Day 8 of What I'm Thankful For...ActiveRain is a Wonderful Place to Spend Time

Real Estate Agent with Cedaredge Land Company

When I joined ActiveRain all those years ago (and it really doesn't seem like it was all that long ago), I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I joined because the market was slow, and I wanted to create a nationwide referral network for myself. I did accomplish that and so much more.

activerainLittle did I know ActiveRain is really a community where people get to know each other and form relationships. I was one of those members that joined and then expected the business to come to me. I didn't realize that I needed to spend some time on the site and work to get my name out there. I also needed to write regular posts to work the SEO benfits. 

I finally figured all of that out. It's really the same as farming a neighborhood. Nothing is going to happen with writing just a few posts, and then doing nothing more. You need to be consistent with your efforts. So after I joined it was about another year before I got back on the site and starting reading other member's post, and learning how to do it right. 

It wasn't long before I was hooked on AR. The first 10,000 points I earned was a big deal. When I reached the 50,000 mark, I was so happy with myself. I started setting point goals for myself, and that was fun, too. Now I'm getting close to hitting the 2 million point mark. All of those years ago...I never would have expected that to happen. 

I ended up learning so much and making friends all over the country. Some members I call on a fairly regular basis. Kathleen Daniels and I have had some amazing marathon phone calls. Debbie Reynolds and I have spent a lot of time on the phone together. Bob Crane and I have also shared information and stories. These are only a few of the members I've become friends with. Along the way of my AR journey I've also gotten to meet up with other members like John G. Johnston, Anna Banana KruchtenDonna FoersterSondra Meyer: and Dale Poll.

The learning aspect of AR never ends, and it goes both ways. I can also share my experiences and what I know with everyone. This is a great trade off, and one of the things that makes AR such a neat place in which to be a member. The SEO benefits have also rewarded me. It was only a few days ago that I picked up another buyer lead, because I was found on the internet.

Since I've been consistent with my blogging efforts, I have picked up many buyer AND seller leads. This is the benefit that helps to put money in my pocket. I've also sent out referrals. AR makes it easy to find the right agent for your client. 

I'm so thankful I stumbled upon ActiveRain all of those years ago, and thank you to all of the other members for your support and comments over the years. 





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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Good Morning Debbie, I agree it's a very special place and there are so many lifelong friendships that have been formed because of it. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2016 05:02 AM #22
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Congratulations on your featured article. We are looking forward to the next one.

Nov 24, 2016 05:05 AM #23
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Congratulations on the featured post. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family 

Nov 24, 2016 05:15 AM #24
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A great community, and I am honored to be a member of your fan club Debbie!

Happy Thanksgiving !

Thanksgiving greetings

I hope that you and your loved ones have a very special weekend!


Nov 24, 2016 05:20 AM #25
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Agreed 100%

The learning aspect of AR never ends, and it goes both ways. I can also share my experiences and what I know with everyone. This is a great trade off, and one of the things that makes AR such a neat place in which to be a member. 

Nov 24, 2016 05:35 AM #26
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Debbie.  I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Day today.

Nov 24, 2016 05:38 AM #27
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Debbie - I think the friendship aspect of Active Rain took most of us by surprise; it did me, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2016 06:17 AM #28
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Debbie I could not agree more with the network of people you meet. And the many areas to learn. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving day. BTW when I signed up I did not even know what the word blog meant LOL.

Nov 24, 2016 07:14 AM #29
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Debbie Laity , you would not have beleived last night i get a call from a AM company (over seas call center) who has 3 rush bpos  and due today. Seriously. I told them 500 each and he said Friday will be fine.

Nov 24, 2016 07:50 AM #30
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

So many of us are thankful for just put it into words. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2016 02:39 PM #31
Alek Babaa
Prostead - Charlotte, NC
Realtor, Your Carolina Connection

Debbie I too am thankful for AR. It has been a great place to learn and I greatful for all of the many opporutnities to do so through this community! 

Nov 24, 2016 09:36 PM #32
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

What a wonderful post - and so deserving of a feature- I hope you have a wonderful weekend.   I love the Rain too - and the friends that I have made here! 

Nov 25, 2016 06:10 AM #33
Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I was recently doing a happy dance at hitting 30,000 points. LOL

It isn't about the points but the information I get. Sometimes it is a "wow..I never thought about that" moment.

Nov 25, 2016 06:29 AM #34
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

I am a Mortgage lender and I have been an AR fan since the beginning.  Here is the confusing part, I always ask each Realtor if  they are Active on AR.

What do you thing my common answer is?

Nov 25, 2016 07:32 AM #35
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I hope you're enjoying an extended holiday weekend!

Nov 25, 2016 09:55 AM #36
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debbie we were all naive when we started, and indeed the relationships and the addiction came first and business later, but the best part is still about the relationships, Endre

Nov 25, 2016 11:44 AM #37
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Debbie Laity Really enjoyed your post and can identify with the steps you have taken.  My path has taken a few detours along the way but I'm staying consistent with getting on AR every single day - usually to read other peoples posts and going to A&R, entering a few contests and writing some blogs.  I've got a long way to go but I'm working toward the goal .. which is to get to 500,000 -- not sure how long that will take -- but I'm taking it one step at a time.  You are one of my favorites and I love reading your blogs.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2016 10:11 PM #38
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We have much to be thankful for in the Rain this year and beyond.

Nov 27, 2016 09:52 AM #39
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Like you, I joined and didn't do much for the first year or so. Then I got hooked, and I'm here every day, even if I don't have time to write a post. I just want to check in with what's going on and keep up with people who have become my long-distance friends over the years. 

Yes, it's good for business, but it's also a good-feeling place to be.  

Nov 27, 2016 09:56 AM #40
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you for working consistently to get online leads and referrals! 

Nov 28, 2016 07:52 PM #41
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