What I Learned By Tracking My Blog Topics for One Month

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

Pie-Chart - Blog Topics

Have you ever tracked your blog topics?

As January came to an end, I decided to create a table listing my 42 Activerain posts for the month and categorizing them by topic.  I used an Excel spreadsheet to do this, thinking I might someday wish to sort them by topics with the mere click of a finger, or create a graph like the one you see here, using the Excel Chart Wizard.  You could track them in a table on MS Word, however, or even by hand in a notebook.

Reblogs (8) and original content (34) were tracked and categorized by topic.  Most of the re-blogs fell into the Q&A category (5), since there have been so many wonderful Q&A posts written for Bob Stewart's "Never Answer the Same Question Twice Challenge".  The other reblogs were Military (1) and Networking (2) posts. 

By the way, "networking" is the category I used for all posts written for Activerain members, my number one source for referrals.

 

The real wake-up call was this: Only ONE post for my #1 target market, relocating military families - and that was a re-blog of a video by my friend Cindy Jones in Northern Virginia.  I really dropped the ball in January, when it came to relocating military families!

I could probably argue that two of the local posts were military because they featured photos taken at the U.S. Naval Academy, but they weren't written to the specific needs of relocating home buyers or sellers. And no doubt the Local posts will be of interest to anyone relocating to the area and local residents, as well.

Another blown opportunity was the new listing I never blogged about.  Yikes!  I guess it's not too late to do that in February.

Activerain tracks our comments, clicks and views, and that data could probably be added to my chart.  Maybe next year... 

In 2011, I just want to have a system in place which encourages me to keep blog posts on target.  Tracking them like this will hold me accountable.

 

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Margaret Woda, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Military Residential Specialist (MilRES®)
(410) 451-6245    mwoda@mris.com

Margaret Woda

 

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Margaret Woda
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Oh my... over 90 comments and many of them since I left for work this morning.  I have a rough couple days ahead with a personal matter, and don't expect to be in a position to continue responding to everyone indiidually - at least not this week.  Thank you so much for reading this and commenting.  I have read them all, and appreciate them all, but personal obligations prevent my spending much time on Activerain for the next several days.

February 08, 2011 08:59 PM #92
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Leticia Sanders

Margaret, what an out of the box idea. Will definitely keep this in mind!

February 08, 2011 09:13 PM #93
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Very interesting idea, and good job with the pie chart!  There's just so much to blog about, it's hard to fit it all in isn't it?  I hope your next few days go well and you'll be back here refreshed.  No need to respond to this comment!

February 08, 2011 10:55 PM #94
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Margaret.. late to the party... I saw this earlier, but just now getting to it... in any case, great idea and I like the graph. I need to see how to do this per your instructions in what you stated above. I might be calling you.. thanks for sharing this...

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February 08, 2011 11:25 PM #95
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Diane M. Phillips
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Margret ~ I hope everything works out the best for you. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I’ve been pondering ways to improve content and increase exposure.

February 08, 2011 11:34 PM #96
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Nancy Hankin
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Palm Springs, CA
Margaret: I Blog weekly and have been doing so for many years. Last year I asked my Virtual Assistant to help me keep track on what I am blogging about. She did as you did and created an Excel Spreedsheet. Now I can sort by topic, date, etc. It has really helped me stay on tract. Great Share!
February 09, 2011 12:18 AM #97
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Lisa Wiseman
Intero Real Estate Services, San Jose, Silicon Valley - San Jose, CA

Wow, Margaret! Thank you so much for drawing attention to this. We have so little time left in the day, and spend so much time on social networking. This helps us all help eachother...

February 09, 2011 12:56 AM #98
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great idea Margaret!  I am struggling with the newest version of Excel. I could handle the 2003 version but now I'm lost.  This is a great thing though to do with it!!!!

 

February 09, 2011 01:30 AM #99
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Sandy McAlpine
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Funny thing when I read these posts: I get determined to do more market reports and then I sit down to do it and it seems harder to start a blog post like that

February 09, 2011 09:22 AM #100
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Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
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Never thought to track my blog posts, thanks for the idea!  I agree with DeeDee #99, I am about two versions behind in MS Office products.

February 09, 2011 09:59 AM #101
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Bob Sweazy
Prudential A. S. de Movellan Real Estate - Lexington, KY

Good idea. Thanks.

February 09, 2011 12:11 PM #102
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Margaret, I do whatch my stats but have never tracked by topic.  Most of my posts are on localism.  I've started including more real estate topics and the reblogs, like yours are mostly the question answer or real estate topic ones.  Love your idea of doing regular tracking.

February 09, 2011 05:24 PM #103
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Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

I to find myself more determined after reading your post to: stay on track, keep focused, and keep moving forward!

February 09, 2011 10:49 PM #104
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Brenda & Ron Cunningham
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
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Thanks you provided me with great motivation and some very good ideas!

February 09, 2011 10:58 PM #105
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John Whittinghill
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta - Marietta, GA
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Margaret,

Thanks for the great reminders, and very great idea on tracking blog topics on an excel spreadsheet!

February 10, 2011 01:41 PM #107
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Virginia Madden
Virginia Madden, Buyer's Choice Realty, LLC (Prattville, AL) - Prattville, AL

I never thought to track by topic.  What a great idea!  That way I can stay mindful of the whole reason I'm blogging in the first place - to give buyers information they want and need!  Great post!

February 10, 2011 09:07 PM #108
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What a great way to take a quarterly look back and see what you've accomplished. Then track which ones got the most clicks and which one you got the  most leads/business from. I've been debating the courage to go back and read from the beginning to see what "me" exist online and if I like what I "see" and if the online "me" has changed and grown for the better.

February 12, 2011 05:59 PM #109
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114 - Crofton, MD
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Thank you all for your comments.  When I got behind in acknowledging each of you, I set out to comment on YOUR own blogs.  If I haven't been there yet, I should be before this week is over.

Still dealing with a medical matter that requires my attention, so I hope you'll give me a pass this time.

February 14, 2011 07:51 AM #110
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Mark Peek
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Great idea.  I never really thought of doiing this with my blog posts.  I will certainly implement it.  Thanks!

February 15, 2011 11:56 PM #111
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Margaret Woda
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Mark - I don't find it easy to do as I go through the month, as I had planned for February, but it was a one-evening project to do the entire month of January while I was watching TV.

February 16, 2011 04:57 AM #112
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