day (in the mailto format) and got a spam email to that address today. I may need to change it again.

    I’ll give the email obfuscator thing a try.

    #48548

    vivianpaige
    Member

    The email thingee wouldn’t work for me.

    #48560

    eclecticgeek
    Member

    @nosy:
    I think you’re fine. Like drmike mentioned, bots read from the mailto portion. If your address isn’t visible (readable) in the page source, you should be covered.

    @vivian:
    Sorry it’s not working. Is the obfuscator not creating the code or did the code it produced not work on your blog?

    #48564

    devblog
    Member

    A couple of years ago, I wrote something similar to obfuscate email addresses. The only difference between the tool provided above and mine is that my encoder asks you for a text link.

    If you care, check it out.

    #48565

    engtech
    Member

    I really recommend the “displaying email address as an image” approach.

    Only real people contact you.

    #48566

    eclecticgeek
    Member

    @devblog:
    I wish I would have known about your encoder a couple months ago. I could just remove the text link part generated and attach the code to an image. I’ve bookmarked your tool and will use it the next time. Thanks!

    @engtech:
    You posted while I was typing. I couldn’t use the tool nosy suggested because my email addresses are through my domain. Is there an image generator I can use?

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