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So is blogging dead? Are all 150,000+ members of Active Rain wasting their time?
Is that what David Gibbons (my birthday twin) of Zillow meant when he said: Blogging is so 2008 on Twitter the other day?
(read on or scroll down for an update about David.....)
I keep hearing that blogging is a dinosaur, but 2009 seems a little different. Twitter and Facebook have been around longer than 2009, but what has changed? The growth they have both seen this year is truly phenomenal. Is social media taking over blogging? For some and that is a good thing.
"But the story remains the same: people who mainly want to socialize, share links, and post pictures of their cat should be using social networks instead of blogging, and that's exactly what's happening."
Blogging isn't dead.
Social media is important in order to share your content with your network, but did you know that Facebook doesn't share its info with Google? Facebook and Google seem to have emerged as arch enemies for Internet Dominance and it is really important for anyone launching or running a successful web campaign to be highly visible to both camps. Blogging is going to help you with both. Google will pick up your blogs when they crawl and you need to make sure you are posting wonderful relevant link bait on at least one of the two fastest growing social media sites: Twitter and Facebook. If you are serious, you should be posting links to your content from both of these places.
But don't think that is enough.
There are two more very important rules for success:
1. Create good content in your blogging efforts. This not only attracts visitors, but if they take the time to click on your link and it is poor content, they won't stay and you will lose your credibility
2. Engage socially. Don't just post links to your content. Make friends and be social.
In closing, I am being sarcastic with such a title....
It is important to know where I am coming from here. Blogging on ActiveRain is one of the very best things you can be doing for your real estate business. It is at least the very minimum in Internet marketing. Whenever I look at the Google analytics for my Seattle real estate website, I can see that I get a great deal of traffic from a number of sites including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter and this pleases me. When looking at page views per visitor, though, the number of pages that people view on my site when they visit from ActiveRain, Localism, or my Seattle Suburbs blog site are always much higher than the number of pages from other sites. A very targeted audience is reading your blog.
Blogging is just beginning and Brian Clark is right, for the people sharing pictures of their cat the journey may have ended, but for the rest of us we should be creating compelling content to link to!
7/6/2009 Update: David Gibbons posted a video response for us and he has some great things to say - if you have any time at all, please head over there and hear him out a wonderful explanation and good biz building tips as well:
Seattle real estate has been a big part of my life for well over a decade since I began my career in real estate,but also before that time when I was in the process of purchasing my own first home. Buying your first home can be quite overwhelming,but I have managed to help many first time home buyers along the way.
In addition to being a Seattle residential broker and founder of Cooper Jacobs & Seattle Afloat, I am also the Director of the Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Platinum Properties Luxury Home Division. This is our exclusive product for high end and distinctive homes catering to high net worth buyers and sellers across the Puget Sound. For an example of what we have done, just look to our exclusive listing of The Admiral's House in Magnolia. With our detailed and tech savvy brokers we take care of every detail imaginable and advertise in ways other luxury brokers can't. We have a book of high end clientele and a large International presence to gain maximum exposure while still being discreet. Please let me know if you would like to set up a private Platinum Properties consultation: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have brokers at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate that are long time members of CBA (Commercial Brokers Association) and I am the current head of the Cooper Jacobs Commercial Division in an effort to promote our commercial brokers to provide excellent commercial real estate services to the Seattle commercial real estate industry. With a background in accounting and management, it is my great pleasure to coordinate our Seattle commercial brokers.
About Cooper Jacobs Real Estate's Seattle Branch:
My office at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate LLC is located centrally near all my favorite Puget Sound neighborhoods just a few blocks up from Lake Union in Seattle’s Wallingford. Cooper Jacobs Real Estate is a wonderful place filled with talented Seattle real estate brokers and I count myself extremely lucky that I get to spend so much time with these wonderful people. We specialize in different Seattle neighborhoods and suburbs in both residential and commercial real estate and are all very passionate and excited about each of our favorite Seattle neighborhoods and industries!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.