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What is the Art of Blogging

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I started blogging just recently and wondered what makes other  individuals  so successful in blogging. As I was further researching the blogs, I started noticing that some people just comment on blogs to have their own visibility. So what really makes a good blog and how is the webs intellect so broad to determine weather or not who on the net is to be up on page one with the help of  blogging, seo and all of  that comes with it. I mean think  about this if you have written only a few blogs but  the blogs you wrote are of substance or of  value to other Agents yet your visibility is not there as you don't have enough followers and comments on your blogs. Then you look at a blog that may be just goofy or funny and you have so many comments on it does that make the other blogger any better? someone please help me understand;-)

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Ken Brandon
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC) - Jacksonville, NC
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

It depends on why you are writing a blog. I write for SEO and lead generation. I am able to get top of the page ranking for the keywords I select without anyone commenting on the post or subscribing to it. If you are writing to build friendships then you would probably have a different approach to how your posts are written. If you use the AR search feature, there are a number of well written posts that can help no matter why you choose to maintain a blog.

Nov 29, 2011 02:49 PM
Samson Properties - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Hi Derya. First I want to say Welcome to Active Rain. Active Rain is a place where you will definitely learn from the brightest minds this Real Estate Business has to offer. You said you want to know what makes other individuals so successful in blogging? One thing I would say is Be Consistent in Creating Content so that Search Engines can Crawl your Content and put you in front of customers. Active RAIN has Google Juice.  So you want to make sure you are always writing something.

Richard Yates wrote a blog yesterday that you should definitely check out

The Official Unofficial ActiveRain Guide . This one will defintely help you out.  Also read these blogs as well.

15 Quick SEO Tips for Real Estate Bloggers

Understanding Keywords Can Help You Maximize Your Web Traffic

How to Create a Blog Post for Customers and Search Engines

And I am definitely going to suggest this one. Hopefully the Very unselfish,fun-loving,humorous,knowledgeable Active Rain Superstars will share willingly and give you some more great advice like they normally do. Looking forward to reading more blogs from you. Good luck to you Derya.

Nov 29, 2011 02:54 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Derya. First, Welcome to Active Rain. Always glad to see another Newbie in our community. Lanre has given you some sound advice above in comment # 2 and so has Ken in #1. Now, let me share some of my thoughts.

I see you have written 7 posts already and that is a good start. Next, comment, comment, comment, and read as much as you can. I came over here tonight after you commented on my post today, since I wanted to know more about you. You may be a little late for our First Newbie Challenge Contest, which ends tomorrow midnight Eastern Standard Time.

How to Get Started Blogging in Active Rain

1. Join as many Groups as you can find. At least 20 to start. You are allowed to post into a max of 5 groups everyday. You have to decide who your audience is first. Are you blogging for business to the consumers, or are you blogging for networking and friendships in Active Rain, which may lead to some referrals at a future time?

You have some nice looking buttons in your signature. I am glad to see that you are also a RainMaker too.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Nov 29, 2011 03:18 PM
Derya Martin
Meybohm Realtors - Augusta, GA

Hello Ken when you write your blogs how do you keep people from commenting is it a option that you select I just am not aware of and also is the seo not stronger with people commenting on your blogs?

Nov 29, 2011 03:31 PM
Derya Martin
Meybohm Realtors - Augusta, GA

Hello Lanre,


thank you so much for the links I will be looking in to them tomorrow and I hope it will give me some clarification. I will keep you posted the seo and keyword links seem to be very interesting thank you again and you know Jason Crouch has been emailing me some helpful tips as well he seems very good at it

Nov 29, 2011 03:34 PM
Derya Martin
Meybohm Realtors - Augusta, GA

Hello Jerry,

you are so right about the commenting I can tell you it is almost midnight and I have a reply from you:)). I didn't try out for the newbie challenge as I wasn't sure weather or not Im cut out for this and if ill have the TIME some times live in real estate seems very hectic. But the biggest compliment to me is to see my ranking go up to 8 in my area with the efforts so far so I hope with a little more effort I may be able to be in the Top 3.  I definitely will be looking in to your link and will also start commenting but it still is confusing as ultimately we do want to improve our visibility for business in some cases to make new friends so I guess what Im trying to say is how do you choose which to priorities. And also what I didn't understand in your message was the selection of the 20groups but the commenting in 5 only does that mean for the particular day I can choose from the 20 I would join the 5 I like to involve in for the day? Also what happens if I like more than 20 Groups

Nov 29, 2011 03:42 PM
Ken Brandon
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC) - Jacksonville, NC
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

I don't stop anyone from commenting, it's just I am really not writing blogs that there is much to comment on. My strategy is I am creating a blog that is like a mini web-site page. I determine what search phrase I want to target (I think my last post was "Jacksonville NC Real Estate Under $200,000" ) I write some paragraphs about what they can expect to see on the page, I link back to articles within my website, and I embed a search directly into the post so the viewer can see immediate results. I have only been doing this since August but have already had 3 contracts as a direct result of my blogging efforts. I spend time on AR everyday (probably about an hour total) scanning and reading posts from those much smarter than I and have just put into practice the things I have learned. For me, the biggest AHA about blogs came  when I took the IMSD (Internet Marketing Specialist Designation) and it provided information for me to use this as a business tool. In my opinion, you have to decide what you want the blog to do for you. Are you in it primarily for points? for featured posts? because you like to write? Or are you trying to generate both immediate and long term business? Each requires a different approach to accomplish your goal.

I really don't know if comments add to SEO or not. All I know is I have a number of posts in the #1 position on the first page of the keyword I targeted with 0 comments. In fact, many times these posts have gotten me 4 -5 of the top 10 spots through the post itself, my outside blog, and my actual website through the back links to it from the post. Hope this helps.

Nov 30, 2011 02:09 AM
Derya Martin
Meybohm Realtors - Augusta, GA

Hello Ken,


I will have to look in to your blogs to see what you are doing I am extremely visual all makes more sense ones I  see but how do you link back to the links through you website what is the process how do you do that? Did you take the IMSD online or where did you take it I would love to broaden my knowledge thank you so much for taking the time to write me

Nov 30, 2011 03:10 AM