"Overwhelmed by the Technology Learning Curve?" Blog Tips for Rain Drips

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Let's face it. For many of us, the learning curve for implementing emerging technologies into our business can be a rather daunting and intimidating venture. For old dogs like me, it can tend to be very frustrating and insurmountable at times. Although we recognize the value and benefits of blogging, and utilizing the wealth of social media tools available today, it's just a tad bit challenging to wade through everything that's out there!

Maybe you're relatively new to ActiveRain, and you're thinking that there is just too much stuff to absorb! You feel like you're trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant! You're on information OVERLOAD!

Well, Bucko, it's time to take a step back, re-group, and map out an easy and effective 'step-by-step' SMO (Social Media Optimization) strategy for your business!

Fortunately, the ActiveRain Community provides an excellent and encouraging environment for you to begin your social media journey. Allow me to suggest a few basic 'baby' steps that will make the process more enjoyable:

Perfecting Your Profile

Taking the time and effort to develop a comprehensive and 'complete' profile that is informative and engaging to your readers is a vital first step.  Check out the profiles of ActiveRain's Top Scoring members to get some seasoned 'How-To' ideas. For some additional tips, check out these helpful links:

How to Make Your Profile Page SHINE!     Get Mileage from Your Profile     How to Set-up Your Profile Part I

How to Set-up Your Profile Part II     How to use Your 'My Settings' Page    Your AR Profile Masterpiece!   

 Making the Most of Your Profile 

Constant Comments

One of the best ways to become fully immersed in the blogging fray is to simply read other people's articles/posts, and make meaningful contributions/comments to the conversation. Develop the daily discipline of making comments. Weave it into the fabric of your regular routine. Make it part of your morning coffee ritual. You'll find that you will learn some really great insights and advice from your fellow professionals and you'll begin to develop some lasting relationships with other bloggers who will typically reciprocate with comments to your posts. Plus, it's one of the easiest ways to earn points on ActiveRain!

The Secret Beyond the Comments     How to get Your Company Name in Your Comment Signature    

Don't leave SPAM in Your Comments     What is Comment Junk Mail?    The True Power of Comments    

Is Your Integrity worth 25 points?    Comment Rewards Program     Is Your Blog a Brick Wall? 

Regular Reading - Featureds and Subscription List

Part of your daily disciplined Rain ritual should be to peruse the 'Featured' posts on the Blogs Main Page. The default category setting is 'Professional,' so simply click on the 'Featured' link up at the top left of the page, and it will pull up the most recently 'Featured' articles. These represent some of the Best of the Best within our community. These posts are selected by both ActiveRain staff and volunteer moderators as reflecting prime examples of quality writing. You will be able to learn what constitutes good effective blogging from these examples. When you discover an author that you particularly enjoy, be sure to 'Subscribe' to their blog by clicking on the 'Subscribe to Blog' button located just under their profile picture. Whenever they publish a new article, they will show up on your 'Subscription List,' located on the right hand side of the Blogs Main Page.

How to Bookmark Articles     Managing Your Favorite Posts     5 Ways to Subscribe to Blogs    

How to Navigate the Blogs Main Page     A Moderator's Heart     Getting 'Featured' on ActiveRain 

Getting Your Blogging Feet Wet

After you've spent an inordinate amount of time becoming an experienced 'Lurker,' the day will finally come when you will gather up the courage to step out into the imposing sea of blogging and bare your soul naked to the world! Well, it's not quite THAT bad, but it sure feels like it! You only need to peer briefly into the early archives of any accomplished blogger to realize that most of us start out with pretty much the same basically ugly and boring content. Finding your own unique voice and style can take some time. Don't be too hard on yourself. Put yourself in the shoes of your intended audience, and simply share what would be most interesting, engaging, and beneficial to them. Here's some additional helpful resources:

The 3 P's of Blogging     Blog Tips 4 Rain Drips     Balance Your Blog     How to Kreate Kwality Kontent

How to Engage Your Readers     How to Sabotage Your Own Blog     5 Ways to Create an Effective Post 

Expanding Your Digital Footprint

After you've achieved a certain comfort level with your involvement here on ActiveRain, there will come a time for you to spread your social media/networking wings and begin to participate on other meaningful platforms that will serve to effectively expand your digital footprint. There are so many networks and tools available these days that it can become somewhat difficult and confusing to determine which ones can offer the best return on your time investment. Some are very obvious, and others may take extra time for your to realize the value proposition. Allow me to suggest just a few:

Facebook     Twitter     LinkedIn     Flickr     Plaxo     Naymz     Blip.fm     Last.fm     Plurk     Trulia     Zillow 

One Tool at a Time

The amount of really amazing social media tools and technologies that are available to us today are incredible and rather overwhelming. Pace yourself and try not to bite off too many new widgets than you can chew at one time. Most of them are free or have expanded/enhanced features available for a modest subscription fee. As you are evaluating new tools/technology to implement into your business, remember that they should be relatively easy to use, and save you time/effort. If technology doesn't make your life/job easier, less stressful, and more productive, then find another widget that makes more sense! Here's a few to consider:

Eyejot     Utterli     RealEstateShows     vFlyer     picnik     Skype     Retaggr     Qik     Ping.fm     Posterous

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.


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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I think I'd better bookmark this. It will take me days to follow that many links!

Thanks for gathering up the information for those of us who don't know where to begin looking.

Nov 28, 2010 07:22 AM #112
Pete Deininger
Breckenridge Associates - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge Colorado Real Estate (970-389-0372)

Great tips! I've bookmarked so I can come back and revisit these ideas often. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2010 07:46 AM #113
Rhonda Abbott
Howard Hanna - Wadsworth, OH
Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH

Wow!  As an AR newbie, I can't thank you enough for this post!!!

Nov 28, 2010 08:18 AM #114
Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR
Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes - Woodland Hills, CA
Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996

Rick:  Thanks for this wonderful and informative blog post.

Bandele Oguntomilade

Nov 28, 2010 09:01 AM #115
Ceci Burklow
Pride of Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

WOW - I have earmarked this for many hours of research - thank you for compiling this as a one-stop resource!

Nov 28, 2010 09:12 AM #116
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty
THANKS!!! I needed this. It is so confusing, trying to get everything under control. I can hardly wait to jump into this great info.
Nov 28, 2010 10:30 AM #117
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Where have you been all my life, Rich? Well, at least my AR life! Thanks so much for your hard work - Bookmarked!

Nov 28, 2010 01:03 PM #118
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Awesome stuff and still relevant after 18 months! I went through almost all of the links and they were also informative posts. Great list for beginners and a reminder for the more experienced.

Nov 28, 2010 01:40 PM #119
Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

This is a great post.  I'm glad it was on the daily drop as I am bookmarking for future reference.  A wealth of information!  Thanks.

Nov 28, 2010 03:39 PM #120
Jeff Markell
Land Home Financial Services - Santa Ana, CA
Branch Manager / Mortgage Consultant - NMLS 22416

What an awesome amount of information you have provided. Everyone on AR can benefit from using this information...Thanks Rich!

Nov 28, 2010 06:00 PM #121
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Rick, great links, thanks so much for putting together such a comprehensive AR post. ~ Dave

Nov 29, 2010 01:53 AM #122
Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet
Seaside Properties - Murrells Inlet, SC

Bookmarked this post.  When I first read it I was overwhelmed once again, but after going over one link at a time, it has really helped.  One bite at a time....

Nov 29, 2010 02:50 AM #123
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

okay, who dredged this post out of the archives?

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I used to have a fairly active and influential voice on this platform at one time, but not so much anymore. Hopefully, you'll find something of pratical help contained in my words that will benefit your efforts in social media...


Nov 29, 2010 05:22 AM #124
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Rich, my kind of post, everything there that I should need to know and learn.



Nov 29, 2010 07:57 AM #125
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great job, Rich!  I'm bookmarking for reminders when I have a little time to spare!  Some of these posts you referred go back a long way and I missed them then.  Glad to have them all together now!!!

Nov 30, 2010 04:28 PM #126
Jan Laurie
JL Residential Styling & Staging - Nanaimo, BC

It's awesome to have such oversight to the possibilities. Thanks for breaking it all down and giving so many links. That's what I call support.

Dec 02, 2010 04:25 PM #127
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

This is a very informative post packed with all kinds of useful information. Thanks.

Dec 03, 2010 11:08 AM #128
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Wow! What an info-packed post! I'm totally bookmarking this! I already do a lot of the stuff you've mentioned here....and there's also a bunch of stuff I haven't done.....thanks for putting this together!

Dec 06, 2010 12:56 PM #129
Linda Lorenzo
Coldwell Banker Apex - McKinney, TX
GRI, North Dallas/Ft Worth

Thank you for all the wonderful information.  I just learned how to bookmark from you (I know it should have been intuitive but wasn't) and you are my first bookmark.  You must have put many hours into this and I truly appreciate it.

Dec 10, 2010 07:46 AM #130
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Linda:   Just one way I can repay this network and its members for all the benefits I have derived from my involvement here. Enjoy!

Dec 10, 2010 08:38 AM #131
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