Being in the real estate industry per se for over a decade I have come across my fair share of idiots... I mean I was really amazed some folks actually could get their license... (Wonder how many times they took the test?) But that's in any business or industry, right?
ActiveRain is for Real Estate. We all know this by now but they do allow other industries membership. Mortgage, Appraisers, Inspectors and Stagers... and lucky for me, SEO professionals. I originally joined AR to benefit my clients and quickly realized how fun it was to blog about my own personal business. So I have done both since November and am loving it!
BUT - there are some on here that think we don't belong. I read a post the other day stating that SEO people on ActiveRain are nothing more than sharks preying on agents considering them idiots. This post almost implied that those on AR seem to know it all and we don't need anyone coming in telling us otherwise.
Well, YOU might. If you have been on ActiveRain for several years you should be pretty savvy to many SEO tactics and have learned what's worked and what hasn't. That's obvious. But even if you just post listings you may not be aware of all the details related to SEO.
Do I know everything there is to know about Real Estate?
Absolutely not! I leave that to you - the expert! But I also DO know a little about real estate having sold it for a few years. It was not my thing so I did more SEO and found I loved this! Do I think having that real estate background makes me a better writer when it comes to writing for real estate sites? Of course! Why wouldn't it? If I had come from any other industry I could certainly write with more authority about that than anything..... DUH! Why is it ok for Real Estate pros on here to give advice about SEO but when former real estate pros turned SEO pros give SEO advice it's not taken as serious? Does it mean I don't know SEO? Does it mean I think you're an idiot cause you don't know what SEO stands for? (Search Engine Optimization) ;-) Of course not! I don't know all the details of a short sale but it doesn't mean I believe YOU think I'm an idiot because of it.
We all know our industry. PERIOD.
I'm here to promote my existing clients, let my personal blogging juices flow and if I can help others on their SEO journey, so be it. I love it! Or I wouldn't have become an Ambassador. There are a lot of people on here that know a lot about SEO. This is a personal network and it helps to know the person you are dealing with - for any industry.
Do I think you're an idiot when you just started in the SEO world? Absolutely not! I want to provide information for those just starting and those that may want to learn more in-depth techniques in the SEO world. This is my business. Real Estate is yours. I don't expect you to know everything about two different industries.
And I don't think you're an idiot!