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On my website every day people subscribe to get informed of my next book coming out. But most of the time the adresses are @gmail.com. I somehow get the feeling that these are robots/spammers.
Is there a way to detect if the address is real? I know, I could mail that person and ask (or do it automatically with opt-in) but is there maybe a site with blacklisted mail addresses or something?
you could honeypot (add a hidden field that spam bots fill in) so you know theyre spam and filter incoming emails moving known spam into the bin?
^ I'd skip that, the "big" blacklists are fully of bs blocks (imho).
You can add one of those annoying little "write text to show us you aren't a bot"
You can have one of those annoying services that send them an email asking for verification (super annoying).
You could use a service that tests all the emails to be real (not that that would determine if it were spam, but it could).
Given the (beautiful) content of your book, it's not surprising people would use "gmail" accounts. I only use my gmail and yahoo emails for newsletters, never a business account (if they won't accept that, and some won't, then I move on and forget it - make it a pain and people won't subscribe).
To save extra work and not lose potential leads just add them to your distribution list anyway if they are spam then no need to worry.
GMail has nearly 10% of the entire email market, and in my experience, a fuckload of independents use it.
- captchas won't prevent a fake email address.fadein11
- A simple email form validation,
along with captchas will solve this.utopian
- nope it won't - no email validation detects if email is real without having to send a confirmation email... sdjfhdkjhfdkjh@gmail... is fine to email validationfadein11
Don't services like Mail Chimp and Constant Contact clean up your lists?
I've had it with Google. They encourage spam and sell UID's to crap like semalt. It's utter horse shit.