SWDesertHomes in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail & More!: 6 Year Anniversary on Active Rain Just Blew By

6 Year Anniversary on Active Rain Just Blew By

The phone is always ringing.

Wow, I was looking back at my history today and way back on June 7, 2010, I placed my first personally-written blog post, advertising my own townhome for sale.

How time flies!  I did a quick average of how many times I blogged a month, spread over the years, and got 15 1/2 blogs.  So, averaging a little over 3 blog postings a week.  I've had ups and downs, but in looking at my lead history,  I always know that for me -- I simply MUST keep the blogging alive

When I look at 2016 right now, almost 30% of my business has come through from Google.  Favorite word according to my personal poll right now?  Horse.  Why?  Because every time someone calls me, I ask, "How did you find me?"  SEVERAL in the past 9 months have called because they were looking for horse properties for sale in Marana and my name came up.

Why?  Is it the marketing on two different address-specific websites?  Is it SWDesertHomes.com?  Is it Cara.LongRealty.com? Is it my Facebook?  Is it Twitter?  Google Plus?  Is it any of the dozens of things I do online to keep the word out there?  

Here's what I think.  I talk to folks often about the power of blogging - IF it is their personality to do so.  It can be photos, it can be text, it can be listings....but is it your personality to consistently blog and reach out to others through ActiveRain.com?  I say ActiveRain.com because I personally know the Google Power contained within this network brings the public to my entire online algorithm.  Or spokes of a wheel as I like to call it.  The center of all my online activity begins within ActiveRain.

30% of my business.  If your yearly goal was an income of $100,000 -- wouldn't you like 30% to come in just by sharing through ActiveRain?  

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 swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Comment balloon 23 commentsCara Marcelle Mancuso • June 08 2016 03:14PM


Happy Anniversary, Cara!


    30% of business from the Internet is outstanding!

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Google loves ActiveRain so this is a great place to be. Congrats on your much deserved success!!

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 3 years ago

Happy Anniversary Cara! I absolutely agree that the power of our posts can bring $$ to our bank accounts and Google loves our original content posts! Thanks for sharing your story with us and encouraging many who are just beginning their blogging journey!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (HomeSmart Professionals) almost 3 years ago

Congrats on the 6 yr anniversary.  Mine is coming up beginning of July.  I didn't realize we started so close to each other.  And, yes, abt 1/3 of my biz comes from my blog, too.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 3 years ago

Anniversary or benchmark, I began in 2009. Had more time before then. Keep on truckin.

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) almost 3 years ago

Congratulations. Time does fly when one is having fun. AR blogging is fun...isn't it? 

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) almost 3 years ago

Excellent blog and congratulations.

When I scroll down your blog I thought the photo shows" 6 Long Realty" initially.

That is a lot of consistent blog over time.


Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 3 years ago

Here it is for you. Happy anniversary Cara.

Best wishes.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 3 years ago

Cara Marcelle Mancuso -  wow! 30% of your business from just one platform.

And yes, congratulations on 6 year anniversary...

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 3 years ago

Happy Anniv. I'm almost there too! In Oct. 

Posted by Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Cara.  Congrats on the feature and the anniversary.  So have you seen any horses lately?

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 3 years ago

Those are great results from your blogging efforts! Congratulations on your six years on AR!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 3 years ago

Cara, Congrats on the 6 years!  It's amazing how year after year can go by in the Rain once we get into a routine and make it part of our marketing and part of our lives.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 3 years ago

Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for sharing your statistics

Posted by Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Hood morning Cara Marcelle Mancuso ,

Congratulations on 6 years in Active Rain! I appreciate reading about your statistics..go get'em gal!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 3 years ago

Impressive results from your consistent blogging, Cara Marcelle Mancuso! Congratulations on your first 6 years and Best Wishes for many more successful years!


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) almost 3 years ago

Cara and her caring ways just breezes through time with ease. I enjoy you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 3 years ago

Hi Cara- that is quite the achievement. Congratulations! It isn't easy to find your voice for blogging but once you do it becomes a part of you! 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

Hi Cara... so glad to hear your internet marketing/blogging strategy is working out so well for you. Congratulations on your anniversary.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 3 years ago

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging and reaping the rewards! Way to go!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Congrats on the 6 year mark. I am sure you have many more years in the Rain. Keep blogging out there. Thanks for the great information that you continue to provide to the public and to this community.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Thank you for all of the kind words.  It's definitely become a lifestyle - blogging.  :)  Much success and enjoyment to you all.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) almost 3 years ago

Good evening Cara,

Congrats on your six years!  And thank you for sharing another ActiveRain success story. 

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) almost 3 years ago