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
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.
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.
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".
I posted a link below about blogging and getting clients that some may find of interest.
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.
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.
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.
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"...
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.
I try to be as helpful and friendly to all who read it. I promise to update it at least twice a week!
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.
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
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...
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 :)
Welcome to the Phoenix real estate blogiverse! I just wrote a post about you... -
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.
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!!
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.