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Better Blog Writing Techniques Post No. 5: Inviting Subscription to your Real Estate Blog - 06/24/08 10:57 AM
How much have you thought about direct subscription to your Real Estate Advertorial Media Blog? Voluntary Direct Blog Subscription Voluntary direct subscription by clients & prospects to your Real Estate Blog is a giant value to your business! Versus other forms of marketing and advertising, can you think of a more qualified opportunity to stay on a [warm to hot] buyers radar screen? Search Findability & Online Brand Sure, an active blog will support a real estate business in other important ways. If home buyers have the immediate ability to search, findability [or search marketing/ advertising] is an obvious benefit. Equally for those (4 comments)
Better Blog Writing Techniques Post No. 4: Demonstrate authority, trust and value add! - 06/17/08 10:51 AM
I'm going to step out of a focus on the search engines for a moment with this post and add something about your contents appeal to humans. They must be balanced. If the immediate opportunity to research a service and the appeal of a particular business exists, why wouldn't a home buyer or seller search [and/or subscribe] in advance of making contact? For your Real Estate business, it's a challenge and an opportunity: a well- built, focused and consistent Real Estate Blog will grant you findability in the search engines, but you've also got to appeal to the folks that find you. (0 comments)
Better Blog Writing Techniques Post No. 3: Mastering Anchor Text Linking - 06/09/08 10:23 AM
It's well known the objective of a search engine is to identify and to index content so that they can provide searchers with the best search experience possible. Did you know that accurately linked anchor text can raise the odds your content will be highly ranked OR, better yet, a part of that user experience?
Now, for our purposes here, we're not going to review the process of building links back to ourselves. Those come from other people's sites or even from other sites we manage ourselves, like here at Active Rain. That strategy is also very important, but mostly out of our (4 comments)
WordPress: what you should know about it and your choices for using it - 06/05/08 09:49 AM
It's probably as good a time as any to discuss WordPress Blog software. This post aims to help with how WordPress works. For starters, to manage your WordPress Real Estate Blog you probably have three choices: 1) do it yourself, 2) hire an independent programmer/ designer at an hourly rate or 3) hire a comprehensive Real Estate Blogging service offering a fixed/ affordable price. What follows should help to give you context for WordPress and it's supporting Open Source Community: Officially there are two versions of WordPress [WP and WPMU], but there are also a variety of open source variants and (4 comments)
Better Blog Writing Techniques Post No. 2: Deep Internal Linking - 06/03/08 09:14 PM
For the 2nd post in our 'Better Blog Writing Techniques' series, let's look at how to improve findability for more of our content with Deep Internal Linking. Before we do, consider something from bullet no. 4 of our 1st post, 'search engines are constantly crawling the web, content and especially links for newer and better sources of information; therefor, those consistently offering links in their content are often rewarded.' Note: this did not exclude links pointing deeper into our own content! Said Tim O' Keefe, "...search engines rank pages not websites. Each page that you own is an opportunity at traffic." (6 comments)
Getting started with Better Blog Writing Techniques - 06/02/08 08:20 PM
I thought a series of posts on 'Better Blog Writing Techniques' to support better Search Engine Indexing might be useful for folks just getting started with Real Estate Blogging. I'll try and focus on the things you can readily control and while I don't ever discount a humans appreciation, lets stick to the fundamental Search Engine appreciation of content for this series. For our 1st post, let's look at 6 basic 'Best Blogging Practices' for better Search Engine Indexing: I. Identify Target Topics Before you even get started, you must ask yourself the simple question, "What are the Real Estate Blogging Target Topics (8 comments)
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