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My AR blog made it to 64 countries! Thank you!

Just when I thought things could not get any better I just keep getting one surprise after another.

Thanks to some very special friends like Chris Elizabeth Griffith and Karen George I completely revamped my Active Rain profile and restructured my blogs last summer and the result was amazing to say the least, resulting in several leads that converted into sales.

Early last November RE/MAX International contacted me regarding my blog "If I had known then what I know now" and asked permission to reprint the blog and a story about me in the December, 2007 edition of the "RE/MAX Times".

I agreed and the story was printed in December as scheduled and I was informed the story was distributed in 64 countries! 

Ever since the story was published I have been receiving phone calls, post cards and emails from Active Rain members from across the U.S. and they are still coming in. I have also received one new referral since the article was published and promised another referral.  This is in addition all the other referrals I have received and that are pending since I joined AR.

This blows me away since I will be celebrating my 1st anniversary being an Active Rain member this March, 2008.

The amazing part is that in March of 2007 I had no idea that blogging was for adults and no idea what to blog about.  I fumbled around for weeks like a ship with no sail.  Thank God for Chris Elizabeth and Karen George and many others that reached out a helping hand. 

I am eternally grateful to Active Rain and all those I call "Friends".

 

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 61 commentsGeorge Tallabas • January 26 2008 09:28PM

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I have found I get a lot more hits on my Key West blog since Joining Active Rain.  My Google rank has also gone way up too.
Posted by Gary McAdams (GMAC Schwartz Property Sales) about 11 years ago
I read the write up in the REMAX Times.  It made me revisit how I blog.  Thanks to you.
Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) about 11 years ago

George, That is exciting news.  I think I will go revisit that blog... Congrats!

Ginger 

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 11 years ago
Congrats on your good fortune on AR and the results of it.
Posted by Matthew Zgonc, Realtor, CFS, CVS (Aksland Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Gary - Good for you

Adam - Thanks and good luck to you

Ginger - Thank you so much

Matthew - I appreciate your good wishes and wish you well

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Wow, George, if that's not an AR success story I don't know what is!  I'm thrilled for you.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 11 years ago
Carole - Thank you so much.  I am still in awe and so very grateful.  Have a great weekend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Congratulations again George it is much deserved. You're a wonderful example of someone who "pays it forward". I hope the new year brings you much more great surprises :-)

Colleen

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) about 11 years ago
Colleen - Thank you so very much for your kind comments my friend.  If you happen to be attending the convention in Vegas this March please let me know so we can connect.  Have a great weekend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Wow George!  You have done a wonderful job in getting the word out there and making your blogs not only interesting, but educational.  You have a true knack for creating thought provoking posts that cause us all to stop and think.

Thanks for being so active in the Rain! 

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago
Carol - I don't know what more to say!  You have all just been so wonderful to me!  I wish you all my best and more!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Congrats...it is amazing how far these things get out.  I put a cluster map on mine and it tracks countries for me...its really interesting.
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 11 years ago
Great job George ! Keep up the good work !
Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 11 years ago
Wonderful job George!  You obviously are doing things right!  Keep up the good work.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) about 11 years ago

George,

Congrats!  I too have high hopes for my time here in Active Rain.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) about 11 years ago
George~Congratulations! I made a visit to that blog and as I commented, it is fantastic.  You have done a fabulous job here on ActiveRain and your words do ring true to what our reality truly is. Thank YOU!
Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) about 11 years ago

Congratulations, George and all in less than a year. WOW!!!

Posted by Jill Wente, Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene) about 11 years ago

Wow  64 countries.  That is very impressive.  I am sure A|R has alot to do with it

Don

Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 about 11 years ago
 Hi George, that is absolutely awesome news. So many of us have come such a long way because of our AR activities & connections. Isn't social networking wonderful!!!
Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) about 11 years ago
Hmmm. I wonder why this didn't come thru in my google alerts.  George, you did this all on your own and should be very proud.
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago

Cindy - Yes it is amazing to say the least

Roland - Thank you my friend

Roberta - Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Dan - I wish you much success!

Julie - I really appreciate your kind remarks

Jill - Thanks, it just blows me away!

Donald - Yes, AR has much to do with it and all my friends

Marti - It is mind boggling my friend

Chris Elizabeth - You were the first person to answer my questions and guide me the direction I needed to go with patience and kindness.  I will be eternally grateful to you friend. 

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, I can tell you that I have learned a staggering amount of information on Active Rain, myself.  I've also met alot of great people, like yourself.  Keep up the good work!
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago

Chris Elizabeth - I hold you in high esteem my friend. You spent a long time with me on the phone helping me to understand linking, photo naming and much, much more. You didn't have to do that and you did. I don't know how to thank you enough my friend.  I wish you many, many blessings.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Good for you George!  You deserve it - you have such a positive attitude about your business, our business and the world in general that I look at you as a role model.... so congratulations!  Now, I think I'm going to take a look at that ReMax article....
Posted by Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions (Environmental Visions) about 11 years ago
That is absolutely fantastic.  I am relatively new myself and trying to find my way.  I can already see the benefits of blogging even though a few months ago i did not think it was for adults either.  very encouraging post!
Posted by Janet and Samuel Marcus, Licensed Associate Brokers (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 11 years ago

Eva - I am going to save and frame your comment....thank you!

Samuel - Welcome and have a wonderful and blessed journey my friend!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, I thought you had been on AR since Day 1.  I didn't realize you began blogging on here after me.   You have a wonderful ability to connect with others through this medium.  I will go through your past blogs and try to figure out what you did differently, but you made an impression on me from the very first month you began posting.  Congratulations on your blogging accomplishments!
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Gail - You are all making me blush!  Thank you!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
This is absoultely a great way to start the new year and to demonstrate the power of blogging!  Good for you George.  This story is truly inspirational and I have a lot of work to do.  Congratulations.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 11 years ago

George,

I had been reading your blog for 8 months now and my broker recently brought you article up to me that was in the RE/MAX paper. I am glad to see AR has been so good for you.

Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) about 11 years ago

Joan - Thank you my friend.  I hope all is well in your world.

Tina - Thank you and please pass along my thanks to your Broker as well.  Have a great week ahead.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Congratulations, George - I am so excited for you . . .and I know you must be excited, too.  It's so much fun being a part of AR and sharing knowledge with so many people like you.  Thanks for sharing.  Have a great week!
Posted by Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes (Keller Williams) about 11 years ago
Meg - Thanks a million and I hope you have a wonderful 2008!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George,

When I first joined in October 07 I could tell activerain was going to be different than anything I have encountered in my long real estate career(got in in 92). Congratulations on success with your activerain career!  

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 11 years ago
Mike - I appreciate your comment and I hope you have a wonderful 2008 filled with my joy and success.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Hi George..I joined last year to i think in February, and I wondered what to do as well. I know you were one of the early people that I communicated with on AR...thanks. I loved your story about the lady in Seattle who just gave out business cards, I tell that story here often. I read the Re/Max Times and was pleased to see they had an article about AR and you, I thought Wow..George has made big time. And so you should you have been a great and steady contributor here in the rain...WELL DONE GEORGE !

Cheers,, HAVE A GREAT YEAR IN REAL ESTATE AND IN THE RAIN IN 2008!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Way to go my friend!  I am so happy for you.  Great things happen to great people.  :)

You have taught me so many wonderful things about blogging and AR.  I have to admit I haven't done them all (yet) but I appreciate how much you have taught me and shared.  You deserve all you receive.

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 11 years ago
Fred - Thanks so much my friend.  I hope you have an awesome 2008!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Janice - I hope all is well in your world my friend and "Thank You" for the wonderful compliment.  I am here for you if you ever need any help at all.  Have a wonderful and blessed 2008!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George,

I am a fellow RE/MAX agent from New Orleans and your blog is one of the few that I keep track of. Congrats and keep it up! 

Posted by Darryl Glade, New Orleans Real Estate (RE/MAX N.O. Properties) about 11 years ago
Darryl - Thank you and I appreciate your support.  Have a great year!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
I saw you in the RE/MAX Times...great job!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago
Diane - THANK YOU!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George - You already got my email of congrats but I guess I will say it again - GREAT WORK my friend!!
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 11 years ago
Bill - Thank you so very much.  I reall appreciate your support. Have a great week and an awesome year!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Hi George: Congratulations....what an awesome accomplishment.  It is no surprise to me that somene who is so helpful to others both here on AR and in their daily lives will have such succes.  You deserve it and thanks for the times you have reached out to help me.
Posted by Diana Corcoran, Rhinebeck Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties) about 11 years ago
Diana - Thank you so very much.  I am in awe of everyone that has reached out to me as well.  I hope you have a wonderful and blessed year my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George

I just love it when nice things happen to great guys!   Keep up the momentum and all the best to you! Good Job!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) about 11 years ago
Allison - Thank you so much my friend!  I hope you are doing well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Nice job George!  You rock!
Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) about 11 years ago
Don - Thank you so much my dear friend
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, it is great to see you get the recognition you so deserve!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago
Diane - Thank you so very much.  This has all just blown me away.  I am truly blessed and humbled.  I hope all is well in your world.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
You are famous! :)
Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) about 11 years ago
Kelly - Thank You my friend...it is so good to hear from you!  If you make it to the convention in Las Vegas next monthy, please look me up.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George...You know what I think of your posts.  I read as many as I can get to and welcome your comments.  You mentioned two fellow Rainers, both of whom I subscribe to and enjoy.  I am going to look at your profile and theirs and see what I can learn to improve mine.  Same is true for the posts.  I would really like to do a better in both areas.

You know how proud we all are of you.

Congratulations again,

Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 11 years ago
Kathleen - Thank you so very much.  If I can ever do anything to help you please let me know.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Wow.  That is great George!!!  Congrats on you upcoming 1 year anniversary here on AR.  I'm not sure if I read that post you are talking about in this blog, but I will. 
Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) about 11 years ago
Patricia - Thank you so very much and I hope all is well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George- Just stopping by to say hello. Congrats on your 1 yr anniversary. I've been so busy with work and life I haven't been able to play in the Rain much. I'm so glad to hear you are doing so well my friend. Enjoy your success - you have earned it!
Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) about 11 years ago
Debbie - Thank you so much my frriend and I hope you are off to a great start in 2008!  God bless!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

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