Ok, I have to ask probably the most basic question

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential California Realty

Hello,

I finally decided to start blogging.  I have been reading so much about blogging on AR, I can't wait to actually do more than a "first blog," but I have a couple questions:

1.  I intend for my AR blog to be my only blog.  Do I need to have any other blog going or is one enough?

2. If I want my prospects who visit my website to be able to view my AR blog, do I just set up a link from my website (I saw instructions on linking).

3.  Can I actually put the AR blog content on my website, or can I only include a link back to AR?

4.  If I keep up my blog regularly, helping my ranking on search engines, is the higher ranking associated with the direct blog page through AR, or is it associated with my website (which has my AR blog linked with it)? 

 I think that's it for now.  Thanks for the help!

Deb

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Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hello and welcome to ActiveRain!  Your questions are very good.

1.  Entirely up to you. 

2.  Yes.

3.  I've seen some members who have done this.

4.  The former, if you check the page rank of AR, it has a PR of 6, so your blog will benefit from the association.  But if your website already has the same page rank, then it's a toss up.

Hope that helped.  Good luck and good blogging!

Aug 26, 2007 02:50 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Deborah - Yolanda has answered the questions but let me elaborate a little bit. You can have another blog and its not a bad idea because your blogs can be linked to one another creating additional traffic to each site. You may want to make your other blog not just soley about real estate as an example. In regards to putting your blog on your website - I would do it. This is something that offers great content for people going to your website. You would do this by adding /rss after your blog address. The blog will come up in google if you know how to write for SEO (search engine optimization). I would suggest visiting Brad Carrol's Blog here on AR he offers excelletn info. Hope this helped.
Aug 27, 2007 12:19 AM #2
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com
Deborah good question you bring up. I have my AR blog link directly to my website. I also have a Wordpress blog which I post the same or just about the same information.  Hope this helps. I too still don't have all the answers.
Aug 27, 2007 06:50 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Bill Blair
Coldwell Banker Realty - Covington, GA
Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes
Deborah... Great questions... exactly the same ones that have been going through this newbie's mind.  Thanks for the asking, and thanks to those who answered!
Aug 27, 2007 08:28 AM #4
Rainer
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British Homes Group
British Homes Group - Kissimmee, FL
Great questions... another blog is another arm to your search engine marketing strategy!
Aug 27, 2007 08:30 AM #5
Ambassador
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Deb...

The more blogs you have the more blogging you can do :)

TLW...ROAR!

Aug 27, 2007 08:59 AM #6
Rainer
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Matthew Rosov
Amerisave Mortgage Corporation - Laurel, MD
Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

Another way to improve your blog ranking on the various search engines is to directly submit your information to them.  An abbreviated list of them follows:

1) myweb2.search.yahoo.com

2) blogsearch.google.com

3) www.google.com/reader

4) www.technorati.com

5) www.mozilla.com/firefox

6) www.bloglines.com

7) www.newsgator.com

8) www.pluck.com

9) www.feedster.com

and 10) pingomatic.com

Aug 28, 2007 02:00 AM #7
Rainer
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Karen Luke
South Metro Property Management, LLC - McDonough, GA
Henry County Real Estate

Okay Matthew Rosov, how do you directly submit your blog to these sites? Does anybody else know?

 

Aug 28, 2007 02:44 AM #8
Rainer
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Deborah Engel
Prudential California Realty - San Diego, CA
San Diego Homes & Property

Wow! You all are great!  Thank you for all the helpful information.

Deb

Aug 28, 2007 02:48 AM #9
Rainer
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Matthew Rosov
Amerisave Mortgage Corporation - Laurel, MD
Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

To submit blogs to each site, go to the site and register.  The blog you will be advertising is http://activerain.com/blogs/mjrosov (though your userid will be after the blogs).

In this regard, ping o matic is great because it make sure that you have updated your blog to the various sites!

Aug 28, 2007 08:33 AM #10
Rainer
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Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® - Bay Minette, AL
Glad you asked the question I was wondering the same thing.
Aug 28, 2007 01:06 PM #11
Rainer
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Rolo Cuadrado
Colorado Mountain College - Frisco, CO
Great info for a newbie like me. Thanks for asking. It brought out lots of good stuff.
Aug 28, 2007 03:52 PM #12
Rainer
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Tammy Stone
Prudential Preferred Realtors - Grand Rapids, MI
"Eco-Green" Agent in West Michigan

Deb,

I decided to use ActiveRain for the google search engine optimization feature and also try to link it to my website.  Not all the time but some of the time.  If I have a really long article, I will start it on ActiveRain and then do the "to Read more" and link it into the website.  I have two websites... one is a blog website with most of the ActiveRain content on it @ www.seegrhomes.com and the other is a forum that I created for the public that I'm trying to push at the moment :)))... it is www.stoneblogs.com.  Go check them out and feel free to give me any feedback you might have.  Good luck, I think a blogging website is the way to go!

Aug 29, 2007 02:06 AM #13
Rainer
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Sarah Miller-Legg
Meridian Star Realty, LLC - Chandler, AZ
It's Real Estate; Done Right!

Hi and welcome to AR!  I appreciated your questions so much because it opened a Pandora's Box of response info from all the great AR members out there who are so experienced with all of this!  thanks so much for your questions and I will look forward to your future posts! 

Sarah Miller-Legg, Phoenix & Pinal County, AZ Real Estate :)

Aug 30, 2007 04:50 AM #14
Rainer
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Anya Gertenaar - Kelowna Home Staging
DECOROLOGY Home Staging and Redesign - Kelowna, BC
Thanks for asking your questions Deborah! There is some great info in the comments! Thanks everyone!
Aug 30, 2007 05:51 AM #15
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Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

One of the things I did in a rare moment of intelligence is join blooger.com on Google. That wasn't the smart part. I realized that I could cut my Active rain Blog and paste it on Blooger . So I saved the time in re-writing. Now that may seem obvious to you but for me it was one small step.... On this digital highway

Charlie

Aug 30, 2007 07:18 AM #16
Rainer
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Valarie Grisham
Keller Williams - Lake Stevens, WA
great post. i learned a lot.  thanks for asking!
Aug 30, 2007 08:33 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Neal Barnes
Starstate Realty - Killeen, TX
Broker, REALTOR, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, SRS.

Hi Deborah  --  Welcome to ActiveRain (AR).  Look like you have your answers already.  I am a REALTOR  in Central Texas.   I look forward to networking with you.  Have a great day!!!

Jul 20, 2008 08:36 AM #18
Rainer
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Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

It's been a while since you first joined the active|rain community. I look forward to networking with you in the near future. Best of luck and see you around.

Jul 20, 2008 04:16 PM #19
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