Ask An Ambassador - ActiveRain Rules & Guidelines 'Genuine Effort'

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Ask An Ambassador - ActiveRain Rules & Guidelines 'Genuine Effort'



We all love rules and guidelines, right? Well maybe yes and maybe no! I've been noticing a lot of blog posts lately that just don't fit into the category of 'genuine effort'. And to me 'genuine effort' sounds a bit like 'reasonable effort'. Just what the heck is reasonable effort? Go head try and explain that one....just saying.


Here are the ActiveRain Rules and Guidelines for what types of post are not  considered 'genuine effort' posts and will not be awarded points.



Does the staff police this rule, NO. At least not that I am aware of it.  And sure, of course, it's fun to play on ActiveRain every once in awhile and have some good old fashioned fun. I sure like a some fun and I'm guessing you do too!


BUT....if you're posting a lot of posts that simply don't have much 'Genuine Effort' as defined by the ActiveRain rules and guidelines ask yourself a few questions:


  • How is this bringing in business for me?  I mean really bringing in business?
  • How do other bloggers think about me as a real estate professional posting this type of post over and over? 
  • Does it matter to me what other professionals think?
  • Do the 'genuine posters' take me or my less than 'genuine effort' posts seriously?
  • Am I showing off my real estate expertise to my full potential to members and the public?
  • Am I on this platform just to rack up points thinking somehow that will bring me business?
  • How can I write high quality posts?


Please take the rules and guidelines seriously



Have YOU read the ActiveRain Rules and Guidelines?


Ask An Ambassador - ActiveRain Rules & Guidelines 'Genuine Effort'

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  2. Lynn B. Friedman 12/15/2017 04:03 AM
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, while it's good to mix it up every now and then, most of us are here in ActiveRain for a reason. I enjoy a variety as long as they're meaningful and add value.

Aug 11, 2017 12:14 PM #48
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I see the effort made here as a real clue, Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS ... and indicative of what you'd see if you did business with AR members.  There are those I wish I could do business with (yourself included).  Others?  Eh .. not so much.  My referrals are based on the efforts I see here ... I doubt I'm alone.


Aug 11, 2017 01:12 PM #49
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS 
Great idea for a post - just a reminder - the Annual Guidelines and Philosophy Jumpstart Challenge is still going strong - NEXT one in January 2018.

Hope to have your participation again - your posts were wonderful each time! All the best - Lynn

The 7th Annual Jumpstart Challenge begins on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at Midnight (Pacific) and will end at 11:59 pm (Pacific)  January 31st, 2018. 
Hope to have your participation again - your posts were wonderful each time! All the best - Lynn

Aug 11, 2017 01:21 PM #50
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Jon Kolsky thanks for your feedback and I agree! And yes it's up to each one of us to keep this platform professional.

Aug 11, 2017 02:03 PM #51
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sometimes my days are so challenging that I don't have the where with all to write a "genuine effort" post. It could be raw and offensive if I let it out. So on those days a softer " everything is peachy keen" lighter post is my solution.

Aug 11, 2017 02:31 PM #52
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Anna and thank you Belinda Spillman for reblogging this. I don't have a problem with fun posts because good grief we need the break. However, cut and paste and just copying quotes all of the time doesn't show any real genuine effort. I admit that I don't write about staging every day but I'd be bored writing about it and everyone would be bored reading it. 

I've found many of the recipes really helpful although I think I may have missed Dick Greenberg's mac n cheese on the waffle grill recipe!

That said, I'd rather read something that shows me that the blogger took some amount of effort in sharing it-whatever it is- with us. 

Aug 11, 2017 07:42 PM #54
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I dislike writing market stat posts (I know I need to get over that!) and tire of posting listings--coming soon,active,pending,sold--but really enjoy writing about my communities--businesses, parks, hikes, things to do. Especially on a Friday evening after a busy week, I like thinking and sharing lifestyle posts.  I believe  there is value in those types of posts.

Aug 11, 2017 07:56 PM #55
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS 
May I introduce another important aspect to your recommendation for"reasonable effort" of AR Blogging: Avoid Plagiarized Content.

Knowing ActiveRain's Community Guidelines and ActiveRain's World View/Philosophy (which the Founders called Weltanschauung ) is that the prohibition of copying other people's work is clearly explained. Lenn Harley posted about this for years. In fact, she often successfully sued for misuse of her content. But that's another subject for another time...

Len Harley taught that while "snippets" of other writer's work are permitted, wholesale copy and paste is not. Even those snippets require citing the writer whose words one uses.

Do not plagiarize content from another source and publish it as your own. You must obtain explicit permission from the original source to republish, and give reference to such within the body of your post. Permission to re-print is NOT the same as permission to re-publish. This also applies to publishing real estate listings that are not your own.  from Community Guidelines

Thanks for permission to add the links to Community Guidelines and Weltanschauung here, Anna. All the best - Lynn

PS Everyone is welcome to learn about AR's basis and enhance Blogging Skills by joining in the 7th Annual Blog Jumpstart Challenge starting on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at Midnight (Pacific) and ending at 11:59 pm (Pacific)  January 31st, 2018.

Aug 12, 2017 04:17 AM #56
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

Thank you for your ideas. I agree that a little weekend humor is fine, but I do come here for business, so I do like a bit of guidelines and parameters to keep it as we expect it.

Aug 12, 2017 09:21 AM #57
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Well, I'm guilty of posting a recipe now and then... but it is MY recipe!  I always try to provide original content... and my own original photos or artwork.   The copy and pasters are the ones that bug me the most!   

Aug 12, 2017 02:47 PM #58
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I completely hear what you're saying, Anna B. As long as it's original material, great! I've seen the occasional post that doesn't shed a positive light on the "author". Some things are acceptable as long as you add your own personal interpretation or advice, inspiration, etc., with it. Copying and pasting is boring and easy to recognize, and adds little value.

Aug 12, 2017 03:11 PM #59
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

There are those blatant disregard for the rules posts with no value whatsoever, which should somehow be policed, and then there are posts that share recipes or quotes with the blog writer's input added. Personally, everything I post takes thought and time. Genuine effort! When I post a recipe or quote with one of my photos it's not something I take lightly...those posts are meant to be personal and help readers feel as though they know me more on a persoanl level.


Aug 12, 2017 03:55 PM #60
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Go away from the rain for three days and i feel so behind Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS . On Sunday's i write a light hearted blog for summer. I do not like everything to always be so serious but i did get an email asking me if i was "serious" saying i have nothing to say or that i would "not write about" something or anything for that matter.  I like all my blogs to have a story or message as part of it. Reading many other blog posts I have my favorites that catch my eye every day. Wen exploring new blogs, i look for a title and message pretty early on to keep reading or move on. I think many people just skip over those blogs that are not interesting, do not have a message or even entertain. 

Aug 13, 2017 02:32 PM #61
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Whether we write a post or a comment, it should be a value added attempt.

Thanks for spelling out the guidelines.

Aug 14, 2017 08:56 AM #62
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Going back and reviewing the rules to refresh our memories is always a good thing from time to time. Thanks for the link to them and congratulations on your featured post. 

Aug 15, 2017 09:31 PM #63
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent Anna. I've seen some of those posts and it's just plain ignorant to post like that. We all see those and it reflects badly on anyone writing them.  Amen sista!

Aug 23, 2017 08:09 PM #64
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Unfortunately there will always be those people...who are "point piggys"....the same comments on every post,.....posts that are...well, won't  go there....and would that there was an AR Police Dept.....but...that would be at least two if not more full time jobs !  Maybe there should be a police report section ?

Dec 15, 2017 04:35 AM #65
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

Anna, People like to read quality original content whether it’s here on ActiveRain or on any other platform. Taking the time to produce high quality relevant content is really important.  

Dec 15, 2017 05:40 AM #66
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Lynn B. Friedman enjoy the holidays!!

Dec 15, 2017 09:38 AM #67
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Debe Maxwell, CRS 
You hit the nail on the head - in the end, common sense.
All the best - Lynn

Jan 12, 2018 11:53 AM #68
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