It is a September 30 day Localism Challenge at Active Rain......

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Boise Idaho SP20114

During the past year many of us have taken part in some or all of the 30 day Challenges...


Participating in the challenges keeps us on track and helps to create consistency in our blogging.  

To spice it up a bit we have put together a bit of a different challenge for September....

We all know SEO is important and Vital to our Real Estate Business...


One of the easier ways to become more recognized in your community is to do Localism Blogs!  

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For the 30 Days in September the Challenge is to do a  Blog every single day....But the real Challenge will be that at least 20 days your  blog posts be Hyper Local Blogs. 

The topics can  most likely be some thing you already blog about. 

You can choose how you want to structure your blogs....

What about Blogging about a listing you have.


Maybe you will highlight different subdivisions or communities

Or create a Things to Do blogs for your area....

It can even include Market Stats for your area.   


We can get real creative and interview and write a blog about local business in the area....long time businesses or new businesses.

We realize this may stretch for some who don't typically write Localism types of blogs....but you will be rewarded.

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For posting a Hyper Local/Localism post about your area 20 of the  30 days and posting a blog every single day you will receive 3000 bonus points. 


You must post every single day to be eligible.  


We ask that you don't cheat and create a "generic" post and point it to your area....such as "keeping rain gutters clean in Small Town USA" or "Clearing the Clutter in your home in such and such USA.....this must be original content that really tells the consumers about your area.  True Localism Posts!  


Photos are encouraged as well as Video....


It isn't only for the bonus is to help all of us get into the habit of posting SEO Rich Content about the areas we serve....Lets have fun with this Challenge.  


I will create a group in order to keep track of our posts....

but at the end of the challenge you will need to send our

own Kerrie Greenhalgh a note to let her know

you completed the challenge.  Nampa Idaho Lakeview Park

I hope you will participate and reap all the business that is sure to come your way!  


So to Recap Here are the Basics:

Starting September 1

You Must Blog every Single Day

20 of the 30 blogs must be a Hyper-Local/Localism Post

(The Hyper Local Blogs can not be ALL Market Stats, Or ALL Listings...Please do the right thing and Blog a variety of Hyper Local Topics)

Please Post your Blogs to the Following Group each day

30 Days Hyper Blogging Group

On October 1st you will need to send an email to Kerrie to receive your points. 


Posted by

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Deborah Byron Leffler   SFR, PMN "The BZYBEE REALTOR"

Keller Williams Realty Boise

Serving All of Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, Caldwell, Marsing, Wilder, Homedale and Middleton


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Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

This has been the BEST contest ever!  It has really helped me grow and improved my blogging skills!  

Sep 30, 2011 05:45 AM #260
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

A fun contest...glad I participated and made it through the entire month.  It has been good to see (and read) about so many areas.  Hopefully success stories will start coming in telling about new business that has been received as a result of hyperlocal blogging.

Sep 30, 2011 09:15 AM #261
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I made it through all 30 days, posted a heck of a lot of localism posts, and emailed Kerrie to let her know!

Sep 30, 2011 11:03 AM #262
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I'm getting ready to post the final post.  Been fun as usual.

Sep 30, 2011 12:49 PM #263
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Hard to believe I made it through the entire 30 days of the contest.  There were a few days when it almost looked like I wouldn't get a post done but somehow managed to squeak them in before the stoke of midnight.  Had a great time participating.  It gave me a great opportunity to do a lot of research for the localism posts.  Going to go and crack open a nice big bottle of wine and celebrate! :)

Sep 30, 2011 01:23 PM #264
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

I had so much fun with this, I am now at the top of google in 4 farm areas in under a month.

And today, I got rewarded for my month of blogs with 12 listings from a local builder who found me by googling SHORT SALE EXPERT and found me in the number one spot.

I would say that just proved just how important contests like this are.

If anyone is interested, for the monthly fee and about an hour per day of time put into this, I will earn nearly $40,000 in commissions for this 100% ACTIVE RAIN listings.

So stop your whining and don't delay. POST TODAY!

Sep 30, 2011 02:30 PM #265
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

Hi Deborah, FYI, it is day 30 and we are done....YEAH!!!!.....that was a kicker I tell you, if you're not used to blogging every single day.  But I liked it, was challenging at times due to some technical issues within AR's platform with copying and pasting post took a lot longer that it should have. 

But I completed the 30 day September Challenge and I believe almost every single one was indeed a hyper local post, so no issues there and even surprised myself in the end.   FYI, I plan on keep it up starting today, but am not going to kill myself if I miss a day here or there....

Thanks for the contest....


Sep 30, 2011 07:49 PM #266
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Well, that was done and they were all hyper local. I have sent Kerrie the email and am now waiting for our next contest............thanks!

Oct 01, 2011 03:20 AM #267
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

I did complete the 30 day Localism challenge! I don't think that I did post them all to the group though! Do you want me to do that?? I don't want to miss out on the bonus points!! Have a great weekend!

Oct 01, 2011 06:13 AM #268
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Active Rainers...

It's really interesting how participating in these contests can make a difference. I am a BIG ACADEMY CHARGER FAN...I write about Albuquerque Academy because I believe in them.  Well, as part of this contest for the month of September, I wrote a post which was featured on the website .  Please visit this site and let me know what you think?  My AR Post was on the first page of GOOGLE and now it has taken on anothr life of its own.

Hyper-Local Posts work for me. 

Oct 01, 2011 06:55 AM #269
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Deborah.....thanks for the challenge.  It spurred me onto go deeper into the market stats for 12 additional towns in our area and to also upgrade from one month chart to a three month chart with a comparison from a year ago. It was a ton of work getting the stats together but now that I've done it once I'm going to continue doing so ever month. I wouldn't have done this without the 30 challenge to stretch!


Oct 01, 2011 08:05 AM #270
Stacey Johnson-Cosby
Reece & Nichols Realtors-Kansas City - Kansas City, MO
Selling Kansas City-Real Estate & City Blog

Wheeeeeeew! Now I can breathe! But I will do my own challenge in October to continue building my hyper-local posts this was a great exercise. Thanks for the inspiration. Yeahy, Kevin #266!

Oct 01, 2011 11:10 AM #271
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Deborah . . . thanks for this challenge.  WHEW it was tough sometimes trying to come up with some posts.  My Sept Post Are Here

Please Note:  On Sept. 5 my beloved Poppy dog died.  I was very distraught and didn't post on that day but doubled up the following day.  On the 13th I SAVED a blog post to DRAFT, and then spaced making it public.  Which is why I have the break on those two dates.  I hope I'm not disqualified.

Oct 01, 2011 11:50 AM #272
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Ron..great news...congrats on a great finish!!!! 

Sherri...that is happy for you!!!

Anita....I hope so too!   that would be cool to see how much business was generated from this!!!

Great Job Donna!!! glad you participated and made it through!!!  I am sure you have lots of these under your belt though!   LOL


Great job kevin!!!

John...that is was challenging for sure!!!    Glad you prevailed!!!

Whooo Hooo Barbara Jo!!!  Great Job!


Oct 01, 2011 02:32 PM #273
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID was a suggestion but not a requirement!!!  Great job! awesome is that!!!  great Job!!!

Anna...I bet you get  a lot of business from your expanded graphs!!!

Stacey...I think we all need to keep Localism posts at the front of mind!!   they are important!!

Carla...Let Kerrie know and she will be the one who makes the final decision!!   So sorry to hear about your puppy!!!

Oct 01, 2011 02:36 PM #274
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Deborah -

Here are all the posts I wrote in Sept - made it through and then some....It was a good challenge and this time it really coincided with business goal I had in mind...So that was even better.

Oct 01, 2011 04:05 PM #275
Carrie Sampron
Home Smart Realty Group - Highlands Ranch, CO
ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R

Deborah: I'm so glad you organized this contest, it was great. I'll be sending my email to Kerrie shortly. I posted more in September than just about any other month I've been on AR. Thanks - Carrie

Oct 02, 2011 06:14 AM #276
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

What a challenge that was. Here are my September posts 2011. Do I need to e-mail Kerri too?

Oct 02, 2011 01:51 PM #277
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Glad it went well Carrie

Ellie...yes please send to Kerri!!!    COngrats on a great finish!!

Oct 02, 2011 05:33 PM #278
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

My inbox is full and I couldn't be happier!!!  It may take me a few days to get through all these but please know your much deserved points are on their way. 

Life happens and things get in the way so to everyone who completed this 30 day challenge, CONGRATS!  Not an easy task to say the least and I'm very proud of you! rock my world.  Thank you so much for moderating this contest for the better of our Community.  You've inspired many and lit the fire.  Thank you girlie!!!


Oct 03, 2011 05:17 AM #279
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