My Thougts on RainCamp and Who Should go!

Real Estate Agent with Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

When Missy Caulk tells me to do something....I am on it!  So here are my thoughts on RainCamp.

First I want to give you a little background on me.  I started paying attention to SEO back in 2004.  I paid Advanced Access about $5,000 to teach me how to get to the top of the search engines.  Since that time I have worked diligently on Content, Linking, Back Linking, Unique One Way Links and my Keywords and Meta Tags.  I have been on the first page of Google for 5 continuous years.  I make my living from the Internet.  When times were good I supplied leads to a team of 5 agents, now it is back to 3.  My point is that I know a lot about SEO.

When I signed up for RainCamp, I signed up so that I could learn more about Blogging....I already know everything there is to know about SEO....I am on the first page of Google remember?  I signed up as a "Gold" attendee because I was going to save a couple of bucks, my learning would be limited to blogging (I already know SEO remember). 

Boy was I ever wrong!  I do know a lot about SEO but not as much as these guys!  It was kind of like thinking you are the strongest guy in the whole kindergarten class.....but I am 38!  Once I was in the room with some people that REALLY KNEW about SEO I didn't feel so smart or so smug!  I cannot begin to tell you how much I learned and you have to remember that I already was pretty good at this, or so I thought.  These guys are EXPERTS!  They are GIVING away more knowledge than I paid $5,000 for in one shot, not to mention the thousands I have spent since then gaining more knowledge.  Bob and Ben gave away every piece of information I had paid for in a couple of hours.

AR has been one of the best learning venues I have encountered in my career, RainCamp is by far the most incredible experience I have encountered for teaching anyone about SEO, Facebook, Blogging and how to be able to continue doing business in the coming years.

I really do feel that those who do not start learning these techniques will quickly find themselves in the unemployment line.

I sincerely want to thank Bob, Ben, Brad and the others who made RainCamp in D.C. possible.  I will be at the next RainCamp near me and I will be Platinum, front and center!

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Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Thanks for the recap!  Active Rain Camp is coming to our area next month and I was considering NOT attending since I have blogged regularly for a couple of years . . . I'm now humbled and signing up!

Jun 12, 2010 03:13 AM #1
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Margaret- I highly recommed it.  I would either pay for Platinum (sit up front and have electricity for your computer) or have a computer with a very good battery on it. I made the mistake of only paying for Gold.  It would have been worth another $200 to have been able to use my laptop. 

Jun 12, 2010 03:16 AM #2
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Damon, the reason I wanted you to go ahead and do a blog was to get the 225 points. NOT.

I thought it was really good that someone who thought they knew it all...admitted he learned things at Rain Camp.

There are so many "so called" experts who think they know it all, but reality is we don't, never will.

P.S. I recommend this for a feature, because of your honesty and humility.

Jun 12, 2010 04:52 AM #3
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Seems like everyone has written their Raincamp DC Blog except for me. Its coming. Hopefully I will have one by tomorrow. Wish I would've have met you. Raincamp was super. Great post.

Jun 12, 2010 04:28 PM #4
Akil Walker
TriStar Realty - Bowie, MD


Good information. I just missed the DC Raincamp. I am hoping that Lanre can feel me and hoping to make it next time.



Jun 13, 2010 01:25 AM #5
Tiffany Torgan
Harcourts Prestige Properties of La Jolla - La Jolla, CA
Featured on HGTV's New Show! How Close Can I Beach

Hi Damon! I am so glad to hear the positive feedback from Raincamp....I will start keeping an eye open for one around here. Tiffany

Jun 13, 2010 11:45 AM #6
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Damon, I hear yah!  Just when you think you know it all, along comes Raincamp.  LOL.  Sorry we didn't meet there, but maybe next time.

Jun 13, 2010 05:53 PM #7
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

The more I read about what people have learned at these RAinCamps, the more it makes me want to attend one, and I was supposed to be at the DC RainCamp. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for the next RainCamp coming to the East Coast...

Jun 14, 2010 01:14 AM #8
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Damon, I just found your RainCamp post while reading about the one coming to Prescott. I CAN'T WAIT until next month to go to RainCamp in Orlando!! We paid over $4,000 for Compass Internet to get our website to the top of the search engines. What a joke. The girl had us choose a meta tag that didn't reflect what was actually on our site and blew me off for a perfectly good one that would have been good SEO. There is lots more, but you get the gist. I started learning about SEO in 2007 and I totally agree with you that agents who don't embrace the future will be finding new jobs. Next time I'm in Roanoke we have to meet IRL :)

Jul 26, 2010 04:33 PM #9
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