Connect with us

How to

Leave Comments if You Want Visitors



Leave a comment if you want visitors

A common question for any blogger is attaining readership. It’s fun to get a blog up and running and pretty exciting for a few weeks thereafter, but it can be deflating a bit if no one is reading your material. One of the surest ways to generate traffic is by visiting other blogs and leaving relevant, thoughtful and valuable comments. It seems a bit counter intuitive and perplexing when you’re just getting started but rest assured – it works.

Here is a video from ProBlogger that proves this concept. Through the use of click mapping technology you can see that as people read a post and go through the comment section they click to find out more about the person leaving the comments. It is especially true of those who leave relevant and valuable comments. It’s just natural if you really think about.

Watch the video:

So, go ahead leave a comment!

Continue Reading


  1. Chris Shouse

    June 19, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Very interesting and I will have to think about it more but I know you provided a very good post. Thank you.

  2. Vance Shutes

    June 19, 2008 at 11:14 am


    One of the first things I learned as a noob blogger was the importance of adding to the discussion, not just glomming on to links that come from commenting. While my RSS list grows every day, and so many great articles come pouring in, there are few that move me enough to be able to add to the discussion. That’s not to say that the articles aren’t worthwhile, only that I’m unable to come up with something of substance that would make my comment add anything to the discussion. Clearly, your article here moved me enough to comment, and I only hope that I can add to future discussions.

  3. Wayne Herman

    June 19, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Okay I’m venturing out here to ask questions about my new blog. Thanks for your post. I’m doing a blog for a television station and it resides on their web page. I began it just a couple months ago and comments have been sparse. Now that I feel a bit more comfortable blogging I’m going to ad one to my personal real estate business site as well. Is it okay to duplicate my content from one site to the other? I’m wondering if that confuses the search gods. Thanks for your help and any advise would be smiled upon.

  4. Christopher Zabka

    June 19, 2008 at 11:41 am

    CrazyEgg looks awesome! Thanks!

  5. Teresa Boardman

    June 19, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    A couple of thoughts, from things I have learned over the past few years. I do get comments on my blog, it gets traffic and it get me business. The people who have blogs are not always the same as the audiance I am writing for. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation between the number of comments and the business I generate. Not all comments are equal, not all traffic is equal. In a nut shell I guess I am happy that I do get comments on my blog, but do I really need them?

  6. Benn Rosales

    June 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Wayne, we’ve gone indepth on this issue in the past as others have elsewhere- duplicate content is horrible in search engines and can have some serious consequences with google.

    It is best to do trackbacks backs from one blog to the next to increase reputation in google- this is by far the most successful way to go about it. Cross linking in posts is a win win even within your own blog posts on the same site.

  7. Benn Rosales

    June 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I’m with T on this one.

  8. Bill Lublin

    June 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    @Tboard – I like comments because they make me feel validated (and I’m so lonely – if it weren’t for @boomerjack & @sarahwv in the early morning on twitter with a cuppa I don’t know what I would do) And I enjoy commenting because I’m a big mouth. The tough part is that I actually need to do some real estate stuff to pay the bills and that takes some time away from commenting.

    @shailesh I love the video clip and I think your point is well made. Now please go comment on anything at my new blog or (my older one) and comment like crazy! 😉

  9. Shailesh Ghimire

    June 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    @Tboard – I like comments because a lot of times it adds value to my own way of thinking. There have been times when I’ve posted something from one angle and someone posts from another – it just makes the post that much better because a subsequent reader gets a better experience with my post. Now as far as correlating with business – as a lender, I’ve found that I’ve been able to build stronger relationships with referral partners such as real estate agents because of comments. This has subsequently resulted in business. 🙂

    @Bill Lublin – I’ll be sure to check it out. But remember it’s relevant, thoughtful response that is good for traffic. Sometimes my ramblings don’t qualify.

  10. John Wake

    June 19, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Another benefit – David Smith at found that Google ranks posts with more comments higher than otherwise.

  11. ines

    June 19, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I’m with Teresa here. When I was blogging at AR, the concept of reciprocity was a very valid one because we were blogging for other industry people, not necessarily the consumer. Getting comments was exhilarating. Then I learned that if I wanted to make any money from blogging and not just treat it as a hobby – I had to define an audience and write for them.

    It just so happens that my audience seldom comments, but contacts me directly or even calls me and don’t have blogs.

    Commenting is an important part of the blogosphere, but should be done more for networking and being part of a whole.

  12. Jay Thompson

    June 19, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Nice post. 😉

  13. Jim Gatos

    June 20, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I’ve joined the conversation here and at other blogs. Please come visit mine when I get it up and running. The only thing holding me back is a name..LOL..


  14. Teresa Boardman

    June 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Bill – if I had known that you need my validation I would have left comments on your blog every day. you have to know that there isn’t anything in my life that is more important than being there for you. Now go away.

  15. Michael Price

    June 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I love Jay’s comment. Tongue firmly in cheek. Jay, You should have added links to all of your web sites and blogs to really round the intention of your message. 🙂

    T’s comment is without a doubt the best ever. I can just picture her looking up at Bill and saying that with a straight face, turning around and heading out of the building for effect. Can’t wait to get a dose of Teresa again next month.

  16. Stephanie Edwards-Musa

    June 20, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Comments are good, I agree it helps for networking, but like some have mentioned most of us write for the consumer. I know that 90% of what I write will not be appealing or interesting to most agents out there in the blogosphere. It doesn’t hurt my feeling that I don’t get a lot of comments.

    I like to read other bloggers posts, I subscribe to tons, but at the same time I don’t comment if I can’t add to the conversation or blog. This leaves the question, and I think @tboard mentioned it, do consumers care about having reading comments irrelevant to the post? Maybe someone should do a poll on that. 🙂

  17. Bill Lublin

    June 20, 2008 at 11:23 am

    If I had not already gone away ;-(

    I would tell you how important your validation was to me and gow fulfilled I am at this moment – Thank Goodness I went away before I said all that


  18. Teresa Boardman

    June 20, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Bill – yes that is a good thing. I know I need to work on my people skills. LOL

  19. Paula Henry

    June 21, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I admit, being born at Active Rain, I thrived on the comment – not so much anymore. I do like to hear from my friends accsionally, but think I’m going to have to get Do-Follow on my site to see that action.

    Mostly, I am just happy to have clients call – that’s where I get my money.I would like to see a poll on whether clients care about the comments – do they see it as validation of the agent?

  20. Cheron Lange

    June 23, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Wow great post….it never amazes me the advancement of technology. We’ve been blogging for about 6-7 months and ActiveRain has been a plus for referral / relocations. We comment within Inman news and are slowly spreading out. We’re linking our blog…… so we can receive traffic. slowly but surely this will all come together, our mentors do say we are doing everything right. And I have to say we are receiving traffic…but as my husband says, “I want more!”

  21. Steph Fax

    September 18, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Hi, been reading the article and posts, pretty interesting, I have had trouble getting people to leave comments on my fishing blog even though it has over 80 visitors per day. Your marketing tips will be implimented, many thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Disputing a property’s value in a short sale: turn a no into a go

During a short sale, there may be various obstacles, with misaligned property values ranking near the top, but it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker!



magic eight ball

magic eight ball

It’s about getting your way

Were you on the debate team in high school? Were you really effective at convincing your parent or guardian to let you do things that you shouldn’t have been doing? How are your objection-handling skills? Can you flip a no into a go?

When working on short sales, there is one aspect of the process that may require those excellent negotiation or debate skills: disputing the property value. In a short sale, the short sale lender sends an appraiser or broker to the property and this individual conducts a Broker Price Opinion or an appraisal, using special forms provided by the short sale lender.

After this individual completes the Broker Price Opinion or the appraisal, he or she will return it to the short sale lender. Shortly thereafter, the short sale lender will be ready to talk about the purchase price. Will the lender accept the offer on the table or is the lender looking for more? If the lender is seeking an offer for a lot more than the one on the table, mentally prepare for the fact that you will need to conduct a value dispute.

Value Dispute Process

While each of the different short sale lenders (including Fannie Mae) has their own policies and procedures for value dispute, all these procedures have some things in common. Follow the steps below in order to conduct an effective value dispute.

  1. Inquire about forms. Ask your short sale lender if there are specific forms that you need to complete in order to conduct a value dispute. Obtain those forms if necessary.
  2. Gather information. Your goal is to convince the lender to accept the buyer’s offer, so you need to demonstrate that your offer is in line with the value of the property. Collect data that proves this point, such as reports from the MLS, Trulia, Zillow, or your local title company.
  3. Take photos. If there are parts of the property that are substandard and possibly were not revealed to the lender by the individual conducting the BPO, take photos of those items. Perhaps the kitchen has no flooring, or there is a 40-year old roof. Take photos to demonstrate these defects.
  4. Obtain bids. For any defects on the property, obtain a minimum of two bids from licensed contractors. For example, obtain two bids from roofers or structural engineers if necessary
  5. Write a report. Think back to high school English class if necessary. Write a short essay that references your information, photos, and bids, and explains how these items support your buyer’s value. This is not something that you whip up in five minutes. Spend time preparing a compelling appeal.

It is entirely possible that some lenders will not be particularly open-minded when it comes to valuation dispute. However, more times than not, an effective value dispute leads to short sale approval.

Continue Reading


Short sale standoffs: how to avoid getting hit

The short sale process can feel a lot like a wild west standoff, but there are ways to come out victorious, so let’s talk about those methods:



short sales standoff

short sales standoff

What is a short sale standoff?

If you are a short sale listing agent, a short sale processor, or a short sale negotiator then you probably already know about the short sale standoff. That’s when you are processing a short sale with more than one lien holder and neither will agree to the terms offered by the other. Or… better yet, each one will not move any further in the short sale process until they see the short sale approval letter from the other lien holder.

Scenario #1 – You are processing a short sale with two different mortgage-servicing companies. Bank 1 employees tell you that they will proceed with the short sale, and they will offer Bank 2 a certain amount to release their lien. You call Bank 2 and tell them the good news. Unfortunately, the folks at Bank 2 want more money. If Bank 1 and Bank 2 do not agree, then you are in a standoff.

Scenario #2 – You are processing a short sale with two different mortgage-servicing companies. Bank 1 employees tell you that they cannot generate your approval letter until you present them with the approval letter from Bank 2. Bank 2 employees tell you the exact same thing. Clearly, in this situation, you are in a standoff.

How to Avoid the Standoff

If you are in the middle of a standoff, then you are likely very frustrated. You’ve gotten pretty far in the short sale process and you are likely receiving lots of pressure from all of the parties to the transaction. And, the lenders are not helping much by creating the standoff.

Here are some ideas for how to get out of the situation:

  • Go back to the first lien holder and ask them if they are willing to give the second lien holder more money.
  • Go to the second lien holder and tell them that the first lien holder has insisted on a maximum amount and see if they will budge.
  • If no one will budge, find out why. Is this a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan? If so, they have a maximum that they allow the second. And, if you alert the second of that information, they may become more compliant.
  • Worst case: someone will have to pay the difference. Depending on the laws in your state, it could be the buyer, the seller, or the agents (yuck). No matter what, make sure that this contribution is disclosed to all parties and appears on the short sale settlement statement at closing.
  • In Scenario #2, someone’s got to give in. Try explaining to both sides where you are and see if one will agree to generate their approval letter. If not, follow the tips provided in this Agent Genius article and take your complaint to the streets.

One thing about short sales is that the problems that arise can be difficult to resolve merely because of the number of parties involved—and all from remote locations. Imagine how much easier this would be if all parties sat at the same table and broke bread? If we all sat at the same table, then we wouldn’t need armor in order to avoid the flying bullets from the short sale standoff.

Continue Reading


Short sale approval letters don’t arrive in the blink of an eye

Short sale approval letters may look like they’ve been obtained simply by experts, but it takes time and doesn’t just happen with luck.



short sales

short sale approval

Short sale approval: getting prepared, making it happen

People always ask me how it is that I obtain short sale approval letters with such ease. The truth is, that while I have more short sale processing and negotiating experience than most agents and brokers, I don’t just blink my eyes like Jeannie and make those short sale approval letters appear. I often sweat it, just like everyone else.

Despite the fact that I do not have magical powers, I do have something else on my side—education. One of the most important things than can lead to short sale success for any and all agents is education.

Experience dictates that agents that learn about the short sale process
have increased short sale closings.

Short sale education opportunities abound

There are many ways to become educated about the short sale process and make getting short sale approval letters look easy to obtain. These include:

  • Classes at your local board of Realtors®
  • Free short sale webinars and workshops
  • The short sale or foreclosure specialist designations

As the distressed property arena grows and changes, it is important to always stay abreast of policy changes that may impact how you do your job and how you process any short sale that lands on your plate.

The most important thing to do is to read, read, read. Follow short sale specialists and those who blog about short sales on AGBeat, Google+, facebook, and twitter. Set up a Google Alert for the term ‘short sale’ and you will receive Google’s top short sale picks daily in your email inbox. Visit mortgagor websites to read up on their specific policies and procedures.

Don’t take on too much

And, when you get a call from a prospective short sale seller, make sure that you don’t bit off more than you can chew. Agents in most of America right now are clamoring for listings since we are in the midst of a listing shortage. But, if you are going to take on a short sale, be sure that it is a deal that you can close. And, if you have your doubts, why not partner up with a local agent that can mentor your and assist you in getting the job done? After all, half a commission check is better than none!

Continue Reading

Our Great Partners

American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Emerging Stories

Get The American Genius
neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to get business and tech updates, breaking stories, and more!