Blogging For An Online Presence

Real Estate Agent with Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, TREC #0492321

There is no doubt that blogging has its rewards and benefits. "I have often said that becoming an Active Rain member and blogging on a regular basis helped launch my online presence". Yes, it takes a lot of effort, time, and creative writing to keep your audience interested and engaged but, blogging gives lots of success stories. The most recent one was when the owner and writer for Military Relocation Professional Agents, Ms. Allison Sledge found me online to do my recent My Press Release Story.   Of all the MRPs in San Antonio, she told me that I had the best story and best online presence. This was a chance to be recognized as the go to REALTOR® for all military members and their families in and around the San Antonio area. In that story you will read how NAR® found me in 2013 and interviewed me about helping and serving our military community. That got me grandfathered as a MRP (Military Relocation Professional). 

There were other times when the posts were hyperlocal about events and activities going on in the San Antonio area for military veterans or anyone needing real estate property.  Those market reports and community reports generated a lot of interest too. One never knows who is reading them as they stay online until they are taken down. The slogan that has been inspirational for my posts, whether blogging for business or for fun was "If you built it, they will come", which was taken from the movie, Field of Dreams. You'll remember how Kevin Costner, the main character as a farmer builds a baseball field in his cornfield to attract the ghosts of baseball legends, like Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), the Chicago Black Sox, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, and Burt Lancaster in his final film role.  

Yes, the phone lines will start ringing, and the leads will come from folks who have read your posts and see you online, and they are ready to do business with you.  Blogging also helps to build relationships with others in our Active Rain community too. It will certainly help get more referrals from other members in the Rain. 


Comments (29)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Jerry, for sharing some of your personal experience.

Best wishes for continued success.


Oct 12, 2022 06:50 AM
Jerry Newman

My pleasure, Roy. Thanks for your encouragement. 

Oct 15, 2022 04:45 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jerry, what a great post, and working for our military families is the BEST.  KUDOS to you.

Oct 12, 2022 07:13 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Joan.  I enjoy working with our military members as I can surely relate to their experiences and expectations.

Oct 15, 2022 04:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a great story, Jerry! Blogging definitely can help with our online presence which can lead in many directions.

So nice to see you here again. Hope it continues.


Oct 13, 2022 12:53 PM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Jeff Dowler, CRS. I am looking forward to posting more on a regular basis in the near future. 

Oct 16, 2022 06:55 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jerry Newman  i so enjoyed reading your blog - Have a wonderful weekend 😊

Oct 14, 2022 12:11 PM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Hannah. Wishing you All the Best too!

Oct 15, 2022 06:20 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jerry - I agree with you as well.  Even though I am not a Realtor AR helped launched my blogging and brought me business in areas I never expected.

Oct 15, 2022 03:19 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Grant. I totally agree. I noticed that I was not already following you, but I will fix that right now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Oct 15, 2022 06:21 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jerry. Active Rain has been my source of referrals for years. In addition to meeting people here online, I have had the opportunity to meet several members personally. Enjoy your day as I enjoy your blogs.

Oct 15, 2022 03:58 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Wayne Martin the relationships that have been gained over the years as well as all the referrals are truly a Blessing. 

Oct 15, 2022 06:25 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

One aspect of blogging is consistency. Another aspect for me is clarity. When one writes, one thinks an this allows for greater clarity and even inspiration.  Thank you

Oct 15, 2022 07:17 AM
Jerry Newman

You are so right, Leanne. Consistency is the key to remaining strong with our online presence. I need to start posting more often again. 

Oct 15, 2022 06:26 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jerry,
First, let me say thank you for your service!  Blogging is somewhat a labor of love, isn't it? I know it is for me... the love of sharing knowledge and experiences with others.

Oct 15, 2022 08:54 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Carol Williams. It does take some effort, thought, and time to be creative with our posts. But, the benefits far outweigh all of that. Thanks for the opportunity in your challenge. 

Oct 15, 2022 06:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jerry- great entry for this month's challenge!!!  I'm so glad to see you here in the Rain!!

Oct 15, 2022 12:55 PM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Kathy Streib. I almost missed this challenge, but I am grateful to be able to have an entry. I will look up your friends in my brother's yearbook once I find it, since he was in the Class of '65. 

Oct 15, 2022 06:30 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jerry Newman - This is a great entry for the Challenge. You are a great representative for the MRP and your services to the military are greatly appreciated.

Congratulations on your FEATURE!

Oct 15, 2022 05:21 PM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I know this post and my story would relate to you, as you also have someone dear to you who served too. 

Oct 15, 2022 06:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jerry Newman - To this day, I still feel honored that we met in San Antonio. Conversing with you was so important to me. As I read your Press Release and your story I was mesmerized about your life before, during, and after the Military, before your third retirement to become a REALTOR, once again I was impressed with where you came from and where you are today. Your journey with Chong Suk, on your first tour to South Korea was endearing. I was sorry to learn that due to red tape, she wasn't able to meet your father who would have been charmed by her. This must have been very difficult for you while making your bond with her even stronger. You are a great and honorable man. It was a pleasure to meet you in San Antonio several years ago and I hope it won't be the last. 

Oct 16, 2022 12:59 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. I treasure our first meeting back at the Texas Conference in San Antonio a few years ago. I know we will certainly get the chance to meet again in the near future to share more stories. As always, Wishing you the Very BEST!

Oct 16, 2022 06:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jerry:

Congratulations on your feature. That is a wonderful success story that you've shared about the Military Relocation Professional Agents group and your Press Release story. I'm off to read.

Bet more successes will be headed your way from your blogging and online presence.



Oct 15, 2022 05:44 PM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Jeff Dowler, CRS. I truly appreciate the time you spent coming back to post your comments. The press release was what got me to post again. Have a Blessed Weekend!

Oct 15, 2022 06:32 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

How wonderful Jerry that you were "found" because of your blogging efforts. You certainly prove that this thing called blogging works!

Oct 16, 2022 10:42 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400. One never knows who is reading our blogs. It does have some great benefits too. 

Oct 16, 2022 03:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Jerry.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Oct 17, 2022 07:49 AM
Jerry Newman

Thanks Roy Kelley Have a Blessed Week!

Oct 19, 2022 12:05 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jerry Newman - Having an online presence is a good reason to blog.  It is all about Google, isn't it?   Of course, when I hear the phrase, "if you build it they will come", I think about "Field of Dreams" but it really does apply to your/our blogging! LOL!

Oct 17, 2022 12:19 PM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I really love that logo from Field of Dreams. Since my blogging has slack off, the phone doesn't ring as often as before. Just proves how important it is to stay consistent. 

Oct 19, 2022 12:07 PM
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
Great post, Jerry! You shared all the best benefits you have received! All the best - Lynn
Oct 17, 2022 06:51 PM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 Wishing you the BEST in Atlanta, GA. 

Oct 19, 2022 12:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jerry like I commented on your post from the other day, nice to have you back with such good posts, where have you been? We missed you on the platform, Endre

Oct 17, 2022 10:30 PM
Jerry Newman

Endre Barath, Jr. I actually got burned out for awhile, but I want to get back into the swing of things soon. Hoping to get another post out soon this week. Wishing you the BEST!

Oct 19, 2022 12:05 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Being recognized (and grandfathered in) as a Military Relocation Professional is a great honor, and a result of your AR presence. Congrats!

Oct 18, 2022 04:39 PM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty. I was thrilled and honored to be grandfathered in as a MRP. Have a Blessed Week!

Oct 19, 2022 12:10 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Glad you're back, Jerry! The phone will ring when you blog consistently and are relevant and memorable. Fantastic post!

Oct 19, 2022 10:32 AM
Jerry Newman

Thanks Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! It's great to be back. I want to at least post something twice a week until I can get back to posting more often. Have a Wonderful Week!

Oct 19, 2022 12:11 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Thank you for sharing your Success story!  Congratulations!  If you build it - they will come!

Oct 19, 2022 11:53 AM
Jerry Newman

Thanks, Diana Dahlberg That logo certainly works for blogging. Have a Blessed Week!

Oct 19, 2022 12:12 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hello, Jerry. Yes, I loved that movie, The Field of Dreams, and still remember it. And saw it again more than a few times.

I commend you and your passion to serve others. And thank you for your service.

It's a great entry. Thank you for sharing it. 


Oct 19, 2022 12:59 PM
Jerry Newman

My Pleasure, Aura Alex. I love helping others. It has always been one of my passions. Looking forward to renewing friendships here in the Rain.

Oct 19, 2022 05:14 PM