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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

SEO

Referral network.

Incredible community of experienced, savvy Realtors, Lenders, Stagers, Attorneys, et al.

 

(It costs $ to belong to AR in the beginning, but when you reach 500,000 points it is free.  If you post regularly, comment, answer questions, participate in the contests, etc. you can rack up 35,000 to 45,000 points per month.  That will take you to the 500K mark in 12 to 18 months).

Apr 09, 2017 02:25 PM
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3,037,764
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh my heavens, lots of goodies.  

#1 we have fun. That is important for me that is why it is #1

#2 SEO and linkbacks to our own website

#3 networking with some of the smartest, brightest, (and funny - see #1) PROFESSIONALS in the industry. 

#4 referrals - both for resources outbound as well as receiving. 

#5 learning and ongoing lessons from reading and commenting on posts

#6 consumers find out AR posts ... it makes the phone ring 

#7 best bang for your marketing dollars ... if you built it ... they will come.

#8 amount paid each month decreases incrementally until 500K points are reached.  

#9 honest to goodness for really real real ... friendships are formed here. 

#10 what are you waiting for ... become a Rainmaker.  Ask if there are any promotions or specials being offered this month. 

Apr 09, 2017 05:26 PM
Ambassador
4,558,844
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There are plenty of consumers articles that show up well in the search engines, which brings traffic to my website, builds my credibility, and results in business, and referrals. If you are a non-paying member only members can see your posts.

Apr 09, 2017 02:20 PM
Rainmaker
5,530,406
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Christine,

You get what you put into it.  I think my colleagues have expressed it very well.  A

Apr 09, 2017 02:29 PM
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5,360,784
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

What do we get for the rainmaker account?  Great SEO, and a few extra clients.

 

Apr 09, 2017 08:48 PM
Rainmaker
5,571,343
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the major benefit is the Google Juice....without paying, you'll not be found on a google search.... 

Apr 09, 2017 05:32 PM
Ambassador
3,259,516
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

WOW where do I start......I have literaly learned so much since I've been a member (08). I have tons of great friends all over the place - and that's no joke. Have gotten together with many of them multiple times while traveling or they're in my area. 3 Lots of business from referrals and of course all the posts. 

 

Apr 09, 2017 04:40 PM
Rainmaker
4,059,138
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

See all the good responses you've received. After 500,000 points you don't pay anything... and all that good stuff is free!

Apr 09, 2017 02:38 PM
Rainmaker
808,847
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Ditto what everyone else said. -Kasey

Apr 10, 2017 09:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,635,842
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Fred Griffin wrote. You get out of it what you put in; simple as that!

Apr 10, 2017 06:59 AM
Rainmaker
2,020,250
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

AR  is a TOOL  that allows you , using Content Marketing, to Brand your ID to a specific niche and/or  geographical  Target Audience  !

Apr 10, 2017 06:08 AM
Ambassador
4,312,753
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Christine Kankowski Temecula & San Diego - a lot of learning, Google presence and priceless - friendship & referrals.

Apr 09, 2017 11:36 PM
Rainmaker
144,616
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
  • Great page rank for your blog posts
  • Referral network
  • Advice from lots of seasoned experts
  • Marketing ideas
  • Access to some really great agents
Apr 09, 2017 09:14 PM
Rainmaker
1,214,634
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Access!

Public views my site, that's the whole point and then;

relationships, referrals and education.

Apr 09, 2017 09:02 PM
Rainer
318,713
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

You have lots of great answers! Why would you spend time here and not pay?  

Apr 09, 2017 08:15 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,837
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Access it the big thing.  If you are not a regualr you maybe wasting your time

Apr 09, 2017 06:35 PM
Rainmaker
6,547,290
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You get what you earn throught the quality of your blogs and the network you build.

Apr 09, 2017 06:09 PM
Rainmaker
4,161,791
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

AR gives many advantages which people have already put forth. A great network to exchange information

Apr 09, 2017 05:58 PM
Rainmaker
1,385,024
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Tremendous boost in the search engines, for a start. Networking and learning from some of the best in the business is just as important. 

Apr 09, 2017 05:02 PM
Rainmaker
844,261
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

A wealth of information, connections and business that should more than compensate your upgraded membership fee. I have personally met and/or done business with many on  ActiveRain or because of it.

Apr 09, 2017 04:56 PM
Ambassador
3,727,467
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I found out, early on, that my subscription to ActiveRain was improving my web presence and I was getting 1 - 2 buyers or sellers as clients a year to boot. That made sense to me...

Apr 09, 2017 04:35 PM
Rainmaker
2,634,637
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

At first joining years ago, I got satisfaction, blogging & posting training, access to my peers and their secrets and savvy, Internet exposure and money well-spent feelings. Throw in points for entertainment and the idea its free in time and I ask anyone...how can you lose here?

Apr 09, 2017 04:24 PM
Rainmaker
563,429
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Christine Kankowski Temecula & San Diego - It offers the opportunity to have your blog posts show up on searches - however, it is a process... It requires continual posting to achieve results...

Apr 09, 2017 04:21 PM
Ambassador
3,986,660
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

SEO, SEO, SEO that results in business and new clients. $$$$$$

Apr 09, 2017 03:56 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,423
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's like chicken soup, it may not cure the cold but it doesn't hurt. They more they see you the greater chance of capture.

Apr 09, 2017 03:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,149,309
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Google visibility. AR has tremendous Google SEO juice to get your blogs out there.  You can purchase adwords linking to your website. I guarantee your $160 or whatever will be depleted in few days. Then what? 

Apr 09, 2017 03:31 PM
Rainmaker
550,691
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I have received great advice and internet relationships with real estate professionals around the country and Canada.  Plus the blogging has provided added SEO for our website.

Apr 09, 2017 02:59 PM
Ambassador
4,203,009
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, the list goes on and on!  

  • Great consumer response, including calls and emails that turn in to solid business
  • Fantastic referrals to and from other agents who have clients relocating across the nation and beyond
  • The learning is endless
  • And the friendships last a lifetime!

It's worth every penny you pay...in fact, the benefits are priceless!

Apr 09, 2017 02:52 PM
Rainmaker
916,073
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Lots of us are regulars - we learn we share we grow

Apr 09, 2017 02:43 PM
Rainmaker
1,044,339
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I am fairly new here but I am very late to these questions and the best replies have already been given

Mar 24, 2018 09:40 AM
Rainmaker
878,100
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Christine - There are many things I get from being on AR. Knowledge, education, expert advice, marketing strategy, friendships, and even entertainment sometimes. I am also hoping to get more Google juice (SEO) in order for more clients to find me. I have referred business out to other agents here on AR, and hopefully that will be reciprocated at some point. Oh, and I can't forget some of the friends I have made along the way.

Apr 13, 2017 11:37 PM
Rainmaker
1,514,605
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

When you go above 500k you become a free member. So till that mark, you pay for public exposure for your business. 

Apr 10, 2017 12:38 PM
Rainmaker
3,430,808
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Education, knowledge, friendship, and many other benefits.

Apr 10, 2017 10:29 AM
Rainmaker
1,715,678
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

In addition to the other responses, one of the main reasons I paid until I reached 500K points was to be able to be reblogged, giving my blog posts more exposure through the more highly read blogs.  It's kind of like being a guest blogger on their blog.  If you write good stuff, it gets shared.  

Apr 10, 2017 09:26 AM
Ambassador
1,616,354
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We get Busine$$

Apr 10, 2017 09:19 AM
Rainmaker
598,659
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Everything Fred points out. And I'm working towards my 500,000 points and a free account, which is motivating me to become a regular blogger and participant.

Apr 10, 2017 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We don't pay...never have...

Apr 10, 2017 06:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,457,027
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Christine Kankowski Temecula & San Diego I believe the biggest benefit is that your posts will go public.

Apr 10, 2017 06:46 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I no longer pay for ActiveRain since I have been here so long.  But, I get lots of SEO juice.

Apr 10, 2017 06:35 AM
Rainmaker
4,000,866
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have never paid; however, others have given you great answers.

Apr 10, 2017 06:22 AM
Rainmaker
3,972,761
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Get to know people and you could get referrals from other states.

 

Apr 13, 2017 07:03 AM
Rainmaker
4,888,469
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Over the years, many referrals and the public have found my posts and called me that ended up in transactions.

Apr 11, 2017 05:19 PM
Rainmaker
1,380,923
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A lot of what was mentioned you can get w/o paying (community, friends, referral network, etc.).  That is dependent on your activity level.  Paying allows your blogs to be indexable by Google which helps your SEO and gives you a chance to be found by the public.

Apr 10, 2017 02:09 PM