Commenting Is Best When It's Reciprocal. That's ActiveRain Synergy.

Real Estate Agent with RETIRED 200305001

I total agree with what Lenn is saying! On the commenting part I try to respond to each comment as they took time to read my post. I try to respond to something they have written recently. I go with who I follow and branch out from there as time permits. Its a way to meet new peoplw and new material.

Lenn's post  mentions a few other points, that took the words right out of my mouth. Lenn is someone I discovered and Subscribed to recently!

Original content by Lenn Harley 303829;0225082372

Commenting Is Best When It's Reciprocal.

I comment on a ton of posts.  Rarely are comments acknowledged.  That's fine.  The blog belongs to the writer, not the member commenting. 

I don't make "drive-by comments".  I read everything and comment on the content or the message.  That said, after a while, it appears that that member has no interest in comments. So, I save time and, unless the title entices me to read the post, well, no comment.

ActiveRain is my blog network of choice primarily because of the synergy created by comments, public posts, market reports that give me knowledge of other real estate market and the personality of the writer for possible referrals.

REFERRALS.  While comments make ActiveRain expand and members stay engaged, referrals also make the real estate industry expand and profit.

I make referrals to AR members.  I'm not affiliated with any relo company or large brokerage that manages referrals (and charges for them).  So, when I need an agent referral, I go directly to ActiveRain members whom I know from:

Reading their blog posts,
Receiving comments on my posts,
An occasional telephone conversation.

I can remember going from web page to web page looking for referral agents when a former home buyer let me know that they were relocating and could I help them.  "Of course, I can" was my answer and I always did.  That doesn't mean it was always easy.

This post is quite timely.  I've lost count of the outgoing buyer, and a few listing, referrals I've made over the years.  Just this week a former home buyer contacted me about (1) selling the home I sold to them in Lovettsville 4 years ago and (2) relocating to the Orlando area.  The local listing was referred to an AR member and the buying referral will be made to an Orlando area AR member when the buyer's employment plans are firm. 

Why Members Only.  The value of public posts cannot be underestimated.  Over the years, I've contacted members about their a Members Only post wondering why they publish Members Only.  They think about it and really don't have a reason.  When I tell them I'd like to reblog, they often change the category.  If a member prefers Members Only, it's their right. 

Oh well.

Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker,, 800-711-7988, serving home buyers in Loudoun County VA.



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Comments (5)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The lesson of commenting reciprocity is one of the lessons learned early on Active Rain. It works!

Jan 09, 2014 09:39 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Gary: Agreed! Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 09, 2014 09:45 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Rob. I agree. If I comment on someone regurarly and never see them on my blogs, I stop reading them.

Jan 09, 2014 11:12 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Sheila: Now I feel the pressure. LOL

Jan 09, 2014 11:42 PM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Rob - Absolutely! I like to comment and be commented upon. The two way communication is what makes AR so great. Have a great day!

Jan 10, 2014 03:43 AM