My presence on the web started kind of slowly. I guess that is normal but there is one thing I did that didn’t cost me anything and I can thank it for all of my increase in Search Engine Optimization: ActiveRain.
I have been on Active Rain for a little over a year. In that time I faded in and out of posting blogs.
It was hard. The focus was just not there.
I didn’t think that I had anything to write that anyone would want to read.
Melina Tomson got me here and I would see her, and she would be talking about her blog and how wonderful it was and how it was really neat the way people would read her blog and it was like they already knew her. She said she would go see them with a listing presentation and they would say,”…We already know we want you to list our home. No need for the presentation.”
I would get inspired and light-up my own little blogging world. I would post and comment and post and comment. I would see my rank in Salem, Oregon climb and feel satisfied and a little
very hungry for that next spot.
Then my focus would fade. I would get busy with work and family and other things in general.
Even when I wasn’t posting, I did try to get on to ActiveRain to comment as often as possible. Even without posting, the networking brought me in contact with some wonderful local agents that I would not have otherwise had the pleasure of working with.
That seems to be another nice thing about ActiveRain: the caliber of people. Every single person that I have met here has been the best of the best and the only kind of professional that I want to work with.
In about the 9th or 10th month of posting on and off my brain started to wrap its reluctant fingers around SEO and Blogging. My ActiveRain Blog started popping up on the 1st page of Google! (my website was still a couple pages back) I started really seeing the bigger picture of how this infuriating world of Search Engine Optimization works.
I began my endurance training. I was still a flash-in-the-pan blogger but my flashes were getting closer together. I even started to get calls and emails from people that had been reading my blog (go figure).
ActiveRain provided me with information. More information than I knew and still know what to do with.
Last month I had the pleasure of finding one of my posts entirely plagiarized. I began my Web Log journey thinking that I really didn’t have anything interesting to say, but when I read my words with someone else’s name on them, it felt like I had just had my house broken into. ActiveRain was in my corner again and all of the information I needed was a short search away.
I have been telling other agents in the area about ActiveRain for a while now. I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for this virtual neighborhood of extremely knowledgeable professionals that welcomed me and let me learn as much as I wanted.
I seem to be the only Home Inspector in the entire state of Oregon that has gotten a clue about blogging and I have been very reluctant to tell other inspectors in my area. I am professional enough to know that there is plenty of room (and money) at the top; I just kind of enjoy my current monopoly. If you are an inspector you really owe it to yourself to get on ActiveRain and keep with it.
If you get on ActiveRain for the SEO stay for the networking. Both have paid me big dividends here in Salem, Oregon.