If you hold an online business or a site where you provide registrations for users, then you must be aware of spam or bulk registrations, which might fill up your site with useless data. The internet is filled up with scam bots that look for sites where registrations are applicable and they flood those sites with fake registrations.
I had witnessed this fact when I had opened an online forum. After a few days of the opening I suddenly started getting lots of registrations, and posts in my forum, but sadly I found out that only a few of those were relevant and useful, and most of them were spam.
I started to clean them up, but the rate at which I was cleaning them up was much slower than the rate of fake registrations, so I ended up with a notice from my hosting provider that my hosting account’s SQL database has reached its maximum limit, and thus my site was down.
Luckily I was having the site for experimental purposes only and therefore it didn’t do much harm to me. But if you are having a site for your business then it can result in a huge loss for you if you don’t think about these scam registrations right away.
Preventing Bulk Registrations on your Site
You can prevent bulk registrations on your site by adding some extra step of verification for any user who registers on your site, so that you can know that the person is real and the registration is a valid one which would be beneficial to you and your business.
But the question arises that how can you add such a step which will actually verify that the registration is done by a real person and not a spam bot. Well in that case some may say that one can add a step of verification such as email verification, but I would say still it’s not a fully valid way of determining the registration as fake or genuine.
Now while thinking about this problem, I came across a site named TeleSign, which offers an innovative and great way of verifying registrations and can be applied to any site with real ease. The process they use for verification is verifying the users through phone and since most of the users around the world have a phone, so this is an effective way of verifying.
Moreover, since they are verified through phone therefore you can be confirmed that the person registering is a real person with a valid phone number. In this process you are actually verifying two things at once, one is that the person is not a spam bot, and second the phone number entered by the person is correct, and you can use it for communicating with the person when in need.
Using TeleSign to Prevent Bulk Registrations
As I have previously mentioned that TeleSign has a great service in which they offers telephone verification of any user registering on your site so as to block out fake registrations on your site, and maintain the quality of your site while at the same time reduce extra and unnecessary operational costs of your online business.
Now to make things clear, here’s a short overview of how TeleSign can prevent your site from getting flooded with fake bulk registrations made by spam bots or fake people.
Whenever any person registers on your site, if you have this technology embedded on your site by TeleSign, then users will have to pass through an extra verification step as illustrated above, where they will have to enter their phone number and choose to receive a verification code through either SMS or Voice Call, which one is favourable to the person registering.
Now after going through that step the user will receive a confirmation code in his/her phone, which should be entered at the next step in making a successful registration on the site. So, if it’s a spam bot trying to register on your site, then it will fail in the above steps and thus will not create spam registrations on your site.
This is a very good and innovative service like the ones used on many big sites like Google, to verify users and their communication numbers so as to maintain a list of valid registrations for an online business, as for a successful online business you need to have valid clients and not some fake people or spam bots filling up your records.
This brings me to the end of the article, and I hope you have enjoyed this article and found it useful for your online business. But we would love to hear your views regarding this topic and would like to have suggestions for any other methods that you know which can be used for tackling spam registrations. Please do let us know by dropping a comment below.
- To be discussed with TeleSign