Dagny Eason, Fairfield County's Real Estate Blog: September 2010

The Power of Comments and Commenting!!!!!

I love this post Larry wrote about commenting.  I have actually begun to get a lot of referrals by building relationships here on AR.    It's by commenting, referring to others in your blog, and by actually picking up the phone and getting to know other agents!  There's where the referrals really come in!   Occasionally, it's also fun to have a real live person to person get together...

Blogs, Posts and Comments, Oh My!!!!

Sure, they all go hand in hand.  I guess it's only recently that I discovered the power in commenting.  I've left just over 9000 comments since joining AR.  I've received a myriad of comments, well over 10,000 since joining as well.  So what makes comments so valuable?  Comments are more valuable to active members of active rain for a variety of reasons;

Commenting on other people's posts. 

Lots of benefits here folks. 

1)  First, you score a lot of points by doing that.  You get 25 points per comment when you comment on other people's posts.  You are only scored for the first ten, but hey, that's 250 points per day just for commenting.  This will raise your score and ultimately raise your standing in your community, county and state.

2)  Second, the more you comment the more other's see that you're an active participant in AR.  This enables other to recognize you as a player or, at least, someone who is sincere in the quest to participate fully in AR.  I've received many deals from other participants here in AR.  Those referrals would never have come unless a relationship had been created.  Commenting consistently is an appropriate way to nurture and create those relationships.

3)  By commenting on other people's post, they begin to subscribe to your blog and they begin to comment on your posts.  That's valuable, but I'll explain why later.  The big trick is to comment on the post that's being published.  There are some people who just post...."Nice Post,"  "I agree,"  "Way to go" and they've never read the post.  If you're going to fake it at least know what the post is about.  I've seen some comments that have absolutely nothing to do with the published post.

4)  My favorite??????  You get to build relationships with people as you comment on other's post.  Relationships, if nutured right, will evolve into referrals.

Comments on YOUR posts!

This is a biggee for me.  You can score up to 550 points, I believe by writing a post that people want to comment on.  In other words, the better the post, the more comments you are likely to receive.  I WANT people to comment on my posts.  I learn from others.  I engage with others.  I create relationships with others.  I end up scoring big time if I have a successful post. 

What's the sin?????  Here's the problem with a lot of blogs.  There are a couple of people within my state who just post listings.  THAT'S IT!  They copy MLS data and post ten posts within 20 minutes.  In other words, they have scored all of their posting points for the week within a short time.  BUT THAT'S IT!  They get no more points and ultimately hurt themselves.  They just throw up junk for the 200 points and then they ride on cruise control until the next week.  Ultimately, it's great to have the exposure and google juice, but what about building some relationships so that some referrals may happen down the road. 

For me, I'm so happy for the points I receive when I write a great post. That's not my motivating factor.  Sure, I may get featured and score some extra points there, but ultimately I get a lot of people who I haven't met stopping by and chiming in. 

Comments are important.  Engage with others.  Show them that you're a true professional.  Get on it.  Write posts that are meaningful.  This is a fun forum, but there is a huge business element with AR as well. 

Ultimately, build relationships.  I comment to engage.  If your post is good, I'll comment on your site, I hope.  And hopefully you'll do the same for mine.  And ultimately....I really hope that we get a relationship developing here!

Larry Bettag - Regional Vice President, Midwest Region

Illinois FHA Specialist


 Cherry Creek Mortgage Company - Saint Charles, Illinois 

               Equal Housing Logo

An Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee

Follow me on:

Mortgage Myth Busters



The most recent ranking of the nation’s high schools published by U.S. News & World Report distinguished Connecticut with 11 gold medal schools, 24 silver medal schools, and 4 bronze medal schools. Of the top 10 best high schools listed, half were in the 26th district. Weston, Ridgefield, Wilton, Joel Barlow, Darien, New Canaan, and Staples High School were recognized.


This article has been written by Dagny Eason.


Feel free to call Dagny Eason to discuss this at (203) 762-1700


  Dagny Eason | Broker 

   Direct Line: 203-762-1700 

Website: www.DagnysRealEstate.com

Email: Dagny@DagnysRealEstate.com


I am hiring agents. We offer great splits, outstanding support, marketing resources, and banana bread. 


I am always mobile, but right now I am near Lower Fairfield County, CT


"He who knows he has enough is rich."



Dagny Eason's Real Estate Blog FeedsVisit Dagny's Facebook Fan Page - Become a Fan!Active Rain Top Contributor Badge

Follow Dagny on Twitter!View Dagny Eason's Profile on Linkedin

Comment balloon 8 commentsDagny Eason • September 29 2010 11:25PM
The Power of Comments and Commenting!!!!!
I love this post Larry wrote about commenting. I have actually begun to get a lot of referrals by building relationships here on AR. It's by commenting, referring to others in your blog, and by actually picking up the phone and getting to know… more
Cash-In Refinance. Nothin' New. Nothin' Revolutionary.
Gene has an absolutely extraordinary article here on refinancing, and good reasons to do it. Thanks so much Gene! I am hoping some of my earlier clients will enjoy reading this… Cash in Refinance. Nothin' New. Nothin'… more
FHA credit scores and FHA streamline refinances - The Basics - Part 2…
Jeff writes so well about the new FHA loan rules, and is so thorough about it… You need to follow the links for a more thorough understanding of it all, but there's a lot right here. HINT - PLease read Part 1 first - the link is below… more
Are You Planting Your Seeds for Your Spring Business Now?
Are You Planting Your Seeds for Your Spring Business Now? Are you doing all you can do and being all you can be to promote your business for the spring? Is your website up-to-date, is your Facebook and Twitter active, have you started blogging… more
Prefinished Hardwood vs. Unfinished Hardwood - Which is better? Which…
This post by Debbie Gartner is a fabulous write up about hardwood floors, what to look out for, and what the expenses are… Well done, Debbie!! I'm often asked whether prefinished hardwood or unfinished hardwood is better. We install both and… more
Take your Blog to the next level - Invite Contributors
Wow! The reason to never stop taking the AR classes is right here! I had stopped for a while, and now learn from Debbie that there is another new world out there for me to learn! Last night I was reading Donne Knudsen's post on BLOG TEAMS: Are… more
Buying a Home - Celebrate Each of the Little Steps Forward!
Buying a Home - Celebrate Each of the Little Steps F orward! Are you helping your clients realize just how precious this process of buying a home is? How many countries allow home purchase How many in this country can afford home purchase … more
Should a Home Purchase be Stressful?
Should a Home Purchase be Stressful? For many folks, buying a home can be very stressful. The whole thing can be very confusing. There are so many facets to a real estate transaction and so many things that need to be perfectly timed. There… more
Do You Have a Local Favorite Dentist? I do- Dr. Maksymuik, in Wilton,…
Do You Have a Local Favorite Dentist? I do - Dr. Maksymuik, in Wilton, CT Dr. Maksymuik is a fairly new dentist in Wilton, CT. Our dentist retired, and Dr. Maks came in… He is young, has new innovative ideas, and is very… more
Do you Network for Business? I Do, All Over Fairfield County, CT
Do you Network for Business? I Do, All Over Fairfield County, CT Do you network for business Do you pass your cards out at events? Do you volunteer in your town and elsewhere, and serve on community committees? Do you coach a team for… more