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My friend Lenn was kind enough to make this post available for a re-blog. :-)



Inspired by a post by Robert Swetz about ActiveRain losing gas, I thought a comparison of other real estate related web sites was in order.

  • WHY ARE YOU AN ACTIVERAIN MEMBER?  Your motivation for membership may influence your opinion about the present day status of ActiveRain on the Interent. 
  • ACTIVE MEMBER - You probably realize the value of regular posting to ActiveRain.
  • ACTIVE MEMBER BUT ONLY POST TO MEMBERS ONLY - Perhaps blogging is a vehicle for personal expression.
  • ACTIVE MEMBER BUT POST PRIMARILY TO LOCALISM - Use ActiveRain for business generation and don't really care about the personal expression.
  • MEMBER BUT NOT ACTIVE - You may not realize the benefit of Active Membership.  Invited by a member but not really interested in blogging.  

When I read a post about ActiveRain losing gas, or as often expressed, losing Google juice, I always want to ask, compared to what?  I'm not sure that ActiveRain is

  • losing gas,
  • losing rank, or
  • losing status as a premier real estate realted blog.

COMPARED TO OTHER REAL ESTATE WEB SITES, two measurements that I use to determine Interent synerby are pages indexed by Google and Google backlinks.   Pages indexed by Google represents opportunities for a Google return in a consumer search.  Number of backlinks represents the popularity of a site, used by Google for page rank.   Compare the following:


Pages Indexed  
ActiveRain.com 951,000
Realtor.com 2,950,000
Inman.com 36,000
Housevalues.com 309
Zillow.com 2,380,000
Homagain 2,140,000
Realtor.org 37,300
Trulia.com 4,300,000
ActiveRain.com 1,670
Realtor.com 4,130
Inman.com 1,930
Housevalues.com 59
Zillow.com 3,860
Homegain.com 1,060
Realtor.org 2,900
Trulia.com        3,190

With a membership of 151,552, as of this a.m., ActiveRain has 951,000 pages indexed.  If you are posting regularly to ActiveRain PUPLIC pages, Google is going to crawl your post. 

EXAMPLE:  My post SELLING A HOME IS A VOLUNTARY DECISION - OR, IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO TO THE CLOSING TABLE was posted on July 2, 2009 @ 6:58 a.m.  It was indexed by Google on July 2, 2009 @ 12:51 GMT.  This is the result I see regularly.  My Localism posts, all PUBLIC are indexed within minutes of publication.

THAT IS GOOGLE JUICE!  I do not believe that ActiveRain is losing gas. 

*This number does not represent the total Google backlinks, only major ones are reported. 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 05 2009 09:59AM


C - I'm still a fan of ActiveRain. Sometimes it's hard to find the time to visit but I still post to localism and membership and enjoy interacting with the Realtor friends I've made across the country.

Posted by Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) over 11 years ago

When is Zillow going to go bankrupt?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 11 years ago

C --- Actually I had read Lenn's post --- she made an impression on me -- now, I make almost every post "public" -- she is right, we shouldn't be saying stuff that we don't want to the public to see.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 11 years ago

Whew! It's good to see we are not running out of "gas". What a terrible thing to lose!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago

It works well for me!  I love it!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

What I'm wondering is that with the increased use of Facebook and Twitter as places to " do business" if that might be pulling from the precious time we all have to spend on line.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 11 years ago

Robin I understand. I schedule activities in 20 minute intervals so I tend to pop in and out. I kinda do that a lot (LOL).

Greg, who knows when anyone is (LOL). ;-)

Liz, I think it just depends upon who the conversation is tailored for. Sometimes writing strictly to the membership serves a purpose, sometimes it doesn't. I think it's about intent. What does the writer intend to happen. What type of response are they looking for? There is a higher level than members only and that is when a group is made officially private. It doesn't show up on the AR radar at all and no one can get in to see any of it unless invited and issued a link. There are a lot of things people use ActiveRain for. It's a great business model because they're very responsive to the users and are constantly evolving as a social media technology company. We can't have everything we want, but we do get a lot of nice features for a small monthly fee if we want to take advantage of it. The free accounts are cool, but the paid subscription is better if you're looking to maximize your effect in the search engines.

Lizette, I can't even imagine not hanging out with my bay-bays. It's completely unthinkable...

I second Jim. I love this place. My friends and family have been keeping up with me here, in Facebook and in Twitter.

Janice, not at all. Here's the deal: Open multiple tabs in your browser and log into all of your media accounts at the same time and tab through them as you work. I routinely am on Skype while cranking out IMs and DMs in Facebook and Twitter (LOL). Then I rip through my list of team blog syndications, checking off those little green circles to send what my writers wrote over to the team blog. I serial comment, reading as many posts as I can in my group. I work on a draft post or two if the kids aren't trying to burn the house down. Pause to chase the wee ones if they are wrecking my apartment. Mess with the hubby who is usually messing with me. Minimize the entire browser at some point to open a different browser (e.g. Firefox to IE) to log into my MLS service and check on listings for my clients. I minimize the MLS after I answer their questions and schedule a few appointments... Guess who is back playing Mafia Wars while tabbing through another round of social media accounts?

It's not multitasking because when I am on a tab I concentrate specifically on the people live in that virtual realm to the exclusion of all others. Each time I bounce into another account, my attention is strictly on what's on the screen. That's how I get so much done in such a short period of time and seem to be everywhere 24 hours a day (LOL).

If I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night I log in to see what I've missed (LMAO). Yup. It's true. I am very happily addicted to my computer. ;-)



Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Thanks for the post

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Posted by krishna kashyap av (home) over 11 years ago

You are very welcome. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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