First, Get the Easy Lay-Ups Out of the Way...

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Real Estate Agent with www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

First, Get the Easy Lay-Ups Out of the Way...

...then you can address the 3-point shots!

I get a lot of questions about my WordPress websites - what to do, which plug-ins to use, which IDX to use and more.  The telling question is always, "What do I blog about?"  

 

Go for the easy lay-upPerhaps it's the way that I began operating online but, I really feel that having a blog that is hosted by another party is the best way to begin...and to learn.   ActiveRain is where I got my start and as a result of The Great Recession, I 'graduated' into building and managing my own Word Press website.  

 

That said, I did a horrible job initially and had to have help to get my website set up, just the way I wanted it. During that process, a group of forward-thinking  ActiveRain members formed an 'alliance' and we learned the ins and outs of WordPress and were, after YEARS, able to trouble-shoot and have a complete, working knowledge of the inner- (and outer-) workings of a website.

 

I recently noted in the Q&A section (have I mentioned, this is a great place for blog fodder?!) - many members only use ActiveRain as their platform.  If you're like me and host multiple sites, you'll get it when I say, that may just be THE most time-efficient way to operate online!

 

Anyway, I digress...

 

Bill Spear recently wrote an excellent post, sharing ideas for blogging topics.  To me, and those who have been doing this for years, this is the lay-up that you need to perfect FIRST!  Learn, write and share - it's a recipe that will help you the master of the perfect lay-up!

 

Remember that in basketball, it's always best to learn the fundamentals (lay-ups included) and in any given game, they're always the surest shots too!

 

3-point shot

You don't need to address the 3-point shots just yet!  

Be patient, learn and get really comfortable with what you're doing here in the Rain - FIRST.  Get involved.  Participate in the Q&A section and blog about those great topics that Bill Spear shared.  You'll be so glad you didn't jump right into WordPress-building - it's quite time-consuming and if your market is anything like mine is, you don't have time to spare! 

 

First, Get the Easy Lay-Ups Out of the Way...

...then you can address the 3-point shots!

 

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | First, Get the Easy Lay-Ups Out of the Way...

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So many great things to ready, and then learn, and then implement.  Lastly, grow from it.

Dec 04, 2016 12:30 PM #48
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Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
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Thank you Debe.  I'm learning more about blogging, SEO, other social media marketing here on Active Rain.

Dec 04, 2016 03:35 PM #49
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David Baker Laveen Realtor & South Phoenix Realtor - Rinse and repeat, right?!

Dec 04, 2016 07:40 PM #50
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Jerry Murphy, CRS - there is so much to learn and this is the best place I've found to do just that!   

Dec 04, 2016 07:41 PM #51
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Remember when all we did was blog on ActiveRain? 

During those short sale years there was NO time to work on any website. So for search we had an ugly point 2 site and I blogged and blogged on ActiveRain. 

Take baby steps, one foot in front of the other, until you learn to walk in the Rain and then you can spread your wings to learn wordpress.:) Great advice. 

 

Dec 05, 2016 09:41 PM #52
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I learned to write blog posts in an AR contest of 30 posts in 30 days. I read about blogging on AR and did Google research on WordPress. I added a WordPress blog to my website and learned more about SEO and keyword research.

My Colorado Notary Blog now has over 200 educational articles that attract visitors, peers, customers and students to my notary training classes. My articles also attract organic backlinks from other websites.

I have been a guest speaker on Advanced Notary Topics at an annual paralegal conference and am a contributing writer for national notary associations.

Chinese proverb: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 600 BC

Dec 05, 2016 10:02 PM #53
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Yes I am all about the fundamentals,  there are times I do throw a Hail Mary and it goes in, but usually that is last resort otherwise it would be game over, Endre

Dec 05, 2016 10:45 PM #54
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Thanks, Nestor & Katerina Gasset!  Yes, I remember having both Point2 and AR and being terrified to write a post here!  For the longest time too!   And, yes, baby steps for sure.

Dec 05, 2016 11:52 PM #55
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Jerry Lucas - Now THAT'S the way it is done!  So neat to hear that the 30 in 30 contest is what got you started!  You should write a blog about that here!  There are a lot of people just like you and I that are starting here right now that would love to hear that story!

Dec 05, 2016 11:54 PM #56
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Endre Barath, Jr. - Before the recession I was terrified of Hail Marys!  Now, it's 'what do I have to lose?!'  No pain, no gain, right?!!

Dec 05, 2016 11:55 PM #57
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Even though I don't follow basketball I get the message and agree! Great advice!

Dec 06, 2016 04:15 AM #58
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Smart girl, Sharon Tara!   Happy Tuesday!

Dec 06, 2016 06:15 AM #59
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Great advise

Dec 06, 2016 06:26 AM #60
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Dear Debe,

Very clever, even for the non-basketballers among us.

Dec 06, 2016 09:49 AM #61
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I'm working on the Lay-up and doing my best to be Active in the Rain --  I'm like the tortoise -- slow but taking steps each day to the goal and finish line.  I appreciate your encouragement and congratulations on this well written blog.  I needed this.

Dec 06, 2016 10:16 AM #62
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Lyn Sims
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I wish I would have known about this WP group as I would have joined. There is a group on FB but they are way over my head somtimes.

Dec 07, 2016 11:47 AM #63
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Maya Garg - Thank you!

LOL I never think about those non-basketballers out there, Dörte Engel - I'm seeing that I should be!  ;-)

Dec 07, 2016 12:17 PM #64
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Diana Dahlberg - Thank you and you're doing everything right - slow often wins the race!  Keep doing what you're doing!

Dec 07, 2016 12:18 PM #65
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Oh, I completely agree with you on that WP group, Lyn Sims - I'm involved with one there and it seems they are more interested in selling complicated ware than helping others build their websites.  I think you would add a lot to our group - let me mention it and get you in the next meet-up!

Dec 07, 2016 12:20 PM #66
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Perfect analogy!  Wordpress is definitely something you grow as you learn.  Having been through 2 of those sites, I'd say it's a work in progress!

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