Chris and Ma…, Real Estate Pro in Redding, CA

How many BLOGS do you currently have and do you find it effective to have multiple Blogs?

Asked by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding, CA Tue Mar 11, 2008

We hear of some realtors who have up to seven blogs - why so many? We blog on active rain pretty consistently and recently joined Facebook. Just getting your thoughts.

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Mr.P, , Arizona
Wed Mar 12, 2008
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Rudy Bachraty, , Fort Collins, CO
Thu Mar 13, 2008
Hi Chris and Maria!

Cool! We have our first video reply on Trulia Voices. Well done Patrick.

Currently, I blog on our Trulia Blog - http://www.truliablog.com/ - and Active Rain - http://activerain.com/blogs/rudy- but follow conversations and add comments in many places. I think it's important to have your main blog on your own domain for brand building purposes. If you have the time, content and stamina to contribute to other blogs, group blogs or social networks then go for it. The more conversations you can contribute to the better.

Rudy
Social Media Guru at Trulia
Web Reference:  http://www.truliablog.com/
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Audrey Hoffm…, , Baltimore, MD
Wed Mar 12, 2008
Jay,

Great tips, thank you; I'm pretty new to SEO so excuse my naivety!

All the best,

Audrey
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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Mar 11, 2008
Chris and Maria,

I only have one blog. I participate in Active Rain occasionally and then here on Trulia. I know other agents that have several blogs and I have decided they must have someone writing for them because I can't imagine how they keep them up and work real estate full time. : )

CJ
Web Reference:  http://www.TalkToCJ.com
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Belinda Spil…, Agent, Denver, CO
Fri Feb 25, 2011
I blog on Trulia and ActiveRain. It really helps with the Google juice. ActiveRain had about 200,000 members and it is a great blog forum.
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Andy, , California
Thu Feb 24, 2011
Because they do not have that many businees? I do not know.
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Drew Meyers, , Seattle, WA
Thu Feb 24, 2011
Ron (&others)-
Regarding cost of setting up a Wordpress website/blog - I actually just wrote an article on that subject you may find valuable (linked below). Cost various from $0 for Wordpress.com to $20,000 or more for a full custom with everything. Most people will end up in the $1,000 - $2,500 range I would guess.
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Ron Bell, Agent, Reno, NV
Thu Feb 24, 2011
Chris,
Hi, I have seen you on active rain I believe and I used to live in Yreka and friends of the Theobald family in Redding.
The reason they do it is to create their own link juice (link sharing/blogrolling) for SEO purposes etc.
You are wasting your time on active rain for SEO purposes and finding clients, it is mostly good for agent to agent. Facebook and twitter are a generally a waste of time for SEO as well.
If you get your own blog set up, post on yours first and then active rain so you don't get penalized for duplicate content. That is why google penalizes that dog active rain because it is awash in duplicate content/copyright violations.
Wordpress blogs/websites are generally the best and can be a little effort to set up unless you are down with a little amount of HTML-web design experience. Most web or social media people can do one under a $1,000. these days.
I get over 500 hits a day/90% of business on my blogs just by doing around one a week and spending less than 15 minutes on them. If you go to my site and click you tube, I have a playlist set up there of how I blog as a Realtor. I would be happy to assist you as I also consult Realtor's on this stuff as well as Facebook websites that can search MLS from.
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Rhonda Porter, , Seattle, WA
Wed Feb 23, 2011
I don't think there's one right answer... I do think you need to consider your audience and your time (maybe not in that order)... also consider where you're blogging and do you have control of the content or can it belong to someone else. I have several blogs (my own) but I could easily have one that is work related (mortgage for me) during Mon-Fri and then do my other "fun" non-work stuff on weekends...making this clear to my readers that this is what I'm doing.

I have found Facebook to be a great place to stay connected with clients... and if I can offer this advice, it's not how many friends you have, it's WHO they are. Todd Carpenter w/NAR recently wrote an excellent post about this (within the last month)... I highly recommend you seek it out.. (if I could find it right now, I would link you to it...sorry!)
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Andrew Mooers, Agent, Houlton, ME
Wed Feb 23, 2011
You want more than one media voice. Clearly think out the audience you are after and more waterfront properties on one, a farm rural land feel on another broadens your market share. It is not just one anything now a days. More selection, more media to feed it. Real video is huge in embeds, links on your stand alone blogs, social media, additional websites.
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Chris and Ma…, Agent, Redding, CA
Mon Mar 17, 2008
Thanks for the many incredible answers! You're each on top of your game. We're getting results from our blogging efforts but we're being careful not to stretch ourselves so much that we loose focus (Iike anything else). We picked up another client over the weekend as a result of one of our Blogs. We are keeping it to three Blogs for now. Plus we're trying to get more involved with Yahoo! Answers (similar to Trulia Voices) and City-data which has resulted in two clients so far.

Keep it up fellow realtors, our efforts do pay off!
Your Redding CA friends,
Chris & Maria Jeantet
Web Reference:  http://www.shastaliving.com
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Sun Mar 16, 2008
I have my own blog on active rain, point2 website and blogger. I am kind of new to blogging but it definitely raises your internet presence.
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Rhonda Porter, , Seattle, WA
Wed Mar 12, 2008
I have my main blog, participate at Rain City Guide, a neighborhood blog and an (inactive) Active Rain. Blogging has been amazing for my business. The best part is attracting clients you enjoy working with. I have a Facebook too...but I'm spending more time on my Twitter. RE professionals have to be mindful of how much time we spend blogging...I'm probably about 1-2 hours per day between posting, commenting and reading other blogs.
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Audrey Hoffm…, , Baltimore, MD
Wed Mar 12, 2008
Hi Chris & Maria!

I'm an advocate of Active Rain. I know a lot of Rainers have separate blogs on their personal sites which runs separately. I just set up a link on my website which directs users to my blog. I do a lot of commenting on other blogs, so I agree with what has already been said: how do you have the time to run multiple blogs (with your own content)?

Maybe devoting your efforts into one quality blog and then finding good grass root marketing strategies is the way to go---at least I hope so! Or, for SEO purposes, multiple could be better.

Best of luck!

Audrey
SimplyStage of Baltimore
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Ron Bell, Agent, Reno, NV
Tue Mar 11, 2008
Hi Chris, the trick is to have different names leading to the same site. I have about 11 names, within them, can be a microsite that they click on that was their intention. They will see what they came for when they get to the blog.

I do have individual blogs that link to each other which gets extra points. They tend to be area, subdivision, recreation, statistics, listings etc. An easy way is to set them up per zip code and pull off of existing statistics, demographics etc. I find zip codes are easy to get stats on.

We are experimenting with a listings only blog where we blog of all of our listings and keyword optimize them and put them o U-Tube, Flicker, Photobucket, My Space, Facebook etc. I have actually found some of my listings show up on Google, it is exciting sometimes.

I have a great source for a professional looking blog. He is less than 500 dollars and does SEO on it, it looks like a website. Feel free to check it out at http://www.renohomestalk.com keep in mind we are still working on it. It is about 1/3 complete.

Feel free to e mail me at http://www.ronbellrealtor.com if you need a professional one like mine. He can do them for other Realtors as well.

Ron Bell
Reno Homes Realtor
Web Reference:  http://www.renohomestalk.com
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Charles & Je…, Agent, Portland, OR
Tue Mar 11, 2008
I think doing one blog well is more valuable than spreading yourself over too many. I am the Portland Real Estate Blog at http://www.PortlandRealEstateBlog.com. Writing one post a day and then commenting is about all the time that I can dedicate to the effort and it is a lot of time at that. The blog cross-posts to Facebook with no effort (through typepad). I read other blogs when time permits and comment when time permits but my blog comes first.
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