Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker (Ward County Notary Services)

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Very rarely Bob and it depends on the subject and my level of interest.  I'm not a fan of going off to some unknown site for no good reason.

May 19, 2022 10:35 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Depends and not those things in the drug store!

May 19, 2022 08:56 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Rarely (5% of the time) unless I know & trust the author and what they are posting is of interest. Many times people don't have their link open in a new window and I hate being taken off Active Rain to read the rest. If you're going to link, have the courtesy of it opening in a new window.

May 19, 2022 08:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It depends on the content of the post.  I used to link back to my WordPress site - read the full story.  I no longer do that. I never intended anyone from AR to click the link ... it would be for other readers if any. 

May 19, 2022 08:00 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I lean toward NO and if not that, I pause assessing the risk. Not user friendly

May 19, 2022 09:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If the opening of the topic is of value, I likely will.  It's a tactic I use elsewhere to drive traffic to my website with listings.

May 19, 2022 08:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It depends on the content of the post and my level of interest.

May 19, 2022 08:40 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

As usual, it depends. 

If someone posts an article that they found interesting, I'd say I read it about half the time.  If it is something that piques my interest, I'll read it.

Sometimes, the link is for tangential information.  For example, if someone is posting an article an article about VA loans and there is a link to the VA.  If I needed the extra information, I'd click it.  But if I didn't need that extra information, I wouldn't.

May 19, 2022 07:00 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If I am drawn in by an interesting post that will be expanded upon by viewing an other article to which it is linked, I may click. I can easily leave the subsequent post is I am not compelled to read it all.

May 19, 2022 04:08 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I will follow them if I am interested in the full article.  It would be nice to have the whole article on AR, but I understand the strategy. 

May 19, 2022 03:21 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


May 19, 2022 10:51 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Depends what it is - I will say that AR used to have a ton more SEO juice than it does today, so it makes sense people would direct traffic to an outside blog/site/platform.  To each their own on this one...

May 19, 2022 09:56 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Mostly .... I trust most people here to offer up a good story that would give me updates. I don't consider it spam but if it goes to their site or post, I report it.

May 19, 2022 07:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not usually click on links unless I have confidence in them.

May 19, 2022 02:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Hardly ever. I have a specific amount of time I can spend reading posts, and I don't want to go to another page and have to read (again) the introductory part and find where I was reading. If it's so incredibly interesting that I really want to know the rest of the story, I'll click. But it's extremely rare.

May 20, 2022 04:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It depends.  Linking within blog posts is one of many strategies for SEO.  Charra Hammett at YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team explains this in detail in her blog posts.

If someone puts up a post with just "click here"... I don't click on that.

May 20, 2022 04:12 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

If I trust the person posting the link I might click on it.

May 19, 2022 04:08 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Very rarely! And when I do, it is a post from someone I regularly follow! 

May 20, 2022 04:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I always feel a bit cheated when they try to force me to another site to finish the story.

May 19, 2022 11:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sometimes... it depends on whose post it is and how interested I am in the subject.

May 20, 2022 04:53 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Not very often. I sometimes included links in my localism posts to provide details that are too much to post in a blog. Or if it's something with copyright issues (link to a news article) I post the link instead. 

There is one member whose blogs I used to enjoy reading but some time ago that person started posting only the first 50 words (enough to get points for a blog). Then they had a link that took you to the blog on their website...I no longer read that person's posts. Sad what people will do for attention.


May 21, 2022 12:10 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I usually don't click on links either, unless I know the blogger well.

May 20, 2022 07:44 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Sometimes. It depends on who posted the link and what it says.

May 22, 2022 07:04 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Sometimes.  But rarely.

May 21, 2022 08:43 AM
Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Brix Realty - Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

no,  just dont have the time or desire

May 20, 2022 06:27 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

     All your media posts round robin each other and the whole idea is to share something worthwhile for information today. So sure do... the blog post on building on a Maine lake for example. It will cover a specific topic under that heading "shoreland zoning".

     Like say docks, wharfs and do's and don'ts with a link to "soil tests, septic systems on shoreland zoning". Or "lake property retainer walls", what's allowed today, when is a waterfront owner "grandfathered in".

     Provide information and like a buffet information silo, always having links to drill down into whatever topic that expands with each and every link. That makes every blog post worth the time to read, to watch the embedded video and take away valuable information Bob "RealMan" Timm .

     It's not "click here" and the word hyper ready to whisk you away... just highlight the word or words you want to emphasize. To let your reader know there is more here, here and here to tap into even more information if they want and have time. No pressure, just available addition information to expand the original blog post's purpose. Always up to them whether they tap and sit back to glean more or not.

May 20, 2022 04:24 AM