My Favorite Things... We all share our favorite things about Active Rain

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Hey y'all!  I am working on a follow up post comparing the benefits of Active Rain and Wordpress for a class I am going to be teaching to members of our local REALTOR association.  I'd love some help from actual members of this community and to have real life examples and opinions from members.  

Please share with me some of your favorits things about Active Rain.  Are you a member for the ability to post, the networking, the training, the people you have become friends with?

Do you have an outside or members only blog and why?  Were you a member of Active Rain when all members could post to the public?  Has the change affected your involvement on the site?

Is there something you would have done differently with your blog if you could start over?  Would you have jumped in and went with an outside blog?  Would you have started on Wordpress and changed your focus within Active Rain to be geared more toward networking with agents?

Is Active Rain the only blog that you have what do you think and the advantages and disadvantages to having an outside blog hosted through Active Rain?

Thanks in advance for taking time to share.  I'd like to be able to paint the most accurate picture of the community as possible to the agents I will be speaking with about this community.  Now go get some points by commenting...

 

                                                                       

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Rainer
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Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

Hi Sheri - found this post via Twitter - GOOD JOB on the social networking!! So - for me, the power of ActiveRain is HUGE! What I like about it is that you're able to let your clients know that you are part of the LARGEST online community of Realtors - when you blog and feature their listing - you're reaching out to over 200,000 agents across North America - this. is. huge. A big added value!!

Also - the support and sense of community is amazing!

*The point system kind of rocks too... it gives you that extra motivation to get out there and socialize with like minded REALTORS.

I LOVE ACTIVERAIN!!

May 26, 2011 03:37 PM #18
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

As of now, no outside blog - and just blogging on ActiveRain. May be, soon I will think of Trulia, Zillow and Wordpress blogs - as Barbara Todero suggests, don't put all your eggs in one basket.

May 26, 2011 04:04 PM #19
Rainmaker
1,316,720
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have found this a great experience.  I have not done too much with WP.  I know it would be good for me to work on that next.  I agree with what has been said above about the AR experience.

May 26, 2011 04:05 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Sheri Spain
Next Home Team - Raleigh, NC
Wake Co. NC REALTOR Apex to Raleigh to Wake Forest

Wow!  Thank you all SO much for your ideas and I', excited to have a featured post.  I love all the enthusiasm and thoughts about Active Rain and Wordpress and I appreciate all the opinions you all are sharing.  When I put all of this together with the comments I have gathered off Active Rain I will post an update.  

May 26, 2011 04:30 PM #21
Rainmaker
988,534
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Sheri, in a nutshell, these are a few things I love about AR: Google Juice, tech tips, ease of use, staying current on what's going on the real estate world and last but not least...the PEOPLE! :)

I don't use WP, but I know I SHOULD...and I will...soon! :)

Leilani

May 26, 2011 05:46 PM #22
Rainmaker
634,239
Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
New Home Team

I use both but i get lots of great industry information here..the ability to get advice and learn whats new in the industry.

My wordpress is just for marketing purposes....

May 26, 2011 11:07 PM #23
Rainmaker
1,330,231
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Interation is a key difference. You met people you share ideas and tools and how to information with off line.
May 26, 2011 11:47 PM #24
Rainmaker
1,359,425
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Sheri, I have both AR and Wordpress.  I use one specifically for clients and one catches everything else.  I do like the WP platform a little better, but it's apples and oranges.  I'd love to see your final results when you get your production finished. 

May 27, 2011 12:12 AM #25
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I have several blogs in different websites. .not one gets even close about relationships and learning than ActiveRain . . .but you have to be careful because of the time. . 

2 hours in ActiveRain per day is 10 hours per week. 

in one month that is 40 hours. .

40 hours is a FULL TIME job for someone working a WHOLE WEEK. .

One week's worth  of a full time job in ActiveRain?. . you better be getting PAID SOMEHOW !

 

May 27, 2011 12:38 AM #26
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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Blogging on Wordpress is like howling at the moon, it satisfies a need but did anyone else hear you? Blogging on ActiveRain is like trying to make a speech in a crowded room. Those around you (subscribers) will hear your speech and maybe comment, and there may be others just passing by at the right time, that will stop because it sparks an interest. Then there's the rest (Internet consumer) that might be looking for something specific, and come across your speech, and maybe make the first move to reach out.

May 27, 2011 12:38 AM #27
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Everything Debe Maxwell said, I would say ditto.

The community and the learning we get here is invaluable.

If I had it to do over, I would make my outside AR blog about Saline, not Ann Arbor.

I would tag my posts differently, not so many.

May 27, 2011 12:50 AM #28
Rainmaker
1,326,262
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sheri, ActiveRain is a great way to learn from your peers. Members willingly share their experiences on a non competitive basis. the Google Juice also has it all over a Wordpress blog.

May 27, 2011 02:22 AM #29
Rainmaker
2,269,681
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My colleague Fernando in his summer cubicle #26 does good math...I will add that you do get educated, work-out your blogging legs and a good chuckle now and then. ActiveRain is ActiveGain....Its all good Sheri

May 27, 2011 04:25 AM #30
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

What I like to do is to exploit the google juice of AR to get more traffic on my wordpress through hyperlinking. 

May 27, 2011 08:13 AM #31
Rainmaker
571,412
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Sheri,  Apples and oranges really.  Both have morphed into a specialized marketing tool and both can be a tremendous asset if you commit to the effort. 

May 27, 2011 08:30 AM #32
Rainmaker
877,333
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Hi Sheri - I started with an external blog using Wordpress, but then migrated the blog over to Drupal for greater functionality (Wordpress was pretty limited five years ago).  I have two Drupal blogs - one is a community blog (where I advertise my listings and my business on the sidebar, I am the #1 listing agent in this community so there is a business purpose to it), and the second is for my non-profit organization (nothing to do with my business at all).  I recently started a Wordpress blog using Genesis and AgentPress (as you know, because you were kind enough to offer to help me with it) and that one will be focused on real estate. 

In terms of ActiveRain, I have an external blog, two Localism blogs (but only keep one of of them updated, frankly), and unlike Debe, I do like to write Members Only posts from time-to-time.  I come to AR to learn, stay-up-to-date on technology, and socialize with others in my field.  I do get great SEO on my AR posts, so yes, it is a waste in that sense to do Members Only posts, but I can't resist.

May 27, 2011 02:41 PM #33
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

This is a great topic. It's always fun to read what others have to say about this venue.

May 27, 2011 03:55 PM #34
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Gail!  I do write Members Only posts--not too often but, I do as well.  I meant that if you're not a Rainmaker, your posts are not public posts and I prefer to post publicly--for the Google juice!

And, I agree with Missy--if I'd been smarter in the beginning, I would have DEFINITLY tagged differently!!  (Fewer AND differently!)

May 28, 2011 12:34 PM #35
Rainer
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Allen 2222
Austin, TX

I have both a RainMaker acct and an outside WP blog.

My biggest AR regret is that I didn't join sooner. I'll be paying $59/month once my two almost-free months are up and it will take a few more months of aggressive blogging before my monthly pricing starts to drop. I am here primarily for the community, and the google juice. I learn something new every single day and am in AWE of the level of professionalism and talent.

Most of my AR posts are directed at the AR Community. Most of my WP articles are directed at consumers.

In the long run, the google juice flowing from AR to my WP blog will help elevate it in the SERPs.

May 29, 2011 08:58 AM #36
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Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

I love AR. I have a WP I am not treating it right and will start to do that.  I blog to the consumers mostly here on AR.  Glad I found this network - love all you all!  Please make sure we get an update on this excellent research.

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