7 Mistakes to Avoid on Active Rain

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty
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I guess you can call these my Top 7 Pet Peeves on Active Rain. This is not a rant or a rave, it's just my way of sharing with members, what others members may feel, but never write about. Please don't take this personal if you fall into one or more of these categories. I know I did, but hopefully the TIPS I have provided below may help.


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1. It's frustrating when someone adds you as an associate, but they don't put a comment in the box. Then why are they adding you? Don't members know that this is where we can really help each other out? There are more ways to support each other than just commenting on others Blogs?

TIP: If you're going to add a member as an associate, take the time to write a 10 second comment in the box. Just write why you are adding them. This is a powerful tool that can be used as your reference or referral page, but only the member "adding you" has the control.
To add a comment to the associates you've added, go to that members profile page, click on "Add Associate" above their photo, then type your comment in the box at the bottom of the page. That member will be notified by email every time you do this, and hopefully will reciprocate. You can change or update comments anytime.

2. New members sign up everyday (hundreds of them) and never even complete their profile let alone post something to their blog. What a waste of valuable time and what a missed opportunity for these folks. Why do you sign up for something if you're not going to use or understand it?

TIP: It's easy. Just complete your profile, put in a recent picture, and post something to your Blog. Use the search option on AR to find just about anything! If it's happened, it's here on Active Rain! (there are hundreds of support posts on AR to help you) that's why there's no manual per se.

3. The most common: the "points" only member. Thinking that getting the most points and being featured will increase or better their business. They don't realize that it's the content of their blog, and their interaction with others, that will grow their business and relationships.

TIP: Make your point in your posts, not get points from your posts!! Content is the king! If you focus on points, you might get distracted and miss the whole "POINT" of Blogging.

4. The Blogger that comments on your post with a question, then never comes back to get the answer. I know I have done that in the past, and boy howdy can that ruffle another members feathers. Or what about the poster who never comes back and answers your question?

TIP: If you have a question and you ask it on another members post, remember to check the "Notify Me of Comments" box above the security word before you submit. You can always go back and un-check it later. If you create a post on your blog, come back and read the comments, and then reply to those questions or comments as you feel needed. (you can reply back in the comments of your post as well, you don't have to send them an email, unless it's personal of course)

5. This is a great one, you spend 45 minutes putting together a great post, you click on a hyper-link accidentally somewhere on the page, or you hit the "BACK" button and BAM!!! Your post is gone forever. That one really hurts!! We've all done it!

TIP: Save your post as a "draft" (frequently) or save it to your note pad, or word, or...just save it somewhere!

6. You write a post, leave for the weekend, come back to find 15 new comments, and then respond to all 15 in "one" comment box, only to have number 5 happen to you again. I have spent 20 minutes in a single comment box, responding to all those comments and when I hit the "submit comment", I got that dreadful "PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED"! Man that'll rattle your cage too! LOL!

TIP: Only reply back to 3 - 5 comments or so at a time. Try to be more consice in your reply comments. Don't do mini-posts in the comments unless you do them one at a time.

7. My personal favorite only because it is harmless and unintentional, but it's the "Impatient Blogger" who clicks on the "submit comment" then clicks it again because their screen didn't change, only to add the same comment 2 or 3 times to your post. I hate deleting your comments, but by the 3rd one, I just gotta do it.

TIP: Question here is, how many points do you get if you submit the same comment 2-3 times? Hmmm....LOL!
Only click the "Submit Comment" button once! That's it!

I have others, but these 7 seemed like a great start because I'm "Keeping It Real" and "Keeping it fun"!! What's your pet peeve? Spelchek? hahaha

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Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I like that you mentioned content......I try to learn from all of you, but some posts, you all know, are just for points....no value for others.

 

Mar 10, 2012 05:33 PM #670
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Inna - yup, points will never get cashed in, points will never build relationships, and points will NEVER close transactions and build business for you.  But I will also add, points are fun, competitive, and keep people competing for placement in their local areas on ActiveRain.  Genius!!  :-)

Mar 11, 2012 01:12 AM #671
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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lol, true:)

but at the same time if the blog is alive( like yours) you have a lot of comments( additional points to u:) and you do create relationships and subscribers.

Those who just copy and paste have no subscribers, no comments, no associates......lonely climbing up the hill of rating:)

 

Mar 29, 2012 02:14 AM #672
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Inna - very VERY true!  This post sure has received quite a few comments and I haven't seen too many using the copy and paste syndrome that often times can inhibate a potential and worthy blogger and commenter. 

Great points!! (no pun intended... well, maybe a little)  lol~  :-)

Mar 29, 2012 04:20 AM #673
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Kathy Della-Nebbia
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage - Hamilton, ON
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Thanks for the tips.  I've had an account for a long time and I'm finally trying to get into it now.  The etiquette is always helpful to for newbies.

Apr 23, 2012 12:09 PM #674
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

The first thing I learned is to write and save a post in Word or other format, in case it is lost, in the process of posting. 

Apr 23, 2012 04:08 PM #675
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James Loftis
RealEstate911.com - West Palm Beach, FL
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Hello Brad,

 

  Thanks for the great Active Rain tips. Information that a lot of us can use. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Jun 03, 2012 06:56 AM #676
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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What i love about AR posts: you write a blog post one time and if it is noticed, you get comments for years! ( and points and subscribers and associates:)

I'm #678~ have you thought about being one the most popular blog posts here while writing about AR mistakes?

Jun 07, 2012 03:33 PM #677
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Inna - who da thunk?  lol~  Especially a non-featured post on AR getting this many comments is pretty unheard of, but I do appreciate all the visits, comments, and great connections and friends I've made here from this posts like this one and many others like it on my blog here.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Jun 09, 2012 12:54 AM #678
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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Brad,  I have not added anyone as an associate yet and I will remember to write a message in the box!

Nov 04, 2012 04:56 PM #679
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Hi Sharon - thanks for reading and commenting.

That one little additional step makes a huge difference for both the member and for you. See this example: http://activerain.com/action/agents/show_associates/activebrad

It will also make a difference and impact those reading the page as well. It's like a third party testimonial or review in that it helps others decide if and why they'd want to add you as an associate and be connected to you here in the rain. :-)

Nov 04, 2012 09:26 PM #680
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Hi Brad!

Love the fact that you are still checking your 'old' post( lol),

I'm now 681!

haha, do you mind if i come sometimes to say HI? ( maybe we'll push you to the most comments #1:)?

Feb 05, 2013 03:52 PM #681
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Inna - haha~ not bad for NON-FEATURED post on AR eh?  lol~

I Always love to hear from you and I don't mind if you check in on any of my posts anywhere on the web, I will always respond or reply unless I'm dead, but even then, I hope these posts will live long and help others prosper! :-))

Please do keep in touch ok?  That means more to me than #1 most comments!!

Feb 07, 2013 02:50 PM #682
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Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD
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Brad,

Your peeves are our peeves. I actually learned something new - ading content to a suscriber. Need to check that out. This post has legs, right?

Betsy

Feb 23, 2013 05:13 PM #683
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Betsy - yes... run baby run!!  :-)

Feb 24, 2013 01:00 AM #684
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James Brown
KWRC - Ellicott City, MD

Great post.  As a newbie, I am glad that I use activerain to help educate me and keep in the loop.  However, I have experienced the frustration of losing my posts.  I am a constantly saving my posts now  to save me from myself and my impatience.

Mar 17, 2013 07:07 AM #685
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Mike Urlacher
Prudential California Realty - Del Mar, CA
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Good Advice. Thank You

Mar 20, 2013 04:17 AM #686
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Annette Thor
Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT reinct.com - Westport, CT
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT

Super list for us newbies Brad, some etiquette is not so obvious.

May 09, 2013 01:58 PM #687
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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
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I know this was from 2007 but it is worth the time to read again.

May 19, 2013 12:42 AM #688
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Thanks Tim - Glad this post still carries and delivers some value, and that it still has good "Shelf-Life!"  :-)

May 20, 2013 01:26 AM #689
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