Is ActiveRain truly a Crap-A-Rama?

Stoopid is what stoopid does!!!Hi folks. I haven't written a post about ActiveRain in a long time so thought I would do it today.

I don't know how many of you guys venture out into Blogdumb, but if you do, you'll notice that a lot of Bloggers seem to have a problem with ActiveRain.

During the almost 2 years that I have been blogging here, we have been called, by the "upper echelon Bloggers" sheep, lazy, stoopid, inept, point mongers and a myriad of other less than flattering names.

Of course, this is nothing new, it's been going on pretty much since ActiveRain came into existence about 2 years ago.

I wonder why that is? I've been trying to get my head around it but keep getting back to the same old thing, "Do I really give a crap what others think?" Nope I don't. Folks are entitled to their opinion. The reality is, writing about ActiveRain is a good way to drive traffic to your blog AND……if we are so stoopid then why waste time writing about us anyway?

Anyway, this post is about all the excellent benefits that blogging on ActiveRain can give you if you participate and use it to it's full advantage.

  • ActiveRain has awesome SEO power!! Now the outside Bloggers harp on the fact that their outside blogs can achieve the same thing. Well…of course they can. I know because I have one at that ranks higher than AR for most Poinciana searches and has a Google PR4. The key is to have both an outside blog AND an ActiveRain blog. ActiveRain is just a piece of the puzzle. Why should we have to choose?
  • ActiveRain is an awesome platform for networking with our peers. I've read quite a few outside blogs that state we spend too much time talking amongst ourselves. Well…of course we do. One of the best parts of AR is the ability to build relationships with our peers. ActiveRain members are my friends. How can that possibly be construed as being a bad thing? It can't. Unless of course you were a member that no one wanted to network with. If that's the case, then maybe you should check YOUR attitude. Not question ours.
  • ActiveRain is great for generating consumer contacts and pay checks. All I can say to this one is…that if you are not getting REAL business from participating on AR then you are doing something wrong. The consumer is here in force. How do I know? Well, I get contacts just about everyday. Some I can help and some I can't. But isn't that the same with all Internet leads?
  • ActiveRain is great for improving your Web 2 skills. Now this one really gets me. I've seen folks write about how we at ActiveRain are missing out on Web 2 and how the way we handle our business is antiquated and that we are dinosaurs. Well…OK then. ActiveRain IS Web 2. If we ARE here…then how can we possibly be missing out? We can't. This "point of view" is just flat out stoopid.

Anyway, that's my little post for today. If you need some points, and who doesn't, please feel free to tell me, "great post", "good post", "awesome post", "Way to go BB" or any of the other "stoopid" comments you want to leave. I like 'em. Have at it.

Finally, I want to thank Jonathan, Matt and the rest of the crew for giving us this awesome platform to use for free. You have truly enhanced my business and my life. THANK YOU!!!

By the way, I would be remiss if I didn't point you over to TLW's, newly staged, Crap-A-Rama Blog. That my friends is the beauty of ActiveRain. You can get your crap here…..without ever leaving. What say you?

***Graphic compliments of Danny Smith.

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