John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer (CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)

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Robert Newman
Inbound Real Estate Marketing L.L.C. - Buffalo, WY
Creating Enduring Online Marketing Results

I have a solution to identifying more legitimate websites. Subscribe to free ahrefs.com account. Check domain authority. Anything above a 30 is a website that is at least "trying" to be a destination website. Anything that is 30-40 DA that has "tons" of content is probably a data aggregator(taking content with permission from other websites) and you can see of the data they are accumulating matches your interests. 

http://realtytimes.com/

 http://realtybiznews.com/

 

Are two examples of sites that publish original content and aggregate other peoples. 

 

 

Oct 28, 2017 05:23 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sounds like you had a bad time.

Oct 28, 2017 05:03 PM
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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

Hey, is this a Fake News claim from our Donald Trump?

Oct 29, 2017 09:25 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Sorry this happened to you in Europe, John but, I totally agree with you - I have a difficult time finding ANY real news these days. And, sadly, other social media is posting and re-posting the bogus 'news' too!

As for links - I never click them unless I know the source - period!

Oct 28, 2017 09:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I tend to avoid most of those sites.  Breitbart is the only news source I follow anymore... and even that is checked very infrequently.

Oct 28, 2017 08:59 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Those hackers will steal anything, even an election.

Oct 28, 2017 08:58 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Does not sound like a good experience.  I do agree that there is a lot of crap out there ... many scams. We cannot be too cautious. 

Oct 28, 2017 05:17 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

So true, John. Thanks for the reminder

Oct 31, 2017 07:55 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Inman started the trend in real estate and many piled on afterward.

Oct 30, 2017 06:13 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

The internet is so full of information that it's becoming difficult to find anything of quality and reliability.

Oct 30, 2017 04:53 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Oct 29, 2017 12:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We have been inundated by spam and suspicious emails - way more so than normal.

Oct 29, 2017 10:54 AM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Legitimate news resources are far and few.  There are plenty of news sources that are fronts for other purposes including some real estate "news" sites.

Oct 29, 2017 10:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most of it is crap and looking to take your money. That is my blunt assessment. 

Oct 29, 2017 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Believe very little of what you hear and a similar amount of what you see. Truth is elusive!

Oct 29, 2017 05:18 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

I don't quite understand what is happening to you.  We subscribe to just the Wall Street Journal and nothing else.  We did not have trouble in Europe with any of our devices when we worked over there. A

Oct 28, 2017 09:20 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

They are all trying to get our dollar

Oct 28, 2017 08:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The world worships itself and everyone is a world unto themselves

Oct 28, 2017 06:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Verify before trusting.

Oct 28, 2017 06:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Since the credit bureau fiascon, I think we all need to be more careful!

Oct 28, 2017 05:48 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Never click on a strange link.

Oct 28, 2017 05:45 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Definitely sounds like a bad experience. Were you hacked over there?

Oct 28, 2017 05:11 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Oh Oh ... this does not sound good.  Can you elaborate?

Oct 28, 2017 05:08 PM
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Evelyn Minnick
24X7assignmenthelp - Walhalla, MI
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We at 24x7assignmenthelp.com work together with a team of experts and provide the best of assignment help to the students. Our group of teachers is well-knowledged in their individual domains and the help we provide are all at reasonable costs so that they can afford them easily. Also clarified work at an ensured time can be expected from us.

 

Apr 25, 2019 02:04 AM
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Desmond Brennan
desmond.com - Beverly Hills, FL
Self-employed happy guy

There are a lot of scams which are trying to attract a crowd to their website to get a traffic. They are collecting your private info to sell it. Once  I needed to get a professional exam help in florida i've searched through many websites. As a result I've started to get a lot of spam calls and mails. So be careful with Google or it is better to use Private Connections known as VPN.

Sep 12, 2018 03:54 AM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Most of them are total scams and should be avoided. Almost all of them are just phishing for personal information or contact lists so they can broaden their base and increase their SEO and overall website presence and influence.

Be especially of all the phony political surveys. Some of those are put out by hackers wanting your personal info which can give them access to your credit card and banking info.

As you may or may not have noticed I've really pulled in the reins on my website presence overall and am pretty much just posting on my own website and linking to other sites i.e. AR, FB, LI, etc.

Even AR has become inundated with a lot of SPAM lately. I'm getting hits on posts I wrote years ago from SPAMMERS. It's an ominous world we're living in.

Jul 22, 2018 09:04 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anything that has readership, mushrooms!

Jul 21, 2018 10:56 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We do get a lot of email, and most are just deleted.

Nov 01, 2017 06:04 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Just delete without opening.

Oct 31, 2017 03:45 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

John DL Arendsen Sorry to hear of your bad experience traveling through Europe.

Oct 29, 2017 06:51 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, we need to be careful.

Oct 29, 2017 06:32 AM
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Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

yup, there is much out there we must be careful about

Oct 29, 2017 06:07 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Joe Pryor  nailed this one!

Oct 29, 2017 05:43 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I avoid all of those sites.... 

Oct 29, 2017 05:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have found that not clicking through and deleting solicitations like this a good defense... whether it's a phone, tablet or computer. Not sure what scams you are referring to... I just returned from Russia and Germany and had no issues with phone or laptop.

Oct 29, 2017 04:32 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not read news. I check twitter for daily most important trends. 

Oct 28, 2017 11:21 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Oct 28, 2017 05:21 PM