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Hyper local blog postsI've been away from the ActiveRain and the Blogosphere for the past few days and I want to ask Bob Stewart if his latest Hyperlocal Contest was designed to keep us all so busy we won't be clogging up the servers? 

It took me about 3 posts to completely understand what the hyper-local contest was supposed to teach me... so I started over and then it happened ~ Shazam! The phone hasn't stopped ringing and I've been running like a race horse...ok, maybe more like a race donkey, but you get my drift.

I'm not complaining, mind you... although I did change my ringtone because I was getting sick of hearing the same ring 100 times a day AND I would like to sleep more than 4 hours AND I'd like to eat more than a yogurt and 3 pretzels in a day, but hey~ that's the price you pay when your hyper-local blog posts lead to 3 listings and 5 buyer contracts in 4 days. 

I really want to continue in my quest to complete my last 3 hyperlocal blog posts for the contest....BUT...just a little part of me asks "do I dare open that google juice firehose even more?" Exciting in a scary sort of way.

So what am I doing here? I have closed my door and silenced my phone for an hour as I ease into my place of Zen.  Sitting in front of my computer with my windows open as I blog to the tranquil sounds of my gurgling  courtyard fountain.  Yes, this is my happy place and I am already feeling recharged.

Ok...I'm going to do it.  I'm going to go ahead and post hyper-local post number 5.  Pray for me.


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Linda Powers
Resort Realty - Duck - Duck, NC
On the Outer Banks


It has taken this contest for me to see the entire picture of AR and localism. I've completed 6 posts and waiting for my phone to ring off the hook. I'm not worried though. My area is not one to create instant calls. But... they will come!

Apr 02, 2010 07:13 PM #43
Kristyn Grewell
CENTURY 21 Goodyear Green Edmond, OK - Edmond, OK
Edmond, OK Homes, Oklahoma Relocation Services

Congratulations!  Enjoy your rest, then keep up the good work!

Apr 02, 2010 08:27 PM #44
Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove
RE/MAX Premier Choice - Crossville, TN
Serving You is My Top Priority

Congratulations on the surge of leads.... hyperlocal posts are pretty neat. Ready to get mine finished. Keep up the good work even after the contest is over.

Apr 02, 2010 08:41 PM #45
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

That's fantastic!  You are obviously doing something RIGHT!

Apr 02, 2010 08:41 PM #46
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I'm happy for you...it's about time things started on the "up tick side"

Happy Easter.....


Apr 02, 2010 09:18 PM #47
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Glad to hear your busy! It's great when hard work pays off. Have a blessed weekend.

Apr 02, 2010 10:34 PM #48
Real estate with a purpose
Our Father's Houses Realty - Easley, SC

Thanks for sharing.  This post helped me understand 1 - what I missed last week as I began the contest, and 2 - that I know it works, too!  There is one neighborhood in my area where the whole neighborhood considers me their local expert.  Honestly I sell very few of the houses, and do still lose listings to agents twice my age (and twice my market share) regularly.  But I almost always get the first phone call.  Even FSBO's call me to let me know they are for sale by owner.  I have farmed the area spottily, but before I knew what a hyper local blog was, I was writing them on that neighborhood - a hungry newer agent trying to sell a single listing there.  Those blogs have paid dividends for several years, I'd bet.  I think I need to dust them off and upgrade the pics to higher quality "I've sold a few houses now" pics.  And work on my conversion rates in there...

Apr 02, 2010 10:45 PM #49
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

It sounds like you have figured out the magic formula for hyperlocal.  Congrats.  I'll be checking out your posts.

Apr 02, 2010 11:23 PM #50
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I'm praying for you! And now I have to go read your neighborhood posts to see what the magic was. What fun!

Apr 03, 2010 12:24 AM #51
Frank Castaldini
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco

San Francisco must just be different that a lot of other places.  I have been blogging about a particular area but I have not had my phone ring enough for me to consider changing ring tones.

Apr 03, 2010 12:33 AM #52
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island


That is wonderful! You go girl!


Apr 03, 2010 03:13 AM #53
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Those local neighborhood posts are truly effective and it has been a great encouragement from Bob to get us to write more of them.


Apr 03, 2010 06:52 AM #54
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Yogurt and pretzel...?

My breakfast consist of salads, eggs, melon etc.

Eat healthy you'll feel better.

Good post

Apr 03, 2010 06:54 AM #55
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Amy...I am switching over to pretzels & yogurt and sitting cross legged as I type this. Still waiting for the phone to ring. Love your post......

Apr 03, 2010 09:57 AM #56
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

The Hyper Local Post can work.  I enjoy the contest as it gets me back into good habits.

Apr 03, 2010 10:54 AM #57
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Amy: Good for you, I use hyper local posts regularly, have not had time yet to apply for extra points .


Apr 03, 2010 12:32 PM #58
Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

Sounds like your posts worked like magic..thats great news!

Apr 05, 2010 11:39 AM #59
Amy Jones Group
RE/Max Infinity - www.AmySellsAZ.com - Chandler, AZ
#1 RE/MAX Team in the East Valley

Thanks for all your comments!  I had a whirlwind week and I'm just now catching my breath. The power of ActiveRain never ceases to amaze me!

Apr 07, 2010 10:07 PM #60
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Good for you Amy. I love to hear Active Rain success stories.

May 13, 2010 12:48 AM #61
Robert May
Verico Canada First Mortgage/ Rainbow Realty - Lethbridge, AB
Real Estate Expert & Mortgage Broker- Lethbridge

The hyper local contest was great because it got so many members thinking local instead of just blogging aimlessly or about things that nobody locally will ever search for.  I try to keep most of my content on my lethbridge mls blog as local as possible, but really do need to improve my content to include thing that people other than me would be interested in.  I find it hard to take of my 'real estate guy' hat and write about other interesting subjects.

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