100,000 Points on the 'Rain ;)

Real Estate Agent with Florida Future Realty, Inc. BK3071625

So this post should officially take me over 100,000 points on the rain. I have been here awhile and quite honestly a lot of the leaders here when I first started were barely ahead of me with rankings and now they have about 4-5 times as many points. Regardless, I can now join the "100,000 PT club". People that don't blog ask me all of the time why I blog. I figured that would be a good subject for this post.

Why should I blog?

I blog for search engine rankings. I blog to allow potential customers and referring agents to better get to know me. I blog to share my thoughts, opinions and market conditions.

Where should I blog?

Why do I blog on ActiveRain? Well, because of the network really. Do many of my potential customers even know what Active Rain is? No, they don't. But many of my peers do. They are on here building relationships. Customers can find the site; no doubt. But you could also build your stand alone blog ANYWHERE; and done correctly you can rank there as well.

If you do not have a lot of time to set up all of the SEO of your blog then start here at Active Rain. Active Rain posts DO rank well. There are other real estate web companies who claim that Active Rain posts don't rank. That is not true. Sure, if you hire an SEO specialist to design your site and write your keyword rich content and create your links you'll do very well. But who has the time and money for that? You can do it here; for a lot less time and money.

I have other blogging sites as well. It is difficult to keep them all updated with the best information. Sure, some things never change but many do. Also, the search engines like to see change. They want to know that your blog is updated regularly. They don't want to send people to a site that has been dead for years; or even months.

What should you write about on your blog?

I'm not an SEO expert but I get it.  Write about what you do. Write about your ideal customer. Write so we can learn more about what interests US. Don't just write an ad. Don't just write a joke. Make it relevant; make it interesting. Keep them coming back. Soon you'll have 1st page rankings too!

Yours in Success,


Susan Milner

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The Somers Team
The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA
Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate.

Susan - congrats on 100,000 points !  That is quite a milestone.  Also great post too - Active Rain certainly has a lot of benefits, for both newer bloggers and older too.  I agree, I do not want to have to start from the beginning and hire a SEO expert and web person to do a blog.  One of the nice things about AR is the fact to network and learn.  I have learned so much just by reading a lot of blog entries and being part of the community !  Rock on !!!  ~  Chris

Mar 08, 2009 01:40 AM #1
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Congrats. It does take effort and the rewards are awesome. It is all about business!

Mar 08, 2009 01:41 AM #2
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Susan - Wow!  Congrats on the 100,000 point club!  My husband and assistant have made little jokes and think I've wasted my time.  I made a believer from both just this week when I got an outside contact through AR from my posts from a seller who liked my personality and bio and needs to list TWO properties.  I showed them where I show up on Google search and the future client had said - You are just everywhere on the Internet.  Thanks AR and congrats to you for your commitment, it pays off!

Mar 08, 2009 01:46 AM #3
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Congratualtions on joining the 100k club! now you get a new little badge!  I started blogging for the Google Juice.. (which works wonders!) but I think I stick to it more for the friendships here in the Rain.

Mar 08, 2009 01:49 AM #4
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

Susan-Congrats..yes google loves our articles but I see you everywhere!!!!  To me better than points....

Mar 08, 2009 01:50 AM #5
Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Susan.  100K points.  Congrats.

And I have never read your post...

A never ending audience awaits!


Mar 08, 2009 01:54 AM #6
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Congrats on 100,000 points!!

Mar 08, 2009 01:59 AM #7
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Congratulations... good to see you here.

Mar 08, 2009 03:11 AM #8
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Very exciting...congratulations!

Mar 08, 2009 03:14 AM #9
Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert
Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance - Birmingham, MI

100k! Congrats, I'm not even 20% of the way there yet.

Wish I would've joined this site earlier as it's a great way to connect with other professionals.

Mar 08, 2009 03:18 AM #10
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com - Concord, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Hi Susan,

Congratulations on achieving 100,000 pts.

I have a milestone as well. I just broke 50,000 pts. Whew!

I'm trying to come up with an appropiate post to help me share it with my new active rain family.

I may use this post as an inspiration... : )


Mar 08, 2009 03:25 AM #11
Maya Thomas, Broker
Tampa, FL
Please see my client recommendations.

Congratulations!  Still at under 30K so I've got a lot of work to do.

Mar 08, 2009 04:54 PM #12
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Susan,

Congratulations on hitting 100,000 points! I just hit 20,000 and I'm still not sure what they really mean.

: )

Mar 10, 2009 01:24 AM #13
Beatrice Cooper,
Finacial Destination - Cape Coral, FL

Hi Susan,

Congratulations on hitting 100,000 points!


Faithfully Yours Day spa wants to give you a gift certificate

  for a free manicure. 
Call to pick up your gift certificate.
They have a raffle for more free services.
  buy one ticket for $1.

  Lots of winners! 

If you like you can pass the news to your friends.
 They will appreciate that.

call them or visit them at 1420 SE 16th Place


Beatrice Cooper

May 09, 2009 12:18 PM #14
Shannon Lefevre
John R. Wood Properties - Naples, FL
Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl

Hey CONGRATULATIONS on your huge mile stone! That was no easy task but I know the rewards were massive for you! You're doing so great exposing yourself! :)

Jun 24, 2009 02:09 PM #15
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