My REW blog has been flagged for violations
You have likely arrived at this page because you have a notice
in your account that your REW Blog has been flagged for a violation
of the REW Blogs terms of service. This blog post will inform you
on how you have this flag removed so that you can get back to
taking full advantage of all that REW Blogs have to offer.
Before getting into how to have the flag removed, let me first explain why we have a TOS and why it is important that every member abide by our rules and policies.
#1: User experience: It is very important to any serious blogging platform that we convey at all times a sense of professionalism and access to high quality information without all the spam or self promotion that tends to plague lower quality FFA blogging platforms. At REW Blogs, our readers get access to unique information and insight from the professional real estate community - not a bunch of ads and link spam which will turn off a visitor and cause them to not return.
What we would like to see at REW Blogs
- Useful (unique) information that is relevant to real estate.
- Commentary, predictions, anecdotes, advice, informed opinions, etc.
- Decent literacy and presentation!
What we do NOT want to see at REW Blogs
- Opinions that aren't informed or qualified. Without backup and explanation, your opinions are just hot air.
- The "echo chamber". If you will present information/ideas that you found elsewhere, you should contribute to it.
- Articles that are chiefly self-promotional with little to no content.
- Blatant Ads
- Link spam
#2: Search engines: REW blogs
perform very well in search engines - this is due in no small part
to the fact that our authors write high quality (Unique) content
that does not violate any search engines guidelines and is often
referenced from other sources on the web.
Our rules against link spam and other forms of search engine spam or low quality advertising posts ensure that REW Blogs are able to maintain their authoritative status by providing our readership with the highest quality (Unique) content possible. It is also very important that these rules and regulations are strictly enforced so that search engines can trust that they are indexing and ranking high quality "Human" contributed, edited and moderated content.
#3: Link schemes: Any attempt to artificially inflate page rank or link popularity is not welcome here. Search engines frown upon this kind of behavior, and it does nothing for the user experience - when a link is placed in any section of REW Blogs (In a post, in the relevant reading section, in the related links of a post) it should be done so for the sole benefit of the user, and NOT to send yourself link juice / page rank.
*Note if you have worked hard at cramming as many links in your blog to your sites as you can thinking you will get a bunch of links to help your SERPS, you have wasted our time AND yours - If you have had your REW Blog flagged for violations, this automatically applies a nofollow to all areas of your REW Blog account (Not just your posts) - so you are currently not enjoying one ounce of link juice from REW Blogs.
The benefit of the doubt:
Here at Real Estate Webmasters we really feel it is important
that you understand that our rules and regulations are in place for
the betterment of our readers AND YOU the authors. By strictly
enforcing guidelines we ensure that no new author gets missed, and
is given the chance to learn how to contribute to a web community
the "right" way - by building an online reputation, and showcasing
your knowledge and experience to a readership of your peers and
It is the greatness of YOU that is presented through your content that will bring you customers and high search engine rankings, not some fad or link trick that you may have picked up from a less reputable source.
If you are willing to learn from us (12,000 web savvy agents, brokers and their webmasters) then we welcome the opportunity to teach you. Our blog forums are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there are literally thousands of members who are happy to help any time with questions, comments, concerns and more.
Once you learn our system (Which granted has a lot more rules and guidelines than your average FFA blog platform) you will understand why it is so important for us to ensure high quality for our readers - it is this quality that builds reputation and online success for us all.
I am ready to have my flagged removed, how do I do it?
Your blog was flagged for one or more of the reasons above - in
order to have your flag removed you must take it upon yourself to
go through your previous blog posts and remove anything you know
does not belong there, or was placed there solely to attempt to
inflate your link popularity or search engine rankings.
When reviewing your posts, and other areas of your blog ask yourself - did I truly do this for the benefit of my readers? Does it make sense? Is it helpful? If the answer to any of those is no, then that is a good place to start.
Be sure that you review all sections of your REW Blogs, not just the content in the body. Check the related links, the relevant reading, your blog BIO and any other place you have contributed to.
Once your blog is in compliance you can private message any Real Estate Webmasters staff member on the forums and they will be happy to forward your request to our reviews department.