I am technology declined. I was the last kid on the block to learn to ride a bike. I drove my Volkswagen beetle in 2nd gear for the first year. I was afraid of left turns so I kept making right turns until I had my destination surrounded. When I text message to my daughters, they call and say what language is that?
But I always read Brad Andersohn's posts and get really excited about whatever new feature or website he might be telling us about. I am competitive by nature, and aggressive by profession. So I always try stuff - I am always looking for ways to increase my internet exposure.
I read Brad's post on Outside Blogs in 10 Easy Steps. I tried to upgrade and messed it up.
Did you know that url's can't have spaces?
And when the upgrade screen tells you what image sizes to use, it is not just a suggestion.
So of course, it didn't work, no matter what I did. I didn't know how to fix my mistakes or even that I had made them - I blamed the 'bugs' that had to be in the program - it couldn't be my fault!
I called Brad and he got on instant messaging with Bob Stewart - they had it fixed in a couple of minutes. Then Brad proceeded to walk me through setting up the outside blog. It was a quick process then!
Funny thing, it was exactly the steps that Active Brad gave in his tutorial post about outside blogs! So I have to admit that I have never been able to follow directions. 'When all else fails - read the directions!'
While we were on the phone, (for an hour:) Brad gave me some other marketing tips and pointers on my content and the presentation. I noticed that the Raindexing is automatic - I thought I had to do this some way myself. I love the way it indexes my posts in outline form - that is the easiest format to read and Google loves it.
Brad quickly made me a rain drops header image but told me about Picnik and gave me the simple steps to make my own header image for my new blog. It is free and easy to use - and very forgiving. Yes, I followed the directions this time and chose my own picture from my computer. It took about 5 minutes. I may change it later and add my contact information instead of that cute little slogan.
Did you know that the average age of Realtors is about 45 years old? Well, that makes me an over average Realtor and I did not grow up on a computer. I need help with most new internet promotions and it is important to me that I can call Brad or Bob - they answer their phone, folks! Yes, I have Brad on Speed Dial. I have 'broken' my blog several times now - Brad noticed one time and called me - I couldn't believe how patient he was. He even taught me a little HTML - which previously was a four letter word to me.
One advantage of adding an outside blog on Active Rain is that I don't have to do anything different than I already do on my regular AR blog - it took me awhile to learn how to optimize it, this old dog does not want to learn any new tricks - I am getting busy from the AR business that I have been getting already.
Another HUGE bonus is the listing router on my blog - just begging to be used by readers!
Mesquite NV MLS search is just a click away.
But what I love about this blog - when folks find this blog on keyword searches and click on it....
They just get me and my stuff instead of everybody on the page.
Now my blog is like my own little Localism! Check it out - www.mesquitenvrealestateblog.com
Do you have an outside blog? Put a link in a comment here and share it with us!