I need Feedback on Folks Using Active Rain's Outside Blog

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I'm really trying to expand my direct connect marketing this year.  I love our company's generic website.  It's really connected to some great SEO and I've, quite frankly, recieved a lot of business from it.  Active Rain has been my dream site as well.  Or should I call it my dream blog? 

I took a look at the outside blog and saw the testimonials from some folks that I know here.  My questions very simply are.....

  1. Are you Using Active Rain's Outside Blog?
  2. Would you Recommend it?
  3. Does it feed from the Rain?
  4. How would you compare it to Active Rain? and
  5. How is it different and does it compare to the free outside blog you get from Active Rain or is it the same?

Help me please!



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Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group

Larry~ I have an outside blog as well.  I have had formatting issues so I would definitely take Bob up on his offer.

January 20, 2011 03:22 PM
Rick Cignoli
Sr. Mortgage Broker
Right Trac Financial Group

Larry ... I have a question for you.  You've spent a lot of time blogging to earn +500k points and claim to have received a lot of business from this effort. Can you translate these points into actual $$$ you've earned from the time spent perfecting your blogging skills. I'm cancelling my Rainmaker account because there's no ROI in it for me.

January 20, 2011 04:48 PM
Christina ONeal
Realtor - Ripon California
At Home Real Estate Group

Larry... I like my outside blog because it has it's own domain name now.  Active Rain free one is just www.activerain......../my user name   Thats not too exciting but I'm going to go take some online classes from Steven to see what I can learn.  I feel so new to this now & I looked it up, I have had an outside blog for 3 months now.

Christina Oneal

January 20, 2011 08:15 PM
Larry Bettag
Regional Vice-President
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

Virginia....good to know.

Joetta...thus the confusion.  Now I'm really getting confused!

Bob....I so want in.  If I'm using niche marketing....wouldn't it work just as well on the free outside blog?  I'm just confused.  You're on my calendar though.  I want in!


Rick.....I can tell you that I've closed 22 deals out of the 76 referrals.  I know that my average loan size is $237,000.  The net compensation to me has been a bit over 100 basis points.  So I'm making over $2,370 per deal (actually more, but let's be conservative here).  22 times $2,370.....$50,000+.  Plus I have others from my Active Rain referrals still incubating.  Also, I recieved no referrals my first 6 months.  I accumulates....then the momentum grows.

Christina...I'm so lost with this stuff and I've been here for almost 4 years!  You're 5 laps ahead of me!



January 20, 2011 10:58 PM
Joyce Godwin
RE/MAX Realty Center, Houston Area Relocation Info
12810 Telge,Cypress,TX 77429 -Houston,Cypress,Spring,Tomball

Larry, Thanks for asking this question - I learned so much just reading the comments to your question!   I've never suggested anything before, but seems like the thing to do when you come across something really good, so I will suggest it and see what happens. 

January 22, 2011 10:30 AM

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