Blogging DOES Get You Noticed!

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Real Estate Agent with CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.

Today I got a call from a reporter from the Tampa Tribune. She mentioned that she had come across my blog. I am not sure whether it was the Active Rain blog or my personal Florida Real Estate Blog (I was in the shower when she called so dripping wet and answering questions made me forget part of her introduction). She had questions concerning the real estate market here in Pasco County, Florida and wondered if our market was performing better than the larger Tampa market, and if so, why? We discussed many issues of concern to both buyers and sellers. Topics like impact fees, the state's proposed tax and insurance reforms, and others. Our conversation will be published in a special weekly business section of the paper. I just hope I said nothing too insane

Two weeks ago I was also contacted by a reporter for the statewide Florida REALTOR magazine published by the Florida Association of REALTORS. She wanted to know more about my blogging activities and how they had helped me market my listings, promote myself, and helped consumers become better informed in Florida. Her story will be included in the Biz Solutions section. I am looking forward to seeing my name in print.

My point in writing this post is to let others know that by blogging, whether here or on another separate weblog, you get your name and qualifications out in front of the public, including the press. This is free publicity that you probably could not afford to buy. This particular reporter is also going to place a picture of one of my properties with the story. Talk about great exposure for that seller's home! Getting recognized by the legitimate press will give your name an extra boost that self-promoting ads that we ourselves publish cannot accomplish. You will perhaps be seen as a local expert and that is not a bad position to be in. So keep blogging. You may not realize it for a while, but the world is out there watching. I am excited knowing that I will soon be lining the bottoms of birdcages all around central Florida!!!

PS Geraldo Rivera, do not bother contacting me. Even real estate agents have limits.

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John Elwell - REALTOR

CENTURY 21

Bill Nye Realty, Inc.

813-783-4444

Licensed in Florida

 

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Rainmaker
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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
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THis site works I had someone call me today said he saw me on AR
Aug 28, 2007 11:09 AM #1
Rainmaker
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John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL
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Heather, I cannot tell you how many people call me with questions after they have seen my blog or my responses on Q&A on AR. Sometimes I cannot help them since they are in another state with state-specific questions or they need legal advice, but they like the fact that they can just call and chat about real estate. I also have received a listing recently from my other weblog. The blogs do take time if you do them right, but I think that as time goes by they will pay off in a BIG way. They are also a way for some of the younger tech savy agents to even the playing floor with the agents with 30 years of experience. We all need our edges.
Aug 28, 2007 11:15 AM #2
Rainer
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Hi John! I love these posts because it shows us all what can happen. I have gotten buyers from my postings...usually the ones that AREN'T about real estate. :)
Aug 28, 2007 11:17 AM #3
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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
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With good reason, people are suspicious and have become inured to anything that shouts ADVERTISING. So, it's not too surprising people respond to a genuine conversation via a blog.
Aug 28, 2007 11:30 AM #4
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Todd and Danielle Millar
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Congratulations!

AR  generates a lot of leads. I notice when I do searches in other areas the AR site is always on the front page so others must be feeling the benefit.

 

Aug 28, 2007 11:42 AM #5
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John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL
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Rosario You have a good point. We have been taught to be leery of advertising. But a blog is more of a "news" outlet and little-by-little people begin to feel that they know you personally. And if you happen to end up in print somewhere, they then begin to think (rightly or wrongly) that you must be a good agent since the newpapers and magazines are seeking your information. If you hit the jackpot and get interviewed on TV, even better. There are very few downsides to blogging, from what I see. Except it is time consuming if you do it right.

PamelaSo much of what we read about publicity and websites is hype. But when I decided to try blogging I found it lives up to its word. I too have gotten listings and buyers. I can only imagine this will increase as time goes by.

Aug 28, 2007 11:47 AM #6
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Esko Kiuru
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John,

Encouraging news. For us who have been blogging for a while there then is light at the end of the tunnel. But especially for the newbies to AR and elsewhere, it'll eventually pay off. It requires an honest effort, of course. Posting several times a week is a must. Blogging in AR also helps you with rankings, so there is the extra exposure.

Aug 28, 2007 11:50 AM #7
Rainmaker
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John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL
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Yes Todd & Danielle it does seem to have a high presence on Google especially, and also Yahoo. Nice to see your blog or listings come up before some of the heavy hitters.
Aug 28, 2007 11:50 AM #8
Rainmaker
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John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL
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Yes Esko like anything it takes effort, a little creativity, and the ability to persevere. In the end those who are not doing it will possibly fall behind. Sure looks like it is worth the effort to me.
Aug 28, 2007 11:52 AM #9
Rainer
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John- I have been contacted twice now for articles and they found me in my blogs. You are right, it does work!!!!!
Sep 04, 2007 08:10 AM #10
Rainmaker
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John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL
You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results
Yes, it does get you exposure. And it is positive exposure you could not afford to pay for. On my other blog people can subscribe and I am sure that some reporters have done so in order to keep up on current local trends, etc.
Sep 04, 2007 08:40 AM #11
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Karen Anne Stone
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John:  Since I now know that my blog may someday be lining the bottom of someone's birdcage, should I try and be very careful in what I say... and simply "parrot" other people's remarks, or should I be inventive, and just "wing" it ? 
Sep 04, 2007 05:58 PM #12
Rainmaker
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John Elwell
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Ha, ha. Very good! :)
Sep 05, 2007 01:05 AM #13
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Carla Cullum
Integrity Team Keller Williams Flower Mound - Denton, TX

Yes it does work and Fast. We have been on about a month and got a referral!! I love blogging, getting to meet real estate professional from all across the country!

 

Carla Cullum

KW Flower Mound Texas

Sep 26, 2007 08:31 AM #14
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