"Our Best Thoughts Come From Others"...Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Much of what we do online is a test.  There’s never a guarantee that our post will be indexed by any of the search engines.  How many times have we written a post and used the proper keywords, and it’s on the second page rather than the first?  It happens.

But on the same note we, more often than not, find our posts on the first page and above the fold.  We make note of what we did to get there, and we continually repeat that similar format. 

If you notice others who are attempting similar posts, do you check the search engines to see if they are doing it properly?  I know, it’s not our job to do that, but I think it’s called goodwill and sharing information with others.  It’s always a test isn’t it?

Some pass with flying colors and others don’t even take the initiative to sit for the exam.  Which category do you find yourself in?  That’s right, it’s a rhetorical question, but it would be to your benefit to think about the honest answer. 

It’s not difficult to help someone who is trying to successfully accomplish a new task.  Imagine how much easier life would be if more people practiced sharing information without feeling threatened about doing it? 

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Barbara Todaro, Great Grandmother to Caleb, Santino, Aiden and Gianni       

Todaro Team - Retired



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Comments (27)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Conrad....I agree with you....there are many of those agents here on ActiveRain....fortunately!!

Jul 10, 2011 03:11 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

AR is a fantastic forum to cut your SEO teeth on.  If something doesn't work, go search out what others are doing and see if there's a way to enhance or change your posts to get better results.  Sometimes, the keywords are saturated and landing on page 2 is the best you can do.  When that happens, trying to figure out what, how, etc. to get higher in the SERPs can be a real challenge but there are so many helpful folks on AR who are willing to assist.

Jul 10, 2011 03:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Barbara,  I am so amazed at how much knowledge can be had by everyone in AR, for a newbie I am trying to pick up things all the time.

Jul 10, 2011 03:59 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Barbara. Very good points. We should be more aware of our key words.  I'll have to run out and check.

Jul 10, 2011 04:00 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Anita.....it's a matter of paying attention....checking what you do and changing, if it's not working....

Will...I'm also always amazed....

Belinda.....we should always be checking those....

Jul 10, 2011 04:06 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

This is such a sharing and giving place Barbara and you are one of the very best helpers there are here in Active Rain.  Now...I need you to do my marketing, LOL :)!  

Anyway, working on those key words, SEO and such is very important.  I wish I could catch on really, really quick but it's a learning process.  Katerina's class is definitely something everyone should consider taking.


Jul 10, 2011 04:14 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Brenda.....you do a great job of marketing....and I think Katerina saved most of us!!!  and nice photo....your daughter's beautiful....good genes!!


Jul 10, 2011 04:43 AM
Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Conroe, TX
Broker Associate - Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Barbara - I had to hit the "suggest' button on this one!  I love your thoughts on sharing.  I believe that sharing takes nothing away from me and if anything I know helps someone else, then it it a blessing to both of us! 

Jul 10, 2011 04:54 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Pam....you and I think similarly.....now do you like the roulette wheel????

Jul 10, 2011 05:03 AM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Barbara, One thing people have to keep doing is check their keywords.  What worked before may not work now.  Even short tail searches change with respect to competition and searches.  So every 3-4 months you have to go over what you are doing.  I think its very different for different areas. I'm going through some posts now and changing some of the keywords.  The one thing I find is that things don't remain static. So you have to keep learning and working.  The only constant is that nothing is constant.

Jul 10, 2011 07:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Ruthmarie.....I constantly check keywords to see if they are working.....new construction keywords are so important to our business.....I check those keywords continually.....and I've seen changes.....

Jul 10, 2011 07:40 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Hi Barbara.

It all started as a test...Than over time the headlines improved...


Jul 10, 2011 10:22 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Joshua....in this business, every day is a test, isn't it!!!

Jul 10, 2011 10:24 AM
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I like posts like this because I learn.

I don't like posts like this because I learn that I don't know very much!  ;-)

I now have to admit that I haven't checked my standings or keywords in quite some time.  (but I will this week.)

Once again, many thanks to you, Barbara!

Jul 10, 2011 10:40 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Chris....you should make a habit of doing a google search after you submit a post....use the keywords that you used and see how long it takes to land on the first page.....

Jul 10, 2011 10:49 AM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Barbara, I'm always checking other blogs to see if I want to write about the same content.  AR is the best place to replentish your supply of articles to write about.

Jul 10, 2011 12:19 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Barbara, yes thoughts and in my case design comes from inspiration. Thanks for your tips on keywords.

Jul 10, 2011 01:49 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Barbara, I have been very busy and a bit sidetracked this year because we added foreclosure listings to the mix, so my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat and ouch! I can tell. I can see that consistency will help raise you in the organic searches as well as proper SEO.


Jul 10, 2011 04:40 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Barbara--great post.  I have had so much help from people on Active Rain and I can't be thankful enough.  And now when I have helpful suggestions I try to return that favor by helping others, too. 

Jul 10, 2011 06:21 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

It also pays to remember that there can only be so many people on page 1 of a Google search, so if everyone is doing the same thing, how does Google decide who to put on page 1? That’s why it’s important to do more than the minimum. Inundate the Internet with more posts than your competition, and you’ll have more Google returns!

Jul 13, 2011 04:12 AM