Karen Ulrich, Old-Town living in the Big City and Divorce RE  (KCoRealty)

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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
  1. Remember that writing plenty of blog posts that interest your clients is where the money is at.
  2. Interaction with fellow rainers can be beneficial, be generous with your knowledge and support.
  3. Have fun, but dont spend so much time that it takes away from your business.

 

Jan 27, 2017 08:21 AM
Rainmaker
795,196
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Participate by reading and commenting on blogs and questions.  Interact with members and write blogs yourself.  For me personally I have gotten more business from referrals of AR members than I have from people that just found my AR blog and called me, so for me the networking is more important, but for some the blogging is key.  

Jan 27, 2017 08:18 AM
Rainmaker
1,482,878
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

 Jump right in... the water is fine.  This is a very caring and sharing community, where we learn from each other.   

As Gabe Sanders recommended, set up your profile.  A robust profile tells people who you are and why they should want to work with you.   

Start blogging about what you know... your local real estate market.  

Jan 27, 2017 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
563,217
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Welcome Aboard - !!!  I've been on this site since June and I just took the dive without really over-thinking it - I have 'met' some fantastic people and have learned so much.  We are glad you're here ...

Jan 27, 2017 10:47 AM
Rainmaker
2,558,450
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You are already doing what I would recommend...Keep up the good start

Jan 27, 2017 11:34 AM
Ambassador
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Write blogs that define you as the expert in your area. Do it over and over and for interaction, comment on other member's blogs and questions in Q&A. Be a good citizen.

Jan 27, 2017 08:54 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,831
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

First, finish setting up your profile with all the relevant links and images.  Start blogging and commenting on other posts.  Follow those members you find interesting.

Jan 27, 2017 08:34 AM
Rainmaker
3,641,796
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Start by reading and commenting on other posts. When a particular member entices you often, follow them. Answer Q&A's. Then begin posting yourself. AR is a great place!

Jan 27, 2017 08:24 AM
Rainmaker
2,887,096
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

You are off to a good start.  Stay engaged with the community.  Participate. Ask questions. Write good quality content. Read Posts. Leave meaningful comments.  Welcome to ActiveRain.

Jan 27, 2017 08:23 AM
Rainmaker
813,114
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Start with a picture! :D
Then, follow all the advice given . . .

Jan 27, 2017 02:18 PM
Rainmaker
577,189
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Welcome to AR!  Engaging with others, read their blogs, write your own blogs, visit the Q&A section and contriute your knowledge and expertise in a meaningful way when commenting, follow others on their blog... Networking is a great tool for new business..

Jan 27, 2017 08:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,619,355
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

 Try some of the tutorials in AR University.

Jan 27, 2017 08:35 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Hi, Karen.

     Post a photo or logo instead of the blue silhouette, ASAP.

      Welcome to ActiveRain!

Jan 27, 2017 05:04 PM
Ambassador
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Practice.

Jan 27, 2017 01:14 PM
Rainmaker
144,616
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

Welcome, Karen Ulrich!!!

The rest of the ActiveRain members have provided some great advice!

I thing I will suggest is to add a profile picture and get your profile completed.  :)

Jan 27, 2017 12:40 PM
Rainer
390,088
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Okay, Karen you asked for it!  Share ideas with others and get your photo uploaded.  Going over to your blog now.  Welcome to Active Rain.  We are really glad you are here.

Jan 27, 2017 12:25 PM
Rainmaker
3,330,353
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

I mentor a course in Divorce and Real Estate...happy to send you information if you wish Karen Ulrich . Thank you Barbara Todaro .

Jan 27, 2017 10:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Karen,

Welcome to Active Rain.

Rule number 1 (according to Annette) is have some fun. Maintain a spirit of expectation, keep the curiosity of the active main alive, find gold where ever you may be.

For you, engagement is the ONLY rule. Ask and answer questions.

Because you and I share the same status, RAINER, there is little benefit, besides practice, in writing a blog. NO ONE SEES IT except fellow AR members.

So, give yourself permission to play in the rain.

Jan 27, 2017 10:28 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,329
FN LN
Toronto, ON

There are many great tutorials and videos.  Use the search field with the key words you want to search.

Jan 27, 2017 09:41 AM
Rainmaker
58,657
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

Welcome, Karen.  I'm pretty new as well.  If you are looking for information about a specific area, there is a plethora of information you can find from previous posts if you do a search.  There are so many generous people sharing their wealth of experience on this site.  

Jan 27, 2017 09:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,926,482
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Karen,

Welcome to Active Rain.  You have great advice from the group already.  All I can add is , we look forward to reading your posts.  A

Jan 27, 2017 08:33 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,581
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Basically Blog every day and comment as much as possible.

Jan 27, 2017 08:21 PM
Ambassador
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'd start by letting us see you.  Adding a picture adds character to your presence here.

As for interacting here, it's the Golden Rule, treat others the way you want to be treated.  If you want comments on your posts, make comments.  And I do my best to acknowledge the comments I get on my posts.

That said, drill down and blog about what it is you do.  We'll stop by and comment.  That's what we do here.  You'll find this site is very useful in more ways than just SEO.  The relationships you build here are fantastic.

Jan 27, 2017 06:38 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Always remember AR is a Lead Generating TOOL not only a mere website !

Jan 27, 2017 05:41 PM
Rainmaker
3,184,849
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You are off to a good start, and that is by introducing yourself and asking. Post a picture of yourself, start writing a blog, read others blogs, leave comments and comment on anyone who comments on your blog. and... Welcome

Jan 27, 2017 04:47 PM
Rainmaker
3,480,496
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Follow agents that write great blogs and reach out to agents.

 

Jan 27, 2017 04:45 PM
Ambassador
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You've gotten some great advice here, Karen Ulrich and I would add to that to be sure you complete your profile - we all like to know who we're conversing with!  WELCOME to ActiveRain!!

Jan 27, 2017 04:19 PM
Rainmaker
1,230,687
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

 See Bob Crane list & repeat each day.

Jan 27, 2017 02:05 PM
Rainmaker
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Karen Ulrich I agree with Bob Crane suggestions.

Jan 27, 2017 02:05 PM
Rainmaker
503,567
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Bob Crane said it very well!  Follow the 1-2-3's 

Jan 27, 2017 12:18 PM
Rainmaker
5,393,001
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

follow Sally K. & David L. Hanson they are experts at divorce real estate transactions.... 

to become known, comment on posts.... blog as frequently as possible

Jan 27, 2017 10:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,411,827
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen Ulrich Here's a link I found at the bottom of the page to get you started.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1135403/how-to-get-started-on-activerain

Welcome to ActiveRain!

Jan 27, 2017 10:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,307,222
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
  1. Setup your profile and include a picture.
  2. Blog about your area, market, listings, etc.
  3. Party in the Q&A section
  4. And like Bob Crane said, don't loose sight of your business.  The point system can become addicting.  :)
Jan 28, 2017 10:13 AM
Rainmaker
5,890,764
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
You may wish to reach out to one of the volunteer ActiveRain Ambassadors for advice on the most effective use of this site. I recommend Debbie Reynolds in Clarksville, TN as a wonderful resource.
 
Also, I will be happy to answer any questions that you leave in your comments on my blogs.
 
 
Jan 28, 2017 04:06 AM
Rainmaker
3,066,356
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Carol Williams nailed this one!

Jan 28, 2017 02:54 AM
Rainmaker
1,506,571
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

You are doing great. Participate in the life of this community and blog regularly. Good luck! 

Jan 28, 2017 12:32 AM
Ambassador
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Welcome to our ActiveRain Community. Please take time to explore the whole site, it's worth it!

Jan 27, 2017 09:11 PM
Rainmaker
3,961,712
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I'd follow Carol Williams advice! Spot on!!

Jan 27, 2017 06:42 PM
Ambassador
3,007,464
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Karen - join the Bananatude Group! 

Jan 27, 2017 01:55 PM
Ambassador
4,254,665
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Welcome!! First of all I would get yourself a photo for your profile, and be sure to add more information so we get to know who you are. Make sure you participate actively - read and comment on posts, write plenty of your own posts about your business and your communities, and be sure to respond to comments others make on your posts. And follow others that you like and feel you can learn from. Consider becoming a Rainmaker so your posts can be seen by non-members of AR (i.e., consumers)

Jan 27, 2017 01:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,092,491
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Suggest to complete your profile. Your phone number, website. There is a AR University on site. Blog blog blog....

Good luck,

Sam Shueh

Jan 27, 2017 12:44 PM
Rainmaker
1,592,646
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Start with a professional photo of yourself in your bio. The rest will follow and many hear will pitch in with lots of suggestions. It will not take long for you to figure out who the 'Movers and Shakers' are here to 'Follow'.

Jan 29, 2017 06:50 AM
Ambassador
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I not one of them, but there are plenty of members that really want to see a picture. Upload a picture. Then start reading, learning, commenting and writing. Have fun and welcome to AR. Let me know if you have any other questions. 

Jan 28, 2017 06:48 PM
Rainmaker
3,499,701
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I think you've gotten some good answers. There are also resources in Active Rain about how to write your blogs.

Jan 28, 2017 09:18 AM
Rainmaker
882,396
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Welcome - it looks like you're doing fine for a start

Jan 28, 2017 07:55 AM
Ambassador
1,615,582
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

start blogging about your services and start calling other AR members

Jan 28, 2017 07:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,284,441
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Blog and follow follow Rainers.

Jan 28, 2017 06:58 AM
Rainmaker
4,432,941
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Complete your profile with a photo. Comment on other posts and write posts.

Reciprocate all comments if you have time. 

Jan 28, 2017 05:03 AM
Ambassador
4,306,997
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Ulrich - I am sure you'll enjoy your stay here!

PArticipate, Participate and Participate. In the community, participate in contest, leave comment - and comments on comments.

By the way, Welcome to ActiveRain.

Jan 27, 2017 11:45 PM
Rainmaker
583,975
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I agree with Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC .

Jan 27, 2017 09:34 PM