The Power Of AR - Why It Pays To Upgrade Your Outside Blog

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Real Estate Agent with St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners

After sitting on the fence for a long time about upgrading to an AR outside blog, I took the plunge about a week ago.

I'm amazed already at the results!  I've had a spike in traffic to my website from my outside blog - about 43% of my visitors this week have come from my blog.  Awesome, right?

It gets even better...

In that time frame I have received two very good buyer leads, one buyer that is just in the preliminary stages of their search and two seller leads.

All in the first week.  If you're on the fence like I was - get off! :)  Where else can you spend $19 a month and get these results? 

It's great for teams as well - my team mate Nancy can contribute her articles to the outside blog too.  That way we aren't trying to maintain up to date information on more than one blog.  It's a great investment.

Hyper-local blogging along with the SEO provided by the outside blog is a recipe for Internet marketing success.

Thanks, AR!

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Rainer
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Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty

I got to read up on this outside blog.  have not seen one. thanks for sharing!

September 03, 2009 09:39 PM
Rainmaker
307,104
John DL Arendsen
Real Estate Bkr, Factory Built home Dealer/Devlpr
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC

I wouldn't know the diff. I upgraded when I joined AR. Should we all be taking the extra time and effort to spell out Active Rain instead of AR. Does that help the little spiders crawl around a little more? Just a thought.

September 03, 2009 11:51 PM
Rainmaker
234,648
Jenny Durling
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
L.A. Property Solutions

I've been hearing so much great stuff about outside blogs that I'm ready to do it really soon. I just need to get myself into daily blogging mode. I'm great at commenting on other blogs but still find it tough to post something worth reading to my own blog daily!

September 04, 2009 12:49 AM
Rainmaker
197,630
Mark Velasco
Friendly Hills Homes for Sale - Whittier, Ca. Real Estate - Listings
Realty Source, Inc (Luxury Homes Division)

Great to hear Kristina. Continued luck and success. I need to use my Blog much more often

September 04, 2009 01:13 AM
Rainer
72,287
John J. Woods
Aardvark Appraisals

HELP!  I'm lost.  What is an AR outside blog?  If it's outside, how can it be an ActiveRain blog?  I can't seem to find anything useful easily using SEARCH or Help/FAQ.

 

September 04, 2009 02:30 AM
Rainmaker
351,438
Damon Gettier
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

I haven't received any leads from my blog yet but I have from AR....actually ratified my first AR referred contract today!

September 04, 2009 09:33 PM
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Kristina,

I am definately going to check this out; thanks for sharing.

September 05, 2009 05:13 PM
Rainer
56,405
Bryan Fagan
JN&B Reallty LLC

Great advice thanks for tip I have been thinking of upgrading so this was timely.

September 06, 2009 02:06 AM
Rainer
24,155
Carol Hanson Sheehy
Prudential Florida Realty

I am new with blogging and Active Rain, but I am moving towards an outside blog.  Thanks for the great comments.  I just need to committ to the effort!

September 06, 2009 07:33 AM
Ambassador
550,012
Frank Rubi
Homes for Sale Metairie, La.
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC.

Kristinia, I will have to seriously consider the outside blog. I have not done anything with this. Thanks.

September 06, 2009 12:36 PM
Rainer
215,982
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.

Kristina, When I first went on AR, which is about a month ago, I was told that I HAD to have an outside blog.  I think you will see the benefit very quickly.  I have.

September 07, 2009 03:53 AM
Rainer
13,082
Alma Fernandez
DRE 01236358 Keller Williams

As many others that commented, I too have been thinking about upgrading.  I think I need to be pushed off the fence.

September 07, 2009 04:02 AM
Rainmaker
95,767
Kathleen Garvey
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales
Coldwell Banker

Thanks Kristina!  What a wonderful investment and appears to be well worth it...been thinking about it for some time.  Appreciate your thoughts!

September 07, 2009 06:22 PM
Ambassador
716,652
Mike Jones
Mike Jones NMLS 223495
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171)

Christina,

You rock, girl!  Congrats on the feature, too.

Mike in Tucson

September 07, 2009 06:34 PM
Rainer
117,198
Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Where Buying & Selling Works
Keller Williams Suburban Realty

So being a rainmaker gets your blog to the public that visits AR and helps with the juice. Putting it on an outside blog, lets the blog become a page on your website? I'm just trying to make sure I understand the difference because I do get public viewings from the AR rainmaker membership. Hum? I'm still torn. I guess it allows another place for your blog work to be posted and therefore your name and message is out there more times? Need more clarity says "Bev on the fence".

September 07, 2009 07:38 PM
Rainmaker
127,180
Kristina Pratt
REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com
St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners

Just wanted to post a follow up to some of the comments.  Sorry I can't respond to each and every one of you...

If you signed up for AR and began blogging before 2009, the cost is $19/mo.  Otherwise, it's $29.

The outside blog is sort of like having another website out there with your content on it.  I'm currently re-designing our website, but I plan on having a link on the main page that goes directly to my outside blog.  The biggest benefit I have found is more exposure, and lots and lots of Google juice.  According to my Google Alerts that I have set up, my outside blog pages are indexed very quickly and they show up at the top of a lot of different searches.

For example - I recently blogged about one of my favorite pizza places in Edwardsville.  When I go to Google and do a search, my outside blog post is number six in the results.  My regular AR blog shows up as well.

Hope this additional information helps.  You can find more info on outside blogs by checking out Brad Andersohn's blog http://activerain.com/activebrad

September 08, 2009 07:34 PM
Rainmaker
509,724
Lisa Wetzel
CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates

Great post and a very good point!  Thanks!

September 08, 2009 11:05 PM
Rainmaker
882,016
Jane Peters
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
Power Brokers Int'l

You motivated to me get going on my outside AR blog.  Unfortunately, I am trying upgrade my own website/blog at the same time and I am neglecting my day-do-day business.  However, I look at it that this can be another marketing avenue for me.

Thanks.

September 10, 2009 10:57 AM
Rainer
6,358
George, Cheryl, & Ben Brunton
Walk - In Real Estate

Well, you have gotten me interested

September 11, 2009 06:17 PM
Rainmaker
147,553
Roy & Gail Barnhart & McKay
Barnhart & McKay Home Selling Team
Barnhart & McKay Realty Advisors

I have been on the fence for a long time about an outside blog. I  think I am going to drop my 1-800-hotline and get the outside blog.

How is the market in Edwardsville? I used to go there to vist family when I was a kid, Good times.

September 13, 2009 04:14 PM
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