TenFor those of you who were ever in the service you know what that means. Of course, I never knew a drill sergeant who ever stopped at ten. Twenty or fifty were more the order of the day. 

Commenting on just 10 posts a day to get in your point quota? You're in good company, because I suspect that there are a lot of members in that club. There have been a number of posts on how to get your ten comments in quickly and get out. That 250 points is enticing and doesn't take a lot of work.

Somedays I comment on ten, somedays less and somedays more. It all depends on time availability and interest level.

What I don't do is say to myself, you've already commented on ten posts today, time to quit.

Why not? Because Google doesn't quit. Those Google Bots are crawling Active Rain and indexing those comments 24/7. You may not be getting any more Active Rain points for your comments, but you sure are getting Google juice.

I know it works because, like a lot of you, I have set up several Google alerts. Not only are posts indexed by Google but so are my comments on other people's posts. It all adds up.

If you're stopping at ten comments a day you could be missing out.

P.S. Oh yeah. I can still drop and do twenty. Of course it takes two days but who's counting?


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Comment balloon 39 commentsRichard Iarossi • January 28 2009 07:08AM


The points are why I comment on posts of interest.  You do make a good point about google juice.

Posted by Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate about 10 years ago

Richard, You are so right. I signed up for google alerts as well and was surprised that my comments were coming up. I can't even do one push up and the girlie ones don't count! LOL

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 10 years ago

Don't we all love that Google Juice.  I actually had no idea that my commenting on others posts keep putting my name out there.  Well, I usually comment until I run out of time, sometimes thats 5, 10 or 25. Thanks for the info Rich.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) about 10 years ago


I agree, except that I always do at least ten, but some days I will comment on thirty or more posts. And you are so right, I love to see my comments pop up in my Google alerts! So comment, comment, comment!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

Rich, I have never counted the comments I leave.  I check out all of the people that I have grown fond of, with the time I have available and leave a comment for them while I am there.  Always.  I don't count them, don't know how many I day I leave, and I don't care.  Since I've grown fond of you, I always look to see what you have to say, when I am here.  It's simple.  If google counts it, that's even better.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago



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Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Rich:

It's so easy to read and respond to at least 10 posts.

ToulaRosebrock,com -

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 10 years ago

Interesting tip... I'm going to have to check in to this 'google alert.'  I'm relatively new here and this is the first I'm hearing about it.  I must say that I have learned so much in the few short weeks since I've been a member, what a great community this is!!

-Karin :)


Richard - I haven't stopped at 10 for a long time. I will admit, early in the morning I sometimes stop at 10, but then come back and do many more later in the day. Google juice, good reason to comment, but, that hasn't been my motivation, rather, a bonus.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

Beign somewhat new at AR due to a recent internet enlightenment I am dropping and giving 10. I should be in pretty good shape come the spring when all of the google juice counts.

Posted by Larry Ulfig, Naperville/Plainfield (RE/MAX Professionals South) about 10 years ago

I never thought about it that way Richard.  I do get up in the morning, have my breakfast and usually post to at least 10 blogs, then during the day when I get a little time I will come back and post more as I see fit.  Thanks for the info...

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 10 years ago

Rich, my method is quite simple, I set aside time each morning and/or evening to read or catch up on posts - from featured to the ones I subscribe to and try to visit my subscribers (esp if they have dropped my posts.)  Like you, sometimes I have commented on 10, sometimes less, and sometimes more - it depends on the time I have and the content that is available.  I have been surprised with the amount of google alerts coming over that are simply covering my comments and you make a great point - you could be missing out by not commenting (also important to comment in way that adds value - the comments are being captured.) Great post! ~Anne Marie (btw, you're my first comment of the day :)

Posted by Anne Marie Malf, Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA (Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals) about 10 years ago

Richard, good point about getting that extra Google Juice. I've also noticed the increase in Google Alerts. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

I don't recall seeing google alerts for comments months ago, but I am getting them now. 

Posted by Kristal Perrone, Associate Broker (Hunt Real Estate- Columbus Division) about 10 years ago


A valid point. Thanks for sharing that insight and encouraging people to up their response level. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 10 years ago

It is a morning ritual....caffiene and AR...gets my heart started and brain moving....points...yeah I guess....that is a side benefit...enjoy !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 10 years ago

I have been noticing that lately. It's a little unsettling (LOL). Oh well... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I stop at 10 if no one is watching. ;-)

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 10 years ago

Mark, Nothing wrong about commenting because of the points. Just don't stop at ten because there is still a benefit.

Barb, Google alerts really let you know whats going on about you or your specific keywords.

Gail, Google is picking up the comments, and thats a good thing.

Rich, I really do try to get in the ten and most days I do more. Google picking up the comments is a motivator.

Susan, I always enjoy your comments, here and on facebook. The fact that Google is picking them up here is even better.

Toula, The benefits of commenting are enormous, from many aspects.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Karin, Certainly check into Google Alerts. Very easy to set up and they send you an email when they index your keyword. 

Mike, You're right, the Google Juice is a bonus. Commenting has its own benefits.

Larry, If you can do ten you can do fifteen. It gets easier.

Jared, I do about the same thing.

Anne Marie, The Google Juice is fantastic.

Mike, The alerts are a great way to see what's going on. You're right, they are becoming more frequent.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

I definitely comment based on interest.  Some days that several other days not so much.  I don't want to write something dumb just for the sake of commenting.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

Kristal, I'm assuming that Active Rain changed something. You're right, in the past I never saw them but they're flying in now.

Steve, If a post is worth a comment, we should comment, ten a day or not.

Sally/David, I generally do more in the morning and late at night. We all have our rituals.

C, What Google knows about us can be a little unsettling. Especially since it never completely goes away.

J. Philip, I won't tell but I do think that somebody is always watching.

Stacey Ann, Good philosoply because even the dumb comments are picked up by Google.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

I strive for 10, but if I don't make it I don't beat myself up about it and if I do more, I feel the same way about you with the google juice...

Posted by Mike Klijanowicz, Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 10 years ago

I have noticed that my comments come in my google alerts more often than most posts....which is also a little unusual when I post with the same tags that are on my comments

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida (DR Horton ) about 10 years ago

This is one of the most informative posts I read in quite awhile.  AHA!  The Lightbulb goes off in my head!  Here in Cape Coral, florida, the real estate market for waterfront homes is often dominated by European Buyers who often find us through the Internet.  So getting a little more traction with Google is VERY IMPORTANT.  Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Cape Coral Florida Golf Course and Waterfront Homes (Gulf Coast Realty Network, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the advice.  I usually do drop and give ten.  I didn't realize how much the posts mattered.

Posted by Christina Jackson (Signature Mortgage) about 10 years ago

I just recently started this blogging stuff! This was very informative!! Thanks for the advice, it is greatly appreciated!

Linden Kinkead

Posted by Linden Kinkead (Envirian of Norfolk) about 10 years ago

Rich, I do it very similar to your style :) sometimes it's less, sometimes more than 10. Depends on the time. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Now, drop and give me twenty. You can get back with me next week. :) ~Pat

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Mike, That's about my model too.

Julie, That is odd that comments are indexed and posts aren't.

Jim, To me the Google Juice is even more important than my astute comments.

Christina, The comments are important, especially of late.

Linden, No problem. Enjoy your new blogging adventure.

Rita/Brian, Almost as important as diapers, but not quite :)

Pat, Thanks for the head start for this old blogger. Were you a drill seargent in a previous life?

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Richard, I usually comment on more than ten posts when I am here.  I don't do it every day though. I just read, comment if I think I have something worthy to say.

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) about 10 years ago

Richard, you made some good points here and I tend to agree with you in terms of how Google friendly AR is.  Take care and happy blogging!

Posted by Jason Neumann, Realtor - (Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd.) about 10 years ago

Your subject line cracked me up.  My youngest son says he still hears this in his head. (Army vet) 

Loved your analogy.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) about 10 years ago

I guess it is not all about the points, there are some very good blogs to read...and why not comment if it will get you this kind of google each their own IMO..on how many comments and blogs to attend.  Shawn Davis

Posted by Shawn Davis, Homes For Sale, Genesee County, Michigan (Home Crossings, P.C.) about 10 years ago

Richard, I've noticed that I get more Google hits on comments than on posts!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Interesting! I need to check out Google juice alerts too.

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 10 years ago

It's funny... I don't comment on every post I read. I wonder if I should. If I did, I'd be commenting on like 30/day... I don't stop at 10, but sometimes a post doesn't warrant a comment... I didn't realize you got google juice for comment... intersting... still have lots to learn!! ~A:)

Posted by Alisha Harrison, Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert! (John L. Scott, Belfair) about 10 years ago

I've visited a few of those blogs that offer you a quick way to get your "Daily 10" - I find that I visit those folks that visit me first and then move on to features or topics within groups that catch my eye.  Just getting 10 quick comments in might work for some, but I like to get to know people...  Sometimes I find a string of great posts on my own and learn more about a person that way...

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 10 years ago

Who knows why Google does anything.  It's almost like some Wiccans casting their spell over the Internet.  Mathematicians conjuring up new ways to befuddle the huddled masses.  Sometimes I get Google alerts from posts and comments from weeks before. Odd.  But, hey, the points help.

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) about 10 years ago

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