Do Active Rain and Localism Bring You Business? If Not, Get BLOGGING!

Reblogger Cindy Jones
Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

 

There is no doubt, at least from my perspective, that blogging about your local area and areas of interest will bring you business.  It doesn't happen overnight but with consistency and a good plan you can make it work for you too.

 

Original content by Kate Elim VA 0225142975

Do ActiveRain and Localism bring you business?  If not, get BLOGGING!  Are you getting business from your time here on ActiveRain.com and Localism.com?  If not, is it because you are not writing the type of posts that consumers are looking for?  Is it because you are not posting often enough?  Not only is it important to write about topics that are of interest to consumers, it is also important that you do it often. Don't be discouraged if business doesn't come your way overnight.  It may take time but it is well worth it.

Today, while reading my new emails I opened one that said:

"I was just reading your write up on the properties at Waters at Lake Anna. I am interested in getting more information regarding the sales."

When you read an email that says, "I Read Your Blog on Such & Such" excite you? It sure does me.

The post the writer was referring to was about The Waters at Lake Anna, one of more than 120 communities that we have around the lake.  I had written this along with some for other subdivisions around the lake and posted them on Localism.  What do I need to do now?  I need to write about many of the other communities.  Will I?  You better believe it!

What does this teach me once again?  Well, simply that Active Rain and Localism.com are vital to my career.  What about you?  Are you making the most of the opportunity that is here for the taking? 

The saying is that all politics are local.  I guess we can say the same thing about real estate. Write about your local area, show that you know what's going on locally, and when a prospective buyer is looking for someone to help them purchase a home it is very likely you will be the one to be contacted.

By the way, I wrote my post on The Waters last April.  Isn't it wonderful that something I did eight months ago is bringing me business today.  Knowing the power of AR and the Internet I wouldn't be surprised if I get traction from this post years from now.

Will you write a blog today that will bring you business eight months of now?  I certainly hope so.

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Rainmaker
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Pat Yoest
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Those are encouraging words.  I look forward to a time when my blogs bring me business.  I did get one ,major client from Active Rain.  Happy holidays to you.

December 18, 2010 12:18 PM
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Melissa & Rich Birch van Seenus
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We've absolutely found that blogging helps to increase our website traffic.  Blogging has become a critical component of web marketing for us.  Santa Barbara is extremely competitive when it comes to the SEO aspect of Web marketing and blogging is an effective way for us to get the exposure we need without spending a ton of money.

December 18, 2010 12:20 PM
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Debe Maxwell
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Great re-blog, Cindy!  I missed Kate's original but, have to agree that those old, local posts are a great source of business for me too.  New ones work also so, I keep the links updated and refer back to them on other sites as well.  Blogging has quadrupled my biz this past year and believe me, I'm MOST thankful!

December 18, 2010 12:45 PM
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Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
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Cindy,

I believe your encouragement has great value for those who are just getting started with Internet marketing.  It may seem such a foreign concept and definitely a real change in strategy for those who are used to the "very direct" method of sales.

Best,

Steve

December 18, 2010 12:49 PM
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Gail C. Harris
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Oh, I know and I really need to start doing that.  We have such a great small beach community that blogging about are area will pay off in dividends in the long run;  you're right.:) Gail

December 18, 2010 05:11 PM
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Kate Elim
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Hi Cindy...Thanks for the re-blog.

Kate

December 18, 2010 07:27 PM
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Cindy Jones
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Pat-congratulations on starting to see the benefits of Active Rain.

December 19, 2010 08:22 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Melissa and Rich-sounds like you understand how to make it all come together for you.

December 19, 2010 08:23 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Debe-I haven't been as good at going back to some of the older post to update as I should be.  However I do have one post on my WordPress blog that still gets comments 9 months later so know the SEO is working.

December 19, 2010 08:24 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Steve-the original blog credit goes to Kate Elim in Lake Anna.  Though the blog field is starting to become more crowded with RE agents those who have been at it awhile and have good position with google will continue to reap the benefits.

December 19, 2010 08:25 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Gail-I would think you could "own" your area with a well targeted blog and perhaps FB page as well.

December 19, 2010 08:26 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Kate-it is a terrific post and explains the value of Localism very well.

December 19, 2010 08:27 AM
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