Greg Cremia (Shore Realty of the Outer Banks)

Spam prevention
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Greg! While I totally agree with you that the spam is impacting our SEO, I refuse to go back to over 3,000 blog posts each day to check for spam. 

That said, like on our WordPress sites, there could be a spam alert here OR the owners could (and I believe they are working on this) address the spam directly from the source (membership). 

We paid our dues to become lifelong members and many are still paying for their membership. In return, I believe this should be handled by the 'company,' not the members.

Aug 15, 2018 08:00 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

No. We are not the curators of AR. We should not be punished for the bad actions of others.

Aug 15, 2018 08:07 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

That is not my job. The spam should be monitored at the highest level.  I monitor spam on my WordPress site by setting the need for me to approve comments.  If not approved they are marked as spam. 

Aug 15, 2018 09:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I can't say I've ever felt overwhelmed with spam comments on my posts... they  have been few and far between. I can certainly monitor more recent posts but it's impossible for those of us who have thousands of posts to continually monitor them all. But back to my comment that the spam is few and far between... in the past two months I've updated some 1,000 of my older posts for links, photos, etc. and came across not one single spam comment.

Not sure I'm for disabling comments.... part of the "fun" in Active Rain is the back and forth with other members through our comments on each other's posts.

Aug 15, 2018 09:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

They are working on it.  A

Aug 15, 2018 08:03 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I'd prefer AR spent their time/energy preventing spammers, not in requiring that I do it.

Aug 15, 2018 07:52 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's best not to delete the spam comments yourself so that the staff can block the IP addresses of those spamming.  Reporting them is the best thing to do.

Aug 15, 2018 07:30 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

When I find them I delete or report them.

Aug 15, 2018 06:39 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    I can't monitor 1400 blog posts.   AR Staff is going to have to solve this problem.

Aug 15, 2018 10:32 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I like what Debe Maxwell, CRS had to say....  I usually find them on my featured posts.... but there are hundreds of them.... AR should be filtering that out....

Aug 15, 2018 09:55 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Umm, no.  We have blogs going back for years.   A single featured post can result in a hundred "commented" emails (and QA is even worse).  So no again.  


We are the content creators, not site management.  AR is a paid platform for thousands of agents, not an individual platform that promotes my business ---- why should content creators, many of whom pay, be responsible for something like that?

Aug 15, 2018 09:47 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties


It is easy for us to monitor our comments, yet few do.  My active rain link goes directly to the "my_home" page, which shows all my notifications.  It's easy to click the dropdown to select "Blog Comments" and review... it's just a matter of do people interact with their comments or not.  Each time I come here, I go through all of my notifications and clear out the meaningless ones (likes, upvotes, etc.) and review each tag and comment.


Again, are people willing to do this.  I've had users leave legit answers on questions 3 years old recently.  Pretty odd, but I saw it.


Requiring moderation would be nice, but I think most people here would balk at it.  For the most part, I just disable commenting.  One forum I'm on requires a set level of interaction (15 posts) before they'll allow links in your replies.  I think something like that for blogs would be nice.  I also like the idea of disabling links in comments entirely, even if the random use case would be hurt by it.


As far as AR being a platform for promoting spam, I did a search on a "specialized" SEO forum I'm on and AR was mentioned back in 2011 there as being a place to get high quality free backlinks... so the problem has potentially been around for a while.

Aug 15, 2018 09:02 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast


That's AR's job. Definitely a leadership fault, not a membership fault.

I do not review old posts regularly, I have several hundred over 10 years and not that kind of time unless AR wants to pay my $150/hr rate?

Aug 15, 2018 07:30 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Good idea, disabling links in the comments. My pitchfork is currently in the shop 😈 but it would be nice to resolve this one issue. They're working on it, we've been told.

Aug 15, 2018 07:18 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


Let's see. These same publishers must visit their blogs everyday to confirm the fonts are as they should be.

These same publishers must visit their blogs everyday to see if AR has mangled the blog format. and spend hours fixing it when it happens.

These same publishers must review the comments and respond to participants as appropriate.

These same publishers can also deal with the spam too.

My point is the inordinate care and feeding required of AR blogs reveals a more substantial problem. It is not to require MORE of publishers but to at a minimum require a cell number to verify get the code like all the others SM sites requirement. (of course empowering Ambassadors with 'nuclear' capability could vaporize the account of spammers)

My recommendation is for members to cease publishing blogs on AR or at least turn of comments after 5 days. That does not cure the other inherant AR malidies.

To REQUIRE more of the publishers is misguided.

Aug 15, 2018 07:16 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

I don't think so. Whenever I get a comment, I get an email that i have comments. When I have time to go in to see the comments, I report the spam comments, if there are any. 

AR set up a long time ago, back when I started blogging in 2007- that we could report the spam comments, then the AR support team deleted and blocked those people. 

Adding this to my comment: 


For those who have free accounts, being on AR is still not "free". There is no such thing as free. When I started on AR, we had spammers then too. 

We members who have been here for many years, I am going on 12 year.. we are the ones who built AR not the other way around. 

We built this platform because without all of us, the early adapters to AR, they would never have been able to monitize the platform. It is us that got them all the SEO, that did not happen to AR through osmosis. 

So we paid our dues... in more ways than just blogging too. 

Aug 15, 2018 07:46 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Fortunately for me on every site I maintain (except this one) I can monitor the posts BEFORE they are published so I can remove links as needed and not publish as needed.

John Juarez 's answer gets my vote

Aug 15, 2018 05:41 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Always report spam when you see it, but monitor past blogs, definitely not!

Aug 15, 2018 01:24 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I am available, how much does it pay?  I can read about 150 of the 30,000 they get daily.

Aug 15, 2018 12:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope the staff will block those who leave spam comments.

Aug 15, 2018 07:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

How would you monitor? We do not always get notices about comments anyhow, and some spam shows up in old posts.

Aug 15, 2018 07:25 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

At some point, the platform might become too time consuming for the users with the changes you propose. Still; something must be done.

Aug 15, 2018 07:10 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Something needs to be done.

Aug 16, 2018 06:28 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

oh boy !

Aug 15, 2018 07:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Some never see/read comments on their posts, and it is the blogger's responsibility.

Aug 19, 2018 03:08 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Aug 17, 2018 06:05 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Greg Cremia - I report the spam if I find one. Collectively we can do it. However, a good spam filter is highly recommended.

Aug 15, 2018 11:09 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Lose the ability to receive comments?   Who are  you, Big Brother?

Aug 15, 2018 08:59 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I just put the word "gucci" in the AR search bar to see if the problem is pervasive.

Over 400 blog posts came up with "Gucci" in the spammy comments. 

Aug 15, 2018 08:56 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Will never happen.

Aug 15, 2018 12:36 PM