Google Helped Make the Decision to List

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Google Helped Make the Decision to List


I love Google, for a host of reasons.




Perhaps I should say I love getting noticed on Google. It’s an ego thing, on one level.


And, more importantly, a business thing on another.


Writing posts that get found by buyers and sellers who are doing targeted searches is a key reason many of us are here.


ActiveRain gets a ton of traffic and writing targeted articles that show up in buyer and seller searches brings us to their door.




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With that in mind, if you aren’t taking part in Bob Stewart’s localism challenge (lots of points await, plus good learning along the way), time is running out – Posts must be completed by July 2 – here’s the challenge.


And here is the SEO RainCamp video to help you with your writing for this challenge (it’s a winner!).


A seller in a nearby gated Oceanside community recently did a search on that community “to see who is selling there” as he put it to me. My multiple posts came up (several listings, a video, photos, a community article). He called, we met a few days ago while he is making the home “show ready,” and the contract is getting signed as I write. He didn’t call anyone else in, and our discussion was primarily around process and marketing. Slam dunk. Thanks AR!


And Google.


Is it always that simple? Heck no. But there are plenty of success stories of buyers and sellers hooking up with great Localism post writers, and following Bob’s recommendations will get you noticed, and keep you getting noticed for a long time to come. The buyers and sellers will follow.  


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Ava Anderson
A-Z Atlanta Realty - Snellville, GA
Selling Atlanta from A-Z!

Congrats and hope it sells fast!  Guess I need to check out the contest.

Jun 28, 2012 11:05 PM #8
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff, it might be too late for me to get in on the contest, the information is great. Thanks and bookmarked.

Jun 28, 2012 11:14 PM #9
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

Is not overnight . . but an accumulation of a discipline blogger for a particular community 

Jun 28, 2012 11:50 PM #10
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

After being out of ActiveRain for awhile and now back in, we pay close attention to everything said here on ActiveRain.  So sorry we took a short sabatical.  Thanks

Jun 29, 2012 12:10 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jerry - thanks for letting me know about the extension, I had not seen it. Now I may be able to get all mine done, too

Tom - it's REALLY good stuff, even if you don't take part in the challenge.

John - the learning is continuous, isn't it?

Debbie - and we  seen your success stories!! Congratulations. And thanks for the update - as I noted above, I missed this extension.


Jun 29, 2012 12:24 AM #12
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, thanks so much for the link to the SEO video.  I was looking for that.

Jun 29, 2012 12:33 AM #13
Gabrielle Jeans
WebTech Dezine, Gabrielle Jeans Real Estate Coach - Toronto, ON
Real Estate Web Solution, Real Estate Trainer and Coach

Thanks so much for sharing the video Jeff. This is what i constantly teach in my classes. Unfortunately, many of the real estate professionals I know do not even write blogs to begin with. I definitely need to show them your post.

Jun 29, 2012 12:52 AM #14
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I did not know about the localism post challenge, so thank you for sharing. I do love Google and all that it provides as well.

Jun 29, 2012 01:03 AM #15
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Some people who have called me said "I was everywhere on the internet."  What else could it be but the 600 posts I've written? Congrats on getting the listing AND being the only one called in.

Jun 29, 2012 01:43 AM #16
Former Agent
None - Adak, AK

Hi Jeff.  Congrats on the new listing.  Well-earned!!

Jun 29, 2012 01:44 AM #17
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador


Thanks for the shout out! I appreciate it and hopefully anyone reading this post that wasn't aware of the challenge will also appreciate it!

I did want to say that we extended the deadline to July 6th, so people have a few extra days around the holiday to get their posts together and submitted.

It's a great thing when this stuff works like it did for the guy wanting to list in your area! Congrats!

Jun 29, 2012 05:00 AM #18
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Ditto Margaret (#16) remark.  People wonder why we post on ActiveRain.  And while they may continue to wonder, we know! 

Jun 29, 2012 05:43 AM #19
HGNL Digital Marketing Agency
Detroit, MI
We are a full service real estate marketing agency

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for sharing this encouraging blog.

I’m currently working on my blogs for the SEO challenge.

My aim for this year is to write better blogs with quality content.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Jun 29, 2012 05:43 AM #20
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

This is so true ..I get many calls from these posts new and old

Jun 29, 2012 07:52 AM #21
Nogui Aramburo
Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® - Raleigh, NC
Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area

The google machine rocks, and AR has awesome google juice!

Jun 29, 2012 09:48 AM #22
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Jeff - Alright, alright, you win!  I need to go write some more Localism posts ; )

Seriously, they produce great results.

Jun 29, 2012 02:13 PM #23
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ginny - plus I think it is not just that you ARE there are the top of Google but what you say that will make the difference.

Gary - "post card to the world" - I really LIKE that sentiment!!

Kathryn -thanks. It';s nice to have an affirmation of what we are doing!

Ava - well even if you do not take part in the challenge the learning is terrific and will benefit you for a long time to some.

Michael - well even if you cannot take part DO take a look at the post and the video, and put it into practice.

Fernando - so true. It takes time and it is NOT jsut about what post.

Chris and Dick - glad you are back. Keep up the good work, and learning


Jun 29, 2012 03:47 PM #24
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff, this should be a 'SYSTEM' for all realtors(r) who want success: Localism Blogs on ActiveRain.

It's been said success is easy, not simple. I'd say, ActiveRain makes it simple, too. (did I switch 'easy' and 'simple' incorrectly?)

Jun 29, 2012 03:59 PM #25
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Jeff,


That is why I am here. Most of us are here.


Jun 29, 2012 10:05 PM #26
Herman Herrera

Good stuff Jeff.  I'm working my 7th post, not just for the contest but I'm already seeing results on google.  Currently ranking in the first or second position on all of my localism posts!  I love this place!!!! 

Jun 30, 2012 12:16 AM #27
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