Refresh Your Blog Signature - March 2022 Challenge

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This month's challenge is to up your game on one important element of your sales funnel. We're going to have you take a look at and update your blog signature. The blog signature is what they see immediately after they have just read your post under the "Posted By" subheading. 

If a person has just dropped in out of the Google SERP sky and has completed one of your fantastic blog posts. What next? Well your blog signature had better give them exactly what they need. Do they want to read more from you? Help them! Do they want to call or email you? Don't miss that opportunity. Do they even know where you are located? Make sure you tell that and what you do so they can connect with you as something that fits their need.

Whether you are a newbie on the site or have been here more than a decade, this  challenge is for you! When you are done, you will have taken one step to help show yourself the professional that site visitors will want to work with.

I have written a blog post designed to help you with the blog signature process. "How to Create an Effective Blog Signature" has instructions and also a demonstration video that can help you design and compose a signature step by step. You blog signature does NOT need to look exactly like the basic template that I set up. You can use that layout if you wish or another look, but the basic essential elements of a good signature that I outline in that post should be there.

If you would like to include Social Media icons in your signature, my recent post "Social Media Icons in Your Blog Signature" can help you do that. 

For updating your blog signature and sharing the before and after post with us, you will be awarded 2,000 points.

Important: Before you remove the old signature and replace it with the new one, be sure and create a screenshot of your old one first! The challenge will require a blog post where you show what the old one looked like compared to the new one. So it will be a before and after post. I'm sure we'll be inspired by these posts and the transformations that took place. Here's a post How to do a Screenshot if you want a refresher on that step.

In the post you will give a short description about what you decided to include (or omit) in your new signature. What were some of the challenges that you faced in doing the update and how did you solve them? (By sharing these thoughts, others can learn and be encouraged to do their own update).

In your post, briefly discuss two of your goals for 2022 for your web presence. What kinds of other things would you like to have polished in your online portfolio? Are you going to add more posts in social media, or perhaps refine down to fewer social sites and do fewer ones better. Are you going to work on your Wordpress website? (maybe you want to finally CREATE a Wordpress website). Are you going to try and do a bigger variety of blog post types (other than just getting in a market report only rut). Perhaps you want to try your hand at video and finally make a YouTube dent. Putting a couple of your next goals in a writing may help you to get momentum started!

So here's a quick checklist to follow for the challenge:

  1. Review the "How to Create an Effective Blog Signature" post for the essential points of what your blog signature needs to have
  2. Screenshot as a saved image file what your "before" blog signature looks like
  3. Create a draft post where you compose what your new signature will be (this may take a few days, save it as you go)
  4. When completed, paste your new signature into Blog Settings to become your new signature.
  5. Screenshot your "after" blog signature as a saved image file.
  6. Create a blog post where you show your before signature and your after signature so we can see the transformation.
  7. The post should have a minimum of 500 words describing your signature update and two additional web goals that you want to achieve in 2022.
  8. Come back to this post and leave a comment with a link to your challenge post.

Real Pros stand out from the crowd. Don't stand still. What steps are you going to take to make a more outstanding web presence?

This challenge will hopefully incentivize you to take the time needed to make this important update that will be a benefit to you.

Eileen Burns helped formulate the plan for this month's challenge so she and I will be co-hosting it and encouraging you in your participation. We look forward to seeing your submissions!

 

End of Challenge Update
If you want to see the results for all the updates check out this post
Stepping Up to the March Signature Challenge

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Comments (70)

Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

It's done and long overdue. Thanks for the push to get it done via the challenge.

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5723967/new-and-improved-active-rain-signature-challenge 

Mar 27, 2022 10:34 AM
Craig Daniels

Excellent Lorrie. I really like your update!

Mar 29, 2022 02:31 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Okay, I've spent the morning working on it. I'm sure there are improvements to be made. Lol. Still, had to just jump-in and do it. 

Updating our Blog Signature with Craig! And Eileen. 

Mar 27, 2022 01:02 PM
Craig Daniels

If you didn't put a video in your signature, I would have been disappointed! Well done Debb and Bernie!

Mar 29, 2022 02:31 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I didn't think I would get this done in time. But I am happy I did. I think it looks better. I also plan to revisit it more often 10 years is too long.

Here is my post.

I Did It! I Updated My Blog Signature

Mar 27, 2022 01:04 PM
Craig Daniels

Nice update Joseph! I really like that photo background!

Mar 29, 2022 02:32 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Craig and Eileen - thank you both for hosting this awesome challenge. It truly was what I needed to get my blogging ducks in a row and marching once again!  I know it's a lot of work hosting a challenge - this one even more so as you both have helped so many of us figure out how to make our signatures POP!

 

Here's my post!  March Challenge - A New and Refreshed Banana!

Mar 28, 2022 11:14 AM
Craig Daniels

Well balanced and interesting signature. Anchored by a banana, why of course it is!! That's a necessity.

Mar 29, 2022 02:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

LOL must have the banana back!  That's the conversation starter - often!  Thanks buddy - your are the best!

Mar 29, 2022 05:49 PM
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 www.ReverseLoansInColorado.com

Great timing for this challenge. I had information that was no longer current, so I HAD to figure out how to update the errors. I posted a question, and many responded letting me know Craig was the "go to Rainer" AND there was even a challenge!

I have to admit, I just wanted a quick fix. This is what I started with:

(sorry for the ugly photo shot vs a screen shot!)

Following Craig's direction, I found the location to update the info, so here was my "quick fix":

 

Then I was frustrated that I did "work arounds" vs following the step by step EASY TO FOLLOW information, so this is what I have now (it's a work in progress, I've determined!)

Welcome input! Like I said, a WORK IN PROGRESS!

Mar 28, 2022 08:38 PM
Craig Daniels

Kudos Ruth, you did an excellent job on this!! I see a few things that I'd like to help with to get it refined for you. I'm going to email you. (PS - and yes, let's have you do a post for the challenge as well, more soon)

Mar 29, 2022 06:19 AM
Ruth Vogt

OOPS... was I suppose to create a post about this?? My apologies if I missed the opportunity to actually make a post about this vs a reply. Let me know if I should delete the comment and move to a post!

Mar 28, 2022 08:41 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I need to spend some time reading the entries and see the results... and then taking the challenge.

Mar 28, 2022 09:06 PM
Craig Daniels

Even if you do the update after the challenge, it is time well spent!

Apr 01, 2022 05:03 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Thank you for the challenge. Here is my completed entry for the challenge    

Mar 30, 2022 09:39 AM
Craig Daniels

Your update shows your iconic location much more prominently now. Nice update Rocky!

Apr 01, 2022 05:04 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I am so so glad that you two put this challenge together! Thank you Craig and Eileen! It was tough to find some time, but I had it on my to-do list all month and was committed to getting it done.  

My new blog signature. Just in the nick of time. 

Mar 30, 2022 09:40 AM
Craig Daniels

Well done on the update Andrea. I'm glad you found (made) the time to do it!

Apr 01, 2022 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

And then there is that second part of the challenge: Two of your goals for 2022 for your web presence.

Here is part two for me Craig Daniels and Eileen Burns 

My two web presence goals.

 

Mar 30, 2022 12:12 PM
Craig Daniels

I like when we clearly define some goals. It gives us something tangible to work for. Well done.

Apr 01, 2022 05:06 AM
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 www.ReverseLoansInColorado.com

Thank you sooo much for helping me with blog refresh! Great challenge and perfect timing for me! Here's my post:

REFRESHED BLOG SIGNATURE

Mar 30, 2022 03:38 PM
Craig Daniels

A very creative update Ruth. I really like what you created!

Apr 01, 2022 05:06 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Thanks so much for not only encouraging us to get it done, but to show us how to do it too!

Out with the Old

Mar 30, 2022 04:30 PM
Craig Daniels

Your update Mimi shows us very clearly about who/what/where. Such a really nice update for you!

Apr 01, 2022 05:08 AM
Mayra Espinosa Realtor San Mateo Pacifica Homes
Mayra Espinosa Broker- Realtor | Call 650-996-8961 - Pacifica, CA
San Mateo County Real Estate | Buy | Sell | Invest

Thank you so much  Eileen Burns for co-hosting this challenge with Greg Daniels.

Here is my blog Signature

Thank you!

Mar 30, 2022 10:53 PM
Craig Daniels

I can see you invested some time in this update Mayra and it really shows with a classy update for you. Well done.

Apr 01, 2022 05:08 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Good Morning All,

Many thanks to Craig Daniels and Eileen Burns for hosting this challenge.

It was About Time for That Blog Signature Change

Mar 31, 2022 03:46 AM
Craig Daniels

I really like your new blog signature Elyse. It adds a whole new dimension.

Apr 01, 2022 05:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Craig Daniels and Eileen Burns - thank you for the challenge.  I updated and showed before and after also my goals going forward.  I am not a graphic person so any additional suggestions would certainly be appreciation.

Here is my post:

I HAVE UPDATED MY BLOG SIGNATURE AND INCLUDED MY GOALS

 

Mar 31, 2022 09:58 AM
Craig Daniels

Grant - you did a really nice update on your signature. After we fine tuned a few things, it just got even better! well done.

Apr 01, 2022 05:10 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I didn't write a post but did take the challenge to improve my blog signature yesterday afternoon, with a little HTML help from Craig! Thanks for the inspiration, Craig Daniels and Eileen Burns . What a lot of improvement for AR!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2022 10:44 AM
Craig Daniels

You did an excellent job on the update Jeff. I'm glad we worked together to put the finishing touches on it.

Apr 01, 2022 05:11 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

To the March 2022 Challenge - finally presentable! Thanks for the contest! Lynn

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5724691/--atlanta-buckhead-midtown---new-blog-signature-march-2022-challenge

Mar 31, 2022 08:58 PM
Craig Daniels

I was so glad we got your update done Lynn. As you know we've been thinking about it for a while. I wanted people who first come to one of your blog posts to really learn more about you by the signature opportunity.

Apr 01, 2022 05:13 AM
Mimi Foster

Look at you! What a beautiful update!

Apr 01, 2022 12:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Craig & Eileen Burns! As normal, I am always the last to get in right under the wire on these challenges! I so appreciate you both hosting this challenge and look forward to your next one. Let me know when you're ready for another!

Here's my entry:

Time for a Refresher - A Signature Refresher

Mar 31, 2022 10:26 PM
Craig Daniels

How fitting for Lynn and Debe to come in with back to back submissions. You two really make great impressions now with your updated signatures. Well done!

Apr 01, 2022 05:14 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Ha! We were your polar opposite examples on your presentation! You're right, very fitting, Craig!

Apr 01, 2022 10:48 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Craig Daniels I am just now finding out about this challenge, but I plan to still work on improving my signature block. I have been away from the Rain, and missed seeing your previous post about How to Improve your signature block. Your posts are always very informative and productive too. 

Apr 04, 2022 08:00 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I definitely finished my post in March when I was supposed to (April fools??)

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5725386/new-signature-who-dis-

Apr 04, 2022 04:50 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

I saw this too late to participate.  I had to update my signature line last month anyway since I changed brokerages

Apr 17, 2022 08:25 AM