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ActiveRain Continues to Work Its Magic for Me in 2011

I just finished writing an offer for a client of mine who first found my blog here in 2008. We hit it off back then, and he and his family almost bought a home with a local builder, but the builder was a headache to deal with and didn't keep their word. Since then, he has continued to look at listings online on his own, and we appear to have found the perfect place. Time will tell with regard to our offer, but I was happy to realize that he has continued to read many of my posts since our original meeting over two years ago.


If this particular deal works out, it will one of many that I've closed as a result of my blogging efforts on ActiveRain. Since early December, I have received SIX referrals from other AR members around the state and country. Thank you to those of you who have trusted me with your referral business!


When I was in Houston last month at Raincamp, Bob Stewart asked me about how many referrals I get from ActiveRain. My response was that I probably get 2-3 per month, which has been the case for years. Here's the condensed version of our talk that Kelly from AR posted on YouTube a few days ago:



I had a brief exchange with someone yesterday who was wondering about the right time to "graduate" from AR to a stand-alone WordPress site. Although I have several WordPress sites (and I even sell them), I have no intention of leaving this community and the networking opportunities here. If you're thinking of getting your own WordPress blog, you can still post in both places with no issue (i.e. they aren't mutually exclusive). If you're concerned about duplicate content penalties from Google or harming your SEO efforts in any way, just change the title and some of the text a little bit to avoid this. I guess the SEO ramifications could easily fill another post soon.


Since November, the Austin market has been picking up steam and January has been no different. I look forward to a solid 2011!


If I can ever be of help to you in any way, let me know. My cell phone number is 512-796-7653. Thanks for reading!

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