Simple ideas every realtor and other professionals online should follow to gain a great reputation.
Build up a good reputation.
That means answering questions that
1 are not old (look at the posting date)
2 have not already had the answer given 18 times before
3 that you can help with
4 or show someone else who could help with it
5 do not say contact me I can help.
6 you give the help. People will look at your profile and ask you for help through email if they like your replies.
7 always be professional
8 leave your resume for your profile. It is not needed in a reply
9 If a question is asked provide links that show pertinent information. Mortgage calculators and the IRS site for assistance in certain areas comes to mind.
10 say you disagree with a different reply if you do. But do not argue about it.
11 read the whole question. Look at the replies. Before to long you will see that there are some realtors who give great advice. There are even a few non-pro's here (myself included) who give decent replies and try to help. Do not think a non-pro lacks the ability to help. Do not think a pro always gives the best reply. Look for those who give good advice. Understand how they work, then emulate them. In that way you will do well.
12 do not consider the vip badges as worthwhile. They can be as much a sign of posts a lot as posting good replies.
In the end nothing you do will make you stand out above the crowd in a good way. But everything you do could make it happen. Giving good decent replies without asking the person to be a client will pay off with respect, and likely some calls to you for help from a buyer.
That is all I can give you. I am not a realtor. I have been here about 3 months. Several agents would tell you the kind of person I am, from what I have posted. In a few months the same could be done with you. How you act, react, post, and think here will determine if that is in a good, or in a bad way. I wish you luck and hope you will be one of the good ones. There is always room for one more.
I would love to see comments here from real estate professionals giving some more good ideas. If everyone were to give ways to help others succeed trulia would be a better place. I think more agents would get quality leads also.
On a personal note, please do not go around quoting NAR or its talking points. It makes you sound like a parrot.
How many times have I seen "there has never been a better time to buy" from how many agents? It is almost impossible to count that high. It also makes us buyers wonder where you have been. We know about the market forces at work. NAR seems not to.