Going Green With Blogging-Let The Three R's Help You

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Recycling Symbol for Blogging
When you see recycling symbol do you only associate it with trash and saving the environment? Well I've got another use for the symbol and it is about blogging.

Reuse is a simple as pulling out an old post. The nice thing about generic posts such as "how to" or "Speechless Sunday" posts is they are usually timeless. It doesn't matter how old they are they can be copied from your archives and used again. This is great when you have have writers block and can't think of anything new to say. Many times new members of Active Rain won't have seen it before and your old subscribers may not recognize it as a repeat. Reuse does not qualify for Active Rain contests though, so be careful as judges do recognize old content and won't award points for it.


Reduce
might be the hardest one to accomplish. You could reduce the number of times you post per week. Ten posts isn't a rule for how many times you post per week, t's a limit for maximum points. You don't have to beat yourself up if you don't want to post 10 times (or more) per week. It can also mean reduce the length of your posts for maximum readership. The ideal blog posts, as written by dozens of SEO experts, is 250-300 words. If your posts run 500 plus words and require readers to continuously use their scroll bar it might be time to reduce them to a more reasonable length

Recycling is easy. If you created your post in blocks of content you can take content from a previous post and add it to a new one. Have an old photo that you used for a previous topic? It can be the inspiration for a new one. Write lots of hyper-local posts? You can cut and paste content from one post that is relevant to another without having to write it again. Recycling does not mean you can copy and paste from someone else's post and use it. That is called a copyright violation not recycling.

Do I use all of these techniques myself when posting to Active Rain? Absolutely. There are times when I post that easily falls into one of these categories. My preference is to be witty, clever and original but let's face it there are only so many hours in a day and only so many ways to describe a local neighborhood. In my opinion the trick is not to overdue the three "R's" when it comes to blogging. If you do your readers will eventually notice and may leave you for a less earth friendly blogger.

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Rainmaker
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David Burrows
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I'm totally sold on the three R's. Great post with helpful information. - David

July 31, 2011 07:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Martha Brown
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Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403

Never thought of doing that but now..... :0)

July 31, 2011 07:15 PM
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Lou Ludwig
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Cindy

Going green with your three r's makes a lot of sense.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

July 31, 2011 10:47 PM
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Cal Yoder
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Keller Williams of Central PA East

Cindy, thanks for the post. I am getting much more serious about my posting and I appreciate this one!

Cal

August 01, 2011 06:22 AM
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
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Cindy,

Thanks as this is good advice for all of us. There are many blogs I wrote in the past where I could write an update or continue the series. Thanks again..

August 01, 2011 11:42 AM
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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker

Good advice.  Updating blog posts with new titles and tags is good for SEO.

August 01, 2011 03:13 PM
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Steve and Jan Bachman
Realtors - Northern Virginia
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

This is such good advice Cindy. Buildin g an original portfolio of posts is time consuming demands creativity BUT once you have many in the bag...you can just update with seasonal photos, current statistics, new title et al.

August 01, 2011 05:42 PM
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Tom Braatz
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Cindy

Great advice on the three R's. That recyling works well for me.

August 01, 2011 07:44 PM
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Cindy Jones
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Integrity Real Estate Group

David-thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

August 02, 2011 06:40 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Martha-you have a great log of interesting posts. 

August 02, 2011 06:41 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Lou-there are times when all we need to do is dust off an old post and bring it up to date.

August 02, 2011 06:41 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Cal-glad to be of assistance.  Look forward to reading more of your posts.

August 02, 2011 06:42 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Robert-I'm taking some new photos to update a series I did awhile ago.  The information is still valid just needs a little dusting.

August 02, 2011 06:45 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Pat-yes it can be.  Though sometimes focusing to much on SEO and not on the information can lead you astray.

August 02, 2011 06:45 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Steve and Jan-your video's make a great local series that can be used over and over again.

August 02, 2011 06:47 AM
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Cindy Jones
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Tom-hope all is well in Wisconsin this summer.

August 02, 2011 06:47 AM
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Robin Sherman
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Hello Ciindy - I was just looking for some new AR Groups to join and came across your post on Going Gree with Blogging. Since I'm very eco-conscious your title drew me in. While it wasn't what I was expecting, I enjoyed reading the blog and it did give me some ideas. On another topic - a big section of my market is active duty members with PCS order to NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field and Hurlburt AFB. Happy to work referrals with you when possible!

August 08, 2011 06:46 PM
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Cindy Jones
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Robin-thanks for stopping by.  I also an avid recycler of paper, cardboard, bottles etc so I'm green outside of AR.  I'll keep your name in my referal file for any of my transferring clients.

August 08, 2011 06:51 PM
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