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Steve Belt, Real Estate Pro in Scottsdale, AZ

Do you have a blog?

Asked by Steve Belt, Scottsdale, AZ Thu Aug 30, 2007

This is a question for my fellow Professionals: Do you have a blog? One that you update more than once a week? If you do...then reply here and get some link love, but more importantly, reply here so I know about you. I'll be happy to subscribe to your RSS, and refer to your blog when something interesting pops up.

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Yeah Deborah, where is your blog? I *know* you're going to do great things. So spill it!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
Be careful of "googling" and then "cutting and pasting." Even with attribution, you will anger people. It is not OK just to repost other people's posts. It is OK to link to them if you think there is something worthy. And it is OK to cut and paste snippets or quotes to comment on them. But lifting full articles is not a great idea. You will see lots of blogs with copyright notices on them. Even without the copyright notice, people will read you for your original thoughts, not for compiling other people's thoughts. You have to be able to do some writing to blog, but I am confident that you can do that with no problem.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 1, 2007
Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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Yes, I have a blog. It is linked in the web reference below.

I use wordpress also. Jim Cronin of the Real Estate Tomato helped me get set up.

I also have an active rain blog here http://activerain.com/blogs/marty
Web Reference: http://www.valleymarket.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 30, 2007
I started this thread in August of 2007, when my blog was in its infancy and I was looking to find active blogs to role model after. I'm happy to report my humble blog has flourished in the time since I started it, even despite a domain change. I'm also happy to find so many of you that are still blogging, and newer bloggers getting started all the time.

Deborah, you definitely need a blog...even if it's only on active rain...though I prefer having my blog be my own.

And Jon, as feedback, your blog could use an RSS feed button. Firefox alerted me to the feed, but IE wouldn't have.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
I've been waiting for Jay to ask me where my blog is.....
Deborah
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Yep. I've got one, brand spanking new. Finding the time is a challenge. Whoever said you could be a Realtor, have a family and still have a life - they were certainly lying. ;-)
Michael Kelly - your advice about 'stealing' content from your own website is the best I've heard - ever! I LOVE it. I'm rolling on the floor laughing while simultaneously adding it to my To Do list. Thanks!
And Joseph, I've got your blog in my Google feed reader; I've heard you're one of the best.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 3, 2007
Yes! I have a weekly radio show on http://www.KSRO.com, 1350AM, Sundays, 9 to 10am PST and have a blog which I use to bring data on the show to the listeners. We post weekly interest rate updates, takes on the market both residential, commercial plus the latest in the mortgage market upheavels.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
Hey Jay. Thanks. It's nice to be missed.
PS: I still sweat when I think of Phoenix :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
Joe!! Isn't your fishing trip about to be over? We miss you guys!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
Sure Steve. here you go
http://blog.sellsiusrealestate.com/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
On the subject of where do I get the time, I've decided that my blog entry needs to be darned near my #1 priority of the day. Plus, if I know tomorrow will be hectic, I need to be pro-active today and draft tomorrow's entry. Every day I'm thinking about what to write tomorrow, and every day I'm trying to meet at least one new person in the blogosphere, and grow my circle of networking friends.

I believe, strongly, that in the current market we are in, I can't be a successful REALTOR by myself, and that instead I must have the respect and support of my fellow REALTOR. The more of you that I know, the more of you I like to work with, the more business I will do, and we will do together.

Certainly, it's not as important as meeting a client for a scheduled showing, or writing a contract...but it's more important than that "normal" stop at Starbucks for coffee, if time is tight today.

The sad part, is I'm a horrible writer. I'm a technologist, however, classicly educated as an Engineer. So creating the framework for the blog was "fun" and "easy", while staying committed to publishing it will more often than not be "work".
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
My experience is exactly like Maureen's. The *vast* majority of readers don't comment at all.

I posted a link below about blogging and getting clients that some may find of interest.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
JR wrote: "Where does everyone get the time to prospect......"

I consider blogging prospecting. 'eProspecting" to coin a corny term. But it works.

Cindi wrote: "I have a blog, I update it weekly, and I get very few responses. It's prominently featured on my webste that gets around 8000 hits a month. I'm lucky if I get 2 responses to my blog."

Cindi - much like any "web presence" it takes time to get some "momemtum". I see that your blog has six posts (but hte last two are blank). It's a great start, don't get discouraged! Search Engines LOVE blogs. If you can increase your blog posting frequency from 1/week to 2 -3 times/wk and link back to other blogs, you'll gain traction faster.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
I have had a real estate blog for 2.5 years. I would love it if you would subscribe.
Web Reference: http://miOaklandCounty.com
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Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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Yeah Steve,

Blogs will be the way ahead. My Active Rain Blog is http://activerain.com/8289120 I will be happy to invite you. It has raised my web site up the search engine and I have learnt a lot. My web site blog is http://www.teamrenton.com/blog.asp you get out what you put in but this will be the new communication platform of the future. Lets keep in touch as I lern I can share it with you. I have a load of ne IT info from the Keller Williams Mega Agent camp I have just got back from and we are furiosly trying to apply it all, we are already seeing results. Give me a call or drop me an e-mail.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
One of my favorite t-shirts says "no one reads your blog." I have a blog, I update it weekly, and I get very few responses. It's prominently featured on my webste that gets around 8000 hits a month. I'm lucky if I get 2 responses to my blog.
Web Reference: http://www.cindihagley.com
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Cindi Hagley,…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Yup, but you knew that ...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 30, 2007
Hi Steve,

I do indeed blog. The link is below. I try to update it a couple of times a week, but between business and my little ones, that's a very loose standard. I try to add some solid information for the consumer, but it is really more of a creative writing outlet for me. Some of my finer rants are reserved for the "members only" section of Active Rain.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 30, 2007
You've got mine already Steve, but I put it below for any others that may be interested. Always looking for new readers and opinions!

The Inman Wiki site has a pretty extensive list of 600 or so real estate blogs. For some reason I can't get the URL to take here. Just Google "Inman Wiki"...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 30, 2007
I just started my blog through Active Rain (http://activerain.blogs/deboraheb). I've posted a couple. Do you have one and what's your link? If you want an inviation to the Active Rain blog site, give me your email address and I'll request one for you.
Deb
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 30, 2007
This thread has helped me find many new blogs to read.
I blog at http://www.cnyhousehunters.com/
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 27, 2008
Yes, I have a blog and try my hardest to update it as often as possible.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 11, 2008
Hi Steve,
I do and I am affiliated with two other groups of bloggers, at http://www.homescopes.com and through the Women's Council of Realtors. I post at least once or twice a week. My address is
http://www.winecountryandhorses.com in the wine country of Sonoma county, Northern California.

Cheers!
Pam
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
Yes I do have a blog and I am finally getting serious about it. The address is: http://jmcsweeney.blogspot.com/
I try to be as helpful and friendly to all who read it. I promise to update it at least twice a week!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
Steve, I do have a blog...multiple blogs as a matter of fact. My main website is a blog
Web Reference: http://www.jongriffith.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
I'm not sure, I was waiting to see who was going from my office so I don't have to make the trip solo! I'll let you know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 30, 2007
@JR Will you be attending the Inman Connect in January? If so, we'll get together. Of course, if you find yourself in Manhattan before then, just ring me up.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2007
I am setting mine up over the next few weeks. I will send you the link when it is finished.
Web Reference: http://saffordsells.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2007
Hi Joe, I didn't read your invitation till now! I wrote down your number, I'll give you a shout. If you're ever on the east end drop me an email!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2007
Christopher-

You went "offline" almost the same time I started up. Like Jay, I noticed you had popped your head into a couple of spots, including the Lab today. I hope you've cleared the blockage...maybe a double dose of roto-rooter will fix it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 28, 2007
One source of material is the large group of professionals we all know and work with on a daily basis. I've put out invitation for anyone of my "Tips Club" members, 85 professionals, contractors, small business owners, to send me an email with the latest in their profession. I've done the same with my Rotary Club. I attribute the comments and cut and paste into notepad and then into my blog. You get such "rich" content with many different points of view. Give it a try!!
I also have a weekly radio show and have been posting "videos" from the show on my blog. I have one of my lenders send me the weekly interest rates at the close of business on Friday for the weekend buyers/sellers out there. One of the fun things I do is have a local sports radio guy do a weekly post on the local highschool football competitions, college and pro football also. He's called "Joe the Sports Guy" and also chats it up with me on the radio show.
Also, I found a web site called "Constant Content" which has "free" content plus pay for content. You can have custom content developed for you if you've extreme writer's cramp!!
My blog is: http://www.MikesRealEstateShow.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 28, 2007
Hey Steve,

My blog is at http://www.christophschweiger.com and is occasionally updated as long as I am not suffering from writer's block. I believe we crossed path in Dave's lab. You are now on my roll...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 28, 2007
I do have a blog that I update a few times a week. I post as I learn something new. There is always something to write about in this industry. Mine is more mortgage and finance related.

http://getprequalified.wordpress.com/
Web Reference: http://getprequalified.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 6, 2007
You will find great satisfaction when blogging thru Active Rain. I just sent you an invite to try it out. The biggest benefit in Active Rain is: It has increased my position on Google and Yahoo. Check out my blogs on AR at: http://activerain.com/bburghart. Best of Luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 27, 2007
Hi Steve, my blog is here. http://estatesla.blogspot.com/ .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 23, 2007
Blogging is a great way to articulate your knowledge and experience do an unlimited amount of prospects. As with anything else there is a right way and a wrong way to launch, maintain, and update your blog. See Patrick Kitano at http://www.transparentre.com. His blog gets more traffic than most real estate brokerage websites in california.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 23, 2007
I just started my blog last week so I'm fairly new to the game. So far I very much enjoy it, seems like a great way to get some of your ideas out there and get some great feedback from others in the industry. I am very impressed with some of the blogs out there, Steve has a great one. How does everyone find the time to write the long, insightful blogs daily? Maybe my typing skills just aren't up to snuff, wish that I paid more attention in keyboard class!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 21, 2007
Thanks for the compliments Heather & Jay T. Heather, you would be wise to bend Jay's ear. A helluva blogger that fella. And an all around good guy. One of my long-time favorites. (he was the world's first realtor to use the word "unzillowable" in a listing-- the guy has guts)

J R-- You're in Long Island, right? I'm in Manhattan. Let's get together for lunch--- my treat, if you come into the city. We can talk blogging, real estate or whatever. 215-990-1016

PS To Steve Belt--- my apologies for smoozing on your page :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2007
Heather, please, don't inflate Joe's head any further.... :) (seriously though, he's a fine blogger and even better person)

Welcome to the Phoenix real estate blogiverse! I just wrote a post about you... -
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2007
J R

If you are a good writetr, I will read you (and many others, including people who will want to hire you) . And we'll get the word out.

The time? Always a challenge. I blog the night shift.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 3, 2007
Thanks Joseph, actually I am a very good writer, I just find it hard to find the time, and I wonder who is really interested in reading my blog.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 2, 2007
Hey Jay

You make a good point. But blogging need not take alot of your time. A simple question and answer you post on Voices could very well be a blog post. If something happens in the course of your day that others may find interesting== another post. Interview a client==another post. Shoot a video of your town-- bam, another. Take an interesting picture-- you get the picture :)
You need not write 1000 word esoteric articles to be a blogger. Do it your way and there you go. You need not follow the crowd. In fact, you'll do better not following.
Call me if you need a hand.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 1, 2007
Steve, Maureen is on target when it comes to "lifting" articles. I had some information sent to me and figured it would be good to post on my blog. I did "cut and paste and attributed. Within minutes of my blog post the "sender" emailed me and thanked me for postings and asked if I needed anymore information. It could have been the "other" email!! Bernice Ross cites a story where her blog "lifted" innocently, a photo and promptly got a $1200+ bill for using copyrighted information!! However, I still think my advice is sound when it comes to "soliciting" comment from allied industries.
Remember this, when you email a client about market conditions, tales from the trenches, maketing, staging, just cut and paste before you send and post it to your blog! I take my own content from my various web sites and use it! Sometimes I have to go on a register as my own guestbook to get the "free" report emailed to me!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 1, 2007
Jay wrote: "I honestly don't have enough hours in the day to have a blog! Where does everyone get the time to prospect, followup, preview listings, do presentations, open houses, make flyers, take out clients, and the 100 other things that have to be done, PLUS maintain a website and a blog? Seriously, I'm very interested in knowing. "

Jay, my friend, you must learn to leverage yourself! In todays market, with the demanding, information hungry, service needy client, you can not possibly service all of them yourself unless you plan on only handling about 1 to 2 transactions per month. Hire some administrative help to print your flyers, deliver signs, talke photos, write ads, service listings, etc, etc., and spend more time in your productive behavior - PROSPECTING, writing deals, negotiating, listing, selling, and closing. Everything else can be leveraged and much of this can even be leveraged out as well - hmm, maybe I should start a blog article about TEAMS! WE have started a TEAM Mastermind event that used to meet monthly at Panera, and now has evoolved into a twice per month meeting at our local Board of Realtors!

Email or call me sometime and we can talk about it.

Blogging should be part of your prospecting - you can not possible spend HOURS each day doing it, but by blocking your time accordingly, you should be able to at least hit the high points daily and then spend a good deal of time on it on off days or after hours.
Web Reference: http://www.SWOhioRealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 1, 2007
Steve, There are sites where you can find "content" for your blog. Google the subject and you'll see! What I've started to do is solicit writing from all of my affiliate partners; pest control, home inspectors,title officers, reps, lenders, home warranty, geology reports, anyone I speak to or work with on an ongoing basis. They can just type their take on the market or provide me with written, permission granted, content from their corporate offices or other sources. You'd be surprised at the amount of stuff you get. I just cut and paste and give "contributed by" source acknowledgement. Try it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
I went to the Sellsius blog today too, all excited after I saw Joe posting here. But, alas, there is nothing new. At least we know Joe is OK!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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My experience is not like Cindi's. I get consumer requests all the time. Realtors tend to do most of the commenting, but the consumers contact me directly.
Web Reference: http://mioaklandcounty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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Jay has it right...or is it write? I write my blog instead of prospecting or doing open houses, cold calls or direct mail.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
I honestly don't have enough hours in the day to have a blog! Where does everyone get the time to prospect, followup, preview listings, do presentations, open houses, make flyers, take out clients, and the 100 other things that have to be done, PLUS maintain a website and a blog? Seriously, I'm very interested in knowing.
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