Raised My Visibility Using Active Rain... In Just 15 Days and 5000 Points

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.

I wouldn't have believed it but I've gone from being nearly invisible to visible on the web in just 15 days and 5000 points. I've followed Active Rain for awhile but I was always hesitant about joining because it looked so overwhelming to me. Two weeks ago last Thursday I finally said the heck with it, I'm goin' in, and what a difference that short period of time made.

Here's what happened; I started reorganizing, restructuring, redesigning my business and wanted the Internet to be a big part of it. 80% of buyers and/or sellers start their search for a home and/or an agent on the Internet, that's easy enough to understand. So I put myself in front of the computer as Mr. Buyer to see what it would take to finally find Bob Edwards. I tried Appleton, I tried Outagamie Co., I tried Fox Cities, I tried Fox Valley along with any combination of Real Estate and/or Real Estate Agent... NO BOB. I finally cheated and went to our company website, whew, I was still there.

Okay, here's where the Rain comes in. I joined Active Rain and read and read and did a few posts of my own. As I read I learned more and more about where I was going with my business. I shifted gears once or twice and changed direction of where I thought I was going to go. I don't need to reinvent the wheel while I'm redoing my business, it's pretty much all right here.

Now, the great thing about all of this is; follow the guidelines, suggestions and advice of Active Rain and it's members and you'll automatically start to climb the ladder. I just noticed today that I reached 5000 points and it's only been 15 days. I wasn't after the points Per Se but more for the information and I accomplished both. The biggest gift of all is now if I do a Google search with the above criteria I can find Bob Edwards on the first or second page. The points have brought my rank up to #52 in Wisconsin, #2 in Outagamie County and #2 in Appleton. If you're a Newbie with Active Rain stick with it, the benefits and camaraderie are outstanding.

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Sharon Alters
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Congrats, Bob. What a great and encouraging story. I know this is going to help boost our business and this is just confirmation of that. So, you did 21,000+ points in a couple of weeks? You mentioned 5000 but you have way more than that - is it the last 5K that has made the difference?

September 18, 2008 09:22 PM
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Sharon Alters
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Oops! Just noticed that you wrote this in March! So you should update and tell us how your business is now, six months later.

September 18, 2008 09:24 PM
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Troy Erickson
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
Terra Solis Realty, LLC www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com

I know that I too am more visable on Google, but mainly if people look up my name.   I am now trying to focus my web presence in the city and county I live and work in.  This is much more difficult.

October 05, 2008 04:05 PM
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I'm curious how bsiness has changed for you in the past 6 months as well. I know all the active rain members and shared ideas have really contributed to a restructure of my business. Information has been worth gold...

October 05, 2008 04:20 PM
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Bonita Malone
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Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate

You are right about how AR helps. I am almost where you were when you wrote this. I just googled my city and real estate agent, and I am actually on the 2nd page with my AR profile. Wow!

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