Dear Long Lost Subscribers

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

PleadingDogWhat are the best ways to attract and retain subscribers?  As an ActiveRain Newbie, I'm always looking for positive ways to become a better blogger -- and a better Rainer.  Lately, I've read a few posts addressing subscribership with great interest.  I appreciate each and every one of my subscribers and would never want any of them to leave.  It's just that I don't hear from some of them anymore and I was wondering why?

What happened between us?  Was it something I said?  Was it something I didn’t say?  I've seen many suggestions for creating and following a successful "Get a Subscriber/Keep a Subscriber" checklist.  Yet, since I always look forward to feedback -- any additional comments and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Is there anything we can do to work this out?  If you're ever in the neighborhood, perhaps you could stop by for a short visit sometime.  We can talk about it.  What do you say?

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT * COMMENT

Mar 08, 2012 02:26 AM #1
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Carie, It's tricky I think.  We subscribe to 200+.  Many of them went poof and we haven't seen in months and I don't think it's likely they'll ever be back. We don't get around to everyone nearly as often as we'd like.  Some people we comment on most days (a small handful), others every few days, and others every week or so.  Just depends on the subject matters.

As far as for our subscribers, we tend not to go to controversial topics, so we can't say we're in the habit of angering our readers.  But we do occasionally see our number drop 1.  Accidental unsubscribe?  Tired of seeing our market reports and Localism posts?  Didn't like a comment left elsewhere?  Deleted their AR account?  We'll just never know for sure what happened.  It's part of being a blogger.  We try not to lose readers, but it happens.

Mar 08, 2012 02:37 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

I have some that I have not seen nor have posted in Years.  Doubt that many of them will ever be back

Mar 08, 2012 03:29 AM #3
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Ebb and flow.  I subscribe and when the list gets too long, unsubscribe from a few.  There is a smorgasboard here, nobody can possible get to all of them, even the best of the best number in the hundreds. 

Mar 08, 2012 03:31 AM #4
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Wallace:  Commenting, commenting, commenting ... okay, thanks :)

Bill & Liz:  Thank you so much for the feedback!  You really gave me a better understanding and perspective on the dynamics of readership and subscribership.  I appreciate your comment and your thoughts ... thanks :)

Randi:  Since I've only been here for a few months, that never occurred to me.  Thanks for your feedback :)

Marge:  Ebb and flow ... okay.  You're right ... there is a smorgasboard here and I think I have an increased understanding of how people come and go.  Thanks, Marge!

Mar 08, 2012 05:14 AM #5
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Carie - I can't imagine you loosing subscribers for anything you've said or didn't say.  You're always on your game.  I must admit I have no clue how many subscribers or associates I have.  I never look at the numbers.  I hang my head in shame as I admit this fact.  Shhhh... Our secret my friend :)

Mar 08, 2012 07:00 AM #6
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

John:  There are too many reasons why I like you so much :)  Thank you for always knowing just the right thing to say -- I'm glad we're friends.

P.S.  And, don't worry about a thing ... your secret is safe with me :)

Mar 08, 2012 08:00 AM #7
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Carie~` I certainly have no idea how to get and keep a subscriber..Sometimes it seems that people subscribe on a whim..... the entire thing is so foreign to my purpose here ... although maybe i should be paying more attention? I know that when i post something of interest i get more comments.. not sure if it will mean more business. so.. blog on .. and i guess figure that out as we go? You certainly are on my list to follow...=)

Mar 08, 2012 08:19 AM #8
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  "Blog On" ...  I like it!  And, thanks ... you are on my "To Follow" list  too :)

Mar 08, 2012 10:29 AM #9
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Kimm Cloutier
Agawam, MA
Realtor - Agawam, MA

Carie, I really enjoy reading your blogs.  I'm not sure why others might unsubscribe from your blog, but I certainly won't be doing that.  

Mar 09, 2012 10:36 AM #10
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Kimm:  Awww ... your comment brought a smile to my face :)  Thanks!

Mar 10, 2012 01:01 AM #11
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