What is the key to becoming a VIP agent more quickly?

Asked by Tom and Joanne Team, Boston, MA Sat Feb 20, 2010

Fellow agents, what have you done to reach VIP status in a shorter amount of time? I am up to 2,000 points, but it seems to be taking me forever. Any tips. T

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Pat & Steve…, Agent, Westlake, OH
Sat Feb 20, 2010
First thing each morning, click on My Trulia & then click on Voices Activity. Check on each category & note how many points you receive for each activity. Then, set a schedule for what you will do every day. And, provide good content, as a "thumbs up" & "best answer" provide a good point quanity. I am working on the VIP2 now. I opened Voices Activity this morning & noted that I had 4 new "thumbs up." I'm happy if I get one. Just stick with it & send an e-mail to Truila Support it there are points missing. They will fix it. One other important thing, Google picks up Truila posts, so what you do will help your SEO.
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Scott A. Nel…, , 02155
Sat Feb 20, 2010
You could look at it this way:

Answer 1-2 questions a day but pay special attention to answer them well and perhaps you can also get the bonus for the best answer.

Blog post on here at least 1x per week

Read and reply to others blog posts for the betterment of the community and give thumbs up to answers you find well thought out and topical.

Hope that helps,
Web Reference:  http://www.MedfordHouse.com
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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Sat Feb 20, 2010
Actually the secret seems to be BLOGS....WRITE BLOGS, they don't have to be good just post a lot of them..My Market Blogs parts 1 thru 38 or work out a I'll comment on yours if you comment on mine arrangement...

Why..The system seems to be slanted points wise towards rewarding Bloggers over those who answer questions...

5 points for posting a blog..1 points for views..5 points for each comment you receive, plus you get 3 points for each Blog comment you make(not each blog you comment on but each comment made) vs 4 points for answering a question (that's 4 points per question you respond to not each comment you make) or two points for asking one..

Easy to see a Blogger has a huge advantage in acquiring points quickly over anyone just answering questions...

So if it's points you are after then Blog/make comments on blogs and just answer enough questions to maintain the Badge....
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Tonya Brobeck, , Everett, WA
Sat Mar 6, 2010
No doubt quality Robin! Isn't that the worst to read "contact me" or "ask a lender", or my favorite (NOT) is "I am not willing to give this information in a public forum so if you would like someone who can help call me". I have to ask myself at that very moment, why are they even on the public forum then? Secondly, why would someone be enticed to contact them when15-20 other agents gave the answers, some in great detail and additional pointers to think about? LOL, I never cease to be entertained on here:=)
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Robin Silver…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Garden City, NY
Sat Mar 6, 2010
Tom and Joanne, I think it is more important to give thoughtful answers that to have a VIP badge. There are some people with VIP badges that post often, but post meaningless answers that almost seem like they cut and paste the same answer to numerous questions each day. Giving the best answer is 20 points, which is the highest I believe besides completing your profile. When you give a lot of good answers, people also view your profile, and that in itself can add up to a lot. I have over 1000 views alone, and I am only a VIP1 level.
So, I guess I can say that its quality over quantity.
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Fri Mar 5, 2010
Tonya, Dunes, Rockinblu, and myself have all written blogs. Each one of us saw something that we wanted to help others to see.

I saw Carl Medford had a how to get a down payment blog. I still wrote mine. I had a different take on how to do it. Carl's blog is good. So is mine. We both took a slightly different approach.Each blog is worth reading even if you already read the other one.

Just because Dunes, Myself, or 18 other people have written a blog on something does not mean you should not also write one. You can give it your own personal touch and show both your knowledge and how you look at things in it.

My blog about looking for a house but not knowing where to start shows a very soft approach. Simple, not scary, and good enough to start from. I am positive it could be expanded on. Some things I just said needed to be done (like get a loan) without giving all the details of what to look for, how and why it matters. (Getting a loan, The different types of loans, the different kinds of lenders and why each one is good or bad is not something I cover. I do not know or care enough to cover that.)

Dunes wrote a blog on web sites to find free foreclosures on. I did the same thing. We had different sites. I even suggested that Dunes take some of my sites and put in his blog if they were helpful. We did the same thing but in a different way. 534 views on my blog and Dunes also has a lot I am sure.

There is no reason you should not write a blog very similar to what Dunes and I have done. There are so many ways to explain things. Writing your own blog (while cheating looking at ours) may give you some ideas of things to go into deeper and cover better than we did. The perfect blog text does not exist. There is always room for improvement.

You can always blog about whatever you like. It gives you a chance to show your clients how you think and how you approach things. You can show that yes, I know about this. Choose me.

p.s. at least 7 of my blogs were taken almost word for word from my replies to a question. 1 was taken from a text file I wrote for my own research (questions I would ask when purchasing any property") and at least 2 more were put together from things said over several replies I gave. I went back, looked, cut and pasted my old replies to form a blog.

I have 14 blogs now. I have not done as much blogging as I have cut and pasting from my previous replies. Either way I end up with a quality product. My blogs are not perfect. They simply have decent information and put things out in a simple way.
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Fri Mar 5, 2010
Tonya, My belief is that a blog should be about something you really believe in. You should be writing about something that is important to you or to those who you are trying to help. Everything I posted was to help a potential buyer to look at some part of the buying process so they can either go forward or wait based on solid information.

Several of my blogs never started out as blogs. The blogs went to a questions I replied to in the Q&A section and stole those replies. A reply I gave that never even got a thumbs up got about 300 views. Another reply I gave to someone on their blog became my #1 viewed blog with 594 views. "Simple ideas every realtor and other professionals should follow to gain a great reputation."

Look at every question that comes your way. Look at every answer you give. Think, is this good enough and relevant enough to turn into a blog? When it is blog away.

I did post a blog on the new find a pro rating system.
http://www.trulia.com/blog/dan_chase/2010/03/do_not_use_or_t…
(do not use or trust find-a-pro it is worthless now look inside for the truth) 28 views. Multiply by 2 points per view and I just received 56 points from trulia for saying trulia has a very bad system set up now.

I also posted a blog when I got my vip2 badge. “I just got the vip2 badge. The second level up. What does it really mean? What should it mean to consumers?” That got 233 views and likely would get more but I do not repost it often.


(scratches chin) I wonder if that really proves the point that the vip system is messed up. I get vip points for a useless blog that is not helping a home buyer to buy their house and get rewarded.

One blog said do not think the vip badge is worth much to you.
The other does say not to use best match as it is not a good match.

Both of those blogs were written because I saw something I did not like here. I wanted others to see what I saw.

Was it worth writing them? Well, over 500 vip points say yes.
But it would be better if I never got the vip points and never had a reason to post those 2 blogs.
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Fri Mar 5, 2010
Tonya, All of my blogs (which are quite good by the way) with 2 exceptions cover the basic things that buyers need to know when buying a house.

You could write a blog about the importance of staging (NEVER use such buzzwords). <How can having a clean and well organized house help yours to sell better?> How outside influences affect a houses desirability and value. Thus avoid railroad tracks, cell phone towers, high power wires, highways and so on when buying. Maybe something like why my town is among the best places to live for (insert here). Hidden advantages of living in this town over the next town down the road.

I am thinking about posting a blog saying how the new find a pro best match is completely worthless and why. (Not something I would suggest for a professional who wants to avoid much controversy.)
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Sat Feb 20, 2010
So glad you asked this question. I was missing things on my profile so I filled it out completely which apparently gives you points as well. If you are 2,000 call your trulia pro rep and ask for help. Your question helped me as well so Thank you.
Heidi Zizza
mdm realty
Web Reference:  http://www.mdmrealtyinc.com
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Dan Chase, Home Buyer, Texas City, TX
Sat Feb 20, 2010
The key is 2 fold.

1 reply to questions asked and give decent replies.
2 post blogs that make people want to read them.

The real answer as far as I am concerned, do not worry about the VIP system. It does not make sense. It does not really show anything in my opinion. I got 266 points yesterday. It can be done, I am not sure it is worth doing for the professional who has to justify their time according to expected profit per time period spent.
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Erica Ramus,…, Agent, Pottsville, PA
Sat Feb 20, 2010
Heidi--Go to MY TRULIA at top, and scroll down to VOICES activity. There's a breakdown there.
Web Reference:  http://move2pennsylvania.com
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Erica Ramus,…, Agent, Pottsville, PA
Sat Feb 20, 2010
There is no shortcut. You need to be dedicated and log on here daily, or at least a few times a week. Read the questions, answer a few of them each time, and really spend time on your answer. The better your reply the higher your chances of getting a thumbs up or best answer which brings you bonus points.

You might also try blogging. But the bottom line is there is no shortcut to becoming a VIP of anything! it takes hard work and dedication.
Web Reference:  http://move2pennsylvania.com
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Tonya Brobeck, , Everett, WA
Sat Mar 6, 2010
Dan, Very true indeed! I hadn't thought of it quite like that:-)
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Tonya Brobeck, , Everett, WA
Fri Mar 5, 2010
I agree with all of that totally. The blogs I've read that the 2 of you have written are right on, packed with information.

Great ideas, I guess in a nut shell the things I'm most passionate about ya'll covered lol.....the questions & answers that come my way is a really good tip. I must give you a thumbs up for that one!:)
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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Fri Mar 5, 2010
Just read my Blog you get points in no time....http://www.trulia.com/blog/dunes/2010/02/vip_points_fast_blo…

You could follow Dan in some of his Blogs instead, basically it is set up so Blogs are where the points are...
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Tonya Brobeck, , Everett, WA
Fri Mar 5, 2010
Answering questions, daily participation, interacting with others in the posts is always a fun way to stay connected. Blog about your listings, your area of expertise, new things you learned through classes or experiences.

@ Dunes, will you compose a good blog for me? I seem to be stumped! I was thinking I should write about the little town of Lake Stevens;)
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Jo Soss, , Bremerton, WA
Mon Feb 22, 2010
You can do it fairly quickly if you are consistent and if you participate in all the areas where points are awarded. I would put an emphasis on blogging. That will help you two fold - points and building your profile with a strong blog. Always participate to participate and not just for points and you will find you are there before you know it.
Web Reference:  http://www.westsoundlive.com
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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Sat Feb 20, 2010
Sorry just looked it's 2 points per Blog page view not one...
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Sat Feb 20, 2010
Tom,
Cathy again-

See the below link:
http://www.trulia.com/voices/what_is_vip/

It provides a breakdown of different VIP levels and what you can do to earn points. This is the basis to set your milestones.
I hope it helps.

Cathy C.
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Sat Feb 20, 2010
Hi Tom,

The quicker you want to climb the ladder and the harder you have to work at it.

Now if you are serious about making Trulia an integral part of your online marketing I would suggest setting monthly milestones (i.e reaching 2,000 points a month...).
Then you need to quantify how long it is going to take you in average to reach those milestones and quantify per day and STICK to that schedule...
Web Reference:  http://yourhousefast.com
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Sat Feb 20, 2010
How do you know how many point you have?
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Sat Feb 20, 2010
it takes time keep answering questions
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Jenet Levy, Agent, New York, NY
Sat Feb 20, 2010
Answering questions over time.
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