How To Be A "Successful" Blogger on Active Rain

Cara Mancuso has shared great tips for newbies and good reminders for us all on what it takes to be a successful blogger. She's one to emulate!

How To Be A "Successful" Blogger on Active Rain

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Always carry an umbrella big enough to share

Not so long ago, a "newbie", or at least one that doesn't post too often, published a query regarding how to improve their blog.

They wanted to know examples of fine blogs, what was eye-catching, and overall feedback regarding what makes a good blog and how should they change theirs.

Don't be afraid of critique or spirited interaction

Wanting to help, I spent SOME time compiling an answer, leaving links to 7 of the some of my favorite successful bloggers I regularly run into here in the rain.

I went back to see others' ideas as well this morning and was surprised to see no other answers.  Several thoughts hit me at once.

Don't be afraid to ask a bigger blogger than you for help!

In answer to your query for suggestions, Mr.Ms. Newbie:

1.  Post your blog in more groups for visibility. Be a member of the Newbie Group.  Attend Rain University! Attend Rain Camp online!

2.  If you want more comments, comment on others' blogs first to establish rapport.

3.  Comment on your comments - especially those that took time to write a thoughtful reply.  Your future readers also notice whether or not you personalize your comment string with your own replies.

4. Add photos.  If you don't believe photos work, take a look at some of those that populate their blogs with amazing photography and video.  Graphics work.

5. Blog consistently.  Twice monthly isn't going to have your readers checking on a regular basis to see what else you have shared -- because you haven't!

Communication isn't just important in the workplace - it's also important online, socially, and in your personal relationships.  Interaction is a key to success.  Blog consistently, comment religiously, and set goals.  Success in the rain will come to you in buckets.

Raining Success!

If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Tierra Antigua Realty, (520)909-2988   

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Comment balloon 11 commentsLottie Kendall • October 18 2011 11:53AM


Hi, Lottie.  Thanks for the post!  You must have been reading my mind.  I'm new to blogging and often find myself biting my nails to think of something interesting to blog.  I will check back to your blog often.  :)

Posted by Maria Picardi Kenyon (Re/Max Tri County) over 7 years ago

Those are all good tips.  The worst offense a new blogger can make is only posting 1-2 articles per week.  More is better and they should go back to update them as their quality improves.  Commenting definitely helps too.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 7 years ago

I no longer consider myself a complete newbie but am always looking for tips such as these to improve.  In my case there is much room for improvement.  The topic of the post begs an answer to the question, "how do you measure the success of a blog?"

Posted by Lucien Vaillancourt, Jacksonville Florida Real Estate (Native Sun Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Maria -- nice to meet you here. Cara is a great blogger--you'll find her posts fun and full of good information. Enjoy Active Rain -- lots of learning goes on, and friendships are found.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 7 years ago

Lottie - always looking for ways to improve my blogging - I am definitely going to check out Cara's blogs for inspiration. Thanks

Posted by Linda Urbick, Selling San Ramon Valley - 925-786-5132 (RealtyOne Group) over 7 years ago

Hi Bryan - getting up the courage to blog takes time for some; others just jump right in. I try to find new members and leave comments for them--that encouraged and pleased me mightily, especially when I was feeling uncertain at first.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 7 years ago

Hi Lucien -- I personally find success on Active Rain in 3 main ways. 1) Education (especially tech stuff!); 2) SEO/new potential clients finding me; 3) friendships and referral agents. The interaction and friendships with other professionals was a delightful surprise to me.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 7 years ago

Hi Linda - Cara is a delightful person and great blogger. Our re-blog feature here is great, isn't it?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 7 years ago

Photos and graphics really break up a blog and make them more fun and interesting to read.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 7 years ago

Very good ideas about making your blogs more interesting.  Thanks for reposting this information as it can be helpful to many of us.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

Wow  Lottie - you constantly blow me away with your kind words and thoughtful gestures.  I really appreciate this re-blog and the suggest.  I wish you a wonderful enjoy-the-outdoors kind of weekend!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 7 years ago