Kerrie's Blog: No More Excuses, Success Can Be Yours

No More Excuses, Success Can Be Yours

I had a meeting this morning and it's left me jazzed and excited.  Can you feel the wind from my jazz hands over there?  I'm pumped about the possibilities available to all of you here on AR.  Staggering results come from AR every. single. day.  And it can be yours. There are probably some newbies out there thinking "where do I even start".  Don't set too broad of goals for yourself, set daily goals for yourself and execute.

Do things like:  Set up Google+ account, (imperative to SEO results...much more to come on this).  Write a 500 word post about (your city) townhomes with a view; quality content is key.  Write a post about your listing before your listing presentation tomorrow; bring your laptop and dazzle them with the work you've already done for them.  Write a post about the Shamrock 5K in your neighborhood.  Include links to helpful sites.  Every little thing helps so get out there and do something today!


AR averaged 3851 posts & 4,538 comments per day last week!  Is Red Bull pouring out your faucets or what?  Sugar free for me please!


ActiveRain had the most pageviews, 3,299 with Real Estate Recovery or Not?  2012 Predictions by the Pro's Infographic

AR finally released the results of the Hot or Not survey conducted late in 2011.  We made an amazing infographic highlighting the results.


Karen Fiddler had the most comments last week, 130 and counting, with Tips for a Successful "Drive by Comment"

Interaction is great for many reasons and also helpful for your SEO.  Quality comments from member engagement is a great way to show Google your post is legit and relevant to the topic at hand.


Get the ball rolling you guys.  Dedicate time to follow through with your blogging efforts.  You know I'm not just preaching this stuff, you want to see results?  Hear it from the mouths of members living it!  Amy Hahn says "75% of my current listings are a direct result of Hyper-Local Posts".  Donna Harris said "I have closed over $6.3M in sales volume..."  I'm sorry how much?  Pretty staggering numbers there ladies!!

Set up a daily goal.  Make it visible so you are faced with it.  Set up an alert on your phone at 3pm to be reminded.  I don't want to hear any excuses.  If you want your phone to ring, if you want to book listings, if you want to close transactions and spread your brand then DO IT!  I'm behind you 100%!!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 76 commentsKerrie La Guardia • February 24 2012 02:41PM


Kerrie, Words of Wisdom.  I am trying to be more and more hyperlocal.  But, I also have some other goals for myself. 

You are right.  Without goals, you aren't going anywhere.

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 8 years ago

Hi...and I'm the first comment on this? Very exciting week of "firsts". I better submit fast before this comment means nothing. :) Thanks for the email letting me know....have a great weekend!!! K

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

See? Moved too fast.... :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the mention Kerrie. That $6.3M number is an "old" number!!  BUt it's still very impressive!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 8 years ago

Kerrie, excellent information and encouragement to get the job done. Thanks for posting today.

Posted by David Burrows, No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate (Classic Realty) over 8 years ago

As a fairly new agent when I joined AR (that was 4 years ago), I can't say enough about the power here!  75% of my listings, and 33% of my buyers.... Can't beat it (okay, Donna's 6.3 million is pretty impressive)!  

Of course, the education I have received from other members and the relationships built are the most valuable to me!  Thanks to everyone!  Kerrie, you are a doll!  Wishing ya'll a wonderful weekend!!!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 8 years ago

More encouragement to do the right thing for our business!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - when you speak we do listen!  Thanks for this uplifting post and for your encouragement here in this wonderful world of ActiveRain!

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 8 years ago

I still say Fiddler's post should be hijacked.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, Love the localism posts if for nothing else WE learn much more about area events than we'd have otherwise done :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 8 years ago

Great post, Kerrie...way to go in driving the right behavior. Love the stats, too. Wow on 3,800/day.  I remember when we were averaging around 2,000

On a side note, I think there is either something wrong w/ the search functionality or all our profiles. When you search for a member here, their profile does NOT come up any more..only items tagged with that person's name.  Also, Mark Delgado wrote a concerning post about his AR profile dramatically falling in in the rankings.  Not sure if these 2 items are related.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Decent numbers Kerrie, I am suprised taht the amount of comments are so low compared to the posts.  Barely on comment per post.  Did I read this wrong?  I would have thought the comments would have bee 5-10 times higher than the number of posts.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago

I think I can beat that with my last week's post. . 

Ahh the power or Activerain. . I LOVE IT!I had 180 comments 3846 views and 3579 Clicks!

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 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, I think you are reading my mind.  I was just thinking about setting an AR goal and wondering what it should be.  Your post has me really thinking and motivated.  Thank you for your post and encouragement!

Posted by Linda Holloway, REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here! (Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central) over 8 years ago

Setting goals here at AR and in our everyday life is important. If you don't set a goal how will you know if you ever reach it? 

Posted by Carl Winters over 8 years ago

I am meeting a client tomorrow to write an offer - she called me last year from a Localism post I wrote. 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 8 years ago

or we could hijack this one Jason. ;)   

I love the twists and turns of success.... it's fun and interesting.  But how the heck did it get to be Friday already.  I've been elbow deep in taxes and will be until next Tuesday.  Then I will be taking a little break.  Perhaps by next Friday I will know what day it is again.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Active Rain is definitely a great place to be.  Keep on working it for sure and it will work :)!  There are many members here with impressive clicks and results!  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 8 years ago

Active Rain rocks and I'm utilizing it to the fullest but will be thrilled when I see the first client and or dime out of it.  Working it ... working it.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 8 years ago

I didn't see jazz hands - but I did see the pom poms - thanks for being a cheerleader for our success! 

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 8 years ago

So motivating Kerrie! And great tips on how to impress your clients before the listing. I must start blogging more!! Thank you.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Kerrie- love seeing the numbers.  I remember the first localism post I did... it was a result of an AR contest.  I love doing them and I love reading everyone elses.  


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Active Rain is the place to be! The community I market to read my Localism posts and are always letting me know they like the fact I get the word out!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

It's pretty good that AR averaged 3800 posts a day last week. It wasn't too long ago that Michael Thornton out up a blog that ActiveRain had just had a day where 2000 posts were put up and that was thought to be pretty good. Way to go.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Love the localism feature, and it is my goal to post a local feature daily. I agree with comment #10, it sure helps me zero in on my farming endeavors and what is going on in my community.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 8 years ago

I love reading the success stories and reading about what is working... I think our Active Rain community is one active group.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - Those jazz hands are getting me jazzed.  I'm off to work on a few things once the boys and I finish baking cookies and I get them to bed.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

One must soar with eagles in order to be like an eagle. Make it happen

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 8 years ago

Congrats on the feature! Love the good news and Active Rain. Thanks for sharing such great tips. Looking forward to learning more about Google+ and Active Rain. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Posted by Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572, Angel Realty, LLC (CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, not surprised to read these stats. Active Rain is simply a magnet for Active agents and other related businesses who want to up their internet game. Off to read Karen's post :)


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

At what point does Fullmalls get the message?  :)    I love the way you've changed up the 'reporting.'  Lots of good information here, Auntie.  Very useful.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 8 years ago


I don't think that you mentioned how easy it is to achieve that success. All it takes is about thirty minutes a day and a little determination.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

And if Kerrie is behind me, HOW can I go wrong!! You're the very BEST! Our little Rain-Princess!! 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

Jazz hands in the air, red bull pouring though the faucets, and ActiveRain is ROCKING.

Thanks Kerrie.

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I think this is wonderful! You're jazzed! We are jazzed when AR works so great for us as well!!! Plus, it's the beginning of the year... We work hard at the beginning, let's just stay there!!! ;) I know I am! 

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie--I agree with Jo--I definitely see the pom poms and I love it.  The more we all know and share about the successes we have had in AR the more it keeps us (me) motivated. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

You have a big following and lots of fans.

Count me as one of them...

Thanks for the post.


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) over 8 years ago

Amazing numbers Kerrie, and such wonderful shout outs to some of the AR rock!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Busy week at Active Rain.  I hope the servers keep working as well also!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  You are so correct.  If you fail to plan then plan on failing.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, we love you for your AR consciousness and forthright Rain speak...shake & bake it here and the results are yummy...can't is my business plan!  have a great weekend

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, those are some good ROI's for spending a little time every day and committing to blogging. Good info.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

ActiveRain has a lot of things going for it and it just keeps getting better!  I'm excited that you're excited!

Posted by Retired from ActiveRain over 8 years ago

Kerrie Great post, inspirational and sure to motivate us to get our jazzhands waving on AR

Posted by Joan Congilose, Helping Sellers & Buyers (New Jersey Properties) over 8 years ago

Kerrie ... Great Post!  I loved the survey results and the graphic was wonderful!  Would love to see more on Google+>  Keep up the good work!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 8 years ago

well, I'm excited. I never considered the benefits of signing up for google plus, can't wait to read more. Thanks!

Posted by Kimberly Luna over 8 years ago

Kerrie - great post!  motivates me to really move on those goals that I wrote down in Jan!  :)  I am the "marketing major" that is not marketing herself!  But no more!  My jazz hands are a shaking!  Thanks!

Posted by Heather Bicking, Realtor serving the Farmington Valley-Canton Avon Farmington (Prudential Realty CT - Farmington Valley) over 8 years ago

I love it here.  :)                                                                                                                                          

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 8 years ago

I have worked on my blog on an on again off again strategy.  Thanks for  the inspiration.  I am going to work on it again and and try to stay committed.

Posted by Jennifer Manchester, GRI, ePRO, ASP - Broker/Home Stager (Suburban Properties of Charlotte, LLC ) over 8 years ago

It's tough to argue with those numbers Kerrie. As you know, a great deal of my business has come as a direct result of my participation here in the Rain. I say blog long and prosper!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - The stats are very interesting.  A member used to post the number of posts made daily during a month but I have not seen it in quite a while.  Your current average number of posts is a lot higher.  I have not seen a comment count in the past.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Love the enthusiasm!

Posted by Frank Iglesias, Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor (Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments) over 8 years ago

Not to mention.... all the great advice available here in the AR community - where best practioners share their best practices freely.  Gotta love it!

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) over 8 years ago

The Red Bull's RUNNING!  Thanks for the Saturday morning rush!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - Keeping it on the postitive side is always the way to be.. Cool...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, Thank you for the morning juice!  I am jazzed! Fabulous words to work by.


Posted by Deb Harshman, REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage (Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor) over 8 years ago

I do feel the wind I think they are the Santa Ana's here in So Cal great post

Posted by Nathan Rufty - 623-850-1210, Mortgage Loan Originator at 623-850-1210 (Canopy Mortgage, LLC) over 8 years ago

@Fernando....hey, raining on my parade? Shoot....but congrats on a great post and great response to it. :)

@#21....a true Drive by comment....LOVE IT, lol

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Awesome results and advice! It's true, sometimes it can get intimidating when you set a big goal. The best way to tackle a big goal is with daily goals and chip away at it slowly and steadily.

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, I love the "jazz hands!"                                                            

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 8 years ago


That is amazing.  It's so worth it.  Just encouraged another Atlanta newbie to join as a Rainmaker, it easily pays for itself.

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Kerrie it is so exciting to see such great results. Active Rain is the BEST choice I made this past 3+ years. It has gone way past what I had predicted....way past.  Amazing results! Thanks for all you Do!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, thank you very much for the guidance.  With so many social media platforms and new ways of marketing, it's sometimes challenging to get started.  Thank you for your support and keep up the great work at AR.


Posted by Eric Salonga, Your Key to the Central Valley (The Salonga Brothers at Reed Realty) over 8 years ago

I am enjoying my days and nights with Active Rain - thanks for what you do!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie ~  your post is a great reminder to all of us of the power of AR!  I've been so busy working lately that I've slowed down a bit on AR, but I'm making a renewed effort to devote more time to blogging and commenting because I know that it WORKS and has made a difference in local consumers finding me!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 8 years ago

Boy, looks you got the 'bug' real good here.  Doesn't it make you so happy to be part of this community?  Hope your days are getting better :)

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 8 years ago

Hyper local does it all.  Most everything I get is from Active Rain or referrals from people I met on ActiveRain.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

If any of you ever need more ideas, don't be shy.  I've got them pouring out my ears!  I want you all to have record breaking 2012s.  This is YOUR YEAR...LETS DO THIS!!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 8 years ago

I had missed the Hot or Not survery results.  Need to check that out.  Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Kate Akerly, Manhattan Beach Residential Sales (Kaminsky Group) over 8 years ago

Hyper local says it all, very effective.

Posted by Linda Jamail Marshall, Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex (Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors®) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerry, I am trying!  I am commenting daily, but finding it hard to write daily even though I have the draft and ideas it is just finding the time!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 8 years ago

Don't you just love it when meetings get you all excited? That means Active Rain is doing something right! It's so great to look forward to meetings instead of dreading them like I used to (a long time ago).

Yes, there are many opportunities in real estate. Some of them you just have to look for, copy, and be consistent, and other ones we create for ourselves.

I enjoyed this post.

Posted by Lynda White, Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty (Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How) over 8 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing the very positive statistics.

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Indeed, thanks for sharing this information with the rest of us out here in The Rain!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the support!  :) Kristine

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) over 8 years ago

Excellent post, now I'm off to Karen's drive by blog.

Posted by Jack Snyder, Loan Officer, San Clemente, Orange County, CA. (Loan Officer in Orange County for FlexPoint Mortgage) over 8 years ago