3 quick tips to help your blog posts rank better

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

If you are looking for some tips to help your blog posts do better on the Internet, than this post from Debbie Gartner is one you should read and learn from:

Original content by Debbie Gartner

This article is prompted by a nice gesture by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents .  Lately, I've published a few of blog posts that I really wanted to rank well.  I added 2 different blog posts on here (maybe a month or so apart), highlighting them on here, and linking to them.


Unprompted, Elizabeth went to the articles (on my own blog and commented).  Wow.  Yay!  Here is one of them.  Note: she commented on my wordpress site...not for points, but to HELP me!  I was so thrilled because I had spent a TON of time on this article, and I'm hoping it does well, so it meant a lot to me.


So, what did I do?  I went to her blog, and I left a couple of comments on 2 of her blog posts.  One of them was on a topic and near to my heart - can hardwood flooring increase the value of your Sacramento home?  I also noticed that Debe Maxwell, CRS had left her a comment as well.  (Debe knows what she's doing, too!)



So here are a few quick tips for you...if you want to help others out


1.  Leave comments on other people's blog...on their OWN sites (not just AR articles)

Google loves interaction, and it tends to rank articles that have comments (as well as social shares) better.  The comment is even more valuable than the social share...because it is more difficult to receive (and harder to fake).  It shows that someone read the article...and they cared enough to leave a comment!  Most people don't get many comments on their blogs.  So when you get one, it's really special...and then you should reply back...yes, more interaction on your blog...again better for google ranking.



I'm lucky that I do get a bunch of comments...often in the form of questions...on my blog posts.  It looks like I have over 3,000 comments on my blog.  Now probably half of those are me responding back, so probably just 1,500 comments from other people.



I have 1 article about Coretec Plus (a luxury vinyl product) that is fairly new to the market and has been growing in popularity over the last 3 years.   I wrote this article 10 months ago, and it already has 241 comments!  I seem to get a few each week.  It's incredible!  The article usually gets 6,000-7,000 clicks a month, and it shot up in the rankings and clicks very quickly...I think after around 2 months, it was already up to 5,000 clicks, and I believe there are 2 reasons:  1) it's long form epic content and 2) all the comments...see the next tip to see what I believe what started the slew of comments.



2.  Look for forums and/or Q&A places to answer a few questions with links back to your site

So, what led to all these comments?  I had an idea.  I knew that people had a lot of questions on this topic.  So, I went to 2 places:  Houzz and Quora and I did a search for the topic.  I found a few question strings (w/ a lot of interaction) and then I put in my 2 cents (in a non spammy way) and mentioned that I wrote an in depth article on this topic and linked to it.


I think for this topic, it was the Houzz that really drove the traffic (but other times I've gotten traffic from Quora).  I believe both are "no follow" links, meaning they don't pass along google juice.  But, I wasn't doing it for the google juice.  I was doing this to help customers and drive them to my site.


And, it worked!  I think within a few hours, I got 3 or 4 questions on that blog post!  (And by the way, while it was a bit extra traffic, it was not (at the time) a big bump in traffic.  The article was still very new.  And, then some more a few days later.  I should have written down the dates for all this, but I kept noticing more and more questions. 


And what happened next?  Well after a few weeks, the article started to rank better and get more and more traffic.  You see, people had lots of questions on the topic, so they read the whole article...and stayed on the page for 5 or 6 minutes on average.  And, then they commented.  And, many in fact commented about how there were so many questions and answers and appreciated that someone actually answered and gave them advice.


Soooooo....search out forums and when you have a key article or topic that people tend to ask about, try to give answers.  Try quora, houzz and other real estate forums.  I've now found a few flooring and contractor forums and have done the same thing.


Actually, the best thing you can do is google your topic...and see who ranks ahead of you. And, if you find a forum on the first page, go there, sign up and leave a comment.  I've found sometimes that Z or T or other home improvement sites rank ahead of me for these questions.  And, often the "answers" are not very complete, not answered by experts and are just opinions...and some are wrong. This gets under my skin a bit.  But, then I bring myself back and tell myself that this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate my expertise and then tactfully link back to my site.


I'm now trying another site...for DIY crafts and home decor.  It's called HomeTalk.com.  I'm not sure yet if it will really drive traffic yet.  But, I hope to report some good news in a couple of months. 



3.  Guest post (and/or allow others to guest post on your site)

 This is one of the best ways to network and build traffic/traction for your website.  (I should be doing more of this).  Basically, you want to use the golden rule here.  Do unto others....


Kevin Vitali did a great job of explaining this.  You can read it here:   Are you the life of the party or a party pooper


He learned this approach from blogger extraordinaire Bill Gassett .  Bill is a master at this.  He writes amazing content, and he shares the love by linking out to other talented bloggers in his articles.  And, in turn, they do the same for him.


This helps everyone out.  And, then everyone involved also shares and promotes the article on social media.  A true win win.


Another person who does this incredibly well is Anita Clark .  In fact, she just wrote an article about rustic and country kitchens and today she linked to my recent blog post on choosing a farmhouse sink.  How did I know?  Because Anita tagged me on her facebook page. 


So, what did I do?  I shared it on my FB personal page and business page, and pinned it to 3 pinterest groups.  And, did you see what else I did?  I just linked to her article above.  That helps her post do a bit better.  And, it also helps by farmhouse post do a bit better.





This "quick" post turned out a little longer than I expected.  But really, there are just 3 tips here. You can do 1 or all 3, pending on how well you want your blog to do.


1) Comment on other people's blogs (their own sites...not just AR).  Most will return the favor and that will help you.


2) Look into some of the forum/Q&A sites and answer 2-3 questions.  Write a helpful, not spammy, answer and link back to a relevant post.  Only do a couple at a time, so it's quick (and also so you don't look like a spammer.  Just spend 5 minutes.


3)  Guest post and/or link to other people's blog posts to help them.  Again, many will return the favor.




I'm trying to do some more guest blogging over the next 3 months.  If have your own website, and you are interested in me doing a guest post for you, let me know.



Oh, and if you don't have your own website yet (and you know you should!), then getting going on this.  If money is the issue, don't let it be the issue.  Check out this article on my site...you can actually start your own wordpress site for just $4/month.  How to start you own website for less than $4/month.

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Karen Del Rosario
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Nov 10, 2017 03:00 PM #2
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Some good tips and we all can use tips!  Thanks.

Nov 11, 2017 03:44 AM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Good morning, Gabe.  Thank you so much for reblogging and spreading the word.  The more we help each other, the better off we are.

Nov 11, 2017 04:46 AM #5
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Thanks for this reblog, Gabe... I missed the original. And while I already knew some of this, it doesn't hurt to be reminded.

Nov 11, 2017 05:00 AM #6
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, great post to reblog, and we need to hear this, as some of the posts are not getting much traction anymore.

Nov 11, 2017 06:23 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a nice choice for a reblog, Debbie Gartner always has great content.  I always support those that support me, therefore, I will always comment on the posts of people that comment on mine!

Nov 11, 2017 06:23 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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This is an excellent selection for a reblog and great advice to share.

Nov 11, 2017 06:47 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I missed this the first time around and it is a great re-blog for sure for all of us here in the rain.


Nov 11, 2017 08:06 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Gabe - Debbie Gartner is a real pro at this.  She introduced me to Active Rain.

Nov 11, 2017 08:23 AM #11
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
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 Great article for a reblog and really interesting and makes sense! I hope you are having a good weekend!

Nov 11, 2017 02:53 PM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gabe great blog choice to re-blog and pass the information along.  Debbie is very knowledgeable.

Nov 11, 2017 06:55 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Gabe

Thanks for the reblog. Debbie really knows what she is doing. I don't think I saw this particular post so off to read.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Nov 11, 2017 08:36 PM #14
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great post to re-post Debbie Gartner post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 11, 2017 09:08 PM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Nice reshare, Gabe. Debbie always does a good job on her SEO advice.

Nov 12, 2017 03:53 PM #16
Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales - Tewksbury, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

Gabe Sanders thanks for reblogging the post.  Lots of great information in here.

Nov 17, 2017 12:10 PM #17
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Dec 04, 2017 05:34 AM #18
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments. It’s always good to hear from you.

Dec 04, 2017 05:35 AM #19
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