Prevent Form Spam and Clean Up Your Travel Database

July 21, 2014 Courtney Brady

Nothing is more frustrating than spammy form submissions. They take hours to sort through, clog up your inbox and, worst of all, clutter your database, filling it with tons of inauthentic, illegitimate entries. If you run a travel website, your database is your biggest asset – it’s how you send out specials and deals, and turn customer leads into real, viable sales. If form spam is clogging up your database, it’s time to take action – and fast, before it affects your revenues and bottom line.

Want to prevent form spam on your travel website? Then follow these 4 easy tips:

  1. Implement a CAPTCHA or CAPTCHA alternative – CAPTCHAs are a great way to prevent form spam. They ensure that only real, living humans can submit information through your website, and they keep bots from sending in spam entries.
  2. Use a bot-blocking tool – Installing bot-blocking technology on your site can also help significantly. It can flag potentially dangerous, spammy users and IP addresses, and can keep them from accessing your forms, comment areas and more. It can even ban spam users from your site entirely.
  3. Require a verified sign-in – When submitting a form or comment, require users to sign in using another service, like Facebook, Twitter, Google or another account. This ensures that users’ identity has already been confirmed by another site.
  4. Include check boxes – Bots don’t have the ability to check boxes and radio buttons on a form. If you want to prevent bots from submitting inauthentic forms on your site, always include at least one box or button on your form. It can be as simple as “Are you human?” coupled with “yes” and “no” checkboxes.

If you’re looking to prevent form spam on your travel site and clean up your customer database, then contact Distil Networks today. Our bot-blocking technology can help you stop spam in its tracks. 

About the Author

Courtney Brady

Courtney Brady is the Director of Marketing at Distil Networks. She comes to Distil Networks from a variety of start-up companies, routed in SaaS and DaaS solutions. Formerly the global communications manager at multiple companies, Courtney is responsible for developing the company’s marketing strategy and branding campaign.

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