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10 Top Excuses to Be On ActiveRain


What are the top reasons to be on ActiveRain? I was asked this question earlier, and thought I'd try to answer it here in this post. After combing through hundreds of posts, these are some of the TOP excuses that I have discovered and personally experienced. The links below are to posts from other ActiveRain Members who concur.

The Top 10 Excuses for Being on ActiveRain:

#1 - The Networking

Having access to nearly 100,000 Industry Professionals at your fingertips 24/7/365 makes ActiveRain one of the most powerful networks in the Web2.0 world. If you have been here for any length of time, you know exactly what I mean. ActiveRain is the Grand Central of Real Estate Networking and Sharing.


#2 - Better Internet Exposure

In just 90 days, my personal ActveRain Blog not only passed up my own website on Google, but it passed up my Corporate Employers Website too, and they are HUGE. I had no idea what I was doing and I still ranked higher on Google because of the Internet Exposure from my ActiveRain Blog. It has generated numerous leads from both consumers and other members. You will get exposed on ActiveRain.


#3 - Grow Your Business

You can convert leads from ActiveRain into live transactions. Since I am not a REALTOR®, I have been able to refer many buyers and sellers to other ActiveRain members from other areas. Growing business on AR is just one of the perks and privileges. Opportunities will just happen here, some large, some small, but you have to look for them, and you have to remain Active. Your content on ActiveRain and Localism are the key to growing your business.

#4 - Increased SEO

Google loves ActiveRain, and even though you don't hear much about it, so does Yahoo, MSN, and the other search engines. ActiveRain is also getting scrubbed by AOL, Good Morning America, CNN, Inman News and many other news networks. Where would you go as a reporter to find the latest real-time news from any place in the Country? The media knows this, and now many consumers are finding us too. Learn about SEO, it's why many are here.


#5 - Get Educated, Grow Resources

Learn anything, it's all on ActiveRain. Technology, Marketing, Listings, Groups, Tutorials, How to's, Experiences, etc. There is so much information shared and contributed, it's some of the Best in the Industry. Many ActiveRain members are willing to share and give freely of their resources. They also share successes and failures. It's a real world education in real time. The resources available here are mind Bloggling!

#6 - Build Referral Business

Blogging has proven to create opportunities to connect with other members and the public. As you build up your Associates around the community, and you subscribe to other members, you'll find that building a referral base is a sinch. Sellers have to relocate to all parts of the country. Buyers want to invest in the same way. ActiveRain members span the entire country, building your referral foundation here couldn't be smarter, or easier.

#7 - Experience and Knowledge

Combined, there are thousands of years experience on ActiveRain. If you can't find it on here, it probably doesn't exist. There is more data here than you could read in a lifetime. 100's of members join each day, and hundreds of posts go up each week. Thousands of comments each day! As the community grows, so does your knowledge base. Huge amounts of information are just a click away. Learn from the Top Bloggers here.


#8 - Connect with Consumers

Success stories are everywhere on ActiveRain. Click here for members who have shared how they connected with consumers using their ActiveRain Blogs and Profile's. Some members here are Blogging to their geographic and target market areas. It's a great way to connect with consumers and past clients. The public is also using the ActiveRain Q&A link to ask their Real Estate questions. A great connecting point between members and consumers. Then there's Localism, the next "Force To Be Reckonned with!"

#9 - Save Money, FREE Marketing

To join ActiveRain is FREE, yes, but there are still some costs involved. It's Your TIME! You have to invest some of it. The Pay Back on ActiveRain comes in such a wide variety of ways. Marketing yourself and business on Activerain is very powerful and also a bit different. Everyone wants to buy, but no one wants to be sold. Many of the members on ActiveRain market themselves the same way they'd want to be Marketed to.

#10 - Build RELATIONSHIPS!

The Thunder and Lightning of ActiveRain. As in any business, relationships are the key to growth and success. Building relationships on ActiveRain is nearly impossible NOT TO DO. If you're here for the right reasons, and doing the right things, ActiveRain will become just as important to your business as any of your other tools and services. The relationships you build here will be for life. There's nothing better than the friends and clients you'll make on ActiveRain.


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Comment balloon 129 commentsBrad Andersohn • June 20 2008 01:50AM

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#5 has been the #1 reason for me... certainly not to detract from ALL OF THE OTHER BENEFITS.  And 'meeting' people like you is up there at the top somewhere.  Wow!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 12 years ago

Brad,
great post, I like all the reasons, :) keep that good work to build this great community, if you need help, let me know :P
ray saenz

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 12 years ago

Learning, Networking with other agents, community, teaching. All great parts of the Rain.

All the best!

Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 12 years ago

I like your post. AR is a great place to create visibility and network. Have a great day.

Posted by Anthony Dashtizadeh, (Dash-T-Za-Day) (Garcia Realty Group, Luxury Sales Group) about 12 years ago

Brad - I thought you were going to leave out 'the friendships', till I got to the very end.

All good reasons!

Just wondering - how many members do we really have?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 12 years ago

Susie - #5 is huge!  It could be a post in itself.  lol~ 

This past week, a member called me and wanted to be removed from ActiveRain.  I tried to share some of these benefits with her, she just didn't understand how a community like ActiveRain could possibly help her business.  If only I would have had this post last week, I would have emailed it to her.  hmmm...I may still do that.  Some get it, and I guess some don't. 

We just keep doing our best right?  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

I came on here with no expectations and was totally blown away. The first time that I looked around, I realized that there was potential to network and I could do a little marketing by using a home page on the site. Then I started reading blogs and realized that the information (and humor) found on this site is invaluable! 

I have recommended AR and invited friends to join in the past few months. A few have logged in and created their home page but they have yet to tap into the real values that AR offers. They will "get it" one day. The person that invited me only recently "got it" as she didn't spend much time here- just long enough to create her page and invite me. About a month ago she called to say that now she understands why I am so excited about AR!  It is just a matter of time before my other invitees "get it" as well.

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) about 12 years ago

Ray - where have you been?  Great to see you back at AR.  Alot has changed, and a lot more changes ahead, all good of course. Let's try to connect next week, just want to see how you're doing. Hope all is well. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Kevin - there is so much going on here, I don't think many members realize the depth and complexity of our community.  I didn't realize myself how much is here until I started having to view a large percentage of posts that come in to us. WOW!  It's a whole new world of ActiveRain I hadn't tuned into as a member here.  I feel like a sponge everyday reading and trying to absorb everything that goes on in a day.  It's truly an incredible experience.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Anthony - yes, and the visibility and networking part of your journey here are only the beginning. You just can't enjoy the cruise if you're not on the ship.  Welcome aboard!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Virginia - it's one of my bad habits, I still like to save the best for last, even after all these years! lol~
If you ever want to see exactly how many members are on ActiveRain, just do this:

Click on "HOME" select "REAL ESTATE AGENTS" by type, click on "ALL" at the top of the screen, then scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the last page link 3754, then scroll to the bottom of that page, and that will show you who the most recent member is that has joined and their number. Here's what it looks like, and here's your member count:

#93572 Sally Smith Smith (Keller Williams): Real Estate Agent in Amboy, Blue Earth County, Minnesota

I think they are joining faster than our counter can keep track! haha..  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, I love all the reasons, but the friendships and education are tops with me...how else would I have met you??? This is a great place and it's so much different than other social media. This is family and where you want to relax after a long day's work!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) about 12 years ago

I have to agree with everyone above me brad, you have hit the nail on the head. If exposure is the paved highway in front of us, you just put down the sealcoat!

Posted by Rob Wesler (Harborview Financial Partners, LLC) about 12 years ago

Every one of these is "right on", Brad.  And not only that, but this is one of the "prettiest" posts I've seen in a long time...  'Gonna have to look back through your old posts to see if you've done a tutorial on making that attractive frame around your content.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hi Brad, I think you got them all. Excellent reasons and all very true. To the person who didn't get it....at least one of your 10 perhaps she had not been here long enough to really get involved and find out. Too bad.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 12 years ago

Excellent post here.  Active Rain has done so much for me and our team business.  I love it here.

Thanks Brad:

Don

Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 about 12 years ago

I agree with your list. Networking, google ranking ,the free advertising  and the knowledge we get, are all great reasons.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 12 years ago

Brad- No need to make EXCUSES - these are all great Reasons for being on AR.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 12 years ago

Great get to the point post. I think there are a few other points of being involved in active rain but these are the highlights!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 12 years ago

Number 5 is my main reason. The education alone is pricless. Of course all the great people here make getting educated a joy!

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, great post, great reason not excuses.  However, I still want to know Who is Sally Smith Smith? and Some Other Active Rain Mysteries.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 12 years ago

Brad 

Those are all great reasons! I have seen lots of changes since I have been here with my SEO and building business and friendships!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate (CondoDomain.com) about 12 years ago

Brad - great reasons.  Reason #5 = the education here is just priceless! 

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) about 12 years ago

Ar is a great place to be, Brad.  We all thank you folks for your commitment to this site and for what it means to the real estate industry and individually, to our businesses online!  I look forward to a LONG and PROSPEROUS relationship with all of you!

Posted by Steve Homer (The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate)) about 12 years ago

Brad - all of the above - my favorite reason is #10 the relationships - how else to connect with people from all over professionally and sometimes on a personal level?

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad I could not have summed it up any better myself. Active Rain just plain Rocks!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago

I came on here with no expectations and was totally blown away. The first time that I looked around, I realized that there was potential to network and I could do a little marketing by using a home page on the site. Then I started reading blogs and realized that the information (and humor) found on this site is invaluable!

I have recommended AR and invited friends to join in the past few months. A few have logged in and created their home page but they have yet to tap into the real values that AR offers. They will "get it" one day. The person that invited me only recently "got it" as she didn't spend much time here- just long enough to create her page and invite me. About a month ago she called to say that now she understands why I am so excited about AR! It is just a matter of time before my other invitees "get it" as well.

Libby - it takes some folks a bit of time to catch on to what Blogging and the rain is all about. They will all get it soon, just like they got the fax, the laptop, the cell phone, the lock box, and now Blogging. They will get it.
Glad you get it, we're happy to have you here!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, I love all the reasons, but the friendships and education are tops with me...how else would I have met you??? This is a great place and it's so much different than other social media. This is family and where you want to relax after a long day's work!

Hi Linda - I am so glad you stopped by to put it into much better words than I ever could. This place IS family, and friends like you make it that way. I hope others who are not quite sure how they got here or why....get the chanceto read your comment.  Thanks for stopping in and leaving one, my posts just wouldn't be the same if there wasn't my comments from Linda Scanlan!  You're the best! Have a great weekend :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Rob - love how you put that into words, the ActiveRain Superhighway, paved and sealed!  I like it, thanks!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Very true, been here since December and love it!  I tell folks daily to get involved.

Posted by Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida (TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE) about 12 years ago

Margaret - you are too sweet, I'm glad you noticed my attempt at cleaning up the place and straigthtening up my Blogs cosmetic appeal! lol~  I have not done a post on this yet but for you, I'll do it right here:

The screen shot below and thehtml text is all you need. It goes at the very top of your post and then the html code at the bottom of this comment goes at the very bottom of your post.  Remember to be in HTML mode/tab when creating your Blog post: 

Anytime you want to see the code of a blog post or webpage, go up to your browser's pulldown menu, select "view", and then select "page source" and it will show you the entire page or post in HTML.




MAKE SURE YOU END THE HTML CODE AT THE BOTTOM WITH THIS:

That will complete your table.  Let me know if this makes any sense or if you need some help with it.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad: You've done a super job of pointing out reasons why we should be here!  I know I am now focusing more on consumers' interest, but the knowledge I've learned while being an AR member, has been unreal. There really is something for everybody here.

Thanks.

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) about 12 years ago

Brad - great post.  I truly enjoy being on ActiveRain; #2 is why I started in the first place, but #5 is why I keep coming back.  I taught a class yesterday in my office on getting started with ActiveRain - I wish I would have had your post to show the class; it's great!  I'm going to forward it to all of the agents who were in my class so they can see the value once again of being involved!  Thanks!

Posted by Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple (The Mode Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago

Missy - I hate to see anyone ever leave the rain, especially due to just a lack of understanding something.  Maybe she'll browse the neighborhood still and find this post.

You know Missy, sometimes it's just the little things around here too, for instance, your comments. 

I post late at night, go to bed, and as sure as the sun rises the next morning, I have a comment from Missy Caulk!  EVERY SINGLE TIME!  Like clockwork!  I don't want you to ever think I take your comments or time for granted.  I hope you know how much that means to me that you take the time consistently to comment on every post I write. You are a TOP SHELF member and friend in my book Missy, and there's not much I wouldn't do for you to ever return the courtesy.  Thanks for always being here...every morning! lol~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Don - it's easy to love this place once you hang out for a bit.  I can think of many other reasons AR is invaluable, but we don't want to give up all the secrets right? lol~  Thanks for contributing and helping to make AR what it is for all of us.  A great place to just exist!  We are blessed!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Gita - thanks for not going controversial on me! lol~  I'm glad you see the value here, maybe if someone ever asks you that question, you'll have better luck than I did.  The person that asked me that is no longer a member here.  She just didn't get it, and I felt somewhat responsible for not making her get it!  But, you can only lead a horse to the water right?  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Marilyn - did I say excuses? Oh darn, thanks for catching that, I meant to say addictions!  lol~ :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, I am glad that you missed me, as you noticed I was absent for some time, but I am back, we will, but you should be very busy with all these blogs and family and work of course, all is full time. when do you sleep?
Ray Saenz

 

Posted by Ray Saenz about 12 years ago

Laura - these are just a few of them, I know.  I'm sure that you have some great points that could be added too.  I Would love to hear what excuses benefits you find here on AR that might help those who aren't sure why or how they got here... These were just the top 10 I came up with researching AR and my own soul...  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Monika - we all drank from the hose in the front yard as kids right?  Well AR is like adults trying to drink from a firehose!  You are right on!  There is so much we can learn from each other here, and liking those we learn from sure does make it Pleasantville around here!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad,

10 GREAT reasons to be a member and I am sure that you could probably come up with another 10 too.

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

You hit the power of the rain on the head- I have had so many positive contacts from my blogs.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Extremely well written post of the 10 Great Reasons to be here.  Look forward to reviewing some of you other posts.

Posted by Mike Miller (EXIT REALTY SERVICES) about 12 years ago

You got it!

Posted by Joyce Windschitl Hercules, MN, FL, WI & CO Mortgage Consultant (Prime Mortgage) about 12 years ago

I just stumbled onto AR and have found it to be everything you say. It is a GREAT resource in every way.

G

Posted by Gerard Maher, CRS Ocean Springs, MS (Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, great post.  This might stimulate all those members  with 0 posts to get cracking and pump out some posts, build some google juice, relationships, and eventually their business. AJ

Posted by Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer (A Large Bank in America) about 12 years ago

 

Brad,

Great post. Theres a reason why it's called Active Rain.

John Powers

Selling Restaurants

Posted by John Powers (NAI Black Commercial Real Estate Services, Worldwide.) about 12 years ago

Brian - Are you hijacking my post? You of all people...lol~  Just kidding, it better be good though!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Jeannette - I'm sure you will see even more and greater SEO with the upcoming changes taking place on AR.  There are some really rainy days ahead, and I mean that in a totally GOOD way!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Karen #5 is the transmission that makes this place run. So much information, so little time, so many options, and so little cost.  Glad you are getting your "value" here just like the rest of us. Thanks. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Ar is a great place to be, Brad. We all thank you folks for your commitment to this site and for what it means to the real estate industry and individually, to our businesses online! I look forward to a LONG and PROSPEROUS relationship with all of you!

Steve - we all appreciate your warm and sincere gratitude.  In six weeks from now, this post will need to be modified, I'll have to add 3 more things to it, but I can't now because we haven't launched them yet.  But when we do...I'll be back to edit this post I'm sure.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

I'll be back, I have to take care of this project real quick!  lol~



Have a great weekend! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hmmm, guess I shall bookmark this post for the 3 week update:)  AR also serves as a kind of news alert. Almost everything that goes on gets discussed here in one way or another. For me, I have yet to not get a zillion answers and perspectives on any question that I have had. It's like having a mentor with you all the time.

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) about 12 years ago

I think this post is spot on! The comments are great as well.

Posted by Darryl Glade, New Orleans Real Estate (RE/MAX N.O. Properties) about 12 years ago

Brad- you have made this place easy for me to use.... If it weren't for your guided instruction, I wouldn't have figured out a lot of the html stuff.  Thanks so much.

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) about 12 years ago

I tell everyone about the education. It's better than anything I've seen because these are the leaders of the industry giving you free information.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 12 years ago

It took me a while to get educated and "Get" active rain. I'm on board now!

Posted by James Simmons (RE/MAX Greater Princeton) about 12 years ago

Hi Brad,  Another excellent post.  Any one of your reasons might be good enough to justify the effort !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 12 years ago

You bet your blog...and when we get our National THEM THEM Day   (hint hint....how was the meeting ?) Then you can add reason number 11...and people ALL over the country will be able to start with reason number one for why there is an AR...why it is valuable....and what it has meant to change the life of every THEM THEM that will benefit.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 12 years ago

Brad-Another great post! Enjoy your camping. I have not been camping yet this year,it still gets a little cool. Usually the end of July or early August.

-Joe

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 12 years ago

Great Post!  I guess the "FUN" comes under relationships.... AR is fun and graifying when you can have a good time and grow your business all at once. What more could you ask for? 

Hope you are having a great summer!

Posted by Mary Pope-Handy, CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley (Sereno Group Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Brad~ I simply love activerain because of all the reasons you stated.  I have made many great friends here and YOU are one of them!  Hey!  How do you like my new logo??

Active Vickie McCartney Real EstateSome REALLY special guy did it just for me.....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad:  Thanks for a great rundown of ten of the reasons/excuses for being on Active Rain.  I am sure if we tried we could come up with dozens more.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 12 years ago

You forgot one, sometimes you can just vent to people that actually understand where you come from

Anne

 

Posted by Anne Hensel, Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island (South Beaches Real Estate Professionals) about 12 years ago

Brad:  You mean people need excuses reasons to be on AR?  Very nice TOP 10 LIST!  :)

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) about 12 years ago

Brad...  You're the Letterman of AR!  Great job... and to think another agent told me "What a waste of time"... WRONG!

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 12 years ago

I'll have to add to the voices citing #5 as one of the chief reasons I use the rain, thanks a good deal of the time to you Brad.  Your Blog has always been highly educational.

Posted by Fred Jaeger, Real Estate Connection - Central Oregon (High Lakes Realty and Property Management) about 12 years ago

Brad - All 10 reasons to be a member of AR. Little over a year ago I could hardly spell Blog and didn't know much more then that. Nowl it is a big part of everyday life. First thing in the a.m. and in the p.m after I finish my inspections. Business has increased but the friendships are the best.

Posted by Carl Winters about 12 years ago

Active Rain has been great I have learned more hear than all of the NAR conventions put together and I have been with AR for less than a month

Posted by Jeff Thornton, ABR CRB CRS CSP e-Pro GRI (Jeff Thornton ABR CRB CRS CSP e-Pro GRI) about 12 years ago

Lots of great reason to be here and it is a great way to meet people we would never have the opportunity to meet with out it

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 12 years ago

Brad:  What else can I say that hasn't already been said?  Fantastic post, most deserving of that little gold star!  Every one of your points are completely valid and for those reasons, I'm crazy about Active Rain!!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 12 years ago

No joke.  The resource that A|R is is just amazing.  If one NEVER got a penny in business, it would still be VERY worth the time to be connected here. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 12 years ago

Excellent well thought out and presented post. Great information, thanks for sharing!

Posted by Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) about 12 years ago

Bradley, I need to definitely use this when I do my training class!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 12 years ago

Reason #11:

To meet hot chicks!

(Just kidding! Happily married!)

Although, I've seen some photos that certainly made me look twice!

Posted by Kirk Westervelt, Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonville, SC (Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert!) about 12 years ago

Great post!  I have learned a lor here at Active Rain.

Posted by Erin Newington, Elk Grove Realtor ((916) 585-3858 ) about 12 years ago

Brad- I am hooked on AR because it is full of amazing people with a tremendous collective experience and expertise - or - it just plain 'ol fun!

Posted by IMNJ - Internet Marketing Specialist (Internet Marketing NJ) about 12 years ago

Brad,

     Thanks for the list.  You put together a great one.  I am amazed at the amount of info here on the rain.  I hope everyone here is reading and learning as much as I do on a daily basis and I hope one day I can give back as much as I'm learning.  Thanks AR.

Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) about 12 years ago

What a great post and all great reasons to be part of such a great network!!!

Posted by Carla Knapp, Title Underwriter (Alperin Law) about 12 years ago

Brad - Great points. One of the ones that stands out for me is the wealth of knowledge by the members of AR. Heck, I don't have to pay any tuition for the lessons.

Posted by Kevin McGourty (Realty ONE Group) about 12 years ago

Brad, couldn't have said it better. I think you covered all the great reasons to join Active Rain. I am so glad that I stopped by here a few years ago and got my feet wet.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 12 years ago

Brad - active|rain Rules ... it's no wonder you are our community builder extrodinar

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 12 years ago

Thanks for the list.  I look forward to experiencing and benefiting from all 10 on your list.

Posted by Mindy & Jay Robbins, Expect Excellence from Robbins Real Estate (Robbins Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Brad- I hope you didnt start any fires while camping for the weekend!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 12 years ago

Been fighting fires in the Bay Area this week, heavy smoke and flames just over the hill from us.  Sorry I've been unable to respond normally to comments on this post.  I am finally settled back in from camping and preparing for this weeks next BIG EXCUSE to be on ActiveRain.  Call it #11!  :-)  Back in a bit... :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hey Active Brad,

Great Post...  I've been really checking things out this last week and this network is by far the best outlet for real estate conversation anywhere online.

Glenn

Posted by Glenn Sanford (eXp Realty & Working The Magic, LLC) about 12 years ago

Brad,

Those top ten are all good reasons to be part of ActiveRain. Solid SEO gives us better Internet exposure which leads to growth of your business to contact with consumers. Can't go wrong with all that.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 12 years ago

Brad! I wish I could have snagged you for our company. You are such a ball of enthusiasm and your belief in what you do is so infectious! Thanks for reminding us of all the great reasons AR rocks!

Racing at Infineon this weekend. The Mazda is up and running! I'll be there with the boys on Sunday. Care to join? "Welcome to My "I LOVE Lists" World!

Posted by Diana Turnbloom, The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education (Escrowcoord.com) about 12 years ago

Diana - let me check with my wife, I know we have a wedding we have to play at this weekend, not sure if it's on Saturday or Sunday.  I'll check with her tonight and get back to you on that. Thanks for the invite, you know we want to go and we really appreciate it!!  :-)

Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago

Sorry Diana - that was me above!  Forgot to login! haha!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad - all of the above - my favorite reason is #10 the relationships - how else to connect with people from all over professionally and sometimes on a personal level?

Judy - I think we all favor #10. I know I, that's why I saved the best for last!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Bill - you could have summed it up just as well and even better!!  You're right, all in all, AR really does Rock!  Hey thanks for the invite to all the networks, you've turned me on to some really good ones. Thanks!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Sorry I am late to this party.   Ya know I haven't called you Mr. Techo in a longgggggggggggggg time.   I don't need any excuses to be here... but thanks for the reminders and all your hard work

Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) about 12 years ago

Great information, I couldn't pick one over the other, because as you read each reason, you say to yourself yes, I agree.  Thank you so much for sharing all your great information.

Have A Wonderful Day

Posted by Doris Freeman, Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett (RE/MAX REALTY SOURCE) about 12 years ago

as soon as I read the title, I was like  - - - no Brad - - NOT excuses....BUT reasons!!  then you fixed it at the end.   haha.  thanks :)

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) about 12 years ago

I like the search engine optimization, but the education never hurts also.

Posted by Marc DeSantis (Countrywide Home Loans) about 12 years ago

Great stuff - thank you!

www.PippaMAC.com

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) about 12 years ago

So Brad what has been your background where you have learned so much valueable information to share with us.

Steve

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Wailea Realty) about 12 years ago

BRAD- LOVED IT!  All great reasons to be a part of something Magnificent!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) about 12 years ago

this is a great list and more people need to realize the power of active rain if they haven't already...if not they are the ones missing out!

Posted by n d (Naoma Doriguzzi) about 12 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this information.  What about reason #11?  Entertainment.  I find it both relaxing and entertaining to read some of the posts.  A lot of witty and humorous posts when we need a good laugh.

Posted by Jon Lu (Coldwell Banker Platinum Group) about 12 years ago

Des - I  miss your name calling!  :-)  Miss you too. 

Doris - it is hard to pick one over the other, but if I had to, I'd say it's the relationships.

Kara - glad you caught that, it really was intentional. lol~

Marc - it's all good my friend, it's ALL good! 

Steve - I learned most of it here. Of course I had to spend 24/7 here for 6 months to do it!  :-)

Allison - my thoughts exactly

Naomi - snooze, they lose!  We try but that's all we can do. Thanks.

Jon - #11 needs to be added! Entertainment...if only you knew...  lol~  that a "Great addition", thanks!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

I now see what the next big excuse is...good stuff Brad!  Thanks for sharing it with us all!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 12 years ago

Jeremy - you are good, not sure anyone else caught that or the timing!  Thanks. 

By the way, loved the video of your cooking channel.  Figured out why it never worked for me....I always use too much rice!!  lol~  I'm sure TLW will get it right for Broker B though.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

We all knew on the back of our minds, thanks for putting it in text, good blog to go back to remind us of this great tool, and how we should utilize it.

Posted by Tatyana Sturm, Denver Realtor, GRI, Denver/ Aurora CO Relocation (Exit Realty DTC) about 12 years ago

Tatyana - AR is a very powerful tool, and also a fun and great place to be.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad,

I am really looking at blogging in a whole new light. AR really does open the rabbit whole to the Internet.  I like your impute and now I am doing some of my own studying on blogging. I have a couple questions.

1. On other blogs would you use something like googleblog or would you use a pay blog that is hosted.

2. I am curious on your opinioun on link exchanges. Do you think exchanging links is a good thing. Or will it be a negative or does it still work with the search engines. I know the one way like to your site is the best.

Steve

Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago

Steve - I would use the ActiveRain Outside Blogs with your own domain name now that they have been launched. Link exchanges can be both good and bad, it really depends on the specifics of how you are using them. Too many variables and gray areas to just say yea or nay.  Let me know the specific scenario and I'll tell you what I think about link exchanges for that scenaro. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

I guess now would be a good time to add ActiveRain Video, Outside Blogs and the New Loacalism. I thought these 10 were enough, but looks like there'll only be more to add to the list!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Yeah, so this list is soon gonna be top 15!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 12 years ago

I would agree with all 10.  I'm not sure who started AR, but THANK YOU!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 12 years ago

Jeremy - I think it already is!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Cindy - every member should know the history, here's a link: Who Started ActiveRain?

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad,

Only 10?  I agree with all of them and have been a supporter to my peers to get involved.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) about 12 years ago

Dan - it seemed like a good start, and yes, there are way more than 10!!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

There is just so much to learn here.  Its incredible the amount of knowledge and little tips and tricks you can pick up....

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) almost 12 years ago

Brad For heavens sake...every time I turn around I see something else you have posted that I need to learn. Thank goodness for bookmarking. Ike is supposed to hit Texas Friday so it will rain all day in Austin on Saturday and I will have time to make a "dent" in my home work! I plan to send the link to some new members here in Austin to help them get going too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Great "excuses" Brad.  Thanks for the list.  I will make sure that I am understanding an implementing all 10!

Posted by Aaron Cullen, Folsom, El Dorado Hills & Sacramento Real Estate & (Brokers Inc. Residential Real estate) almost 12 years ago

Sonja - you have no idea, things will be a bit easier when we get the channels added in the next few days.  That will make it easier to find the topic related stuff you might be looking for here. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Russell - be safe my friend, and if you do some computer stuff during the storm, be careful that you don't get 2-3 hours into a post and then have the power go out, that can really ruffle some feathers, trust me, I know!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Aaron - that's so funny, mama used to always tell me when I was little that I was "So Full Of Excuses!" haha.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Thanks Brad. There are so many reasons to be part of the Rain family and I am glad I am in.

Posted by Scott Mazza (Stewart Title of California) almost 12 years ago

Scott - we're glad you're here! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Brad, I have been doing several searches about using AR and you just keep coming up.  I ended up on your profile again and looked a little harder...I clicked the links and discovered what an even more amazing person you are!  You have a beautiful family, your music...WOW, the photography unbelievable!  Oh, back on topic...I knew I was here for a reason, thanks for pointing out to me that there are 10!

Debbie

Posted by Debbie Hutchins over 11 years ago

Active Rain has changed every thought I ever had about how to operate my real estate business.  I'm soo happy I found this place!

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 11 years ago

Debbie - that was so sweet, thank you.  Members like you are why I really do love this network and my job here.  I have to tell you, there are way more than 10, these are just the first things that popped into my mind as I was writing this post.  Stop by anytime, you know you're always welcome.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Sonja - I think anyone who knows this network and how it works, feels the exact same.  If fact, I think AR is changing the face of Real Estate as we know it today, and is making a permanent mark on how social networking and marketing will affect the industry in the future.  AR will be  is a critical piece of your success in Real Estate.

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