Your Blog May Not Be As Lonely As You Think! No Comments?

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Sometimes I read comments from Active Rain members who wish they knew how to get more comments on their posts. active rain statistics tutorial

Before I found Active Rain I was on Blogger. It was very lonely there. I had one comment during that time and I felt like I was in some deep dark cave and no one was ever going to find me!  But I also knew that Google analytics would tell me if anyone was even reading and they were.

Writing for your local markets and posting your articles about your area to Localism is a great way to build upon your consumer readership. Localism posts don't garner a ton of Active Rain member comments. But that does not matter if you have readers who are reading your blog.

One time I read a post written by an Active Rain member who titled her post something like, Why is no one commenting on my blog? Just because no one comments does not mean that no one is reading. There is a big difference. Now if you don't have anyone reading your blog- well, that is a problem. You will have to figure out why no one is reading. But let's assume for the sake of this post that is not the case.

There are many more people reading your blog than are commenting on your blog. Typically I read many more blogs here on Active Rain and outside of Active Rain than I ever would have time to comment on. I try to make about 20 comments per day. Sometimes I can only get my 10 comments in on very busy days and often on Sundays I make no comments.

So I told this member to go and look at her statistics to see how many people came to each particular post she had written.

While we all love to have recognition and comments from fellow Active Rain members and that is great to build a referral business in this manner we must remember that the public, the consumers, the readers outside of Active Rain very rarely comment on any blog. So while you may feel lost in this community called Active Rain you may well be surprised to find out how many people are actually visiting your blog and profile.

How do you find this out?

On the left side towards the bottom of your home page on Active Rain you will see a set up links that looks like this:

active rain statistics tutorial


Click on the link that is called, 'STATISTICS'. What a wealth of information you will find on your statistics page.

At the top of your Statistics page you can see how many times your profile has been visited. That is the page on your Active Rain blog that you place information on about your services, your experience, links to home searches, market information, email, phone number, etc.

active rain statistics tutorial

Underneath that you will see two tabs. One of those tabs is Subscribers. This is where you can see who has subscribed to your blog.

There is the Blog Entries tab. At this tab you can see the title of your post, how many comments you received on that post, how many views of that post and how many click throughs on that post.

What I would like to call your attention to is that the posts with very few comments are my posts to Localism and our outside Activeblog. But the amazing thing is that these same posts have a huge draw to them by the readers that will never leave a comment. These are for my posts about short sales. There usually are over 1000 views on my posts about short sale information and help and only a few comments. Most of the click throughs are to our website since I do not link out to many outside sources. You can see the one below that has only 8 comments but 1527 views and 176 click throughs.  We also just got another short sale listing over the phone from a person who found our Active Rain blog and clicked through to our Short Sale information page on our website.

active rain statistics tutorial

The best way to build a large readership of those who comment and those who don't is to provide value. Pay it forward attitudes really create a great energy around your blog that will attract others to you. Don't just post your listings. People can go a million places online to see listings. Don't just post to Members only. Actually, I can probably count on one hand how many members only posts I have written. You do not get the Google Juice that you are here to get by writing members only posts.

And if you want comments from members on Active Rain then go out and make comments first on their blogs. This is the fastest and best way to get comments.



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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I love it when you write such a beautiful post that is also chock full of information. You are quite the talented blogger.

Jun 25, 2009 03:03 PM #67
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Thank yo for the great explanations...I will say it again...I have learned a lot from activerrain. As an independent broker,  it is great to learn from everyone since I have no one in house to learn from.

Jun 25, 2009 03:09 PM #68
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

I'm with Mike above it gets very lonely as an independent broker but since I found AR 2 1/2 years ago I don't have to feel lonely any more.  I've typically written more for localism than anything else but I like to throw some other things in to the mix in hopes that I am giving as much as I am receiving. 

Jun 25, 2009 03:47 PM #69
Elayna Fernandez
The Positive Mom - Irving, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

I love looking at the stats! Thank you so much for encouraging others to do so, as well. luv ya girl

Jun 25, 2009 04:31 PM #70
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Margaret- I could not retire to bed tonight without first telling you how much I appreciate your compliment to me. You just  made me cheer up from the sad news of Michael Jackson dying tonight. Thank you so much:)

Jun 25, 2009 04:55 PM #71
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

The blogging gurus say that if you want comments you need to say something controversial...

Jun 25, 2009 05:41 PM #72
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Localism posts get very few comments, but can also be some of my most popular posts!  Funny how that works...

Jun 25, 2009 10:22 PM #73
Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Morning Katerina, Your blog was so popular it was featured twice in my Active Rain newsletter.

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Jun 26, 2009 01:57 AM #74
Tatyana Sturm
Exit Realty DTC - Aurora, CO
Denver Realtor, GRI, Denver/ Aurora CO Relocation

true that, I read much more than post comments, I usually won't post a comment unless I read through the entire blog

Jun 26, 2009 07:27 AM #75
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

This is such an encouraging post and as always written with sensitivity to others.  I can not tell you how many times I have wanted to throw In the towel and call it quits,....

after I calculated the time, research, finding the photo to match the topic, writing and re-writing..all this against what the draw of the  reading members and comments show

It can be so unbalanced and at times  unproductive .Quality precious time wasted, hours spent that could have been put to better use.

Once the blog is off the blog roll...chances of falling off the cliff into the unknown is obvious.  It takes longer to write the blog than it's lasting presence on the blog roll.  All that said...the love of the creative outlet and members who are there to inspire and encourage balance out the scales.  Thanks I am sure this post has help many who want to give it up. I commend you for you focus on helping others not only feel good about themselves but also to inspire and encourage. Thank you

Jun 27, 2009 02:44 AM #77
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I find that the market reports, and sales stats get a lot of views, and like you say, the non-members hardly ever comment.

Jun 27, 2009 02:12 PM #78
Carmella Hustoft
Keller Williams Western Realty - Ferndale, WA
Washington Realtor

I've had non-members email me with their response because they couldn't figure out how to leave a response via a blog.  So yes, more folks are reading than responding.

Jun 29, 2009 05:38 AM #79
Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

Katerina, as always you are extremely helpful-- especially to us AR "newbies" who are just starting to blog.  Thanks again!

Jul 05, 2009 02:58 PM #80
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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June- Thank you for your heart felt comment. It really touched me. I want you to know that all the time you spend on a post is worth the time and effort. It may not seem that way, but it is. Never throw in the towel. Only 7% of all realtors blog so you are way ahead of the pack. As more agents start blogging you are that much at the advantage. DOn't give up your position:)

Jul 05, 2009 03:07 PM #81
Lois Merrithew
Lloyd & Day Real Estate - Tamworth, NH

Good information.  I had seen this once before but had forgotten to continue to check.  Nice to see you have at least been read.

Jul 07, 2009 02:22 AM #82
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Cynthia- WOW! How about that! What a popular post! Thanks for the heads up! But I am sure that this was an oversight:)

Jul 07, 2009 02:30 AM #83
Mark Velasco
Sharpstone Commercial - Whittier, CA
Top Producing COMMERCIAL Team 30+ years experience

Thanks for the info Nestor. I will no longer feel ignored. lol

Jul 10, 2009 02:19 AM #84
Marie-Denise Kratsios
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Huntington, NY
Where ever you are, that's where I'll be!

Thanks for the great post, Katerina.  It should be required reading for all Newbies.

Jul 16, 2009 12:49 AM #85
Debra V. Edwards
edwards builders and realty, inc. - Cashiers, NC
Realtor/Builder, Cashiers, NC., Highlands, NC., Glenville

Yes sirree...I was wondering the same thing.  I have written a couple of blogs lately and very little response....hmmmm.....This is why I like Active Rain.  We non-techies, get to learn from you, techies.  Thanks for sharing, Katerina.    

Sep 11, 2009 06:52 AM #86
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hey Nestor and Katrina, thanks for the information.  I'll have to check my statistics.

Apr 02, 2010 04:32 PM #87
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