Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com)

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Debbie Gartner
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You DEFINITELY should set up your own site, and I would highly recommend wordpress.  You will ultimately get way more traffic on your own site (even though it will take time to built it up) and you will get more leads (as you can set up better lead capture programs and set up a site that will keep them with you (vs. going to other places on here).

when you own your site, you have complete control.  That means the formatting will be the way you want it and all the content and lead capture will be that way.  You can add google analytics to track and learn & improve and there are tons of plugins that can help you w/ SEO and better user experience.  Plus, you don't have to worry about changes that a 3rd party makes or fees (e.g. let's suppose AR decided to change their fee structure...or let's say eventually it is shut down (like Trulia voices).  you don't need to worry.

I always post my best and original content on my own site, and you should, too.  Then, I will often do another version on here and link to the original.  some do a snippet and link to the original.  I will often write other posts that link to my most important ones on my site.  All roads should lead to your website.

Hope that helps.

Feb 16, 2015 07:10 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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If you only have time to blog on one, put that time into your website/wordpress site.  Then, if you have more time, do some blogging on here and link to it and comment.

I'm amazed at how many have not yet made that move.  I did it after being on AR for 1 yr and it was one of the smartest moves I ever made.  If you blog well and consistently (e.g. once/week) and it's on a focused topic, you can do much better on that site than here.  My site gets 33,000 unique visitors a month.

Then, you AR for interaction & learning and backlink to your high priority posts.

Feb 17, 2015 07:08 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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I do it all on Active Rain -- not enough hours in the day to do other blogs. At the end of the day, I can blog or I can sell real estate.

Feb 16, 2015 09:11 PM
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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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I don't blog anywhere else.

Jun 25, 2018 11:10 PM
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William Feela
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I do all of my blogging on the rain, but i do link to an outside blog.

Feb 17, 2015 06:00 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Definitely add a blog to your website...do not have it floating out there in outer space, and then share to all the social media from your website.  A

Feb 17, 2015 04:17 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I only use active rain.

Feb 16, 2015 11:21 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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....and here's what they didn't say,,,,,"You and copy and paste directly into WordPress from AR with all imagaes and links in place." 

You simply game the first few lines and your WP blog is ready!
Spanish Acres is this mornings example and it took 3 minutes.

Feb 16, 2015 11:21 PM
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John Helmick
John Helmick Success & Ohio Property Inspection Services - Dayton, OH
Realtor Personal Growth/Success Coach

Like Debbie Gartner, I also have my own WordPress site.  All true that Debbie says, too.  You have alot more control and lee-way for creativity.  

Feb 16, 2015 09:03 PM
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Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
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Yes.

Feb 12, 2018 09:43 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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I have a Wordpress site.

Jan 22, 2018 05:36 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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A.R.

Jun 19, 2017 05:06 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Chris - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am just not receiving much Google juice from AR, however, I haven't been very consistent with my posts either. So, a lot of the blame can be put on me for not providing enough data on whatever site I use.

So far 2015 is going well. I should be getting another listing real soon, and have a few buyers looking. Thanks for asking.

Feb 19, 2015 09:14 AM
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Chris Mamone
Keller Mortgage - Tacoma, WA
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Get a rainmaker account! I tried to use wordpress, however I got tired of copy and paste from AR to WP. The rainmaker account allows you to blog in AR and click the share buttons to blast to FB, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest. Absolutely time saving, practical, and generates traffic. Troy hows everything going in 2015 so far?

Feb 18, 2015 02:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Michael - I agree completely. There will certainly be a learning curve trying to understand WordPress, and time is always a concern.

Feb 18, 2015 04:15 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Troy --- for now it's just AR but am leaning to try WordPress.  For me it's a time and comfort level issue ---- I give a lot of credit to Debbie Gartner for being able to master her blogging efforts to drive her business.   

Feb 18, 2015 03:48 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie L - Yes, Debbie Gartner sure does seem to know a lot about this stuff. She is a great resource here on AR.

Feb 18, 2015 02:55 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Inna - YouTube might be a great place to help me gain a better understanding. I use it to do a lot of repairs around the house. It is a great resource.

Feb 18, 2015 02:54 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Ritu - Thanks for the comment. It does seem like more people are utilizing WordPress. I had a blog there as well, but never really posted anything to it. I am considering it now though.

Feb 18, 2015 02:52 AM
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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
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AR is my primary blogging platform but I do publish similar blog on my personal point2agent website. I have got different result from both the site. Some blogs flourish better on AR over point2agent and vice versa. I like wordpress recommendation. I started working on that and never go around completing the site. 

Feb 17, 2015 10:50 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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For now, it is only AR place. But I'm planning to add another blog soon. I listed to a lot of blogging tutorials....You might want to check some Utube videos on this subject.

Feb 17, 2015 04:51 PM
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Debbie Laity
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Debbie Gartner is the queen of answers. I agree with what she says. 

Feb 17, 2015 02:38 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Larry - So do you have a blog on all three, and do you post to WordPress, AR, and your own website? Do you cut and paste your posts to share them on all three, or do you only post certain things on certain platforms. How do you keep it all together, and know what to post on what site?

Feb 17, 2015 01:14 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have a wordpress and a custom website as well as the AR account.

Feb 17, 2015 11:40 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Frank - So you primarily blog here on AR, but you have another blog you post to as well. Do you link them to your website, or one to the other?

Feb 17, 2015 09:08 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie R - Boy, I don't want to even think about what would happen if AR went away.

Feb 17, 2015 09:06 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie G - Thank you so much for your insight, and coming back to add additional information. I think I am leaning towards setting up a WordPress blog. I would assume that I would just link the WordPress blog to my website and vice versa.

Feb 17, 2015 09:05 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
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According to our in-house SEO experts Anita Clark, Debbie Gartner and others, yes you should be posting on other networks first. What if AR goes away, where would your content go?  

Feb 17, 2015 08:10 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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I have an outside blog but my primary blog is here on AR. 

Feb 17, 2015 07:14 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Praful - That is the dilemma I am in right now. Do I just continue with AR and link this blog to my website, and vice versa, or do I create a separate blog using WordPress, LinkedIn, Blogger, or some other blogging platform.

Feb 17, 2015 05:58 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jenna - Interesting. Are you planning on sharing your posts you create on the blog embedded in your website here on AR as well? I also have a blog on my website, but don't imagine I would get much SEO from blogging there. Instead, I put a link to my AR site, but am considering getting a WordPress blog.

It's rather confusing with so many different options: blog on website, WordPress, or AR. Which is really the best option, and can you duplicate your posts on all three?

Feb 17, 2015 05:55 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Margaret - That is true, but if I am going to make a concerted effort to draw people to my blog, I don't want to have two different sites, or that may be confusing to my audience, right? If I have two blogs, one on AR and one on WordPress (with essentially the same content) wouldn't they be competing for the same audience?

Feb 17, 2015 05:52 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Troy Erickson I always thought of blogging on other platforms - however, I think the exposure I get from ActiveRain is sufficient for me and my business.

I know there are some tips on posting the blog on LinkedIn and other social media platform - however, never tried it.

Feb 17, 2015 05:51 AM
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Margaret Woda
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Love Activerain for the interaction of the AR community as well as the SEO. However, I did enjoy my Wordpress blog (a Real Estate Tomato site) and had a different focus there. Nothing says you have to blog every day, or if you do that you have to blog in the same place every day.  

Feb 17, 2015 05:23 AM
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Jenna Dixon
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I do some blogging here, but am shifting my focus to the blog feature embedded within my website.  I find the SEO juice better and faster on my own blog and get very little from AR, it's just fun!

Feb 17, 2015 05:20 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Ron and Alexandra - Right now I have my AR blog on my website, but was considering starting up a WordPress blog and putting that on my website instead. It seems like it would have more options, and maybe even better Google juice to capture more leads. But at the same time, I hear good things about AR, and don't want to have to write posts on two different platforms (although it sounds like that is what a lot of people do).

Feb 17, 2015 04:33 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Mark - So you find it worthwhile to have a blog on AR and WordPress. Odd that anything you posted on AR would get deleted from your WordPress site, since there is no connection there, but good to know. 

Feb 17, 2015 04:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
John - I think I understand that WordPress provides more control and options to capture leads, but does it provide more Google juice than AR? If I were planning to write on just one platform, would AR or WordPress give me a higher ranking, and the most viewers?
Feb 17, 2015 04:22 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Annette - I see that you just copied and pasted to have the post on AR and WordPress, but I thought by doing that it actually hurt your SEO?

Feb 17, 2015 04:17 AM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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Hello Troy.  I have a wordpress site.  I used to copy from AR to Wordpress and make some small changes to title and first paragraph.  By accident I found that anything that may get deleted in AR then was deleted from my Wordpress post.  I now use Word program and copy from there to either or both.  One is not connected to the other other than the general information and I do not have to worry about loosing a lot of time because of eith leaving AR or something happening within AR.  Mark

Feb 17, 2015 04:16 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Gita - Thanks for your answer. It looks like some people just use AR, and are satisfied with that, while others use another blogging platform in addition to AR.

Feb 17, 2015 04:11 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Nina - That is what I was thinking. I just wonder if AR is giving us all the SEO juice we should be getting to acquire leads.

Feb 17, 2015 04:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - Thanks so much for sharing such a detailed answer. I always wonder if people are writing multiple posts; with some sharing here on AR, and others they post on their own site, like wordPress. However, it seems like a lot of work to do both.

Feb 17, 2015 04:09 AM