Dear Spammer...

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty GA RE Lic # 282060

You suck.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let's make a few things clear...  And this might even be good stuff for my A|R friends to know...

There are two broad categories of links that you will find on the pages here at Active|Rain, as well as other sites... 

  • Follow links
  • Do Not Follow links

For the reader, they are one and the same... but they are different for Google (and other spiders).  As readers, we can choose to follow any link we find on a page, in a comment or in the sidebar.  But it is different for the spiders... they don't follow the links that have a "do not follow" tag.  Those links become invisible. 

What that means is that those links don't pass along any "Google Juice" to the sites on the other end of that link.  The "do follow" links DO pass along some of the juice... 

Some examples...

As you look over your blog, there are some links that are follow... 

  • If you put a link in your post, it is follow
  • Links that you put on your sidebar are follow links
  • Members that comment on your blog will have their name linked to their profile with a follow link

and some that aren't...

  • Links that are in the body of a comment are do not follow

So, when a spammer (the focus of this post) writes a link into their comment, google isn't sending traffic...  They aren't getting anything other than human traffic that stumble across the link and follows it to the source. 

Don't go flipping out...

The A|R guys have done a GREAT job in putting this together.  When you make comments, there is a follow link back to YOUR profile.  The links in your profile ARE follow links... and you CAN build pretty good page rank on your profile by filling it out and commenting here.  You can then send that juice to YOUR sites with follow links in your profile

Want to know what the deal is???

Of course you do.  Last week I wrote a post here on Active|Rain about FireFox and why you should be using it.  Here is one of the reasons...  NoDoFollow.  It is a plug-in for fireFox that allows you to quickly see which links are followed and which aren't.  It highlights every link on the page in either pink (no follow) or blue (follow).  You can turn it off or on easily. 

This is one of the reasons that you need to use FireFox if you are working your business on the web.  It isn't about what your customers use, it is about what tools you have available to better do your job.  Of course you want to make sure your site works in other browsers, but that doesn't mean that YOU need to use that other browser full-time...

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Comments (14)

Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

I agree, spammers suck, I'm tired of all of the spam email I get and now they're finding their way on ActiveRain. I'll have to check out Firefox. Thanks for the tip!

Jul 16, 2009 03:41 PM
Judy Greenberg
Compass - Long Grove, IL
Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove

I just turned off nonmember comments, since those spammers are very annoying...!

Jul 16, 2009 03:45 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

I turned off the nonmember comments as Bob suggested in another post.  Hopefully that will                        do the trick!

Jul 16, 2009 03:56 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

oops I tried to fix that above, but it won't let me! LOL!  What the heck is going on now?

Jul 16, 2009 03:58 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Judy - You would be the exception to the rule if only non-members left links in your comments.  More than one AR member seems to believe any white space is intended for them to add a link or two or twelve.

Lane - Keep spreading the word.  Maybe it will take hold.

Jul 16, 2009 04:02 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lane, I use FireFox exclusively. I didn't know about the plug-in. I will take a look at it today. Thanks.

Jul 17, 2009 12:54 AM
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Part of me wants to let the spammers keep wasting with their "no-follows" time and ultimately giving up on their efforts. And I wasn't aware of the option of non-member comments. I'll keep that in mind.

Jul 17, 2009 01:24 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

The Spammers are in full force lately, at least on Activerain. I updated my settings to not allow Non-Members for now. I'll change it back in a few days.

Jul 17, 2009 04:52 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Lane - Yes, spammers suck.  Thanks for the explanation of follow vs. do not follow links.  I am starting to understand.

Jul 17, 2009 06:32 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Thanks everyone.  I haven't turned off my comments... I would rather deal with the issues... but that isn't for everyone.  It think the most important part of the post is the info about Follow and No Follow links... and the FireFox tool to know which are which.

Jul 18, 2009 02:43 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Lane - Great post !  I always learn something from your posts.  Those spammers certainly waste a lot of time it seems.

Jul 19, 2009 12:47 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

C & S - Thank you.  And they do waste a load of time...

Jul 20, 2009 05:19 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Spammers...really bum me.  I want to have answers...and give info.


Jul 21, 2009 09:16 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Ginger - I would love to see some spammers hit in the wallet...

Jul 24, 2009 01:10 PM