Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
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Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
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I read a long time ago that writing reviews of local businesses is a great way to drive blogging traffic. However, I've discovered that there's more to it than just writing a good article and putting an opinion out there. You really need to go beyond a Yelp-quality article. If you do, you'll rank on Page 1 of most Google searches for that business which means you start benefitting from the online efforts of that business as well as better contacts in the community. I recently wrote an article about a new cupcake shop in Campbell, California. Not only did the business owner read the review but the local merchant association asked to quote it on the community website. Wow!
#1 WRITE A GREAT REVIEW - This means you've got to write the same 300-500 words you would write for any other article and it's got to read like a review. If all you do is put in information about what products they sell and business hours, you won't get anything out of it. I recommend writing about businesses you truly like and visit so you can sing the praises of the products and/or services they offer. Write about an especially good experience you had, that really resonates with readers.
#2 INCLUDE A LINK TO THE BUSINESS - By including this link you'll drive traffic to the website of the business you reviewed. The link itself, at this point, won't do anything for your SEO but it does make it easy for anyone reading your review. That could help with people sending your review to other readers.
#3 TELL THE BUSINESS OWNER - Let them know you wrote the review, why, and where to read it. I did this for a wine shop and they sent me a $30 bottle of wine as a "thank you". If they really like it, you could ask for and get a backlink from their site to you or they could quote your review on the "endorsements" section of their website. The idea is that you want to boost their online exposure and hopefully they'll help boost yours.
#4 LEAVE CARDS AT THE BUSINESS - Some businesses have billboards with cards of people they endorse or you can leave cards by the cash register. It all depends on the business. Either way, it's another place for you to put yourself so potential clients see you. You've now taken an online review and leveraged it into the real world.
#5 RETURN TO THE BUSINESS - Stop by and visit from time to time so you can keep up the relationship. Just as relationships with clients are important, so are relationships with businesses. By coming around it's a way to remind the owner and staff that you care and value the relationship. BE GENUINE!
I've written a few reviews and gotten good results. It takes time but when you follow this recipe, you will get exposure both online and in the real world.
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Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.