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real estate network – ActiveRain

by Maureen McCabe on May 1, 2010

I am inviting the real estate industry to ColumbusBestBlog.com a rare thing…

I am inviting the real estate industry… members of ActiveRain in particular  to vote in a poll about ActiveRain a real estate network. ActiveRain is the largest real estate social network in the US. Lotsa real estate industry people. If you look in my side bar see Worthington real estate? That is a site called ‘Worthington Old and News’ That is ActiveRain. Today that blog is still standing despite ActiveRain having severe server problems. Below that see Columbus real estate? That is a site called ‘Discover Columbus OH’… that site has virtually disappeared.

I want to know if ActiveRain members are going back. Can you go back?

I seldom try to entertain the real estate industry on this blog… This blog is about Columbus, sometimes real estate sometimes not. I find when real estate people stop by they say stupid stuff like Jane from a Boston luxury condo blog who commented…

“Do you have more photos of the place? It looks like a dreary day in that one picture but the place looks really amazing!”

Why is Jane from Boston thinking of moving to Columbus? The photo taken at a rooftop pool was taken at twilight… looking east.

Why does it matter to Jane whether it was a rainy day or a sunny day, morning noon or night when the photo was taken in Gahanna a Columbus suburb? It doesn’t. Is jane looking for a luxury condo in Gahanna Ohio?  No. Jane just commented for the link. She just had to say something…

is there even really a Jane?  The Boston Luxury Condo  site looks slick and soulless…

The thing about ActiveRain was…

The thing about ActiveRain is? 

The thing about ActiveRain once it comes back up will be…

ActiveRain  is a place where I can talk to the real estate industry or talk to the general public depending on how I channel the content.

So ColumbusBestBlog.com readers if they do show up and if they do make “crappy” comments about the Columbus weather ignore them. Or maybe poke them with your umbrella…

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1 Denise Hamlin May 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

Maureen ~ I didn’t vote, because you don’t have a “don’t know” option.

I’m not a long time member, so I don’t quite have your loyalty. Right now I’m feeling the relationship with AR has taken a severe hit and I don’t know whether I will recover from it.

I put up with all kinds of crap, while they charge me for it… Does this seem a little dysfunctional to you? I does to me and I may need to do something about that. Hence the “don’t know” vote.

2 MaureenMcCabe May 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

I thought about putting on a “don’t know” but wanted to see it in black and white, strictly yes or no.

I appreciate your comment. If it is down for another two weeks I could change my mind, or have commited to something else as my path. I almost started adding content on here the day I was trying to post my first neighborhood in the last challenge Bob Stewart did. I just don’t want that much real estate on here and I don’t want “all my eggs in one basket” even if it is “MINE, MINE, ALL MINE” in the way a WordPress.org site is.

I lost all the content here at one point last year. I had another bad incident later in the year when I made some changes. My traffic is just starting to recover now. My mistakes.

I think ActiveRain made some big mistakes but I think if I stopped blogging there I’d be biting my nose off to spite my face. That’s just me…

3 Denise Hamlin May 1, 2010 at 02:16 pm

I can almost agree with you on your “biting your nose off to spite your face” comment, but that’s of course on the premise that the site works. For 3 of the 9 months I’ve been a member ActiveRain has been having problems. I blog for business. If they don’t sort their problems out SOON they will lose credibility as the “go to real estate site.” What’s left for us who blog for business then?

Of course that’s worse case scenario. I’m hoping they recover and everything is better than it was before. Then I’ll continue blogging there. We’ll see….

4 Jenny Kotulak May 1, 2010 at 08:12 pm

Hi Maureen, I will return but I did cancel my outside blog a couple of months ago. It wasn’t worth the $20 per month and wasn’t getting indexed with all the errors anyway. I can understand the server issues as I went through the same problem with our Board mls the year I was president. Like this platform ours was built with old code and it turned out the code was not “clean” which made the conversion difficult. What I do have a problem with is that there were no surprises with the membership growth. It didn’t happen all of a sudden. Successful companies must be proactive and not reactive. I did not see that with this situation. I know members have been very patient but there comes a point when enough is enough. Especially when you are a paying customer. Also communication is key. What bothers me is that the daily newsletter continues to be issued but not one word to the membership about the situation. Communication is key.

5 MaureenMcCabe May 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Denise I don’t know that anyone is denying there is a problem. Perhaps some were in denial a few months ago. It made me crazy when there “was an elephant in the room” and we were not talking about the proxy errors. We went through this in 2008 but it never got this bad.

There are plenty of people who have done the “biting off their nose” thing just based on wanting their OWN blog but then they have a blog on Blogger or WordPress.com which they don’t own anymore than an AR blog. Perhaps less. People who learned everything they know about blogging and social media on ActiveRain.

Jenny my AR outside blogs are a bigger source of leads than any other for me. Of course I use AR channels and put a link in most of my hyperlocal content to my lead management site.

You know what is odd though.. look at Agent Genius. Benn Rosales wrote a post I should go comment on. He has a Compete.com graph. Traffic is going down so why would added membership mean server issues? I agree they need to be proactive and add resources before they need them.

Why if traffic is going down would there be service issues??? Or is it that traffic on Localism and outside blogs are not reflected in the graph???

6 David M Childress May 2, 2010 at 01:39 pm

Was never a question for me, every successful venture has growing pains! AR rocks and will be even better! I trust the whole team.

@AkronOhioHomes

7 MaureenMcCabe May 2, 2010 at 01:46 pm

I trust most of the whole team too. I am in for the long haul. I do not think it is over.

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