19 Blog Post and Still Not Featured?

Mortgage and Lending

I have sat down and pounded out 19 Blog Post since joining Active Rain in October of 2010 and have yet to get a featured post. I have taking the classes Steven Graham gives and followed his instructions to a tee. I have sat up at night and pondered what I should write about and then spent hours putting all my energy into writing it. I have woke up at night and jotted down idea's that pop into my head and researched material that relates to my profession and posted about that. I have written about things that pertain to my experiences during my daily grind at the office and have passionately described the way I feel on certain subjects; i.e. the economy, the lending industry, the old; the new; etc...etc...I have posted and re-posted material that I deem relevant to being an expert in my field; in hopes of PAYING IT FORWARD as the new term implies. Yet I have not once had a featured post on Active Rain.

I have gotten a few comments most good; a few that I felt were a little weird; and one that I wonder if they even read my post. Who knows? Who Cares? This will just be another Post worth a hundred or so points that will fall between the cracks in a sea of thousands of other post.




On the brighter side I have taken 7 loan applications since returning from the holidays and submitted 5 new loan files from clients who HAVE FOUND MY CONTENT ON-LINE and called me.

Thanks to Active Rain I have found that I am featured on the first pages of Google when it comes to researching the 203K loan In My Home Town of Tampa Florida. I got a call from Mississippi and one from Georgia last week; one who is moving to Tampa; and another who is moving to Clearwater; both needed a good Realtor to help them when they get here.

The Realtors I currently have relationships with LOVE it when I email them a Pre-Approval letter with the contact information of new buyers coming to our area. Roles may be changing a little when it comes to the broker Realtor relationship. I am the source now of a good bit of new business driven my way via the Internet. 

I'm an old school guy who has been doing this for over 18 years; and I have always had to get up early and drop off bagels and coffee; cater lunches to brokers offices and pound the pavement to build relationships and earn business from the Realtors in my area. I even set up shop inside a South Tampa Brokerage for a couple of years back in the good old days; so I'm not complaining; life was good then.

But are times changing? With SEO giving everyone the ability to compete on a level playing field for new business; I am now getting more calls directly from consumers who are doing their due diligence on-line and who realize they need a loan approval prior to calling on a Realtor. 

Don't get me wrong; I'm still old school to a certain degree. I like my meet and greets with the local Realtors; I like getting outside from time to time. But I wonder with the new era we are approaching; with the elimination of almost 3 of every 5 brokers in the State of Florida; if I will need to. I will have a lot less competition. Will I still have time to get outside and beat the pavement; spending Time and Money doing Meet and Greets? I don't know?

I think I'm gonna just keep pounding out new blog post for now and see what happens; maybe one day Active Rain will deem one of my post worthy of a feature spot; who knows? OOPS!!! gotta go; just gotta another loan call....

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Jim Poole

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Richard Daskam
Keller Williams Coastal Properties - Signal Hill, CA
Your Real Estate Consultant

LOL.  Congrats on the new business....who needs to be Featured when you are getting the business anyway??!!

Jan 19, 2011 04:10 AM #1
Jason Smith
Crye-Leike Realtors - Fayetteville, AR

Jim, I think we all experience that a bit.  With 200,000 members it has to be a little tough to be seen in this community.  I'm of the opinion that this community is not the one that I service.  Sure, I share my thoughts and information, but my real hope is exactly what has happened for you.  You are present in search engines, and you attribute that to your time on active rain.  That's a far more wonderful and PROFITABLE success than having a featured blog.

PS - I did suggest this for a featured blog.  :D


Jan 19, 2011 04:10 AM #2
Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD

Congrats...don't know about you, but I, myself, would much rather have the phone calls vs. the 'featured' status!

Maybe 20 is the charm?

Jan 19, 2011 04:13 AM #3
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

It took me a long time to get my first feature and then it was a win lose situation, which I described in my "addicted to AR post from yesterday".  You have to just keep going and write for the sake of your readers, and the feature will come...I swear sometimes it is just pure luck, like the time of day you post, and how many see it...once it slips down the role, your chances are less...

Jan 19, 2011 04:13 AM #4
Karen L. Pietsch
Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc. - Crystal Lake, IL
Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate

Hey Jim.  I like your post.  I know the frustration you're feeling.  I've posted more posts than you have and haven't been featured yet.  But, if you're patient and believe in what you're doing here, I can't help but believe things will happen for you.  

I, for one, would LOVE to add you to my Associates list as I am always looking for reputable lenders and realtors in other states that could help me when and if the time comes.  I, in turn, would love it if you would consider me as well for any real estate needs that come your way for the Northern Illinois and Chicagoland area.  

All I can say is hang in there, don't give up, and use the time you have to find other tools and support here on AR.  These are great people and they'll help you with anything you're having problems with.  I have subscribed to a number of the "staff" blogs so that I can read any new information on those first before I go elsewhere.

I'm learning as I go but I want to seriously recommend that you look into the Rainmaker upgrade here.  They offer a free trial to help you get your feet wet while you're learning and they have much more to offer members than the free area, if that is what you are on.  Keep your eyes out for a post I'll be finishing up probably tonight that should help you find other avenues of thought on this.  ;)

Hang in there and know I'll be here for you should you want to talk at any time.  This is not a fun industry right now but AR makes it really enjoyable for me.  I'm able to keep myself busy here when things are slow in the field.  I always have something to do and now never have enough time to do it all.  That's good when you're a "workaholic" like me ..... but a fun-loving workaholic at that.  :)

Jan 19, 2011 04:15 AM #5
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Wow for a few months you certainly have had some success with all those new contacts and business. I wouldn't worry to much about the features, they will come.... Congrats on your success.

Jan 19, 2011 04:21 AM #6
Mike Warfel

Keep your success close to home. This international collection of members from the real estate industry is a very knowledgeable group but may not help with increasing your income. Kind of like being involved with a real estate wickapedia, a good group to be seen with, makes you look smarter by association.


Jan 19, 2011 04:24 AM #7
Tommy Taylor
Taylor Properties & TexasForSale.net - Kerrville, TX
CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor

Is your goal with AR to have a featured article or network for business??? Sounds like the networking has been working for you with the talk of all the new business. Congrats- there are many of us here on AR that would like to have a featured article, but I think most would give up a featured article for a few good business transactions. I do wish you luck and with time(and all the effort you are putting into your articles) I am sure you will get one of your articles published.

Jan 19, 2011 04:28 AM #8
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Congrads on the new business, after all that should be the main goal. But a couple of things that helped me 1) Adding pictures to your blogs (watch for copyright issues) and 2) Condense your text (esp at the begining). You need a short, crisp opening paragraph to capture the reader's attention. Good luck!

Jan 19, 2011 04:39 AM #9
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

The people who are getting featured a lot have probably written hundreds, if not thousands of posts.  If you're writing content that consumers find, that's probably most important. And if it's well written and helpful to realtors, then they'll read it too.  It takes a while - be patient ;)

Jan 19, 2011 05:01 AM #10
Bill Pohl
Tetra Homes, Inc. - Loveland, OH

Congrats are in order for your new business. And if you get featured with only 20 posts, I'm going to feel bad because I have 30 posts! LOL

Jan 19, 2011 05:49 AM #11
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Business is what counts. Features are nice but they don't pay the bills.

Jan 19, 2011 06:15 AM #13
Jim Poole
Tampa, FL
Zero Down, USDA Purchase Loans, FHA 203(K) Rehab & VA Streamline Loans

Thanks for all the nice comments. It's nice to get a response back like this. I used Active Rain to locate a Realtor in Clearwater to help me with one of my clients; because I wanted someone who had a good understanding of the condo market over on the beach there. So I am trying hard to Pay-It-Forward with-in the Active Rain community.

Jan 19, 2011 08:56 AM #14
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Who cares if you get featured, you've got business. With that business you can buy yourself a trophy.

Jan 19, 2011 12:03 PM #15
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Jim, keep up the good work and follow your heart with your posts.  Don't feel bad...I have been here since November and have written 80 posts as of this evening and not one featured.  What I have gained is new relationships with wonderful people here at ActiveRain.  Don't give up...it will happen. 

Jan 19, 2011 12:03 PM #16
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


LOL, you hit the "true" meaning of being featured ... that is ... getting new business!

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Jan 19, 2011 12:57 PM #17
Jim Poole
Tampa, FL
Zero Down, USDA Purchase Loans, FHA 203(K) Rehab & VA Streamline Loans

I got featured in the group "Whacked" that's fantastic!!! I love that group!!!

Jan 20, 2011 01:54 AM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Jim!  I think I posted about 100 before the gold star pixie visited my blog!  Hang in there.

Jan 26, 2011 08:15 AM #19
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