A Milestone and a New Benchmark For Me..............Thanks To Active Rain.

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A Milestone and a New Benchmark For Me..............Thanks To Active Rain.

milestoneToday I reached a new milestone in my Active Rain participation.

I've crossed the 75,000 points mark !

That's a big deal for me. Even though I'd been a member since 2008, I had not been active until this past 6 months.

I had 3 blogs prior to this past December. Now I have over 100 that I've written myself. (Others are AR re-blogs).

I've learned to blog with the help of many friends and great examples here on AR. Thank you Active Rain.

When I started I could not conceive of the seemingly astronomical point levels some members have earned. But my web presence needed a boost.

I'd been on line for years but never got any direct business from it. Now it's happening and when I want callers to see how knowledgeable and passionate I am about the subject I refer them to my Active Rain blog:         

Robert Butler Home Inspection Blog

I'm number 1 on the leader board (i.e.featured) in my city, Pointe-Claire, number 5 in the Montreal area and province of Quebec.   I've had a few featured posts.

But I have more to do. I have to really up my invitation rate. Active Rain is still an undiscovered country here in Quebec. This is in large part due to the fact that the majority work in the French language.

The other part is the perception that AR is not local ( and real estate is nothing if not local) and the bloging would not be about the local market. But of course we know that's the wrong way to think.

That's the genius of the AR environment because locals looking for listings and services in their area will find you. Your fresh content will make you visible to the search engines.

So even though you become part of a growing community of professionals that is over 200,000 you have a very local presence and visibility to your client pool.

So I will be emphasizing and educating local agents and other potential Ar members, of the benefits that they can have access too.

So thank you AR. A milestone passed and a new benchmark for my AR experience.

 

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Rainmaker
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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Congratulations on the milestone Robert. I had been told for quite some time that blogging was important, but until I actually started doing it regularly I couldn't envision why it was so. after a bit of a leap of faith, it's paying off in spades now.

Jun 12, 2011 11:29 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

 

Congrats on reaching your milestone here in Activerain.  Just like you I joined back in either 2007 or 2008 but it only since last Dec that I have really started to post .  It quite interesting and there is so much to learn.  Wishing you much continue success.

Jun 12, 2011 02:08 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Robert,

Congratulation. This is all sort of new to me also, but it really has been a great learning experience. There is so much good information being presented by everyone.

Blog on !!!

Jun 12, 2011 02:47 PM #3
Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks Malcolm it is a kind of 'leap of faith'. It's never one blog  but consistent blogging.

Hi Michele, thank you for the well wishes. It's the AR community that makes it work.

Yes Don the quality of the out put is a major bonus.

Jun 12, 2011 02:59 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Congratulations Robert!  A job well done!  The many excellent post you have provided are appericated.  Best wishes for the next 75000!

Jun 13, 2011 01:46 AM #5
Rainer
171,130
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks Dan. It seemed like a mountain but it wasn't

Jun 13, 2011 02:57 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I'm a little late to the party but....congrats Robert.  Keep blogging away.

Jun 15, 2011 01:39 AM #7
Rainer
171,130
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks Anita.

Jun 15, 2011 01:44 AM #8
Rainmaker
179,897
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Congrats Bob.  The first 75k is the hardest.

Jun 15, 2011 07:59 AM #9
Rainer
171,130
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks Jack, that's good news.

Jun 15, 2011 10:09 AM #10
Rainer
478,183
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

As you get more points, you’ll find that it becomes easier to get more points. Interesting, and addictive.

So congratulations, and here’s a little gift for you:

Gift for you!

Jun 15, 2011 04:39 PM #11
Rainer
171,130
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks Russel. Interesting name for a boat.

Jun 15, 2011 04:54 PM #12
Rainer
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Kim Carnes
Licensed - Certified Home Inspectors (317) 753-7098 - Indianapolis, IN
Carnes Home Inspections - Indianapolis Metro Area and beyond -

Hey Robert

Just getting staterd not sure what to do.  I know I need 25 friends to get my URL.  What do I do next?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carnes-Home-Inspections-317-753-7098-KimCarnesHomeInspectionscom/164612970261440

Jun 17, 2011 02:04 AM #13
Rainer
171,130
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Hi Kim. I'm not sure what you mean by 'get my URL'.

If you meant your publicly visible blog on line you have to pay for it. About $ 60/month until you get high enough points to reduce the monthly fee.

If I recall right it's roughly a $ 10/month reduction per 100,000 points.

Contact Active Rain (phone), there is a start incentive that gives you the first 2 months free.

I'm not aware of a 25 friends requirement for anything. I think you're thinking of facebook 'likes' requirements for fan page personal address.

Jun 17, 2011 06:06 AM #14
Rainer
478,183
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Be sure to stop by my blog today until you find something interesting!

Anything interesting?

Jun 17, 2011 11:48 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Robert,

When you focus on your market, you can have a real impact without needing to have massive points totals. The bottom line is how you rank in your area. It really does not matter how you rank in Washington D.C. or some other place as long as you dominate your dominion.

Jun 22, 2011 03:27 AM #16
Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

I'm # 5 in Montreal and Quebec. That's disproportionate though as a majority segment of would be competitors and real estate professionals, work and service their clients in French only, and so are not tuned into AR.

Jun 22, 2011 05:12 AM #17
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