No No's In Blogging

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 NMLS #65149

This month our ActiveRain challenge is being hosted by Jeff Dowler, CRS and Brian England, titled "The ActiveRain Members Guide to Blogging Success - Do's and Don'ts".   For this challenge they are asking us to share what members can do to improve their blogging and results, and what to avoid doing.

For the first part of their challenge my two suggestions and advice were very simple.  Simply blog about what you know.  If ActiveRain members do this they will not only get the coveted gold stars (featured posts), but also several views & clicks, many followers without begging members to follow you, as well as an endless source of blog topics.  For my second blog in this month's challenge are a few of the No No's in blogging, what not to do.

The very first No No for me is plagiarism.  DO NOT steal someone else material.  For me stealing someone else's material is the same as a thief picking someones pocket.  When it comes to blogging, stealing mainly happens in a couple of ways:

  • Copying and pasting someone else's blog, and claim it as your own.  This is plagiarism, and besides being unethical, it is also illegal, and can end up costing you money.
  • Copying and pasting some else's pictures, or graphics.  This is also plagiarism, unethical, illegal, and can end up costing you money.  A former member of ActiveRain Lenn Harley, made a nice sum of money from blogger who would copy and paste her maps.

If you can't write your own material, then why should anyone read it, and follow you.  Also when a blogger does that, it says to me they are not very good at what they do.  If they were good at what they do, then they would not have a problem writing about it, and would not be stealing what someone else has written.

When it comes to pictures or graphics, there are several sites with free graphics, or programs that can be purchased which come with graphics.  I use CorelDRAW to create several of my graphics.  CorelDRAW also come with thousands of graphics which can be customized to the message I want to blog about. 

My second NO NO is on what not to do when commenting on another members blog.  First, DO NOT advertise yourself on another member's blog.  This is mainly done when a member comments on another member's blog and:

  • Puts their contact information in the comment, or
  • In the comment redirects others to their website, or one of their blogs. 

Doing this makes you look bad, and will actually accomplish the opposite of what you are trying to do.

Second, NO NO on what not to do when commenting on another members blog is, do not insult others period, or pick fights with other members, especially in a comment on their blog.  Again this makes you look small and petty, and a great way to drive other members away from you.  I would also add that it is a NO NO to insult or pick fights with other members in the comment section of your own blog as well.

A great way to avoid these two No No's, as well as several others, is to periodically read the:

If you follow this guidelines and standard, you will avoid most of if not all the No No's in blogging.


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  you preaching to the choir well at least to me, Endre

Dec 16, 2022 09:46 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Plagiarism for me is an absolute NO-NO for sure. It is hard to fathom that anyone would think it is ok to steal another person's material.

Dec 17, 2022 03:51 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Share what you know and prepare your self so you are 5he expert. 

Dec 17, 2022 04:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thanks for your "no-no" post as part of this month's challenge - These are definitely on my no-no list as well!

Dec 17, 2022 04:55 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

George, great tips on what to avoid when blogging!

Dec 17, 2022 05:19 AM
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

Great tips on No-No's George. I recently had someone copy and paste an entire blog post I wrote. I don't know how I found it, but when I did, I immediately called this agent. She said she would delete it but also said..."I don't know what the big deal is"...Grrr!

Dec 17, 2022 05:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello George - the abundance of no-nos may exist because the can can is so evident on the blog roll on a regular basis.  

Dec 17, 2022 05:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - and it's not just in the blogosphere either. 

I remember reporting an example to our local association where an agent copied/pasted my MLS description onto to their new listing. 

Yes, it was in the same condo building but his listing was a foreclosure in original condition versus my listing which was updated and in a better location.  A truly OMG moment.  That listing didn't immediately disappear but it eventually "went away".  

Dec 17, 2022 05:59 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Good Morning  , great blogging tips, if your going to uses someone else's idea or pictures get permission and give credit where credit is due! 

Dec 17, 2022 06:31 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Morning George, your "no no's" are truly ways to make a blog a positive experience for your audience here in the rain and out there on the net. Thanks for positing Activerain guidelines too.

Dec 17, 2022 08:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi George- I'm so glad you this got featured.   I don't see many people advertising their services in the comments section like I  used to but it does happen. And keep it civil!!!

Dec 17, 2022 02:38 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I will from time to time call someone out or joke about something they have done wrong.  At this point in my career though, I am fine with having fewer followers than more, haha.

Dec 18, 2022 04:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello George and great advise to share with us here in the rain on blogging.  Hope you have a great day!


Dec 18, 2022 09:05 AM
Marcus Anderson - Santa Monica, CA
Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA

Great post! 👍

Dec 18, 2022 02:01 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Great points George Souto .  I think your advice "Simply blog about what you know" pretty well sums it up for me.  Why write about what you don't know.  When people call you, they'll figure it out in just a few minutes.  Write about what you know and you'll do fine.

Dec 19, 2022 12:19 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Thankfully, the Rain people seems to be very polite and thoughtful towards each other, at least, in my experience:) 

Dec 19, 2022 11:11 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George -  don't pick fights in comments. That is so important.  I still remember a snarky comment on my blog that shocked my supportive community here.  I didn't react or respond.

Dec 20, 2022 06:55 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

George Souto  You certainly hit the nail on the head with this one.  Congrats on your featured posts 

Dec 20, 2022 10:19 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi George Souto - I wrote on the same topic but yours was so much better than mine. Congratulations! You deserve this feature! 

I am wishing you a very Merry Christmas and blessings. 

Dec 22, 2022 09:20 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Hi George, I agree with your post regarding "no-no's" in blogging. The same thing is true for commenting on others' posts on Facebook. Tell the truth, and don't try to make yourself look great by negatively commenting on other people's post. And don't strike up an argument! There is already too much negativity. If you disagree, create your own post!

Sep 01, 2023 09:37 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I found this gem from the past among bloges that I have missed.

Excellent advice, George!

It is wise to be honest and express yourself truthfully. 

Sep 08, 2023 03:44 PM