Kerrie's Blog: The Rain Bucket - 1.10.14

The Rain Bucket - 1.10.14

Week 2 of the New Year and the Rain Bucket continues to fill up with success.  If you didn't catch the Rain Bucket last week, I announced a new weekly series where I'll be highlighting a few of the successes in the 'Rain.  


AR is using multiple sources to find quality content to syndicate to other real estate and local sites through our efforts.  We're also digging into Social Shares, Moz and other tools to see where Rainers are showing up through their own. If you've been highlighted, please let me know, I'd love to share it with the community.


Let's see who's making waves this week.



Girl Just Wanna Have Clicks

Shelby DiBiase wrote This is my Motto! 8 Pillars to Unleash Success in 2014! on New Years Eve.  It was one of the top clicked on posts last week.  The term was timely and with 1,719 clicks it received 15 comments.  Just another reason to never judge your post's success by comments!


Cindy Westfall wanted to know:  Do You Attend Your Client's Real Estate Signings?  231 comments, a headliner in the Daily Drop and just shy of 1,000 clicks.  



Inman Love

Tammy Emineth's SEO Strategies post was picked up by Inman and featured this week.  



Patching Through  

Margaret Goss has been highlighted by for her New Construction Homes post.  This isn't the first time either; she's been getting picked up for 6 months now.


If you haven't checked out yet, do so.  Lots of good information in there about your area and worth a shot at getting highlighted yourself.





Have an Interest in Pinterest?
Our newest millionaire is making Pinterest work for him.  Mark Taylor's post looking pretty fine on good ol' Pinterest.  



Have a wonderful week and Let it Rain!


Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 51 commentsKerrie La Guardia • January 10 2014 11:00AM


Awesome! Thanks Kerrie! You're a rock star! That was such a fun Google Alert to get, seeing I was an article on Inman :) Whoohoo! 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 5 years ago

How cool is this? I am going to check it each week! Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 5 years ago

thx for the round up. I'm hoping to blog for the patch soon, too. been meaning to do it for 2 yrs. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 5 years ago

Thanks Kerrie!  Maybe some other bloggers will check out their local Patch because of this.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Congrats to those mentioned.  I just love this.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

Love this Kerrie!  Thanks for pointing these posts out - I look forward to your next Rain Bucket!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 5 years ago

Interesting list, with plenty of food for thought! Thanks for this!

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) over 5 years ago

Cool stuff. One of my marketing goals for 2014 is to figure out how to use Pinterest for my business.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 5 years ago

Kerrie - Loved reading this and congrats to all you haven mentioned.  It's such a great way to highlight the successes of other members and give us all inspiration.

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) over 5 years ago

Great info ... thanks for sharing all this info, Kerrie!  And you mention the Patch.  While I've dabbled in it previously, I've gotten serious about it just recently.  I've already had people tell me they've seen my posts and are following them.  That's it .. the magic words ... I'm hooked now for sure!!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 5 years ago

Wow Kerrie that is awesome information ..I have not heard of the patch will have to check it out ..good stuff here

have a great weekend !


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 5 years ago

I love how you mentioned that commenting is not necessarily the same number as those who read the post. I only recently learned how important it is to comment after I read a post. Thank you so much for this informative post.

Posted by Anna Hatridge over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie~ I skipped the last week's post and didn't read it. Didn't really realize what it was. Now that I've read this one, I'll go back and have myself a read!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 5 years ago

Good posts to catch. I need to read these and see how they can reflect best what I do too.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, it is fun to read what we may have missed during the week!   Will need to check out Patch.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

I'm glad you do this. I didn't know what some of our members have accomplished. I think this is great. Our membership is really awesome and it's great to see those that get recognized. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 5 years ago

Love that...I should have titled my post "Can't Judge a Post by it's Comments" lol.  Love this Rain Bucket idea Kerrie.  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie, I agree with Joan that it is fun to ready the weekly update from the Rain Bucket.  I hope I write a post that is featured on day too.  Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Addison Wolfe Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

It looks like some of our Active Rain members are making a BIG splash!  This is a great idea.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for putting together this weekly update. You are picking up posts that I missed. Much appreciated!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or over 5 years ago

Kerrie- thanks!  These are fun to read and see what posts have received the most clicks.  I haven't checked out yet, but I will!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, Great to see our fellow Rainers doing so well :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 5 years ago

Hey, I like this idea. This is really cool. I even like the name.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 5 years ago

Nice series, Kerrie. Surely will follow it every week. Nice to see Inman highlighting some of the blogs.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 5 years ago

Great idea to keep us up to date on each other.  Thanks Kerrie!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 5 years ago
Week 2 seems very Zen. Good luck, Katie! Love and light and prosperity in 2014, Laura
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 5 years ago

I love these updates, Kerrie, and it always so neat to see fellow Rainers getting noted online and in print. PLus it provide ideas of ways for each of us to puruse additional PR.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie, Thanks for adding my post to this weeks Rain Bucket! Man...I've never received over 200 comments on a post before! I'm still going back to each commenters blogs to check them out and comment...think that might take me another month! Over 2000 clicks now. It's amazing what the daily raindrop will do for you. I was even contacted by the Washington Post  for an article they're working on. THANKS!!

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Good series!  Thanks for putting this one together.  Best of GREAT success to you and AR in 2014!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 5 years ago

I cant even imagine getting 100 comments on a post let alone 223??? But more importantly than the comments love to see that many clicks that fast

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 5 years ago

Dang, Tammy got an Inman nod.  I don't her to get too busy, for personal reasons . . . HA HA HA  she may not have time now for my projects   

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 5 years ago

 Good morning, Kerrie. It is good to see that the bucket is continuing to fill. Here's wishing a very successful year to ActiveRain. Thank you for the updates.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie.   We have some real super stars at AR.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

You aren't going to catch much rain in that bucket.

Why, I see buckets in attic spaces bigger than that!

Once I saw a kiddie pool in the attic.  THAT is the way to catch rain!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago
Thanks for sharing those, Kerrie. It is nice to see others' successes and get ideas.
Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 5 years ago

I love Jay's comments! Imagine a kiddie pool in an attic ......that would be one home NOT to put an offer on!!!

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 5 years ago

For Sale: one rain bucket in excellent condition

You just might need a rain BARREL if this keeps up...

Good Job

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, a lot of clicks on these posts. Good points about comments and the success of a post.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 5 years ago

Getting a lot of clicks is almost assuredly the way to getting a viable client to work with. Good work

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 5 years ago

Thanks fo sharing these posts.  I definitely think the blogs that get lots o comments are the ones other REATLTORS relate to.

Posted by Nancy Pav, Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor (Century 21 Redwood Realty) over 5 years ago

How do you know and where do you look to see if you've been highlighted?

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 5 years ago

Appreciate you sharing your favorites, I missed one of them.

Posted by Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate over 5 years ago
Kerrie: this is a great series, it makes us pay attention to what works and what doesn't. It should elevate the quality of the blogs which helps the whole AR community.
Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, as always thank you for sharing. Hope to write something highlight worthy myself! 


Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 5 years ago

I love posts like these, they highlight great posts we might have missed and also gives us great ideas.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 5 years ago

Did not catch it last week so thanks for telling us again.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, Thank you for sharing the successes of our community.  It's encouraging to see results that blogging does make a difference.

Posted by Rebecca Foresee, Let's foresee the possibilities . and get results! (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 5 years ago

John - If you've been picked up by an editorial site and are notified, please let me know too.  Some people set up Google Alerts of themselves as well so as to not miss out on any action.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 5 years ago

Hey Kerrie-good post in directing me to other worthy ones I had missed

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 5 years ago

Love these Posts you're doing now ... Everything in a nut shell! THANKS!

Posted by Samantha Smith, Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate (214.422.0729 over 5 years ago

Hello Kerrie and VB has some extra time on his hands for a short while before Vegas once again burst with Spring & Summer activities! Really enjoy your "Rain Bucket" posts ... "Keep them coming"

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 5 years ago