I am not sure I will ever write another blog post here again. With several blogs and a new business, I may be short on time to write another post on Active Rain.
Yes you can consider me an outsider, although I have a few friends on Active Rain. Not so long ago I even had some hostile attitude towards blogs here as I experimented with a “top 100 real estate blogs”. I saw ActiveRain as website with the unfair advantage over a “poor” blogger who just started her or his blog. After all ActiveRain has over 100,000 members who can contribute to create content for this website. Just imagine if every member just wrote two blog posts every month. No other website would be able to keep up with “ActiveRainers”. Now that I come to love this wonderful community, I feel a little sad that members of ActiveRain are not as “active” as they should be. I imagine that those members who are actively blogging here can confirm some of the benefits I am about to list.
Active Rain Helps To Promote You Locally
Yes, it may sound strange that website somewhere in WA can promote you locally even though you may live on the other end of the country. As may already know ActiveRain groups their members by the state of their residence. This information you provide when you join this community. Then you are “placed” in a county and in a city or town, as highlighted in the snapshot from my own account below:
Because ActiveRain has great authority in the search engines, even if you are not contributing much to this community, your ActiveRain profile page is probably already is being returned in top 50 results on Google for your own name or maybe some other keywords. I almost certain that this post along may move my profile page few dozen positions up on Google for my own name.
ActiveRain Helps Those Who Help Themselves
You may already noticed from the snapshot above that members here can earn points, which in turn are used to rank you among the other members. It is still hard to believe that even with very little activity here I am ranked 952 in New Jersey. Certainly out of 3,000+ members from New Jersey my place should be somewhere among the last 100, if not the last one. The reason you want to be active on ActiveRain is you will earn more points and will rank closer to the top. So the link to your ActiveRain profile will be placed on better ranking pages of ActiveRain.
One of the things that many take for granted here on ActiveRain is that from your profile page as well as from your blog page you can link freely to your websites or blogs with SEO friendly links. Thus transferring some of “juice” from the search engines back to your websites or blogs. As I mentioned before, I may never post here again. But I am grateful to ActiveRain for changing my perception of what this community is about.
So go ahead (New Jersey members) an knock me down where I belong, among the last 100 members, if not the last.