Keeping Spammers Out of Your Contact Form

Deleting dozens of  junk emails filled out by spammers visiting your contact page can be really annoying.  You’ve got better things to do with your time.  Sadly the spammers aren’t spending their time filling out your forms with junk, they have bots doing the work for them.


Thus you see several kinds of captcha forms where the visitor has to do one more thing before submitting their form.  Annoying, but so is a huge volume of trash in your inbox.

I waited until contact form spam is an issue before adding one of the many captcha forms.  I hate filling them out myself, although I understand the need.  This weekend my inbox was flooded with spam and I realized it was time to tackle the form spam issue.  While searching through a variety of answers, I ran across Contact Form 7 HoneyPot.   It does things a little different, adding an invisible form the bots fill in, the rest of us don’t see it. Thus easy for the system to delete the ones filled out by the bots.

Will it work for you?  I don’t know, give it a try.  If it doesn’t work, you can always go back and add one of the captcha forms.

Using Contact Form 7 Honey Pot to Combat Spam Bots

Additional Resource Links:

In Search of the Perfect Captcha

Contact Form 7 HoneyPot

Contact Form 7 Captcha

Battling Comment Spam  One of the first plugins I add is one to fight comment spam (not the same as contact form spam), if you don’t have one in place, do so now.

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Keeping Spammers Out of Your Contact Form — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Heidi,
    How did honeypot work for you?
    I got a tricky spammer the other day. It got sent as 2 comments to one of my posts, but they didn’t mention bees or gardening, but the link was back to a bee site. The site had only 2 posts, so it made me suspicious. Was that sent by a bot too?

  2. So far I’ve not had problems, however this plugin is more for contact forms, not comments. There are many comment spam plugs to help. Askismet comes with WordPress. You have to activate it and add an api key. Or you can use another. I’m using antispam bee on this site for comment spam and it is working great so far. One of my daughters had started a site, and she didn’t have spam filter, she found 1000+ spam comments to delete, quit the pain. I just taught her about plugins.

  3. I like the thought of the mother teaching the daughter stuff about computers. Usually, it’s the other way around!

    Thanks for making that distinction for me.

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