Basic Components of a Quality Blog Article

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Okay, Sportsfans! Time to share the fruits of your homework!

Go ahead and post your Top Ten Lists in the comments section, then I will compile them and place them here in the body of the post.

I'm excited to see what you all have come up with!

Rich Jacobson

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Rich Jacobson is a REALTOR® and licensed Broker with Fathom Realty. He's a Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, skilffuly vanquishing anything in a shell! He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

Comments (10)

Brande Bradford
Keller Williams - McDonough, GA
Realtor
I posted mine in the other one with Michelle.  Sorry, if it was suppose to be here. I cant wait to see what you come up with.
Apr 12, 2007 02:52 AM
Michelle DeRepentigny
Success Realty - Athens, GA
Broker Athens, GA

Whoops....jet lag!  I had already posted on the other one before I read on down.  Sorry!

Apr 12, 2007 03:52 AM
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

My top 10-

  • Catchy headline
  • Good use of keywords
  • Post between 250-500 words
  • Use pictures / images
  • Relevant topic
  • Links
  • Easy to read format (use bullets)
  • Orginal Content
  • Branded to you (or your theme)
  • Consistancy- the voice of the blog & frequency
Apr 13, 2007 04:16 AM
Brande Bradford
Keller Williams - McDonough, GA
Realtor

Debi, Sure and make us lok bad by following directions and putting your top 10 in the right place :-)

Just messin!! Seems that we are all thinking along the same line.

Have a good weekend.

Apr 13, 2007 04:56 AM
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

Funny Brande!

I got busy with a new listing and didn't post my homework until this am.  I didn't look at the lists/comments on purpose... didn't want to color my answer... and only after I posted did I discover you two posted elsewhere! LOL.

 

Apr 13, 2007 11:48 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

From Rich:   Debi gets 'extra' points for following directions properly!....hehehe

Okay, just so we're all on the same page (literally), here are the rest of your great Top Ten Lists:

Great Title - paying special attention to 1st 4 words for permalink

Keywords used naturally and OFTEN!

Great Content - Well researched quality content

Lists

Graphics

Links - reference Material

Quotes

Links - more information

Key points bolded

Call to Action

 

04/12/2007 by Michelle DeRepentingy, Real Estate Broker Delete

 

1.  Headliners...This is extremely improtant as your readers will see this first, needs to reach out and grab them.

2.  Short Writing...You dont want to write 1,000 + words, when most people reading are doing so in between other activites, you want your blogs to be roughly 500 words or less.  If you do have a longer blog, do an extended break...read more.

3.  Content...needs to be interesting to those you want to attract and well researched.  Quality will bring people back, not quantity.

4.  Be Consistent... Your readers are looking for continuous articles.  Whether you post daily, weekly, etc, you need to be consistent.  Your readers will cehck back the more you write.

5.  Personalization...When you write, it needs to be personalized.  Dont write dry blogs, you need to put yourself into the article and ask for feedback.  When people can relate to you, they tend to visit more.

6.  Linking...Link to your research, link to other article of interest to what your writing about. The more links, the more information, the more irrestible your blog is.

7.  Graphics... Just like listings, if you have photos people will look, if you don't your toast!  LOL  People want to be able to see something they can relate to.

8.  Knowledge Of Area...Example, I am writing about our county. It is a must to know as much as possible.  I will do this through, CIty Council Meetings Minutes (found online), newspapers, online articles, working with local business owners, and citizens.

9.  Keywords...Using keys words is essential.  If you use them, they need to appear in your content as often as possible, but not obviously planted in your article.

10.  Have Fun... When blogging keep in mind that people are learning more about you than you might think. As long as your enjoying what your doing, the readers will sense that.  Dont go out of your comfort zone on writing and write things that your not sure about.  Write, enjoy and reap the benefits.

Ok, 10 was my own.

 

04/12/2007 by Brande Bradford Delete

 

Apr 13, 2007 12:23 PM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

If there is one thing I've learned, it's that good writing usually flows. I always start with a basic concept, maybe just a title, and then simply start putting my thoughts down onto paper (or typing onto the screen). I can't allow all of these basic components to drive the process, per se, or to limit/hinder the more creative aspects of writing. I am a firm believer in writing passionately, from the heart, soul, or mind. For me, it's always easier to go back 'after the fact' and edit/correct my work, than trying to 'create' all the proper components as I go. Does that make sense?

One of my most favorite articles that I've written, "Letters from Jessica," didn't have a lot to do with real estate, but it came from my heart.

I guess what I'm trying to say is don't pressure yourself into having all the 'right' components in each and every post. It's important to be 'aware' of them, and to incorporate them when most appropriate. But to never allow them to quench the passion of our words.

I'll throw up my Top Ten later tonight.....good job you guys!

Apr 13, 2007 12:39 PM
Brande Bradford
Keller Williams - McDonough, GA
Realtor

Rich,

First, "Letters from Jessica", what a heartfelt post.  That is all I can say, I am speechless.  Actually, it is post like that, that will make everyone stop and think for a moment.  I will be touching base this week with my past clients, especially the elderly one.

For the rest of your comments.  I too write off the cuff, I just dont have what it takes yet to do it as eloquently as some of those on AR yet.  I know I need to pay more attention to several of the Top 10 Topics more, and will work on that once I get what I am thinking down on the screen.  I am glad to know others write off the cuff, I am not the type of person who wants their writing to sound canned.  I just want it to be me.  I think.

Apr 15, 2007 02:47 AM
Phil Sharp
Phil Sharp Homes - Fort Lewis, WA

Rich and Brande,

I agree with you Brande, Rich's post was very well written, and you can tell that it "Flowed" for him as he was writing it.

I try to write as if I am speaking to someone, the technique does require some editing when finished, but I find that having the "speaking" mindset helps things flow.

Rich, I am curious to know if you get yourself into a particular mindset or mentally "put yourself in" to the subject you are writing about.

Apr 20, 2007 04:20 PM
Jay Beckingham
Christensen Financial Mortgage - Port St Lucie, FL
Seniors ROCK!

true confessions

i do not know how to acquire pictures and how to add them

can you help please? 

May 25, 2007 01:08 AM