ActiveRain's Community Guidelines: Advertising Yourself on Other People's Blogs.

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ActiveRain is a great place to promote our businesses, whether it's a new listing, a new loan product, home staging services, or whatever you might do to help people who buy, sell or own homes.  


Before you start a huge marketing effort here for whatever your shiny new thing might be, there are these pesky Community  Guidelines that could put a bump on your blitz.   

Earlier today, I was going through my posts to see if there were comments that needed to be acknowledged, and there it was - a really, really long comment that, on closer examination, was all about how the commenter could manage all of my social media participation.  She would keep up my website, make sure my Facebook page full of appropriate posts, keep my LinkedIn page professional and save me a lot of time while increasing the number of leads I generate online.  

Now, if she'd just written a post with all this information, that would have been fine.  Except that I might have missed it.  Lord knows, a lot of great blog posts fall through the cracks.  But there is a pesky little clause in the ActiveRain Community Guidelines that says:  

Do not advertise yourself or your services in the comment section of another member's blog post.

This is a pretty common rookie mistake on ActiveRain.  And here is how to avoid making it yourself:

Generally, it's a bad idea to include a link to a post you've written on in a comment on someone else's blog.  If you ever decide to do a weekly summary like my "Last Week's Favorites" or Kathy Streib's  "What I Learned This Week", it's fine to leave a comment on the posts you highlight to alert the author.  

If you are selling anything - especially services to agents, don't hawk your wares in blog comments.  

ActiveRain is a great place to promote your business - by blogging about it and interacting with other bloggers. You'll have plenty of opportunities to learn and grow your business.  It's what ActiveRain is all about.

And if you're the one who wrote the comment?  Not to worry.  I did worse when I was a newB. 

Just read the Community Guidelines before you do much more blogging!


Re-Blogged 3 times:

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  1. Frank Rubi 01/11/2017 07:51 PM
  2. Karen Hellier 01/11/2017 08:09 PM
  3. Roy Kelley 01/15/2017 02:00 AM
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I see this once in a while, thankfully not often

Jan 11, 2017 07:50 PM #2
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I'm always careful when reblogging and commenting not to try an highjack someone else's post. 

Jan 11, 2017 07:50 PM #3
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Good point Patricia. I will be reblogging this for people who may not have read the rules!

Jan 11, 2017 08:00 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat

This is a good reminder for those who might not know or have an inclination toward promoting themselves in places where they shouldn't. It happens now and then and I think much of the time people simply don't understand the inappropriateness, but it can sure be annoying.


Jan 11, 2017 08:09 PM #5
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

This is important information.  I have a added a reference link to the comment section as a helpful resource (not my own).  I hope that's okay.  Should the offenses be reported or just deleted?

Jan 11, 2017 08:52 PM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

The more I read the guidelines, the better I feel about this website Patricia Kennedy 

Jan 11, 2017 09:11 PM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

It's offensive to get a complete ad as a comment to one of my blogs.

And my blogs are pretty good ads!  For me, and for the home inspection business.

Jan 12, 2017 02:33 AM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Patricia.  They just never give up do they?  Anyway read the rules and abide by them

Jan 12, 2017 03:36 AM #9
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, this happens on occasion; thankfully, not too often!

Jan 12, 2017 03:44 AM #10
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Pat Patricia Kennedy What you describe is nothing more than spam in my opinion.

Just "commenting" is an ad for the commenter because AR produces a link back to the commenter. Nothing more should be necessary.

I delete very few comments, but these kind are candidates for removal.

Bill Roberts

Jan 12, 2017 07:29 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia. Excellent advice. I hate when slackers trade on others popularity to sell themselves.

Jan 12, 2017 07:47 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello patricia Kennedy, You do a great job with your blogs, no wonder everyone wants to re-blog them.


Jan 12, 2017 09:44 AM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Pat, great point without the official "calling out" of the potential newbie. You and Kathy Streib are pointing out some ActiveRain basics that are good for all of us to either A)adhere to and/or B)revisit to recall what the guidelines and Dos and Don'ts are in this platform that is quite forgiving, BUT does have rules! 

(Kathy wrote a post recently about ActiveRain University).

Jan 12, 2017 09:45 AM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It is poor etiquette to advertise yourself or put back links into a comment on another Rainer's post for sure.  Great post.

Jan 12, 2017 12:12 PM #15
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Jan 12, 2017 12:14 PM #16
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

HI Patricia I haven't seen anybody doing this lately. But from time to time a few newbies do that and I do my best to email them and let them know - so they don't get folks upset with them. Most are very glad for the help.

Jan 12, 2017 12:16 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some members are also promoting their services in the Q&A section. 

Jan 14, 2017 06:37 AM #18
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Was glad to see this reblogged by Karen Hellier . Good reminder for all members and especially the newer ones.

Jan 14, 2017 07:53 PM #19
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Pat - and thanks to our friend Roy Kelley for re blogging this.  I am fortunate that I have seen very little in comments on my blog.  That is not very supportive to the blogger.

Jan 15, 2017 06:00 AM #20
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Patricia, thanks for the reminder and have a good weekend. 

Jan 19, 2017 05:04 AM #21
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