4 Ways to Reduce Email Spam

4 Four Ways to reduce email spam and how to add Google reCaptcha to your Squarespace form blocks.

SPAM. The nemesis of anyone who has an email address.

Oh, and I’m talking about unwanted emails that flood your inbox. Not the canned ham loaf. (Which by the way makes a delicious ham salad for sandwiches.)

So how do business owners avoid the dreaded spam? Unfortunately, it’s going to find you at some point, but there are ways to drastically reduce it.

HOW TO REDUCE EMAIL SPAM

  1. Don’t list your actual email on your website. It’s better to use contact forms if you can. If you have to put it on your website, don’t write it in its typical format: (example) hello@katcollinsdesign.com (not a working email, so don’t try it).

    It’s better if you write it this way: hello [at] katcollinsdesign [dot] com. This way spam bots can’t pick it up as easily when they troll your website.

  2. Never respond to spam. If you recognize something as spam before you open it, don’t open it. If you open it and then realize it’s spam, close it. Do not click a link or a button, or download a file, from a message that you even remotely suspect is spam.

    If you opened a spam because it appeared to be coming from a friend or co-worker, contact them immediately and let them know that their account has been compromised.

  3. Train your filter. When you find spam in your inbox, don’t just delete it. Select it, and tell your mail client that this particular message is spam. How you do this depends on your client. For instance, if you’re using Gmail’s website, click the Report spam button in the toolbar (the icon looks like an exclamation point inside a stop sign).

    You also need to train the mail client about your false positives. Once a day, go through your spam folder looking for messages that don’t belong there. When you find one, select it and tell the client that it made a mistake. In Gmail, you click the Not spam button.

  4. Add Google reCAPTCHA to your Form Blocks. Google reCAPTCHA prompts visitors to check a box to prove that they’re not a robot before they submit the form. In some cases, they’re prompted to complete another task, like identify a string of letters or pictures. This method makes it difficult for spambots to complete form submissions.

HOW TO ADD GOOGLE reCAPTCHA TO YOUR SQUARESPACE FORM BLOCKS

Since I’m a Squarespace web designer, I’m going to tell you how to add that lovely Google reCAPTCHA to your Squarespace form blocks.

To enable reCAPTCHA, you’ll need a Google account. If you haven’t created one already, create a Google Account here.

STEP 1: Enable Google reCATPCHA.

Before you can add Google reCAPTCHA to form blocks, you need to enable it in your Advanced Settings.

  1. In the site Settings panel, click Advanced, and then External API Keys.

  2. Scroll down to Google reCAPTCHA.

  3. Click the link to get your Google reCAPTCHA API Keys. The link will open in a new tab.

  4. Click Admin Console, then select reCAPTCHA V2. Squarespace doesn't support reCAPTCHA V3.

  5. Select "I'm not a robot" Checkbox.

  6. Enter your built-in Squarespace domain and all custom domains registered to your site.

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7. Click Submit.

8. Copy your Site Key and Secret Key and paste them somewhere easily accessible.

NOTE: API Keys are sensitive. Keep these keys secure. Treat them like you would any password.
The Site Key and Secret Key in the reCAPTCHA dashboard.

9. Back in the External API Keys panel, paste your API keys.

The External API Keys panel in Squarespace.

10. Click Save.

STEP TWO: Add Google reCAPTCHA to a form.

After you enable reCAPTCHA, you’ll see a Captcha tab in the Form Block editor. To add Google reCAPTCHA to a form:

  1. In the Form Block editor, click Captcha, then check Add Google reCAPTCHA.

  2. Customize the theme and alignment using the drop-down menus.

  3. Click Apply.

  4. Repeat these steps for all forms on your site where you want to add a reCAPTCHA.

The Captcha tab appears in a Form Block after adding reCAPTCHA API keys.




Here’s how Google reCAPTCHA will look on your form:

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Pretty easy, right? While we can’t stop all spam, we can drastically reduce the unwanted invaders.

Take that, spam bots!

Do you suffer from a lot of spam in your email inbox? What have you done to combat it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


Squarespace Website Designer Kat Collins specializes in winery websites, brewery websites, and small business websites that are clean, modern, fresh, user-friendly, and goal-oriented so that her clients have a successful platform to support what they love and do. If you’re interested in talking with Kat about your project, get in touch with her to schedule a chat.

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