Is VIP status worth the effort?

Asked by Kyle Swanson, Rochester, MN Tue Jul 20, 2010

I realize it is going to take many hours to achieve the VIP status for Trulia. Is the juice worth the squeeze? Has anyone received high traffic from Trulia.com?

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Cameron Piper, Agent, Forest Lake, MN
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Kyle,

If you are looking at Trulia from a ROI type mentality then there are much better things that you could be doing to procure business. VIP status as it were isn't really that hard to obtain and maintaining it really only requires you to answer a few questions a week which doesn't take that much time. However, I would encourage you not to think about Trulia as a place to obtain business, but rather a place to help people. We possess a very specialized knowledge and this is a forum to give back to the communities in which we work.

Cameron Piper
Web Reference:  http://www.campiper.com
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Leasing To O…, , Dallas, TX
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Hey there Dunes....

I agree with just about everything you said. If I wanted to get my "Super VIP" status, I'm sure I could answer a bunch of different questions on a myriad of topics to try to impress people. I, personally, would rather post, as you stated very well....honest replies and being helpful to the public who ask questions or have concerns......specifically on Lease Purchase/Rent to Own topics. By the limited amount of overall questions pertaining to this type of transaction, it doesn't allow me to chime in every 4 hours. Will this help with my "google stats" or Web Traffic and do I even care....Not particularly. If I can help one person per month with some information.....then that's quite alright with me. I don't need a VIP scratch-n-sniff sticker right next to my picture.

During a seminar that I was taking, the moderator singled me out in front of the whole room and pointed to the fact that I didn't spout off my opinion or constantly ask questions during the seminar.....BUT when I did, it was a very poignant question or my opinion/observation was extremely relevant and thought provoking to the topic at hand. She told the rest of the attendees that they should take note of this and that's why "people like Darin become are respected and successful." She said that while I don't say a lot....when I do open my mouth, it's usually going to be something worthwhile. It was one of the best compliments I think I've ever received or could receive.

For those who are constantly WORKING to keep their VIP status by chiming in with trite comments or the typical "you should contact your local Real Estate Agent...they can help you" comment without any other follow up details, then, in my opinion, you're doing a disservice (just as Mr. Lenny Frolov said) to the public who comes onto Trulia for help or guidance.

But hey.....that's just me, that's the way I operate, that's just the way I think. To each their own.

Darin
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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Tue Jul 20, 2010
LOL

It's just Badges & Points to keep the Bloggers happy since the Point system is skewed Dramatically to favor them (Active Rain Syndrome) and a Candy in the window approach to drive the Sites Traffic numbers up by encouraging Post a lots...

Do ya really think Consumers are so Stupid these meaningless Badges from a RE Site that pushes itself as a Lead Generator for Agents would matter to them? Please do not make the mistake of insulting the intelligence of the Public...Leave that to Trulia

Kyle I think ya might be interested in Reading this Trulia Blog from the last "VIP Point Update", it may inform you a bit about how much Trulia really cares about Non-Bloggers or arbitrarily just taking your Points away whenever they feel like it..http://www.trulia.com/blog/discovertrulia/2010/04/vip_score_…

You can also search VIP points in the Advice Search and find many discussions about the (Value lol) of the VIP Program/Badges...

It's a Bogus Point Program to Benefit Trulia by attracting new Agents with Candy and to drive up Site Traffic ...If you like Badges or think potential clients are impressed by Badges then by all means get one but if you are interested in Rewards that have some kind of real meaning....This ain't one of them

If people receive Traffic (By which I'm guessing you leads like Trulia tells Agents they'll get..7,000,000 Consumers, buy PRO double your leads ROTFLOL) I'm not thinkin it's because of the Stupid Badges

POSTING HONEST REPLIES ... BEING HELPFUL TO THE PUBLIC WHO ASK QUESTIONS OR HAVE CONCERNS..,That may get ya some "Traffic" IMHO but if ya just want Points or Badges then Post SPAM Blogs cause that's where the VIP Points are.

My question to Brad would be what do ya really think is providing you with Web Traffic...Your Answers/Contributions or the Badge?
I've seen ya around, my opinion would be your Contributions and IMO you'd get the Same Traffic without a Badge. Do ya think that's an inaccurate observation/opinion?

Dunes
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Lenny Frolov, Agent, Brooklyn Park, MN
Tue Jul 20, 2010
If you can provide good answers while achieving VIP status then its worth it because it will showcase your knowledge, however I see a lot of people with VIP status answering questions quickly without much contribution just to maintain their stats. That too me is a disservice.
Web Reference:  http://www.lennyfrolov.com
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Wed Jul 21, 2010
Trulia just deactivated Dunes account. He was a vip3 (who was downgraded to a vip2 during the great vip point heist) who contributed a lot here. He tried to make the site better.

No, it is not worth the effort. Your efforts here are very unlikely to be appreciated or rewarded by trulia or its employees. Show something trulia does not like and you also risk losing your membership in the trulia club. Sad isn't it.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Tue Jul 20, 2010
I love that - is the "juice worth the squeeze:? Cute!

My opinion is- if you're going to squeeze the lemon - make lemonade! (yea, I'm pretty cute, too, aren't I?) :)

Well, what I really mean is - answer questions because you enjoy it - that's why I am here. I really like sharing my thoughts, and if I seem to help someone along the way - that's great.

I also learn a lot here, and I have become really aware of how business is conducted all over the country - it really expands my understanding of real estate, so that helps me grow as a professional. I love the banter and the exchange of ideas.

I blog when I have something to say about a particular subject - and I use those blogs when i want to reference aspects of the business - the blogs are tools for me to use in my business.

I do NONE of this for points - I could care less..........It's 1:53AM, and while watching tv (I am a night owl) I sit here perusing the site - seeing where I can jump in , or just reading what others have said.

I have made some contacts from trulia - but I am sure I'd get them even without a vip "badge", as they are usually a result of asnwers I have posted.

So Kyle, to answer your question - in my opinion, the VIP status is not worth the effort if high traffic is all you are looking for.......if you're .looking to help others and learn along the way - then its worth every minute you spend here!

Good luck and welcome to trulia!
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Wed Jul 21, 2010
pacita - It seems as those the filter can be rather finnicky when it comes to allowing a response to be posted,

I once tried over and over again, but it kept telling me my post wasn't valid
turns out, I used too many dots ...................... and I discovered the system reads those dots as a word - a word with too many characters (there are character limitations for words)! Once I deleted a few "dots" - the response posted!

lots of little quirks here - my answer box is still jumpy when i type more than can fit in the initial box, but I just accept this as an ongoing, annoying, but unfixable glitch with trulia.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Wed Jul 21, 2010
Checked that thread....looks like the post was hijacked. And in sympathy with Dunes, everyone gave each other a thumbs up.

Hope Dunes gets his identity back soon.

On another note, I Trulia has, or maybe had a glitch in the system. I was trying to provide an answer with the name of a listing agent that the poster could contact. But it wouldn't let me post because it had a profanity in it. Turns out it has the 4-letter word S__T. And yes, it's in a common Japanese name like Matsushita.

Go figure.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Wed Jul 21, 2010
Pacita, apparently Dunes offended Trulia, which has the power to delete anything or anyone it cares to.
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Wed Jul 21, 2010
Pacita, look at the thread below.

TRULIA, WHY WAS DUNES ACCOUNT FROZEN??
http://www.trulia.com/voices/General_Area/TRULIA_WHY_WAS_DUN…


Look at the thread below. It was asked by dunes. You can see his account is frozen. He is now "voices member" <account frozen.>

What Happened to the "CNN Money partnership to feature Trulia as sole search website" Blog posted by Trulia under "Using Trulia"?
http://www.trulia.com/voices/Using_Trulia/What_Happened_to_t…
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Wed Jul 21, 2010
Dan --- is that true? Why?
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Wed Jul 21, 2010
If I was a completely uneducated buyer (not one with a vip3 badge) I would probably see the <pro> designation as more important. After all, if this realtor is a pro those without that must be an amateur right? (wrong, pro means you paid to be here)

Seeing a vip badge requires me to look to find out what it means. When I look it simply means someone posted a lot. It does not seem to show quality or professionalism.

Perhaps the best answer is simpler. Yes, I would probably use some of those who have the vip designation over those who do not. IT IS NOT ABOUT THE VIP BADGE! It is because those who post a lot GET the vip badges. When they post a lot I would be able to see how they think, see situations, and understand the basic real estate concepts. By posting a lot over time those people allow we buyers to build up an overall image of them as a professional.

Mostly it is about seeing those who post a lot of very useful replies. If you do that and happen to get a vip badge see that badge as a bonus. It should not be a goal in and of itself.

I have seen some with vip badges post utter and complete nonsense or completely useless replies. Yet they post those useless replies often enough to get a vip badge. Those I would not use.

The badge is a useless pretty piece of jewelry. It may look nice but it really adds nothing to the picture.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Tue Jul 20, 2010
Ditto Debbie Rose's answers.

Participating on Trulia Q&A has been extremely helpful as well as entertaining (and from time to time, I also get my shackles up).

Many lessons learned ....how one writes can be perceived entirely differently by those who read. We already know that local laws and practices are very different, but then we learn there are also a lot of similarities.

Although it's nice to have a VIP status (just like in kindergarten when one gets a gold, silver or bronze star, it boosts one's spirits), it's not as big of a draw as actually posting/blogging information that other people find helpful.

What does inspire me to continue to participate is the number of leads that I have generated --- not only from Trulia but from other sites like Zillow and Active Rain --- to the point that 40% of my current business is from the internet (compared to 30% in 2009, and 20% in 2008).

Guess the answer to how to generate high traffic would depend on the headline and content of your post/question.
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Brad Anderson, Agent, Maple Grove, MN
Tue Jul 20, 2010
It does provide me with some web traffic. If you have an opinion, or know the answer, it shouldn't take to long to answer the question.
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