Question: Using

Scott CostelloAll, Blog 17 Comments

One of the best REI resources out there is  Unfortunately I don’t really know this from experience .  I’ve heard quiet a investors, that I respect, give high praise to the site.

I have dabbled on the site over the last couple years, but have never really sunk my teeth into and really figured it all out.   Well here is my question for experienced users of the site…

Question:  How do you use the site effectively and what features do you find yourself using the most?

Along with getting answers from anyone who is kind enough to reply, I am going to do a little bit of a case study on the site and then write a blog post about it.

Scott Costello
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Comments 17

  1. Scott,

    I follow several people. If you read the forum a bit, you’ll know who the movers and shakers are. Folks like Peter Giardini or Nick Johnson. I read every post they make. I also read the bigger pockets blog every morning. I joined several groups, but most importantly the Denver Investment group. I use that for networking. Finally, when I have a question I need an answer for, I do a forum search. 9 times out of 10 it has already been answered.

    I honestly only spend about 10-15 mins (sometimes much more)a day on there. That’s all it takes. I do try and contribute when I can, but find myself reading much more atm.


  2. Hi Scott –

    I have just recently started using Bigger Pockets, even though I too joined a year or so ago. I have made a couple of forum posts and have found it to be very interesting. I like getting the different points of view from different parts of the country.

    One thing I have yet to figure out, is how you get articles approved. If you post an article, does anyone every look at them or approve them? Maybe someone knows that answer.

    Sharon Vornholt

  3. Sharon,

    I’ve actually got an article published last winter. You have to submit it, but I honestly forget how I did that at the moment. I’ll include how to do that in my case study.

  4. Hi Scott,

    I really like There are lots of really experienced investors there. A lot of whom have done tons of deals and give excellent advice and feedback. I follow quite a few who have lots of valueable things to say. I’ve learned a lot there.

    I also have connected with other local investors, which is great. That alone makes it a go-to spot on the web.


  5. Sharon – We have a queue of close to 1,000 articles now that we’re working through. The kinds of articles that are approved are content-rich, clean articles. If there is anything adsy about it, the article is rejected. We also don’t typically approve articles that deal with current events, except on special occasion — we ask authors to use our blog network for these kinds of posts. If you’ve got anything in the queue, we’ll get to it, and if we don’t in the next week or so, just ping me.

  6. Scott – Let me know if you need any help. I always make myself available to answer any questions about the site. If you have any questions for your case-study, let me know.

    I know that you’ll find your way . . .

    Of course, like blogging, the key to success on BiggerPockets is being visible, and in sharing ideas and other knowledge. Those people who do, get a TON out of it. Those people who just build a profile and expect to get any value are disappointed on our site and everywhere else.

  7. I absolutely agree with you Joshua. Just like everything else in life, you get what you put in.

    Thanks for the offer of help. Maybe we can do an interview of sorts as part of the case study.

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