As I roam the Rainscape these days, I'm noticing a lot more property listings being posted to our Network. And I mean, A lot!
That's not necessarily a bad thing. As a professional real estate agent myself, it's nice having one more viable domain to promote my listings. But I think if you asked the founders of this community, they would tell you that it was never their intention for ActiveRain to become a Listing Aggregation site. There's enough of those already!
Nonetheless, published listings have become only one of many valuable features that can be utilized 'FOR FREE' by our members.
That said, I simply want to encourage all of you to post a greater VARIETY to your blogs. For some of you (you will remain nameless!), listings are ALL you publish. For others, your blog archive reads like a series of self-promoting ads in a Single's Classified! Blogging IS NOT ad space! It's a means of making meaningful connections with your readers!
You need to MIX things up a bit!
Create some good, quality 'Consumer-Oriented' articles that you can categorize and post to Localism.
Share some golden nuggets of sage, professional advice or experience with your Fellow Rainers.
Generate eye-catching and informative monthly market reports for your region.
Reveal something of your unique personality, and passions/interests outside of real estate.
And then, every once in a while, toss in a listing or two.
By Balancing Your Blog, you'll attract more readers, and increase Your connections with potential clients!
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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org