How to Get Started Blogging for Newbies

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How to Get Started Blogging for Newbies
I know we have many newbies out there in the Rain, who have been sort of just sitting back, and wandering just “How Do I Get Started with this blogging thing?”. One of the first things I would recommend to any Newbies looking to get going with their blogging efforts is to just introduce yourself, and tell our Active Rain community who you are and what is your niche or specialty. I believe that everyone has a story or two to share, and you could let us know about your home town, your state, your city, your favorite sports teams, etc. You get the idea. You could start out by just being personal.  After all, many newbies only have that Members Only subscription.Blogging Basics

Next, I would recommend Localism posts, since everyone should be very familiar with all the activities going on in their local neighborhoods, schools, cities, and their state. Look in your newspapers, or go on line to the Chamber of Commerce. Just about everything in online these days, and I am sure you can find out about upcoming events to share with us in Active Rain. Like I mentioned earlier, we all have a story or some past experience to share. It’s just a matter of putting it into writing. The more you write the better you will get at it.

Why not start to re-blog some of those excellent posts that you see from other bloggers.  Many newbies choose this route until they have the confidence to write their very first blog. I highly suggest that you seek out a few seasoned bloggers, and subscribe to their posts too. The more you read, the better you will improve your own writing skills. You will want to set a goal to read 20 to 30 blogs a day, and be sure to leave some meaningful comments on all of them. Yes, I know 10 is the maximum for your points each day, but it’s not about the points when you first start out, it’s about building those relationships, and letting others know who you are.
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If you missed Brenda Mullen’s post about Tips for Playing in the Rain for Newbies, I highly recommend you go back a read her post. Joining groups was the best advice I was given when I started in January 2011. I have joined over 50 groups, and have over 200 blog subscriptions. My top 10 groups are Active Rain Newbies, Addicted to Rain, Introducing Newbies to Active Rain, Facebook Fridays Group, Two Truths and a Lie, Banana Tude, Don’t Worry Today, Dedicated Bloggers, Localism, and All Things Texas. Go back and look at one of my older posts,Newbies, Be Bold, It’s Time to Start Blogging. That post gave some nice information by Katrina Gasset on how to set up your name in your profile for SEO, and a great post from my friends, Bill and Liz Spear on Localism posts.

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Rainer
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Juan Bassett
GRI
Long & Foster

A to the point blog. Well done Jerry.

September 12, 2011 02:53 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Thanks, Juan. I appreciate your posts to our new group too.

September 12, 2011 04:05 PM
Rainer
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Phill Tomlinson
(480) 330-8897, Commercial Sales and Leasing
Commercial Properties, Inc.

Jerry, Great blog, very helpful, I think I will take you up on a blog on introducing myself. Thanks!

September 12, 2011 06:10 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

That sounds Great, Phill. I will be looking for your First Blog introducing yourself. Thanks for joining the Group.

September 12, 2011 06:55 PM
Rainer
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Caryn Baker
Realty Pros & Assoc.

Jerry - leaders always help others - thanks.

September 13, 2011 12:17 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Thanks, Caryn. I have always been taught to lead by example. I wish to encourage you to get off the fence and start blogging. First, Let Me Give you a Big Texas Welcome to Active Rain! I trust many of these items will help you. Go back and take a look at my link to Newbies Be Bold, and Look for Katerina Gasset's video on how to enter your Name in your Profile for SEO.

I see you have blogged a couple of times. You are invited to join our New Group too.

September 13, 2011 02:09 PM
Rainer
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Jane Lund - Staging by Jane
Staging by Jane

Thank you for the advice, love your blog too.  I've signed up and have yet to write anything...just gotta do it, you've given me encouragement.  Thanks!

September 14, 2011 07:26 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Jane, You just have to get started. I and any other veteran blogger will be more than glad to give some support whenever you need it.

September 14, 2011 08:33 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident

My tip to Newbies is that there are 2 types of posters, those that give mainly local information and those that gear their post to the real estate market at large.  My personal style is to go national and promote local links.  Be yourself and express information from your heart.  Your personality eventually comes through your posts!

September 15, 2011 02:22 AM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Hi Tony. This is some great information for all Newbies. I encourage you to put this into a blog and post it into our New Group, Introducing Newbies in Active Rain.

September 15, 2011 07:33 AM
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Anne Johnson
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Jerry - Do we need permission to re-blog other's material? Nice post:)

September 15, 2011 12:58 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

No, Anne. You may use that re-blog feature anytime, up to 10 times per week to get 25 points each post. Many Newbies start out re-blogging until they feel they are ready to blog on their own.

 

September 15, 2011 10:04 PM
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Larry Bettag
Regional Vice-President
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

Jerry....great post.  My other two suggestions are:

  1. Subscribe to other people's blogs to build relationships and learn from others; and
  2. comment on other peoples post to acknowlege that they've reached out to us and to build relationships.  My .02 cents!
October 01, 2011 12:40 AM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Larry, That's a great .02 cents worth of advice. I did exactly that when I started in AR, and I have 145 subscriptions presently. I will subscribe to your blog today.

Have a Nice Weekend!

October 01, 2011 09:35 AM
Rainer
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Karen Salmon
Okotoks Real Estate Agent
Royal LePage Benchmark

Thanks for the tips! The first one is the toughest.

October 03, 2011 02:32 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Yes, Karen. I remember my first one back in January, 2011. The trick is to keep on blogging.

October 03, 2011 02:57 PM
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Gail C. Harris
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director

My shout out to 2011 Newbies.  And congrats as a Newbie too, Jerry :)    http://activerain.com/blogsview/2585739/introducing-newbies-to-active-rain-joined-in-2011

 

November 03, 2011 09:25 AM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Gail, this is great, I will go over to check out your Newbies very soon. Disregard my email.

Thanks, Jerry

November 03, 2011 12:48 PM
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Lehel Szucs
REALTOR of choice
All Seasons Real Estate, Inc.

blog...blog ... blog .... I find it helps me keep up with more of real estate and be able share what I find and read ...  it is fund and keeps moving me up the rankings ... want to be on page 1 for my state

January 04, 2012 12:13 PM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Lehel, You have the right idea. Blog, Blog, Blog. Market Reports and Localism posts will help you generate more leads too.

January 04, 2012 03:26 PM
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