Beware of auto-generated blog posts.

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I believe blogging needs to be a Realtor's best friend whether here on Active Rain or your own blog on your real estate website.

Active blogging can be a game changer, especially if you have a blog built into your website. Most of you know that blog posts should be original content and at least 300 words if not more. I know the Rainmakers understand all of this. If you are reading this, you most likely make time in your week for blogging.

When I do my seminars and webinars on blogging, everybody gets really excited about the possibilities and the only push-back I usually hear is their lack of available time to consistently blog. Of course, as we build our businesses, we get slammed and weeks go by.

Website vendors understand the power of blogging so they are making that technology available on their rental websites.

Sidebar - Of course on a rental real estate website, if you change website providers you may lose your historical content retention.

As a "solution" to Realtor's not having the time to participate in blogging, and knowing that ANY content makes a website look better, a few companies have come up with some content creation technologies. Sounds really cool to the BUSY agent because their blog will have content, but most likely the posts will have ZERO SEO value due to "Duplicate Content".

I watched a webinar the other day where automated blogging was pitched as an SEO tool. The website vendor creates blogging content that autoposts to their clients blog pages and they have code that will LOCALIZE the post by inserting [CityName] and other unique code based data insertions. Just because the post has been localized, does not prevent it from being labeled as duplicate content by the search engines.

I went to the website of the agent that was being featured. I selected one sentence from the post, pasted it into Google with quotes and did a search. That sentence was found within hundreds of websites created by this vendor. How is this a good thing?

Nuggets

1) Blogging is a really good thing

2) Original content can rock your SEO

3) Automated content may make your site look good, but most likely will have no positive effect on your SEO.

In a future post, I will address a few super cool FREE technologies that will rock your blogging world.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Chris, I disagree with the number of words.

People I know who read blogs and follow me tell me if I am rambling past 100 words it is way to long.

Feb 15, 2017 03:52 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening CJ Hays ,

Congratulations on the well deserved featured post! I too agree that automation is easy ...I'm like Bill "I only want to blog about stuff that if someone calls me, I KNOW about it because I wrote it, not because I shared something some service provided me." 

Feb 15, 2017 04:46 PM #10
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi CJ and I am so glad that this was featured.  Real estate is a people business...the commodity that you're selling is YOU.  And the way people will relate to you is if what you write comes from you...in your words.  What a dysfunction it would be if someone called a person because of their blog and then the person answering was nothing like the person in the blog!  Well done!

Feb 15, 2017 05:26 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I only heard the other day that there were companies that provide content and people that did this, I didn't realize this was a common practice actually.  I do like the re-blog feature that Active Rain provides though. -Kasey

Feb 15, 2017 08:13 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

A few years ago one of my clients had opted in to get short sale blog posts. Wanting unique content, he sent them to me to re-write and alter before posting them.

One day, out of curiousity, I Googled the first sentence of one of the posts he sent me. I stopped looking after finding dozens of instances of that exact same post - but what shocked me was that I found a dozen or more of them right here on Active Rain.

Feb 15, 2017 09:55 PM #13
Rainer
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Great information, thanks!!!

Nuggets

1) Blogging is a really good thing

2) Original content can rock your SEO

3) Automated content may make your site look good, but most likely will have no positive effect on your SEO.

Feb 16, 2017 03:07 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I don't want to put information on my web site that I did not author. Writing our own content is harder; it takes thought and time, but it's authentic.

Feb 16, 2017 03:55 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

CJ Hays "I selected one sentence from the post, pasted it into Google with quotes and did a search. That sentence was found within hundreds of websites created by this vendor. How is this a good thing?"

Right on target - and - re-blog!

Feb 16, 2017 04:12 AM #16
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, unfortunately most realtors (and small business owners for that matter) don't get this.  They just want the low price and they don't take the time to understand that while they've paid less, they've gotten next to nothing.

Feb 16, 2017 04:36 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

CJ Hays Your post is correct in a big way. I consider these duplicated posts as nothing more than spam, particularly when they are published repeatedly by the same person multiple times. AR seems to endorse this practice though as it continues despite my reports of these posts as spam.

Feb 16, 2017 05:36 AM #18
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I think content creators had a really good and really bad idea at the same time. When I first realized such a service existed, I was tempted to investigate the thought at the forefront of my mind was "where else would this same content be posted" and immediately I just didn't give it another thought.

Feb 16, 2017 05:47 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's very time consuming for me to generate blog posts...writing doesn't come easy or naturally to me. It makes no sense to me, however, to have a service provide my posts. If my name is on it, it's going to be my material.

Congratulations on the well deserved feature!

Feb 16, 2017 06:07 AM #20
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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yes, CJ, Blogging can be one's Best Friend when it's original content. I have never been a fan of those automated generated posts. You can never develop your own voice, and I believe your audience wants to hear your thoughts and ideas on various topics.

Feb 16, 2017 07:16 AM #21
Rainmaker
648,811
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

The essense of blogging is personal commentary - automated, duplicate content is anything but. They shouldn't be allowed to call it blogging and market it as such. 

It's similar to the paid Facebook newsfeed. I followed quite a few of my ActiveRain friends' business pages but am now hiding a few and may unfollow because it's the same content everywhere! Be personal - that's what social media is all about! 

Feb 16, 2017 07:46 AM #22
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Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Have an assistant research topics relative to your practice and have them provide the material for review and publication.  Or have them ghost write it for you. 

Feb 16, 2017 08:18 AM #23
Rainmaker
2,155,730
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

CJ...he gives us all a good heads-up

Feb 16, 2017 09:29 AM #24
Rainmaker
525,715
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

These are all good points.  Something I might add is that if you hire a ghostwriter for your posts, be sure they're providing original content - not spun from another post.

Feb 16, 2017 03:48 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers

Looking forward to reading more!

Feb 16, 2017 10:51 PM #26
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faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Everyone knows something different and that why people read the blog: to get that local perspective.

 

 

 

Feb 17, 2017 06:56 AM #27
Rainmaker
1,265,660
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I just talked about this in Q&A with marketing materials from KCM. Great posts & infographics but everyone shares the same thing on the same day across the country it seems.

Feb 17, 2017 11:40 AM #28
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