Just a little word of advice on blogging . . .

Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Just a little word of advice on blogging . . .

Image of blog buttonI'm still a relative newbie to blogging and it took me a while to find my "voice".  But I've got a couple of success stories that are a direct result of my efforts and I thought I'd share some tips with anyone who is thinking, "What do I blog about?".

Write what you know.  Be it short sales, bank-owned, traditional sales, or even a particular neighborhood -- tell it like it is in YOUR market and you can't go wrong.  Consumers can smell ineptness and they'll call you out on it faster than you can say, "Oops!".

Speak in your own voice.  Don't try to sound like someone else.  You may get the call, but you probably won't close the sale when they find out you aren't who they thought you were.

Add a little levity.  Let people know your sense of humor is alive and well.  Give them a chance to see you having fun, life can be pretty daunting -- it's those who can, and do, laugh who make the ride fun.

Blog about your community.  Have a passion for animals?  Blog about local shelters or fundraisers.  Do you make a difference in your community with local charities?  Blog about them.  Let others know how they can help.  Write about community events and local hot spots.  Imagine that you are new to the area and write about what YOU would want to know.  I've had more calls from my localism posts than any other.  And 5 Clients who are a direct result of those posts.

Be sure to add a picture or video.  Your readers will appreciate the visual as much as the written.

Most importantly?  Just BLOG!  Even a stream of consciousness post can let people see the real you and know you are someone they'd like to work with.  It can be scary the first few times.  But if you're committed to increasing your business it's the best way I know to do it. 

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Tish Lloyd, REALTOR®


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Realty World Cape Fear

1119-A Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington NC 28405



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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Such great tips. I wish that someone would've told me all of this when I started.

Jun 17, 2011 05:58 PM #54
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Tish - I kinda think of you as an established blogger!!!  And I learn from things that you do, by the way!  :)  I like the tips.

Jun 17, 2011 06:09 PM #55
Beth Paterson
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592 - Saint Paul, MN
CRMP, NMLS #342859

Great points!  I believe inn writing about what you know best and in your own voice.  Also photos are wonderful additions.  Good luck on your continued blogging.


Jun 17, 2011 06:15 PM #56
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - fundsavailable.com

I wouldn't call 300,000 points a newbie but you make great points. The questions I have is which voice the cool objective factual one that is mine or the warmer more personal one. Both are mine.

Jun 17, 2011 07:34 PM #57
Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Tish:  Congratulations on the Feature...and your following!  Keep up the great writing.  We can never get enough of that in the rain.

Jun 17, 2011 07:36 PM #58
Steven Wright
Home Real Estate - Aurora, CO
CRS - Home Real Estate - 720-989-5283

Great blog.  Loved it.

Jun 17, 2011 08:19 PM #59
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I gave a class on blogging and one of he points that resonated with everybody was exactly this. ."fakyness" can be spotted fast when you are blogging more for the money than the passion. . 

Besides. .  your passion is the fuel that makes you write at 5:00 in the morning months from now. . so you are guarantee OF  SUCCESS!

Jun 17, 2011 10:04 PM #61
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

New to blogging?

yeah right. . .come on Tish?

You are one of the top bloggers here in Activerain. .


Jun 17, 2011 10:06 PM #62
Kim Gero
Verani Realty - Center Ossipee, NH
Associate Broker, REALTOR®

Great advice Tish. I'm still very new to blogging. I'm not quite comfortable with it yet, but practice makes perfect.

Jun 17, 2011 10:35 PM #63
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

All solid advice! Very good points and advice.  Everyone should read this!

And, in addition to all that, be prepared to put on some kind of costume to fly to another area to protect a home inspector in need!

Jun 17, 2011 11:39 PM #64
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Ed ~  Great point; thanks.

Joan ~  Thank you!

Philip ~  Your posts are an excellent example of "doing it right"!

Rebekah ~  It's like attending a fun & educational seminar every day.

Gina ~  No more "newbie"?  Oh, dear . . .

Mike ~  That's exciting to hear -- continued success to you.

Liz ~  There's no doubt you're clipping along just fine!

Tammie ~  Amen!

Brian ~  Thanks -- seems there's always something new to learn and to try on for size!

Jun 18, 2011 12:09 AM #65
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Fred ~  Thank you.  Guess sometimes we need to hear them again.

Lanre ~  Watch it, you'll make my head too big for my britches!

Evelyn ~  It's just like talking to your neighbor:  Stop by for a chat, share some thoughts and boogie on into your day . . .

Melissa Z ~  Looking at all of those points, I'd say you hit the ground running!

Chris ~  Knock me over with a feather!  I look at you as a teaching guru!  Wow!  I do believe you just made my day, week, month . . .

Beth ~  Many thanks!

Maya ~  I'd say it depends upon the subject matter; it's great to be able to bring different persona to the table.

Kirsten ~  There's nothing like dancing in The 'Rain to help you find your voice and hone your style.

Jun 18, 2011 12:25 AM #66
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Mr. Wright ~  Thanks; love your avatar!

Jackson ~  Saving money is very relevant to real estate!

Fernando ~  Most people can spot "Fake" a mile away. I would love to take one of your classes on any subject and were I closer, you can rest assured I'd be there. Figure I've been dancing a lot less than so many of the 'Rainers who are light years ahead.  Appreciate the compliment, though.

Kim ~  Just keep putting it out there and if EVER you need any help, I'm a phone call away!

Jay ~  Thank you, thank you.  Now where did I put that costume . . .


Jun 18, 2011 12:34 AM #67
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tish, this is excellent advice. I think you moved to the next level and are no longer a newbie. Great Post!

Jun 18, 2011 02:36 AM #68
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

You make an excellent point about having a voice, plus a sense of humor.  It's the consistency that helps the most.  After a while, everybody starts to develop a style, their "voice" evolves, and the quality gets better and better.

Jun 18, 2011 04:43 AM #69
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Tish....There are many ways to blog.  Here in the Rain, I like to let people get to know me and feel comfortable with me when we start to work together.

Jun 18, 2011 06:17 AM #70
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Michael ~  Okay, I can live with that -- thanks.

Bryan ~  The consistency is very helpful; you're right.  I also think it's important to let your sense of humor shine through -- people like to know the "real" person they're dealing with.

William ~  I fully agree with your approach -- I mean, who knew how serious and dark you truly become . . .

Jun 18, 2011 06:54 AM #71
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I always read blogs on other people's advice on blogging. And I always seem to pick up some little tip or another. Thanks.


Jun 18, 2011 04:19 PM #73
Adam Mallory
eBroker Real Estate 619-566-ADAM - San Diego, CA
Broker, ABR, e-Pro

Very nice post Tish!  Thanks for the valuable tips!  If I had my posts featured as often as you do, I'd probably write daily!

Jun 18, 2011 06:08 PM #74
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Tish, if you're a newbie, then I'm really a newbie. I like your points, especially your first, write what you know, whatever it might be!

Jun 18, 2011 06:26 PM #75
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