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Are You Here To Comment On My Blog Or Sell Me Something?

The other day a buddy of mine sent me a message on Facebook of someone who had commented on his new WordPress Blog that he is building.  He found it strange that he had received a comment as the site isn't finished yet, and the content in the comment seemed a little odd.  Over the past few months we have discussed me designing a Custom WordPress Site for him in the near future.

The random comment was made by a "Bruce" whose site domain entered had nothing to do with WordPress sites, Agentpress themes, SEO, or anything close.  His site domain was a religious one.  So when my friend asked me about it, I said, do you have the IP address?  I had a hunch.

To look into things a little more, I asked him to send me the comment because it just seemed rather strange & awkward that someone would not only come & comment on a blog that isn't even built yet, but to also that the comment would randomly suggest someone to redesign his site.

Here's a screen capture of the comment:

The first thing I did was a simple IP lookup to find what I had expected.  The IP address of the commenter on his post who suggested a company to do site work for him was in the same location as the company suggested.  Now, I don't know for certain that the commenter & suggested company are the same, but my gut feeling is that they are since the site that was commented on was 2,300 miles away and the company mentioned to hire does have connections to my friend through various social networks.

Now maybe I'm the only one that finds this kind of tactics really below par, sneaky, and shameful.    If you feel that someone should hire you because they could really benefit from your services, then simply email the site owner and tell them.  I've done this before with many people.  Some I've helped by giving them solutions to fix something wrong on their site, others have gone on to hire me to do work on their site instead.  But, to impersonate someone else and push your services in the comment on someone's site is just wrong.

A common courtesy when commenting on someone else's site is to not try & push your services, or link to something off the current domain you are visiting.  When you have a WordPress site, you gather all the information needed to check where someone is commenting from.  This is just another reason why having your own Custom WordPress Site can be a great addition to your online marketing strategy.

Let's all try exhibiting a little common comment courtesy and stick to adding comments of value, not selling our products or services dishonestly.

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Comment balloon 74 commentsJeremy Blanton • September 12 2012 06:17AM

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Jeremy:

Nice post this has happened to me a few times as well. I am just here to comment but if you are interested I have a yellow VW in the garage that I need to sell. lol

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) about 6 years ago

Sure Alan!  I'll give ya $20, but you must deliver to South Carolina.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 6 years ago

Great way of pointung this out and hopeful to the gulity. Of course the Uber Spam sites with continue to plague all of us from time to time...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Jeremy -  nice post and I hope you're not "preaching to the choir" and that those who are guilty will read this and stop the rudeness!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 6 years ago

Jeremy, I think I've had this happen to me before. It's not cool if that's what was really happening, but then again, I wouldn't comment on someone's site just to push them toward working with someone I had nothing to do with. Unless they're getting something in return?

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 6 years ago

Good point Eric... Maybe there is a real person pushing anothers service for a return to their pocket.  Didn't think of that, but I think in my instance that chance is pretty low.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 6 years ago

Jeremy one of these days I am going to give you a call so you can teach this old dog some new tricks.  Keep up the good work!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 6 years ago

Sounds good Janna!  Give me a call anytime!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 6 years ago

You know, if I, Tammy, really felt a need to "recommend" someone to build a wordpress site I would do so in a private email.  A public comment is NOT the place for such things.  Tacky. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 6 years ago

Jeremy:  I've actually heard of one person having multiple accounts/sites ... so they can bounce back and forth and "recommend" each other.   And I so agree with you, this seems just a bit sneaky ... low.  The ability to comment should be used just for that.  If you want to sell something or recommend a service, contact me some other way.  Good to know from an expert (you), that my suspicions regarding this were pretty on track ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 6 years ago

Agreed Tammy.... Send it privately, not in a comment.  And don't use accounts to do so.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 6 years ago

I think some people assume that because this site has elements of professional networking, it's OK to effectively SPAM via comments.  This really has more to do with training than anything else.  A little feedback to the person usually (and I'm being kind) seems to work.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) about 6 years ago

It amazes me how many of these junk comments I get as well.  Is there some sort of software out there that lets spammers do this automatically?

 

Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) about 6 years ago

Having 10 Wordpress sites. . I get dozens of comments everyday with the same message. . I know that somewhere a robot is busy sending them. .I ignore them and delete them. .

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) about 6 years ago

The great news if you have your comments set to review then these sneaky little devils can be cut off at the knees.  I think we've all gotten used to vendors and other agents masquerading as "leads" on our websites and have a general distrust of all contacts until proven to be more than a spammer.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago
Typical spam. I get stuff like that all the time. I'm thankful for the delete button.
Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 6 years ago

We all have to love computer generated responses or people who comment leaving their complete information on their response

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 6 years ago

I've experienced this also, and I agree with you it is wrong One thing if the serive or product was requested but another when they tapped into your blog to promote themselves.

 

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I suppose if they do this enough they hit jackpot 2-3% of the time.  But do agree its not the way to gain a good reputation.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 6 years ago

Spam by any other name is still Spam. Shameless and unproductive

Posted by Brian Kuhns, Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns (Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber) about 6 years ago

I have one blog that gets emails about how nice my site looks then goes into them trying to sell purses on my site. we just delete them, ugh, daily.  There must be a way to block them altogether.

Posted by Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809 (203kOnLine.com, covering the USA) about 6 years ago

Inauthenticity always smells.  It's always best to be forthright, in my humble opinion.  At least it works.

Posted by Shelley Gillman (Water Pointe Realty Group) about 6 years ago

It really is sad the way that some businesses operate these days.  What happened to business beinging straight up and honest with their customers.  I beleive the rewards are much greater when the customer comes back to you because the believe in your integrity and honesty.

Posted by Ashley Connolly (Northeast Water Wells Inc) about 6 years ago

I will sell you something! How about a house here in San Antonio Texas?   Will get you a great deal too!!  HOnestly i hate those SPAM comments ( ihave a blog on Wordpress that i don't keep up with and that 100's of comments (of couse they don't become public because I review them!) but what a pain.   Programs like comment kahuna and tools like that make it very easy to spam just about any blog post!!!

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) about 6 years ago

That's just plain rude! To mislead, misrepresent and generally miss the point of conducting business in a professional manner.

Posted by Vanessa Saunders, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I do wonder how much business is generated for these spam emails, I delete them without reading them, so they get zero business from me.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) about 6 years ago

Jeremy it is the wild west and there is no marshall. I get this kind of stuff all the time on my site . That is what the delete key is for I guess.

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 6 years ago

The timing of this is ironic.  I just got a "consultation request" on my site...someone who is coming to NY and wants to meet w/ me.  Yippee. 

Your example is even worse.  How annoying.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 6 years ago

I never thought of that crazy twist!  I just started a new blog and like your friend, I am getting dozens of comments each month that are spam and/or promoting completely unrelated products.  

As Kathy mentioned above, I'm very curious about how much traffic / business this spamming actually creates??

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team) about 6 years ago

Hi Jeremy.  I find it hard to believe that anyone really thinks this is a way to get business. If they cannot be honest initially, how can they ever be trusted? I leave them to my friend [Delete].
Bruce

 

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) about 6 years ago

Jeremy, I very much agree,  honesty is always the best way to go!

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) about 6 years ago

Spammers are spammers and will always be around. Adding in the Akismet WP plugin is the best suggestion to block out the people / bots that do what you mention all day long. Mine automatically blocks out on average over 2,000 spam comments a month where the IP address is coming from known reported spammers. For the ones that do get through... simply hitting the Spam button option puts them in the Akismet system.

No reason to lose any sleep over it... it's been going on for years and they are not going anywhere as long as people don't know how to automatically block them or worse yet... allow their comments to be posted.

Cheers!

Posted by Paul Francis, Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes (Francis Group Real Estate) about 6 years ago

We literally get one of those a week on our site. I don't think our tech guy loves them but he has definitely learned to just deal witht them. Would be nice if they went away though. Great post!

Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) about 6 years ago

Hi Jeremy,

 

      I also experienced this, not only to my wordpress account but to all of my blog sites. There is a suggestion there where you should accept or delete the comment. So I always make sure to visit my blog sites everyday to check if there is a comment like this one about selling something and make sure to report it as spam or to just delete it. I just ignore this kinds of selling tactics. Thanks fro sharing this wonderful post. Take care!

 

Best of luck with all your listings,

 

Posted by Juniper Cooper, I will provide the services you need and expect. (Silvercreek Realty Group ) about 6 years ago

The spammers are dialed in, they make robo signings in the mortgage industry look like childs play!!

Posted by Glenn Freezman (Family Abstract, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Seems the scammers and spammers keep getting more sophisticated and creative. I get stuff like this failry regularly on my WP sites but thanks to Akismet it's a non-issue. I hate to see the "tryting to sell you comments" even here on AR

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) about 6 years ago

Jeremy,

These people trying to sell all of us these services which we probably do not need is absolutely shameful. I get at least one comment if not more sometimes on my web site from some grpoup trying to sell me whatever. It gets real old.

Saying that I know this great home out here in Katy Texas that would fit you like a glove! I know you live in Myrtle Beach but ..  :))) LOL..

Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 6 years ago

Jeremy, thanks for informing us of the comment spammers. That's why in WordPress it is always a good idea to have the comments in moderation so you can select which are of value and worth-reading by other viewers.

Posted by Bruno & Noel Tarquinii, www.search4homes.us about 6 years ago

Jeremy, spammers are everywhere.  Like you, I attempt to find out who is writing the comment.  Blogging also spawns phone calls from people who want to sell you relo leads for buyers under $100,000. Are they kidding?

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 6 years ago

There will always be those types of people that will try anything for a buck.  We need to check sources before responding like you did.  Good job!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) about 6 years ago

Jeremy, this is not the way I would want to do business, or be attracted to someone who did business this way. Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 6 years ago

Jeremy - That's just annoying, and why I have to moderate all comments.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 6 years ago

 

   More than 95% of the comments on one of my WordPress blog sites are of the self-promotional nature.  I think most of them are from automated sources.  Fortunately, the Akismet plugin does a great job of catching them and letting me review them before I determine if they're going to be published in my Comments section or not.

 

Posted by John J. Woods (Aardvark Appraisals) about 6 years ago

I agree with Sharon - I would never do business with an impersonator like that, trouble is most people don't know the difference.  If you are going to recommend someones services, like you said, email or call the site owner directly...not this kind of spam.

Good tip to check out the IP address if the posting is questionable.  By the way, would the pesky spam prevention boxes like the one below help to prevent this kind of spam?

Posted by Marjorie about 6 years ago

Another tip... make sure you are logged into AR before you start to comment on a post.(then the pesky spam box is gone)

Posted by Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida (Riverside Homes) about 6 years ago

As always, Jeremy, you are so right!  I can't imagine how anyone would think that that tactic is ok!

 

Posted by Scott Farmer, Broker, Realtor, Scott Farmer Properties, Inc. (Charlotte Waterfront, Making Clients Successful!) about 6 years ago

I have the same thing happening to me right now, very annoying!

Posted by Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate, Certified Residential Specialist (ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES mitch@prostead.com) about 6 years ago

Desperate people......

Sneaky tactic, but I've seen worse. At least they didn't attach a virus when you clicked on their link!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846 (Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330) about 6 years ago

You're right. Come right out and identify who you are and what you can do for someone else. If I think someone is trying to conceal something, I won't do business with them.

Posted by Gary Burleson, Myrtle Beach Homes, Condos, Foreclosures, Investment Propery (Beach Water Realty - www.beachwaterrealty.com) about 6 years ago

Unfortunately, there aren't any rules on the Internet regarding marketing, so why did you even waste your time? We all get this marketing stuff, spam, etc., and if we don't respond nothing will occur, will it? Simply take action to block their abuse and move on. 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) about 6 years ago

Hi Jeremy, nice post. I think these types never learn. They are concerned with only themselves and do not see their actions as offensive.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 6 years ago

Thanks Jeremy, I cant imagine why anyone would expect someone to hire them after spamming them.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 6 years ago

Akisment, & other spam filters wouldn't catch this type of comment as it was actually written by a human being.  Also, a captcha wouldn't prevent it to happen either.  

This type of comment was made by someone impersonating someone else I believe.  The services offered were that of a female & her company.  The commenter though was supposedly made by a guy named "Bruce" that when I checked the IP address it went to the same city as the company suggested.

This isn't so much a case of spam as it is more a case of really distasteful business practices by someone.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 6 years ago

Scammers, spammers, and crooks. They're everywhere. What I don't get is why think they can annoy someone into doing business with them.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 6 years ago

Jeremy - I accepted a lead through lead router one day only to find out when I got to the office that it was an advertisement.  Very frustrating!

Posted by Brad Baylor (ERA Coup Agency) about 6 years ago

Those comments and unsolicited emails are very annoying, especially when you already get a lot of other emails that you try numerous times to unsubscribe to.

Posted by Cyndi Carver, Issaquah & Bellevue Specialist (Northwest Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Well put! It's very frustrating when you get solicitations in the comment section. I feel like most of them are ignored so it's not doing any benefit anyway.

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) about 6 years ago

Good Post!

Just a fact of internet life!

Also happens on the phone.

If I get one more political call..........

Posted by Ben Yost - 303-587-4297, FHA, VA, Conventional - Mortgage Loans in De (First Time Home Buyer, Mortgage Rates, Pre-Approval) about 6 years ago

If I am calling someone to sell them something I tell them upfront. Don't try to sneak in the back door.

 

 

Posted by Joe Lavallie about 6 years ago

I can't agree more, if you want to do business send an email direct or pick up the phone and call.

Posted by Edie Czerniak, My Only Purpose is to Deliver Successful Results (NextHome Advisors) about 6 years ago

Hi Jeremy,  I've also had something very similar.  The wording always seems awkward as if written by someone not familiar with our language.  Dead giveaway !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 6 years ago
Hi Jeremy we agree. We get so many calls offering to sell us leads and we can't handle all we get!
Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) about 6 years ago

Hi Jeremy,

I get SO many people and companies trying to pitch me ideas, services and guest posts on my outside blog, as well as emails and calls. I look at it like this: They found me, so I must be doing something right ; )

Thanks for the post, and thanks for connecting with me on Twitter!

Gina

Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) about 6 years ago

Jeremy the vast majority of comments on my word press site is this type.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I get that when people sign up for my real Estate web site and then, not interested in RE at all, but offers to maximize my SEO.  Very frustrating.

Posted by Nan Jester, Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery (Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL ) about 6 years ago

Alan,

 

Great blogging.

I normally just delete the junk without giving a second thought. For me it is not a time waster.

On the other hand, you are precious commodities as far as those spammers are concerned. You can feel good about that.

Spammers don't waste their time with retirees. ha ha

 

 

Posted by Susan& Charlie Ahern, Owner & Broker, Coronado Real Estate 4 Sale 619-92 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) about 6 years ago

Curt- Really?  You gonna come in to my post & spam it like that?  Totally not cool.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 6 years ago

yup, it's bat- s__t crazy day alright.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 6 years ago

Haha. What a character!

Posted by Eric about 6 years ago

What an Idiot!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 6 years ago

Hehehehe - look at that. A living example of what you blogged about in #67!!

Posted by Emmary Simpson, Serving Tucson AZ (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) about 6 years ago

Yes, and this goes for all of the Ambit people soliciting us on AR, too.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 6 years ago

What was #67 selling, and Michelle, what are the "ambit people" that you are referring to?

 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 6 years ago

You know I get spam all the time, at least 3 to 5 a week sneak through my spam plugin. I review & delete them after the fact but never thought about using ip address as faster way to filter so thanks ...

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) almost 6 years ago

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