My First Blog

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Rox Realty

There are SO many things I need to learn to become a successful blogger.  Let's see - keep it short and concise.  You are not writing the epilogue to War & Peace.  OK, 300 to 500 words.  Got it.  How many is that so far...43.  Did you count to see if I'm correct??

Next is pick a topic you are familiar with...AND one others want to read about.  This could be tricky.  Not only is this my first blog entry - I'm a newbie REALTOR.  I just celebrated my sixth month anniversary since I got my license.  I don't think I'm doing too bad considering the economy and housing market in Arizona.  Actually, I think I'm doing well in spite of the market.  Perhaps my lack of experience during the boom days has prepared me for today's way of transacting business.  I don't have the "we've always done it this way" mentality.  While I may be a middle-aged dog, I can learn new tricks!

Part of my arsenal of new tricks is marketing.  How do I market myself?  I've had a Facebook personal page for a while, and created a business fan/like page a few months ago.  A local accounting firm hosted a series of LinkedIn training classes and I now have a LinkedIn professional page.   My broker mentioned ActiveRain at a sales meeting several months ago so I set up an account and have been lurking for a while, getting a feel for how it works.  You don't really want to know my opinion of Twitter...but I now have one of those too.

But how to get the word to get MY name to the top of the search engines - I didn't have a clue!  On Thursday, I went to the Prescott RainCamp.  (I went with Anna "Banana" and the rest of the bunch in the limo to Prescott.  Check out her video and her blog on ActiveRain.  I'm the third banana)  I knew utilizing the Internet was my focus - but I didn't know exactly where to begin. THANK YOU Ben Kinney for reaffirming my thoughts and giving me a direction!  And now - I'm off and running with my blog.  That wasn't so hard.  It only took me TWO HOURS to get it together. 

I'd love to hear other ideas on how to stand out in your market.  Have a great weekend!!





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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

You are so lucky to get to go to RainCamp!  Congratulations and best wishes in your real estate career and blogging.  It's so much fun! 

Aug 28, 2010 10:12 AM #1
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Good luck.  You'll do great here on Active Rain!  I've been here two years and have made many friends and contacts that help me on a daily basis.

Aug 28, 2010 10:14 AM #3
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Bea~ Welcome to the wonderful world of Real Estate! You are off to a great start.  I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing many more post from you!

Aug 28, 2010 10:16 AM #4
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Becoming a knowledgable resource for your community is the first step to building your business.  I don't always talk about real estate but include other events in the area as well as history.  It seems to be a good balance and this has been another great year in real estate.

Aug 28, 2010 10:17 AM #5
Marcus Rice
Equity First Realty - Richmond, VA
Your Richmond & Petersburg VA Real Estate Broker

I missed the Active Rain camp when it came to Washington DC. Its amazing you made it there. You will be one of the greats and you will make a lot of money while your writing your blogs Brea, I wish you the best of success. Active Rain saved my business when it got slow.... You just got to keep bloging.....

Aug 28, 2010 10:17 AM #6
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

Bea - Welcome to AR.  If you're willing to spend some quality time reading, positing and commenting, you'll find it can greatly benefit your business. Happy blogging!

Aug 28, 2010 01:40 PM #7
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Bea - Welcome aboard Active Rain and welcome to the exciting world of real estate.  You are doing the best things you can do to rank well on the search engines.  And I would suggest you use the search button here on Active Rain to find some great blogs on that and on just about anything in real estate that you want to learn.  We are great at sharing around here, and playing in the Rain can reap great benefits for you!

Aug 28, 2010 04:59 PM #8
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