Posh'd oh my gosh!! Does that make me an "Expert"?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC BK607690

                                                                          Hey there! I forgot to tell you guys that my blogsite brokerbryant.com got posh'd this month. I'm not quite sure why or how but I guess that it's a good thing. So if you have a moment pop over and give me a vote. The site with the most votes at the end of the month gets featured. In fact if you go over there and look at the site you will see our own Maggie Dokic's site, "The Blog That Ate Miami.com" is the featured site for this month. Is that like the best name ever for a blog? I love it!!! Congratulations Maggie.

I launched brokerbryant.com back in January but really haven't spent as much time on it as I should. I do like it. Even though I only post to it once or twice a week, with mostly the same stuff I post on ActiveRain, I actually get a fair amount of business from it.

My problem is I'm just too busy working my business to give it the attention it needs. I guess that's a good problem to have.

By the way, do you ever wonder how many of the "Top Bloggers" in and out of ActiveRain are also "Tops" in their areas of business as well? I do. I wonder how many may just be very good writers and Bloggers but struggle in their business. Does being an "Expert Blogger" necessarily translate into being an "expert" REALTOR®, loan officer, mortgage broker, stager....etc.

Do you feel, as part of the blogging family, that folks that don't blog are missing the boat? I do sometimes. I don't understand why they wouldn't take advantage of this awesome opportunity to show folks their "expertise" and get business from it.

But you know, recently I have talked with quite a few REALTORS® in my area about blogging and they didn't have a clue what I was talking about. The funny thing was when I explained it to them they just said they didn't have the time to do it. Folks, these are REALTORS® that do a ton of business. Much more than I do. So even though I may feel they are missing the boat the reality is they truly don't need blogging in their business.

As much as I enjoy blogging I can understand where they are coming from. I too have plenty of business. I had business before I started blogging and will still have business if and when I ever decide to stop. I blog for one reason, I enjoy it. I'm at the computer all day anyway so why not have fun while I'm there and share what I love with others....real estate.

It's certainly made me better at what I do but, in all honesty, I was pretty good to begin with. I grew my business by being balanced with my marketing. I do a lot of different things to generate business and as much as I love blogging I still do the other stuff. I don't believe in putting all of my eggs in the same basket. Do you?

Do you feel blogging is the "cure all" of Real Estate? The magic elixir that will change our business forever? The one thing we can do that will make us successful? Do you believe that? I don't.

I truly feel blogging is a very exciting way to get business but I also believe it will evolve into something completely different in the next couple of years. I don't know what that will be but I'm pretty sure we shouldn't be counting to heavily on blogging for our business. It should be an add on. Something to enhance our business not build it. Our marketing efforts need to be balanced. If not.....well, we could be in trouble if the dynamics of blogging change quickly and all of our eggs are cracked.

What if NAR or your State's Real Estate Board, decided tomorrow, to clamp down on all the ethical and legal violations that abound in blogdom? And believe me they do abound. I have visited many blog sites and for the life of me I can't even tell who they belong to. No company name, no licensee name, no contact numbers, nothing that even gives a hint that the owner of the site is a licensed REALTOR®. Those sites could be shut down overnight. Licenses could be revoked. All the hard work and SEO "thingies" would be worthless in a matter of minutes.

So my advice is, blog away and have fun. Make it a PART of your business plan but still put effort into the other areas as well. Don't place all your eggs in the same basket. What say you?

Now go vote!!!

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Comments (47)

Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Hey there, BB! We're right there alongside of ya! You vote for us and we'll vote for you, okay???
Oct 13, 2007 06:06 PM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Bryant,

I have asked myself many of the same questions you pose here. I think, while blogging is great for business, it'll never be the end all for Real Estate. I know plenty of other Realtors who are extremely busy (obviously more that me, since they spend no time at all blogging and are quite successful) and they have no need for blogging at all. Like most things in life, it takes a balance.

Congrats on getting posh'd. I'm hoping you get featured.

Oct 13, 2007 11:10 PM
Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate
Nice post Bryant. I certainly do not think that blogging is a cure-all, or for that matter even a necessity for many Realtors. I think it can be used to enhance a solid business practice and it could be a great addition for many out there.
Oct 14, 2007 12:06 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Bryant,
I believe in balance in most everything I do, business and personal.  So, no all my efforts are not internet related but I do believe it is quickly becoming (if not already) the most effective marketing tool we have.  I believe we have to meet the needs of all age groups and that is what I am attempting to do.  
Oct 14, 2007 12:54 AM
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
Congratulations Broker Bryant.  It is amazing how many "Experts" do not blog (good for the rest of us I suppose) Heading over to see your new posh site and cast a vote! 
Oct 14, 2007 01:51 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Congrats BB!  You got our votes for sure.  Something new every day.  Staying fresh and on top of what's new is important but you are absolutely right about trying to use only one form of marketing.  NG!  Spread the wealth!
Oct 14, 2007 02:30 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
BB - This is interesting....I have often wondered how many of the excellent bloggers here are just as good at selling Real Estate. I know by following your posts that this is an enjoyable hobby but that Real Estate is your main focus. I have a feeling there are quite a few here that have become pro bloggers but have lost sight of what is most important - making sales!
Oct 14, 2007 02:33 AM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC
Congrats BB!  I put my vote in the hat!  You always provide some interesting points of view, alternative ways of thinking and humor.  Quite refreshing!
Oct 14, 2007 03:23 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Hi Carol, Thanks for the vote!! Did you check out the PortOrangeJuice.com blog? I think it's beautiful! Hands down should be the winner. Hey I don't mind 2nd or 3rd though:)

Bill, I think you're right. I have a follow up to this post in my head I may write later today. I keep thinking about how I as a Broker would feel about my agents blogging without my control.

Hi Lisa, Thanks for your support!

Good morning Allison. I need to get over and comment on your post from this morning. It's very very good. I read it earlier but wasn't awake enough yet to write. See ya soon!!!

Cynthia, Do feel you are getting more buyer leads from the Net than sellers?

Hi Joe, Thanks for stopping by. I actually have about 6 or 7 different things that I do to market. But by far my biggest return is my "expired letter". Nothing else even comes close.

Andrew, I too know many agents that are way to busy to blog. For me it's very relaxing. I enjoy it too much to give it up. Plus I'm not building a business I'm beyond that stage in my career. 

Rich, I cast my vote for you my friend. I have to say though the Orange guy should win. Their site is really beautiful. At least in my opinion. I love the colors. Maybe it's just a Florida thing. I like you frog too. I'm just more of a "fruit cake" than a web toed creature:) 

Fran, It took me many years to learn about moderation. I used to be an animal:) Now I'm just tired.

Jennifer, The social aspect of blogging is the part I like best. Especially here on AR. I LOVE this place!! 

Ricardo, You and I are very much alike my friend. Except you're better looking:)

Oct 14, 2007 04:54 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Hi Lisa, Being too busy to blog is a good thing in my opinion. After all our jobs are selling real estate not blogging.

Thanks Gary, I have seen a dramatic increase in traffic to my blog since being Posh'd. Of course I imagine it's mostly other bloggers. So does it really matter? Traffic is good, checks are much better.

Hi Renee, It certainly takes a lot of effort to keep a blog up and running. Most of my other marketing is set on "auto pilot". That's the way I prefer it. I arrange mailers and ads a year in advance. That way it gets done whether I have the time or not.

Lysa, Do you really believe that? I don't. Not at all. I truly believe it is a passing fancy and will lead to something completely different.

John S., Your a good man my friend. I really appreciate the kinds words. What you said is kind of my point. Are we really just amusing ourselves with other bloggers? I do get quite a bit of biz from blogging but is it business I wouldn't have anyway? Not sure. Getting business has never been an issue for me. I guess I'm just lucky that way. I have been in communications with an editor, by the way, to see about doing a book. I've just been too busy to really get my head around it. I'm hoping to really pursue it more over the next few months. I think there would be a market for it. As always thanks for stopping by.

Thanks Brandon, This place is a wealth of information. By the way one of grandsons is named Brandon!

Randy, I think it does take the "top producer" mentality to be consistent with blogging. 

Richard, I think in this market I would just be spending time on your boat if I could. We can always chase money later.

Jayne, My host and designer is RSSpieces.com.

Ginger, That is a perfect response! I do the same thing. I use "push" my blog at potential customer/clients so they can get a feel of who I am and what I do. It's a soft sell and it works great.

WooHoo, Sounds like that bathroom has been quite the ordeal. I'm sure you are happy to have that behind you.  

Oct 14, 2007 05:49 AM
Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA

BB.. Congratulations on being posh'd..  Blogging isn't for the faint of heart.. it takes a lot of commitment... and a certain amount of healthy ego.  I think those of us who started early have both along with wanting to share information with consumers.  I made the decision that my blog would be farming for me.  It's a great way to get a lot of informaton out to people I might not have otherwise been able to contact.  It will be interesting to see how the second generation of bloggers use the concept.

Love those RSS blogs..

Oct 14, 2007 09:14 AM
Susan Milner
Florida Future Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents
As I often do, I agree with you. Sometimes I have the time to blog & sometimes I don't. I haven't made it a 'have-to' part of my business plan but may for 2008. I think it is like anything else, it works for some & some it doesn't. I believe it boils down to if you like it or not. Many agents are too busy to blog but what if they have no internet presence? Might cost them business in the next few years. Others that blog have no business but may eventually from getting noticed online. No perfect answer. But if you have spare time & no business why not? And if you like to write & have something to say, why not? Now, I'll go check out this voting thing....good luck!
Oct 15, 2007 04:06 AM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

BB, just checking in with you here, but I'll really comment on your next post Ride the blogging wave. Be compliant and don't get wiped out! It looked like you could use this link.

Bill Roberts

Oct 15, 2007 11:20 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Bryant- I was blogging in other areas, not real estate when I discovered AR and started blogging here. I am in the process of starting a web/blog and I work on our website a lot. I am getting a lot of business from blogging., Our goes like this: Expired marketing, referrals, blogging. That works for us right now. I am always searching out new ways to make contacts and get business. We are comfortable with what we are doing. I believe in multiple streams of income so of course Real Estate is not where I put all my eggs either. Blogging is my outlet to write. I love to write and never do because of the time it takes and the guilt it makes when I need to be doing other things but blogging gives me the excuse that I get to write thus fulfilling my passions. Katerina
Oct 15, 2007 03:59 PM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Broker Bryant (you good looking blogger you...)

This is a very thought provoking post.  I have been careful, I hope, to always be ethical in my postings - not only do I post with the idea that consumers will read this blog, but I also assume that my broker will read it, and even someone who would like to get me in trouble will read it, or someone from the Commission. 

Better safe than sorry.

Oct 15, 2007 10:48 PM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Hello everyone, I just can't seem to catch up with comments this week. I've been very busy. That's a good thing though. As always thanks for stopping by.

Bill thanks for providing that link. I guess I should have done that already. You got my back jack!!!

 

Oct 16, 2007 01:05 AM
Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois

Broker Bryant -- I have been mulling over this blogging thing. . .in my immediate area no one is really using a blog to promote business.  We have some big dog dominate Realtors around and I agree with you, they have lots of business and do not see a need.  As a newer Realtor (18 mos) I see blogging as a way to inexpensively market myself and establish a presence.  The "big dogs"  have name recognition and years of experience, fancy ads, billboards and teams working for them.  I do not have the budget or experience to compete in the same fashion.  I can, however, spread the word about my business through my online presence. . .which brings me to a question. . .why would any Realtor create a blog without branding and contact information????  If the goal is BUSINESS, clients need to know how to find you.

Congratulations on getting posh'd -- you've earned a spa day!

Oct 16, 2007 01:42 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Broker Bryant, thanks for the link love.  I've been a bit spaced out lately.  I just stopped by your blog and left a comment.  You're way too funny!

Congrats on the Posh feature! 

Oct 25, 2007 02:53 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
Good to see you Maggie. I hope all is well with you and business is picking up. Hey if you're like me it doesn't have any where to go but up!!!
Oct 25, 2007 04:30 AM
Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information

We just got posh'd and are going to try to figure out tomorrow what it means.  As you know, we voted for you, and now I guess we need to pay a lot more attention.

 

Nov 01, 2007 03:26 PM