Posting your email address on the Internet may increase your spam. This is
because there are "robots" out there continuously spidering web pages, just like
the major search engines do. These robots are specifically looking for anything in the
email format: email@example.com.
You may post your ad on our directory,
include your email address, and notice an increase in your spam rate. This may make you
think we have sold your email address. That is not the case. We absolutely NEVER sell any
information you give us. Advertising revenue supports our website, not sales to mailing
lists. It's the Email Bots doing it!
So... how do you post your email
address and defy the robots? For a charge of $5 we can convert your email address
to Java Script that CAN NOT BE READ BY THE ROBOTS!
This does not mean that a human can't
"eyeball" it, write it down and use it (it can't be easily copy/pasted off the
web page) or click on it right then and there and spam you. But the majority of the
collection is done by the "bots." Bots read the HTML code that creates
what you see on a web page. They do not read the text that you see.
If your email address is converted to
Java Script, when viewing it on the web page, your email address will appear as *Email* Your email address is not simply embedded in this
link. That would NOT hide it from the bots, as it would appear in the HTML code that the
bots read as your actual email address. Instead, it is broken into its components
and reconstructed by the Java Script when the link is clicked or if you hold your mouse
over the link you will see that address appear in the browser, bottom left.
Note: Asterisks will appear around your
are placed to denote that a hidden email address is there, and helps in locating it if it
needs to be updated. It will appear in the HTML editor as simply
* * ...And that's what the bots will see!