Ask An Ambassador: 10 Mistakes To Avoid In The Rain

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747
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ActiveRain has been a daily part of my life for over a decade, and in that time I've seen a lot of people come and go.  And the reasons many go can be found in the category of easily avoidable mistakes and unfulfilled expectations.

Here's a handful of things you can do that will increase your odds of success:

1.  Identify yourself, in particular answer the "where are you?" question.  Your service area needs to be clear.  I can't count the number of times I've seen a profile with NOTHING that identifies where they work.  Fill out your profile, edit your comment header, etc., to make it clear where you work.

2.  Be in it for the long game.  I'd love to say "write one blog post, get calls, make serious jack!!!", but that is NOT the way it works.  Blogging is not a silver bullet, but a dedicated approach to supplying consumers with what they need to know and no other agent is giving them.  Build up your relevant posts until you reach a critical mass that gets you found.

3.  You can shorten the time for blogging to work if you a) identify your target audience and b) develop a niche approach.  My best results are subdivision posts, long tail search pages (homes with barns, basements, 3 car garages, etc.) and posts about local low maintenance living options.

4.  Make it easy to contact you.  Make a phone number, email, website, etc. apparent.

5.  Play nice in the sandbox.  You should have learned this in 1st grade, so take a refresher course if you need it.  This isn't Facebook and frankly when I've got my real estate hat on I couldn't give a lesser bleeeeeeeeeeep about most things people argue about.  Kicking people in the shins is not helpful.  My assumption?  If you can't keep your cool here, I should be wary of trusting you with friends and family for referrals.

6.   Don't mistake point totals for anything other than being point totals.  There are MANY ways to get points.  You can take an approach that helps your business AND gains points, or you can just throw out anything to get the points.  Do what you feel you need to do to reach 500k and the free account, but trading points for quality (e.g. repeat serial comments) can be harmful to your community reputation.

7.  What you write doesn't go away.  Ever.  Sure, you can delete it, but it's remembered, or even worse, screen capped and sent to your broker.

8.  NEVER click post without having a copy of your post saved, copied, or otherwise available if everything goes POOF when you click submit. 

9.  Along the same lines, back up your posts here periodically.  It's easy enough to do and takes just a couple of minutes and a little space on your hard drive.  (My Home>My Blog>Export Blog Entries)

10.  Don't try to figure it all out on your own.  People here are more than willing to help.  Ask in the Q&A section, email someone, call, etc., but ask.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill:

What a wealth of great advice for those who are newish to the blogging worls, and those who might need a refresher or who are getting involved again on AR.

Jeff

Jan 26, 2021 07:46 PM #13
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ten great mistakes to avoid especially #4, Liz and Bill Spear 

Jan 26, 2021 08:50 PM #14
Rainer
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Reading these ten mistakes reminds me numbers number 8 and 9 are important! That has happened a few times.  I agree with number 10 and appriciate the help I've received in the past. 

Jan 26, 2021 09:38 PM #15
Rainer
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Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

"What you write doesn't go away." This is so critical these days with so much judgement from everyone. Just don't post something that could offend someone...is that so difficult!? I guess it is these days, but it's possible!

Jan 27, 2021 05:29 AM #16
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The political divide of late has created many rifts. While I can easily read between the lines and identify most people's leanings, those who had their views on full display lost me completely.  I respect others opinions and beliefs, but I'm sick of the lecturing and re-telling of events.  People who fail to understand good social boundaries, especially in terms of business savvy, do not interest me as referral partners.  And yes, what you write in a post can come back to bite you. 

Jan 27, 2021 07:37 AM #17
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have also seen people in the top 25 with severe depression they don't seem to understand that they need help. One  such Rainer was striking out at many people in her comments and then couldn't understand. She left last year Liz and Bill Spear 

Jan 27, 2021 08:18 AM #18
Rainmaker
4,092,186
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Liz and Bill Spear ,

Excellent advice..you are so right about not going it alone. There are so many7 fabulous folks here to help! Creating posts that enrage others will certainly come back to bite you!

Jan 27, 2021 11:22 AM #19
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Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Good morning and thanks for the excellent advice!  #10 My favorite and yet so true, people here in the Rain are always willing to help and assist in any way possible. Love my Rain Friends.

Jan 28, 2021 05:00 AM #20
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Seriously, it's easier to get a blog to disappear than it is a relative that's gone wacko. I can't tell you how many people I've had to back away from because of their politics and hateful response to everything. I'm hoping all my blogs are still relevant 5 years from now. Not that I have a ton of them to worry about. 

Jan 28, 2021 12:38 PM #21
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love this post - all good advice.

The problem of not revealing where you are isn't just here on AR - I see agents do it on their personal web pages. If you want to figure out where they might be, you have to look at the listings and hope they reveal more than a street address.

I guess people just don't think.

Every time I talk with a new agent I encourage them to join AR, simply for wha they can learn and the friendships they can form if they get involved. I think this is a wonderful place for agents.

Jan 29, 2021 08:02 PM #22
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Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well deserved feature. I find that the simplest of things are what the newer bloggers are having the most difficulty accepting,  Commenting on blog posts with a comment that shows you read it will get the 500,000 tally quicker.

Jan 30, 2021 04:30 AM #23
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Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

#8. Sheesh I wish I had learned this early on. It’s happened to me waaaay too many times to count.
Great post, good advice!

Jan 30, 2021 06:44 AM #24
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fantastic list Bliz! For me, longevity here in the Rain, means making the commitment to learn, listen and to be heard, respectfully of course. So many people who have left, had no filters and and "I don't care" attitude, displaying it for all to see, far beyond this forum. When tempted to purge on someone, I refrain, knowing that will serve me well! I still enjoy being here among true industry professionals and the zoom meetings have been very informative as well.

Jan 30, 2021 08:22 AM #25
Rainer
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Greg Mona
eXp Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Great post Liz and Bill Spear! I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I read each one. This is a very thorough and accurate list. Thank you for sharing. 

Jan 30, 2021 09:40 AM #26
Rainmaker
1,677,535
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

#8 is just the saddest. Get all the way done & poof ... it's gone & time to start over.

Jan 30, 2021 11:59 AM #27
Rainmaker
848,510
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

All of your points are well taken. You speak from much experience in the Rain.

Jan 30, 2021 04:51 PM #28
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think it’s very impressive that you narrowed it down so well! Love and light!

Jan 30, 2021 10:39 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

John Juarez These post are so effective when they are done to this level of expertise!

Jan 30, 2021 10:40 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Great tips! Thanks for sharing this!

Feb 01, 2021 06:24 AM #31
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Backing up your posts is the one I wish I had learned earlier.  Thank you for all your great advice.

Feb 01, 2021 06:46 AM #32
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