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For Newbies Only: Balance Your Active Rain Experience For Success

We've passed the 172,000 mark in AR membership, and I've noticed an interesting phenomonon with new Active Rain members that I don't remember seeing in the past.  It's a self-isolation of members who still post to their AR blog, but who have stopped commenting regularly on others' posts.

AR Principle:  Imitate Success

How do I know that?  I check your Points Summary from time to time to see what's successful, reasoning that if something's working for you, maybe it will work for me too.  I'm always looking for what works, and here's what I've found:

  1.  The most Active Rainers invite others to the party.  Did you know that bringing other Active Rainers on board will build up your ranking in the Rain?
    To do this, click on STATES on the banner up top, see the pulldown menu, and click at random on any State or Canadian Province.  Choose the most successful Rainer in that State or Province, and on the left hand side of their Profile Page you'll see a link for Points Summary.  Click that link, and you'll see where all their points originated.  It's a profile of their Active Rain "life."
  2. The most Active Rainers interact with others regularly, and they're rewarded with new and potentially valuable relationships.  The reason this doesn't happen all the time?  Interaction in social media requires time.  Giving time to what I call my "Rain Life" requires discipline, and that's a word we don't hear much about in our "instant gratification" oriented society. 

AR Principle:  Interact With Others For Referrals

Interaction is the basis for your business growth on Active Rain or any other socia media.  It's the basis for the growth of any relationship based on trust, whether business or personal. 

I'm a member of a BNI (Business Networking International) chapter in Tucson, and we meet weekly specifically to refer business.  BNI taught me the value of creating relationships through interaction, and there are distinct steps to the process.  You can't skip the first two and hope to get the third.

  • VCP 
    • Visibility:  Interact with me, and I'll remember who you are. 
    • Credibility:  Interact consistently, and I'll come to know and trust you. 
    • Profitability:  If we know, like and trust each other, we'll refer business.

Conclusion:  Balance your Active Rain experience for success.

Invite others to make the Active Rain Real Estate Network part of their business model.  Interact regularly with others on Active Rain.  Don't give up on posting, reading and commenting because you don't feel like doing it today.  Make it a discipline, and it will pay you back in spades!

I track my leads, and Active Rain accounts for half of my business referrals as a lender.  Not only that, but it also provides me with leads to refer out.  It's my most valuable resource.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage lender.

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Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Offices in Scottsdale, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ, and Albuquerque, NM.

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Comment balloon 87 commentsMike Jones • January 26 2010 04:55AM


Mike, you are so right! Although I don't have any invites under my belt, I certainly have built relationships by commenting on others posts, and commenting back to them when they stop by mine!

Great post, hope they listen to you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!!  I am up doing doing just this - making comments at a regular time!  Thanks for explaining the "invite" points - I did not know that!  But aside from points, it is very important to let others know how effective blogging can be for business and friendships!  Hope your day is wonderful! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 10 years ago


Points are the genius of AR, but I agree that in and of themselves, they don't mean a thing.  It's a way of tracking progress in the Rain.  You have a GREAT day!


Thanks for being the first to comment!  I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Some of us, the ones who post, read posts and comment regularly, watch these things.

We remember the members who give as well as take from ActiveRain.

Just this week, an agent contacted me about joining my network, meaning receiving buyer referrals from me AND I contacted a lender who helped with an out of town relocating buyer.

ActiveRain benefits us in many ways and members to simply "take, take, take" are engaging in a "ME, ME, ME" attitude that will not, in the long run, redound to their benefit.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Mike, I am fairly new to the rain but am trying to comment and post blogs by scheduling the "time" to do so!  Thanks for the info on the invites!

Posted by Michael Moquin (Bayside Foreclosure & Estate Services,LLC) over 10 years ago


Scheduling works!  See you on your blog.


Givers Gain!  It's the credo of BNI, and it works just as well for social media relationships!  You've been an inspiration to me since I found Active Rain in July of 2007, because you're so consistent!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

This is a good post. I always reciprocate comments and comment on more than 10 posts. It is not just for points but to build a referral network.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 10 years ago


Good morning back there in cold Pennsylvania!  You've done a great job with your referral network!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

I devote 90 mintues per day when it comes to social media. Yes, commenting on a daily basis a great way to get involved. Plus, it is great inviting people and teaching them how to blog. Everyone on my real estate team will blog.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 10 years ago

Mike great advice, reaching out to others a an important part of thriving here, commenting on the post of others is a great way to get a relationship going.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Thanks Mike I need to be more disciplined, that is my plan going forward for 2010!

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 10 years ago


It's a good plan!  Working that plan seems to bring good luck; go figure!


Amen to that!


That's leadership!  Way to go!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

I did not know about the invite points, so thanks. I need to become more regular (posting, that is) so I can get more referrals.

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 10 years ago

Yes I realized also that inviting other brings points. Good way to increase our "passive income" :)

Posted by Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike!  ActiveRain is a karma-driven platform...the more you work it, the more you get back!  Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.  I'm bookmarking it!

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors) over 10 years ago

Good morning Mike, yesterday I commented on we were almost at  172K!  And this morn we're over.  What a great job you've done with this blog!  I LOVE your graphic (would love to learn how you do that too!)  You've been a such a giver in the AR community - thank you!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 10 years ago

You are correct about the invite points. If you invite someone and they take off running. The invitor gets points from the one blogging. Ask Lenn Harley, I think Maureen Francis invited her. Maureen doesn't blog here anymore, but she still gets rewarded eveytime Lenn blogs.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

I like to hear that this sight really help you out, I have been a member for about a year but am only now starting to see its power.  "Simple disciplines repeated daily are the keys to success". Thats a quote I read somewhere and I really like it.

Posted by Coldwell Banker Cutting Edge, "Your Proactive, Trusted Real Estate Advisor" (Coldwell Banker Cutting Edge) over 10 years ago


I'm fairly new to AR but I like it. I get value from the comments and stories posted by other members. I have invited a number of people to join AR but none have so far. I will keep blogging and plodding along on AR as long as I'm able.


Posted by Dean Bergstrom, Broker of Record (Bergstrom Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Thank you for your insight Mike, You have helped to show me the light. All the best to you and yours.


Posted by Tim Bray, B.S. Real Estate (UConn) (Sotheby's Intl Realty (William Pitt)) over 10 years ago

Active Rain is the first thing I look at in the morning.  I try to comment on posts that interest me but sometimes I need that cup of coffee before any creativity kicks in!!! LOL

I have invited several to join, but so far only one has accepted.  Is there a way to sent the invite again or do I have to start over?

Thanks for a very helpful post.  I had not thought about checking other's points to see what works.  What a great idea!!

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 10 years ago

I have been here for 3 years and I really appreciate all the friends and relationships that I have made here.  I have just started doing blogging seminars and it brings more and more people to the rain.

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 10 years ago

I'm trying to learn how to strike a balance.  Currently I comment far more than I post (partly because I'm still learn AR etiquette and I'm learning about quality post from others that I comment on.  Appreciate the suggestion.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Real estate, as in business, is all about relationships. Although this seems really obvious, only the most successful realtors have mastered what that phrase really means.

Posted by Carlos B (TreeHouseForRent.Com) over 10 years ago

Mike, Thank You for a great post for us newbies!  I am trying to learn.  New tricks for this "old dawg". 

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) over 10 years ago


You're welcome.  I'm an "old dawg" myself.


That's true, isn't it?!


I'll come check out your blog; thanks for stopping to comment.


Wish I was close enough to attend one of your seminars.


You're welcome!  It's a great way to start the day.




I call 'em back and ask when they're going to take my advice.  It actually works!


I like that quote!


It's a shame no one invited me; I found an article on Inman News and signed up myself.  Thanks for commenting.

Lee & Pamela,

I'll call you.


That's how it works!


Yup!  That's what it's about.


...glad you clarified that.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago


Very well said to get the most out of time spent here. Not about being all one-sided vs. well rounded, I think I've given out at least as many referrals as I've received.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 10 years ago

Very good time for new and old alike.

Thanks for a great post


Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) over 10 years ago

Mike, great way to put it. I am guilty of not analyzing my points on a regular basis. Thanks for reminding.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the advise. This year I am trying to do a better job at posting and commenting. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Shelley Heck (Pen-Mar Regional Association of REALTORS) over 10 years ago

Mike...thanks for the reminder about asking others to join.  I do invite them to join verbally...but forget to send the stinkin invitation.  I do my best to comment and blog and anything else I can figure out. 

Hey...come and visit my blog.  I just added a new application where I can see who visited.  Not sure how it works...but it would be nice to see someone's mug on my new application.  :) 

Posted by Claire Record (Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country) over 10 years ago

Mike... thanks for the valuable info.  I definitely learned something new.  That is my goal daily, learn something new.

Posted by Kyle Jan, Phoenix AZ Homes for Sale over 10 years ago

Thanks for the advice on how to be successful on ActiveRain.  Getting 50% of your business referrals here proves that it works!

Posted by John Smoak (RIVERVIEW REALTY) over 10 years ago

I love Active Rain, but I don't regulary to read and comment because it sucks me in sometimes!  I need to schedule it in and then buy a timer for my desk. 

Posted by Lois Kubota, DRE#01865028 (Keller Williams, Walnut Creek, California, DRE#01865028) over 10 years ago

Thank you Mike for posting this.  I myself am one of those old but newbies.  I started my AR account quite some time ago and was there for a while participating in everything you stated but then I lost my motivation and stopped altogether.  I am not back into the swing of things and am making it my daily mission to get on here and read blogs and post comments.  I believe that AR can be a huge part in my success if I want it to be.

Posted by Christa Hobart, Arizona Property Sellers (Cactus Valley Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike,  Thanks for the thoughtful and well written post. I love it!

Your comments below:

Interaction is the basis for your business growth on Active Rain or any other social media. It's the basis for the growth of any relationship based on trust, whether business or personal.

I'm a member of a BNI (Business Networking International) chapter in Tucson, and we meet weekly specifically to refer business. BNI taught me the value of creating relationships through interaction, and there are distinct steps to the process.

You can't skip the first two and hope to get the third.


o Visibility: Interact with me, and I'll remember who you are.

o Credibility: Interact consistently, and I'll come to know and trust you.

o Profitability: If we know, like and trust each other, we'll refer business.

This is good advice for all agents to remember with their Lead Generation Systems.  As you obviously know, most members of the public do business with those with whom they have a relationship.

Thanks Mike.

Posted by Reg Gupton (Reg Gupton Inc.) over 10 years ago

My favorite part about AR is reading the posts and commenting. My least consistent is my own blogging. I am trying to work on that. I have invited a few in the past, but thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

I comment, but I have never invited anyone, as I figure they were already invited. So, I will go refer some folks right now.


Posted by Amy Law (Alliance Properties) over 10 years ago


Relative Newbie here! :-) Great post, thanks so much! You are right, it's all about investing time in AR, still working on that, so many other work-related things pulling me away ...

Thanks again!

Posted by Stephanie Frymyer, Realtor ABR, SRES, SFR, Whittier (Brick & Co. Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the reminer of the importance of commenting.

it is something I am getting better at - and learning along the way!

Posted by Donna Galinsky, Make Lake Norman Your Home! (Allen Tate Company) over 10 years ago


Fantastic post! All the things we should all be doing on AR to optimize our experience here....thanks so much for compiling this.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 10 years ago

Mike - great post.  The reality is that everyone on Active Rain is here to meet new people and build their business.  Everyone on here is a perfect referral source for anyone else. 

How else can 170k+ people interact and slowly build a sense of community. 

As for half of your business from the Rain -- way to go!

Posted by Brian Anderson, SEO and Social Media Marketin (Peachtree SEO) over 10 years ago

Mike,  Thanks for the advice.  Being kind of new here, I need all I can get.  Good advice...the stuff that works.  I think I gained some of that by reading your post and all the comments.  Have recommended ActiveRain to people in person, not by using the Invite feature.  I don't really care about the points.  I'm here for knowledge more than anything.

Posted by Barbara Birinyi, TX Real Estate Broker - Horse Property Specialist over 10 years ago

I thought this post was for newbies only, but I see Lenn and Missy commenting -- LOL.

I figured that the only way I could catch up with the leaders was to invite people, which I've been successful at doing. I'm up to 124 Invitees, and those points really do add up.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike,

I love reading the posts & usually comment when I have something meaningful to contribute. However your post make me realize that I should add my voice to the community...even if just saying Hello :-)

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Discipline is the key to getting a good education, here or anywhere else. Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Frank Kliewer over 10 years ago

Great information!  Social Networking is the same as traditional networking.  It takes time and effort to build relationships and credibility.


Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) over 10 years ago


We all need to read this not just the newbies.  This is some great advice sir, thank you for it.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Good post Mike! I am always looking for ways to improve my postion.


Posted by Mike Carpino, Broker/Owner-Lake Norman Waterfront Specialist (Lake And Town Realty) over 10 years ago

Okay so I am going to comment. Comment!!

Posted by Clark Hitchcock, Realtor - Fraser Valley (Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc) over 10 years ago

The comments are the most difficult thing to keep up with but over time you realize one of the most valuable items on AR

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike, this is a nice reminder for me.  I used to comment all the time and then I got busy.  I still have the list of blogs I like, think I will go and check out what my favorites are saying and give them a comment again!

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com) over 10 years ago

Judd ReynoldsI just signed up on AR last month. The content and exchange of pertinant and current information has been fun to follow. It amazes me that AR only has ~172000 members out of the ~1,000,000 realtors. I have invited several, but they still haven't signed up for this FREE resource/tool. I guess by them not participating, it can only help me be more prepared than they are, by staying up to date with the many changes in our industry.

Posted by Judd Reynolds, Savannah, GA (Exit Team Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike.

I've invited others to join which is where I am lacking. So far none of them have signed up. I have asked them to join again. ~ Lana

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 10 years ago

HI, Mike, XLNT POST. thank you for the tips and advice. Lupe

Posted by Lupe Soto-Realtor, Listing, Selling Burbank Palmdale & more (CurbRealty) over 10 years ago

Hey thank you for this info! i like your post

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 10 years ago

Mike, thanks for sharing.  And to me a comment is just a start to a blog.  Lots of practice!

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) over 10 years ago

I have been exceptionally busy this week and haven't spent as much time in the Rain as usual. Funny thing is that I thought I should "check in" to let everybody know I was fine - just busy! Hopefully I can fit some time in this evening to catch up and check in (comment).

I have invited MANY people to join AR - few have taken me up, but some have. I will continue to sing the praises, but you can only lead a horse to water . . .

Great post for newbies like myself and even a few not-so-new. :-)

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I'm gratified to have found Active Rain. There is so much minutiae out there that it was a relief to stumble upon this resource.

Posted by Carlos B (TreeHouseForRent.Com) over 10 years ago

Thanks Mike!  Not new to RE but definitely to ActiveRain!  I love the graphic you put up on points and how they're earned.  I'm so looking forward to diving in head-first, and maybe some day giving back!

Go 2010!

Posted by Tammy Stonich over 10 years ago

Hey Mike! Great post and fun to read through!  I am trying to make AR part of my daily routine now and try to spend at least 30-40 minutes with the site!! It is such an amazing resource!  All the best in 2010!

Posted by Stephen Arnold, CRS, GRI, SFR (HomeSmart Elite Group) over 10 years ago

Mike, I learned very early that it was not enough to "lurk" your way through ActiveRain.  I've more than benefited from not only reading the posts of others but commenting on them.  I am always asking Realtors and others in the industry that I meet if they're on ActiveRain.  Many say they are but haven't pursued it.   If they aren't active, I usually try to pick out a blog that I feel would be useful to them and send them a link, hoping to get them motivated.   I've also invited those that aren't already on. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Great post Mike.  So many times in our daily hustle, we forget to let others know the benefits of Active Rain.  We also forget about the point value of inviting others.  Have a great week.


Posted by Eldon Hendrix (Hendrix and sons Home Inspections) over 10 years ago

Mike - I loved this post.  It was very informative and came at just the right time.  I decided to clean house.  I unsubscribed to dozens of bloggers because they didn't have the courtesy of reciprocating.  But, because of that, I am finding new blood...or new raindrops.  Again, great post! 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 10 years ago

Mike, I totally agree with you. In addition to blogging regularly, I comment daily and consistently invite others to join ActiveRain - 27 invitees joined in the past 6 months. I believe discipline is essential. I've learned a lot and met some great people here, and as an added bonus, I have reached 100K points in 6 months.

My opportunity for 2010 is to encourage those I have invited to actively participate and "Balance their ActiveRain Experience." 

I am still an ActiveRain Newbie of sorts. Take it from me, "This is sound advice."

Posted by Letitia Stevenson, Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach (BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com) over 10 years ago

Thank you for the advice, I have recieced alot of good advice here but hard to remember everything.


Posted by Jeff Dugan (Century 21 Absolute Realty) over 10 years ago

I most appreciate your conclusion about balance.  We try to balance all areas of our lives, especially work/family. It is good to know, as new members, that balance should be used, and will be rewarded here, too.

Thanks for the advice and well written article.

Posted by Jenn & Phil Beck, Salt Lake City Homes For Sale (www.utahspot.com, Salt Lake Real Estate, Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Mike, you hit the nail on the head.  I'm starting to get better at this. Seem like there is more than I can handle.  Starting to look at it this way.  This is just like meeting someone at a networking event and only listening and not commenting.  Seems that would be a bit rude.

Posted by Lou Mayo, REALTOR, Serving Western MA, Buyers and Sellers (413) 726-9300 (Lou Mayo, REALTOR @ Real Living Realty Professionals) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike ~ As an AR Newbie, I am already amazed at the amount of terrific information I am able to access and learn from here.  At the very least, I will comment to express gratitude to whomever shares something that enlightens me...it's just good old-fashioned etiquette to me.  But moreover, I've also never been shy about expressing my opinions so I definitely look forward to engaging in some great conversations here and will hopefully help to enlighten others as well!

Posted by Kerry Knudson, Broker, Realtor, SFR (Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Colorado) over 10 years ago

Great article Mike,

I agree with you 100%. I have blocked my calender to work on Active rain every week on Fridays. Do I follow it? NO. It stares at me on my calendar every Friday... One of these days I will HAVE TO sit down and just do it. I can not say enough about wealth of knowledge we can find here from other pros. I just love reading their blogs. It is just seems to be continuing education series on real estate related topics.

Thanks for reminding me to do the right thing to improve my business and gain knowldege.

Posted by Beena Shah (Keller Williams Realty-Hoover) over 10 years ago


Thanks for commenting!  When this got featured, I fell way behind on answering your comments, and now I'll never catch up!  LOL  See you all on your blogs.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hello Mike! That is great to hear!!! I am happy that ActiveRain has been successful for you.

Thank you very much for posting this information. It is clear to me that I need to keep up with what I am doing.



Posted by Anna Swihart (Long and Foster) over 10 years ago

Mike thanks for the time you took to comment on my blog.  Because of that efford I saw you newbie blog and learned a lot.  As we say in BNI "givers gain".   Thanks again.

Posted by Shay Campbell, Raleigh, NC (Universal American Mortgage Company) over 10 years ago

Great advice, Mike. That's just another example of "something I did not know"! :)

Posted by Kathy Caylor, Maryville, TN Real Estate (Realty Executives Associates) over 10 years ago


Thanks for commenting; see you on your blog.


You're welcome!


Keep on blogging!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike: You're a valued member with great advice. But I have to fess up, I've invited plenty of people and they don't want to join.  I look at it this way, more for me!  If they don't get it, fine, I do.  Newbies really need this advice and I'm glad your sharing your success stories. 

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 10 years ago


There's a discipline to blogging that's part of the success equation.  Most in our society want the rewards without the discipline that it takes to achieve them.  I appreciate your comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike -- Great post. Good points made here. I realized this just recently and blogged about it. I received a "featured post" for my third blog. The power of the rain is a strong positive force to be recognized.

Posted by Craig Snead, Real Estate Investor (Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI) over 10 years ago

Mike really enjoy all of your information.  Lots to learn.  I love active rain and hope to learn much from all of the wonderful information on active rain from the pro's..

I am having an issue with my profile and wonder if anyone could tell me why or where to post.  The html code is showing up.  I have deleted and reposted but its still there.  anyone can help me would be appreciated..

Posted by Shannon Thomas, Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR (Selling Indy Metro, LLC) over 10 years ago


Thanks for stopping by.  I sent you an email through AR.


Congratulations on the feature!  Thanks for linking; I'll be right over to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

thank you for the good advise.  I am trying to make Active Rain part of my daily plan.

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) over 10 years ago

Thanks, Mike. I'm new to AR and will try to be disciplined right off the bat.

Posted by Michael McGrew (Keller Williams Professionals Realty) over 10 years ago

Thank you Mike,  I love reading the blogs and try to comment when I have something relevant to say. As a "newbie" my "expertise" is still limited, so have not yet started to blog, but am working on it and i appreciate your insights about invitations. Thank you and all for the education! 


Posted by Lauren Bianco (Weichert Realtors, Paupack Group) over 10 years ago

Great post, commenting is a discipline, as is writing a blog.  I feel like writing takes some inspiration, so I only do that when there is a pertinent issue on my mind.  But commenting sometimes gives me my next post.

Posted by Richard Glick (Kingsway Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike, I agree you need to block time to do your commenting and build some relationships.  Thanks for your article.

Posted by Lanora Campbell, Ozarks Home Loan Professional (NMLS#232975) over 10 years ago


Time blocking's good!


It's the discipline thing that's hard to do, but after awhile it just becomes part of the routine.  Commenting's a GREAT source of blog fodder.


Newbies bring new life to the community and keep us oldsters from getting stale.


Good job~


That's the attitude!  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike,

I am a newbie, sometime just don't know how to start.  Thanks for the tips.


Posted by Betty Tse over 10 years ago

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