New To Blogging? Where Are You From?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Map and compassNew To Blogging?  Where Are You From?

There are many Active Rainers that as soon as we see their comment or post, we instantly associate them with their town or state.  Name a state and chances are we've got someone (or a whole bunch of someones) mentally tied to that state....and a few friends north of the border if we needs some Canadians too :)

And the wonderful thing about having that mental association is that if we have referral business these people who have clearly built up their service area brand are top of mind.  But that top of mind only exists because they've made it BLATANTLY apparent either by many Localism posts advocating their area or by a comment signature block that tells us WHERE they work.  You've GOT to make it easy for people to build that association because most people aren't going to go too far out of their way to ID you. 

If you leave a comment and the only description present is "ABC Realty", that doesn't help me with a name or to build a geographic association.  If we ONLY put RE/MAX Elite in our comment signature, you'd have no clue where we worked.

And in our case, Ohio is a big state.  But just letting people know we're in Ohio isn't enough, we need to give them a pretty good idea where in Ohio we work.  So here's how we solved the problem of letting people know exactly where we work when they read our comments:

Comment Signature
Now HOW did we do that?  It's actually pretty easy.

  • Go to your MY HOME PAGE. 
  • Under your left hand side photo where you see My Profile (Edit) click on (Edit)  That brings up a screen to enter First Name, Last Name, Company. 
  • Now here's the "trick".  Don't fill out the blocks that way.  They're free form blocks, you can type in whatever you want, but they do have character quantity limitations.  Here's how we filled out ours:

 

Comment Signature So fill out your three fields in a way that CLEARLY associates YOU and YOUR AREA.  And don't forget to click SAVE PROFILE when you're done!

And that's our Newbie Advice tip for helping associate your name and your service area.  Let people know where you work, or someone else just might get the referral that could have been yours. 

We know Rainers have us associated with Ohio, we've had three different bloggers hit us up for Ohio specific information this week alone!

Keep on Blogging!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz 

P.S.  The other tip for letting people know where we work?  A custom Google Map we made. You can insert as a screen capture picture or embed the html code of the map in your profile's blog signature block.

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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
Ask for us by name if you visit the office!

EHO Two locations: Lebanon & Mason, OH
Bill Direct:  513-520-5305
Liz Direct: 513-265-3004     
Fax: 866-302-8418

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  1. Cheryl Ritchie 05/09/2012 10:54 PM
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Richie, Always happy to help our AR community :)

John, If it does help SEO, all the better!  I'm no SEO guru, so I'll have to trust others on that part.

May 10, 2012 01:25 AM #37
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Liz and Bill - it took me forever to figure out how to fill in those fields - I sure wish you had written this a year or so ago, LOL.  Seriously - this is SO important.  I see comments from ABC company - no other information - no personal name, no location, no phone #, nothing.  And,  I noticed that all who've commented before me had their information fill in.  Hopefully, this great information will help a few others.  Thanks for sharing. 

May 10, 2012 02:25 AM #38
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RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Juli, And the cool thing is making the change is retroactive.  It fixes all comments prior to the change.

May 10, 2012 02:29 AM #39
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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
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BLiz....so glad you wrote this!  It is tough to respond to a commenter if his/her name isn't there....I just have to say "Thanks ABC Realty" and even tougher to know where they are located if it is not apparent.

May 10, 2012 02:30 AM #40
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Christine, I'll usually click the comment link to get to their profile, but even then sometimes it's tough to find a name.  And if I'm swamped, I may do the same as you and just respond back to the comment name, even if it is generic.

May 10, 2012 02:35 AM #41
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Bryan Robertson
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I've got Los Altos and Silicon Valley plastered all over my blog which seems to get people's attention.  Sometimes I wonder if my focus on Los Altos limits who calls.  Hopefully not!

May 10, 2012 03:21 AM #42
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Bryan, We probably have some of the same potential issue.  We can cover anywhere inside our county, will even go a bit outside of it.  But within our county there are 13 zip codes.  We do most of our blogging about activity in just two of them.

May 10, 2012 03:39 AM #43
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Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
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I wondered how you did the map - thanks for sharing! And I am going to check out my comment signature!

May 10, 2012 04:37 AM #44
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Peggy, We did the screen capture because I couldn't figure out how to drop in the embed code.  I've figured it out since then, but a picture is probably adequate and one less draw on a resource outside of AR.

May 10, 2012 04:51 AM #45
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

dammit... where AM I from?

May 10, 2012 04:59 AM #46
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Alan, Turn around.  Look....right THERE....that's where you're from!

May 10, 2012 05:10 AM #47
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Alan May
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oh yeah.

May 10, 2012 06:23 AM #48
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Adrian Willanger
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Great tip! I've always wanted to know how to do this. Check out my new signature line! Have a great week-end.

May 11, 2012 02:14 AM #49
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RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Alan, :)

Adrian, You got it!

May 11, 2012 02:44 AM #50
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Kimm Cloutier
Agawam, MA
Realtor - Agawam, MA

That's a great tip!  Just updated mine with the added information.  Thanks! 

May 11, 2012 10:51 AM #51
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RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Kimm, You're welcome!

May 11, 2012 01:22 PM #52
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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Just got to this one, but so glad I didn't miss it... very informative as always, now I have to see if I can find something to do that screen capture with so I can put a map on our site... Have a Happy Day Guys...

May 11, 2012 10:11 PM #53
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Beth, Depending on your computer there might be software for screen capture already installed.  We downloaded Jing, SnagIt is also popular, and there are other programs out there that do the equivalent.  In Windows7 under Programs....Accessories....Snipping Tool you'll find a tool already installed.

May 11, 2012 10:39 PM #54
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BLiz- well deserved feature!  You've done an excellent tutorial for this and I hope everyone, not just newbies, bookmarks this.  It's so helpful to see the origin of your comments.  It is frustrating not to see a name, too, and while i'd rather not just respond to "ABC Realty", sometimes I don't have time to click back and forth to see who they are. 

May 12, 2012 09:28 AM #55
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Kathy, The same here.  I'll usually click back to try to put a name to the company, but sometimes time constraints get in the way.

May 12, 2012 09:31 AM #56
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