Lisa  Hernandez, Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest (Opes Real Estate Group)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends on your goals here.  If you want the public to "see" and "find" you that won't be possible without becoming a RainMaker.   Membership does have its advantages when you are consistent in the quality of your participation here.    Hopefully you will find this to be beneficial to you.   

Dec 21, 2016 05:13 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Your blog will go out to the public and will generate leads for you.

Dec 21, 2016 05:06 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Michael Jacobs and Gabe Sanders both nailed the answer

Dec 21, 2016 09:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes, in two words....GOOGLE JUICE.....

Dec 21, 2016 05:04 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

visibility! and what Michael Jacobs said.  A

Dec 21, 2016 06:38 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If you use it daily and post lots of blogs the it will result in massive SEO and probably make your phone ring with new clients.


Dec 21, 2016 05:31 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

Dec 22, 2016 02:28 AM
Toronto, ON

You can make your posts public.

Dec 21, 2016 10:43 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 I suggest you make an effort to blog a few and have them on your website.  It took me 750 hours and endless blogging to get a free account. But they gave me a break when I had around 20,000 pts. I got the free account after just 1 year of subscribtion.

Dec 21, 2016 10:13 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

The main benefit is that the public can read your posts, and other members can reblog your posts.  so if you are a Realtor and want to attract clients, they can actually find yo.  If, however, you are trying to market a service to Realtors and loan officers, it might not be quite crucial to be a rainmaker.

Dec 21, 2016 09:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There you go - the main advantage is everything you write is public and could be indexed by Google and other search engines. Otherwise the only viewers are AR members who are not likely going to be buying and selling from you, but remain a good referral source or recipient.

Dec 21, 2016 07:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Absolutely what Michael Jacobs said!  Get to 500K points and it's FREE too! So, blog here to your heart's content as a RainMaker and watch your SEO grow! 

Dec 21, 2016 07:39 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


Dec 21, 2016 06:56 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'd suggest you to spend time around to learn and watch what others do and when you are ready and confident to go public with your blogs, go for it. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:56 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You answered your own question.  visability

Dec 21, 2016 06:44 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Google juice, until you become a RM you only get us members.

Dec 21, 2016 06:10 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Rainmaker is the way to go if you want the public to view your blogs.

Dec 21, 2016 05:11 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Michael Jacobs describes the advantages well - depends on your objectives

Dec 22, 2016 09:36 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I joined ActiveRain with a free account years ago but never used it. Last year I decided to start blogging until I realized my blogs were not indexed by search engines and basically invisible to the public unless I pointed them directly to my blog. A couple weeks ago I was reading someone's blog and learned that a professional account is free after earning 500,000 points!

I upgraded my account so I can be indexed and I am working hard to earn points towards my discounted/free account. The best part? My blogs are indexed! I wrote an article on a new rental listing and within 24 hours it was #2 in a Google search for a rental home in my town. That's nice!

Dec 22, 2016 09:29 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I agree-its the juice.

Dec 22, 2016 03:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your blogs can then be seen by the public, your prospects.

Dec 21, 2016 05:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Being a rainmaker gives you the ability to get your blog out to the public. 

Dec 22, 2016 02:22 PM
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

The biggest benefit is that your posts are available to the public instead of just Activerain members.  As a rainer, I believe the only page that is public is your profile page.

Dec 22, 2016 01:49 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Like many have said, your blogs will be visible to the public.  Depending on how often you wish to blog, you should decide between the monthly or the annual plan.

I did the annual plan because I had planned on just posting listings.  A few months later I got the bug and decided to do market blogs as well.  I have a competitive nature and once I found out that memberships are free once you have 500,000 points, I put the afterburners on and got my free membership right as the paid one ran out.  I wish I had done the month to month though, as there is a price break at every 100,000 points.  I'd have paid far less doing M2M than Annual in the long run.

Dec 22, 2016 12:27 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If "rain" is defined as exposure and being known...then it pours for you

Dec 22, 2016 08:41 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Your answer is in your question.  AR and Realbird offer the best bang for real estate marketing dollars ... just do it.  

Dec 22, 2016 08:17 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Others have answered.

Dec 22, 2016 08:14 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Rainmakers gets better google respond and the public will see you.  It pays off.  Get to 500,000 points and it is free.  We will help you get there.


Dec 22, 2016 07:22 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The biggest reason is that your posts will be indexed on Google and the public can see them. Most of us are here to promote our businesses and we want the public to see what we are doing and contact us.

Dec 22, 2016 07:00 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Looks like you have received some great answers.

Dec 22, 2016 06:41 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lisa Hernandez You have a lot of good answers here. The best reason I can think of is your blog will get exposure outside of the ActiveRain community.

Dec 22, 2016 06:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It's all about the juice! Go for it!

Dec 22, 2016 05:42 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

DO not hesitate as it was the best investment i ever made. It gets your blogs and your name out into the public. Get active, earn points and see that fee go down and down until you ear 500,000 and it is free

Dec 22, 2016 05:37 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Rainer to Rainmaker is like coming out of the closet.

As a RAINER, only those locked in the closet with you see your blogs.

As a RAINMAKER, Active Rain 'allows' your blogs to found and appear in big Gs search results.

What YOU should do depends on what you want to achieve. As you know linking your website to an authority site, to link the content of your WordPress blog to AR are all beneficial, just like linking to .gov or .edu websites.

If your websites needs amplification, then getting out of the rainer closet is a good idea.

Dec 22, 2016 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

The public sees your posts. Otherwise, you are just writing to AR members.

Dec 22, 2016 05:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

All your posts would be visible to the public.  Otherwise, you are writing only to the members here.

Dec 23, 2016 10:02 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You kind of answered your question in your comment about google. The search engine benefits are wonderful. 

Dec 22, 2016 08:22 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As you have already been told. Let's see visible or a ghost; it's your choice to make

Dec 22, 2016 03:55 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lisa Hernandez - your blogging is like tree falling in the forest, nobody can hear the!

Dec 22, 2016 03:23 PM