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They search for and fill in every form they can find. They're looking for any vulnerability that they can exploit for their gain. It might be to see if they can gain access to your site or web server. It can be to compromise your form to send out spam. It's worth their time to do because it's all automated. They just set their bots free and let them go ...


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I'm the author of the free open source Ostermiller Contact Form which is designed to thwart spammers. I have found that the biggest reason that spammers fill in your contact form is link spam. To many spam bots, you contact form looks little different than a guest book form or a form to comment on a blog. My contact form software has rules that ...


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Google just recently released a video on this exact subject: How does duplicate copy that's legally required (ie Terms & Conditions across multiple offers) affect performance in search? So the answer from the horses mouth is I wouldn't stress about that.


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You should have a privacy policy and a "contact us" page. It's unclear if Google specifically boosts sites with these type of pages, but I find it plausible that they do. Users trust a site more if these pages exist. Especially the contact page. Even if Google doesn't specifically have an algorithmic factor for these pages, they certainly pay attention ...


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They should get delivered to you by email. It sounds like you may not have properly set up the "contact" for your contact form. Here is a YouTube video tutorial that walks you through the entire process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEK3JxqTxRQ


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You're right. By simplicity, many webmasters use generator to generate privacy policy webpage and it leads to duplicate content issues. Moreover, for "Contact us" webpage in general, there is no big content and just a contact form. For your "Privacy policy" webpage, I recommend to write your own text (see a specialized lawyer to help you). And for your "...


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Yes, that's an acceptable practice. You could also append the users name and e-mail to the subject line or content if you want that information to be more visible to the recipient.


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If you're having to ask this question then the likelihood... you're sending spam. Spam is unsolicited or undesired electronic messages! Spam laws vary from country to country, therefore, you will need to do your own research and find out what legally is allowed and not allowed. Most countries will not allow SPAM using ANY digital method... in the UK you ...


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I don't see using the "Reply-To" field as a kluge at all. This is exactly the type of situation for which it was designed. You should not be authorized to send email on behalf of your users. A properly configured email server should reject forged email that is not sent from authorized email servers. Most domains now use DKIM, SPF, and/or DMARC that ...


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This is a matter of personal preference and how the owner wants to represent the company. Many [most? ;o) ] companies represent themselves as being bigger than they are in the belief that customers prefer to deal with a larger organisation. As for responses from the company, there is no reason (except maybe ethical) that the lowest in the company can't ...


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Either design should be fine. We are talking a total of 6 lines for Contact and opening-hours section, and About is a variable -- in other words, it's not a lot of content that'll tilt the balance significantly. That said, for a restaurant, local SEO is more important where you can enter contact info, hours, images etc., and also get verified. It becomes ...


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I've read that Google gives websites a small ranking boost for having a contact page, an about us page and a privacy policy page. It makes your site more official and customer friendly. I think it's better to have all 3 on separate pages for this reason. You can link to the other 2 pages from each of those pages so that it's easy to navigate. You can also ...


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Your question is two-fold: How to save information entered through a form on your website How to delete information entered through a form on your website Say, someone enters a name, email and data into your form. Since that data is personally identifiable information, you must make sure that this data can be deleted by the person owning that data. To do ...


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Another case can be filling out forms and giving someone else's e-mail -- either purely to annoy them with junk mail, or in the hope that they can sneak their malware link into a copy sent to the supposed sender. And another, of course, is a denial-of-service attack -- either on you, or by using that possible automated response note to get you to anonymize ...


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Yes these pages effects SEO, Privacy policy and disclaimer or terms of use pages are very necessary for better SEO. Google is continually searching for the trusted sites & if you have these pages then your site will be loved by the search engine bots and so will be better indexed & improve position in SERP. Add these pages at the footer, don't ...


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I've read that it could build up your trust with Google, is this true? Yes, that is true. This pages show Google you are ready to hear your visitors and that you have rules of your activity. I've also read that some people said that you should add a noindex tag to your "Privacy policy" page, would this be a good idea? I say this because many websites ...


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You're looking for something like Wufoo forms or its alternatives. Design the form, get embed code, deploy. Rinse and repeat.


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The bootstrap only helps you design an existing forms. It will not help you do the programming involved. If you want a working contact form and don't have php knowledge , consider using 3rd party forms to do the work for you.


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One easy way to achieve that function with a select menu is to show hide div's based on the selected option. Step two is just a list of articles related to the selected drop down. A jsfiddle demo is here The HTML <Select id="colorselector"> <option value="red">Red</option> <option value="yellow">Yellow</option> <...


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It's a form which by the looks of it uses Javascript (including jQuery) to make it, for example, submit the form when you pick a value from the initial dropdown. You could examine the HTML and Javascript files on the site to work out exactly how it did it, or ask more detailed questions on stackoverflow.com on how to achieve specific things.


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No way, Jose! - Yes way, Jose! There is absolutely no way to 'stop' the harvesting of a href="mailto:" email addresses. It is long believed that using JavaScript is a good way of preventing most harvesting bots but nowadays bots are pretty damn good at defeating this method. They can also defeat images that contain email addresses, the same way they can ...


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