Scott Neasham, REALTOR & Home Listing Specialist in Newton, IA (RE/MAX Concepts)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If you're using a RE/MAX template it's not a "real" website... pretty much a page on the RE/MAX site. I'd then stick with Active Rain. Otherwise, you need your own website and/or blog to which to post and then copy to Active Rain.

Dec 26, 2018 08:47 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Your RE/MAX templated site is not going to help you at all. You need to have a real website that you own and that has good SEO on it. I recommend getting your own exact match domain, host the domain on a hosting company site like Bluehost, then install on your site, then build out your site with a blog and the rest of the pages Google expects. 

And ActiveRain is used for a backlink, so we post to our website first, then we link to that content from ActiveRain. You can also post on AR first and then link back to your website too. That is a very good technique now with all the algorigthm shifts. 

If you want to rank high on SERP - you must build out your own website with long form content, lots of good semantical keywords off of your main keyword phrase, lots of backlinks - it takes time, effort, and work. 

Dec 26, 2018 09:34 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you should have your own wordpress site....owned by YOU not re/max.... 

post to that one first, and then to ActiveRain after you've posted to your own...

Dec 26, 2018 08:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Scott, We've been with RE/MAX since 2002/2004.  The last thing you want is for your content to be on a site that you have zero control over.  You decide to leave RE/MAX for any reason and all that work needs moved/recreated.  Or if your franchise sells to another brokerage, again, all your work is gone. 

We typically blog here on AR and point to our Wordpress site, but periodically run a back up and export our posts to an XML file just in case something nuclear ever happens to this community and we need to recreate the pertinent posts.  Bill

Dec 26, 2018 09:52 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Shout outs to "experts" on this topic:

 Katerina Gasset 

 Debbie Gartner 

 Peter Mark 

 Tammy Emineth 

 Anita Clark 

Dec 26, 2018 09:10 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

As others have posted, I have my own Wordpress site that I blog to first and then I post it on Active Rain.

Dec 26, 2018 08:58 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Nina Hollander and Barbara Todaro are correct.  You should have your own website that you post to first.  After it's been indexed and is on Google, then you can post to active rain, remax and any other blog platform.  Always link back to the original post with a "canonical" link <a href="your original article" rel="canonical">Blog originally posted here</a>


Make sure those sites link to your website in the profiles as well.

Dec 26, 2018 09:52 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

I usually post on both AR and my website - but I'm parked and learning from others...
Thank you Scott Neasham for your question.

Dec 26, 2018 09:37 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good question Scott Neasham . I only post to AR and then redistribute to other social media sites.

Dec 26, 2018 08:17 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Invest in yourself FIRST! 

Get your own real site and use that. Concentrate on directing all of your marketing efforts there. 

Dec 26, 2018 12:23 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Here are my thoughts on this subject. Don't be fooled by the titles:
Don't Bother To Create A Website...   
Don't Bother To Create A Blog...   

Dec 26, 2018 11:10 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I just post on AR and have my AR blog feed into my company website through an RSS feed.

Dec 26, 2018 10:27 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

You need your own site.

Dec 26, 2018 10:25 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I podt to AR, social media sites and my website

Dec 26, 2018 10:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Use ActiveRain and a blog site that you own and control.

Dec 26, 2018 09:25 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

You are on the right track, Scott. Great suggestions here from experienced AR member bloggers.

Dec 26, 2018 09:00 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

With all due respect, the blog posts you do have are too short hit and runs and before worrying about the platform you drive and post on... develop your blogging here on AR. Craft those longer, helpful posts, with related images salt and peppered in the paragraphs. And make it less remax remax remax... start to shine with longer, meatier and helpful worthwhile reads if you want to improve SERP results, lead generation. To take a larger market share bite out of the Newton Iowa real estate market.

Dec 27, 2018 04:03 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Scott Neasham  I have always found better SEO on AR then on Re/Max  but I try to blog everywhere I can . I write my blog on AR and share it on all the different sites . Do what works best for you . Re/Max is not a blog site plus if you leave you loss all your content . You can copy your info there . I have been with Re/Max for 30 years and I would not make it my main blog platform --  To be honest Active Rain is worth every penny  been here since 2008  you will learn more here  from blogging pro's   FYI   ---Just Blog - Happy New Year

Dec 26, 2018 04:50 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Your own webpage hiring SEO getting your name out there.

No matter what you do. No one can not beat, Zillow,


Dec 26, 2018 11:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nina Hollander said it perfectly.  You are more likely to get real and faster leads by coming up with a face to face program, than by ranking high in the cloud...One of our clients does not buy lead, does not write blog posts, but she markets "like she means it" to quote the very wise Barbara Todaro .  People are constantly coming up to her and validating her on her marketing, and they subsequently switch agents...A

Dec 26, 2018 10:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Follow the advice of the guru Katerina Gasset without a doubt!

Dec 27, 2018 03:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Katerina Gasset has you covered!

Dec 26, 2018 08:48 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Scott,

Wow!! Great answer your question especially from Nina Hollander and Katerina Gasset get the gist.

Dec 26, 2018 04:57 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent


Happy Holidays. 

Dec 26, 2018 04:37 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Nina Hollander has you covered with her answer.  Stick with AR until you have a site that belongs to you, then mix it up and post similar content to each.  

Dec 26, 2018 01:49 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Use to get good google juice here but not anymore


Dec 27, 2018 12:04 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

You're not getting any benefits from blogging here unless you're a RainMaker.


Dec 27, 2018 07:29 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Active Rain is better than your Re/Max website, but a personal website of your own would be best.

Dec 27, 2018 06:51 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
WordPress Real Estate - IDX, RESO Web API, CRM

So, I don't have much new advice to add to all the other comments you have received.. but.. yes, your own website... blog there, blog here, blog everywhere. Interlink. Create unique content. Read the plethora of SEO related blogs full of tips and tricks... I know I have posted a few, as well as many of these others in this thread :) 

Dec 27, 2018 06:06 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Cyberspace while invisible and has no address should be visited frequently?

Dec 26, 2018 10:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would not know about a ReMax site, as I have purchased my own.

Dec 29, 2018 07:11 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Why not both?

Dec 28, 2018 06:10 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Leverage what works for you the best you can.  If you leave that company where will your business be?  I am a fan of owning my own site. 

Dec 28, 2018 08:27 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Dec 28, 2018 06:02 AM