There are lots of social networking sites on the web these days, but for real estate agents - and real estate consumers - ActiveRain is the place to be.
Launching in June 2006, ActiveRain billed itself as the real estate industry's first social networking web site - and a great resource for real estate professionals. 20 months later and this has proved to be true - ActiveRain boasts over 67,000 members and is growing every day.
Members receive an AR profile - here's the RealAgentBlogs page.
And they also get a free blog within the AR site - here's the RealAgentBlogs ActiveRain blog.
Using the site has many benefits - as the name suggests, it's an extremely active community, and a great deal can be learned by reading the articles and about the experiences of other agents and industry professionals. Members can receive points based on contributions - more comments and posts, more points, higher geographic ranking. And that helps you get noticed by consumers.
Because it's not just agents on ActiveRain. At any given time, 80 - 90% + of the site visitors are not logged in as members.
It's a good assumption that members would probably be logged in when visiting AR (to check messages, stats, comments etc.), so those not logged in are probably consumers doing research, searching for an agent, or looking at listings on ActiveRain Localism.
Any of those reasons are good enough to join - so stop by and start the Rain!