Blogging Boot Camp: Take the First Step

Education & Training with ActiveRain University

Blogging Boot Camp"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

(You can skip the narrative and just scroll down to the form at the bottom to register if you want)

Pretty smart guy for 600BC. If that journey you are looking to start is creating a real estate blog that impacts your business, that first step is ActiveRain's Blogging Boot Camp starting November 8th at 9am Pacific Time.

Our Blogging Boot Camp series is a great way to jumpstart your blogging on ActiveRain. We will take you through the absolute essentials in three one hour classes over the course of three weeks. Combining live webinar training with action items, designed to have you put into practice what you've learned. ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart (always weird to write in the third person......I think I'll go back to first person after this) takes you through how to create a blog that will actually lead to new prospects for your real estate business.

Many of our thousands of members who are currently enjoying the experience of their own blogging journey will tell you that they wish they had taken that first step sooner. And no doubt, looking back, they will say that first one was the hardest. But the rewards that come with adding a blog to your business arsenal far outweigh the uncertainty they once created.

If you're reading this, you're probably a real estate professional with a ridiculous amount of local knowledge stored up in that head of yours. If you don't have a blog, you are most likely sharing that real estate knowledge with one person at a time. Your clients email you, they ask you questions in the car, they expect answers at all hours of the day over the phone. Your blog becomes a depository for your experience and knowledge of your local market and it works for you even when you can't answer the phone or you don't have time to give lengthy email responses. Heck, it works when you're sleeping and your potential clients are online searching for answers. (although, you are a real estate professional, so you probably do not actually sleep)

Blogging Boot Camp will teach you how to share that knowledge with everyone! Stop educating one client at a time. It's time you leveraged the power of the internet (and it's biggest beast, Google) to start sharing your knowledge with millions of potential consumers who go online every day to find the answers you have locked up in your head.

In three weeks we give you the essentials:

Week 1: How to write a blog post

Watch recording now on the ActiveRain YouTube channel

Where do you click? How do you get it to look professional and presentable? What are the important things to make sure you include in a blog post and how do you technically make that happen on the page? If you can type an email, you can blog. We'll show you mechanically how to do it

November 8th, 9am Pacific Time
Webinar from the comfort of your couch


Week 2: How to Get Your Blog Posts to Rank in the Search Engines

If you are going to share all that great knowledge, we better make sure someone can find it when they go searching online. We'll teach you the fundamentals of writing a post that ranks on the first page of Google. We'll also talk about some of the first things you should be writing about and show you the type of posts that get thousands of consumer visitors and have the best chance of landing you a client sooner rather than later.

November 15th, 9am Pacific Time
Webinar from under the desk in your office


Week 3: Creating Links for Maximum Effect in Your Blog

Once you get the traffic to your blog, you need to make sure you have the proper methods in place to turn that traffic into a lead. The process of using links effectively will allow you to convert the traffic your blogs generate into actual leads for your business. It doesn't hurt that the effective use of links can also help your own website perform better in the search engines. We'll cover the ins and outs of linking and by the time we are done, you'll be a link ninja.

November 29th, 9am Pacific Time
Webinar in your pajamas from bed

But Wait! Sign Up Today and We'll Throw in Some Amazing Steak Knives!!

OK, that's a lie. We will not be sending you a $2 set of steak knives. Instead, we will be setting you up with a special Boot Camp group so that you can connect with other people at the same point in their journey. And we wouldn't just point you in the right direction without a tour guide. So we'll have ActiveRain Ambassadors, people that started the same journey as you, only they've been to the end and back a few times, along for the ride. They'll be there to answer your questions and give you guidance on how to become an effective real estate blogger. I'll be there (first person.....did you catch that?) and so will Kerrie, our amazing Community Manager to make sure that you have all the help you need and you don't wander off the path and get eaten by a bear! (OK, that was another lie.......there are no bears. But if there were, you'd wish you had those steak knives for protection. Ha! Do you really think a steak knife could stop a bear?)

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  1. David Lewis 11/05/2012 02:55 AM
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Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Count me in:)

Nov 02, 2012 10:32 PM #10
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

A great way to get into blogging on the right foot. This is a must for newbies.

Nov 02, 2012 11:05 PM #11
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I may just sign up again and review the ways to get my work to pay off. I really enjoyed it the first time I took it but it has been several years.

Nov 03, 2012 12:56 AM #12
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Oops.........Form fixed! I'm not very good at this whole technology thing......luckily I teach these classes. You're in big trouble. haha!

Sorry about that everyone. You can sign up for boot camp now! Yay, rejoice! :-P

Nov 03, 2012 01:52 AM #14
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I'm looking forward to helping out the participants in this Raincamp.  There's lots of good information at these things and the attendees will get to network with others, connect with strong bloggers, and learn how to build a good lead generation blog for 2013.

Nov 03, 2012 02:20 AM #15
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Looking forward to being at this one. Can always use all the help I can get!  :-)

Nov 03, 2012 02:30 AM #16
Catherine C Capasso
Catherine Cornelia Real Estate - Eastchester, NY
Cottage or Castle, What's Your Dream!
With the 30 in 30 challenge running through November, this is a purrfect boot camp! Note: I am an advocate for our furry friends, hence 'purrfect' Enjoy a wonderful day!
Nov 03, 2012 10:19 AM #17
Edie Czerniak
NextHome Advisors - Cape Coral, FL
My Only Purpose is to Deliver Successful Results

Missed most of the last class, going to try harder this time. 

Nov 03, 2012 10:06 PM #18
Sara McMurray
EXIT Strategy Realty - Chicago, IL

I will miss the first session due to travel, will I be able to watch a recording before session 2?

Nov 04, 2012 07:25 AM #19
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

I did the Blogging Boot Camp last month and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about doing it! It even inspired me to do the 30 Day Challenge!

Nov 04, 2012 08:13 AM #20
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

I have a minor conflict, but I hope I can work it out.  I need some inspiration!

Nov 05, 2012 12:49 AM #21
Stefanie Cohen, PA
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Cooper City, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

Looking forward to boot camp! I have a closing on Nov. 8th, but will try to be near a computer for at least part of the time. Really like the idea of being able to connect with others. But really...NO steak knives? :)

Nov 05, 2012 12:59 AM #22
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Must you be a Rainmaker to participate in the lessons?

Nov 05, 2012 03:01 AM #23
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Just signed up ( again) for a new Boot Camp.

It was easy and quick. Hear you soon:)

Nov 05, 2012 03:11 AM #24
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


no , you don't need to be a RainMaker to sign up for a boot camp or listen to Inspiration or University recorded webinars.

Free help to everyone.

My question to Active Rain: if you attend all sessions of Boot Camp will you get 'Attended Boot Camp'? What are requirements to get it?

Nov 05, 2012 03:15 AM #25
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

I look forward to the camp.

Nov 05, 2012 07:55 PM #26
Adell Forbes (REALTOR®)
PalmerHouse Properties - Atlanta, GA
"Knowledge & Experience Working for You"

I REALLY need this! I've done these before but could use a refresher! Can't wait to get started!

Nov 06, 2012 08:16 PM #27
Ted Tyrrell
RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton) - Victoria, BC
Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria

Thanks AR for another great opportunity to learn more about getting leads. See ya there.

Nov 07, 2012 05:04 AM #28
Juniper Cooper
Silvercreek Realty Group - Boise, ID
I will provide the services you need and expect.

Thanks AR,


              Just signed-up for the webinar. You guys are really awesome! Thank you for always sharing your knowledge to everyone. God bless ya'll!



Nov 07, 2012 10:26 PM #29
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Hello Active Rain ~> Heading over to my first day of Boot Camp ... Please don't be too hard on me today . It's been a rough week so far and we are attending another seminar from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm today ... 

Nov 08, 2012 12:38 AM #30
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