Guess Brad Andersohn and Bob Stewart may actually know what they’re talking about.

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Guess Brad Andersohn and Bob Stewart may actually know what they’re talking about.

Like everyone who joins AR I know who Brad Andersohn is. It was only a matter time before I found out who Bob Stewart is. Where I went wrong was in not reading Brad’s blog on a regular basis, so I missed most of the good tips and valuable information he was sharing with us.

Then Bob came around and started a couple of contests to help us help ourselves. Of course my real reasons for entering the contest was the extra points. I’m sure a lot of us thought the same thing. Why get 225 points when we can get 1000 points for our post. Well the points had a string attached to them. We had to go back and read Brad’s post and at least make a valid attempt at following his guidelines in order to get the points.

So I decided to take some of Brad’s suggestions and use them when updating our websites. It might be a coincidence, but things started to happen. First I found our sites have moved up to page one on Google and Yahoo and are on page two of MSN and Bing. Next is that links to our sites appear on multiple pages and multiple times in the search engines.

I’ve saved the best for last. In the past two weeks my husband has received two contacts via AR and five calls via our website. The latest call came this morning from a gentleman who recently purchased his home and was looking for a local contractor. Mike’s website, AR blog and Localism posts all came up on pages 1 through 5 of Google.

Pretty cool considering we when joined AR back when the Rainmaker Account was free. I think we’re getting an incredible amount of benefits from our membership in a networking community offering totally free membership. Our next step is going to be the outside blog.

So, go figure
Brad Andersohn and Bob Stewart may actually know what they’re talking about.

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JTHIS - Professional Home Inspection Team
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Ray Nellum
Envision Real Estate Group, LLC. - Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith Real Estate

Sue, you know a lot of people are fooled by that "boy next door look" of Brad."  That guy has got some serious skills, and does know what he's talking about!  Great post and I loved it, lol.

Sep 09, 2009 01:42 PM #49
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I agree free is the best price. Luckily Active Rain doesn't charge a commission.

Sep 09, 2009 01:44 PM #50
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Congratulations on the feature, Suesan.  I've learned a lot on this site too.  And met nice people, including you!!

Sep 09, 2009 01:53 PM #51
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

I have so many things bookmarked, to implement at a later date that I need a few more hours in every day to make it all happen.  So true about the level of help here for the taking.  And I'm with you about the lure of the contests and carrots points dangled just beyond our reach.  Personally, I can't wait to do my next series for consumers.

Sep 09, 2009 02:08 PM #52
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Another story of success due to AR blogging....gotta featrure this in my Blogging and Leads post, Suesan. Indeed the dynamic duo do know what they're talking about...which has me thinking...hmmm

Sep 09, 2009 02:22 PM #53
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

I ratified my first contract from AR last week.  IT DOES WORK!

Sep 09, 2009 03:15 PM #54
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Ray - now that was funny! "The Boy Next Door Look?"...  LOL~  :-)

Julie -  a commission?  Hmmm...not a bad idea....   just kidding!

Sep 09, 2009 03:20 PM #55
Dora & Vincent Kwok
HomeSmart Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate

Suesan-Great to hear your efforts are paying off...I agree Brad and Bob have great information to share and help facilitate this community.

Sep 09, 2009 03:33 PM #56
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Susan - Bob and Brad certainly provide us with information to help our business.  Glad to hear that applying the suggestions yield positive results.

Sep 09, 2009 03:51 PM #57
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Not only do they know what they are talking about, they are pretty cool guys, too. 

Sep 09, 2009 04:03 PM #58
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

It's amazing the amount of information that we can garner, particularly if we listen and pay attention.


I enjoyed the contests that Bob came up with and appreciate what Brad always has to teach us.

Sep 09, 2009 04:29 PM #59
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Suesan - Brad & Bob go together like bread & butter, a combo when slapped together give us all a a taste of what they know it takes to be successful on ActiveRain.  Congratulations on the great story, feature and feeding Brad & Bob's egos today. :)

Sep 09, 2009 04:37 PM #60
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Active Rain has built a great team. Brad was one of the great additions to the team.When The AR staff creat post.. All should take note as they do know what they are talking about.  I don't think there is a better team out there.

Sep 09, 2009 05:07 PM #61
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Congrats on the leads, Suesan! When we take the time to use it properly and leverage the resources, AR provides a great platform for high-ranking search results.

Sep 09, 2009 05:37 PM #62
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Good on you for the lead. Yeh, these guys know what they're doing.

Sep 09, 2009 06:18 PM #63
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029


Suesan, Congratulations on the ☆! Yup! They certainly know what they are doing. Kinda fun when things work out in the rain now isn't it? ... 

Helping you live your American Dream...


Sep 09, 2009 10:07 PM #64
Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

This is a great success story.  I have begun to read Bob's blog but admit I have not started followin the advise...I am bookmarked and ready to go.  It sounds like I need to get moving.

Sep 10, 2009 02:38 AM #65
Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

This is a great success story.  I have begun to read Bob's blog but admit I have not started followin the advise...I am bookmarked and ready to go.  It sounds like I need to get moving.

Sep 10, 2009 02:38 AM #66
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

There are more than just Bob and Brad on staff who know what they are talking about!

Sep 11, 2009 12:20 PM #67
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I've developed an utmost respect and admiration for the forces behind ActiveRain. They make it fun to be here, notwithstanding the hiccups here and there.

Sep 13, 2009 12:51 PM #68
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