Building a Better Blog Challenge - Update on 3 Tasks

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 Building a Better Blog Challenge - Update on 3 Tasks

It has been very challenging to stay up-to-date with the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge.  Our Building a Better Blog !real estate business has been quite busy as well as working on a major update in our Real Estate Career (more to come later !).  Even with that, we have been doing pretty good and are learning a great deal !  This post will provide a brief overview of some of the latest tasks as well as our action steps.

Set Up "Alerts" to Monitor What is Happening in Your Niche

Each day, I receive an email from Googlealerting me to any articles or blogs that have my name in it or my wife Stephanie's.  Often times, I see updates from other Chris Somers but every once in awhile we are included in an article and it is great to see.  After doing this task, I added a few more alerts such as our blog domain address "Philadelphia Real Estate Voice" and "Northern Liberties Real Estate" which is one of our local areas.  The benefits that these alerts can provide are ideas for posts, awareness of breaking news, networking as well as reputation management.  It has provided me to be on the cusp of new articles and blog posts with those relative keywords.  Some people also do this with Twitter's Monitter which is a very cool tool as well !

If you have not set up any Google alerts for yourself, it is very useful and very easy !

Come up with 10 Post Ideas

Sometimes coming up with fresh content is difficult.  This task was an exercise to have fresh content ideas waiting for you to blog about later !  The task was to write down your last 5 blog posts and then to analyze the post as well as the comments on that post and come up with ideas to extend the post, explore the opposite point of view, taking a "news" post and writing an opinion piece on it.  Sometimes people will do this with a series of blog posts.  This task was not too difficult for me as my mind is always racing and thinking about blog posts.  As a result, I have a number of blog posts that are just ready to be written !  Some that already have as a result of this task were extensions of prior posts.  They are as follows:

Can Sugarhouse be like Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack ?

From Blogging to Speaking on a Philadelphia Real Estate Expert Panel ?

This is a great task to do as it will always keep fresh blog posts either in your head or even better, on paper just waiting for you to dive in !

Develop an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

Once you have all these great new blog posts to write about, Darren suggests to develop a weekly editorial calendar to help you manage them.  For example, it will provide organization and planning in terms of how many posts you want to write per week, setting up a schedule for them for each day (or whatever is best for your schedule) and planning a strategy in terms of what types of posts to write per blogging day.

The benefit of this task is that you will have a week's worth of post ideas ready for you !  We love the idea of this task and do know that it will be helpful, but sometimes our days are just too busy selling real estate that it is hard to plan to that much detail.  Also, certain topics are more defined on a specific day more than others, as I might have more inspiration on a blog post based on an experience that day.

Will provide various updates on other tasks in the upcoming days and weeks !

Whate are some of your updates with your blog ?

Other Related Posts:

What Forums are you Participating in ?

Are you Connecting with Your Readers ?

Are You Blogging for Business ?

Have you read some of these top Bloggers ?

Promoting Your Blog - Day 3 of the Build a Better Blog Challenge

5 Ways to Recommend Price Reductions to Sellers

Day 1 of Build a Better Blog - Elevator Pitch

I am really excited to be doing this 31 day challenge (see Matt Stigliano's post - 31 Days to Build a Better Blog - Who's in ?).  It is not too late to be a part of it.  You can join the Active Rain Group "Build a Better Blog" today.  Or subscribe to our blog to follow along !  Is just a click away !

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Richard Stabile
Re/Max Real Estate Limited - Oradell, NJ
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Christopher and Stephanie:

Sounds like a great program. I always like your blog. I have been following the better blog posts.

I wounder where the time comes from?

Richard

Apr 25, 2009 01:46 AM #1
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Richard - I wonder where the time comes from sometimes too !  LOL.  The time has been even tougher by doing the "Build a Better Blog" challenge as well as having some opportunity and change potentially happening as well : )

 

Apr 25, 2009 02:01 AM #2
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Stephen Kappre
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Google alerts are borderline priceless at times. I've networked with people that way that I otherwise would have had no idea about.

Apr 25, 2009 04:53 AM #3
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Tim White
Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt - Hart, MI - Hart, MI

I always wonder "What do people do that ask where the time cames from?" I usually find that they expect their work day to be around 8 hours. I have always viewed building my business as a 24 hour responsibility. I guess that's how I find time to do it.

That, and I have a time machine in my basement.

I would write more, but I have to go sign up for Google alerts. I can't believe I have been missing out on that train! Thanks Somers'!

Apr 25, 2009 08:15 AM #4
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Steve- Definitely !  I came across some blogs outside of real estate with Google alerts that may leads to some connections which would be great.  They are a great way to get immediate updates of topics that you are interested in.

Tim - You are welcome !  By the way, have any other time machines for sale in that basement ?  I am very interested : )

 

Apr 25, 2009 08:38 AM #5
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Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

Hi guys!  Well, I finally joined ActiveRain.  I need to follow this.  But i believe you are already 3 weeks into it aren't you?  Let me know how I might be able to start this from the beginning.  Thanks!  Your real estate friend in State College.  ~Nyssa

Apr 25, 2009 06:52 PM #6
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Nyssa - Great to see you here ! You can read this post "Build a Better Blog - the night before " and get started !  One can do this challenge anytime on their own time.   You can also join the Active Rain Group "Build a Better Blog"

Apr 25, 2009 11:04 PM #7
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Nyssa Smith
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Hi Chris and Stephanie - Thanks for your reply.  I joined the "Build a Better Blog" group.  I'll also check out the "Build a Better Blog - the night before". Thanks for all your advice and help!  ~Nyssa

Apr 26, 2009 02:38 AM #8
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Nyssa - Welcome ! I think you will find the group very informative and resourceful. Also, Active Rain as a whole has so many great people - great bloggers with tons of info to share. I think you will benefit immensely and have fun at the same time ! ~ Chris
Apr 26, 2009 02:44 AM #9
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Jessica Cox
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Okay, I must admit I didn't read this post yet, but I want to tomorrow...just dropping by to let you know that I linked to you in my last post. Hope you don't mind :)

 

Apr 27, 2009 04:20 PM #10
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Jessica - Do not mind at all !  Thank you !!!  Just checked out your blog post.  Thenk you for Following us : )

Apr 28, 2009 12:24 AM #11
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Jessica Cox
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Great post - like all of the others I have read from you!

 

Apr 28, 2009 08:54 AM #12
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Jessica - Thanks !!!  We enjoy putting out some good content.  We will have to work hard to keep putting out great stuff now : )

 

Apr 28, 2009 09:31 AM #13
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Debra Cernick
DeShazer Ryan Realty - Libby, MT

Christopher- an excellent and informative post. Thank you for the help!

Apr 29, 2009 02:42 AM #14
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