Internet Bullies. If you don’t pay you can’t play.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Internet Bullies by Richard WeisserThere was a time when the Internet was a level playing field. Part of the appeal of the “World Wide Web” was that anyone could compete head to head with the biggest conglomerates in the “Wide World!”

But then the Internet bullies moved in and the little gals and guys on the field didn’t stand a chance anymore.

Not only did the bullies persuade them to hand over the content that they created, but then they tried to sell it back to the very same victims of their extortion.

All protests fell on deaf ears, as the bullies now had the wherewithal to not only tilt the aforementioned playing field, but also to slant it to such an angle that few could maintain a grasp firm enough to prevent their falling into the abyss of oblivion.

If one wants to be found online these days, one must hand over what they have and accept whatever crumbs may fall off the bullies’ table.

Or they need to pay the tolls and tariffs now imposed by the overseers of the Information Superhighway.

The final alternative is to go nowhere.

 

And learn to like it!

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Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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Unfortunately it seems that everyone out there wants a part of our commissions and your title is exactly right.

Aug 15, 2014 04:08 AM #1
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Richard,  You are so right, times are changing and no telling how this will play out down the road.

Aug 15, 2014 04:10 AM #2
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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You know I have going for me that no one searching for what I offer is looking for what the bullies think they are looking for.  No one types in the zip code, no one types in the name of the towns.  So I'm doing okay in my little corner.

Aug 15, 2014 04:41 AM #3
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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Kind of like being charged to receive your buyers or listing leads from something that puts a shadow over all of us...

Aug 15, 2014 07:44 AM #4
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Unfortunately, with the pending merger of Z&T, the toll will go up...my opinion!

Aug 15, 2014 07:46 AM #5
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Richard,  Bullies have weaknesses, and IMO niches are more than crumbs.  I'm getting my phone to ring regularly, and without paying Z&T anything extra.  A call this afternoon from our WP site and IDX search and showing them a condo tomorrow morning.  Also this afternoon, a patio home buyer called and have started seeding the ground to make them a buyer client.  We can still kick the bullies where it counts and bring them down enough to give us a fair shot at the business. 

Aug 15, 2014 08:34 AM #6
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Sybil Campbell ...

Everyone thinks that we have money to burn!

Will Hamm ...

Yes, the game is over and it's time to start a new one!

Tammy Lankford ...

Shhhh... Don't give them any ideas!

Paul Henderson ...

Yes. it can get a little creepy.

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC ...

I have the same suspicion.

 

 

Aug 15, 2014 09:36 AM #7
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Richard Weisser
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Liz and Bill Spear ...

 

Yes, but after a while you get tired of rolling with the purches, because they want it all!

Aug 15, 2014 09:36 AM #8
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Richard, I would love it if we could un-ring that bell. What's happened and continues to happen is criminal yet lawful/legal. 

Aug 15, 2014 09:45 AM #9
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Richard, They can't have it all, because they don't have the knowledge and expertise to take it all.  Ultimately, most rationale clients want the expertise that only comes from boots on the street.  When Z & T can tell the, you know that golf course over there?  It's about to be sold and turned into more homes.  And that school levy fight?  If they don't resolve that soon you're likely to take a 10% haircut off your property value.  And until my MLS creates a standalone category for patio homes, if local agents can't even identify where they are, how is Z & T?  They're only as good as the data in, and data gaps are prime marketing areas for the agents that take the time to analyze and exploit the gaps.  So yeah, I've worked on developing a wicked right hook thanks to the Rain training :) 

Aug 15, 2014 09:45 AM #10
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Tammy Lankford,
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True enough true enough
Aug 15, 2014 10:19 AM #11
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I complain endlessly to our board and it's members every chance I get.

Aug 15, 2014 10:23 AM #12
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What resonates with me is the consumer (probably a poor choice of words) but those who may be a client in the future. The public is getting smarter and there's no way you can control what they think, how they operate, what interests them, and where they think they will find the truth. We're in a confusing, mixed up, chaotic time and it's not the 21st Century Bridge, that's ancient history. The bigger it gets the more we, members of tribes, will depend on each other to help us! ~ just sayin'

 

Aug 15, 2014 10:46 AM #13
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Richard Weisser
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Kathleen Daniels ...

Who knew things would go this far this fast? I think that we were all caught napping!

Liz and Bill Spear ...

Very eloquent! You have to write that as a rebuttal post!

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Aug 15, 2014 12:42 PM #14
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Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
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The biggest thing we can do is educate, educate, educate.  continue to show what we offer

Aug 15, 2014 03:45 PM #15
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Christopher Lotte
Red 1 Realty - Lithopolis, OH
Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243

Hey ,

It is pretty normal, yo know when the topic is all about money... things kinda run diffently....

anyway, have a great day!

Aug 15, 2014 05:18 PM #16
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
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I'm with Liz and Bill Spear we can dominate the SERPs in ways that ZTR can't. The truth is as the buyer gets closer to actually purchasing, he needs the assistance of a local agent. This is especially true for buyers who aren't in our local market and need our knowledge of the local area. Buyers can look at homes online but they aren't going to find all the details necessary to a purchase. ZTR can't tell them if the addition added two years ago to a home was properly permitted. As long as we keep plugging away at the long-tail keywords, we can be found.

Aug 18, 2014 03:43 AM #17
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Richard, I agree, all these internet places think we are made of money.

Aug 18, 2014 08:05 AM #18
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