Thank YOU Active Rain!

Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty

I have been blogging for about 6 months now and would say I am definitely addicted to it. I am not so much addicted to the writing part as much as I am the results. This will be my 75th blog here on the rain! There are MANY reasons why I am thankful so I thought I would just name a few. 

1. My website is actually getting traffic! When I first started, I don't think I was in the top 100 results of a Google search for much of anything. NOW, with certain keywords and phrases I am all over the top 3 pages! Most of the search phrases are fairly generic (which is a good thing). The proof is in the search. Give it a shot. Some of the key phrases I have been working on are "Franklin Homes for Sale" "Franklin MLS search" (This one has made it all the way to the top!!) "Nashville MLS search" etc. 

2. I am learning more about Real Estate through blogging than I am through my continual education. Maybe blogging should be a mandatory class:)Blog

3. I am also learning about SEO FOR FREE! The information that people post on here is priceless. A year ago I would have paid big bucks to get where I am today... instead, it costs me nothing. 

4. Making new friends through blogging is key. Sure, some of them are in my SEO/Blogging class at work but now that I have made the connection they want to see me and my business succeed. Who else is going to call you and suggest better ways to capture leads! These same people are in competition for that number 1 spot. Thanks Larry Brewer and Mike Nastri

5. AR was just the beginning of my internet awareness. The information, the marketing, social networking, etc. is endless.... I am now discovering marketing ideas for my listings that I would never have thought of in the past. These listings are getting more leads and showings than they would have just being on the MLS. 


Stephen Strickhausen

Keller Williams Realty

Franklin MLS search





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Brian Turner
Realty Direct - Washington, DC

I agree that bloggin is GREAT.  If you do it enough, it definitely becomes fun!

Jun 04, 2009 01:06 AM #26
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Stephen, you said: I am learning more about Real Estate through blogging than I am through my continual education. Maybe blogging should be a mandatory class:).

Truer words never spoken (at least for me - I have also learned more here than I have in any class).

Jun 04, 2009 01:47 AM #27
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Stephen, congratulations!!  I think ActiveRain is one of the best opportunities out there for SEO, networking and learning things about the real estate industry.  It is very addictive!!  Good luck and keep it up!!

Jun 04, 2009 01:51 AM #28
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Stephen - Thsnks for the plug, and the link. It's still amazing to me that we have these workshops every week for free, and a lot of people still don't want to participate. Maybe they don't need any more business. We have it open to anyone who wants to come from any office.

If I were working with Caldwell Bankers, Re/max or Bob Parks, I would take that 5 minute drive over to the Franklin Keller Williams office and find out how this works.

Jun 04, 2009 02:18 AM #29
DriveBuy Technologies
DriveBuy Technologies - Austin, TX

I always say that things that are free are hard for us humans to truly value. AR is a perfect example of that; if you spend the time, it pays off.

twitter / Ian_at_DriveBuy

Jun 04, 2009 02:29 AM #30
Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri
Keller Williams Realty - Franklin, TN
It matters to us as much as it matters to you.

Hey Stephen, Great blog post.  It is a great class and we do have fun while we learn.  It is nice to invite other agents and folks form other work groups to our Keller Williams office in Franklin.  See you next Tuesday at 10 am.

Jun 04, 2009 03:11 AM #31
Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523

Because of here & the things I learned, I rank repeatbly on the first page of google for several different communites, but more importantly, I have clients that I'm working with from these posts.

Jun 04, 2009 03:22 AM #32
Liz Miller
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lake Havasu City, AZ
Just Call Liz

Congratulations, Stephen.  I am still a realtive newbie on the Rain, but the information I gather here has been so helpful.  I am beginning to really see how important blogging has become to getting my name and business out to the general public.

Jun 04, 2009 03:44 AM #33
Billie Hillier - North Las Vegas, NV
Savvy Home Realty Solutions

I have been using AR for 2 weeks now (I have used it for years but only to use for research!) - - - I am hoping to see my traffic pick up soon. AR is wonderful!


Billie Hillier
Practical Real Estate Marketing
The Internet Has Changed the Way Clients Find You - Let Us Help Them

Jun 04, 2009 04:00 AM #34
Amy McAllister
Amy McAllister Realty LLC - Hood River, OR
REALTOR Hood River, Oregon

Activerain is such a great resource. I learn something everyday on activerain. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 04, 2009 04:17 AM #35
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Stephen, I couldn't agree with you more.  Active Rain has provided me with so much information and news skills...I am just can find it all here.

Jun 04, 2009 05:02 AM #36
Judi Boad


I love being part of Active Rain too! It was a little intimidating at first, now it so natural to share experiences and information with everyone! Every day I am part of ARU (active rain university!)

Jun 04, 2009 05:52 AM #37
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Congrats on your success. Continue blogging and you will reap even more benefits!

Jun 04, 2009 06:47 AM #38
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Florida and Washington Real Estate

Looks like the rain has poured for you. This is inspiring....

Jun 04, 2009 07:12 AM #39
Susan Sawyer
Keller Williams Chervenic Realty - Hudson, OH
Real Estate Expert - Hudson Ohio

Well, when I don't get too busy I love to blog  here. I think sometimes I get caught up in the points system, and I could spend all day reading blogs, so have to limit myself. Have you received very many leads from blogging at AR? That would be a real bonus in addition to learning more about RE.



Jun 04, 2009 08:06 AM #40
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Stephen: There are so many things to learn here in the rain. So many people are willing to share with others and where else can you find so many topics in one place.

Jun 04, 2009 10:13 AM #41
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Like Lenn says, the sky is the limit. To think of all those people that pay a mint for leads - and I'm struggling to keep up with my "free" ones!

Jun 04, 2009 12:21 PM #42
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Stephen - Congrats and keep on blogging. It's all good! 

Jun 04, 2009 12:23 PM #43
Muffy collins
Bridgeport, CT

It is so exciting. I am new to AR and very new to blogging. I have just started this week. I need to get an outside blog with AR. On my to do list! Keep going!!!

Jun 04, 2009 12:48 PM #44
Kim Dean - McKinney, TX
d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own

Stephen! Way to go...Active Rain has DEFINITELY  taught me more than my continuing ed classes. Maybe I'll make it mandatory for all my agents to comment on at least 10 per day? Hmmm...perhaps. Wishing you the best for a great summer!

Jun 04, 2009 02:54 PM #45
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