ActiveRain Seattle RainCamp | Tuesday Takeways | Things You Missed (but we didn't because we are in attendance!)

Real Estate Sales Representative with Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale

ActiveRaiin Seattle RainCamp

Ok, I'll be the first to admit the following points will seem a bit random, but the points are some takeaways from Tuesday's ActiveRain RainCamp that I find valuable. I've posted Monday morning's before the break and after the break takeaways, as well as Monday afternoon's takeaways as well. Enjoy...

  • Optimize your ActiveRain signature link with your keywords to provide a link back to your ActiveRain profile with your main keywords.
  • The meta description (in search results) is pulled from the first sentence of your ActiveRain blog, and occasionally, the last sentence in the blog entry.
  • Make blog entries timeless. In other words, write the blog entry so the content is relevant 2 years from now.
  • 2 really good ActiveRain University classes tomorrow. Go here to register.
  • Takes 1 closed transaction to cover the annual ActiveRain Rainmaker fee!
  • You need to limit the amount of time devoted to social media - use it as a tool, not a lifestyle.
  • provides accessibility to you for your clients and associates.
  • provides a resource for finding what folks are discussing on a topic you input. Receive free daily email alerts of your brand, company, CEO, marketing campaign, or on a developing news story, a competitor, or the latest on a celebrity.
  • Your true worth is determined by how much more you GIVE in value than you TAKE in payment.
  • How to unsuck your business:1 be there (show up), 2 be accessible, 3 be responsive, 4 be attentive (listen), 5 be givers, and 6 be valuable.
  • "Your true worth is determined by how much more you GIVE in value than you TAKE in payment."
  • It's a beautiful day today, have you blogged about it:
  • Blog about restaurants (or other reviews) then copy the post over to Yelp! for additional exposure.
  • Remember old school real estate farming? Well, do the same but with your blog.
  • Debe Maxwell's market reports are a good example of great market reports.
  • My favorite blogging topic suggested: Steps to Selling a Home (checklists)
  • Bob Stewart says blogged local events are the highest grossing traffic generators on ActiveRain.
  • When re-blogging at ActiveRain, post, the edit, then change the title to make the re-blogged blog more relevant to your area niche.
  • Set up Hit Router and Listing Referrals in your ActiveRain profile.
  • Want all those cool fonts, colors, sizes, you see folks using at ActiveRain, try Firefox' Scribefire. Or,
  • Wikimedia Commons ~ A database of 10,391,904 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

For anyone who has not attended a RainCamp, we couldn't recommend RainCamp anymore than saying if RainCamp Seattle were held tomorrow (again) we would be here!  :-)

Comments (51)

Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the post. I got some good tips from your post.

Jun 21, 2011 11:07 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Debe Maxelll is a great example of blogging for dollars and she is one of the stronger bloggers in AR. I can't wait top go the next raincamp .. once again!

Jun 21, 2011 11:14 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Oh boy, I am going to have to check out each post. I have been using Evernote on my ipad to write class notes then posting them as blog info later.
Jun 22, 2011 12:27 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Colleen, you picked up a lot of good information at this RainCamp. Thanks for passing along some pointers.

Jun 22, 2011 01:33 AM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

Thanks everyone for the kind words.  My husband and I drove home last night and was wonderfully surprised when finding out that to top off a wonderful two days at RainCamp, we had a featured post!

I want to add that the notes we've posted are only the tip of the iceberg.  There was 3-4 more times the information shared. 

One of the takeaways that cannot be adequately shared in notes is the enthusiasm an attendee leaves with to return home and stay the course.  RainCamp, among other things, is a shot of adrenaline to do the stuff we know we should be doing.

Jun 22, 2011 01:56 AM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Colleen: Thanks for the report. I was sorry I couldn't make it. I like the part about value and giving. These are so important. Thanks again!

Jun 22, 2011 02:02 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I have never heard of the Wikipedia Commons before and I need to check it out. Thanks for the tips.

Jun 22, 2011 02:16 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I missed this earlier and would have missed it except for Cheryl Ritchie's re-post. Thanks, it is definitely worth reading!

Jun 22, 2011 02:21 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Colleen....Congratulations on your feature and thanks for posting the highlights of this years Rain Camp. I've been to two and I came home with my head buzzing, I'm sure you did too.

Jun 22, 2011 02:30 AM
Cindy Logan
Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors - Huntington Beach, CA

Colleen, thanks for sharing.  I noticed "Your true worth is determined by how much more you GIVE in value than you TAKE in payment." was listed twice.  Was that for emphasis?  You can BET that I will be at the ActiveRain Camp in August here in LA.


Jun 22, 2011 02:33 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Colleen.
Thank you for sharing your notes!  RainCamp is a wonderful and empowering experience. The content is ever changing and relevant as your notes show. I'm off to try some of the new 'tools'!

Jun 22, 2011 02:34 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

This list is WONDERFUL.  Sounds like you are having a truly wonderful time!  I'm printing your Takeaways and going thru them.  Thank you!

Jun 22, 2011 02:50 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I cannot feign ignorance any longer after reading your post...alas, I must get to work....thank you Colleen

Jun 22, 2011 03:28 AM
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Raincamp is great - Now if we could just bring it back to SOCAL all would be good... At least for a day.

Jun 22, 2011 05:04 AM
Kim & Kristine Halverson
Compass - Santa Monica, CA
Sisters, Realtors
Thank you for sharing! :)
Jun 22, 2011 05:51 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

That video of the blind guy definitely makes you think about things...

Jun 22, 2011 05:56 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Colleen and Joe:  It was so great meeting you both yesterday at RainCamp! Let's stay in touch!

Jun 22, 2011 05:58 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Didn't know about That's going to be a big help for listening to online activity.

Jun 22, 2011 06:02 AM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Colleen,

These were your notes!

You took them during the classes and shared them with us.

Mine are scribbled on paper that I will probably never find again.

Thanks so much for sharing!


Jun 22, 2011 10:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Colleen!  I'm so glad that you attended RainCamp and came away with SO much great information!  I think just setting your mind to putting your top 3 picks to work for you in the first week is a great start to monetizing your blog.  You'll be glad that you did!  Thanks so much for the mention and I look forward to reading your blogs!    

Jun 25, 2011 03:41 PM