A Home Inspector's ActiveRain Success Story

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A Home Inspector's ActiveRain Success Story


I first heard about ActiveRain two months ago after an invitation by a buddy, Steve Hall of Re/Max United in San Diego County. Why not check out ActiveRain? I knew I needed help with search engine optimization for my home inspection business- my website was only showing up on page 10 or so when doing a Google search using my preferred search terms.

 

I began attending ActiveRain University whenever possible and started to implement the strategies taught. Blogging was new to me, so I committed to the 31-day May challenge knowing that this would keep me motivated. I have thousands and thousands of photos saved from home inspections over the years, so I figured that's where I would start. I began telling some of the stories behind the photos. Maybe the stories would be educational or even entertaining.

 

 

Well, here we are on June 1st. I successfully met the May challenge: 31 blog posts in 31 days, and I am absolutely stunned with the results! I have amassed more than 30,000 ActiveRain points and my Google search ranking is now on page one for most of my search terms- many times in one of the top four positions on page one! My ActiveRain rank is now #42 in a big city like San Diego! I have gained many new friends in the ActiveRain "community". And the best part, I have already begun to see an increase in my home inspection business due to my improved online presence.  It's beginning to rain! Thank you, ActiveRain!

 

 

 

 

A home inspector's ActiveRain success story:  Steve Stenros is the owner of First Choice Inspections. He is a CREIA-certified inspector (CA Real Estate Inspection Assoc.) with the MCI designation (Master CREIA Inspector) and can be reached for appointment at 888-335-3040. A FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek is provided with every standard home inspection.

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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Steve, excellent work on Active Rain and the May Challenge!

Jun 03, 2011 02:40 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Thanks, Dan. It's been a fun ride thus far! Did you do the Challenge?

Jun 03, 2011 04:45 AM #5
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

This is a great post Steve on the sort of stuff I love to share with my buyers.  Thanks a lot.

Jun 03, 2011 11:30 AM #6
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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Steve, I did complete the challenge.  It is time to start posting again everyday!  Have an excellent weekend and 'post on'!

Jun 03, 2011 11:00 PM #7
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

That's great, Dan! Things have gotten quite busy, but I will be putting out more posts soon.

Jun 04, 2011 02:40 AM #8
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Rebecca Gaujot
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Steve, glad to see you in the "Rain". You are off to a great start...I also did the May challenge as well as Jan and Feb.

Jun 04, 2011 11:37 AM #9
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Wow, Rebecca, that is fantastic. 500,000 points: I'll be there some day!

Jun 04, 2011 01:50 PM #10
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David Companik
Keller Williams Realty - The Woodlands - The Woodlands, TX
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Awesome, Steve - that's an inspiring story. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be subscribing to yours so that I can better understand the safety and maintenance issues surrounding home ownership.

Jun 04, 2011 04:21 PM #11
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Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Steve: Congratulations, keep it up, your blogs are very interesting and I am subscribing!

Jun 04, 2011 04:23 PM #12
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

So glad to hear that, David and Jane! Thanks for your comments. I'll have more posts coming soon.

Jun 04, 2011 04:37 PM #13
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Welcome and congratulations, Steve. Glad to see you here.

Jun 05, 2011 01:35 AM #14
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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Steve, congrats on your success.  Most times after posting I will end up on the first page of Google, sometime on the second page...first page is where I want to be.  I know a couple of members who challenge eachother to see how quickly after posting they can be at the number one slot after posting.

Jun 05, 2011 08:07 AM #15
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Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Steve - Glad to see posts like this. Here's to more  success in the future to you. And congrats of course.

Jun 05, 2011 08:16 AM #16
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Pet-Friendly Realtor, 561-716-7824

Congratulations Steve!  Very good work and keep on blogging!

Jun 05, 2011 03:12 PM #17
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Thanks for your comments! This gets to be fun when you begin to receive business from areas you didn't before!

Jun 05, 2011 04:19 PM #18
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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Steve, some of the more consistent bloggers here in the Rain are inspectors that have learned exactly what you just learner. The Interaction and consistency generates attention and the posts about what gets found in an inspection demonstrates their knowledge, and that is what interests people like myself who want a qualified inspector for my clients, even though they may not always call them.

Jun 06, 2011 12:17 AM #19
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Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan - Morristown, NJ
Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ

Congrats on your success.  Is there any way you can quantify (in general terms) the amount of increased business you have experienced since reaching page 1 of Google?

Jun 06, 2011 02:40 AM #20
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Ed: Thanks. Appreciate your insight!

Bob: Just a few months ago my website did not even show up in a Google search. With the help of ActiveRain and SEO help from my web hoster, I now book home inspections through my website. Prior to this, all my business came solely from word-of-mouth advertising amongst Realtors. I am now beginning to pick up business from internet searches!

Jun 06, 2011 06:16 AM #21
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Roger Hankey
Hankey & Brown Inspections - Eden Prairie, MN

How soon did you upgrade to Rainmaker?

Sep 20, 2011 06:30 PM #22
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Roger: I became a Rainmaker within three months or so.

Sep 21, 2011 04:14 AM #23
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