Success In The Rain: My First 30 Days

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Wow! So much has happened in the past month, that I can hardly believe that I've only been an Active Rain Rain Maker for 30 days now. I wanted to go over a few of my lessons and a few triumphs that I've experienced here on Active Rain in my short time so far.

My 30 Days On Active RainDecember 30th, I signed up for my Rain Maker account. I professed then that I was Lost In The Rain and didn't quite "get" Active Rain. For those of you who don't know me, I'm an avid blogger on my own websites. I never understood why you would want to do all of the work that came with blogging on another site that you had to pay for that had less features!

I learned pretty quickly. Day 14, I posted "I Can't Believe I Never Liked The Rain" where I confessed that I was starting to get it and that I was actually ENJOYING the time I was spending here. Again, I do a lot of blogging on my own website, but as I explained in this article Active Rain fills that Attention Deficit Disorder void and provides you with instant gratification and instant feedback. Sure, it may just be agents who are commenting for points, but you know that people are READING your articles. And perhaps, just perhaps, you can make a difference. If you are lucky, you can get a featured article.

Perhaps I was having a bad weekend when I posted "I'm A Part Time Dallas REALTOR®... You Have A Problem With That?" to vent... but wow was I surprised at the reactions! This post is still my most popular post based on comments and clicks. A few agents had a bad attitude over the post, a few agreed with me, and many just told me to get over myself. LOL! They were absolutely right - nobody really cares about MY status other than me. While there are negative stereotypes out there about every type of group, they are typically the minority, not the majority. 

Part of my job as a real estate agent and team leader is educating others about what is currently going on in the industry. This includes educating real estate agents. After reading an amazing blog post by Jeff Mason called "How You're Helping Your Competitors Zillow and Trulia Outrank You" I decided to take up the battle of educating some of the agents here on Active Rain. I posted "Do You Send Your Clients To Zillow or Trulia?" on January 1st. I followed that up with another article on how you can keep your Zillow and Trulia badges using an HTML reference in "So Many Agents Here On Active Rain Don't Care..." which became my second featured post! Anything I can do to help spread the word. 

Contests have also been good to me in my short time here in The Rain. The first contest I entered was an IMSD contest about systems. I shared my systems on how to generate referrals and repeat clients and was awarded with some nice bonus points for my post. 

Hardship is apparently a good thing to inspire a good post. Another Active Rain contest about getting up close and personal yielded my post on how CANCER SUCKS. Just yesterday, I was notified that I won second place in the contest! Another hardship post that was not contest related was "Just Another Night In The ICU..." after a long, difficult night at my "other job". It was featured about 30 minutes after it was posted, making 3 featured posts in my first month. 

So for those "statistics" people out there, here is a quick breakdown of the numbers for my first 30 days:

51 Blog Posts
3 Featured Posts
436 comments received
419 comments left
1 person recruited to join Active Rain
43,420 points earned  

I have yet to receive any leads from my postings (none that I can track anyways) and there are many frustrations with some of the features (or lack of) here on Active Rain , but all in all not a bad month by any means. I have connected with many agents from around the US and Canada and there are some things that I can blog about (and vent about) on Active Rain that I can't do on my personal blogs. 

Active Rain 30 Day ChallengeAll in all, I'd say that I had a very productive first month. Instant success usually means you will continue to use the system, and I will certainly be continuing my Active Rain Rainmaker subscription. So what can you do in 30 days? I Challenge you to challenge yourself to find out. Make a commitment to blog and interact consistently here on Active Rain for 30 days. If you want to bookmark this post, you can come back and post links to your blog posts. I will read each and every one of them and comment on them. I would be happy to give you tips on how to improve your blogging or tweak your posts. I'll even agree to post a weekly synopsis of my favorite posts for the week. But even without this, you should take the challenge. My entire mindset about Active Rain has changed in 30 days. You might find the same thing if you show some commitment and dedication to the cause.  

Are you in? 

Posted by

Brian Rayl

Licensed Dallas Real Estate Agent 

Co-Founder of Home Value Leads

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Comments (48)

Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Congrats on your success in the Rain!  That's a heck of a first month.                                                                                 

Jan 30, 2013 09:43 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brian, looks like you're off to a great start in the Rain. Congratulations and keep it up.

Jan 30, 2013 09:52 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Got here late (as usual) for the party but congratulations and very interesting start indeed

Jan 30, 2013 09:56 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

You have a great start and that is how is done!

Don't worry. .more business are in the horizon for your because of your tenacity

Jan 30, 2013 10:10 PM
Brian Rayl
Home Value Leads - Highland Park, TX
Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads

Thank you everyone. My New Year's business resolution was to powerblog for the first 6 months and evaluate the results. Good month so far on Active Rain. No results from Google or buyers/sellers, but I have come to know many of the big hitters here on AR and made some great connections. 

Again, I am an experienced blogger on my own sites for the past 3 years, so I had a little bit easier learning curve than most. That makes it easy to hit the ground running. 

Again, thank you for all of the comments and I look forward to continued success here in the Rain and making even more connections. If anyone has a client moving to or from the Dallas, TX area, don't be afraid to give me a shout!

Jan 31, 2013 01:16 AM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Brian: Thanks for sharing. I think Active Rain can be very effective. But you have to put the time in. I wish you well!

Jan 31, 2013 03:24 AM
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Brian:  That is really a great post and I haven't even delved in to read all the other posts linked to that post.  That is next on my agenda.  Count me in as happy that I subscribed to you.

Jan 31, 2013 03:34 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Brian, you being a Team Leader - it will be easier for you to come up quickly - just by referring agents to blog on ActiveRain. 

Quick question (may be stupid?) - will you be at KWFR2013? I plan to be there and may be, I can meet a great TL there...

Jan 31, 2013 03:11 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


Hi Brian, Congratulations on getting through!

Wow, what a commitment and discipline! Bravo!

Praful(#36) reblogged your post, I'd recommend to stop by:)

Jan 31, 2013 03:59 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
Brian, Wow, your jamming! Leads will eventually come your way. All the Best.
Jan 31, 2013 07:16 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Brian,

I'm coming over from Praful's re-blog on your post this morning. Congratulations on your great efforts and results! Active Rain is a fantastic platform and I'm glad to see you jumping in with both feet!!

Jan 31, 2013 08:31 PM
Brian Rayl
Home Value Leads - Highland Park, TX
Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads

Paul: Absolutely. I always used to think that I would just blog on my own sites and Google would love me. I have come to realize that there is a lot of use for web 2.0 type sites like Active Rain.

Scott: Glad to hear it and hope you enjoy my other articles as well. 

Praful: Thank you for the reblog! Yes, I will be at Family Reunion and look forward to meeting a few of the Active Rainer's there. It is short notice, but perhaps we can organize a quick AR Meetup for FR? I'll see what I can accomplish next week. 

Inna: Thank you so much! I will definately visit the reblog.

Pete: As with everything, it takes time and persistance. Instant gratification helps get through those hurdles though. My best to you as well. 

Dorie: There is only one way to jump into something! 

Feb 01, 2013 12:52 PM
Rachell Lara & A List Properties
eXp Realty / 619.316.7445 - San Diego, CA
A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts

Congrats Brian on a fun month. Glad you got you stomped in the puddles the first month.

Feb 01, 2013 04:54 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Brian,

Congrats on such a great start on the Rain. Many new members start out all excited and then slack off fast but your numbers are remarkable. Have a great weekend.

Feb 01, 2013 11:13 PM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Wow Brian, very impressive statistics. Hyper local posts will bring the quickest results for buyers/sellers.

Feb 02, 2013 12:29 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Brian, so what is your points goal for the end of February?  Are you going to try to keep going at the same pace?

Feb 02, 2013 02:09 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Congrats, Brian. You are certainly on FIRE. Keep up the good work. Keep on Blogging for more business.

Feb 02, 2013 05:49 AM
Brian Rayl
Home Value Leads - Highland Park, TX
Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads

Rachell: It's been fun playing in the rain! Now it's time to get serious. ;)

Kristin: It won't stop here, I assure you. 

Judy: Hyperlocal is definitely where I'm headed and where I want to focus. 

Karen: I don't think I can keep up that same pace, but I'm going to try to keep participating in contests and I certainly hope to be around the 75k area at the end of February, although I would be happy with 65k and a new client or two. =)

Jerry: Them's the plans! 

Feb 02, 2013 10:54 AM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Brian - Welcome to AR!  I've been around since 2007.  I remember my first post was Featured and I thought, this is easy!  It took another year before I had another featured post.  Congrats on getting three featured posts in such a short period of time.  All the blogging you've been doing on your other sites has given you the expertise to write interesting posts.  The contests are great for leveling the playing field.  I'm too busy to enter most of them.

Feb 02, 2013 10:47 PM
Brian Rayl
Home Value Leads - Highland Park, TX
Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads

Gail: That is a good problem to have, but you might have that problem BECAUSE of Active Rain. Don't stop blogging, aka prospecting, just because you get busy or you might find your funnel has dried up. Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping by. 

Feb 03, 2013 01:10 PM