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Successful Blogging in Real Estate

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So now you are a Blogger! You create content, you write, you post, you read, you comment, but do you ever wonder...where does my Blogging go from here? Is this as good as it gets? Should I have more than one Blog? My answer to you is yes! Every single person and panelists that I met in San Francisco at the Real Estate Connect last week, ALL had a Blog or write for a Blog outside of their Real Estate Network. IE: I will always be an Active Rain Alumni, but eventually, you should consider a Blog out in the Blogosphere too, like this one.

Have you noticed that many writers and Bloggers all have their own personal Blogs too? The reason I keep coming back to the AR Network is for the SEO, the relationships and the comments, among many other reasons which I'll share with you in a moment. I have to say, writing 10 posts on my outside Blog with 0 comments the first month, can get lonely and depressing after a while. I have experienced this with some of my personal Blogs using blogger.com and wordpress.com (there are many more FREE ones out there), but I love coming back to the "rain" after being out in the desert! LOL!

Here's my advice to you. Spend your first few months, or whatever time it takes, just getting around and understanding how to Blog using Real Estate Networks as your platform / forum to do things like:

  • Find your voice (The Big Secret: it's the one you use everyday, just be yourself)
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of Blogging
  • Meet others to build and grow your business relationships and national network
  • Understand how to create a layout for your Blog and your posts or articles
  • Decide what look, feel, and design you want to deliver to your audience
  • Get advice from the many pros, and learn, learn, learn!

All this and so much more is available to you on Networks like Active Rain!

Then you can venture out somewhere, and start your own Blogging voice in the Blogosphere Galaxy! There are some things about Blogging that no one can teach you, you just have to learn by trial and error. It takes time, patience, persistence, and a commitment! It takes YOU to just do it! Trust me, you will find your way if you're determined. Voice the things you are most passionate about, not just things and topics that create value, but write to create relationships. That's what blogging is truly all about, and the unmeasurable value that it brings.

If you are part of the Real Estate Industry, and you are a Blogger, you are way ahead of your competition! But one day, Blogging may just be another "tool-box standard" of doing business like having a website, a cell phone, GPS or a laptop! What about the future expectations from the Internet savy consumers? Will they be on your Blog, or on someone else's? Do you have a plan? Are you finding your voice and learning how to write to YOUR audience? Take the time to really understand what it is that you are doing and what your intentions are as a Blogger. Take it serious but have fun too. Creating a great Blog is really no different than creating a great business plan! Put in the time and the effort.

Active Rain is an ultimate place to begin your Blogging journey. It is the fastest and most powerful start-up support network in the industry. There is no place on the internet or on the planet for that matter, that you can get this type of support and information. Just take a look at some of these Blogs by some fellow Active Rain Members and Colleagues. These are some great Blogs from some very successful professionals in the Real Estate Industry.

SAMPLES OF SOME EXTRAORDINARY BLOGS!
(selected at random - sorry if I missed yours)

Laurie Manny , Gena Reide , Cyndee Haydon , Mark Flanders , Colleen Kulikowski , Roberta Murphy , Maureen McCabe , Jeff Turner , Brian Brady , Kristal Kraft , Kaye Thomas , Teresa Boardman , Linda Davis , Rich Jacobson did you view these Blogs? See what I mean? I hope this helps you determine your Blogs future...

Blogging is FREE promotion and advertising no matter what part of the Real Estate Industry you are in! It adds $0.00 dollars to your marketing campaign and budget, yet it can add thousands to your Profits. Basically, you are creating an on-line office that allows you to interact with other industry professionals and consumers, but on a National level. It makes (cents) to me why anyone would want to Blog and have more than one!!

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7 comments:

Sharon said on September 18, 2007 at 4:17 PM  

Excellent advice for current and prospective bloggers.

gwilcox said on September 18, 2007 at 5:15 PM  

Great tips Brad. You are right on. Active Rain is an amazing place for people just starting out blogging, and it is a fabulous place to always keep coming back to. I have another blog, which does get a little lonely because I don't get the comments like I do on AR, but my clients and sphere love my other blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts here on Tech-Know-Babble!

Brad Andersohn said on September 19, 2007 at 5:42 PM  

Thanks Sharon, as we say here at Techknowbabble, Serve & Protect! At least that's part of our mission statement.

Brad Andersohn said on September 19, 2007 at 5:46 PM  

Hi Ginger - thanks for your comment. I have heard great things about your other Blog, I was with Janet Guilbault last week, and we were checkin you out! :-) We both agreed what a great person you are! I need your URL...nevermind, I can get it from AR. Not sure Blogger notifies you when we comment here. This will be a good test I guess. Look forward to seeing you soon...you are too close for us to not be networking business to each other. Have a great evening, I have a contest to go judge on AR tonight. B-)

Sparky said on December 3, 2007 at 7:47 AM  

Hey, Brad! Thanks for the nod. Most of what you see on SoundBite is the result of Mark Flander's gifted efforts, but we do make a good team. ActiveRain is a great platform to get your blogging feet wet. It has provided a launching point for many of us to venture out into the greater blogosphere!

Brad said on December 3, 2007 at 9:00 PM  

Sparky -
I agree. I have used my time at AR as a boot camp so to speak so I could learn and grow and then venture out on my own to see the rest of the blogosphere. Thanks for poppin in, make yourself at home here anytime. Have a great Holiday season and be safe! B-)

Property in Brazil said on August 11, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

These are great tips for the successful blogging. They will surely help the blogger improve their blogs.