Do you use a contact form on your Ghost blog?

Do you use a contact form on your ghost blog if people need to contact you or do you just display a email address?

Forms are nothing but spam, and… who uses them? What’s the value?

Chat is the thing, try to get a chat widget on your site, FB Messenger works really well, but in EU you need a cookie banner for that

Try an obfuscated e-mail address so they can’t scrape your address…

Forms are nothing but spam, and… who uses them? What’s the value?

How are forms spam? Contact forms are extremely common and used on most websites. Chat is less common, and more relevant to websites selling a product or service. I don’t see many content publishing/blog sites with a chat widget.

Do you use a contact form on your ghost blog if people need to contact you or do you just display a email address?

I use an embedded Google Form and reply to the messages with an email address from my domain name. Example: admin@yoursite.com

I do not publicly display an email address, they are prime targets for bots that collect email addresses and sell them to advertisers and scammers. There are ways to reduce the amount of bots that capture the email address, but I’ve found that it’s easier to prevent spam by using contact forms with captchas.

Sorry, I was saying that they get used for spam if left unprotected, and you
need a re-captcha or something AI on server side to stop bot-submits.

Bots improve the whole time, and there are re-captcha solver-farms in India with people who get paid $0.002 per re-captcha solved or form submitted. I don’t see a need for a pure contact form, I believe e-mail is better, with an e-mail obfuscator you’re good, and use throwaway/anon e-mail address.

Maybe I’m wrong here, but I have never had a useful contact/lead from a contact form, always by e-mail or phone. Do you have a case where this really worked, only as contact form, not to order something or “get on waiting list” Airtable/DB/CRM style etc…

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I actually get a lot of useful contacts on my contact form. I get more clients via Ghost experts than the contact form, but the contact form is a solid second place.

Very little spam. I’m not sure if I’m just living a charmed life, or if my fields and layout just don’t happen match any of the common form services, so they don’t get hit.

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Just put your website behind Cloudflare. It does automatic email obfuscation for free and cookie consent too thanks to the Zaraz integration.

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Yes, I am using a form powered by FormSpree.

I’ve just started using one from Letterbird. In testing it has worked well. First ‘customer’ contacts were today. I had reason to contact Letterbird’s tech people regarding a clash with the Ghost subscribe iFrame and they sorted things out within hours.

I do. I use formspree. It’s not my favorite, and kind of glitchy, but I can filter out spammy keywords because I did get hit with one a while back.

I am using Form with the help from Tally. It help me to reduce spam

I am seizelead for the same, It also got popup.

I am using formspree - works fine also.