Blogging for 11 Years, It is Time for a Review

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

How does time move so quickly?  It is hard to believe that I started posting to ActiveRain in 2010.  It is even more difficult to believe that I have never really gone back to review my older posts.  My friend, Joan Cox, gave me the idea to take a look back with her recent year in review post.  

Which posts received the most views?

All the articles were written in January of 2021.  It makes sense that they have the most views over the year.  They were published early in the year and have had a longer time to gather views.  The other thing that jumps out at me about each of these posts is that they all received a lot of short URL clicks, each over 2,200.  Most of these clicks come from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn so it is good to see that the posts are receiving interest on social media.

Which posts received the most comments?

Three of the top four posts were featured.  Actually, the top five commented posts out of my top eight were featured posts.  The only one not featured and that also made it in the top viewed posts was the painting baseboards article.  I may need to start writing more painting articles.  They seem to do well.

Which posts have received the most views since 2010?

I was surprised to see that the Wilton Home post scored so high.  It is the home in the feature photo.  It is a beautiful home, but it was not even my listing.  I was just helping a friend.  I was also surprised to see that my Market Update had over four times more views than my second most viewed post.  It makes me wonder what I did right.  That particular market update just does not seem that unique or special.  It is also interesting to see another painting article that has done so well.

It is obvious that I need to keep doing my market updates and that I need to include more from my paint contracting experiences, but what else can be gleaned from my past posts?  I would love to hear your feedback?   Am I missing anything?



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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




Comments (36)

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I appreciate your input, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®.  I do my best to keep getting better.  I just left my YouTube channel.  I had been pretty disappointed with it, but it looks like the videos are starting to get noticed.  We will see if it all translates into more business.  

Jan 11, 2022 02:40 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

What a great idea to research this information Raymond. I stopped doing market reports years ago. I find that most of the general public want to learn about the communities we represent and know more about them than general stats. That's what works for us, but glad that you found your best formula!

Jan 14, 2022 10:40 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400.  Thank you for your feedback.  I appreciate it and will try to add more community flavor to my posts.

Jan 14, 2022 01:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Raymond- you did a good job analyzing your posts to see what is working and what may not be!!!  How else are you to know how to invest your time. 

Jan 15, 2022 02:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 15, 2022 05:45 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you very much for featuring my article on your special post.  I do appreciate it!

Jan 15, 2022 05:54 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday!

Jan 16, 2022 06:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Raymond Henson, eXp Realty ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week as somehow I missed it! Good for you for taking the time to look back and evaluate what works for you! Always learning and making changes..the only constant in this world now is change!

Jan 16, 2022 06:36 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®.  I hope you have a wonderful Sunday too.

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX.  Thank you very much and yes, the world keeps changing.  Have a great Sunday!

Jan 16, 2022 07:44 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's an interesting review!  Wow - loads of comments on your post! It is interesting which posts garner the most views and why! 

Jan 16, 2022 07:59 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I doubt I will ever understand the why, Jan Green.  Sometimes, I feel like the proverbial blind squirrel that stumbles upon a nut.  If I write enough, someone will find an article interesting.  I have written several posts that I thought were awesome only to find out that I was the only one.  😉  I think I am learning and I think I am getting better.  I do know that when I first started writing in earnest, my wife spent a whole lot of time editing.  Now, she still edits, but it takes her half the time.  I appreciate you taking the time to chip in with a comment.  Thank you!

Jan 16, 2022 08:04 AM
Jan Green

I so understand!  Looking back at my posts, I could spend hours re-writing since 2009!  You're lucky to have your own personal editor!

Jan 16, 2022 08:30 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty

The downside, Jan Green, she rolls her eyes at me sometimes.  😂

Jan 17, 2022 08:02 AM
Jan Green

Too funny! 

Jan 18, 2022 03:48 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  I sometimes wonder how feature posts are picked seems the same posts are chosen all the time every week. These posts, of course, get more clicks .  I have asked about short URLS I was told they no longer work so I try to make sure I repost in every social media but now can no longer see stats . what a pity  So glad Kathy Streib  featured your post as this was one I have missed  

Jan 16, 2022 08:40 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It could be that the big posts have a long tail as part of the title and when someone searches for Laguna beach which of itself would be popular that would come up on page 1 as well.

Jan 16, 2022 08:48 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These seems like a great review to do - we need to figure out what it is that is getting us read so we can replicate it!

Jan 16, 2022 03:12 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Several years ago, I did a post of most liked/commented posts. It's good to review Raymond and change directions if necessary to get more eyes. Congrats on being featured on Kathy's weekly line-up!

Jan 16, 2022 06:34 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  loved your post and thank you Kathy Streib  I might have missed this one, Endre

Jan 16, 2022 11:09 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi Hannah Williams.  On a few occasions, I use the short URL and nothing is counted.  Most of the time, I do see count numbers.  I would like to know if those are reliable numbers.  It seems that the link always works in the sense that it does lead you to the right spot.  I always post twice on Twitter, one using the ling and one using the Twitter button on our page.  I usually post once to my FB Business page and to LinkedIn.  I go back and forth between the short URL and our buttons on our pages for those two.  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments here and on other social media.  

Jan 17, 2022 08:07 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Even though I do not live near Laguna Beach, maybe that should be one of my tags.  It may just be the ticket, Ed Silva.  It is good to hear from you.

Jan 17, 2022 08:09 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I agree, Kat Palmiotti.  I am glad Joan Cox gave me the idea.  I do look forward to your posts and, I am sure, you have a large following.

Thank you very much, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!.  I am always surprised whenever a post of mine gets featured in any way and it is an honor.

Jan 17, 2022 08:12 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Endre Barath, Jr. I appreciate you and that you take the time to comment and uplift so many on ActiveRain. 

Jan 17, 2022 08:14 AM