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Can Blogging Help My Business? A Testimonial

Thank You Card by Mike in Tucson"Can blogging help my business?"  That's the question I get when I talk to lenders, real estate agents and others about the Active Rain Real Estate Network.

I asked myself the same question in July of 2007, when I found this blogging platform in an Inman News article. 

I knew almost nothing about the internet two years ago.  I knew less about Google.  But I started blogging, and I've stuck with it. 

Within months, the question "Can blogging help my business?" turned into an affirmative statement: Blogging CAN help my business!

Active Rain makes my phone ring. 

Today was a case in point. 


Chuck WillmanBuyer sold home in Chicago, retiring to AZ.  Daughter attending the University of Arizona.  He's driving her down to Tucson, needs a mortgage for an Arizona home.  No agent, needs referral. Phone, address, email.  FUP: thank you card SOC, email contact info, refer to Chuck Willman.

I considered that a good day, but it wasn't over.

My Darlin' and I were snuggled on the couch watching TV at 7:30 when my cellphone rang.  "I found you on the internet, and I have a question.  Can you tell me anything about Vail, Arizona?"  By the end of our conversation, I had taken the following notes:

Kevin WoodBuyer moving to Tucson from North Dakota.  Hates the cold.  Flying in on Thursday night.  2 interviews with local school system and hospital maintenance for supervisor position.  11 years experience with same employer in ND.  Phone, home address in ND, email.  Asked for referral to an agent I trust.  Referred to Kevin Wood, Realty Execs.  FUP: thank you card SOC, email contact info, call Kevin.

So... Will blogging help your business?  Today it helped not only mine, and also the two agents to whom I was able to pass an unexpected referral.

If you have questions about how Active Rain can help your business, call me!


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Call me if I can help you with a purchase or refi mortgage;
(520) 349-9090

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Comment balloon 70 commentsMike Jones • July 20 2009 05:57AM


Excellent!  Congratulations on two new (potential) clients!  Once they arrive and get to meet you I'm absolutely positive that you will be able to help them and they will be lifelong referral source.  Way to go, Mike!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment.  I'm not waiting for them to come to Tucson.  I send them to www.MikeInTucson.com and tell them that they can get a glimpse of my mug, and while they're there, click on Mike's Blog.  You can learn a lot about a person by reading what they write.  Transparency begins here!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

So... Can blogging help my business?  Today it helped not only mine, and also the two agents to whom I was able to pass an unexpected referral.

Wow!  Busy day.  Thanks for another cool ActiveRain success story!

P.S.  Please tell Chuck to come back and post once in a while.  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 11 years ago


It was great talking with you yesterday; thanks for stopping by again.  I wish you much success!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

I keep hearing how it can help the business and I have learned so much from AR that I am ready to practicie what I have learned. Thanks for the testimonals.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 11 years ago


Well, you gotta' love that! Of course this network is working. Good for you.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 11 years ago

I closed on a sale last week where the buyer found me on the internet while reading a blog on REO's in my area.

The article had a link back to my website. I'm definitely a strong supporter that "There's Power in Blogging".

Congratulations on your leads today Mike!

Posted by COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate (COMPASS) over 11 years ago

It can most definitely help your business...but it takes some dedication and a fair amount of work.  Kudos to you for sticking with it and making it a success!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

You know I'll agree.  Blogging is the ultimate in networking.  I've made many, many referrals to experienced real estate blogging buddies.  Of course, all of my buyer and seller business comes from the Internet by way of my web sites and blogging on AR.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

We too have obtained good results. Localisms attract prospective buyers. ActiveRain is an important part of our marketing efforts.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 11 years ago

Great testament to what it can and will do for you if you work it. I have seen an increase of buyers and sellers since I started.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Another great testament to ActiveRain blogging and blogging in general.

Posted by FN LN over 11 years ago


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Blogging is just another part of lead generation. . .it pays! & AR IS THE BEST NETWORK OUT THERE!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 11 years ago

Terrific!  I hope that Active Rain can help my business as well.  I know it will take consistency and time, but I am looking forward to it.  Thank you.

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 11 years ago


A consistence and positive image is essential and your a master of the positive image!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

We asked that same question about 1 1/2 years ago and now it is so difficult to remember how we ever survived in this business with out it.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Blogging if done consistently, correctly and with a plan can help in lots of ways. Heck a well written, link loaded, image rich, video embedded complete blog on this subject or that property is helpful and one that the broker himself/herself can save the link and insert in emails, their website as a resource. So many benefits can be had. Thanks for your post!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 11 years ago

Now THAT describes a good Sunday!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Mike -

Thanks for sharing your story. It's a powerful testament to the awesomeness of Active Rain!!!

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors) over 11 years ago

ARand the exposure it brings has a strong place in this business. After being introduced to AR I was able to work some of it's magic for my own business. Congrats on the business potential you got.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 11 years ago

That's great news! I'm glad to hear that you are able to use AR to grow your business and those that you partner with. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing and great positive post. Wish you much luck with your new clients.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 11 years ago

Ho Mike;

Great news and congratulations, I agree with you, blogging is positive thing for our business. Thank You For The Post!

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike - Nice testimonial. You certainly can learn a great deal about someone by what they write and a picture of your smiling mug doesn't hurt either.  Thanks for sharing your success story. I am sure there are many more on the horizon.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago

Mike, looks like your persistence and dedication to blogging is paying off nicely. Great testimonial!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago


It sure is.  Thanks for commenting.


Mom always said "smiles win the heart."  Thanks!


You're welcome.  I'll see you on your blog.


Thanks, man!


Leave us a name, so we can get to know you.  I'll check out your blog.


Good job!


It certainly is!  Thanks for commenting.


It's good to see you!  Later.


I like that word "consistently!"


True.  True!


Your encouragement goes a long way toward my success.  Best to Brenda A.

Brenda M,

It certainly will do that!  Much success!


Yes it is!  Thanks for stopping by.


Woot back at you!


Don't hide in the shadows.  We want to see your face!  Blog on.


Good deal!


Thanks for mentioning Localism.  I wish you much success today!


You're an inspiration to me!  Thanks.


It does take dedication; nothing happens without effort.  Congrats on the AK Ambassador slot!


Congrats on your closing!  Blog on.


Yes I do!


You're a new face on my blog.  I'll be right over to reciprocate.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Yep, that makes for a great day!  You don't know them but you've made a great pathway for them to know and trust you enough to make the contact!  I love it!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago

You are such a great networker! And I can't help but wonder where you will find the time to be an Ambassador! My hat is off to you, and I know you will be a terrific Ambassador.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago


Thanks so much for saying so; you have the gift of encourgement, and I appreciate you.


That's how it works!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

You da man!!  BLogging does WORK.  This AR Network Works.  To all reading this....Mike in Tuscon sent little ole me (In Gainesville Florida) a client/propsect last year.  Go ahead and spread yourself and your business around....it WORKS!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 11 years ago

Thank you Mike! Your posts are inspiring. Keep up the great work you do.


Jerry Gray CRB,CRS / Prudential Carolinas Realty / Winston Salem, NC

Posted by Jerry Gray, Serving the Triad Since 1980 (Wilkinson ERA Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Well, let me just say that to date I have writen 14 blogs since joining AR a few monthes ago. I've had a handfull of responses which I appreciate very much and continue to look forward to. But the real benefit I've derived so far is the action I'm pulling in on optimization. Since I started blogging our company, ON THE LEVEL, Manufactured Home specialists has started popping up all over the place and we're getting lots of calls and email action. We pop up first with almost any tag we place on a google search engine. In fact many times we dominate the page with multiple hits. It's not just the direct response to your blogs that count. It's where it places you on the Internet a and we've even rolled over into multiple pages sometimes as many as seven pages.  Blogging with the right selection of tags really does work.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 11 years ago

Oops! Forgot to hit the subscribe button. There I just did it.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 11 years ago

John & Janis,

I just added you two as associates under Manufactured Home Specialists.  We don't have enough people associated with that part of our industry here on Active Rain, IMHO.  Welcome!


Thanks, and WELCOME to Active Rain!  Post your first entry to your blog, and we'll come say Welcome over there!


Thanks so much for the testimonial!  It's a pleasure to be able to refer out to professionals such as yourself.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


I believe and preach we are who we associate with! I try to surround myself with great people. Starting with Brenda!

I'm not alone take a look above.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

That's not just good blogging, but good networking in your community!  Congratulations! 

Posted by Marcy Eastham (Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon) over 11 years ago

100% right Mike...I've gotten several of the same calls & they're a lot of fun! I've also used AR to refer quite a few buyers to Realtors.


Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: I have seen blogging help my business.  It really works.


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago


Pretty cool, isn't it?!


Thanks for commenting; I wish you much success today!


Thanks!  See you on your blog.


Thanks, my friend!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike, I received an email from our RE/MAX network asking if people got business from social networking - replied that I had indeed and did you want the examples now.  Well her reply was 'Are you sure it was from blogging'.  Well yes and do you want me to send the testimonials/clients names now.  Well no, wait for us to contact you.  I could tell in her email that she didn't believe me!  We'll see if I get interviewed and I WILL follow up with her (naysayer).

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 11 years ago

It does help in a number of ways.  Not only does it get you new business, it helps to keep in touch with past clients and provides resources for current clients.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thanks for the information, Mike.  I've only recently started blogging but just last week a guy found me on the internet via my AR profile.  Too bad he thought I could SELL him a stage, instead of providing him with a Staging service for his home.  Ha! Oh well, better luck next time.


Posted by Beth Young, Professional Home Stager (Best Estate Staging Techniques) over 11 years ago

Great article, Mike. You will do awesome as an ambassador.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago

Aren't you glad you TRIED it? So many are missing out simply because of fear of trying something new. Congratulations in your EARNED success!


Posted by Elayna Fernandez, BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful! (The Positive Mom) over 11 years ago

Mike...I love to read about Active Rain success stories.  Congratulations - and I agree, Blogging does work.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 11 years ago

Nice post.  Posts like this help a person keep the faith.  Nice job on being an ambassador.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 11 years ago

Mike - It's the best platform ever for learning the best of internet marketing. I can't tell you how much business is tied to active rain, but it's been helpful.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Thanks Mike. That is encouraging. I've been blogging for a couple years on the equity markets. Lately I started doing so in real estate too. Haven't any success stories yet, but just started looking into active rain.Guess this answers my questions :)

Posted by Joel Weihe (Realty World Wichita) over 11 years ago

Go to Google and type in "Can blogging help my business"


Posted by Douglas Ching over 11 years ago

Mike, the Internet gives great exposure and when that leads to connection and possibly business all the better. Great story!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike: I could replace the names and tell a story very close to yours... Yes indeed, blogging works. I've had about 10 such calls in the past couple of months because of Active Rain and referred business to lenders and realtors in the Pacific Northwest.... 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 11 years ago

I have tried to keep up blogging, but have not yet closed a deal yet.  I have had some referrals but nothing has panned out yet

Posted by Tatyana Sturm, Denver Realtor, GRI, Denver/ Aurora CO Relocation (Exit Realty DTC) over 11 years ago

Mike--Blogging works well for those who know how to do it...Not to hard to learn but takes time to find your voice and work at it. When you do, the benefits are ten-fold, literally. Glad to see you found a new home at Sunstreet...I like the name, fits with your AZ sunset photos!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago

That's great for you!  

Have a good time with them as you go through the process.

Hard work pays off usually.

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth nh real estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 11 years ago

Congratulations!   That is incredible.  I am relatively new to AR, but I do love it.  Your blog gives me inspiration to keep on blogging. thanks again for sharing.


www.charlottelakewyliehomes.com       http://gmoore.wilkinsonandassociates.com/


Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Blogging has definitely helped our business also. Congrats on getting 2 referrals in one day! ActiveRain is an excellent resource :)

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching over 11 years ago

Hi Mike!

Newsletter and featured post huh? Good for you and good for business!

Blogging is also good for making friends with people you many never have met without the internet connection.  You're a keeper ;-)

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 11 years ago

Mike, that is the kind of story we want to hear, I have also gotten noticed by a seller who lives out of my area but owns a property in my town, he found me via one of my blogs about short sales, people are out there looking on the Internet and if you are not there... well, you just sort of out of the bigger picture.


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 11 years ago


I went to Google and punched in woot. I keep seeing that word and felt clueless or really blond :)

Woot: Hooray. Yippee. WooHoo :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hey Mike:  Fantastic.  Let's here it for those good days.

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Glad things are coming in the door -- and at the new biz address .... all the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Nothing like spreading the wealth....awesome! awesome!

Posted by Sheila Moran, SanAntonioSheila.com, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) over 11 years ago


Amen to that!


You and Bob have been an inspiration since day one, and I appreciate you both!

Carrie & Kathy,

Hear, hear!!


I had no idea either, so I emailed Missy, and she was kind enough to educate me.  Woot!  Woot!


Great profile photo of the two of you!  The internet is the place people search first.


You're so right about that.  Most of my AR friends are people I will never meet, and yet we come to know, trust, and refer business to each other.  Thanks for the pat on the back!

Kevin & Monica,

It certainly is; see you on your blog.


Blog on!  It really does work!  (You might want to go easy on those active links, tho.)


I like how you snuck that word "usually" in there.  Someone said that sales is the easiest hard work, and the hardest easy work there is.  Blogging can be like that too.


I didn't think of that, but you're right about Sunstreet & sunsets! 

Thanks.  This one's for you.


It took me from July to October to land my first referral on Active Rain, and it grew from there.  Don't give up!  See you on your blog.


So cool!


Thanks, my friend.


It's the first thing I did this morning at 4:00 a.m.  Thanks!!


I'll see you on your blog.  Please call me if I can help you.


It certainly is!  I never would have made your acquaintance otherwise!


Thanks for commenting!  Keep the faith!


What do they say?  "Nothing succeeds like success!"


What if I hadn't?  Look at all I would have missed, and I would never have known it was possible.  Thank you!


I subscribe to your blog, and you've been an inspiration to me many a time!


What?!  Stagers don't sell stages?  :(


It was a stroke of genius for AR to put our profile photos up there with our comments.  It's good to know you!


Isn't it odd that our human nature will discount something because it's not familiar?  I wonder what she does for a living.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

I'm glad TLW checked out what WOOT was as I was wondering also.  I guess I've missed that one in my blogging experience so far.  Congrats to you and the agents you were able to refer to.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Great to hear these successes, Mike. Did you know Chuck and Kevin before blogging, or did you 'meet' them in the Rain?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago


Your blog today should put on notice anyone who doubts AR's power. It requires work to get noticed here, but the rewards can indeed be nice.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago

Active Rain has made me findable, and it's taught me a ton to boot.

Blogging has been amazing for my business.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 11 years ago

I think blogging is a great way for people to get to know you and your personality.  I bet you're glad that you tried it!  Congratulations on your great results:)

Posted by Crystal Kilpatrick, CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales (Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing Mike. We are here to help others and learn from each other...the Referrals are just the "cherry on top."

Posted by Mark Velasco, Top Producing COMMERCIAL Team 30+ years experience (Sharpstone Commercial) about 11 years ago

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