Blog Blah!

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Real Estate Agent with Irongate Realtors
Blog,blog, blog, blah, blah, blah, blah....OK is this blogging really worth it? All of the time spent blogging is taking away from production. I can't help to wonder if some of our mega agents are laughing at all of the time we are spending on blogging. Does this really pay off? Are we crazy? Are we expanding our butts and not our business production. What type of blogging is beneficial? Any type of blogging? Would we be better off to  forget blogging ever existed? Are blogging companies making more money than we are? Does google and yahoo and zillow and and and and... whoever really pick up on our blogs??? Where is all this blogging going? Can you imagine 1000 years from now when they study our civilization what they will think when they read some of our blogs............

Comments (17)

Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Julie,

They'll probably think we're all crazy!  Oh well...keep blogging! 

Apr 02, 2008 04:45 PM
Cooper Jacobs
Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM - Seattle, WA
Real Estate Brokers - Seattle
I like blogging and it takes up less time than other forms of marketing that get absolutely no results...
Apr 02, 2008 04:46 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Sure does help! I get lot's of referral's from my wonderful friend's here on AR.  I check it out in the morning, then I blog at night on my lap top while watching TV...not much during the day.  I have met fabulous people on here and have learned more from reading great posts on here by experienced (seasoned) agent's than any text book! Read Lenn Harley and then you'll know why! There are also many other's! I have over 80 Association's on here as well for my referral network!

 

Apr 02, 2008 04:51 PM
Julie Beall
Irongate Realtors - Springboro, OH
CRS
how do you get results from blogging?
Apr 02, 2008 04:51 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Julie....  let there be skeptics....  it works... in many cases it takes time.  But once you blog correctly for a year, it can do wonders... Holy Mackerel -- more SUCCESS stories from Active Rain and blogging !!!!!!

jeff belonger
Apr 02, 2008 04:52 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
NOt sure who are are talking to Julie, but I blog to create friendships (if you are talking to me).  I get referrals from the Associations that I create or another agent creates by adding me to their Association's list here.  I also get referrals from Localism.   I have also bonded with quite a few mortgage broker's on here who have not only helped me get mortgage's for my buyer's when they were difficult, but have also gotten referral's from them as well...Make friends on AR...you'll see.
Apr 02, 2008 04:54 PM
Barbara Asbury
Prudential Colorado Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Hi Julie, you know, if I took time away from production I might agree with you.  I also blog late at night, while I sit on the computer and upload photos and work on my websites.  I love AR for the networking, and I think it pays.  I prefer this to some less effective forms of marketing; however, if I were taking time (good, valuable day time that I could be talking to human beings) away from my business, it might not be a good use of time.  As it is, its a great use of time.  Best of luck to you!
Apr 02, 2008 04:57 PM
Julie Beall
Irongate Realtors - Springboro, OH
CRS
thanks all for the blogging info...what is an association?
Apr 02, 2008 04:58 PM
Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS

Your blog can be a great way to show your expertise through stories, articles, anecdotes... it also lets potential clients to get to know you before you've met. Your recent post about moving with pets is great content - quality info, real estate related and with a personal touch from experience. I'm sure your clients (and future ones) will enjoy this and find it beneficial.

Apr 02, 2008 04:59 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Julie,

When you read someone else's blog and if you like it and you read their profile and like it...above their picture it says...Add as an associate...If I have time during the day tomorrow, I'll call and I'll walk you through it.  It's an Associate...an Associate is another agent or the like that you connect to...it's someone to refer other customer's to...do you understand the word?

Apr 02, 2008 05:14 PM
Shannon Ziccardi
"A Quick Note" ...in Tennessee! - Clarksville, TN
"A Quick Note" Mobile Notary ...in Tennessee!

Rock "...expanding our butts"  ...hilarious!!

"A Quick Note"

Apr 02, 2008 05:17 PM
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Julie,

I just read your profile and it seem's to me that you have many more certification's than most agent's and should understand what is going on here...are you looking for more comment's or what?

Apr 02, 2008 05:17 PM
Jimmy McCall
JimmyMcCall.com - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant
Julie, I assume you are in the central time zone.  You are not taking away from production time at 11:41 pm.  So, keep it up.  You will get clients from your blogging.
Apr 02, 2008 05:20 PM
Julie Beall
Irongate Realtors - Springboro, OH
CRS

Thanks for all of the responses, Karen, thanks for the lesson on Associates. For the rest of you thanks for the tips. Honestly, I have been told to blog. I don't really understand but I do not want to be left behind in this tech world we are experiencing. I figured if I just jumped in I would learn. And I have learned a few things from your comments. I bet there are a lot of people like me who think they should blog but don't know why yet.

Jimmy it is 1:28 am EST so yes it is not taking away from my prospecting. One last thought..you all seem very passionate about blogging. Where would I learn more about blogging in active-rain instead of posting blogs for no reason.

Apr 02, 2008 05:31 PM
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be

Julie,

I am a broker with 28 years experience and last year my firm did more transaction sides (with only 10 agents) than any other single office in our mls (some offices have 65 agents) ......I attribute a lot of that activity to Active Rain....my website was basically non-productive until I joined Active Rain and now it is very productive.....

Apr 02, 2008 10:09 PM
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Good morning Julie,

Like with anything else, nothing works 100%. However I find the time spent here on Rain provides an outlet, information source, learning opportunity through experience sharing, etc., as well as an opportunity to expose ourselves to professionals associated with our profession. Yes, for me blogging "Works" It allows me to accomplish all of the above and more.

Have a great day!

Apr 02, 2008 10:55 PM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
Julie - I won't give up blogging.  It has done wonders for me.  As long as you schedule it and DON'T do it during prime time marketing/prospecting times you'll be just fine!
Apr 02, 2008 10:57 PM

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