Blogging Is A Waste Of Time

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Living A Dream Real Estate 0225189851

Someone who shall remain nameless told me last week that blogging is a waste of time. We got into a discussion about it. He has been in real estate three times as long as I have and has a more “old school” approach. Lots of direct mail and advertises in the newspaper. That’s no problem but, until you’ve tried to blog don’t knock it. I had to be convinced to blog myself, I love social media but, the thought of blogging was overwhelming to me. I have my coach to thank for giving me the encouragement to just write about what I know. Once I had my first post up it wasn’t so scary and since then it’s turned into something that I enjoy.

 

It wasn’t until this weekend that I had my first call from someone who has been following my blog and is relocating from Minneapolis. I was so thrilled that my efforts had finally turned into a lead. She liked that I had a mix of local posts, market stats and what made her call was my story of how I got into real estate. It was a great feeling to know that someone is reading what I write.

 

I saw the other agent yesterday and mentioned that I had gotten a call from my blog and it might be worth trying. His response was not what I was expecting – he came back with it’s you “young” agents that think the internet is the only way to get leads. Really? How so Mr. Experienced? I was trying to be helpful and give him a new idea for generating business. I didn’t say the internet was the only way but, it’s not just me that knows it’s a productive venue for leads. No, I haven’t been a Realtor longer than he has but, I am an experienced agent and if someone is offering me advice I’m going to listen. You never know what you might learn, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

 

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Gita Bantwal
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Congratulations on the featured post.Thanks for the inspiration.

August 24, 2011 09:04 AM
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Scott Godzyk
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Amanda for me blogging has replaced the time i used to spend cold calling. I get to meet great new people, learn a few things, be entertained and get massive exposure which leads to tons of leads and more clients. I have the same conversation often with many of the old timers, i have given up explaining up and tell them to look at the results, they speak for themselves.

August 24, 2011 09:31 AM
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Mark Welsh

Good job..!  I constantly hear that alternative ways of lead generation are a waste of time.   Can you imagine standing n line at the grocery store and having someone ask what you do for a living, tell them you are an agent, and then turn and walk away.  Anyone that tells you anything similar to “that won’t work” or “that’s a waste of time” is clearly unable to see that there is always a new way to skin a cat.   I work for a software as a service company that provides systems and leads for agents, teams and Brokerages.  But that doesn’t mean that are not other ways to generate leads, advertise yourself, and in the end become successful.  I fully believe that hard work will get things done.  I also think that I would like to work less harder and spend less money, in turn make more money.  Does that even seem logical?

August 24, 2011 09:49 AM
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Amanda,

Can't tell you the number of agents who have told me blogging is pointless.  Most of them are begging for business while I'm struggling to keep up with all I have on my plate!

 

I see many more "blog deals" in your future.

August 24, 2011 10:45 AM
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Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC

Well in actuality blogging can be less effective if you do the "Members Only" topics. The localism blogs are usually more productive. But I wouldn't consider either type a "waste of time."

August 24, 2011 11:09 AM
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