Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose.
- Evan Esar
So I joined in October of last year and quickly was able to get up well over 38,000 points, coming up to 40,000 soon. At first, it was all about getting as many points as possible, as the competitive nature came out. But after a while I began to notice a pretty cool phenomenon...
My posts were being noticed by Google, and even more important, by people. And getting noticed on Localism was becoming more of a focus for me as this is where the general public came. And as we all know, that is why we blog to begin with!
While watching others and their techniques, I noticed a couple others that would post the same content more than once. At first I thought this might be considered spam, so I contacted AR and asked about it. Never did hear back and after investigating more myself, I noticed further that the questionable posts were being modified to change the city name and then posted to each city within Localism. Since AR was silent (and I was new) I assumed this was acceptable and began doing this myself.
I would post roughly the same content to multiple cities, modifying the city name and a few smaller details. I was careful not to re-post the same thing directly to AR over and over as I did not want to spam the board. This method proved to build points quickly.
Now, also notice that I posted much more than just this. I continued to post original content beyond this. Again, it was not just about the points. By posting as much as I could, there was more content tied to my name and Google was seeing my name more often. So I posted well beyond the 10 max per week for automatic scoring. However, since I had already posted the modified posts to Localism, I had maxed out the points already. These other posts were "pointless", but still worthy of posting.
Fast forward to today. Another blogger on AR began to criticize me on this method. I indicated to him that I had contacted AR and they were silent, so unless they informed me to stop, I would continue what I was doing. However, after he complained to AR, AR did finally contact me.
We have gone back and forth on this issue and ultimately Bob and the gang at AR have decided that this kind of posting is potentially dangerous in regards to Google. So in that decision, all my posts were docked the points and "no follow" tags were added. This stops Google from seeing them as "duplicate content" somehow. They also considered it to be "cheating" in regards to points... ouch.
This was a blow to me. It is very disheartening to see all you have done be counted as "cheating" or somehow disqualified, when you had asked and no one responded. It feels defeating to go through this. Most people would just give up and leave AR altogether.
However, I still believe in AR and what it does. I will continue to post and will make sure that the posts are along the lines of the new information that has been provided to me by AR.
I do not post this to complain, rather to warn others of this type of posting. AR has acknowledged that this needs to be more clearly addressed, but I also know they have so many other things they are doing as well. So I humbly post this to prevent anyone else from feeling this pain.
I also formally ask other AR members to forgive me for taking a "short cut." It was not my intention to cheat anything or anyone. I simply figured I had found a method that was suitable and working smart. Either way, regardless of the reasoning, it was erroneous and I do ask for your forgiveness.
The Ed Nailor Mortgage Team
Charlotte NC Mortgages
or visit www.EdNailor.com