10 Top Excuses to Be On ActiveRain

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Education & Training with Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus

What are the top reasons to be on ActiveRain? I was asked this question earlier, and thought I'd try to answer it here in this post. After combing through hundreds of posts, these are some of the TOP excuses that I have discovered and personally experienced. The links below are to posts from other ActiveRain Members who concur.

The Top 10 Excuses for Being on ActiveRain:

#1 - The Networking

Having access to nearly 100,000 Industry Professionals at your fingertips 24/7/365 makes ActiveRain one of the most powerful networks in the Web2.0 world. If you have been here for any length of time, you know exactly what I mean. ActiveRain is the Grand Central of Real Estate Networking and Sharing.


#2 - Better Internet Exposure

In just 90 days, my personal ActveRain Blog not only passed up my own website on Google, but it passed up my Corporate Employers Website too, and they are HUGE. I had no idea what I was doing and I still ranked higher on Google because of the Internet Exposure from my ActiveRain Blog. It has generated numerous leads from both consumers and other members. You will get exposed on ActiveRain.


#3 - Grow Your Business

You can convert leads from ActiveRain into live transactions. Since I am not a REALTOR®, I have been able to refer many buyers and sellers to other ActiveRain members from other areas. Growing business on AR is just one of the perks and privileges. Opportunities will just happen here, some large, some small, but you have to look for them, and you have to remain Active. Your content on ActiveRain and Localism are the key to growing your business.

#4 - Increased SEO

Google loves ActiveRain, and even though you don't hear much about it, so does Yahoo, MSN, and the other search engines. ActiveRain is also getting scrubbed by AOL, Good Morning America, CNN, Inman News and many other news networks. Where would you go as a reporter to find the latest real-time news from any place in the Country? The media knows this, and now many consumers are finding us too. Learn about SEO, it's why many are here.


#5 - Get Educated, Grow Resources

Learn anything, it's all on ActiveRain. Technology, Marketing, Listings, Groups, Tutorials, How to's, Experiences, etc. There is so much information shared and contributed, it's some of the Best in the Industry. Many ActiveRain members are willing to share and give freely of their resources. They also share successes and failures. It's a real world education in real time. The resources available here are mind Bloggling!

#6 - Build Referral Business

Blogging has proven to create opportunities to connect with other members and the public. As you build up your Associates around the community, and you subscribe to other members, you'll find that building a referral base is a sinch. Sellers have to relocate to all parts of the country. Buyers want to invest in the same way. ActiveRain members span the entire country, building your referral foundation here couldn't be smarter, or easier.

#7 - Experience and Knowledge

Combined, there are thousands of years experience on ActiveRain. If you can't find it on here, it probably doesn't exist. There is more data here than you could read in a lifetime. 100's of members join each day, and hundreds of posts go up each week. Thousands of comments each day! As the community grows, so does your knowledge base. Huge amounts of information are just a click away. Learn from the Top Bloggers here.


#8 - Connect with Consumers

Success stories are everywhere on ActiveRain. Click here for members who have shared how they connected with consumers using their ActiveRain Blogs and Profile's. Some members here are Blogging to their geographic and target market areas. It's a great way to connect with consumers and past clients. The public is also using the ActiveRain Q&A link to ask their Real Estate questions. A great connecting point between members and consumers. Then there's Localism, the next "Force To Be Reckonned with!"

#9 - Save Money, FREE Marketing

To join ActiveRain is FREE, yes, but there are still some costs involved. It's Your TIME! You have to invest some of it. The Pay Back on ActiveRain comes in such a wide variety of ways. Marketing yourself and business on Activerain is very powerful and also a bit different. Everyone wants to buy, but no one wants to be sold. Many of the members on ActiveRain market themselves the same way they'd want to be Marketed to.

#10 - Build RELATIONSHIPS!

The Thunder and Lightning of ActiveRain. As in any business, relationships are the key to growth and success. Building relationships on ActiveRain is nearly impossible NOT TO DO. If you're here for the right reasons, and doing the right things, ActiveRain will become just as important to your business as any of your other tools and services. The relationships you build here will be for life. There's nothing better than the friends and clients you'll make on ActiveRain.


ActiveRain is NOT just another social network,
and here's 10 good excuses reasons to be here.

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Brad Andersohn
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Steve - I would use the ActiveRain Outside Blogs with your own domain name now that they have been launched. Link exchanges can be both good and bad, it really depends on the specifics of how you are using them. Too many variables and gray areas to just say yea or nay.  Let me know the specific scenario and I'll tell you what I think about link exchanges for that scenaro. :-)

Jul 01, 2008 12:04 PM #110
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I guess now would be a good time to add ActiveRain Video, Outside Blogs and the New Loacalism. I thought these 10 were enough, but looks like there'll only be more to add to the list!  :-)

Jul 03, 2008 07:04 PM #111
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Jeremy Blanton
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Yeah, so this list is soon gonna be top 15!

Jul 07, 2008 04:50 PM #112
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Cindy Bryant
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I would agree with all 10.  I'm not sure who started AR, but THANK YOU!

Jul 07, 2008 05:19 PM #113
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Jeremy - I think it already is!!  :-)

Jul 08, 2008 06:50 PM #114
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Cindy - every member should know the history, here's a link: Who Started ActiveRain?

Jul 08, 2008 06:52 PM #115
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
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Brad,

Only 10?  I agree with all of them and have been a supporter to my peers to get involved.

Aug 06, 2008 02:30 AM #116
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Dan - it seemed like a good start, and yes, there are way more than 10!!  :-))

Aug 06, 2008 04:55 AM #117
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

There is just so much to learn here.  Its incredible the amount of knowledge and little tips and tricks you can pick up....

Sep 11, 2008 02:47 AM #118
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Russell Lewis
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Brad For heavens sake...every time I turn around I see something else you have posted that I need to learn. Thank goodness for bookmarking. Ike is supposed to hit Texas Friday so it will rain all day in Austin on Saturday and I will have time to make a "dent" in my home work! I plan to send the link to some new members here in Austin to help them get going too!

Sep 11, 2008 03:17 AM #119
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Aaron Cullen
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Great "excuses" Brad.  Thanks for the list.  I will make sure that I am understanding an implementing all 10!

Sep 11, 2008 03:25 AM #120
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Sonja - you have no idea, things will be a bit easier when we get the channels added in the next few days.  That will make it easier to find the topic related stuff you might be looking for here. 

Sep 11, 2008 06:35 PM #121
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Russell - be safe my friend, and if you do some computer stuff during the storm, be careful that you don't get 2-3 hours into a post and then have the power go out, that can really ruffle some feathers, trust me, I know!

Sep 11, 2008 06:37 PM #122
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Aaron - that's so funny, mama used to always tell me when I was little that I was "So Full Of Excuses!" haha.

Sep 11, 2008 06:38 PM #123
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Scott Mazza
Stewart Title of California - Ventura, CA

Thanks Brad. There are so many reasons to be part of the Rain family and I am glad I am in.

Sep 12, 2008 01:43 AM #124
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Scott - we're glad you're here! :-)

Sep 14, 2008 05:59 AM #125
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Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

Brad, I have been doing several searches about using AR and you just keep coming up.  I ended up on your profile again and looked a little harder...I clicked the links and discovered what an even more amazing person you are!  You have a beautiful family, your music...WOW, the photography unbelievable!  Oh, back on topic...I knew I was here for a reason, thanks for pointing out to me that there are 10!

Debbie

Nov 15, 2008 10:14 AM #126
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

Active Rain has changed every thought I ever had about how to operate my real estate business.  I'm soo happy I found this place!

Nov 15, 2008 10:26 AM #127
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Debbie - that was so sweet, thank you.  Members like you are why I really do love this network and my job here.  I have to tell you, there are way more than 10, these are just the first things that popped into my mind as I was writing this post.  Stop by anytime, you know you're always welcome.  :-)

Nov 16, 2008 02:04 AM #128
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Sonja - I think anyone who knows this network and how it works, feels the exact same.  If fact, I think AR is changing the face of Real Estate as we know it today, and is making a permanent mark on how social networking and marketing will affect the industry in the future.  AR will be  is a critical piece of your success in Real Estate.

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