Maybe I will Return to Active Rain (Google Juice Re-visited)

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Commercial Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)

Maybe I will Return to Active Rain (Google Juice Re-visited)

Ontario Real Estate Source

By Brian Madigan LL.B.

As many of you are aware I stopped posting, commenting and largely participating in Active Rain about a month ago.

What did I like about AR? The friends and the articles!

I couldn’t really care less about the points. They don’t get me business. But, I was under the impression that AR produced a lot of Google Juice. So, I pumped out my share of articles, usually 10 per week. I would book on and comment on at least 10 posts per day, usually every day. Just doing that on a regular basis generates about 5,000 points per week. However, the points don’t matter. No one cares about points.

I posted a number of articles first here, and then later on some of my other blogs. The AR blogs didn’t show up anywhere, and the first one I found was the seventh item on page two. Yet I dominated the first three pages of Google with my Wordpress and Blogger blogs.

Which, of course, brings me to the ultimate question: what’s the point of being here?

So, I left. No Google Juice, so I’m gone. That was one month ago. Now, I still haven’t made up my own mind yet about participating further or not, but I need to bring you an update.

In Canada, if you go to Google, you automatically get booted over to Google.ca. You can do a search on Google.com. I did that and found that my AR profile is the first thing that comes up for me on Google.com. I have Profiles elsewhere, but it is my AR Profile which appears first on Google.com.

As far as Google.ca, AR is still “persona non grata”. It generates dismal results at best.

Now, here’s my problem, my clients etc. and basically paying customers are all in Canada and using Google.ca. No results, so I left.

But, that recent test of Google.com has placed the issue in the forefront once again.

By the way, I’m not looking for a whole lot of comments like “please stay”… etc.

I wanted others in my position to know that there’s a little more to it when it comes to Google Juice for AR. If I want or need a US presence, then AR will work wonders. If I just want to appeal to Canadians then AR is not of much help.

So, I have decided to get a new blog, have it hosted, own the name myself and post regularly on it. I learned that all here, I just never actually did it.

But, I will.

Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker is an author and commentator on real estate matters, if you are interested in residential or commercial properties in Mississauga, Toronto or the GTA, you may contact him through RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage 416-745-2300.
www.OntarioRealEstateSource.com

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Brian. I have missed you and hope that you do AR and your own site as parallels.
June 01, 2012 03:13 PM
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Brian Madigan
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Valerie,

Far too much time on other people's sites.

Property Wire is gone. That turned out to be a waste of time. I have two other commercial real estate sites that went under.

In addition, I had my own (FREE) Blogger site that went down since it aws owned by Google.

So, I need my own site, own the name, own the site and have it independently hosted. That gives me control and not someone else.

I'm taking a two day course next week on how to do it. It's "hands on" which is what I need. I really can't follow a lot of the techie articles here. I just don't know what they are talking about.

The new site will cover a few extra topics, like recruiting, training, and properly indexed so that it's serachable etc.

Brian

June 01, 2012 05:17 PM
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Kathy Clulow
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Brian - Nothing happens overnight ..... Barrie had a short email exchange with AR management last year and below is the last response he had to the question about a .ca version of Active Rain. (mid September last year)

"I have read your blog and got some good feedback. I need to dig in a bit more to decide if and how to develop a Canadian version of ActiveRain. Right now, someone in Vancouver owns activerain.ca and I would need to go buy it. I will put it on the list of things to do"

 

June 01, 2012 09:23 PM
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Larry Estabrooks
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Brian, here's my tip for you to investigate - I use godaddy to host my Moncton Real Estate Blog.

June 02, 2012 08:32 PM
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Brian,

Sad to read this post....I have found that AR generates a lot of new clients from other countries for me. This is especially good in the GTA which is a centre of immigration for Canada.

The other thing I would suggest is to ask AR to give you a .ca domain name for your outside blog. This has worked for me.

Jo

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