ActiveRain is a great place to promote our businesses, whether it's a new listing, a new loan product, home staging services, or whatever you might do to help people who buy, sell or own homes.
Before you start a huge marketing effort here for whatever your shiny new thing might be, there are these pesky Community Guidelines that could put a bump on your blitz.
Earlier today, I was going through my posts to see if there were comments that needed to be acknowledged, and there it was - a really, really long comment that, on closer examination, was all about how the commenter could manage all of my social media participation. She would keep up my website, make sure my Facebook page full of appropriate posts, keep my LinkedIn page professional and save me a lot of time while increasing the number of leads I generate online.
Now, if she'd just written a post with all this information, that would have been fine. Except that I might have missed it. Lord knows, a lot of great blog posts fall through the cracks. But there is a pesky little clause in the ActiveRain Community Guidelines that says:
This is a pretty common rookie mistake on ActiveRain. And here is how to avoid making it yourself:
Generally, it's a bad idea to include a link to a post you've written on in a comment on someone else's blog. If you ever decide to do a weekly summary like my "Last Week's Favorites" or Kathy Streib's "What I Learned This Week", it's fine to leave a comment on the posts you highlight to alert the author.
If you are selling anything - especially services to agents, don't hawk your wares in blog comments.
ActiveRain is a great place to promote your business - by blogging about it and interacting with other bloggers. You'll have plenty of opportunities to learn and grow your business. It's what ActiveRain is all about.
And if you're the one who wrote the comment? Not to worry. I did worse when I was a newB.
Just read the Community Guidelines before you do much more blogging!