Newbie tips from a newbie

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

I first thought it might be odd for a relatively new blogger(March 15, 2007) to post about blogging tips. Then I decided, "No Way!" Knee deep in learning is the time when the lessons are fresh. Earlier is better than later. Learning from the mistakes of others is better than learning them yourself.

  • Realty Blogging by Richard Nacht and Paul Chaney(both Rainers) is a must read in the first days of blogging - before if it's possible.  There are quite a few great reviews on this book right here on AR. These guys do a fanatastic job of explaining the entire process, including setting up a brand new blog. After reading the book, I had to go back and tweak what I had already done.  Rework is never fun, but it was worth the effort.
  • Content, Content, Content. Via Lorelle on Wordpress, I found the "20 Blogging Commandments" written by Letters Home to You. While the entire post is great reading, number 1 is the most important (which is probably why it is number 1). Don't post for the sake of posting. While it is good to blog on a regular basis, people will quit coming back if your content is lacking (or if you continually forget to hit the "spell/grammar check button).
  • Answer your comments. If your blog is receiving comments, comment back. Anything else is rude. Blogging is successful because it is relational. It is a virtual conversation. Readers who talk to you expect to be talked back to.
  • Visit other blogs.  This is a fantastic way to mold your craft. Don't stop at RE blogs either. There is a wealth of information and inspiration in the blogosphere. Leave comments, get to know the other bloggers, learn what you like and don't like and use that knowledge to better yourself.
  • Have fun! Blogging is work - there is no doubt about it. Many don't succeed. Some stats out there say there are as many as 200 million abandoned blogs. Combat that statistic by simply enjoying yourself. Remember, blogging is relational - write like you speak. Blogging, while it has the need to be effective and professional, is not rocket science.
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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Great Tip April. Thanks
Jul 03, 2007 01:31 AM #1
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Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI
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April, Great post, thanks for the tips!
Jul 03, 2007 04:27 AM #2
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Cindy Seaton
Century 21, Beal - Bryan, TX
I've never actually thought of blogging as a dialog before.  Just considered it a one-way expression of thought/marketing tool.  Thanks for the new perspective.

Kind regards,
Cindy Seaton, REALTOR
Bryan, Texas
Jul 03, 2007 09:40 AM #3
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hi, April!

Thanks for the links.  You're right about visiting blogs and leaving comments.  It's common sense, isn't it?  Thanks for sharing your insight with us. 

Jul 03, 2007 10:59 AM #4
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April Groves
Keller Williams - Pooler, GA

You are welcome - it is nice to be able to pass on things that were given to me.

Cindy - I am glad to have put a new spin on it.  I think you will find the experience more productive and rewarding when you add the dialogue aspect to it.

Yolanda - Yeah - I think it does :) We all like to get comments!  It's nice to know somebody is reading what we are writing.

Jul 03, 2007 11:21 AM #5
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Lisa Lawrie
Homelink Real Estate and Mortgage - Chico, CA

April-

Great information for newbies like me.  Thank you for sharing.  I have a lot to learn!

Jul 03, 2007 03:13 PM #6
Anonymous
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Hi April,

Just back from a little break and I see you have linked to my "20 blogging commandments" post!  I'm glad you liked it!

cheers,

Ian

Jul 03, 2007 03:59 PM #7
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

April - great reminders.  Thank you!


Jul 03, 2007 05:03 PM #8
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Leon Austin
Mobile Notary Services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Mobile Notary

"Blogging ... is not rocket science."

April, that's good advice. I think this is what deters a lot of people.

Jul 03, 2007 09:33 PM #9
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Vanessa Schwartzel
Turtle Cove Realty - Koloa, HI
I am currently reading Richard and Paul's book it is excellent.
Jul 04, 2007 10:43 AM #10
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John Lockwood
Lockwood Real Estate - Sacramento, CA

Speaking of not commenting back -- sorry about that.  I did see your comment on my Web 2.0 portfolio, and you were the only one kind enough to say it was a useful idea.  Be sure to let us know where yours is when you put it up!  

Cheers!

Jul 07, 2007 07:56 PM #11
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April Groves
Keller Williams - Pooler, GA

Lisa - ha! Don't we all!

Ian - It was fabulous.  I was glad I found it.

Carol - I am a big fan of the neat signatures too - your's looks great.

Leon - I agree.  I think if you can hold a conversation, you can blog.

Vanessa - It is my #1 tool book - I hope you enjoy it.

John - It is on my very long list of things to do this week - but it is close to the top!

 

Jul 08, 2007 09:36 PM #12
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Jan Brito
Wydler Brothers at Compass - Chevy Chase, MD
We'll treat you like family . . .maybe even better

April,

Thanks for the tips!  I'm off to create my first blog . . .

 

Jan 

Jul 09, 2007 02:35 AM #13
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Jan Brito
Wydler Brothers at Compass - Chevy Chase, MD
We'll treat you like family . . .maybe even better

April,

Thanks for the tips!  I'm off to create my first blog . . .

 

Jan 

Jul 09, 2007 02:35 AM #14
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April Groves
Keller Williams - Pooler, GA
Jan!  Good for you...make sure and let us know where it is.
Jul 09, 2007 05:45 AM #15
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