AR Outside Blog Questions

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What a shocker last night! I was working to learn Seesmic video and bothering Mike Mueller, and the AR world was commenting on the Active Rain outside blog. I cannot imagine how the AR servers kept up with all of those who were creating their new blog.

I read through many of the comments. Virginia skipped a movie date. Several could not get their listings to fit.  Mike Mueller posted a video comment on Seesmic. And there were a couple SEO questions.

My general questions are related to how this blog fits overall in SEO.

How does this blog access the public differently than the regular Active Rain blog?

What about duplicate content?

Localims posts, I think, have a little more link juice because they are also listed in the Localism engine. Does the AR outside blog have similar SEO force that is not in the normal Active Rain blog?

Maybe the SEO power of the outside blog will take some time to build - that is OK I'm sure with most people - but if so  what and how does that power come? are the posted to google, yahoo, etc differently?

If the keywords are similar, will a search pull up both blog posts?

Does this blog help with back links to the AR profile and to the regular website?

Can it be used differently, to complement the AR blog?

Does it totally replace the need for an outside blog on a totally different host?

Will the AR outside blog reach different people?

These questions are some of what came to my mind as I read through Brad's post and the comments.  I am delaying a little before starting my AR outside blog.


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Comments (7)

Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Did you read Brad Andersohns post?

All good questions, Richard.

Jun 25, 2008 11:05 PM
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer


I did read the post. I will read it again tonight, but Ihave not started setting up the outside blog. Do you think that my post here sounds like I missed something in Brad's post? Maybe he answered these questions there, and I missed it.

Brad's post seemed to me more focused on how to set up the outside blog template.

I am personally even more excited about the new Localism server. I think I am beginning to understand how that feature generates more internet presence.


Jun 25, 2008 11:13 PM
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

Great post, as always Richard.  The AR guys are AWESOME and I look forward to getting to work on my new Outside BLOG! 

Jun 25, 2008 11:42 PM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

Hi Richard!  So does this mean that we now need to do 2 seperate blogs when we blog in AR?  I will go back and read that post. 

Thanks Richard and have a wonderful day!

Jun 26, 2008 01:12 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Richard - you have a lot of the same questions I am wondering about. SEO is an important consideration for this!

Jun 26, 2008 01:52 AM
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
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I do love AR. I am an evangelist for AR and for Weight Watchers (not especially effective at either, but I try).

This AR outside blog is just another example of the effort to make this a productive place and to provide value.


I do not think this will be require separate blog content, or at least it does not need to be  separate blog content. The duplicate content is my part of my question. Does the duplicate content impact SEO? Does this duplication help or hurt SEO? Does this actually replace the need for a second blog on a different host? Is replacing the need for a second blog hosted on different server even the intent of the AR outside blog?

Of course I am probably over analysizing this. Some of the Rock Stars have jumped right in - Steve and Mike Mueller and others.


I hope to read some thoughts on this from the internet marketing experts. I really am not waiting to start the outside blog so much because of these questions. It is more that I am wanting to spend more time on my site and the Seesmic stuff.

And I really should do some work on a couple loan applications. :)


Jun 26, 2008 02:25 AM
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

Richard:  You mentioned Weight Watchers - I have lost over 70 lbs in the last year and shared my diet with another agent here on AR - He had great news from his doctor this week.  CLICK HERE to read...  Feels good to have helped someone with their health and well-being!

Jun 26, 2008 11:23 PM