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What a Featured Post can do for you...

Ever wonder what the power of a feature post can do for you? Besides the warm fuzzy that it gives you to see your name and photo on the first page of Active Rain, besides the insane amount of comments (and points) that you'll receive, there is one other really good reason that you just might want to have a post featured.... CREDIBILITY.

Here's my featured post testimony for this week.....  

First let me say that I was shocked to get featured. I haven't been featured in about 3 years and to be honest, I kind of gave up on the idea that it would ever happen again. Then suddenly, Marie reblogged my post. The next thing you knew, I had about 25 comments and an "AR God" gold star. 

Needless to say, I was thrilled.

That same day, I happened to be in Real Estate "Success School". I'm a new FL agent (although I've had my real estate license in SC since 2006). This particular afternoon, the topic was prospecting. One of the slides included a list of websites that you may want to visit. The top one was Active Rain. I gave my little testimony on how great AR is. Needless to say, it was pretty incredible to be sitting in a room full of other new agents visiting the site only to find one of their classmates (me) featured on the home page. 

But wait, there's more!

The next day, I received an email from an agent with whom I had just successfully staged and sold a home. (Home had 44 showings prior to staging, under contract after only 2 showings after staging. Oh, and incenditally, she happened to find me via AR!)

Active Rain testimonial

active rain testimonial


WAIT!!!  I RECOGNIZE THIS BLOG!!!

Do you know who wrote it? OH that's right!! I did!!

active rain testimonial

 

But wait, there's more!!!!

Since I had the email address of the person who forwarded the email to Carol in the first place, I emailed him back, thanking Bruce for the kind forward. This is what I got back.

 

active rain testimonial

 

 

So... What's the power of a featured blog? I'm not really sure that I can completely quanitfy it, but I would say that it's pretty darn good!

 

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 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit StageListSellNEFL.com or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at gmail.com), Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).

 

Comment balloon 61 commentsMelissa Marro • July 20 2012 05:48PM

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Congratulations on your Feature!  What good timing for you, too!  I had dreams of moving to Florida and working there, once.  So happy for you.  Best of luck in the sunshine state!

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) about 6 years ago

Congratulations on your success ... and yes there are some benefits to being featured ... but you are absolutely spot on with the focus on credibility!  Here's to your future successes ,,,

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi, The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi) about 6 years ago

Now this post deserves to be featured too Melissa! What a powerful and timely blog and testimony for not only you and your brand but your knowledge and skill for SEO and being "top of mind" to the agents locally in your area. Seredipitous!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 6 years ago

AR is in a way my mom's and also my legacy in some way. I've made so many connections here that I value deeply. :)

 

 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 6 years ago

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) about 6 years ago

Frances - I grew up in St Petersburg, so moving to FL was the perfect change of scenery!

Jack - Thank you!

Shanna - I popped over to your blog. Wow, crazy. 

Karen - you are too sweet! I appreciate it!

Laura - I remember your mom and her posts. She is definitely a legacy.

Kathy - =)

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

garaughty, abstract art, graphic design, WordPress consultant

"CREDIBILITY"... Exactly! Along with new blog subscribers, the attention of group moderators and building a rock solid audience.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) about 6 years ago

PINCH ME! I need a screen print of this... I have not one but two cookies from you right now. Dang... I feel very special right now!  I must be having a good week!

st augustine home stager

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

MELISSA! We make our own luck....doesn't always happen on schedule, but key is to keep doing what we so passionately believe in...and success begets success...you are unstoppable-and could not be happier for you!!

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) about 6 years ago

Hi Melissa, we agree.  Firguring out the "formula" to achieve featured status seems a mystery to us.  But a few have firgured it out as we see them all the time.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) about 6 years ago

It's true Melissa! And sometimes I don't have time for a feature because it can go just out of hand! but always fun and appreciated!

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) about 6 years ago

Melissa - you deserved to have it featured! This one as well, which is why I'm hitting the suggest button (smile).

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) about 6 years ago

Featured posts are nice.  They generate comments and business. And I have not learned the secret yet - 14 of 600.  But I enjoyed the feeling of being featured every time. Well done!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 6 years ago
Marie - thank you! It was your reblog that seemed to push it to the top. Thank you!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Bob - Agreed. There seem to be one that really have this down. Featured or not, I've always found blogging here helps my business & I have several other blogs.
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Tammy - very true - the post of mine that was featured to almost 100 comments... That's fun (and clearly successful as that's what this is about) but reading and answering comment, finding the reblogs, etc can take a lt if time in a busy week. Still, I will more that take the trade off!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Kathy - Thanks! It seemed o have worked!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Congrats! I too am a newby to this whole blogging thing.

Posted by Michael Fenwrick (Agent Owned Realty) about 6 years ago
Gary - your ratio is better than mine - my ratio is (now) 9 out of 799 blogs. I used to get them all the time, then it just stopped.
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Michael - a new blogger. Welcome & good luck! If you haven't watched the videos in AR University, then you definitely should!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Congratulations, i am hoping to catch some of the Activerain magic.  If nothing else I learn so much from the Activerain blogs.  It also helps me clarify my goals.

Posted by Laura Murray, Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes www.MDRealEstateOnline.com (Weichert) about 6 years ago

Good for you.  We all deserve a little recognition for our efforts and our accomplishments from time to time.  Having received that recognition from your peers only makes it sweeter.

Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) about 6 years ago
Melissa....congratulations! Being recognized in a new territory is a great accomplishment, you should be proud of yourself :-)
Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) about 6 years ago

Melissa, Bravo! What a great way to start a weekend, enjoy your hard work and success.

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) about 6 years ago

Agreed that a featured post has many benefits beyond the obvious, not the least of which is the likely increase to your subscriber base. This, in turn, can be really helpful in garnering future business.

Posted by Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County (Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA) about 6 years ago

Melissa - congratulations on being featured.  I have been AR for about 6 months and got several featured blogs myself.  Not sure what I am doing right, but I am not complaining.  I know you are excited and you should be.  Keep doing whatever you're doing because it is working!

Posted by Pat Mistretta, Atlanta Lofts and City Living (PalmerHouse Properties & Associates) about 6 years ago

Laura - I'm never sure what will catch the "AR God's" attention, so I have no advice for you, but keep on blogging!

Mark - Yes, it was nice to have local agents actually know that I'm not a newbie and to see me in a different way. 

Ann - Thank you! I almost didn't start here because I just didn't want to have to start over. In Charleston I had a great reputation and a strong business. Starting over is so difficult, even with experience. This was truly great timing!

Adrian - Thank you! I will!

Rob - I agree. You never know where referral business may come from either - this blog is case in point!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Pat - Congratulations to you! 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Melissa, 

REALLY darn good!  AR is great, and you have to love how it comes very full circle.

All the best on many more features in your future, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

Congratulations, and welcome to the AR/blogging world. Wishing the best in your future endeavors.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) about 6 years ago

Good job, Melissa, and congratulations on the feature.  Active Rain has been a great resource for me to learn to blog and to be found on the web.  Good luck in FL.  St A is one of my all time favorite places.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 6 years ago

Love how the forces came together for you on this story, Melissa!  Embrace them!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) about 6 years ago
Way to go! Featured posts put a pep in your step, and business!
Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) about 6 years ago

That is terrific, a great post and feature.  Congratulations.  Keep up the great blogging!!!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 6 years ago

Melissa, what a great testimonial to ActiveRain.  I think it is great your Featured post showed up in the class.  Perfect.  I just wonder how many signed up after seeing that... 

Posted by Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates) about 6 years ago

Isn’t it funny that you get featured, your write about it and you get featured again. I guess it shows that quality will win out.

Congratulations on your success in the Rain.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) about 6 years ago

Michelle - I love AR and all the friends I have met. It's funny at the first RESA convention, we were just meeting some of our fellow AR stagers but I felt like we had been friends for years - because we had!

Thank you Bud & Beth. This is actually my 799th blog here, so I've been around a while =)

Mike - I agree and even without the "being found" feature, because it doesn't happen all that often as a home stager, the credibility of blogging here has been great for my ongoing reputation.

Julia - Oh, I will!

Doug - I like that saying... I may borrow it!

Cindy - Thank you! I most definitly will!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Gary - I don't know, but I hope they do. 

John - hehe. I know that's awesome, huh? 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

When you hit the "fame" heights, don't forget your friends....Happy for you and carry on

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 6 years ago

A feature is the cherry on top of the blog.  It is an extra special treat!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) about 6 years ago

Melissa - Way to go and here's another.  You're on fire and unstoppable.  And, I love when those little coincidences happen.  Very cool. 

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 6 years ago

Melissa~Congratulations on the featured blog and the positive fall-out. In AR world, it looks like there's less than seven degrees of separation!

Posted by Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate (Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO) about 6 years ago

That would be really crazy.... having the class you are attending, show your featured page... Congrats to you and more future success!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 6 years ago

Fun! - Great, that you blogged about this crazy chain of events, I really enjoyed reading about it, and motivated me to keep blogging!

Posted by Tanja Cisliek (Future Home Realty) about 6 years ago

Activerain is THE place on the web to connect with people in the real estate industry and getting a featured post does a lot to raise your visibility here.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Congratulations, I only jope that some day I too will get a featured post.  Does the post they pick have to be about sharing business ideas or can it be the normal everyday post that i do to attract clients?

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) about 6 years ago

Richie - =)

Paula - mmmm, cherries!

Thanks Debbie!

Liz - I know, that was great. Who knew?

Sandy - It wasn't on the big screen, just everyone with their laptops who actually visited the page on the screen, but still cool!

Tanja - I've had a couple great stories from my AR blogs, but this one might be the best.

Bryan - I agree!

Chris & Dick - To be honest, I don't know. I've never been able to determine what it is they use to chose, other than it's obvious that they happen to have some favorites. 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

But wait...wow. What a fun post and fun comments! I actually read them all! I just got my own second featured post today, and also can't tell what the magic was that made it work.

 

Posted by Linda Schneider, Fast Newsletters for Real Estate Agents (Fast Newsletters) about 6 years ago

Linda - congratulations on your feature! I felt like I was writing an infomercial... but wait! there's more...

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Hey Melissa...

Congratulations! Hope you're getting settled in your Florida home - South Carolina's loss is Florida's big gain! Know you will do well there.

I appreciate you,

Bobby Wallace

Posted by Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way! (Vacant Land Solutions) about 6 years ago

Melissa and the good news....wait there's more...is really true!  Here's to lots more success in the rain!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 6 years ago

Melissa, it must have really been a special feeling to have the instructor post about blogging and getting Internet exposure and then you are the star of the class. Well done

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 6 years ago

Melissa, congratulations on an absolutely stellar week!! There is Gold in blogging and it's not merely a Gold star!

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 6 years ago
Bobby - Thank you! I will miss all my Charleston RE friends, but at least I'm making new ones!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Anna banana - its kind of fun doing the "and wait there's more" routine too!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Ed - its pretty fun, I gotta admit it!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago
Frank & Sharon - right you are!
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Awesome and good job!  I have had a few featured posts and concur with you.  Keep it up!

Posted by Frank Iglesias, Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor (Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments) about 6 years ago

Melissa - It looks like it's been a good week for you, and you're right being featured does give you credibility.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 6 years ago

Thank you Frank! Congrats on your featured posts too!

Christine - It has been a good week and credibilty when you are working in a new area is so important!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

Very exciting update.... I just got another email from Bruce who has referred me to another agent!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 6 years ago

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