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Preventing Form Block spam

Use this guide to reduce spammy messages sent through your site's Form Blocks. Although there's no way to block all spam from reaching you, there are a few strategies to decrease the amount. 

Why is this happening?

Spambots crawl the web looking for ways to share unsolicited content. They look for email addresses, forums, and contact forms. So, if you have a Form Block on your site, there's a chance you'll receive spam. 

Reduce spam using MailChimp's double opt-in process

MailChimp has a double opt-in policy, which requires people to confirm their subscription by email after they subscribe. MailChimp enables this automatically to reduce spam and get subscribers' permission to email them, among other benefits.

One of the best ways to prevent form spam is to select MailChimp as your storage option, especially if you're using the form to build an email list. The other storage options, like a direct email, don't offer double opt-in. Since MailChimp specializes in email marketing, they offer more protections against spam that you can manage directly in your MailChimp account.

Reduce spam using Radio fields

The Radio field asks visitors to select one of two options. This can be a obstacle for Spambots, so we recommend adding at least one to your form.

Example Radio fields

The requirement to select an option is the potential hurdle, so your Radio field can say anything. To make it clear to subscribers, some people use it to ask Are you human?

To set up your Radio field:

  1. Open the Form Block Editor, and add a new field.
  2. Select Radio
  3. The field title says Radio by default, but you can change that.
  4. Above Enter options one per line, add your two options. 
  5. Check Required.
  6. Click Apply.

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Preventing Form Block spam