ActiveRain and Trulia have come together to give ActiveRain members a chance to have their content published on Trulia.com as well as potentially be published on some of the most highly trafficked news, finance and real estate information sites on the internet.
The Trulia Contributor Program is a way for agents, lenders, home stagers, inspectors and other real estate professionals to get their ActiveRain blogging content pushed out through major media sites like the Huffington Post, Forbes, Kiplinger, MSN, Yahoo, and MotleyFool.
Here are the topics that Trulia is currently requesting content:
|Investing in Your Future - Advice to homeowners, future landlords, or people looking to invest in a vacation property.||Closed|
|Spring Selling Season - Write a blog post about why this time of year is such a great time to list or buy a home, what kind of preparations people can make to get their home ready to sell, or how to spruce up an existing listing.
|The Value of Staging Your Home - Write a blog post about why staging is important to consumers. Add your spin in regards to market and expertise to heighten your chances at getting picked.
|The One Room Sellers Should Focus On - If Sellers had only one room to update before selling, which one should it be and why?||Closed
Submit your ActiveRain blog post to the Trulia content team now.
How the Program Works
Several times each month you will be given a topic you can choose to write about. For seven days after the topic is announced, we'll ask you to submit blog posts that the content team at Trulia will review.
From every group of submissions, the Trulia content team will pick a few articles written by ActiveRain members. Those articles will then get published on the Trulia Blog, with full attribution to you as the author, including a link back to your profile on ActiveRain as well as a link to your website.
Here are some examples of Rainers that have been published on Trulia:
Hidden Gems: Hidden Value When Purchasing a Home by Richard and Beth Witt
Advice for Couples Buying Their First Home by Shannon Milligan
When the call goes out for articles, you'll have one week to write and submit an article about that particular theme or topic......OR (and for many of you this is huge), go back and find a previous article you've written. Yep, that's right, you can use past articles that you've written (although I might suggest you make sure there isn't anything that could use a little freshening up.)
How Does Trulia Select the Content?
This is what Trulia is looking for in a great blog post:
- Does it present the information with a unique spin? The big media companies don't want cookie-cutter content.
- Geographically, a neighborhood is too small. Think in terms of a big city, a region, or the entire country.
You may receive a request to make some edits if your post is selected to make sure it will be received well by the big players out there.
What's The Big Win?
Here's where it gets fun. In addition to having your content featured on the Trulia blog, the Trulia content team will pitch the very best articles to some of the most recognizable consumer sites for news, finance and real estate information.
Have you heard of Huffington Post? What about Forbes? Yahoo? MSN? MotleyFool? Kiplinger? If you haven't heard of any of these sites, you've most likely had your head under a rock for the last 15 years.
These are the kind of sites to which your content has the potential to be syndicated. If you've been paying attention to me beating the Google Author Authority drum, you'll know that having your content published in this fashion could really be great for your online business. In addition to the millions of consumers that read these sites every months, having your content published on these high authority sites will be great for raising your profile as an expert in your market. (Seriously, go read the Google Author Authority post I linked to above. Once you read that, you'll understand how important this is.)
How Do You Get Started?
Above, there is a table that has the most current topic for which submissions are being accepted. Click the link in that table to get some background on the kind of content for which Trulia is currently seeking. Once you've written a post about the subject, you can submit your blog post to Trulia.
What's the worst that could happen? You end up on the home page of MSN.com?