Kerrie's Blog: Marching Into Success

Marching Into Success

Helllloooooo RAINERS!!!!!

We averaged 4,728 posts per day this past week.  Almost mirroring results with the comments; an average of 4,789 comments daily.  I do have a question though, why is the commenting down from say last Summer or Fall?  We were more in the 6,000 range.  Anybody have any ideas out there?  Blog posts are up but commenting is down.

Ron Barnes had the most pageviews of the last week with You Can't Fix Stupid.  With over 200 comments he leads the week with the most commented on post as well.  Gold star for you buddy!

We're two full months into 2012 and the award for the most pageviews goes to a post that was written in 2009.  Mike Carlos continues to kill it with his Text Messaging 101 post.  With 14,006 pageview this year alone! 

Tom's sentiment really hits home.  He's grateful for the AR Community so he can better serve his clients!  You all are helping members each day when you share your insightful tricks and insider tips.
Tom Susemihl "ActiveRain has been a steady foundation for communications, awareness and education for Realtor® and mortgage professionals. It has introduced me to many professionals that make my knowledge more complete so I may serve the buyer and Realtor® accuracy and consistency."

Monica Foster "...I got my first referral from another agent whose good friend's kids were interested in buying a home in my area. I gladly accepted (who wouldn't, right?!) and in 2 months, I earned myself a $6k commission with a $10k Bonus from a builder. How's that for a success story? Being a member earned me $16k in less than 9 months of being in the Rain!!"
Wow!  Monica earned a nice chunk of change from her AR presence...Get it Monica!

I'd like to leave you with a quote that's just heavy enough. Our words and actions have major impact on people that you most likely will never meet or even hear from.  You're inspiring, leading and teaching every single day on the 'Rain.

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~ William James

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 62 commentsKerrie La Guardia • March 02 2012 04:13PM


Thanks for the stats, Kerrie. I think it's great to know about the most popular blogs. If you missed them the first time, here's your chance to check them out again.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 7 years ago

I'm not sure why commenting is down but I have noticed it too.  Used to be that featured posts routinely had 75 to 100 comments and recently, it's been quite a bit less. 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, That's a ton more posts than a year ago!  But as far as commenting being down, I perceive more of those posts are listing style posts, so not likely to garner many comments.  I know our commenting is down a bit too, just busier overall and a bit less time to spend reading and commenting overall.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 7 years ago

Kerrie- I love seeing these weekly stats.  I don't know why commenting is down but I agree with Liz and Bill that we have so many new bloggers here it's almost impossible for anyone to keep up.  And sometimes it's hard to comment on Localism posts.  I thought it was just me (with the # of comments down).

It's also interesting to see the number of pageviews and that it was written in 2009.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

HI Kerrie,

Time and convenience is all a big part of this.

we have had a period where it took a long time to load one comment,

we are also getting a little busier, in general

the more listings being posted.

We notice that fewer USA members are commenting on our posts

and in fairness we comment less on USA blogs as well

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC over 7 years ago

Kerrie, i'm just busier and don't have the time to pop in and comment as much as i did...i do my 10 but not the 25 i use to do...

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Interesting statistics.  I keep making comments but it does seem there are days when it is tough to get it all done. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

I have an idea.  If you run a contest that involves 10 comments per day for 30 days, you get X points.  Easy for me, I do ten plus every day.  Why?  Because that is an easy 250 points, and I can keep up with the pulse of what is going on around here.  Sometimes, I comment on featured posts, but usually before they are featured. 

Just an idea.  Those stats really worksout to one comment per blog post when you think about it.  That really would hurt the incentive for newbies (which is something I touched on today in a post). 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 7 years ago


I agree with a lot of the comments. People are getting busier and busier with listings and sales,which is a good thing. And there is not a lot of time to cozy up to the Rain. But we log on every chance we get.Caprice

Posted by Caprice Couselle Realtor Morristown Homes For Sale, First Time Home Buyers,Relocation,Horse Farms (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, You are so right, what we do makes a difference somewhere somehow someway.  Could the tech issues slowed down the commenting?

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I started seeing a decrease in comments when ActiveRain started to increase the contests, and more and more members posting market reports that a lot of times almost mirror each other.  Members use to strive for better quality instead of quantity.

Just my opinion, and we all know that my opinion a $2.00 might be able to get you a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I believe that the contests does play a part.  When you have a lot of the same kind of posts, 'I' skip them. 

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Good Evening Kerrie

Thanks for the post and information. Have a great day

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie - I have noticed that some regular commentators wrote comments in the past couple of days saying that it is more difficult to find posts worth of comments these days within a reasonable time.  I myself have the same problem, even if I wait for almost 24 to 47 hours.

Posted by FN LN over 7 years ago

Hey Kerrie,

I'd suspect the answer nobodies interested in beating over the head. "tech problems." It's easier to post and walk away than it is to sit and try and bounce from post to post commenting when you can't.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 7 years ago

could it be we're busier with real estate and have less time to comment?  certainly was my case today.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

Personally.... I get bored with commenting 'sometimes.' There are days that I roll through the posts four or five pages deep and can't seem to find anything that renders my thoughts in return. Then other days I find many. I'm still trying to comment on several posts a day, but I read many more posts that I respond to.

I love the new stats that you are sharing. Kind of fun.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 7 years ago

About the only time I pay attention to the stats is when I get an email from you saying that someone is talking about me!  Then I check...

But it's fun when I find out!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  Commenting is down because selling homes is up:)

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I guess I'll just be repeating what others have said... busy time in real estate being out with customers leaves less time for commenting.  Plus, I do think that the recent issues with not being able to comment as usual, is still lingering in people's mind.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 7 years ago

I think that the proportion of blogs that generally foster comments is down.  For example, with an increase on listing posts and hyper-local posts, there are probably less comments.  We love to comment about items related to real estate best practices, lessons learned, etc. And business has ticked up quite a bit!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach ( (757) 560-0881) over 7 years ago

Lots of good points here.  Even with more posts and market reports, the comments are still down so even if we didn't count those posts, the others that used to get more are getting much less.  I'm happy that business is booming for you guys!  That's the best news!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

There are times when I do feel part of the elephant pack. I very much enjoy blogging.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 7 years ago

Comment fatique?  LOL  I was on AR for years making comments before ever feeling confident enough to post...I had a ridiculous number of points just from comments.  I was so much more faithful in commenting then - this is a great reminder to get back out there and do it again, because it has its benefits.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 7 years ago

I know I'm busier so far this year than I've been for the past two years, that may be a factor.  I don't look at listing or market report blogs.  I don't comment unless I have something to contribute to the discussion.  I rarely make it to ten comments.  That said, Active Rain is always part of my day.

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 7 years ago

Having been on AR for four years now, I don't see a lot of posts that have new ideas and therefore, aren't as interesting or comment-worthy.

Posted by Carol Fox, Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns (Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935) over 7 years ago

I can only look at so many Market Reports, let alone comment on them!  I've found myself not reading most of the feature boards these days too.  I don't know if it is just me or is it when we have a lot of contests, are we seeing the same old same old?

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Great update! That's a lot of blogging!! I know I have been commenting more than last summer, so I don't know why comments would be down. It seems a lot of markets are picking up, like in Flagstaff, and maybe some people took commenting off the list for a while? It's the first thing I do most days, I feel off if I miss a day!

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 7 years ago

I know that I, personally, am commenting less. Why? Just busier. When you have to choose between commenting and posting, posting will usually win.


Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 7 years ago

Maybe those members who used to only comment are now busy writing their own blog posts and have less time to comment.

Also - I've noticed when I'm looking for blogs to read that a whole lot more are listings and market report. I generally don't read those, let alone comment on them.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago

I have a combination of some of the above opinions.  The time it takes to post each comment has gone up substantially, so with limited time, I don't get as many done. This situation still needs help.

I somewhat agree with the "commentability" of posts, and I spend less time on the blog roll sifting down through the market reports and such, and more time with those I subscribed to. I actually doubled the number of subscriptions, and plan to seek more.

Thanks for seeking our input!

Posted by Fred Hookham (Keller Williams) over 7 years ago

To add my thoughts to the question of why comments are down: with each passing month, it seems there is more online activity time required of us agents. We are being spread sooooo thin, it's hard to be 100% participating in every nook and cranny of the 'net that we'd like to be. Even my own local mls service has been rolling out wave after wave of new online tech tools and systems for us in the Chicago area, such that it takes considerable dedicated online time just to become familiar with, let alone master, those new functions at our disposal. And if I were to disregard these new functions, I am behind the wave of what my competitors are able to do with and for the clients. So I MUST slow down and watch online tutorials, webinars, etc. that might not be where I WANT to be spending that time, but so it goes.

Posted by Susan Ani over 7 years ago

The market has picked up and it's revenue first, meaning working directly with clients and administration second. When they made time in the day they only gave us 24 hours and out of that we reserve 8 for sleeping and personal time ;)

Posted by Jeff Daley over 7 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for the link to the post text messaging 101. I've been looking for something like that! LOL For me, I don't comment when there's tech problems, 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 7 years ago

I login to AR for the company and conversation, education and discussions - not the market reports, listings and open house info...I read so much of those on a daily basis that I am burnt out on those when I get to AR. 

I have to agree with those who mentioned the time it takes comments to post, the lack of quality posts to comment on, etc...and, of course, this business of earning a living is interfering with my personal time!


Posted by Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp) over 7 years ago

I think it relates to the listing posts. No reason to comment on a home in Michigan as an example for me.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 7 years ago

Ironically enough, I've been having troubles lately in having my comments work. Just now, nothing heppens when I'm hitting the "Submit Comment" button on another blog!

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 7 years ago

If my response to the blog is already well represented in the comments, I generally just move on.    But here, I want to thank you for including that quote, because I was in that mood of wondering if my blogging was making any difference for any one.   The quote was perfectly timed for me - it does matter what we do, especially if we're adding local value.

Posted by M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist (Century 21 Showcase REALTORs) over 7 years ago

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."   ~ William James

I like that quote, try and use my time and talent each day to make a positive difference for friends, family, customers, clients, and others.

I read and write to get educated, attend lots of classes, committee and board meetings, post articles and content, mostly informative, and it does makes a difference.

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) over 7 years ago

I do a lot of reading to get different ideas...not much time lately for comments its our busy season!

Posted by Kathy Dowd, Consider it SOLD (RE/MAX Realty Team, 239 220 4133) over 7 years ago

Perhaps comments are down because people are out doing what they're in business to do: showing and selling homes! But that aside, there are so many more demands on our time nowadays, that prioritizing time and workflow is becoming a necessity if you're ever going to take command of your business. Commenting justs seems to sink to the bottom of the list of things to do...

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) over 7 years ago

I comment on the articles that I find interesting but let's face it  - not everyone is a great writer.  I appreciate all the blogs whether I comment on them or not and love the contests.  As far as people thinking there are too many market reports, just skip over them if they are not relevant to you.  Love everything about Active Rain but for me it is season and I am lucky to hit my 10 per day right now.

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerry, why are posts up but comments down?  Maybe Arers are getting busy again - I know I am - and have to choose between commenting or blogging.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for an opportunity to comment on this subject.  I believe comments are down because it takes so darned long for the posts and comments to load!  Who has that kind of time and patience?

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 7 years ago

Interesting statistics.  It's good for us to know what is going on.  I'm thinking that we are so consumed with this market, working four times as hard for less money, that time may be the issue.  We have enough time to create a blog, but not create a blog and post on others blogs. 

Thanks for the end quote as well!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - we are all busier with real estate these days: you know, the real job of selling and listing houses, I think that may be one of the reasons commenting is lower.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie...Great Post. I like others have less time for commenting although I try daily to do my 10.

Thanks for posting in Our Success Stories group again.

Our success Stories-Fred Carver

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 7 years ago


I missed several days because the site was so slow, I just had to leave.

10 comments should take me 15 to 20 minutes. But, it was taking 70 minutes. I would click submit and wait 90 seconds for the site to react.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 7 years ago


That last comment took 70 seconds after I clicked submit.

I'm using Explorer. I know that Chrome is faster.

But, I don't always have control over this.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 7 years ago

Brian - Do me a favor and clear your browsing history.  It's working so much faster for me since I did this.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

Brian, I'm testing to see how long this takes to post.  Stay tuned . . .

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 7 years ago

That took 7 seconds!  

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - I bet one of the reasons "commenting" is down is that your spam filters are better so many fewer spam comments.

for me, my personal commenting is down as I've gotten so busy.

Also, it would really help if you shared clicks rather than page views.  Page views are pretty irrelevant and clicks are way more important.  Sometines they go hand in hand, but other times they don't.  Click means that someone actually saw the post/opened it.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

To answer your question about commenting....I think our bloggers are writing more localism posts and they usually don't get as many comments.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 7 years ago


I have lots of ideas ... but I think that might be fodder for a full MO post.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, you know I get lots of comments on my posts.  Still, I just checked my own stats... and I total about 27,400 comments received, but my total for comments made on the posts of others... is about 29,500.

If I get that many comments, and STILL can exceed that number with the number of comments I make on the posts of others... others might be able to do that, as well.

Giving... "works."

Also... I use Firefox, and not the latest version... so let's see how long after I hit "submit"... that it takes for my comment to go through.

Answer:  it took three seconds.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Kerrie:  I also do not know if everyone is aware that there is a certain way of actually "hitting" the "submit comment" button. 

When you click on the Submit Comment button correctly, at least it works this way for me on Firefox, the phrase "Submit Comment" changes to "submitting..." and the word "submitting" is surrounded by a little dotted horizontal rectangle... both of which indicate that it is in the process of going thru. 

If you make a comment, and submit it, and do not see those things happening... it is possible that you did not hit the Submit button correctly.

By the way... I just made a comment on another of the Daily Drop posts, and it took two seconds to go through.  It appears that the over-sized hamster and the large-size hamster wheel you had installed in the servers is working... at least for me.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago


Most of my posts are localism posts about my community targeting people who live or want to buy in my community.  These posts get very few comments, but I am OK with that.  My goal with these posts is to let people know I am the expert in my community.

As to commenting, I received 2, 092 comments on my 350 posts.  On the other hand I have commented 6,160 times on other's posts.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Too much to get done in a day.  And frankly, with all the problems AR has had in the recent past it drove many people to create their own WP blogs instead of relying on AR and those sites are sucking up a lot of extra time.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 7 years ago

Justin - Would you say your WP blog gets more or less interaction than your AR blog?

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

It's a good question and I've noticed that comments are down, especially on some of the featured posts, which surprises me.  Not sure why . . .

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I had to find the post that talked about the comments down. I think Spring Break might have something to do with it as well. Lots of people are traveling with their kids or otherwise distracted by this time of year, plus real estate is very busy right now for many of us. Add to that that the site was slow and some people may have gotten out of the 'habit' of commenting daily.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago