St. Louis Realtor wondering how you get people to comment on your blog?

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Mortgage and Lending with Bank of England (NMLS#418481) NMLS# 1046286

I admit, I'm still pretty much a newbie here.  That said, I've been working pretty hard to participate on a daily basis if possible.  I try to read at least 5 or 6 blogs per day and to comment on most that I read.  

When I write a post, I attempt to put some work into it and research what I have to say and sight my sources, etc.  I also attempt to be at least a little bit witty (maybe that's why I'm not getting that many comments???? hmmm???).

Anyway, I noticed something.  Some of these posts are poorly written, some are pretty inane and some our downright solicitous.  Yet they get comments.  While other posts that are well written, etc. go by without comment.  What's up with this?

And not to be rude here because I'm very excited about being able to blog on here, but what's up with how the featured posts are picked?  Again, a great post will go unnoticed where someone who doesn't know that the red line under a word means that they need to type it again more than likely.

Still loving it here, but curious all the same.

 

R.B."Bob" Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Hi Bob.  First you need a funky title like this one to capture someone's interest.  Then, what's cool is my hubby is originally from St Louis, and it's frankly one of my favorite places to visit (awesome zoo).

I LOVE ST. LOUIS! 

Apr 05, 2007 05:16 PM #1
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Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Hi Bob! My name is Rich Jacobson. I'm one of the Moderators here on ActiveRain. I am one of the people who are responsible for 'featuring' posts. There are several elements that I look for when 'featuring' posts. Good, relevant content is one. I look for articles that will make valued contribution to our community. I want posts that are thought-provoking and interesting to read. I like well-formatted posts - good spelling and graphics help attract readership. Easy to digest bullet points and well developed thoughts are a big plus as well. I would be curious to know what constitutes a 'great' post in your mind? Perhaps give me some examples of posts that have gone unfeatured that you feel should have been featured? We are always looking for input on how to improve things.

I would suggest reading some of the top bloggers and top commented posts. Find out what subjects or topics people on AR are interested in. Start to see patterns in what is 'featured.' It takes time to find your own unique voice and audience. It's definitely a learning curve. Be patient. Keep commenting on other people's post. Join some groups. Write about the things you're most passionate about. What do you love most about living in St. Louis?

Let me know if you ever have any additional questions. Best of luck to you!

Apr 05, 2007 06:25 PM #2
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Cathy Tishhouse
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Real Estate

Bob & Rich:

Bob:  I just started blogging maybe a month ago (joined in December) and I have only posted three times (first one I did all wrong and it did not end up on my blog page).  I have been getting a few comments on each one and met someone who has been helping me with BPOs--and has become a friend and we have never met.  I find that I read (and get comments) based on the title and how much it draws me to why I am blogging and the information I need help on--from there it keeps growing.  I like getting points but I don't post or comment for the sake of getting points--I really want to make a contribution and utilize the wealth of information and guidance here.

Rich:

I love that you commented and gave guidance on the featured posts--and asked for feedback--in other words really paying attention to the intent of this site--I think it is great and have been telling so many people about it (inviting I should say).

Apr 06, 2007 02:38 AM #3
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Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Hi Bob - I have been around awhile.  You can't get people to do anything. :)  Look around, read and leave comments.  Folks will find you, read you and if there is something they want to comment on they will just like I am doing now.  it takes a little time.
Apr 06, 2007 03:39 AM #4
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R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

LOL, This is kind of funny.  On some of my other posts, I have spent hours researching and going over them to make sure that they were clean and concise, etc.  On this post, I was in a bitchy mood and I guess that I vented a bit and "Bang" I get four comments!  I guess that I should bitch more often, huH?

Actually, thank you guys for responding.  Rich, I'll write you an email directly when I come across a post that I think is well written and has some good content.  Thank you for the guidance.  I agree whole heartedly with Cathy above when she said that she loved the fact that you commented on this post.  It shows that you care!

R.B. "Bob" Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Apr 06, 2007 03:52 AM #5
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Victoria Small
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - Saint Louis, MO
Remember Small is the name...not the SERVICE!
I agree with you Bob.
Apr 06, 2007 06:07 AM #6
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