Danilo apologizes for writing the 2nd post on AG that hammers REALTOR.com…

in two days and it reminded me that I’m about to hammer into REALTOR.com for the 2nd time in a short-while…  but I dont’ expect to appoligize at the end… 😉

Today’s beef?

The realtor.com team managing their blog platform is acting reckless.

Here’s the background: Last week, I let the realtor.com team know that Trace at BrokerScience had found some prett bad spam was filtering into a feed of their main blog: Let’s Talk.   I know they received my message because I received both notes and calls from the team thanking me. (Trace was not so lucky in terms of getting feedback).   Plus, at some point last week, they removed the spam from all their existing posts.  So far, so good.

Then today, I noticed that two recent posts on their feed are still spewing out spam (to sites selling Viagra, vicodin, tramadol, etc.).   Here’s a screenshot from my reader to give you an idea:

spam links from realtor.com\'s feed

This is a BIG deal because it means that even after the realtor.com blog platform learned that their platform was compremised (i.e. someone had hacked into their system), they kept the site up in a compremised mode that allowed those same hackers to return and insert more spam links into their posts.

Here’s some more background on this particular hack.   In the past 6 months, I’ve seen two other blogs have this SAME issue and each time I’ve written a personal note to the host.  Yet, I’ve purposefully never blogged about any of these sites getting hacked because I’m afraid that some people will mistakenly blame the WordPress platform.  The reality is that in every case the host had not upgrade to the latest stable version of the software and when they did upgrade, the problem went away.

I honestly don’t have a problem with a host that is running an old version of the software and gets hacked as a result (Been there and learned from that).  What frustrates me in this case is that the realtor.com team knew their site was hacked, but rather than upgrade to the latest version of the software, they left a compromised site live.   That’s just reckless… especially since there are more than a few ways to automate the process

A feed of news and blog searches can make the world so small…

It was fun to see Kristy Dunphey post pop up in my feed reader (from a news fed on my name).   I’ve been meaning to get back in touch with her ever since she handed me a copy of her book and a wonderful note after my talk at NAR last November, and now I REALLY have no excuse not to!  😉

I read about the tracking of feed views…

…that WP.com is automatically doing of my posts the other day, but didn’t play with the new feature right away. My loss. This is great stuff.

For any posts, I can now see how many times the article is read in a feed reader in addition to how many times is is read on this site. Interestingly, it appears that any given blog post on 4realz gets between 100 and 200 views from feed readers.

What does this mean for 4realz traffic?

On a recent article about Altos Research, you can see that almost all the traffic came from “syndicated views” or feed readers.

Altos Research article stats

Whereas on my recent post about Zillow’s auction patent, most of the traffic came from links from other blogs, so this chart looks very different:

Zillow auction patent article stats

This is good stuff and I’ll be fascinated to see how the syndicated views change over time.

“From your 421 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you…

…read 14,361 items…”

google reader stats

I knew I followed a lot of blogs and news sites, but even I was surprised to find out I’ve been reading an average of almost 500 articles a day.

How to do I read so much?  I follow the Scoble Method of hitting “J, J, J, J…” on my Google Reader quickly and often while waiting for something to catch my eye.