Be Creative, Unique & REAL

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

Creative Unique and REALFor those of you that have not read Rich Jacobson's post on "Taking Advantage of a Good Thing" - AR Community Guidelines Re-Visited you may want to dive in and learn.

****The last part of our guidelines was stated in Rich's post:

"Do not attempt to selfishly manipulate search engine results through blackhat SEO techniques, such as Keyword Stuffing, or by posting endless copied sections of your local MLS. Violation of this guideline may result in an immediate termination of your ActiveRain account/profile."

We as Real Estate Industry Professionals respect each other & work as a team....so why is it so hard to follow the Community Guidelines here on ActiveRain?

Even better, read the ActiveRain Community Guidelines while you're at it.

****For those of you that believe ActiveRain and Localism are places to post your third party statistics you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. ******For those of you that believe everyone wants to see YOUR copied and pasted listings straight from the MLS or Information System you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.******For those of you who use photos, other peoples listings, poems, stories that are not yours you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. It's stealing. If you do not have permission from the source ...it's STEALING. No matter if you are giving credit to the source....if you do not have permission...you're stealing.

Maybe you just don't know any better. Maybe you didn't see that there are guidelines. Maybe you're new and need guidance. Or...you could be just being selfish and manipulating our networks for your own agenda. If we can see that...don't you think the consumer can see it too?

If you need some wonderful Localism Guidance .....Rich has dedicated much of his time to create posts to help everyone in our community so we can make Localism a valued network with QUALITY content about our local areas.

Want to learn more?  The HELP/FAQ (Read 'Purpose Statement' Carefully!) is a group that will help you in navigating your way around the network and creating valued content for the consumer, the public and your peers:

Be creative. Be unique. Be REAL.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
Century 21 Liberty Homes

Tamara: And referencing is okay....and guidelines are right on our home page....and on the bottom of each page.

Jenn: Every page on the bottom has the guidelines :)

Jason: Yup...me too :)

October 15, 2008 12:11 PM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
Century 21 Liberty Homes

Margaret: Yeah....it helps having them all in one place :)

James...I like reminders too :)

Carole: Well, the ones that are doing it may learn...the others will ignore

Gena: Thanks a bunch....I know that the majority of us try and do what is right...to keep this a great place!

October 15, 2008 12:31 PM
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Kat DeLong
Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
MOUNTAIN COUNTRY REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542

Woo-Hoo. Never mind on an explanation to my above ??? I am not techy at all, but went back to take a looksie at my posts and I GET what you mean about blackhat SEO techniques, such as Keyword Stuffing..  nope, haven't done that (hadn't thought about it, in fact). 

Bottom line--just PLAY by the rules.

October 15, 2008 12:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Benjamin Clark
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert
Homebuyer Representation, Inc.

As I've always said: Provide Good Quality Content (written by YOU, of course).

Stuffing your blog with copied material or other content just for the sake of having content will not be rewarded by Google, OR by prospects who get to your blog and can't follow the storyline of what you are supposed to be presenting to them.

Your blog shoud be your words, your thoughts and reflect your attitude about your profession and your market.

October 15, 2008 01:35 PM
Anonymous #56
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Anonymous

Sally, Sally, Sally.....

I think you are Right, Right, Right.......

October 15, 2008 06:38 PM
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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Why is it hard for many agents to do the right thing, period?

We know what is right/wrong. Just do it!

October 15, 2008 07:25 PM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
Century 21 Liberty Homes

Kat: I just couldn't keep up.....sorry. Sometimes work takes over :)

I was trying to say that the ones who are doing all this stuff....well, they know who they are and need to reevaluate what they're doing. They are just oblivious that it's going to eventually hurt them more than help them.

Especially on AR.,..... where the last part of the guideline says.....Violation of this guideline may result in an immediate termination of your ActiveRain account/profile."

October 15, 2008 11:16 PM
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY
RJ Smith Realty Real Estate Solutions

Hi Sally, This is a good post.  I think that many people don't take the time to get to know AR and what it is all about.  They just believe it is for more Ad space.  One other location to post the listings and that's it.  Localism should promote the area you work in and should have value outside of real estate.  By becoming the area expert you will gain business but you won't get it with a bunch of the listing and stat types of posts.  It is frustrating to have a great post covered by page after page of stats posted by an agent who does not understand.  Thanks.  I know Ar can't monitor every state but maybe someone on the network could volunteer to monitor a state other than their own to avoid unfair competition?? Maybe this already exists but it would be helpful if it does not.

October 16, 2008 06:20 AM
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.

Woo Hoo...

I had this wonderful smart aleck remark for this post and then The Broker started talking to me and I forgot what I was going to say. I hate it when that happens it's WRONG. WRONG. WRONG :)

I shall return when my REAL and UNIQUE comment meanders its way back into my mind :)

TLW...ROAR!

October 16, 2008 07:46 AM
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Frank Marta
Texas Home Loan Specialist
Nuhome Group, LLC - Houston Tx|Mortgage Broker| 713-373-0345

That is true and like all good things people always find a way to manipulate the system and try to cheat the system.  I hate that what ever happened to Honesty and Integrety? 

October 16, 2008 03:50 PM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
Century 21 Liberty Homes

Ben: Okay...

Emerson: Okay, okay okay. :)

Erica: So true :)

TLW!!  lol....hey...that comment in itself was classic lol! I'll await your return after you dig up that comment :)

Frank: I think those are the ones that wonder what that is :)

October 16, 2008 06:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
Riverside County CA Real Estate
CELLing Realty

Sally- I promise not to steal others work cuz it's WRONG WRONG WRONG :) :)  Like someone else said earlier...you tell em :)

October 16, 2008 09:37 PM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
Century 21 Liberty Homes

Kathy: Funny..... I just figured we all write posts....and they don't heed to it the first...the second....times...so maybe with three times??? hahaha.

October 16, 2008 11:27 PM
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Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.

I am amazed that someone would put their reputation at risk to steal a 200 point post or a picture.

October 17, 2008 12:51 AM
Rainmaker
291,777
Kathy McGraw
Riverside County CA Real Estate
CELLing Realty

Yep I have heard 3 times is the charm....let me know if you see any decrease in plagiarized Posts now LOL :)

October 17, 2008 12:54 AM
Anonymous #67
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Anonymous

Sally,
Woohoo!!

October 17, 2008 09:35 AM
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571

Sally these reminders are needed AR  have grown so much and I suspect some have not read the guidelines.

October 19, 2008 11:51 AM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate
Century 21 Liberty Homes

Randy: It's out there and flourishing :)

Kathy: Heck no...even see copy/pasted their own to game the system lol!

Cynthia: WooHoo to you too!

Jen: Many fly on by....but it is at the bottom of EVERY page too....selective reading I presume :)

October 19, 2008 12:36 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Sally - I am always amazed at how many things I find here that are NOT originals!!!

October 19, 2008 09:50 PM
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Bob Cumiskey
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor
A1 Connection Realty, Inc.

Sally, As always, great post, and very informative.  Now I have to go read Rich's post to find out just what the heck blackhatting is.  Sure hope I'm not doing it and not realizing it.

October 20, 2008 01:43 PM
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