Have You Seen the New Look of Localism?

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                                                          Localism Has A New Look. WOW!

LocalismHave you seen the new Localism layout? I LOVE it! In my last blog post, which was a Localism post that primarily focused on the city of Port Orange, FL, I decided to add a link to my own Localism blog posts. So I clicked the "States" button as I usually do, and.... SURPRISE! Localism has a whole new look! And it's so professional!

Take a look for yourself. Click on the "States" button on the bar above. (If you have a black bar and didn't change your text to a lighter color, you can't see the buttons.)  Running down the center is no longer a list of agents and points (which was probably very confusing to the consumer anyway!) We now see blog posts that focus on (for me anyway) FLORIDA Real Estate. What a brilliant idea! And now the agents have been moved to the right side, still in order by points, but the points don't show anymore (great idea since consumers were probably confused by that anyway). Seriously, I really love this new look. From the consumer's point of view, I'm sure it's a much better layout. And by the looks of it, I'd venture a guess that we'll get better SEO as well! YES! Isn't that what it's really about?

To show examples, click here to see the state of FLORIDA on LOCALISM. If someone is searching Florida real estate, this is brilliant! Now, for my own county, check this out... VOLUSIA COUNTY FLORIDA REAL ESTATE. Again, No More Points are showing, and content is key.

Looks to me like Localism is now an SEO gold mine! (And I guess this explains why we couldn't upload photos to our posts a few days ago? The AR gusy are officially forgiven in my book :-P)

If you don't normally write Localism posts (IE: Posts about your local area), now is the time to start! Actually, years ago was the time to start. But it's never to late. So get going! Consider me your cheerleader ;-)  Feel free to let me know if you've written a Localism post and I'll be happy to comment on it. THAT is one thing that is usually missing from our Localism posts. I admit, it's hard to comment on something when you know nothing about that area. BUT, you CAN easily pick out key words from that specific post, and add a bit of encouragement in a comment. It will look good to consumers, and it's encouraging to each other.

stamp of approvalWe're all here together on this fantastic network of real estate professionals. We need to show our professionalism by supporting each other. So here's looking forward to some fantastic new Localism posts! And if it's not about real estate, that's OK. Potential buyers will want to know about the area as well. Just a couple of days ago I wrote a post about the Daytona International Speedway being re-paved. My line of thinking is; If I found it interesting, (and I write in an interesting manner) then there's a good chance that others will find it interesting too. As a matter of fact, I'm so fond of these types of posts that long ago I created a group just for them. If you'd like to join, and post to the group, and comment on each others posts (I would love you for that)  ;-)  it's the Things to Do/Places to Visit Group. YES, you can add your header and/or footer on your posts for this group, but it is NOT for real estate functions, listings, or open houses. Just read the group guidelines and see if it's a good fit for you. Just read the 2 posts I have linked to this one and you'll have a good idea of what the group is about.

And go check out the new Localism look! Hurry up! GO! Do it now! :-D  lol  I'll be watching for those fabulous new Localism posts. After all, I'm sure you won't want to get left off that page when the consumers are reading the posts that are there! Let's do our jobs well. Keep potential real estate buyers and sellers informed about area events and interesting facts. They'll appreciate you for it.

Spread the word! And Happy Localism Blogging!

(P.S. I hope it was ok for me to use the Localism banner for this post? I can create something similar if necessary.)

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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

They are still having issues with putting profile photos up on LOCALISM, but overall it's a great site!

Jul 22, 2010 11:53 PM #1
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Relative to the revamping of Localism is the new look of the Leaderboard. I just read that post here.

New Look of the AR Leaderboard.

Jul 22, 2010 11:57 PM #2
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Lisa, love your reminder that Localism is the most important aspect of blogging on ActiveRain!!  The number of calls we receive because of our Localism posts is amazing and I also try to write from the perspective of the reader and what they would want to KNOW about when they are looking in our community.  Thank you! ~ Susan

Jul 23, 2010 02:31 AM #3
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

I like the new localism page as well. There have been a few issues, but overall it's clean and relevant!

Jul 23, 2010 02:54 AM #4
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

LISA, I have always mainly written localism post.  I recently had a featured members only post and it took me forever to reciprocate the comments.  I think I will stick with localism (lol).



Jul 23, 2010 04:26 PM #5
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

LJRE and Marchel- I write a lot of Localism posts, but I also write a lot of totally random stuff. LOL And when I get too many comments, I don't even try. I barely have enough time to blog!

Cynthia- I experienced trouble uploading images last weekend, but I wasn't aware of anything else.

Jul 23, 2010 04:34 PM #6
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


But if you go to states, it is not localism. Yes it is changed, but you are still on Active Rain site, not on Localism site.

Am I missing something?

Jul 23, 2010 10:05 PM #7
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Hey Lisa,I noticed the new look too. I think it is a vast improvement of the way it used to look and act.

Jul 28, 2010 01:41 AM #8
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