Playing, working, blogging in the Rain

Mortgage and Lending with Draper and Kramer NMLS# 189006

Playing in the rain as a child was always fun.  Running and jumping in the puddles.  Finding worms everywhere and bringing them home to mom.  As an adult the rain has new meaning.  The rain can be powerful, destructive, beautiful, refreshing and cool.  After a rain you see the grass get greener, the flowers perk up, a rainbow from time to time.

 I have been blogging on ActiveRain since May 2007 but paused in November 2007.  I was active and addicted in the beginning, made many friends and new contacts.  I received many who found me because of playing in the rain.  I have closed many loans because of my playing in the rain. 

As the Holidays were near and life tends to take over my last blog was November 19, 2007.  But during my short time of giving my opinions, my experiences and providing information to the world wide web through Activerain, I became a staple on the first page of google and yahoo when searing for a DuPage Mortgage Lender or other similar versions.


I am #2, 3, 5 and 7 on page 1 of google!  


I have recently posted 2 blogs in August but if you notice the older blogs are still showing.  Google seems to like me better as I am on the first page several times, but the #1 on Yahoo.

 My point being that playing in the rain is still just as much fun as it was as a kid, but realizing the power of it is tremendous.  I just closed a loan on Monday from someone who found me on the Internet from blogs that were between May 2007 and November 2007.  That is powerful stuff!

 I am not suggesting that you should take time away because you will be on page one anyway because someone else could decide they want to play too and take your place.

I have built my business on referrals.  I have made a name for myself in the mortgage industry as someone you can trust, a mortgage lender that will answer your calls and give you honest information and advice.  I find blogging another way to get the information out there so that more consumers are educated.  I am not an expert in any one thing when it comes to mortgages.  I know mortgage very well and I know how what I am doing.  I say I am not an expert only because every situation is different and programs seem to change almost daily as of late.  But I know that no matter the situation I am the perfect lender to help! 

So keep playing in the rain and blogging to educate and inspire! 

Kim Murphy

1st Advantage Mortgage



Comments (16)

Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

Kim, That's great news. I love playing in the Rain as well. I love seeing the Rainbows at the end of my Rain blogging efforts.

Sep 10, 2008 02:59 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I tried really hard to leave an intelligent comment, but I can't get past the worms! LOL. I still pick up worms. I'm always trying to save them from the Florida sun and heat when they get themselves stuck on the sidewalk. I transfer them safely back to some cool dirt =P

Sep 10, 2008 03:03 PM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Mana... You have a pot at the end of your rainbow, your blogging efforts are obvious

Lisa... I really don't like the worms anymore, they wiggle too much!  LOL your so nice to take them to a cool place out of the heat! 

Thank you both for stopping by!

Sep 10, 2008 03:07 PM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

K...I just got my 12th deal two days ago from playing in the rain.  I lvoe it.  Good stuff.  I never search myself or the info on Yahoo...I've been a one trick pony.  Thanks for lifting my blinders.

Sep 10, 2008 03:07 PM
Rick Trowe
Cerium Learning - Tulsa, OK
Go With Trowe

Thanks for the encouragement of how AR can benefit our business.

Sep 10, 2008 03:09 PM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

KIM - I wish that I could control Google a bit more so that my more recent posts would rank higher than the old ones, but just being found because of AR is better than anything that I did before this online.  I hope that you'll be posting more often now.  It's good to see you around again.

Sep 10, 2008 03:10 PM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Larry... Yahoo yourself its always fun!  I like getting an email everytime I blog from someone in my office with google alterts asking me when I posted a blog.  It usually shows up on his alert within 1 hr or so.  Good stuff! 

Rick... I am no expert at SEO or optimizing my blogging, but it is working to get me out there!

Adam... I also wish I could get Google to see more recent blogs.  For the price I wont complain!  I hope to keep posting often.... writers block as the mortgage industry is keeping my brain busy! Also great to see you!

Sep 10, 2008 03:17 PM
Daniel Seider
BTRE Big Trees Real Estate - Arnold, CA

It works so well and very fast. I am very impressed how it has helped get more people to call me about listings. I too took a break but I am back

Sep 10, 2008 03:37 PM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Daniel... The speed it awesome!  Glad your back, thanks for stopping by!

Sep 10, 2008 03:55 PM
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple

it took a few months before we started getting business out of AR but now, we're frequently getting buyers and sellers!

Sep 10, 2008 05:03 PM
Royal Goodman
Royalty Home Solutions - Madera, CA
"We Treat You Like a King"

Kim. AR was one of the best things that I have done also. Thanks, Royal..

Sep 10, 2008 05:41 PM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Chris and Maria... The power we have to inform consumers through AR is awesome and builds a trust you would never have the opportunity to do otherwise.

Royal... It works for almost everyone!

Sep 11, 2008 12:57 AM
Scott Mazza
Stewart Title of California - Ventura, CA

The Rain is the coolest place. I am enjoying everything that goes on in here. Thanks for the Google info Kim.

Sep 11, 2008 01:18 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Scott... Not only is the SEO cool, but the information avaialable and the friendships created are Cool

Sep 11, 2008 01:22 AM
Rick Maday
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Home Inspector -


I like what you did with your name, putting Illinois Mortgage Lender first!  AR is great for SEO.

Sep 11, 2008 01:48 AM
Kim Murphy
Draper and Kramer - Lombard, IL
Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C

Thanks Rick... looks like you have great SEO information, I will be spending some time visiting you soon!

Sep 11, 2008 04:55 AM