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I have was wondering if it is better to use @ or at in contact form when I'm displaying emails, I've seen in many websites that when they display a email, it looks like this name(at)email.com but it links to name @email.com, I've been told that this is made because Google could take this as Spam. ¿Is it true?

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No, that is not true. Email address obfuscation is the result of webmasters attempting to make their email addresses recognizable to spambot crawlers. Spammers employ bots that crawl the Internet looking for email addresses to harvest so they can send spam to them. By changing the @ symbol into (at) the webmaster is hoping that the spambots will not recognize their addresses as being email addresses and they will not receive spam as a result of it.

So, this has nothing to so with SEO. Also, you should stop listening to whomever told you this because that was really bad information. :/

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Thank you. I'll try not to listen to that person anymore. :P –  Andres Orozco Feb 8 at 5:00

SPAM reasons, Yes. Google no.

There are non-Google spiders that look specifically for email addresses, presumably for SPAM purposes. So over the years people have tried to find ways to make email addresses less "visible" to spam crawlers. A very common way is to display name (at) domain (dot) com with a script behind it to allow the link to work as an e-mail address (when you click on it). SPAM crawlers do not run scripts, they just look for plain text so this is one approach to protecting email addresses webmasters take. People can figure it out as an email address if they also do not run scripts (javascript being the most common.

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Thank you, I'm gonna do a little more research about this kind of things. –  Andres Orozco Feb 8 at 5:02

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