Kerrie's Blog: Blog Cap Raised

Blog Cap Raised

Good news Rainers!  Your blogging efforts are being recognized further!   

Previously, we had a weekly cap on the blog points we'd award at 10.  Well 10 just isn't enough so we raised it to 20!  You will now receive points for any posts that qualify up to 20 in a week. The week begins Monday morning at 12am and ends Sunday at 11:59pm. The more content you write the better it is for AR which is better for our users.

If you've been sitting on a post, get it out there, earn those points and shine!

Let it Rain!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager
ActiveRain

   

Comment balloon 139 commentsKerrie La Guardia • June 23 2014 12:40PM

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Oh My Goodness, let the games, um, I mean blogging begin! 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 4 years ago

Good grief!  And I was having trouble coming up with 10 quality posts in a week.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 4 years ago

With summer here it's hard for me to write 1 as I am always outside on the go. Good luck to all the indoor Rainer types-I am sure they are thrilled!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 4 years ago

Double the fun and let's hope the SEO power too!  Received a great call from my blog last night so I'm in.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 4 years ago

For those crazy insane bloggers who can write that much I say, GO FOR IT! 

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) about 4 years ago

This is great news for points accumulation!  I don't always get 20 a week but some weeks I'll hit 13 or 14 so this will be a nice change. 

Posted by Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local. (Blue Olive Properties, LLC) about 4 years ago

I think I must start blogging soon!

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 4 years ago

I'm glad we get more points per post, but my concern is that a group or a team account has several people posting in one account.  Makes it more difficult for individuals seeking placement.  Would be nice if the playing field was level. 

Posted by Joye Hollis Ridgeway, - Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial (AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC) about 4 years ago

Kerrie

It's a great idea . . . .  more blogs . . . . more Goggle juice.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 4 years ago

Blog on...thank you for the reward!

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) about 4 years ago

does not see this as a good idea, I think it's going to lead to more crap content.  But who asked me?

 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 4 years ago

Don't see this as raising the quality of blogging but giving the robo bloggers a leg up over anyone creating original content.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 4 years ago

WOW, that's great, let it rain, now I just need to come up with twice the topics!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 4 years ago

I can't even fathom.....I am lucky to get my three a week in.....10 was really pushing it, but 20 is just insane!  LOL!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 4 years ago

That is a GREAT deal, It is time to get some more blogs out then, 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

And had the decision makers been asking for any input from member I think the masses might have suggested perhaps points for more than 10 comments a day instead of more posts a week to get actual engagment from members here as opposed to the robo posters taking over the leader board in a matter of months which is exactly what I see happening.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Writing 20 posts a week seems contrary to a goal of writing "Quality" posts which takes additional time to create and to respond to comments.  

I understand WHY ActiveRain and Trulia WANT members to write more posts, and AR Members that are point chasers will be thrilled with this change, but I don't see how this doesn't encourage a lesser effort for the sake of mass production and more points.

Do you or Bob have a recommended Blog Plan or strategy available for writing 3 posts per day and what are the preferred topics that ActiveTruliaRain would like to see coming from Real Estate Agents?  If we're going to write more it might as well be as beneficial as possible.

Thank you and best wishes always.

 

Posted by Richard Yates, Broker and Realtor Orange County, California about 4 years ago

Fortunately I have been too busy to write that many posts. I guess I could post listings and do reblogs but I still couldn't make that number.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 4 years ago

Thanks for the info, Kerri. Some of the comments above have some of my sentiments. But hey, it is some kind of a stimuli and that, I see good. One thing I do say is you and the staff of AR are always contributing to AR.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) about 4 years ago

I see bloggers stop at 10 and wait until the next week begins to submit more posts.  Why?  Because they want their points.  They deserve their points.  This new point cap allows anyone that has more to say in a week do just that.

Member to member posts, Wordless Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays....are these kinds of post worthy of points?  Yes, just like listing posts are.

Of course I'd like to see more content on AR.  It's better for our platform which is better for you because our domain ranking will remain strong and continue to serve you up to the consumers.

There are those who only posts listings but is the return on that as good as someone who is taking the time to submit original content as well or get involved with contests? Probably not.  Original quality posts will always be King.  If you can keep your quality posts coming and also partake in some of the other fun kinds of posts that makes AR unique, then please do.  You'll climb the leaderboard with the rest of the community.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 4 years ago

Hmmmm!  I guess I should stop sitting on my Thumbs and blog.

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) about 4 years ago

I think that's just crazy.  There's no way to consistently write 20 quality post per week.  I struggled when I did 10. There were a few weeks where I did 12 or so.

This seems like an effort to get people more points and more "stuff" out there, not quality stuff.

I agree w/ Tammy...the first thing I would have increased would be # of comments to get points for - make it 15 or 20.  Getting more comments on those posts will help boost the SEO a bit.

It's also very interesting to see that after all the feedback from last week, this is the next step. 

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Kerrie: I think it is a good change. It does not happen all the time but there are definately weeks when i had more to say and I am sure everyone wanted to hear it. lol. Have a great week. 

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) about 4 years ago

Nice!  I didn't even know there was a weekly cap.  ;)

 

Posted by Jimmy Chickey, Realtor, Nationally Recognized Author, Teacher (Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group) about 4 years ago

Challenge accepted, I have not done many blogs so far but I think I can give the #20 mark the old college try this week!

Posted by Rachel Khoury, Your Wingwoman for Colorado Mortgages (Tailwinds Mortgage) about 4 years ago

Dilution of the product will not benefit anyone, and  just nurture the points grabbing. It would be far more productive to increase the daily comments and at least let the grabbers work a bit harder and reward the people that do post quality with a few more comments

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago

Great news, Kerrie. I can hardly get to 10 a week these days but there's an incentive.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) about 4 years ago

What happens to the "listing" posts when the property is SOLD!  I find it very bad policy to have SOLD LISTINGS appear anywhere the general public can be MISLEAD -- with the impression of the property being an ACTIVE, FOR SALE LISTING.  Geez, what does AR think they are . . . Zillow or Craigslist?!?  I thought we were a cut above.  I'm sure all those "listing" posts are SOLD now and irrelevant . . . 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 4 years ago

Kerrie I'm so busy I don't get 10 a week lately!  I agree with Ed - point grabbers will dilute content further and  they will continue posting 3 or 4 sentence listing posts. For those of us who have spent years writing quality content  it's quite disturbing in terms of building a true community. I'd like to see all those people get involved and truly become 'contributing' members of the ActiveRain community.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 4 years ago

Thank you for the announcement Kerrie. I'm pretty sure it will rain even more!

Posted by Ann Zieve, Unmatched Ownership Experience (Keller Williams Success Realty) about 4 years ago

Very good decision.

This thread is an interesting observation on the principle of free speech. Strange how many opinions people are sharing regarding what types of free speech they do or do not approve of.

Happy Selling!

Posted by Brad Thomsen, Real Estate Services (Big Bear Realty) about 4 years ago

I would think that the bigger problem to address is why so very many of the 258,978 of the most forward thinking real estate professionals in the industry haven't logged into ActiveRain in months or years.

Posted by Rick Obst about 4 years ago

Kerrie- the robo-bloggers will continue to do so regardless so I'm sure they'll just kick it up a notch.  When looking for posts for my weekly series, I weed through a lot to find posts that are quality in content and written by a living breathing human.  For those who use the platform to post about their listings and monthly market reports, which is what they should be doing, I have no problem with that.  I rarely post more than one a day, and don't even remember ever writing 10 in a week, excluding reblogs.  

It will be interesting to see what happens.   Very interesting. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Wow, I used to hear people complain about the 10 post limit and now 20 sounds like a punishment has been handed down. Just do your best!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 4 years ago

I'm taking the fifth.....fifth of Dewars that is..............

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 4 years ago

Oh man, Kerrie.  Put your whip away!  20????

Gene

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) about 4 years ago

Sounds like great incentive Kerrie! You are right, the more active bloggers should not have to wait to make another post for points.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Kerrie, lots of pros and cons for sure. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 4 years ago

As long as we are not required to write 20, I'm good.  ;-)  

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 4 years ago

Kerrie 10 is a struggle 20 no way.  I agree with Debbie addressing comments would be more productive for the Blogger.  Not sure what the goal is, more content for the network? But at what cost?

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 4 years ago

I have problems doing 10 a week with decent content....in fact some of my last ones are not always very good.

I see no real benifit of more blogs.  There will be more listing blogs and cut and paste market blogs.  Real contect blogs will be harder to find...IMHO

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 4 years ago

     More Blogs means that the comments are going to get spread more thinly.  Less comments equals less interaction between Members.  The sense of Community will fade away.  

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Thanks Kerrie, I am fairly prolific, but I don't know if I can keep up with that pace.

 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 4 years ago

I've fallen off my blogging wagon, but this certainly will NOT be incentive to try and do more than 10. I've got tons and tons of stuff to write about, but I think "jamming the system" with a bunch of stuff....not so sure about that. I do think you need to "up the ante" on blog comments as well. With all these blog posts, people are NOT going to be inclined to comment if there is nothing "in it for them." 

 

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) about 4 years ago

Yes, quite a few opinions on this subject.  Let me add mine.  What about a compromise of say 100 word min to get any points instead of the 50 as I currently understand it to be.  You have double the number of posts for credit and also raised the bar of entry into the points game.

Posted by Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate (Weichert Realtor - New Colony) about 4 years ago

Your timing could not be better.  I am just in the process of starting another of my famous series and it is 120 posts so now I can do it in 6 weeks instead of 12.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 4 years ago

Kerrie, oh no!  I could get even more addicted than I already am.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Great news to many here Kerrie.  me, I will never reach that number of blogs in a week, but thats ok, more power to those that do...like Kevin right above me there.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) about 4 years ago

I can barely do ten a week. I enjoy reading others' posts and commenting so I look forward to the increase in posts.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 4 years ago

Groovy !

Posted by David Saks about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie. Yay. Glad it's been lifted.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 4 years ago

After thinking about it for a bit, I can do this, should be an opportunity to post a lot more forest profiles.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 4 years ago

Twenty a week is a tough call.  I don't know that I can do it!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Holy Moly Kerrie. I've just been thinking that I need to get back to consistent blogging and posting 10 a week. Now you've raised the bar! Not sure I can handle 20. I need to get to 10 first!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie - I hope that this will result in more content and not just a lot of robo posts.  You will have to keep an eye on things and see if this really increases good content.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 4 years ago

Challenge issued !

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) about 4 years ago

I like that you are always looking for ways to enhance Active Rain and see how this helps the community grow. 

Posted by Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP (United Realty Group) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Sounds like another great opportunity to improve our results on AR.  I do struggle with daily blogging, but I still like the idea of knowing that I can generate 20 posts per week and get credit for them.

Best of GREAT success to you and the AR team in 2014!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) about 4 years ago

Unbelievable. I guess we will see more listings and I will be posting mine, when I have time that is.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

I would be happy if I could manage to post 20 a month again Kerrie! It's a good thing for those who have the time ..

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) about 4 years ago

One a day seems to be my limit. Thanks but no thanks.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 4 years ago

That's a whole lot of blogging. I'll be anxious to see if anyone actually does it.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 4 years ago

Is it about the points?  Or is it about putting out quality content?  If I have more than 10 posts in a week already and I have an 11th one, I would not wait until the next week to post it.  I can see it both ways.  Hopefully, it will encourage those that want to write more.  Thank you!

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) about 4 years ago

I HATE you for this!!!!!

I almost added I am SO glad AR capped the blogs to 10 each week as I know some robo bloggers could spew 30 in a week without blinking an eye but I was hanging on for dear life to hit 10!?!?!?!?!!?

When does this go into effect?

 

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 4 years ago

Holy cow!  I am not sure I have ever written 10 a week, I don't even know if I want to try for 20.  Seems like a lot.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) about 4 years ago

20 posts is quite interesting!  t

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

Yeah, Yeah, Hip Hop Hooray!

I get to Blog up to 20, you say :)

Thanks for the update Mrs. La Guardia 

Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living about 4 years ago

Kerrie, 20 posts a week definitely provides us will a challenging goal!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 4 years ago

I'm with Karen Feltman, I think the quality will suffer worse than it does now.  There are a lot of posts for points out there that aren't worth the pixels they're printed on.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 4 years ago

I could not even write 10 posts last week. I know I will not write 20. Even if we write 2 a day, I think 14 or 15 would have been better than 20.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie - thanks for the update.  I don't believe that I hit 10 per week now but it's good to know that if I have a good week of posts, I will be rewarded with extra points.

Posted by ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC) about 4 years ago

I really do believe this will result in even more burn out for many bloggers.   It does seem that there are fewer regular bloggers on here.  this is good news for Barbara Todaro and maybe a few others, but overall, I don't see this leading to better content.  In the end, better content on here is what will drive more traffic here, not to mention interaction.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Wow.  I hope this cap of 20 doesn't dilute the quality of the blogs Kerrie.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

Wow!!  20!!!  I would really like to have seen the number of comment points raised.  Maybe that will be next?  It doesn't have to be one or the other.  It could be both!

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) about 4 years ago

This is interesting news... I remember once doing an 11th blog and not getting points for it, but didn't know why at the time. Of course, now the challenge is actually doing 20 blogs and that could be tough.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) about 4 years ago

That's AWESOME NEWS!!! THANK YOU!!!

 

Posted by The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston (THE TEMPLE TEAM) about 4 years ago

I'm reading through some of these comments, and GEESH...  people just need to get over it.  Change happens.  If the robo bloggers get to the top in points, WHO CARES?  Just focus on your stuff and what you're doing.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 4 years ago

Hey, Robo-bloggers!  You just keep getting rewarded and rewarded around here.  Humans, we may have to hit the road!

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) about 4 years ago

Actually Don,-you may be right because I have a hard time keeping up with the te

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) about 4 years ago

Keeping up with the 10

 

 

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) about 4 years ago

Not sure if this is good or bad? As many said, just to pump stuff out can damage the brand that AR has created. But am sure there are some people who can do it.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 4 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. Yeah. This is great nes and I am excited about it. Reaching people and accumulating a larger following is important and this helps.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Hello Kerrie -- it's interesting to see the flow of comments here.

I agree with Amanda and Jared(#78).   It won't have an impact on me.  If I have more than ten posts in a week to post, I'll do it -- if it's less, then so be it.

I'm also in agreement with those who suggested an increase in points for leaving more than ten comments in a day.

As far as robo-bloggers and robo-commenters - they will do whatever they do anyway, right?
 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 4 years ago

Interesting! I am sure some will love it and some not so much. Hopefully content is the focus of all who are taking their time to blog on Active Rain. Quality is what I value, not quantity.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) about 4 years ago

Kerrie, this should motivate a lot of people. Thanks!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 4 years ago

This is motivate more bloggers to blog more listings. Nothing more. The ActiveRain that I joined only two and half years ago is already gone. Nothing stays the same, but once it a while it would be nice to see change for the better. I don't blog daily as I just don't have enough time for any valuable content. Interesting choice by the AR team. Not a fan!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 4 years ago

Well the horses are definitely at the gate...But will they race?

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago

I have to wonder.....how does anyone, without a team of course, have the time to write that many blog posts and still actually SELL real estate which requires a person to leave their computer? Work / Life balance is already such a challenge for many of us in this industry.

Posted by Susan Goebel about 4 years ago

Let's be consistent and raise the blog comment cap up to the same number - 20 comments per day !!! 

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie - The points system has always been used to incentivize activity that benefitted AR in some way, usually through SEO or membership growth. On the face of it, a move that emphasizes quantity over quality doesn't make much sense, but it is in line with the recent top contributor award. It would be interesting to hear the rationale that is driving these changes - it certainly isn't a demand by the majority - or the people that regularly post quality content - to rid ourselves of that inhibiting 10 post cap.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 4 years ago

Great, more blogs I don't get done. Trying to make me feel really guilty? It is a good idea, when I was blogging reqularly I felt 10 was too few.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 4 years ago

I have always been supportive of the changes in the Rain, but in this case I'm not sure I do. I've worked very hard over a long amount of time to accumulate enough points to be at the top of my city and county. Even as things have changed and sometimes my number of posts have dwindled, I've always come back and picked up some slack, knowing I had done so much work in the past that I had a bit of cushion. This will be gone now. I feel that the fact that I've been her for almost 6 years can be wiped out by newcomer's market reports and listing posts.

My first thought was...ok, I guess I can throw out a few reciped posts. 

I know for my part, I might do a few more of the quick, slap them together, kind to ensure I do not lose the positions I have worked so hard to achieve. By necessity, some of the quality is going to be lost. 

This feels like a grab for the newcomers, and if that's the point....well, ok. But I do think that you'll see some throw away posts now. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 4 years ago

Not sure that this is a good change.  Quality will go down and it will reward those that pay others to do the work.  Ten a week is hard enough.  Perhaps we should get points on comments on reblogs and give the original writer points too.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Not sure what advantage this will bring to raiders. Our business is real estate, not resonding to more posts foe points. Is tree an SEO benefit hidden here?

Posted by Jeff Daley about 4 years ago

GREAT NEWS!  I think it will encourage more content.

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

This is great news and I am going to reblog your post. Thanks!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) about 4 years ago

I think it is maybe even more important to encourage people to comment on posts because that is what creates the sense of community/dialogue.  

Now that you've raised this, please consider raising the number of comments that get points from 10-20.  

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) about 4 years ago

I guess the re-posters will be busier than ever with this one. Dilution of valuable content should not be the outcome...at least I hope not!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) about 4 years ago

I am loving the idea of raising the comment cap to 20 as well.  That goes hand in hand with this new blog cap.  I'm going to push for that, so sit tight Rainers!

Thank you all for your feedback, your thoughts, concerns and happiness are all appreciated.  I still believe this change is for the good of AR.  

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 4 years ago

I doubt that I've ever reached ten, so this won't affect me a bit. I only post when I think I have something to say - and when I have time. That's not every day.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 4 years ago

Great news for those who write a lot of blogs.  I'm still trying be consistent.

Posted by Sharon Sanchez, Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate. (Ace Home Realty) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie, 

Good idea and I am sure most folks will agree. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 4 years ago

I agree with most people here who aren't so thrilled.  I have always enjoyed "suggesting" but nowadays it has become increasingly difficult to find quality material.  Sure it's fine to have listings or postlets, but when that becomes the majority of the content, then it does dilute the Active Rain "message."

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Like many, I'd like to know the "real" reason behind the new push. How does this benefit Trulia?

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) about 4 years ago

You guys give points??!!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 4 years ago

Change is inevitable.  It's how you deal with change that affects you the most.  I'm not sure this is needed but I'm game to give it a try! 

Posted by Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) about 4 years ago

This doesn't make me happy as I try to put out quality and end up deleting a lot of drafts because I'm not happy with them....but what can I do?  Guess I need to start writing!

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) about 4 years ago

I don't think there should be a limit... let those that want to fly like an Eagle fly... and let the sluggards slug...   I'm excited about this change... Thank You...

Posted by Richard and Beth Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) about 4 years ago

This change will only affect me  a few times a year as this time of year I am not writing many blogs...maybe that will change. 

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) about 4 years ago

I can't imagine writing more than 10 blogs a week. I also like the idea of raising the comments point cap. Occasionally at night I get into commenting on a lot of posts.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) about 4 years ago

Wow that may ramp up things or maybe bog things down.

Posted by Jeff Jensen (The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states) about 4 years ago

Let's hope that a newbie Rainer from AZ does not post the ENTIRE SALES inventory of the state as has been done in the past....

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 4 years ago

Hi Kerrie, 20 is great news since I have to stop writing several times since I would exceed the 10 limit especially with my market reports.  Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Posted by Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Addison Wolfe Real Estate ) about 4 years ago

Thanks for the announcement.  I'm looking forward to stirring up many blogging ideas that are laying dormant and reading more great quality content from the  AR family.

Posted by Diana White-Pettis, GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale (Bennett Realty Solutions) about 4 years ago

I think this is a good idea, but then again I've never liked caps, unless it works against me, or the environment... or politics... so maybe I do like caps, but then again change is good, sometimes,.

Posted by Trent Dalrymple (248) 854-0625, Helping Mortgage Brokers & LO's Lend Nationwide! (American Mortgage Bank) about 4 years ago

More than 100 comments on this post - and mixed responses. For me, I am glad - I will have to revise couple of things - my goal for ActiveRain points by the end of the year will be more and the time I allocate to ActiveRain daily will be up - by at least 30 minutes, if not more!

And 20 comments to be awarded points - even better interaction with others.

Now, have you considered 20 re-blog limit? (And I know, not many members like re-blogs!)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 4 years ago

Kerrie -  In some of the recent AR seminars the focus has been on quality over quantity.  Do you go for the points, or work on posts with good IDX links, website landing pages, content, photos and video, or do you go for easy-breezy and get volume and points.  I'm not sure this is the right direction. Perhaps there shouldn't be any caps and not push for the daily limits.  

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 4 years ago

I agree with Laura Allen in comment 118. Not sure this is the right direction. Not sure many knew there even was a limit before this post.

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties) about 4 years ago

Surprised at the wide variety of comments...sounds like good news to me in the hopes that some of the people who have not been writing or don't write as much may re-think it. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 4 years ago

Hopefully "the content" is diluted by the ghost writers, which won't  help AR or the users. 

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 4 years ago

I keep reading posts about this permanently effecting ActiveRain, but it sounds like this is only valid for this week, help me out with understanding?

Posted by Rachel Khoury, Your Wingwoman for Colorado Mortgages (Tailwinds Mortgage) about 4 years ago

Kerrie~ WOW..... I would have never thought this new cap would cause so much drama? It is amazing to see all the complaining, and I have a feeling some of the complaining is insecurity rearing its ugly head? Anyway, it is what it is.....

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) about 4 years ago

Rachel - This change is going forward, not just this week.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 4 years ago

Thanks Kerrie, that certainly clears things up!

Posted by Rachel Khoury, Your Wingwoman for Colorado Mortgages (Tailwinds Mortgage) about 4 years ago

Sounds good, but when will we have time to get deals done?

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) about 4 years ago

I should try to attempt to write more Blogs, but I only write when I have something of value to ad to the content of the AR site.

Besides, I am too busy soliciting business, as well as, ensuring that my loans receive Top Priority.

Posted by Wayne L. Brown (Franklin Advantage Inc.) about 4 years ago

Kerrie... I think it's a good idea to open it up... 20 is a lot for many (even me) a week, but I totally get it that agents who really want to go for it, can... Thanks for the update!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 4 years ago

Why 20 why any limits there are values to A/R for all the post, comments and repost I am sure

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) about 4 years ago

Interesting! I have been spotty in blogging this past year. I have to get back on the wagon. 

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 4 years ago

We've been so busy with real estate that I haven't blogged in about 3 weeks, so this won't affect me at all. I wasn't hitting the 10 blog cap, so 20 will be an even more unattainable goal. As long as we're getting more business than we can handle, I'll try to muddle through! But, I agree with those who say that quality will probably be sacrificed for quantity, and also I think the comment capp should be raised as well. Oh well, we're not here for the points so much anyway, we're here to generate business.

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 4 years ago

Yes business generating first, points should be second. I have been so busy this past year that it's hard for me to hit 10 a week.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 4 years ago

Good evening Kerrie. Like so many of the "old timers" this cap is reviewed with mixed emotions. I can for see a lot of crap being posted just for the sake of accumulating points. Time will tell.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Okay, let's get out the templates and get busy!  Filling in the blanks sounds like fun!

Posted by Marge Draper, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto) about 4 years ago

I think the raise will only reward those who mass produce posts and just change the location name. I hope the limit for the number of comments is raised soon, I think that will help the engagement in the community.

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) about 4 years ago

There are a lot of talking about going up to 20. I personally would dream to post at least 10/week, but if someone can go as many as 20~ good for them( hopefully, those posts are not just pictures of pets and copy/paste.)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) about 4 years ago

Kerrie I am a bit surprised and disappointed, Bob  from your organization conveyed about two or three months ago that the problem with Google is to provide less than quality posts hinders us...hence you eliminated the 30 days in 30 days blog contests...so now we have 20 post per week let me do the numbers that is 4.2 time 20+ so now we will hav potentially 80 + blogs per month by certain members clearly there must be a benefit for AR but not for the members because who can honestly provide 80 quality blogs per month???...Tell me where I am going wrong with this logic??, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 4 years ago

worst move trulia has made. I will be moving on to another platform for most of my blogs...just because of this.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) about 4 years ago

I'm excited, some weeks it easier to get more done and other times lsess, this will make things better overall. THANK YOU!

 

Posted by Rachell Lara & A List Properties, A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts (eXp Realty / 619.316.7445) about 4 years ago

I would much rather see quality content and feel this will dilute the merit of Active Rain. I, too, would prefer to see more interaction on posts and feel that a 20 comment per day cap would be beneficial to increasing the activity of the community.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 28 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) about 4 years ago

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