Raised My Visibility Using Active Rain... In Just 15 Days and 5000 Points

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.

I wouldn't have believed it but I've gone from being nearly invisible to visible on the web in just 15 days and 5000 points. I've followed Active Rain for awhile but I was always hesitant about joining because it looked so overwhelming to me. Two weeks ago last Thursday I finally said the heck with it, I'm goin' in, and what a difference that short period of time made.

Here's what happened; I started reorganizing, restructuring, redesigning my business and wanted the Internet to be a big part of it. 80% of buyers and/or sellers start their search for a home and/or an agent on the Internet, that's easy enough to understand. So I put myself in front of the computer as Mr. Buyer to see what it would take to finally find Bob Edwards. I tried Appleton, I tried Outagamie Co., I tried Fox Cities, I tried Fox Valley along with any combination of Real Estate and/or Real Estate Agent... NO BOB. I finally cheated and went to our company website, whew, I was still there.

Okay, here's where the Rain comes in. I joined Active Rain and read and read and did a few posts of my own. As I read I learned more and more about where I was going with my business. I shifted gears once or twice and changed direction of where I thought I was going to go. I don't need to reinvent the wheel while I'm redoing my business, it's pretty much all right here.

Now, the great thing about all of this is; follow the guidelines, suggestions and advice of Active Rain and it's members and you'll automatically start to climb the ladder. I just noticed today that I reached 5000 points and it's only been 15 days. I wasn't after the points Per Se but more for the information and I accomplished both. The biggest gift of all is now if I do a Google search with the above criteria I can find Bob Edwards on the first or second page. The points have brought my rank up to #52 in Wisconsin, #2 in Outagamie County and #2 in Appleton. If you're a Newbie with Active Rain stick with it, the benefits and camaraderie are outstanding.


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Greg Dallaire
Dallaire Realty - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay Homes

You will reap business from it.  I have and i'm really close to your area.  Good ole Green Bay Wisconsin.  Give me a shout some time we'll have lunch and share some ideas. 

Sep 03, 2008 08:13 AM #41
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Bob would you like to join the Wisconsin Active Rainers group I started? There is no rule its just so we can network together easier.

I too just started here and love it.

Sep 03, 2008 03:13 PM #42
Andy Laughlin
ConnectRealty.com - Bellingham, WA

Yeah Active Rain is Great!!! There is also a ton of info. on here, You can really learn a lot!!

Have Fun!

Andy Laughlin

Connect Realty


Sep 03, 2008 03:19 PM #43
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Good to hear that your Internet presence has drastically improved. That's one of the wonderful things AR will do for you if you blog and participate here.

Sep 03, 2008 04:08 PM #44
Scott Mazza
Stewart Title of California - Ventura, CA

Bob, that is great news and I wish I knew what I was doing in here as far as poits go. I just enjoy the networking aspect of the Rain.

Sep 04, 2008 02:27 AM #45
Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Certified Military Relocation Expert

I blog all of the time but don't seem to move up.  I need some pointers because it has to be the content of my posts. 

Sep 08, 2008 12:01 PM #46
Daisy Montano
The Saavedra Team - Phoenix, AZ

Good job. Congratulations Bob.

Sep 09, 2008 04:55 AM #47
Angela O'Brien
Tim O'Brien Homes - Waukesha, WI


     I just came across your blog- I've only been a part of ActiveRain for a couple of weeks and I notice the difference already.  This is a terrific site- have fun with it!

Sep 09, 2008 05:10 AM #48
Tim Frey
Frey's Hardwood Flooring - Hickory, NC - Hickory, NC

Hey Bob, same here.

After I joined Active Rain last week and started posting content here, my visibility on Google has jumped up a bit. Pretty impressive. Nothing like seeing your company come up on the 1st page of Google (especially in the non-sponsor section)!



Sep 09, 2008 05:11 AM #49
Angela Reeves
West Coast Staging - Coquitlam, BC

I admit I haven't googled myself - too scared to see nothing?  I'm doing it right now - you've inspired me, I'm having the same experience but I'm not quite where you are yet but only 7 days in!  Go Bob!!

Sep 09, 2008 05:20 AM #50
Mitzi & Phyllis White & Carpenter
Real Estate Central - Hurricane, WV
The Dream Team


Thanks for the tips.  I'm new to ActiveRain as of today and also blogging.  Kinda nervous, but gonna give it my best shot.  I love the business and plan on being very successful!  Congrats on your accomplishments....keep it up!

Sep 09, 2008 05:29 AM #51
Shane Tilton
Your Home Company Realty - Westfield, IN

I agree.  This is a very helpful and informative post

Sep 09, 2008 07:31 AM #52
Crystal McCall
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL

Bob, great post.   I just received a listing lead from them seeing my blog about short sales in my market area of Ocala, Belleview and The Villages, FL.  Thanks for sharing.

Crystal McCall

Sep 09, 2008 07:46 AM #53
Scott M. Stulich
Signature Realty Group, LLC. - Dundalk Sparrows Point, MD

WOW thats great, and I too hope to get a mass media recognition for my business. Wish you well and welcome to AR.

Sep 09, 2008 08:31 AM #54
Freddy A. Saavedra
Essential Properties - Goodyear, AZ

Congratulations Bob. Hard work pays off. Keep up the good work.

Sep 09, 2008 09:09 AM #55
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Congrats, Bob. What a great and encouraging story. I know this is going to help boost our business and this is just confirmation of that. So, you did 21,000+ points in a couple of weeks? You mentioned 5000 but you have way more than that - is it the last 5K that has made the difference?

Sep 18, 2008 02:20 PM #56
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Oops! Just noticed that you wrote this in March! So you should update and tell us how your business is now, six months later.

Sep 18, 2008 02:24 PM #57
Troy Erickson
Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I know that I too am more visable on Google, but mainly if people look up my name.   I am now trying to focus my web presence in the city and county I live and work in.  This is much more difficult.

Oct 05, 2008 09:05 AM #58
Jeff Clancy Gig Harbor Real Estate Agent
Better Properties Gig Harbor - Gig Harbor, WA

I'm curious how bsiness has changed for you in the past 6 months as well. I know all the active rain members and shared ideas have really contributed to a restructure of my business. Information has been worth gold...

Oct 05, 2008 09:20 AM #59
Bonita Malone
Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate - Sacramento, CA

You are right about how AR helps. I am almost where you were when you wrote this. I just googled my city and real estate agent, and I am actually on the 2nd page with my AR profile. Wow!

Oct 06, 2008 11:30 AM #60
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