Active Rain's NEW Membership Plan...One Woman's Opinion

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Real Estate Agent with Dockside Realty

After reading Brad's post, ActiveRain's NEW Membership Plan, I began to write my comment.  It grew and grew until I decided to post it here instead.

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"BTW - Any new member can still sign up for free, no one is forcing them to pay, I hope I didn't miss covering that in this post.   :-)" (Brad Andersohn)

I just got through reading all the comments.  Yes, I know I need to get a life.  However, one big observation I made is, if everyone would read the entire post many, many questions would not have to be asked, and answered over and over again.

I have not, to my knowledge, earned one penny from Active Rain, YET.  There have been a couple of referrals I received which did not even materialize into an appointment.  My market is not a big sought after market.  Very few people around the country are thinking of moving to Lake Anna, VA.  In fact, many people in Virginia don't even know the lake exists.  As they learn about it, more and more people do think about Lake Anna.  Active Rain is helping me to get the word out.  What more can I ask for?

Why do I remain on Active Rain?  Because I have gotten so much more out of it than $29.00 a month could ever buy me.  Information is here in overload, friendships are here for the taking, ideas are plentiful, feedback is forthcoming if you need it, and that's just scratching the surface.

Yes, I will be able to continue on Active Rain without paying the $29.00 a month because I joined some time ago.   However, I do contribute to the solvency of AR.  I'm a community sponsor (several communities) and purchased an outside blog soon after we were offered the chance.  One reason I did these things was because I am hoping they will increase my business.  The other reason is, I want Active Rain to not only survive but to become stronger.  I considered it an investment in my business and in a social network that means much to me.

Everyone has to determine how to spend their own money.  Make the choice that is right for you.  Do not be shortsighted just because you did not see this coming down the pike.  Be sure you have thought through your decision thoroughly.  Perhaps you will realize this is one expense that is well worth investing in.  The rewards are more than meet the eye.

Active Rain is not Facebook or My Space nor Twitter or Linkedin.  I am a member of those other sites and my opinion is, Active Rain is much, much more.  If the others went away I would never even miss them.  I cannot say the same for the Rain.

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Martha Brown
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Kate- I agree, very well said. AR is so much more than I think any of us ever thought it would be when we signed on. So now this picture thing. How is that happening? LOL

February 18, 2009 02:08 PM
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Kate Elim
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA
Dockside Realty

Hi Martha...From what I've read, members that have paid for an outside blog or to sponsor a community or communities, whatever...get their picture on all their comments.

  1. I hope this is not true but if it is
  2. I hope they change it so that all members have pictures.

Kate

February 18, 2009 05:56 PM
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Chuck Willman
Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
Gentry Realty

I have received quite a bit of business from ActiveRain. It may be that I'm in a very large area and sometimes I'm just found in spite of myself. I seriously wish I knew how to take advantage of the ways that blogging brings in the clients... but... search engine optimization is not my strong point.

I'm hoping that the cost of entry is not too step for the newbie. As a neophye, I posted for a few months and wondered if my thoughts were hidden... and my time was not well spent.

For me it took real results (incoming calls and/or emails) to convince me that it's worth it. This is not something that happens when members write to members... unless you're in the referral business or participate for education and/or social benefit.

So... I hope those who have not been grandfathered will be able to see the benefit of paying for the service. It would be sad to see this become a network of old-timers writing to each other about the same old topics.

February 19, 2009 04:17 PM
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Debe Maxwell
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate

Hi Kate! You are such a sweetheart!  I agree wholeheartedly and think that those things that we cannot put a price tag on, sometimes mean WAY more than others with HIGH price tags.  GREAT comment-turned-blog post!  ;-)

Debe in Charlotte
February 19, 2009 10:32 PM
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

MORNING KATE!  When I joined AR I was hesitant - but kept going with it.  Even though I haven't seen referrals, etc., like many I look at this as "continuing eduction"!   I think if the new blogger could see that value when they start - they will reap the rewards in time!  This was nicely written!  Gabrielle

February 21, 2009 05:52 AM
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Dockside Realty
4634 Courthouse Road
Mineral , VA , 23117 United States
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