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blogging: ASK AN AMBASSADOR: What's A Productive Post? - 05/14/13 06:01 AM
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: What's A Productive Post? As a blogger, one of the challenges is finding topics and CONTINUING to find topics to sustain your Internet presence. It's easy to get tired, experience some burn out, have a blogging brain block kind of day, but it's important to keep your momentum. Now we've seen debate over what's a "Productive" blog topic. Can it only be pure real estate material? Or is ONLY pure real estate bad, listing after listing after open house after Just Sold announcement? Are other things filler and to be disdained by hard core real estate bloggers? You've (23 comments)
blogging: Active Rain: Your Personal Network Of Consultants! - 04/22/13 06:04 AM
Active Rain: Your Personal Network of Consultants! Reason #2,483 to join Active Rain: membership comes with a personal network of consultants! Chances are if you want to know something, someone here has the expertise to answer your question. Some are paid professionals, others are agents just sharing what they've learned, but all bring knowledge to the Rain that helps us! When we first joined Active Rain, I can't say we had any idea of just how much of a resource Active Rain would become for us! And we also didn't know what we didn't know. Wordpress? We'd probably heard or seen (66 comments)
blogging: Ask An Ambassador: Why Isn't My Blog Making My Phone Ring? - 04/02/13 06:21 AM
Ask An Ambassador: Why Isn't My Blog Making My Phone Ring? There are two primary camps of bloggers in the Rain: those just here to have fun, and those blogging for business. MOST of us fall into the 2nd group, and it's not uncommon for us to read blog posts or see comments where the writer expresses an opinion that blogging doesn't work for them. Now this might seem kind of harsh, but we know that blogging CAN work to build your business, so what that leaves is an issue between the seat and the keyboard OR in your local market (84 comments)
blogging: Another Blogging Tip: Customer Questions Make Great Blogging Topics! - 01/18/13 06:22 AM
Another Blogging Tip: Customer Questions Make Great Blogging Topics! If you're going to blog frequently, one of the challenges will be what to write about. The good news? Your clients and prospects are going to supply you ideas! That's right, chances are questions asked you by your clients and potential clients aren't just information that ONLY they want to know! Nope, there are common interests across most home sellers and buyers, and they're coming right to your email, phone and right between the ears during face to face conversations.Now you COULD just answer that question once and be done, OR you (79 comments)
blogging: Members Only Isn't A Guarantee Of Protection! - 01/15/13 04:00 AM
Members Only Isn't A Guarantee Of Protection! Every post you've got the choice of Draft, Public and Members Only. Be careful with your choice, as many have said the Internet is forever, and perhaps DRAFT mode is the best place for some posts to stay!We routinely see bloggers post information in a PUBLIC post that just makes us shake our heads. Enough detail to make it obvious to that home buyer/seller that it is THEM being talked about. If it's a conversation we wouldn't have directly to their face, why are we typing it and submitting it to the world? And (63 comments)
blogging: Want 2013 Phone Calls? Identify Your Blogging Niche! - 12/31/12 05:51 AM
Want 2013 Phone Calls? Identify Your Blogging Niche! We've said it before and we'll say it again, IF YOU WANT YOUR BLOGGING TO MAKE YOUR PHONE RING, NOTHING BEATS A NICHE!Let's face it, we can write all the home buyer and home seller advice posts we want, and even though it's in our own voice and tailored to our market, it doesn't offer information that they can't find somewhere else like MSN, Yahoo or another portal.So what's the key to getting your phone to ring? SPECIFIC, REAL ESTATE RELATED INFORMATION THE CONSUMER CAN'T GET ELSEWHERE. Provide that well and you'll get (63 comments)
blogging: Holiday Themed Blogging Ideas To Keep Your Mojo Going! - 11/18/12 05:13 AM
Holiday Themed Blogging Ideas To Keep Your Mojo Going! So you're participating in the November 30 in 30 contest but running out of steam? The ideas aren't flowing quite as well as they were days 1 through 7? Well it's the time of year with LOTS of localism gold and consumers WILL be looking for that information! And if you play your cards right, you can build some relationships with some small businesses too!So without further ado, here are some topics you can tailor to your local market: Where can I eat Thanksgiving Day? Holiday Tree Lighting ceremonies Christmas parades Where's (78 comments)
blogging: Planning Your Neighborhood Blog Posts - 10/20/12 06:31 AM
Planning Your Neighborhood Blog Posts It took awhile for our blogging light bulb to come on that doing community/neighborhood/subdivision posts needed to be a critical element of our blogging (and then even longer to start doing it!). But watching Anita Clark with her steady stream of neighborhood blog posts followed by new listing and Sold posts gave us clear evidence that it's a strategy that can work.But once you've decided to do community posts, you still need a plan. What's your criteria for selecting which communities and the order? For us, it comes down to a some key elements: Supporting our (68 comments)
blogging: A Blogger's Holiday! - 08/25/12 10:44 AM
A Blogger's Holiday! Yesterday was a fun day, but even then, the blogger's brain never really turns off the "hmmmm, what about THIS as a topic?" mindset. I had a ticket to go to our big local amusement park Kings Island. LOTS of roller coasters (which I love), along with other entertainment and rides, and even a large water park if so inclined (not). Kings Island is a frequent topic for our localism posts, but since it's been a number of years since we've been, we've always been dependent upon their website Media section for pictures and graphics. NOT our preferred (35 comments)
blogging: Blogging Works, Even When They Can't Tell You It Was Active Rain! - 08/21/12 07:55 AM
Blogging Works, Even When They Can't Tell You It Was Active Rain! Last night we received an email from a buyer prospect. They're flexible, know about where they want to be, about what they want to get. They responded to our first email back to them (always a good sign). We'll continue working with them to make sure financially they're good to go and that we match them up with the right home. And of course one of the things we always want to know is how they found us? Referral, mailer, etc.? And usually they'll respond on the Internet. Now (38 comments)
blogging: So You Think Active Rain Is Broken..... - 07/10/12 10:32 AM
So You Think Active Rain Is Broken..... Aaaaack! I got up this morning and suddenly Active Rain didn't behave the way I thought it should!! What do I do??? Well it's both complicated and simple at the same time. Maybe it's you and maybe it's the Rain. It's not like Active Rain never has performance issues, although personally our experience has been almost uninterrupted over the last months. The Ruby Rails transformation and other behind the curtain tech magic seems to be doing the trick, BUT there is still the occasional glitch. So back to what can you do (assuming the (106 comments)
blogging: You Never Know How Far A Blog Post Will Go! - 06/22/12 08:37 PM
You Never Know How Far A Blog Post Will Go! Some posts we write for a specific event. They've got a short shelf life, but there purpose is served and we move on. Other posts we right to stick around awhile, and sometimes they have a farther reach than we'd expect. Recently we wrote 10 Things NOT to Do When Your Home Is For Sale And You're Going On Vacation! Ten tips meant to help keep home sellers on track while leaving town for vacation. We were fortunate enough to have RE/MAX International pick up the post as the lead post (52 comments)
blogging: I+I+I+I+I eventually = M - 03/17/12 03:54 AM
I+I+I+I+I eventually = M If you're just starting out blogging and looking around Active Rain there's probably some things that make you a little anxious. Maybe even a little intimidated. You see points in the millions, comments in the tens of thousands, people that post regularly and you're just struggling to come up with an idea or two to run with this week. But here's the thing, every blogger on Active Rain started with a first post. Ours was June 10, 2010. It's not the kind of post we'd write now. We've pretty much developed an anti-rant policy since then (except (94 comments)
blogging: Sometimes You Just Need to Push Away The Keyboard - 11/12/11 01:50 PM
Sometimes You Just Need to Push Away The Keyboard Our regulars have probably noticed we're "out of sync" this week. Posting times running late and no double postings any day this week. We could blame it on the time change...yeah, that's the ticket.... but honestly that's got nothing to do with it. Is it for lack of ideas? Nope, that's generally not a problem either, we've got plenty of those. A lot of it just comes down to time challenges and where this week we decided to place our efforts. Writing that 2nd post just didn't quite make it to the (64 comments)
blogging: Do You Blog By Request? - 09/28/11 06:49 PM
Do You Blog By Request? Time and again we read about people struggling with developing a post topic. What if you had people suggesting topics for you? Indirectly you already do, that email question, that goofy thing that happened during a showing, that insane comment by some agent or client! They all fuel the blogger's brain. But how about directly? We're talking literally having people say "Hey BLiz, could you blog about X?" Just like a DJ, we take requests! Spinning the hits from coast to coast! We've written several Miss Bad Manners posts at the prompting of other Active (92 comments)
blogging: Are You Stealth Blogging? - 09/08/11 12:10 PM
Are You Stealth Blogging? First of all, this has NOTHING to do with SEO. We're not gurus and lay no claims to special magic knowledge. We've picked up tips reading the posts in the Rain, but primarily we write to the humans, not the bots, and mix in a few appropriate links (hopefully back to relevant blog posts we've already written) and see what happens from there. If you've been following us for awhile, you know we made a major shift in blogging policy some months back. There's a LOT less agent directed posts and more to our area residents (that (121 comments)
blogging: One Year Since Our First Active Rain Post and Just a "Few" Things We've Learned! - 06/10/11 06:16 AM
One Year Since Our First Active Rain Post and Just a "Few" Things We've Learned! June 10, 2010, 8:56 a.m. We hit submit and our first ever blog post was out into the blogosphere. After months of lurking and the rare comment, we were in the pool! We were one of the lucky ones, we got comments the first time:)Well, since then, 600 posts, 330,000 more points, 74 Featureds, 456 Called Shots, 17,000+ comments received, over 15,000 comments left, and 232 subscribers gained and treasured! Yeah, we've had a busy year!Our only regret? That we didn't start earlier, MUCH earlier!What have (123 comments)
blogging: Blogging For Business Isn't Like Microwaving Popcorn! - 05/31/11 04:02 PM
Blogging For Business Isn't Like Microwaving Popcorn! Remove bag. Lay correct side up. Beep boop beep, Enter. BZZZRAP...popPOPpopPOP! BING! Done. Hot HOT hoooootttt!!! Yep, if only it were that easy. If ONLY we typed a blog post, hit SUBMIT, and two minutes later we got a HOT prospect ready to buy or sell a home, and we were the ONLY ones they wanted to talk to! But it doesn't work that way, does it? There are certainly things we can do to improve the odds of getting a HOT prospect to call us. We're approaching our one year anniversary of our (54 comments)
blogging: Bloggers Are Like Potato Chips - 05/11/11 04:02 PM
Bloggers Are Like Potato Chips Maybe it's just me, but when I get a bag of BBQ potato chips, I like lots of the "good stuff" on the chips! But not ever chip has a bunch of the flavors and spices, some are rather plain, some are loaded! :) Bloggers on Active Rain are like that bag of potato chips. Some bloggers are just here to post their listings....they're the plain chips. It may work great for them and their business model. Gets publicity for their listings, maybe some consumers call them, it's a success for them. But outside of that, (34 comments)
blogging: Is Your Blogging Train on Schedule? - 05/10/11 07:40 AM
Is Your Blogging Train on Schedule? It's 7 a.m. and as I go through the blog roll, our "usual suspects" are all there! Like a scheduled train, you can rely on certain bloggers to be at the Active Rain Station on time! The May 31 Day challenge has added a few posts to the mix, but the Reliables, they're here every day, rain, shine or bonus points or not. Always great content, something to enjoy. Perhaps a laugh, perhaps a new fact, a new sales technique, a beautiful photo or a quote to muse about. Each brings something unique to the (34 comments)
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