Let me start by saying this is my PERSONAL observation. Once upon a time I read a comment on Active Rain where a blogger was asking for prayers for a sick family member and one of those drive by cut and past serial commenter said "Thank you for this information, I appreciate that you have shared it" Now I'm likely paraphrasing because it was a few years ago. But if you blog here much I'm sure you know exactly the kind of cut and past comment I'm talking about.
Some people think getting 25 points for 20 comments is important here.
Well let me tell you something. I don't think my "ranking" on ActiveRain has every brought me any business.
Have I had business from ActiveRain? You bet I have. For a few years I kept up with it the best I could, but with business good and busy as opposed to when I started here and it was during the housing crisis and slower it's less important and I just let it go when people say "I found you on the Internet". Business has come in the way of people finding my posts. And furthermore when people have found my posts some have certainly confided in me that they "read everything you posted for months" before they contacted me.
So not only do I keep rants off my blog these days I also try to write sincere comments after actually reading the posts I'm commenting on. Because if someone finds ActiveRain and then searches me on ActiveRain they not only can find my posts, but they can also find my comments. And I don't want to come across as not being a genuinely sincere person. I try really hard to be the person my dog thinks I am.
In the very recent past I read a blog post about someone who was asking for some ideas to help a friend of hers. That friend had lost their job. They were looking for ideas of how a person of a few more decades than the average college graduate to go about seeking new employment. I offered a place where lots of professional jobs are posted and wished her friend the best and said what a wonderful thing I thought it was that she was trying to assist him. But the time I hit "submit" on my comment a serial commenter had "thanked her for her post" WTAH?
Now another way I've gotten business from ActiveRain has been referrals. Giving and getting them from other ActiveRain members. Do you think for one second I would every consider giving business to a person who pastes the same comment on 20 blogs within 3 minutes a referral? Would you? Do you think that person might but the same non attention to detail into the client you referred to them? Into the offers they write?
Real Estate is a business that is much about relationships as anything else. We not only have client and customer relationships, but we also have cooperating agent relationships. And if we don't ALWAYS, in every situation, respect one another we're simply not using common sense. I have discussed among my peers from time to time that not only do I have a great list of agents to refer to from my time here at ActiveRain, but I also from here and some Facebook groups formed from members who have been here, but no longer may be active here, I have another list of "NEVER, EVER REFER to these folks".
Now it's the end of a long week and I'm going outside and watch Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer and play Baby it's cold outside. Have yourself a great weekend folks. And remember other people are noticing what you do.