My Best Real Estate Lead Generating Website: ActiveRain

Real Estate Agent with Trademark Loss Mitigation


For those of you that are active in ActiveRain and committed to utilizing its numerous resources, this blog probably isn't much of an interest.  However, if you are like me and find yourself constantly looking for the best lead generating tools, particularly leads captured from potential clients searching the internet for what you have to offer them, ActiveRain is by far one of my favorite lead generating websites!  Here's why.


When I started in real estate, I kept searching for  the "one thing" that would give me all the leads I wanted.  I still haven't found that "one thing", but I've found my best 10 and I do all 10 of them.  One of my best lead capture sites is ActiveRain and it accounts for over 25% of my direct quarterly leads - more if you count the referrals I get from clients that I gotten in the past.


Here are my top three reasons ActiveRain is my favorite lead capture website!

    1. Blogging
    2. Blogging

No, this isn't a typo.  I specialize in short sales and no cost 3rd party short sale negotiations for agents.  So when  someone searches Google for certain keywords that pertain to my business, I want to be as close to the top of Google's organic list as I can.  One of the best ways to do that is to blog using specific keywords that correspond to what information potential clients are looking for.

I try to blog multiple times per week - not always successful, but I try.  I know it can be a pain, but the results speak for themselves.  Utilizing ActiveRain's Search Engine Optimization (SEO) boost (ActiveRain members write 1000s of blogs per month) allows for a much higher exposure on Google than you could ever get on your own single blog site. They also have  several blogging training classes including the not to be missed blogging boot camp.  Click here for more information about ActiveRain's Blogging Boot Camp.

And Last, their outside blog site is a fully customized website that allows me to quickly post internally to ActiveRain's various groups and members, and to post publically with the touch of one button. A one button hit will also get my blog posted on my Facebook page and Twitter page.  How easy is that?

Need Proof?

Google SEO Short Sale Specialist


Check out the Google placement for my keyword Short Sale Specialist Spring TX







ActiveRain Blog Views



Here are some of the lead and referral generating views I have received from my ActiveRain blog posts.






3.  Networking/Resources

You can't find more Tips, Tricks or Valuable Information from a single source as you can on ActiveRain.  Or, a more helpful group of people - staff and members.  ActiveRain currently has a membership of over 220,000 real estate professionals that have generated more than 2,000,000 total blogs.  In addition, there are over 8,000 specific topic groups such as ActiveRain Newbies (12,700 Subscribers and 88,688 blog posts) and On-Line Marketing Group (6339 Subscribers and 12,793 blog posts) to name just a few.

In addition to the resources, the networking ability is invaluable to me.  As my websites can generate leads outside my market area, and state for that matter, the easy network and referral capability of ActiveRain means I can help more clients as well as increase my botton line.

I just scratched the surface of how I use ActiceRain's Real Estate Lead Generating capability.  To get the full scope of their resources and networking capability, you need to spend a little time in the training sessions, like ActiveRain University, join and participate in several pertinent groups, and - just ask.  The other members and staff are more than willing to help.

See you on ActiveRain!

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Houston TX, Spring TX short sale specialistThe Trademark Loss Mitigation team is a family owned business and  includes a multi-state network of real estate agents, attorneys, title companies, short sale negotiators, credit repair providers, mortgage providers, inspectors and investors. Together, those professionals act as a NO COST short sale outsourcing solution for Realtors and Homeowners.

Jim McNinch, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE);

Short sale agent, Short sale specialist



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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great information, Jim.  I have to look at these stats and see how much activity (beyond comments) AR is creating for me.

May 19, 2012 01:46 AM #1
Kim Carlson 480-993-9384 - Mesa, AZ
Valley of the Sun Realtor, Seller Specialist

Good Morning Jim, I too want to be at the top of Google using my Activerain blogging. I'm not there yet although I have it on my top success list. Thanks for sharing.

May 21, 2012 01:42 AM #2
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

I agree, Jim. AR is my favorite real estate tool also. My blog gets me noticed online, and it's fun to particiapte in the converstations here on the platform. I love it.

May 21, 2012 05:52 AM #3
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Great entry, Jim. I like the stats you posted for proof !
May 21, 2012 09:59 AM #4
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Jim, thank you for sharing the reality of what your AR blogging is doing for your business.

Jul 29, 2012 06:09 PM #5
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Jim, we agree Active Rain is really moving us up in SEO results!

Jul 29, 2012 08:08 PM #6
Marie Westerman
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes - Evans, GA
New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR

Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 07, 2012 04:04 AM #7
Larry Hernandez
Hidden Paradise Realty Team @ UTR Texas Realtors - League City, TX
Associate Broker
Thanks Jim for reminding me of what really works!
Sep 19, 2012 02:15 AM #8
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