Zombie comments... Waking the dead on ActiveRain.

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Zombie comments...  Waking the dead on ActiveRain.  Stirring up conversations with members who are inactive. Stirring up good, old conversations.

"Feel free to visit me back at my __________ real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by." is part of the comment. 

Or

Trying to get someone to your blog? 

Or

For the points?  

Or

Spam?  Trying to use your comment to promote yourself and your business?

Comment Spam

This mornning I had notices of comment spam that had been left on my post overnight. The nonsense with a link comments. You are seeing a bunch of those too aren't you?   I had a couple this morning.  I used the Report a Concern button:


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Zombie Comments

This morning I also had notices of three comments from a member on old, old posts.  I get a notice on these posts because I had Zombie Apocalypse signcommented on them long, long ago...

Dead posts? 

Dead members?  Not physically dead but inactive.  Or not as active as they once were.  

What's the point of the comments? In each of the three there was a link to ______ real estate (his ActiveRain  blog.)  I removed the link  and the city from the comments here.  I used _______ in place of the city.

Zombie comments trying to get conversations started with inactive members?

On a Members Only Post dated written by Maureen Francis in 2007

"Now that localism is changed, this blog post might get a few more visitors.  It came up on a search that I just did.  Maybe you will get a few more comments on it.   Feel free to visit me back at my __________ real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by."

On a public post written by Roxanne and Shannon Moore in 2007

" Have not seen any new posts from you in a while. Feel free to visit me back at my _________ real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by."

On a Members Only post written by the Codgers in 2007:

"Have not seen any new posts from you in a while then up popped one in July. Feel free to visit me back at my ___________ real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by"

Good comments?  Do you think it will work?

 

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Keller Williams 414-525-0563

  these seem for us, to appear in bunches....and then they crawl back into the blogosphere...it's as though there is a secret passage or tunnel into the Rain that gets blocked and unblocked...chase those critters with the button...that's all we can do !

August 11, 2010 07:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Maureen, Thank you for the post. I agree all that we can do is delete spam and report it.

August 11, 2010 07:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

This is not so much about an outsider leaving spam as about a member using a great conversation  on ActiveRain (but an oooooooooooooooooooold conversation)  to start a new conversation....   is there a difference? 

There are some great conversations on old, old posts.

August 11, 2010 07:40 AM
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Cindy Jones
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Integrity Real Estate Group

Did you know that there are people who are spending hours going back to their own old posts and make comments to get.....more points?  I tried it a couple of weeks ago when I saw it happening to see what it would gain.  Wow if I made sure I had three comments on a Localism post then I got 4 points.  They will also discover if someone else made a comment on the blog who has email set to follow comments they will be notifiyed of the comment.  You begin to look pretty stupid trying to scam the system for a measly 4 points when they are notified of a comment on two and three year old post.

August 11, 2010 07:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

I did NOT know that.

Do we get points on our comments on our post?  I did not think we did!   Points increase based on a conversation which is good... 

One of these three posts IS a classic... the conversation IS so interesting. 

There was a California broker who used a group I used to moderate during the night to leave comments...ten of them in rapid succession, just before the change of the day.  They were even more cut and past than these...  

August 11, 2010 07:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Delaware
REALTORĀ®, CRS
Troxel Realty Co. LLC

I agree with you on the spam.  I do not like the links on comments.  I have not run into very much of it, but I will delete them.

August 11, 2010 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
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Thanks Michael Would you consider the three examples I gave spam?  Is he carrying on the conversation on the posts?  I guess without links  to the post how can you tell? Or is he spamming for traffic on his blog?

August 11, 2010 08:35 AM
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Cindy Jones
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Integrity Real Estate Group

Maureen-yes we do get extra points for comments on our posts.  My experiment showed the magic number is 3 comments.  You get a total of 4 extra points.  More comments on non-featured posts gets your more points.  So if you have nothing better to do with your time go back and make comments to yourself.  I on the other hand after trying this little points experiment realized in the time it took to look foolish scamming for points I could write an entire blog post and get 250 points and good google placement instead :-)

Sorry off topic from your original question.  If the comments generate additional discussion then perhaps they are worthwhile.  However linking has alwasy been considered bad form and in your example it appears to just be trying to get their blog name on as many posts as possible.

August 11, 2010 09:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

No, Thanks!! 

I thought with his comments (I saw three but I bet there were ten similar comments) Why not just write a good blog post for people who are here?  Why try to raise the dead?   His comment on MF's post is so much more... than his if you click on his links in each of the three comments  his blog is full of  posts that are  local content but not really hyper local content.. nothing there that the dead members are going to start up a conversation about, even if they were active members. 

His whole blog seems to just be "I sell real estate in ________." Saying the city or region name over and over? Same impression I got reading his comments this morning.   "Feel free to visit me back at my _________ real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by." His blog from the little bit I bothered to read is not providing hyper-local content for readers in his market so he is trying to get comments from dead people (dead to ActiveRain... inactive.)

Those  pathetic comments were more prevalent in 2006 and 2007...  The "come comment on my blog... I've commented here"  kind of  plea.   Or perhaps they are still common here and on blogs I would avoid reading because there is NOT a conversation in the comments.

August 11, 2010 10:05 AM
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Paul Slaybaugh
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
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Brains!!!

August 11, 2010 03:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

The three comments are down.

August 12, 2010 08:15 AM
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Coleen DeGroff
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL
eXp Realty

Maureen - To me these types of comments are a) spam, b) point whoring, and c) a lame and pathetic attempt to get noticed on Google.

Not that I have any thoughts on THAT one way or the other.  :)

August 20, 2010 11:34 AM
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Pam Dent
Realtor - Charlottesville Virginia Homes and Horse Farms
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.

Maureen - I totally don't understand how some people can spend time on something as unproductive as spamming other people's blogs or trying to scam the system.

August 20, 2010 12:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Coleen and Pam  thanks!

August 20, 2010 09:06 PM
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