: Off to Chase The Next Big Storm AR's V.P of Sales and Blog Trainer Signing Off.

Off to Chase The Next Big Storm AR's V.P of Sales and Blog Trainer Signing Off.


It's a brave new world a comin', and we're smack dab in the middle of it darling!  Sorry I was watching an old movie...READ THIS... WTF...Are they runnin' everybody out??


bird taking flight on the shore in ZurickIf you ask Jon Washburn he will tell you that he is “not a sales person”, but don’t let this fool you!  What began as an innocent lunch back in 2009 resulted in me leaving my successful business behind to join forces with Jon at ActiveRain. The goal was to find a sustainable revenue model for a company that was on the brink of running out of the capital.

ActiveRain was a robust community at the time with a little over 100k members but very little dependable revenue.  Jon, in my opinion, had two choices: he could clutter every page of AR with advertising, or we could start charging our new members to take advantage of the reputation (SEO) the community had built.  Thus, the Rainmaker concept was born. 

A few months later I began noticing that the agents who were upgrading to RainMaker with the hopes of increasing their online presence didn’t have the training required to make that possible. So I turned to my trusted friend Steven Graham, who within two weeks developed SEO strategies for those members of AR who needed it the most, and turned it into a two hour training class for new members.  This single class evolved into ActiveRain University, led by Steven, which currently has over 10,000 graduates.

This company was Jon’s vision and legacy. ActiveRain is now at over 200,000 members, and in January alone of this year we signed up just shy of 1,000 new paying RainMakers! We were fortunate enough to be asked to join Jon on his journey to accomplish that vision, and we hope his legacy of ActiveRain-- and now DailyTicket-- will continue to grow and thrive. 

Now that Jon’s active role in the network has ended Steven and I have decided to find a new vision.  Changing lives, both within the ActiveRain community and at the ActiveRain corporate offices, is the reason we came to ActiveRain and the reason we stayed. Jon gave us the freedom to create a unique culture here that you couldn’t find anywhere else. The community thrived, as did the employees of ActiveRain. Since the changing of hands, we have grown to miss the creativity and challenges that come with building and maintaining this type of culture.

As of today Steven Graham and I will no longer be employed by ActiveRain. The time has come for us to find a new home. We have been invited to help ePropertySites.com develop a social media and SEO blogging platform as their V.P of Sales and SEO Blog Trainer. Imagine every tool you could possibly need to succeed online in one tool box. That is ePropertySites.com, where we will both continue to do the work we love, and although we’ll miss being part of what goes on behind the scenes at ActiveRain, we’re excited to embark on this new adventure.

if you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at:





Comment balloon 9 commentsLaura Giannotta • May 20 2011 09:05PM


Laura, thanks for reblogging. I read Niki's PC blog post, and a hole thread of comments, whhich, in my opinion, chose to happily miss the point.


Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

All I can say Jon, is WTF??


Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 7 years ago

Laura, I just hope the parade doesn't continue until there's nobody left.  Every since Market Leader stuck their foot into this... people have been leaving... one after another.  Now these two folks, Doug and Steve, hit those swinging doors.  It doesn't sound good.

And... I am sure that you're not the only would to come out with her very own WTF.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

I hate this trend with guys leaving!! it is becoming scary huh?

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

I appreciate you reblogging our post Laura, it is a Brave new world. 

Posted by Douglas Ching over 7 years ago

Mary ~ Change = Fear and it is ever changing here on A&R.  I hope Bob don't leave now. 

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 7 years ago

You grow where you are planted and sometimes transplanting is the best thing you can do.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

I have been reading all the re-blogs on this to make sure I catch all the comments.  It is interesting to read peoples positions.  Here is my response to the announcement:  

Like they said in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Goodbye, so long, and thanks for all the fish"!  It give me the idea for my blog for today:   http://actvra.in/bfK

Posted by Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info) over 7 years ago

Thanks for re-blogging this post.  I had no idea Steven left AR.  He was very helpful at our Raincamp in Atlantic City and I took many of his blogging classes at AR University.

Posted by Scott Silverstone, www.CTProperty.com, Connecticut Luxury & Waterfront Realty (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago