Building Your Active Rain Network

Home Stager with Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

Building Your Active Rain Network

The following suggestions are just my opinion and what has worked for me. That said, I have built a sound network of wonderful friends on Active Rain that I interact with almost every day, have talked to many on the phone, text and exchange emails with. Start building your AR network today!  

1. If you notice the same circle of members commenting on a blog that you visit regularly, there's a good chance you too share common interests so check out their blogs.

2You don't build relationships on Active Rain with cut/paste comments and in fact this has the opposite effect. People know it's a "point's comment" and some even take offense.

3. Be sincere and consistent - if you find a member who puts out great posts, check in regularly and comment. You will usually find they will start visiting your blog as well.

 4.  If you have a question or want to get to know more about a member - shoot them an email. Don't write a mini post on their blog- make it more personal.

5If you find yourself visiting a certain member's post frequently, subscribe to their blog. Once you've established a group of subscriptions visit these members often, if not daily and interact with them.

 6. If you visit a member's blog over ten times in a short period of time and they never visit your blog, rethink if they are worthy of your time. No relationship should be one sided - IMO.

7. Look at groups that resonate with your interests and join them - likeminded people become friends quickly because they share common interests.

8. When members take the time to read and comment on your post, thank them by visiting their blog and leave a comment. It can be time consuming at first, but you will build relationships much faster. It's all about reciprocation, like any other friendship.

9.  Let people know who you are. Write a variety of posts and include some that tell us who you are and what you're all about. I'm a home stager, but have many wonderful relationships with realtors, inspectors and photographers because we share the same values, interests, humor or causes.

 10. Share your knowledge or expertise - write posts with tips & advice. Keep it short and sweet, most of us don't have long attention spans or a lot of time- we like the Reader's Digest version.


Lastly, be patient - the old adage, "Rome wasn't built in a day" applies to Active Rain relationships. They take time to build - hang in there and before you know it you will have a sound and meaningful network. It wasn't that long ago that I was lucky if I had 2 or 3 comments - we all start out on an even playing ground.

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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Kristine, still networking.....please don't forget to send me back photos contest ends the Saturday.

May 18, 2011 03:05 PM #104
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

I'm on it Ellen - sending them you way now!

May 18, 2011 03:07 PM #105
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

YEs! Share your experience, your thoughts, your ideas with the community and you will benefit

May 18, 2011 03:23 PM #106
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Hi Kristine ~ Any newbies as well as "oldies" will benefit from following these tips!  You are a quick study Kristine and I'm delighted that you've found such obvious benefits here on AR!  :-)

May 18, 2011 03:37 PM #107
Aaron Seekford
Arlington Realty, Inc. - Arlington, VA
Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116

Love the tips, Kristine. ActiveRain can be extremely cliquey and like a high school cafeteria at times... but these are some great ways to break through.

May 18, 2011 03:43 PM #108
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Now, that's what I'm talkin' about! You go, girl!

May 18, 2011 03:44 PM #109
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kristine- congrats on a very feature worthy post.  I say double ditto on all of your points!

May 18, 2011 04:21 PM #110
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

What a great post Kristine! I wish I would have learned this 3 years ago when I joined AR. Perfect explanation of AR etiquette and the culture the members created here.

May 18, 2011 04:25 PM #111
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Erica - Well said and the benefits are so worth the time and effort!

Maureen- when I say I got about 2-3 comment when I first joined AR - you where one of the 2! I'm always grateful to you for all your help, advise and support. I try to give back what you gave me - you are my inspiration to reach out and support newbies!

Mike - Thank you and I truly believe what you put out in life is what comes back to you. When we give, we get and connecting with people in general makes for a rich and rewarding life!

Aaron - I think life is like that in general and you do make a good point. The best thing you can do is be yourself, blog from your heart and don't worry about what others think about you - you'll connect with the right people for you and rest really don't matter - just like in life!

Gayle- I was hoping to hear from you today - figured you were busy. I'll shot you an email - it's almost weird if I don't hear from you - lol!

Kathy- If anyone knows good networking it is you my friend - you are sincere, help the underdogs and blog from your heart -it's no wonder you have such a huge fan club which I am a card carrying member!


May 18, 2011 04:42 PM #112
Ricky Ablaza

Hi Kristine,

Great blog!  You write close to your heart.  Thanks for the tips.

May 18, 2011 07:27 PM #113
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Kristine; your posts are always thoughtful and well written. I look forward to reading them everyday. I am inspired by how you are interacting in Active Rain and hope to mimic your efforts. Congrats on the feature. 

May 18, 2011 11:27 PM #114
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Thanks Ricky - that's the way to do it - be yourself, create your own unique style and be true to yourself - this is what has worked for me!

Anne - Thank you Anne, that makes my day! You're well on your way and keep up the good work!

May 19, 2011 05:46 AM #115
Adam Mallory
eBroker Real Estate 619-566-ADAM - San Diego, CA
Broker, ABR, e-Pro

These are great points to live by!  I've used #4 a few times already.

May 19, 2011 05:48 AM #116
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You do a great job of reaching out to new bloggers here at Active Rain. So many of us can get in the habit of a small circle of the same ten bloggers in a field of 207K! Contratulations on a feature on this one! You put a lot of work in to your posts and love the details, flowers, variety.

May 19, 2011 06:44 AM #117
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Thank you Adam and I've had nothing but postive responces when I've emailed other members and they quickly became part of my network. Active Rain by natrue lends itself to support each other and that's one of the things that sets it apart from other social networks!

Andrew  - Thank you so much for your kind words and you make a good point - I subscribe to so many members it does get overwhelming at times, but I do the best we can. When I first started, I only commented on stagers posts - ironically, I have as many Realtor and inspector for friends (you included) as I do fellow stagers. This is one of the reasons I love AR - It connects you to so many people, you'd otherwise never know. Have a great day!

May 19, 2011 09:00 AM #118
Kim Inman
Mountains to Lakes Real Estate, Inc. - Harriman, TN
CRS, Broker/Owner

Kristine...thank you for the tips. My friend Cindy Edwards wrote about you and your tips on building relationships on AR. I'm fairly new, I've been on AR since January.  I do subscribe to about 30 people and have several that I read daily. I liked your comment about one sided relationships. I have a couple of people I comment on daily that have NEVER commented on my post.  Thinking I may cut those loose and go on to someone else. Thanks again!

May 19, 2011 09:31 AM #119
Marlene Albrecht
Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty - Middletown, NJ

Hello Kristine, thanks for all of the great information!

May 19, 2011 02:53 PM #120
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kim - thanks for stopping by and I share your feelings about when you comment consistently on someone's blog and they never stop by and see what you're up to - good for you to cut them loose! There are plenty of others on AR that network and reciprocate and that what it all about!

Marlene - you very welcome and I hope this helps - keep on blogging!

May 19, 2011 04:53 PM #121
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | eXp Realty, LLC. - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

Kristine, like everyone else has said, I agree with you 100%, this is a really good post and worthy of a reblog...thanks.

May 20, 2011 06:04 PM #122
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV

I found this great post via a reblog from Donald Bradbury ... Yeah! The system works .. Great Job! I'm subscribing!

May 21, 2011 03:36 AM #123
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