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Illinois, Are YOU on a quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Get Recognized?

Illinois, Are YOU on a quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?  Get Recognized? 

This post is a result of two posts by my friend Richard Weisser down in Georgia.  The first post was "How do you expect to get drenched in the rain if you don't even want to get your feet wet?" dated 5/21/09 in which he offers 6 suggestions to those of us here in Active Rain.  In addition he also offers his personal guarantee "So, for those of you that want to succeed at blogging, I offer you this challenge. Before you throw in the towel, write at least one hundred quality posts before you make your value assessment. It takes that long to develop the correct skills and disciplines and also to create a body of content large enough to have a significant SEO impact on your business.  Now that is some guarantee wouldn't you say?  Richard then follows that post with another post titled "Achieving national celebrity status as a result of ActiveRain blogging becomes a reality! (of sorts)" where he talks about a recent interview with Realtor Magazine on line where he was interviewed about blogging for business.  So, IMHO, Richard is not only a celeb but one that knows where of he speaks.

With the numerous posts talking to newbie's here in Active Rain on how to be a success in their blogging venture to improve their visibility to the public I am setting out on a quest.  I am not going to suggest things to newbie's or those that are less active on AR; I am on a search for some of these folks for introduction to our AR family.  Here is my 2 step plan:

  • Go on a state by state search and post between 5 and 7 people each Saturday
  • Then you the MEMBERSHIP will be able to see and encourage them by responding to their most recent post

The end result will be, hopefully, an increase in activity with more members becoming visible.  Now there is a really BIG problem with this plan.  I will not be able, my rule, to suggest those that have not done a post or even posted their picture.  You see there won't be any secret agents, lenders, stagers, inspectors, etc. shown.  Sorry, if you want to be considered I need to see who you are, sorta like your picture on your business card.


Today I am looking at the state of Illinois, where Active Rain has a total of 4697 AR members as of this morning.  I would say that Larry Bettag Larry Bettag #1 and Dean Moss Dean Moss #2 could have some competition coming up behind them.  So, say hello to:

Guillermo ZaraquozaGuillermo Zaragoza with Major Enterprises, Inc. in Des Plaines, IL.

Guillermo introduced himself to Active Rain in April and just may need to have some encouragement to continue.  Drop in and say hello and offer a little help and encouragement.

Debra JulsonDebra Julson with Keller Williams Success Realty in Barrington, IL.

Debra introduced herself to the community in January and said that she was still preparing.  I hope that maybe we will be able to encourage her to continue and do several more posts.

Christine LuriChristine Luri with Sudler Sotheby's International Realty in Chicago, IL.

Christine has done three posts since February with her last on in April.  She may be a little disappointed in the comments that were not received or she could be busy.  Either way maybe she just needs a little bit of encouragement.  Drop by and say Hi.

Gustavo MendozaGustavo Mendoza with Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Chicago, IL.

Is there anybody here that is familiar with Cook County, IL., and their eviction process?  This may be a little late but Gustavo may still want to know how it works.  Gustavo did his first and only post in July so just drop by and say hello.

Linda SlossLinda Sloss with Keller Williams Fox Valley Realty in Batavia, IL.

Linda became a member sometime in July and did her first post earlier this month.  In it she talks about her other life which is a virtual secretary in the Chicago area.  So if you know of someone that is looking for a virtual secretary in that area have them give Linda a call.

Gemini TamondongGemini Tamondong with Bonaventures Realty Group in Skokie, IL.

Gemini wrote her first post about a month ago and was talking about short sales and having been on both the buyer side and the seller side of the negotiations.  She was asking for some assistance when working with shat appears to be a non caring listing agent, or one that may not know what they are doing.  Care to give her some suggestions?

Vladimir AudouinVladimir Audouin with Major Enterprises, Inc. in Bloomingdale, IL.

Vladimir wrote his first post in January introducing himself and his services and the areas that Major Enterprises, Inc. worked in.  Drop in on Vladimir and encourage him to make another visit, in the form of a post, to Active Rain.

Be looking for your state coming soon to a post near you.  Next I will be off to Indiana; if you know of someone celebrating a birthday in Indiana next week just email their name to me and I will acknowledge one person.

Please stop by and encourage these guys and gals and let's see if we can improve some of the participation.  Thanks for stopping in.


If you are looking for a very simple way to move up in your standings for the state that you live in, here are two small suggestions:

  1. Make one comment on someone's blog post.....Just pick one of the Featured Posts and read it then comment on what you read and
  2. Complete your profile and then if you are looking for other suggestions,
  3. Click here and here and here for more help.

Thanks to Active Brad Andersohn Brad Andersohn and Jeremy Blanton Jeremy Blanton for their contributions.  BTW, don't let these guys scare you they are really docile.

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Don Rogers is a licensed REALTOR® in Missouri.  I specialize in St. Charles County Missouri and have called O Fallon MO my home since 1993.  If you are looking to buy or sell or you are relocating to the area and would like information about the St Charles County MO area do not hesitate to give me a call at 314-954-6775 or if you would prefer to send me an email.


Comment balloon 16 commentsDon Rogers • August 16 2009 07:50PM
Illinois, Are YOU on a quest to find the pot of gold at the end of…
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