Comments (13)

Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid

Yes, It has helped me in a couple of ways. 1) Education 2) Referrals.

Jun 17, 2008 01:01 PM
Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

Hi Lisa, and welcome aboard :)    I don't have any success stories as far as sales/listings yet, but I'm sure there will be plenty of  fellow rainers that will share theirs with you.   

Jun 17, 2008 01:02 PM
Shaun Wren
AGENTFORLIFE - Lakeland, FL

I have met some great people here in the rain. Hope you do also.

Jun 17, 2008 01:04 PM
LISA BELL
Better Homes Realty - Old Bridge, NJ

Thanks!!

This all seems so over whelming and I have heard many people state that they did get business from blogs.  Its good to know that Greg has had luck with this.

Thanks again!!

Jun 17, 2008 01:05 PM
Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

Lisa, be patient, read blogs you'll learn, write blogs, eventually it will start to come together. good luck.

Jun 17, 2008 01:13 PM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Yes. It works. But don't get too overwhelmed. A good strategy is to first browse AR and find interesting posts to 1) learn about what others are writing about 2) to start commenting on blogs. Commenting is easier and more fluid than writing your own posts (less to plan for) but you will get comfortable talking to other AR people quickly. But always stick to the original blog post's topic when commenting. Whether it's an addition to the topic, encouragement or personal opinion, make it relevant to the blog post. Once you are comfortable engaging in conversations, you will find it easier and easier to write your own blog. Finally, once you are writing your own topics naturally, you'll learn the advanced skills, such as formatting posts, including images and links etc.

Regarding content, try to find a niche. Something you are passionate about, your geogrpahic niche. And make sure you stay personal. And of course, ask questions. This is one of the most helpful online community I ever saw. Business will follow. Mark posts Member's only if it's a question, concern or opinion you do not want the general public to see and make sure you make everything public which can have any value to public audience.

 

Jun 17, 2008 01:13 PM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate

Lisa,

Last year I probably got 15 deals from people reading my blogs.  My market may be a bit different than yours (we have parents buying condos and single family for their students) but it's a very powerful tool.  You'll find the AR blogs that pertain to your town in the top of the search engines.  You do have to work at it.  You also have to write relevant, timely articles about the market.

Good luck!

Jun 17, 2008 01:14 PM
Serena Brown
Taylor-Brown Real Estate - Hammond, IN

Think of blogging as a learning experience for both you and your new potential clients and/or contacts.  Think about what questions you may have had about real estate before you became a part of it and it will easy to create things of interest.

Jun 17, 2008 01:14 PM
Royal Goodman
Royalty Home Solutions - Madera, CA
"We Treat You Like a King"

Hi lIsa. It has done well for me. AR is a good place to be. Royal..

Jun 17, 2008 01:21 PM
LISA BELL
Better Homes Realty - Old Bridge, NJ

Thank you all so much for you advice and tips.  I do have a question... what does AR mean?

Jun 17, 2008 01:21 PM
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Welcome to AR. Be sure to check out the group, Active rain for Newbies. You will learn how and what works well on AR. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Jun 17, 2008 02:21 PM
Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

Lisa, AR means Activerain

Jun 17, 2008 03:17 PM
Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor

Welcome to the Active Rain,

Good Idea to do some searches for some blog,

good luck!

Tom Davis

World Class Delaware Realtor

Jun 19, 2008 04:48 PM