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Spam in Blogs: Is Spamming A Mental Illness?

Is Spamming A Mental Illness? Inquiring minds want to know because I keep hearing that insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

If you spam on AR we will report you. Why do some of you keep doing it? Why do some of you spammers point fingers at other people when you get caught and chastised for it? Why not pay for your own website and spam yourself? How about start a spam network where you can preside over a twelve step program to amuse yourselves or self medicate your addiction to annoying the rest of us?

Go annoy yourself and leave the rest of us alone. We have work to do and don't want your comments tainting our blogs and filling up our mail boxes with your extreme stupidity. BTW, if you get spam email that you think is deceptive, forward it to spam@uce.gov. The FTC uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive email.

Spam in Blogs actually serves a purpose for the ones who do it who are not suffering from a mental illness. Here's the skinny on those calculating S.O.B.s if you Wiki it: "Spam in blogs (also called simply blog spam or comment spam) is a form of spamdexing. It is done by automatically posting random comments or promoting commercial services to blogs, wikis, guestbooks, or other publicly accessible online discussion boards. Any web application that accepts and displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors may be a target. Adding links that point to the spammer's web site artificially increases the site's search engine ranking. An increased ranking often results in the spammer's commercial site being listed ahead of other sites for certain searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers."

My advice: FLAG SPAM AND REPORT IT. DON'T JUST DELETE IT BECAUSE SPAMMERS MOMENTARILY ANNOYED YOU.

Reporting your concerns regarding inappropriate comment spam will help save our community by booting one jackass off at a time. You know who you are. Yes, I am talking to you. Get your grubby digital hands off my friggin' blog.

Here are a few very useful links regarding Spam:

http://www.ftc.gov/spam/

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/spam/rules.htm

Federal Trade Commission Spam Press Room

Here's the thing: when you comment spam, you are also e-mail spamming because I have to read your crap twice when my automatic notifications send it over.

This is not link love. Quit it. You are not making friends and influencing people. You are treading on dangerous ground with the FTC and FCC if enough of us report you. Be happy we are just booting your nonsense off of our blog posts and this wonderful network and not bringing suit for the lost time incurred from constantly having to remove you and your nonsense from where it does not belong.

Don't make me call the Feds... I'm getting tired of deleting you. Seriously... Find another way to introduce people to your product and website. I am not interested in comment spam...

 

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Comment balloon 72 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 04 2009 10:49PM

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Call the Feds! Call the Feds! Call the Feds! Don't hold back. The Feds would love a few minutes on the phone with you. LOL

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

C - I suppose that for every 1 million spams sent out, one fish gives their credit card number. The slime feel this is "good" business. I just don't get it. Internet pollution is what it is. I pray for the day that this virus can be wiped from the Internet. Billions spent to prevent Internet Graffiti. I yearn for the day we can return 50 volts to a spammer's keyboard. Zapping would be such fun. All right ... I'll flag 'em and sic the Fed on them. Just like the 50 volt scenario

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

You go girl!! Thanks for the links to report this crap.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 9 years ago

Dang C, this should have been featured so the creeps might actually SEE it! I'm pretty sure they aren't READING the posts they spam! Maybe suggesting they are sick, sick, sick will get their A_T_T_E_N_T_I_O_N!!!!!

 

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) over 9 years ago

C Tann, The spam on AR has been driving me crazy lately. I though AR had a handle on it and then about a week ago it started up again. INSANE I say!!!

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

What I don't get is - does spam really work? I mean who signs up to use these services - I really don't get it?!

Posted by Malita Jones, Austin Texas Home Sales (Sky Realty, Inc.- 512HomeStore.com) over 9 years ago

I recently shutoff non-member comments because of this issue here on AR, drives me nuts!

Posted by Thomas D (TMD Technology) over 9 years ago

Get your complaining butt over to my post...http://activerain.com/blogsview/1181197/you-can-t-teach-funny-and-other-things-i-ve-learned-here-in-the-rain-

How's that for spam. 

The spammers are on my very last nerve.  Seriously.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 9 years ago

Connie, I am starting to think it's one particular person because of the diction in the nonsense. It's pretty consistent. Too bad we can't name names, eh? Oh well... I'll bust that nut job with the Feds if this keeps up (LOL).

Claude, more people fall for scams than you may think, which is why they don't stop.

Barb, it's a shame we have to devote so much time to making it stop, eh?

Papa, I am with you. My spammer is going post by post every single day. WTF, am I a fave bookmark or something? Geez... insane may be an understatement (LOL). BB, this nonsense has got to stop. Seriously...

Malita, spam works. That's why they try so hard to keep it going. Redirecting people from your Google juice s a free ride to a lazy marketer. You do all the hard work to get people to follow your blog and they start inserting links to draw people away. Lets say they cut and paste ten comments per member. That's over 1.5 million links we have to remove every single day. With 2 million plus visitors per month to our network, even if only 1% click per day, that's just way too many readers being sent elsewhere. How would you feel if you went to Disney and did a blog post about it and someone made a comment embedding a link on a word making you think it had something to do with Disney except it took your readers to a porn site? You'd be pissed off if people started e-mailing you angry letters about not moderating your blog post comments and their kids being exposed to that crap. My two kids blog with me all the time. I let them select the pictures. I let them help make the slides and movies by teaching them to drag and drop files into the editing time lines. They are always on our computers or somewhere nearby playing. See why I am ticked off? I don't like nasty surprises. If a commenter said say we could view a YouTube clip of his/her/their Disney vacation with his/her/their kids "here" I would expect to see that when I clicked on the word "here" and not something else to increase another website's ranking... 

Centerline Homes, I thought about it for a hot minute, then didn't because a lot of my friends are not members and I never know when they are going to pop over and say hello. :-)

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Susan, my love, coming over to your post. Psssst... make the link clickable so I don't have to cut and paste it. I'm lazy that way (LMAO). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Carolyn - I love your candor.  Let them have it!  I hate spam, too!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

I am about ready to throw my blackberry and outlook inbox against a cement wall due to spam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Instead of adding to the international space station, I wonder how much productivity is lost from spam.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank you, Jason. It's been very annoying lately. I've been wondering what's up because it seems like AR is being targeted for a practice run resembling some sort of denial of service exercise. There has been a lot of cut and paste comments being issued making absolutely no sense whatsoever linking to all sorts of sites with pay per click advertising on them.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Chris, I know I am losing at least an hour a day double deleting from my email and blog posts. I am small potatoes compared to the hits others have taken. What I really hate is when I am in the street checking in and my e-mail is full of spam-crap on my cell phone.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

It's funny because I just had a comment left that was 100% spam advertising DVD box sets.  This stuff will happen.   That is why there is a delete option here.  The only good spam is the kind you can eat.

Posted by Russell Benson (Berkshire-Hathaway HomeServices/Anderson Properties) over 9 years ago

Carolyn... I must agree with you.. the SPAM in our comments is driving us all nuts.. I got like 4 more today... I have been reporting too. :) BTW.. I noticed  a 10  reward per spam notification. Hey... those add up !

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

C Tann- What! You don't like your AR home inbox filled up with notifications that you got mail:) AH, and I thought you were liking my comments about my trying out English on you, oh, and don't forget I have that new credit repair service just for you! LOL!

I am even getting old posts revived from the dead with all the spam comments:)

What I can not get over is that people fall for this crap or else it would stop being done. Katerina

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 9 years ago

I thought AR had gotten rid of the spammers until yesterday.  I've learnd better than to just delete, which was my old reaction.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 9 years ago

Carolyn - Good explanation on the how and why spammers spam blogs with inane comments.

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) over 9 years ago

CALL THE FEDERALES!

Our tax dollars at work!

Can we call the Guidos? I have to go get em from Conneticut but they'll bring the body bags! (hehe)

 

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 9 years ago

Bob and the entire AR Gang -

Let me know when it is safe to go back in the water!

I got a ton of spam a couple of weeks ago, and disabled outside commenting on my posts!

Of course, I want to turn this back on - should I stick my toe in yet?

Thanks for the share, C Tann!

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 9 years ago

You are hilarious Carolyn - manic - but hilarious- and I don't know anyone who makes me laugh more - you definitely have the'gift' :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 9 years ago

C-

Greg Nino is the best Realtor in Houston Texas. www.EverydaySOLD.com. Servicing all your Real Estate needs.

is this a spam? hee hee

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Spam is truly an annoyance and I remember when growing up (I'm 68!) the Spam I knew was great to eat!

If all humans would/could ignore them and not give them one iota of satisfaction they might go away.  Alas, that is not human nature and some unsuspecting humans keep feeding their sick habits and inspiring more spam!!

For me -- I keep wearing out my finger deleting, deleting as I believe a bureaucratic government intervention would simply make things worse!

Thanks C-Tann for a great rant that we all feel re spam.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 9 years ago

Damn!  I found some spam tonight on one of my blog posts.  We need to find a way to virtually pull out their fingernails so they can't type.  That might solve the problem.   I don't know where these worms come from but they trip my trigger.  This idiot was selling some dvd sets.   

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) over 9 years ago

"What? You don't like green eggs and green Spam?" said Sam I Am. H-m-m-m. Me don't like Spam period...

Helping you live your American Dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Now is there anything good about these SPAM comments? You know I am really positive so let me think.

1.It allows me to read posts from years ago and find out that I did not comment back in 2007.

2.I get to see your old posts and which ones you didn't comment back in 2007.

3. You get 10 whole points for reporting,

4. I get to read a wonderful featured post by C Tann.

5.aaarrrggghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Just report it, delete and go on. . .futile attempt to change this . . robbing energy from your creative mind..

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 9 years ago

C...

Once again you have hit the "major annoyance" nail on the head. I hate it when someone tries to benefit from my hard work. This is a great post, thanks for being vigilant.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

C: Claudie's term "internet pollution," is a grea one Fernando has the best idea, move on.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 9 years ago

Do 5 duplicate comments from Carol count as spam? ;-)

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 9 years ago
 Fernando wrote: "Just report it, delete and go on. . .futile attempt to change this . . robbing energy from your creative mind.."

don't delete it...  I repeat Do NOT delete. 

I wondered if you were talking the outside spam or inside spam here.   The outside spam does not make me crazy...  well a little crazy when I was away from the computer and could not report it but could see it on my cell phone....  the stuff I saw yesterday did not have links in it.  How can a self respecting Somalian (or Syrian, Sumatran or someplace else) spammer post spam without a link?  This is business.  There are cybersweatshops with people cutting and pasting nonsense comments but why no links in the nonsense spam suddenly?

The spam that makes me crazy is the member spam.  

Do not delete any of it...  Report a concern so AR can block the IP....  

 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

C,

My self hosted WordPress blog has some of the ugliest spam around. Thankfully, its not automatically posted.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

I started getting a lot of spam a few weeks back. Went and reported it then deleted it and have actually been running clean since. Knock on Wood!

Posted by Rick Cordisco, Pocono Real Estate Professional (Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty ) over 9 years ago

C.,

Another Great Post......Good morning and thanks for starting my day with more good information.

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida (DR Horton ) over 9 years ago

oh I love all the spam..just send it my way...I'll just keep flooding their email with a return to sender and a few other annoying things they won't like. My assistant sent one back saying that we don't accept spam...the guy called my cell phone....I sent their number to the do not call list website which all my numbers and email address are listed on...well I hope they get their 10,000 dollar fine...enjoy!

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

I haven't had the spam in a while, but I have my outside comments turn off too...

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) over 9 years ago

I haven't had the spam in a while, but I have my outside comments turn off too...

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) over 9 years ago

C - well  I think I will just have to get busy and report it instead of just deleting it. Although the majority of spam that I see originates overseas, where the feds have no control.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

I try to flag every bit of spam that I come across and then delete them. I've even checked out a couple of those your bank login failed fraudently emails and forwarded them on as well. 

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 9 years ago

Wow... This is what I get for not checking my e-mail before heading out to the office (LOL). Thank you, AR for the feature. :-)

Russell, I haven't had canned spam since I was a kid. I don't remember what it states like. Hmm... I think an experiment may be in order (LOL).

Roland, those spam notification points are a nice bit of compensation for turning them in, eh? :-)

Katerina, have you highlighted some of them lately? If they use HTML they can make the link in white letters so you don't think there is a link there. Sometimes there is and you just think there's nothing going on except a stupid comment (LOL). White lettering highlights the same as black or any other color. Just sayin'... ;-)

 

 

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Christine, I was deleting them as well until I realized that I had to start reporting them or it would never end...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

You know what is sad? I don't get excited anymore so I must be used to it, how sad. I just delete on my regular mail and push the report link on AR and life goes on.

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

CT - Knock on wood I haven't had the problems since I unchecked the "don't let non members comment" button... But in any case Go Get em CT and some good links to remember... Thanks

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

The only Spam I like is musubi! (Hawaiian Spam sushi for the uninitiated.)  Great rant this morning!  I couldn't agree with you more.

It's even worse on Twitter because you can't block the spammy "followers."  That's creepy.

Posted by Marcy Eastham (Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon) over 9 years ago

Usually the feds can't find them... because they are in some basement in india.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Yeah...those grubby hands keep plunking away at the keyboard ....

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 9 years ago

This Anti Spam message has been brought to you by one of our favorite Blogger's C Tann- Starr and when wordy C talks we all listen.  Spammers you have been warned know don't make her flip the B switch again!

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 9 years ago

First -- I just reported GREG NINO's comment as a "Concern."

;-)

You wrote:  "Go annoy yourself and leave the rest of us alone!"

You're too kind!  I'd have written: Go annoy "F" yourself . . . ha ha ha

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

C,  you are so cute when you rant!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

A great and useful rant. I was actually thinking when I retire (a long way off) that I would spam the spammers and ask them to send me more info on there wonderful products since I have just won the lottery.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) over 9 years ago

C...you go girl!  Spamming I hate, and glad your post got featured. Perhaps the spammes will read this post and quit...

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 9 years ago

Thanks for a very good post.

Posted by Jayne Vaughan, ABR,SRS,CNE (Re/Max Home Team) over 9 years ago

I vote that we all give them hell. I even have these morons hitting my old posts.

Good work C Tann.

Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Report and then delete.

I think it is cleared up some, at least from a few weeks ago.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

C, my personal take has always been spammers are sexually frustrated, don't know what to do with themselves, and have Waaaaay too much time on their hands.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

I think it's been better here on AR recently. Not as much spam.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 9 years ago

C, I'm with Ryan. I really didn't get why they are doing this but now thanks to you I do! And thanks also for the info on where to report serial spammers!

Shaorn

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

I am not having the pleasure (just kidding) of the spam and I dont want it.  I get hundreds of emails a day without getting spam!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 9 years ago

I have been getting less of it lately... except here on A|R.  However, the forums I am part of are getting blitzed.  And it is a rough battle. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank you Ryan.

 LOL @ Candice.

Dean, the e-mail is just fascinating. I get the "free speech" "didn't mean any harm" lets see if we can feel her out crap as an explanation. I've had people argue they are just promoting their business like everyone else. I keep trying to tell people some writers don't mind links that continue and further a conversation but you have to get permission for it. Friends will let a friend do something they will not tolerate from a stranger, so saying someone else leaves links in the comment section is a moot point with me. Some people either don't get it or don't want to get it...

 

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Liz, my love, when are you coming back to the states? I've been trying to talk my cousin in to Seattle and Canada. We shall see... You'll have to babysit me if we do. I tend to run amuck collecting eye candy (LOL) ;-)

ROTFLMAO @ Greg. Can I re-Tweet you on this? (LOL) ;-)

Rick, I have to admit a few of the lotteries made me howl with laughter. I keep wondering why I read those things (LOL).

 

 

 

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

LOL at Sue. Hmm... ;-)

ROTFL @ Carol. You just gave a whole new meaning to the concept of digital torture (LMAO).

Michael, Dr. Seuss is the bomb (LOL).

Margaret, you are a very practical lady. It is a bit useful in that regard, eh? Turns out I missed answering a few people as well (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Fernando, it's a bit distracting at times. :-)

Thank you, Richard. It irks me as well. :-)

Janice, Internet Pollution is a nice term for it, eh? I agree. :-)

ROTFL @ Irene. Methinks Carol just edited herself (LMAO) ;-)

Maureen, some of them use HTML to make a white letter that has a link you can't see. You have to highlight the entire area where the comment is located to discover if there is a link in the nonsense (LOL).

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

So much to learn - and be annoyed by! Thanks for sharing this information!

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) over 9 years ago

Marilyn, you are very welcome.

Richard I, it can be a lot of work weeding out those comments that have to be moderated.

Pocono, knock on wood, indeed... :-)

Julie, you are very welcome, lovely.

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Neal, you would think the fines would deter them but they keep finding new ways to do this.

Bob, the number of members who do appear to be growing. :-)

Mike, I noticed lots of references to exotic places in some, which always makes me wonder if they are sitting in NJ claiming to be in France (LOL). :-)

IMF, the bank log in ones really whomp. I remember reporting one and getting a letter stating it really was them and not spam (LOL).

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

David, it is kinda sad that we have an expectation of having to deal with this.

Robert, I am really tempted to go uncheck that box (LOL).

Marcy, I find myself unfollowing a lot of strange icons over there.

LOL @ Tammy. :-)

LMAO @ C-Sally-C. :-D

Hi Paddy! I've been working on that B-Switch issue. Nothing like a little blog post therapy...  (LOL). ;-)

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

ROTFL @ Carla. I thought about it in so many colorful ways (LOL). ;-)

Thank you, Patricia. :-)

LMAO @ Julie A. Be careful what you which for lovely... you may never get rid of 'em (LMAO). :-)

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nancy, it's very frustrating to have to keep reporting these people. I'm taking it one day at a time.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

C Tann-Starr LOL! Is spamming a mental illness!!! Hilarious. I think the spam blogs are funny and the AR member response comments are even funnier.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) over 1 year ago

The FTC does not have a reporting mechanism for blog comment spam. CAN-SPAM laws are for spam email.

To block blog comment spam, I use spam filters on my WordPress blog, and I moderate all comments that pass the filters, so spam links do not get automatically published. Before I approve a blog link, I check to see that it is a legitimate business or blogger, usually in my same or related industry.

I do not approve short comments of praise, such as good post, great info, well-written, that add no value, and may be auto-generated by a spam bot to insert a link.

Since the goal of the spammer is to improve their SEO by adding many links, I save the spam evidence in a folder, then delete the spam link and comment.

Rather than reporting to the FTC, report the spammers to Google. Let Google penalize or remove the spammer's website from Google completely.

See Google rules on link-building shemes and reporting at spammer link-building schemes.

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) 2 days ago

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