Do You Make All Your Posts Public?

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Real Estate Agent with (512) 786-8300

Todays online Raincamp was very informative. Work obligations kept me from participating in much of it, but what I saw, I liked. Fortunately, I believe it will be recorded, and available soon. I was able to hear part of Katerina Gasset's presentation, which covered several subjects. One item that Katerina suggested, was making almost all of your blog posts public. In the past, I haven't done this, as I didn't realize the importance of doing so. 

How Much To Make Public

Katerina and others (yes, that's you Charita Cadenhead), make a good point about taking posts public. I was reluctant, because some of what I write, comes from anecdotes in my real estate life, and include client details, and those of my colleagues. But most of our Members Only posts could be of some interest, and can add to that Google juice if taken public. Katerina made other points about comments, AR centric posts and other things which can be found on the webinar.

A good task, may be to go through some old posts, and see which ones can be made public. I for one, will go through a month per day, and see which posts I can make public. 

So do you make most of your posts public?

Posted by

Scott Hayes

Austin Real Estate Agency

Extraordinary Service, For Extraordinary People

Direct: 512-786-8300

www.austinrealestateagency.com

Comments (23)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, most of them are public...unless I'm explaining what I do from an SEO perspective which is something I'm happy to share w/ rainers, but I don't want my local competition to see.  Earlier I would write some stuff abt AR and used to make private, but now if I'm talking milestones, I make them public.

good idea to go back and adapt old ones.  It will definitely help your SEO.

Sep 08, 2011 01:09 PM
Daniel H. Fisher
www.FisherHermanRealty.com (704) 617-3544 - Charlotte, NC
MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC

Something to do eventually...make Member's Only posts Public when they may be of interest.

Sep 08, 2011 01:23 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Scott....yes, most of my posts are public.....the only members only posts are rants....and I don't rant too much....all of my family posts, rocky posts, narratives that I write daily and of course my listing posts are all public....

Sep 08, 2011 01:25 PM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

True - I try to keep all of my posts public, but just got called out by a very angry seller who recognized one of my "asking for your opinion" posts as about her septic system.   Oops!   There was nothing to identify it, but it was a very special situation, and she was not happy to see it.  Usually, a post is fine to be public.

Sep 08, 2011 01:55 PM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi Scott-Since I started taking classes with Katerina, I have learned to make most of my posts public.  The ones that I leave private are those when I am ranting about an event or about our profession :).  

Sep 08, 2011 02:10 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Scott - I used to make a good percentage of my posts "members only", but once I realize you won't get the same Google Juice and they can't be reblogged, I tailor them more for the public. Even if it's personal, if I can say it on Active Rain than I can say it to the general public. Besides, you never know when and how someone will find you, so unless it's a rant (and I've only done one) I make it public. Have a great night!

Sep 08, 2011 02:34 PM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Hey Scott, Yes I make probably 99% of them public. Only those where I only want feedback from AR members do I make a "members only". Even those where I have dealt with clients and fellow colleagues I have typically made public. I do however distinguish from my OUTSIDE blog to the "inside"(?) one. Some, like AR specific ones I don't want outside but do want them public for searchability reasons. I stepped in on the class a bit today what she was saying was pretty on target. Have a great night, Scott!

Sep 08, 2011 02:48 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Scott- Thanks for the mention and most of all, thanks for learning something! I so appreciate that. As I said in my presentation- i think in 4 years of blogging on AR- I can count my members only posts on two hands. The only members only were some very personal rants on some agents where it would not behoove the public to read those. I try not to write those. But my rants about short sales, and the agents who don't know what they are, yes, those are public because my goal is to protect the public about listing with agents who know nothing about what they are listing. There were a couple of members only ones where another member was sick and needed prayers and we did not need the whole world to know about that. 

You are building a life online and people want to know who you are before they pick up the phone to call you. Katerina 

Sep 08, 2011 03:49 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Scott, Another thing we've evolved on since we started. We wrote too many Members Only posts.  Have switched to almost exclusively Public....well except for Miss Bad Manners posts.  She's a bit of private fun just for the Rainers.  However, if something is meant for the Rain primarily, we may not post it to our Outside Blog.  Bill

Sep 08, 2011 05:23 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

SEO calls for Public Posts!   I don't think I have ever posted a "Members Only" blog.

Sep 08, 2011 05:46 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
Almost all of mine are public as well. Rarely do a members only.
Sep 09, 2011 01:51 AM
Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.

Scott, I really try to make most of my posts public, but some are strictly inside stuff, such as discussing the "interesting" behavior of some agents;)

Sep 09, 2011 02:56 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I was also part of the first online Raincamp. Although, I couldn't get on at first, and had only audio for the remainder of the time, it was still well worth it. I picked up a  lot of tips, like you. I just spent hours going back on every thing I've ever written and I've only been on a year, but it still took way too long, checking on Member's Only and Public Posts. Also, I never really understood the ActiveRain channel choice and the topic portion. Now, I do and instead of 70 different topics, I try to aim them all in one place.

Sep 09, 2011 03:02 AM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Hi Scott,

 I do think the members only section serves an important function. Agents need a semi-private place to vent/get feedback from other professionals.

 In a very real sense we are in the sausage making business. The end result is great, but if folks saw how it was made they might get sick!

Sep 09, 2011 04:03 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I am all for this idea. I get so disappointed when I go to hit the reblog button on a good post and there is none.
Sep 09, 2011 04:20 PM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Since I write alot of localism posts and hyper-local stuff most of my posts are public but I do have Members Only posts.  For instance if you are participating in an AR challenge or contest I dont think the public is going to care about that so that type of post that has links to the contest in my opinion needs to be members only.  Of course that raises issue over contests which has been a rant lately but for a blogger trying to get established I think the contest participation is good not to mention fun but that is just my opinion.  I was listening to Katarina in RainCamp and I disagree with making all your posts public.  There is alot of sharing and training that is blogged about on AR that falls into members only category.  Why would the public care about my iPad apps, Zillow or Market Leader information???

Sep 09, 2011 05:10 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Scott, I make most of mine public. The only ones that stay members only are the ones that could possibly get me in trouble. I know, I know. Eric get in trouble? You'd be surprised :)

Sep 10, 2011 11:06 AM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY
Broker-Owner

If you don't make them public you might as well be just singing in the shower. 

Sep 13, 2011 04:25 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change
Most of mine are public. Occasionally I want to engage members in a professional discussion, that may not have relevance to the public. Like what CRM are you using, or do you believe flyer boxes are worthwhile?
Sep 13, 2011 04:43 PM
Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Scott actually all of my blogs are public. With Active Rain growing in members,viewers and popularity,I feel that some blogs that are even made private will still be seeing in public. But like Charita said "You are a good writer". So you should let more people read your blogs. But I definitely see where you are coming from though. All things shouldn't be made public. Great post.

Sep 13, 2011 05:08 PM