Will Blog for Food - Lunch Is On Me

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Almost seven months into my Rainmaker account and I had only posted 3 blogs with the help of my local mortgage professional. I knew it was time to get out of my comfort zone. Enter Dick Greenberg's contest and the Sensei-Grasshopper Group and my ability was put to the test.

Carla Muss-Jacobs - Exclusive Buyers Agent Portland/ Portland Real Estate posted she would blog for food, and mentor one lucky recipient. I had no other choice but to answer the call and offer to buy her Lunch. With over 500 blogs to her credit, Carla Muss-Jacobs was able to zero in on the fear that had blocked me. She suggested I join the Pet Project Group and begin writing something close to my heart. Localism, she suggested, will help you get found and is a good starting point. She walked me through the basics:

  • Header and Page Set up
  • SEO and blogging capture
  • Photos and embedding
  • Content

Yikes! Overload and head swimming, I watched Carla maneuver through copy, paste, attach, CREATE. She made it look so simple. YES, I can do this!

Thanks to Sensei Carlas's inspired guidance, this grasshopper began writing and attempting to incorporate the lessons and tips learned. The result is my post:  Lost Our Home Pet Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona

The lessons that Sensei Carla emphasized:

  1.  The importance of back links and linking to authority sources
  2.  KISS - keeping it simple, keeping it tight
  3.  AVOID - the overplaying of keywords but do reiterate the main points
  4.  Utilize Google maps and 1 minute videos for powerful Google juice and Search Engine Optimization.

 It is with much respect and admiration that I extend my thanks to Carla Muss-Jacobs

as well as Dick Greenberg for their guidance and inspiration. To all ActiveRain participants, you ROCK!



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Nancy Lamb, CDPE, CNE, CIAS, Green

Lori Webster, REALTOR

LovingAZ "Serving the Valley of the Sun Since 1991"


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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I have been here since 2009 and I still don't think I totally understand the whole back-link thing.

May 12, 2012 01:15 PM #17
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Nancy - Congratulations on getting out of your comfort zone and doing some posts.

May 12, 2012 03:22 PM #19
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

OH that is so great to hear.  So glad you guys connected and now you have taken the big plunge.  Good for you and great job by Carla.

May 12, 2012 08:35 PM #20
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Carla is a jewel and very knowledgeableat that .. it was your lucky day when you first connected with her.

May 12, 2012 09:35 PM #21
Stephen Howell
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043

Nancy, this is a great post.  If I hadn't read it, I would have missed the mention of Lost Our Home Pet Foundation.  Do you know if there's an operation in Maryland?  In looking at their home page, it looks like they're located just in Arizona.  Anyway, keep up the great work!!!

May 13, 2012 12:00 AM #22
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would highly encourage to touch base with local AR members and start networking with one another.

May 13, 2012 12:16 AM #23
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nancy - Carla is a great resource here in AR, and for the cost of lunch, that's a great outcome for the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge - welcome to blogging! Thanks to you and Carla both for participating.

May 13, 2012 01:22 AM #24
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Carla Muss Jacobs CMJ is the ruler of all she surveys...If there is a post inside of you, she will flush it out

May 13, 2012 01:26 AM #25
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Nancy, these are great tips for all of us.  What a valuable lunch that was!

May 13, 2012 04:10 PM #26
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Nancy, Oh..if you had to have a mentor, you found a fantastic one in Carla! She is truly a font of knowledge. I'm so glad you did get out of your comfort zone and decide to start blogging. You've learned some great stuff early on which will put you ahead of some that are still needing that "push". Like Carla said, you've already gotten some great google juice! I look forward to reading more!

May 14, 2012 10:05 AM #27
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Great tips for everyone and congratulations on getting that post on Google.


May 14, 2012 09:27 PM #28
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Nancy,  I love Carla's candor and sense of humor.  What a blessing for you to have the opportunity to work with Carla. You are well on your way now.  Blog On!

May 26, 2012 09:53 AM #29
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Nancy, I just checked out this post and it does seem like you are well on your way. Just say what you are thinking and you will do marvelously.

Jun 01, 2012 04:33 AM #30
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Hey Nancy....good for you. Just write about your area or neiighborhoods to get going. Amenities, home styles schools etc..you know the drill. You are writing primarily for consumers not agents so just give 'em what they want ....area, price and market info.

Ha...I say this but it took me a long time to figure this stuff out :-)

Jun 13, 2012 10:57 PM #31
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
That is sweet! I has the nicest impromptu chat with her the other day. I got a kick out of her Starbucks post and just HAD to talk to her.
Jun 14, 2012 07:19 PM #32
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Great Job Nancy!  It is the way of putting it all out there that leads to SUCCESS!!!

Jun 23, 2012 02:25 AM #33
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Nancy - Thanks for sharing Carla's wisdom!

Jul 05, 2012 11:06 PM #34
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

What a great situation you have - I be your get a lot more from this than the price of the lunch!

Aug 05, 2012 06:29 AM #35
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
Nancy, Been on here for years and just getting warmed up to learning to blogging basics. Great post.
Jan 12, 2013 04:35 AM #36
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is difficult to start and keep writing your posts daily. We are so busy, so adding additional hour or two of blogging into our busy lives can be extremely challenging.


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