When I discovered Active Rain in early 2007 I went nuts blogging my little heart out and very quickly became Idaho's #1 Active Rain blogger, a title I relinquished in mid 2009 with no regrets.
When I did my major blogging it was after hours, usually well after 8:00 p.m. and into the wee hours of the night. I could do this because I am divorced (No, blogging did not cause my divorce silly!) and had the time to do it. I quickly learned about the SEO benefit of Active Rain blogging from friends like Chris Elizabeth Griffith, Cyndee Haydon, and my dear friend Karen George.
Early in 2009 I was blessed with a wonderful lead generation system that took months to put into place and finally allowed me to have a steady, reliable stream of leads. As we all know, in this economy most leads require additional work and attention and my leads are no exception. I work at least twice as hard as I did even a year ago with the same type of lead on the same type of transaction but I get them to the closing table and that is what pays the bills.
I have spoken to some top AR bloggers and social media members that have called or emailed me and asked if I am alright because they have not seen me around Active Rain much. When I explain to them my success in a very tough market they are surprised and have shared with me how tough it is for them in their markets and how much they are struggling.
I explain to my friends that I cannot afford to sit in front of a computer and blog my little heart out anymore or chat with Facebook friends all day. I need to take all my leads very seriously and work every lead as if they were the last lead I would get. I have done minimal blogging at best and have hired a great "copy writer" to write my powerful SEO blogs and website content which is a better use of my time. This combination has allowed me the time to take care of my daily leads and not loose the Google Juice my sites need.
I simply decided several months ago that I needed to work smarter and use my time more efficiently. I could sit in front of my computer all day long and blog my little heart out or I could put systems in place that would allow me the time to make a good living while not giving up a strong web presence and I have succeeded in doing just that.
Here's to "Smart Blogging!"
Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent- Associate Broker
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.