Why Would Anyone Want To Remove Content From Activerain?

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates

 

A few emails triggered this post, one of the questions I received is because someone doesn't use activerain anymore, should they delete their content.  I also saw a similar conversation taking place on facebook, I don't quite get it at all? 

You probably have a love/hate relationship with Active rain.  In my case...I do.

I have recently changed cities due to the office being located in Ormond Beach, while I am no longer a REALTOR,

I am a real estate agent who chose a different path.  To refer business and keep my license active and follow my dreams.  At this point I am at a crossroads with Activerain. Where do I fit in?

I did not know Jon, Caleb or Matt when I first joined Activerain, I didn't join Activerain because of them.  I joined Activerain because it promised me another avenue to connect with peers throughout the country that were willing to share information, their best trade secrets and build bonds. I can't complain..I have had a great run with Activerain and will continue to do so.  

Generating Leads - Still Building Relationships - I Still Love This Place - Its The Community Members That Matter And Not Who Owns The Site

Since 2006 there have been many changes and I imagine there will be more. For me a perfect example is  when Caleb left Active-rain he was replaced with Bob Stewart, it was difficult to give Bob a chance. Not because he was bad, evil or not likeable.  Bottom line he wasn't Caleb.  At that point I considered leaving and deleting all of my content. I got upset when Caleb left...but we all continued on.  

While I love and admire Caleb forever, I got the opportunity to meet Bob too, Bob Stewart earned my respect and friendship due to his own merits.  He has become a great friend and an awesome source of information.

My respect and admiration for Bob Stewart does not affect the way I feel about Caleb.  They are two different people and I admit I love them both.  

Cutting Activerain Loose - Is It A Business Decision or Emotional Decision?

This year we all got a jolt when many who are near and dear to our hearts changed career paths, moved on and continue to trail blaze through social media I'll always remember them, truly respect them and will find a way to connect with them whether they are here or there but still I ask myself where do I fit in?  It has nothing to do with Active rain changes

but my own personal changes.  It sometimes feels strange to be here and have questioned often should I just delete my content from Activerain?

I Can't - I Won't - You Shouldn't - To Each His Own

NO WAY..since links are cached on the web and what would happen if someone saw a link of interest and instead of your posts they received a 404 error where they click and there is nothing there. 

There are many readers of ActiveRain that are consumers who have been following your blog for a very long time. I've been here since the early days and receive emails and contacts to this day with the emails starting out, where have you been?  Is everything ok?  I have a buyer for you! I need a REALTOR.  I loved your post. Please write something..

My Personal Opinion and Reasons Why I Probably Won't Use My Content Elsewhere

The concept of importing your content makes perfect sense but why would you delete your content from ActiveRain? Although I have grabbed my content, it sits in a zip file. I posted a few on my site but I quickly realized these posts were written for the community, my subscribers and consumers who visit activerain.

 

Do you think by removing your content it will benefit you?  I will not remove my content unless the terms of service became unacceptable or content is a negative for me with google but I wouldn't throw my eggs in one basket either.  I did that for a very long time and now I stand wondering where do I fit in.  

Activerain Gives Me Lots of Traffic To My Own Personal Site

I don't think many realize the power of Activerain where the home page is a page rank of 5. If you check the variety of rankings for this site, it is better than most of the top dawg real estate sites and many real estate agents sites out there.

Check your own site..my site is a page rank 3, last year my site was a page rank 5 but this year I can probably count the number of posts written on both of my hands. Its sad but true and it applies here too in 2011 I wrote a total of 5 posts here. darn it including this one.  WOW what a bum I have been! Damn if that did not get me motivated!

Activerain Platform + Community + Your Site = Your Own Social Network

Even though you may not post as often as others do, the posts that sit here may give you additional business or make the difference of you or someone else in your local market being at the top of the search engines or #1 for your local market. Why would you want to remove it?

People Still Read Old Content If It Is Relevant and Interesting!

 

I have been here since June 2006.  Today I received two contacts from ActiveRain from posts dating back to 2008, a new comment was posted yesterday by a consumer on a post I wrote in 2008. 

I ask myself, where do I fit in? 

I still generate business, I still have many of the friends that I had before on the network and its shocking to me that I even considered removing all my content. 

My Personal Opinion

 

Do yourself a favor and think twice before taking every piece of advice out there on the web.

 

When you focus on SEO too much you lose a huge portion of the human side of yourself, your audience will notice the mechanical writing that goes with it! 

Its just like repeating the title of a blog post in the first sentence of your post, I get it but sometimes it sounds ridiculous and other times condesceding. 

For me, its not just about SEO, you can still write SEO friendly content and sound like a human being!

Some statistics for Activerain.com

I have to face the fact, I am one who doesn't post often but the past will continue to haunt me on the search engines and my own sites!  Its a tough problem to have...NOT!

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Rainer
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Bina Yajnik
Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast, FL - Palm Coast, FL

Midori, I am a Newbie so there is not much that I can advice you!!!  I think you should stay on Activerain no matter what the future holds & good luck in all your future endeavors.......

June 10, 2011 09:50 AM #25
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Midori, Removing content just doesn't make sense to me at all.  Wouldn't do it, it's to MY benefit to leave it there no matter where I might someday choose to hang my blogging hat.

June 10, 2011 10:04 AM #26
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Midori, I can't see deleting content. People can still benefit from your posts. Good luck to you in your future endeavors.

June 10, 2011 10:12 AM #27
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca - Riverside, CA
on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!

Midori always told a good story....As far as content goes, freely you have received so why not freely give? No one got to where they are without the help of someone else? If my posts cause others to live long and prosper, having something to do with that is worthy...Read what Lincoln or Churchill left behind....pots of gold and warm places in our hearts.....I am for sharzies

June 10, 2011 10:24 AM #28
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF - Temecula, CA
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate

ActiveRain is a unique place that I do not see other platforms having. I thought about posting content from ActiveRain to my wordpress blog, but somehow it doesn't seem right. The discussions here are like no other. Much success to you!

June 10, 2011 11:50 AM #29
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Bryan Robertson
Catarra Real Estate, Inc - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

I got a press inquiry from an article I wrote late last year on a topic that isn't even in the headlines any more.  As far as I'm concerned, staying on AR and writing good content, regardless of who is running AR, is exactly what I need to do to build my business.

June 10, 2011 11:59 AM #30
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R

WOW well this is good I got featured..thank you..I needed to write this..this has been heavy on my mind and helps with writers block that I occasionally experience. I had major insomnia last night and said lets write and I did.  It's like being a newbie. LOL   I think when people delete their content its based on emotion..and in business...we shouldn't be so emotional and let emotions dictate what we do. 

I have been out of the loop for a bit and kinda felt lost in the direciton that I wanted to utilize my activerain blog.

Maureen - honestly I am with you on that...I really was devastated especially after meeting Caleb.  I am so lucky he and Aimee travel to Daytona Beach, her family lives in Ormond.  They just got back from a trip here but I was out of town..and I missed them. :(  Bob Stewart has been so helpful to me..I bug him a lot and never does he get upset..one day I called him and he was doing a rain camp and still picked up the phone right before he was gonna speak..now that is service, goodness and kindness all rolled into one.

Emily - thank you!

Petra- Thank you and you have always been so supportive.  I've done some crazy things this year..I removed my real estate website trying to dilute my real estate search stuff..I have so much stuff online its difficult to do.  I decided instead of destroying what I have built I just can't put all my eggs in one basket.  In truth I did for a very long time...

Andrew - appreciate it!  You r the bomb with your stuff..I watch your video's.

Hosai- Thank You!  How about that episode of Cake Boss and CENTURY 21...brilliant marketing all I can say is brilliant!

Lenn- I think its the emotions..you are so right and am so glad that I never lifted my content from and have no intention to do so.  I feel like I am starting out again as a newbie. LOL  Only because of my direction I am going.  I read so much here still. :)  I think writers block is gone.

Gita- well its been pretty easy for me.  I love my new broker so much and she is an exceptional REALTOR on top of that!

Love You Margaret Rome! xoxo

Thank You Scott I had planned on leaving it...just was stumped in what I should be writing about..never been a big fan about localism...I love writing and sharing what I know and have learned.  Everyday I learn something new and many times its right from here.

Allison - I agree!  You have always been one of my favorite reads.

Sally- one of the best things I received from AR your friendship among others. 

Richard -ahhh, thanks..and I believe it will its very different from what I have been doing...and will also continue to ghostwrite but I have something new coming..can't wait.  All I can say it takes guts for what I am doing and better develop some thicker skin.

Fernando - I've missed you too..you've always been very supportive but don't think I don't read u!  I do.

Mike- never a question as to whether I stay..its a matter of where I want to take this.  I have had a very busy year both personally and professionally and love...love..love what is happening with me. Thank you

E- I am a ghostwriter, do a little web development and manage social media for businesses.  It will all unfold as soon as my site is done...I always thought I had higher purpose besides real estate..and I realized and figured out I do!  Very excited and feel fortunate that I get to do what I love for a living..even if real estate is in my blood!

Margaret we've seen it all that is for sure!  Thank you and read all my regulars including you!  Hope life is treating you well and the life of a referral agent is pretty awesome!  I am happy.

Renee- am well thanks...love your pic..following your posts and your market..its one market I am always interested in lea ring more..you do a great job teach! 

Lizette- Hey Gorgeous!  Well I haven't done much with them..they do not belong on my site..well maybe a few..especially those that require me to email to agents..I just send the link...mainly the free tools offered by makeover2takeover..Jeannette laughs but everyday someone contacts me for some of the tools.

Victoria - nice ot meet you!  Thanks for you insight...I've read a bunch of your posts..lots! 

Cheryl - yes its awesome and when someone comments a lot of the time..it brings the post back to life.

Melissa- yes I know...people say it..and its true to a certain degree...we do benefit especially if you are trying to drive traffic to your website, build relationships and grow your business.  So many think AR gains but if you do not have traffic and do not have the ability or are not tech savvy enough to build your own blog or afford to hire someone this is the perfect place.  I set up profiles and posts in a matter of minutes now..its just second nature to me.

Bina Thank you

Liz agreed!

Michael :) always always good to see you!

Richard thank you very kind of you to say that...if only I could list every opportunity activerain has given me..I'd be blogging 24 -7.

Pamela- Same thing for me...thank you!

June 10, 2011 12:29 PM #31
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R

Bryan - I agree I have seen many of my peers on Activerain in the news, newspapers and magazines! 

June 10, 2011 12:30 PM #32
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Midori,  I just can't imaginhe a positive reason to delete content.  Hope your path allows you to visit us often ! 

June 10, 2011 01:07 PM #33
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Morris Massre
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Pembroke Pines, FL
Realtor Broward County Florida

I don't think you should leave.  There are still ways you can connect and send or receive business.  I do agree on the point that you do lose a little personalization with all of this SEO stuff, but what choice do we have when we are out there looking for business?

June 10, 2011 01:51 PM #34
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, PLR - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

I remember a couple of years ago, I noticed around 10,000 points were missing. After looking into it, someone had gone through a deleted all their stuff which also deleted my comments. I don't care about the points, but I was confused as to why they deleted their stuff. It takes a heck of a lot more effort to delete something than to allow it to just sit there...

June 10, 2011 02:53 PM #35
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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My posts will remain here and in cyber space when I am long dead and my ashes have been tossed out to sea...............I have no intention of removing anything! Ever!

June 10, 2011 04:44 PM #36
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Rich Jacobson
Keller Williams West Sound Realty - Poulsbo, WA
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To each their own. Many of the early AR vets have moved on to their own WordPress blogs, and have taken their AR content with them. And many of us, Yours Truly included, have created several WP blogs, but choose to remain active here as well. There is great value in both. There is no reason for me to move my content elsewhere. It's safe and working well for me here. Some of my most heavily accessed articles are here on ActiveRain. I will always owe a tremendous debt to Bob Stewart and ActiveRain for the revolutionary effect its had on my business!

June 10, 2011 05:11 PM #37
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Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I don't think removing your posts from AR will really do anything. Duplicating them for a blog that you control is an idea worth thinking about.

June 10, 2011 07:07 PM #38
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Great to see you Midori. I can't see why you would remove content that is 'basically working for you when you are not?' (& I don't mean you specifically!) Once it's posted it is there forever so why bother to take it down unless it is totally incorrect, etc.

I agree with Maureen above, just update it if things are no longer current. Might rethink a few things & get more SEO juice from the old thing.

June 10, 2011 08:32 PM #39
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Stephanie Leon - Miami Lakes Luxury Real Estate - Realtor®
Realty Empire Incorporated - Miami Lakes, FL
Helping Turn Dreams Into Reality ...

If it is not broke.. Don't fix it...  I say don't delete just edit... I call it updating...

June 10, 2011 10:20 PM #40
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Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC
Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant

Hi Midori...We all hit hard here then get busy doing Real Estate and maybe distracted, then come back for the relationships we developed here in the Rain. Congratulations on your feature post...I bet that made you feel good and appreciated maybe even missed.

You're right if anyone decides to save or download their AR posts for other Blogs or web sites, keep the AR post alive...it's where it all started for most of us and the sharing has been and continues to be awesome.

June 11, 2011 12:12 AM #41
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Andrea Swiedler
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Midori, your new work sounds very intriguing, will be waiting for you to finish up the details and get to posting about it! Best of luck!

I would not delete my content here, why bother? Sounds like cutting your nose off to spite your face indeed.

June 11, 2011 07:46 AM #42
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Larry Brewer
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate

Midori - I agree with you, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to tear down something that took so long to build, and can only help.

June 11, 2011 10:59 PM #43
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Erica Ramus
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I found this post late, but better late than never. I would not recommend deleting your posts, either. Why? What will it benefit the writer? 

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