Are There Benefits To Being Number 1?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Fusion

I have been on Active Rain now for a few months now and have really enjoyed my time here.  I am constantly finding new information on topics I am interested in and have received some excellent feedback from my blog.  I can't help but notice the point structure and that the more you blog, comment, etc the more points you recieve.  As I recently became the number 1 real estate agent in the Saskatchewan real estate listing I am curious what benefit does that provide besides just bragging rights! :)  I enjoy blogging and have done it as a way to promote myself and also learn and develop myself as a real estate agent.  I notice some people on here have hundreds of thousands of points which I cannot even fathom!  Does anyone know the benefits of being number 1 in your area if any?  Thanks!

Kari Calder
Saskatoon Real Estate Agent
Century 21 Conexus Realty Ltd.

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Rainer
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Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA
I became number one in my city the day I joined.  I think not many agents in my area are "blog-savvy"
Mar 21, 2008 07:52 PM #1
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JEROME G
White Plains, NY

Kari...one of the benefits is more visibility on search engines like Google. Learn how to use meta tag keywords on your blogs. This will give you more visibility on the search engines.

Mar 21, 2008 07:54 PM #2
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Courtney Cooper
All Seattle Homes for Sale: CooperJacobs.com - Seattle, WA
206-850-8841
Just that it gets you seen first - I won't ever be number one, but I am okay with that.  I get a lot of contact anyway based on my content.  Congrats on being number 1!
Mar 21, 2008 07:55 PM #3
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Chuck Willman
Gentry Realty - Mesa, AZ
Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
The benefit comes from all the exposure of the blogs that earn you enough points to be number one. And... as a non-number one, I can tell you I've received more inquiries as I've climbed higher in the ranks.
Mar 21, 2008 07:56 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
I don't see any real value, either, even though I climbed up there.  A guy from another city and I just trade places.  I tell him he should hurry up and slow down so I can pass him and stay passed.
Mar 21, 2008 07:57 PM #5
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Richard Weisser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale

Kari...

The real reason is that doing the things you need to do to be number will benefit you and your business. You'll learn a lot and make new friends too!

Mar 21, 2008 08:00 PM #6
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Karin Cunningham
Prudential California Realty - San Bruno, CA
"Your San Bruno Real Estate Specialist!"
If your name doesn't show up on Google's first page when someone Google's your name, then you need to try and be number one in your area or at least blog on ActiveRain alot to stay on the first page. It's important, I think, in real estate to be visible on the internet as much as possible. It's important to have a profile on Zillow, Trulia, Postlets, and whatever else you can find!
Mar 21, 2008 08:01 PM #7
Rainer
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Gary J. Rocks
Werner Realty - West Milford, NJ
Haven't been there yet, keep striving to be there i am sure it is better than number 2
Mar 21, 2008 08:02 PM #8
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Vincent McKamy
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Realtor Fredericksburg Virginia
I think the biggest benefit is the exposure - I think that is good enough to want to be on the top.
Mar 21, 2008 08:08 PM #9
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Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv
Kari.... took me some time once I became active in the rain to reach #1 and then I traded places back and forth a few times. A local lender and I are working hard to stay on the top row.
Mar 21, 2008 10:08 PM #10
Rainer
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Mark Hawley
Keller Williams Realty - Indio, CA
I have been able to get to the front page of google with my active rain status. This may not sound like much but I am going against "Mark Hawley", famous studio recorder and husband of Tori Amos...
Mar 22, 2008 09:45 AM #11
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Denise Allen
Resh Realty Group - Chesapeake, VA
Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads
I am number one in my city and I get exactly zero but I like to blog here.  Someday I will get a call I hope.
Mar 22, 2008 03:58 PM #12
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Tina Farinas
Better Homes Realty - Gold Rush - Roseville, CA
REALTOR, ABR, GRI, SFR, CHS, e-PRO
I am attemtpting to get there!  I fairly new so the climb will be a challenge.  But I hope to someday get there.  I believe the benefit is visibility to the online world.
Mar 22, 2008 04:48 PM #13
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Mel Miller
Soleil Real Estate - Spokane, WA
I have gone from last to 12 in a pool of 114 in 30 days.  When I play around with Google and different searches I find myself on the first page.  In the long run I know this has to help my business.  The trick now that I am moving up is to fine tune my SEO.
Mar 22, 2008 04:59 PM #14
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Jean Groesbeck
Coldwell Banker Bain - Anacortes, WA
Broker, CRS, e-PRO, ABR, ASP, CNE, IMS

I think that it just keeps you active blogging.  Since you say you check your search engine placement you are competitive as most good agents are.  The point system keeps you active so that you won't lose your spot!

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