Ask An Ambassador: More Than Just a Blogging Site

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Some members leave the "more" out of ActiveRain.

They use ActiveRain as a blogging site and nothing further.

And while that may be enough for them, it's a missed opportunity.

If you've been here more than a little bit, you'll start to notice there's something special about this community.

Unlike some real estate Facebook groups I've seen, the brawling here is at a minimum, typically no worse than a mild corrective shock if someone tries to break the community rules :)

People here are willing to help.

Over the years I've reached out to various members when I needed specific expertise.  Probate, VA loans, short sales, Wordpress themes and customization, how to use Facebook for business, the list could go on and on.

There are people here willing to write tutorials about how to do things that will improve your ActiveRain experience, boost your lead generation, gain tips for how to deal with multiple offers (I heard of escalation clauses here long before anyone in my office ever told me about them), and plenty more.

Over the years a lot of my interaction with ActiveRain members has moved off this platform and to other areas (Facebook groups, texts, etc.) as some members migrated off the community.  But bottom line those relationships were established here in the Rain and part of the "more" that we can gain.  I've sent and received referrals from people that are no longer active here, but we know and trust each other because of this place.

So how you use the Rain is up to you. 

Maybe it's just a blogging platform.

Or maybe it's "more".

You get to decide.

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

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

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Comments (27)

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


It's too bad some do not realize (or perhaps care?) that there is so much more to the AR community than being a place to blog. That's just the beginning.


Oct 19, 2021 09:14 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've never understood the approach of the "mega-bloggers" who drop pages of market reports but don't have any participation with the community.  Maybe it works for them, but IMO that type of mass blogging would best be done on their own sites.

Oct 20, 2021 05:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - you're right, AR is so much more.  It's ongoing education plus it's about building relationships(even if some of them may only be virtual).   

Oct 20, 2021 03:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I know I will most likely never meet most of the people in person that I consider ActiveRain friends, but that meeting isn't necessary to build relationships.

Oct 20, 2021 05:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally enjoy the "more" of ActiveRain. Just take Carol Williams for example, who has been driving across country on an epic trip, and meeting AR members as she goes... And take the AR members who are thrilled to set aside time to meet her. That never would have happened if there was no "more."

Oct 20, 2021 05:03 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've liked how that relationship can spread from just on this site to elsewhere.  I've enjoyed watching you explore and post about your new area.  Maybe I never make it out that way, but at least I've got a sample of what it's like.

Oct 20, 2021 05:59 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Hi Liz and Bill Spear, I hope you all are available to join the panel and share some of your referral experiences with us on the November 2nd ZOOM ! We will be discussing how to place a successful referral.

Oct 20, 2021 05:05 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The Tuesday Zoom calls are usually tough for me to make, but I'll see what I can do.  Ironicailly, most of the people I've sent/received referrals from are no longer active in this community, or retired from real estate.

Oct 20, 2021 06:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

I'll be there Buzz Mackintosh, I have a few of those referrals to share.

Oct 22, 2021 10:00 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear ,

I've definitely found the "more" in Active Rain. This is one of the first places to send a referral and found I've learned so much from so many. Kat Palmiotti is right just look at the epic road trip Carol Williams is on and how many AR members were delighted to meet her!

Oct 20, 2021 05:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Carol has put together quite a list of AR members on her trip!

Oct 20, 2021 06:01 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The friendships that I have made in the Rain are most important to me and I look forward to seeing what my friends have to say each and every day.  I have been lucky enough to meet quite a few in person and I love supporting those that I know.

Oct 20, 2021 05:22 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Brian, In general I've found the online persona and the real life person I meet have aligned very well.   It's never like meeting a stranger.

Oct 20, 2021 06:02 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

I agree. I haven't seen much bickering at all, but perhaps I haven't been looking for it. Vs facebook and other sites this is a peaceful atmostphere

Oct 20, 2021 05:22 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The occasional minor spat, and if something gets bigger for the most part the other party is just avoided.  This community has enough people blogging that we don't have to cross paths if we opt not to.

Oct 20, 2021 06:03 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have received some great advice here in the rain, met many agents from near and far who have become friends. I think it is often missed by some that this site is more than just blogging.

Oct 20, 2021 06:24 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Scott, there's an opportunity here to understand real estate coast to coast and pick up things that can prove useful locally.

Oct 20, 2021 07:58 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I have met some great people on the site. I have also received (and given) some referrals to agents I have had AR friendships with for YEARS! 

Oct 20, 2021 06:26 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

The people I know here are my first choice.  While networking sites can provide some insight, the more frequent interactions give me personality, and that's critical to matching up with a client.  There are places here in the Rain that there are multiple people I'd be comfortable referring to, so I can do a more personalized match thanks to this site.

Oct 20, 2021 08:00 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Like you, I find the power of Active Rain to be in the network.  I have two other blogging sites and two Facebook business pages.  The relationships with agents are better here because you get more of a sense of someone through the posts and comments.  Blogging here for blogging as the primary benefit?  Well, started out that way, but quickly realized my results came from other places for consumer contacts.

Oct 20, 2021 08:24 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

My most productive lead generation is our Wordpress site IDX pages created with blog content that originated on this site.  I still get some contacts direct from the blog posts here, but the Outside Blog crash a few years ago killed that stream for us.

Oct 20, 2021 09:30 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have mad friends with a lot of people here in the Rain and more importantly have become good friends and business relations with people right here in my state that I would not have ever came in contact with but for the platform

Oct 20, 2021 09:02 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Ed, I like the fact that this community shares.  In general, we're not competing with each other for business like I would be if I gave the same information to someone in my own office.

Oct 20, 2021 09:31 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I am so impressed with all that Carol accomplished on her trip.

Oct 20, 2021 11:34 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

She's having quite the trip!

Oct 20, 2021 01:52 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

So much more than a blogging platform, indeed!  My life is so much better because of the people here.

Oct 20, 2021 04:00 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

We've made a lot of connections over the years here!

Oct 20, 2021 06:21 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

You are so correct as you get out what you put into anything.

Oct 20, 2021 04:23 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

And some people put a lot into this community!

Oct 20, 2021 06:21 PM
Matthew O'Hare
Osterville, MA

Like any community it gives folks with like minded goals a sense of belonging with the added benefit of expanding one's knowledge and scope of understanding. For some the blogging can be therapeutic, for others it can serve a purpose. The benefits are varied and sometimes intangible.

Oct 21, 2021 09:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

There's a very varied list of why people are here and what works for them.  One of the perks of this community, lots of paths to choose from.

Oct 22, 2021 06:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

LOVE this and my very first thought was Carol's trip, Bill! That is EXACTLY what this platform is all about. Some of use don't blog every day but, we still send and receive referrals quite often - even with, as you said, those who have long since left the community. 

I'm forever grateful that we met here as well. Our RW group could phone one another in the middle of the night and I doubt there's one of us who wouldn't hop on a plane to go help the person on the other end of the phone! Who knew this when we first joined? I certainly didn't!!

Oct 22, 2021 02:22 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Wait a second, you think I'd use up Skymiles to come help?? <evil grin>

Oct 22, 2021 06:17 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I agree Active Rain is more than a blog site.  The people on here are amazing and share information and knowledge with no strings. I come here more for the friendships and the social aspect. Plus you can really learn a lot here!! 

Oct 23, 2021 01:28 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I have picked up a lot over the years here.  Most of our web presence is from work we've either done here or using techniques we learned here.

Oct 23, 2021 11:12 AM
Debra Leisek

I have always appreciated both of your willingness to share your insights with us!  You are a good influence! Thank you!

Oct 23, 2021 11:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this positive perspective of ActiveRain.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

Oct 23, 2021 07:16 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

You're welcome!

Oct 23, 2021 11:13 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

Beautifully written--and it's an honor to be amongst those who are polite, well mannered and have helpful spirits. :) 

Oct 23, 2021 07:42 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I love the fact that there is minimal strife in this community.  I've left plenty of real estate related Facebook groups because the negativity outweighed any gain.

Oct 23, 2021 11:14 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I agree.  ActiveRain is more than just a blogging site.  I love the community and it has given me many mentors to help make my business better.  I feel so fortunate to be a part of it all.

Oct 29, 2021 06:01 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

My participation level might not be as apparent as it used to be, but I'm still popping in daily to see what I can pick up.

Oct 29, 2021 07:54 AM