Greg Cremia (Shore Realty of the Outer Banks)

Spam prevention
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I figured as much.  If/when google reindexed the page they'd see the spammy content and after enough of it reduce the authority of AR.  If it gets bad enough they may classify us as a PBN... then we're all screwed!

Aug 15, 2018 08:50 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Indeed! Should old members' posts be deleted as well? At least the few of us who are active receive SOME notifications and respond. I don't believe the members who have left the site pay a bit of attention to that. 

We also have some members who are no longer living with profiles and posts filled with spam still in place. I recommend reporting spam every time you see it, regardless of whose blog it's on.

Aug 15, 2018 08:11 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I believe it!
It alchemically transforms our work into junk in the eyes of Google. It's also an occupational hazard but one we should be doing battle with on the front lines.

"the brighter you shine your light, the more you attract bugs that bite" 😎

Aug 15, 2018 08:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There are thousands of inactive members who no longer visit the site to report or remove spam in comments.

Aug 15, 2018 07:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Yes. I do know that.  However, I have no control of it and spending/wasting time deleting from my posts won't do much good unless everyone did the same.  Even then, it won't stop the spam-o-rama. 

Aug 15, 2018 09:32 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

And our relevance as a real estate site loses credibility on google as a real estate resource with junk posts that have nothing to do with our industry.  

I keep saying it, and I'll say it again.  This needs to be a paid site for ALL.

Aug 15, 2018 09:00 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

For sure, and I guess there is no way it could be controlled.

Aug 15, 2018 07:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Not aware of this. Will have to look at old posts. Don't think that I have been victimized.

Aug 15, 2018 08:02 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes I did and it's trashy regardless.

AR's G-juice has deminished in the last 10 years.

Aug 15, 2018 07:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I had heard that, if you see any on anybody's site it is best to report it right away.

Aug 15, 2018 06:32 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

IMO - It only affects SEO if you care what G does - which I don't since they don't play by their own rules anyway

Aug 15, 2018 05:38 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  That is why Noel took down the New Members page.  It was hurting the site SEO.  There is still a back door to see new members (the Social Roster).

  The old posts of inactive members should be archived, and coded as No Follow.  

Aug 15, 2018 10:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for the info.  A

Aug 15, 2018 08:01 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Every time I see it, I reported.

Aug 16, 2018 06:19 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

If we delete the spam comments how will I find deals on fake coach bags?

Aug 15, 2018 09:04 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You bet. Spam degrades SEO for the entire site.

However, it is prudent to invest in those things for which you have some control. AR is not one of those things.

It is NOT the PUBLISHERS fault nor their responsibility to purge the blogs.

This ALL rests on the shoulder of the gate keeper. I have not yet witnessed anyone raise their hand suggesting they are the gate keeper.

I expect AR to go the Trulia route. When that happens many may be happy they did not invest more effort than minimally needed.

Aug 15, 2018 11:31 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I did not know that so thanks for the heads up Greg.  I am diligent about removing all spam on my blog.  Unfortunately, I don't have control of others doing the same.

Aug 15, 2018 10:13 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I was instructed to report them and then leave them to be removed by AR.... if that's not the proper procedure, I'll delete them when I see them...

Aug 15, 2018 09:45 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I did not know that, but I do now. By the same token, as I indicated in a previous comment, I've updated and refreshed over 1,000 posts in the last two months and have yet to come across a spam comment on a single one. The rare times I see them it's on a new/newer post and those I delete immediately.

Aug 15, 2018 09:36 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I didn't know.

Aug 16, 2018 06:33 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I had heard that

Aug 16, 2018 05:52 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There can be more issues if you start deleting a lot of stuff.. 

Aug 15, 2018 09:02 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

 The SEO hasn't been that good anyway.

Aug 15, 2018 12:32 PM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

I don't think it really matters.

Aug 15, 2018 11:54 AM
Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

In a world of Tech & Automation... there must be a way for AR to be able to deal with the issue.  Perhaps if someone is completely inactive for a certain period of time, AR could send a msg to check in or be deleted within a certain period of time??  Just a thought...

Aug 15, 2018 11:29 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I had a post from a few years ago with tons of spam all over it. At first, I didn't see that, I just saw lots of views and got excited. Then I saw all the comments and left them for a while. I eventually deleted them, as I didn't think they were doing me or the post any good. 

Aug 15, 2018 10:31 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yes that's why you should report it.

Aug 15, 2018 10:30 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

When I see a strange face on my home page, I always check it out.  Report first, then wait for it to be deleted.

Aug 19, 2018 03:05 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, and it's so annoying. AT least the comment links are no follow, so that helps.  But all the non sensical and off topic stuff hurts the post and hurts the site.  Years ago, I reported thousands of these comments as I would often find them in bunches.  back then, we also got points/more points and no limits for the day, so it helped me get to free membership sooner while helping the site a the same time.

Aug 17, 2018 05:36 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Aug 17, 2018 06:02 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Greg Cremia - Hmmm I was not aware of this.

Aug 16, 2018 08:58 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Yes I knew that which is so disturbing that there are not more security measures in place. We shouldn't have to play the part of policeman everyday.

Aug 16, 2018 04:04 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393


Aug 16, 2018 03:02 PM