Where Do I Fit on ActiveRain? Certainly Not Occupying Your Place!

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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:

ActiveRain Helps To Promote Yourslef Locally

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.

ActiveRain Points

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.

Comments (10)

Greg Dallaire
Dallaire Realty - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay Homes

It seems like you get the concept of the whole community.  Don't take this the wrong way but why haven't you become more actively involved. 

You get what you put in.

Aug 24, 2008 05:26 PM
Christy & Robyn Aiken
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company - Aiken, SC
Aiken Atlas Team

Hmmm....please don't take this the wrong way, because I in no way writing this with a mean spirit, but I'm not sure by your post if you are praising Active Rain or putting it down somehow. I too agree with you (I think) that the power of this site and this community is staggering in it's numbers and it's ability to quickly position you higher in the SE. I too am a small show, and do my own SEO, and until recently had multiple blogs to keep up with. I still have several sites that I utilize but have reduced my blog to only the one on AR because I could see immediate results from this one vs. others. Again please don't take any of this post the wrong way, but I was merely asking for some clarification because it sounded like you loved AR, but were leaving because you were dissappointed in some of the non participating members? Please clarify for those of us who don't understand why you would stop posting on this site if you saw positive results? Or is there something else I'm missing here? Again, I am not trying to argue or make anyone mad. I truly want to know. Thanks so much. Good luck to you in all your endeavors.


Aug 24, 2008 05:28 PM
Vlad Zablotskyy
Go Beyond MLS - weblog. - Jackson, NJ


I think I can consider myself some what active here since I commented on several blogs. Otherwise, I do feel as an "outsider" because I am not a real estate agent.

@Christy and Robyn,

I am praising the ActiveRain.... However I am coming down on New Jersey members and every one who have registered here and did not even bother to post something in their profile.

Aug 24, 2008 05:37 PM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

I thnk the more you use Active Rain the more you will LOVE it. I am addicted!

Aug 24, 2008 05:43 PM
Vlad Zablotskyy
Go Beyond MLS - weblog. - Jackson, NJ


I have been member for a few months but have never attempted to write a blog post until today..... I am not sure I can handle one more addiction. :) Twitter, Facebook and a few others take alot of my time as it is.

Aug 24, 2008 05:47 PM
Bob Wilson
Access San Diego - San Diego, CA

Hey Vlad,

There are easy ways to get decent PR and SEO benefit on a profile page without writing much.

Aug 24, 2008 05:48 PM
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Vlad: Don't be sad about what you perceive to be other blogger's inability to conform to your norms of "activity." If you can turn the energy you expend in trying to assess the motivations of others inward towards self discovery and acheivement, you will be enlightened. Best.

Aug 24, 2008 06:11 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Vlad, perhaps your post will help to encourage others in New Jersey.  Unfortunately, those who are not active on the Rain may be the least likely to see it.

Aug 24, 2008 07:02 PM
Vlad Zablotskyy
Go Beyond MLS - weblog. - Jackson, NJ

You right Christine,

I should probably rite a similar post on my other blogs.

Aug 25, 2008 04:31 PM
Scott Mazza
Stewart Title of California - Ventura, CA

You have got to be ACTIVE. You get what you give.

Aug 26, 2008 01:22 AM