Attracting — and Deleting — Spam

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Actually, when it comes to blogs and spam posts, it’s the other way around: ‘flattery is the sincerest form of imitation.’

By that, I mean that the usual m.o. of people posting b.s. responses on blogs to piggyback on their popularity — and drive traffic to their own Web site and whatever they’re hawking there — is to open with an faux compliment.

So, I have now seen — and deleted — innumerable posts on this blog that start out, “loved your post on . . .,” then close with the spammer’s URL ( or some such).

I do try to delete these whenever I find them, but lately the pace seems to have picked up (“a high quality problem to have,” as they say).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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