If it looks too easy think again: going back and correcting mistakes

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If it looks too easy think again: going back and correcting mistakes in blog posts written nine years ago is not as easy as it looks. It takes time and effort!


Just as a background when I joined Active Rain, I had no idea what I was doing. I could compare how I learned to blog to the way most people have learned how to swim 50+ years ago, i.e.:   using the old sink or swim method.

The non-swimmers were thrown into the fast-moving river and their teachers hoped that they learned to swim and not drown. Lucky for me I did learn how to swim that way and I am still here to write about it.

At the same time when I joined Active Rain in 2008 it was a very similar experience. Here I am 2421 one blog posts under my belt, I managed to learn how to write. Well let me qualify it and just say, better than my first ten blog posts.

I have been meaning to go back and fix some of those old and let’s just say weak posts. Well we all have excuses. In my case being busy with work, having an average of ten listings month in and month out. Having three cats and a dog, well you get the idea. I could go on if you are interested, I cook every day and the list goes on and on.

So, thanks to our friend Debbie Laity  who challenged us to go back and fix out less than noteworthy posts where we would not be ashamed to have it associated with our name, I thought this would be relatively easy task to take on.


 Hence, I went back to my first ten posts, all I can say is I was totally ashamed of myself. Not one post had a picture. Not one post had the proper tagging. Not one post had been connected to groups that might help in the SEO or at the minimum in the exposure of those posts. Well to add insult to injury there were no real proper way to contact me in the post. So, a simple easy correction to freshen up ten posts was like writing ten brand new blog posts.

So Debbie Laity   thank you for making my Internet Presence a bit better. I also hope that Google Appreciates it as well. Now I need to go back in the near future and I know I have a lot of work to do!

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.


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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Would you the best we can but mistakes happen now and then and we correct them and move on

Mar 12, 2017 11:52 PM #1
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Endre - When I first started blogging, I had no idea what SEO even was. I have gotten a little better, but still have a lot to learn.

Mar 13, 2017 12:07 AM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  easier said then done:), Endre

Mar 13, 2017 12:10 AM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Troy Erickson  like you I am still learning, but wow I was really terrible in the beginning, do not know how I manged in those days:))Endre

Mar 13, 2017 12:11 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, I started going back and updating posts. I only did about 2 so far because it does take time to re-read, re-format, select new photos and the like.

It is amazing how much we can learn over time.

Mar 13, 2017 03:55 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Endre... I updated my first six months of posts last year, so don't need quite a mea culpa... but each time I go back to an older post I'm amazed at what I see could use a tweak!

Mar 13, 2017 05:00 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Endre -- this task is still on my always growing list of things to do....

Mar 13, 2017 08:13 AM #7
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Endre - When I do this challenge later this month, I've already decided to stay away from my first bunch - way too embarassing!

Mar 13, 2017 02:29 PM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Endre I leave the first ones by choice to show folks - hey if I can look clueless about blogging don't worry about just writing your first post.  Trust me the first probably 100 or 200of my posts need work - maybe more! Ok who's kidding - probably way more.   I have cleaned up some of them but it's a huge job - as you  well know.

Mar 13, 2017 03:53 PM #9
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Endre,

Were you a free-range kid? Amazing, how many mistakes you can survive in life, no?

Mar 14, 2017 06:47 PM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've been in this process for a year now....updating a few posts here and there as I have time. I'm somewhere in the middle of 2014 posts now.

Mar 15, 2017 04:53 AM #11
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Endre, at this point I can't imagine how amateurish my first 10 posts will appear to me today. Just for fun, I'm going to go have a look now. 

Mar 15, 2017 08:02 AM #12
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

To do and then redo, that is the question.

It may be a more noble thing to redo.

Thanks for the reminder.

Mar 15, 2017 12:37 PM #13
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I've been working on this too, and I too started from the beginning.  I'm still not the greatest blogger, but boy what a change the years have made.  And misspellings!! -Kasey

Mar 16, 2017 06:42 PM #14
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great challenge!  I need to do that and read the challenge! 

Mar 20, 2017 08:32 PM #15
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

I am working on the blog cleanup. I decided to prioritize my cleanup by improving my most popular WordPress blog posts, as indicated by the number of views, shares, likes, clicks, comments, etc.

Posts that already appear on page 1 or 2 of Google search results for target keywords can benefit the most from a boost in SEO to a higher rank. Posts that are rarely seen may not be worth spending more time on cleanup. Cost/benefit analysis. Especially if you have hundreds or thousands of posts.

Apr 05, 2017 07:17 AM #16
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