Getting Back to Business, Blogging for Business - An AR Challenge

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It's Time to Get Back in the Groove

blogging stuartmiles freedigitalphotos.netSummer is coming to an end, the kiddos have started back to school or will soon and it's time to refocus on business by putting your blogging to work for you. It is a fact that blogging for business works but consistency and content are important components to the business building process.

To help motivate the ActiveRain membership to dig in and write some good business generating posts, we are going to bait you with a bucketload of points, 3000 big ones.

It will take some time and effort to write rich content posts focused on business topics but the payoff will be worth it. These type of posts (when made Public) get seen and may turn into your next sale or client. The long time result means your business will grow and you will get business you would not have otherwise. We firmly believe this to be true and ActiveRain members continue to share their success stories from their blogging efforts.

Here's the catch...Write a business post, one per day for 20 days in September and publish on your ActiveRain Blog. See we realize you may need a day off here or there so we are giving you 10 days to take it easy if you choose. To get ahead of the curve, try scheduling some of your posts to publish automatically on the scheduler. This is one of those features that is underused but has real value for time management.

For this contest the topics are to be purely business centric (your business). Here are some examples of the types of posts that will work for this challenge.

  • Neighborhood posts
  • FAQ posts
  • HOA info and neighborhood features
  • Lessons learned in your business
  • Advice about your industry
  • Changes in the industry
  • Personal stories relating to your field of business
  • Trends in the marketplace
  • Opinions about what is happening in the industry
  • Products or practices that help you do your job better
  • Tips you want to share with your fellow professionals 
  • Advice for buyers and sellers

You get the drift. These posts may include photos, grafts and relative links to make them better and rich in content. Jokes, wordless posts, quotes and posts under 150 words do not qualify for this challenge. Make the posts meaningful so you will build some future business and make your blogging pay off for you. Share on your social media channels, too.

Everyone that completes the Blogging for Business Challenge will be rewarded with 3000 bonus points. When you have completed the challenge, post a comment in the comment thread below indicating that you have completed the challenge. Remember it takes a minimum of 20 days of posting so it will be impossible to say you are finished until the 20th or after. Sometime in October your will get your extra points but not promising exactly when. Remember this is on the honor system and we will not be checking each of your posts. I am vouching for you guys and trust you!

The Challenge starts today and continues until September 30 at midnight, Pacific Time. Happy blogging and I look forward to seeing some very informational posts come through the blog roll. Surprise me with some really good ones.


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Comments (133)

The Villages Realty
The Villages Realty - San Jose, CA
"Our Performance Will Move You!"

Just made it.  Now, waiting for the clirents to come calling.  Thank you..

Sep 30, 2016 01:01 PM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

new goal... 30,000 points in 30 days.  At this pace, my personal points will be nearly 400,000 in 2017 and then some of my referrals chipping in their 10% and I should be a 2 millionaire in 2017.  

Sep 30, 2016 01:19 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I just completed the challenge, too. Have a fantastic weekend, Bob.

Sep 30, 2016 01:32 PM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Not an easy one to do, but I too just completed the 20 post challenge!  Have a great weekend!

Sep 30, 2016 01:55 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I just finished blog #20 in 20 days! Have a great weekend :-)


Sep 30, 2016 02:16 PM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Hi, I have done 20 blogs in September, but had a couple of hitches.  It will be up to you to judge whether I met the spirit of the contest enough to award the points.

First, I didn't use the scheduler properly and a blog aimed at posting on the 12th got posted late, meaning two posts on 13th.

Second, I forgot about the time zone difference (I am in Toronto, E.S.T.).  On the 14th I waited until after mid-night and posted the next day's blog...but it wasn't the next day for the West Coast.  Result:  two blogs for 14th, and none for 15th.

Thanks for a great contest, whatever you decide.  It really stretched me...and I think it was a good idea.  Cheers!

Sep 30, 2016 02:56 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Completed the Getting Back to Business, Blogging for Business - An AR Challenge!            



Sep 30, 2016 09:48 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have completed the challenge. Thanks for hosting this contest. It made me get back to basics when blogging. I look forward to more contests in Activerain.

Sep 30, 2016 10:44 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

I was on track with this challenge.  Unfortunately, a family emergency (my mom's health) prevented me from completing it.  Just a couple posts short of the goal.   My congratulations to all that did complete the challenge!


Sep 30, 2016 11:12 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I did the blogs and did some business as well.  What a fun time of year

Oct 01, 2016 12:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I managed to do my 20 for the month while on the road!!!  Thanks for the challenge! whew!!!!

Oct 01, 2016 02:53 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I accomplished getting more than 30+ posts out this month all while having a blast with family and a bit of traveling to boot.  I'm in full speed ahead for October and ramping it up even more so. Thanks for getting me back in the rain and motivated after a very busy summer!!  I am jazzed again!

Oct 01, 2016 10:05 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I managed a post a day, a wonderul interview by you and a full schedule of listings. Thanks for the encouragement 

Oct 01, 2016 10:40 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I got my posts done - and thank you for the challenge - I am so glad that we did this! Thanks for the encouragement! 

Oct 01, 2016 11:23 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I completed the challenge Bob Stewart! Thanks for the challenge.

Oct 02, 2016 09:54 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Bob, Just like every other month for the last six+ years, we did this :)  And it's working for us.  Another buyer picked up today, plus the work done in the past may result in three new construction contracts to written in the next couple of weeks.  Business is good, and blogging to the market has proven very effective.

Oct 02, 2016 09:56 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Just revisiting - to confirm that for a change, I completed this challenge on 20th itself! 

Oct 02, 2016 03:53 PM
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

I completed the challenge... was great for business and getting focused again.  Thank you! 

Oct 03, 2016 12:22 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

On  our honor...pinky swear ....yes yes yes we did honor and participate in this  contest.

Oct 04, 2016 07:12 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

This was a fun contest, I'm so glad I participated. It helped me to focus!

Oct 18, 2016 10:30 PM