Blogging for the future.

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Blogging for the future.

What a difference a year makes.  At least when it comes to blogging. 

The topics that we choose, the content, layout, links and overall effectiveness of our efforts can actually be measured and evaluated.  Take a look...

"Samples" of my posts written shortly after joining ActiveRain:

12/21/2010 The Art Of Selling And The Fear Of Being Sold - Stage 2 of 5 3 398 109
12/19/2010 Text or Twitter? That is the question. 10 369 72
12/19/2010 The Art Of Selling And The Fear Of Being Sold - Stage 1 of 5 6 463 162 5
12/19/2010 The Art Of Selling And The Fear Of Being Sold - The Five Stages Of Selling 4 315 37
12/19/2010 The Art Of Selling And The Fear Of Being Sold 11 398 120


"Samples" of my posts written a year ago:

03/27/2011 Free Advice - 50% Off - Today Only! Hair Color and Make-Up 10 425 120
03/26/2011 Why Associate, Why Subscribe, Why, Why, Why... 91 847 483
03/23/2011 Florence Joyner Olympiad Park in Mission Viejo, California 19 1309 651 103
03/23/2011 Who wouldn't want to join the VBloggers Group? Are you ready for Video? 42 467 173 21
03/22/2011 Who has made any money by using LinkedIn? 38 417 130 17


"Samples" of my posts written a few weeks ago:

03/07/2012 St. Patrick's Day for Bloggers is TODAY! 88 1795 886 50
03/07/2012 The Luck Of The Irish 30 1246 383 28
03/05/2012 Social Marketing with Banners, Sidebars and Signatures 30 1344 290 31
03/04/2012 He said, She said, "Buyers are Liars!" 43 1209 302 27
03/02/2012 Keywords and Tags 39 1379 359 34
02/29/2012 It's the little things... 124 1977 939 44


Notice the difference in the Titles, Content and Links.  But, more importantly, notice the difference in the comparison of the number of Views, Clicks and Comments (From left to right the numbers in each column represent Comments, Views, Clicks and Short URL {which is also a click}

While my early posts have had a year to accumulate attention, the numbers for posts written a few weeks ago indicate tremendous growth potential for a year from now.  

Take the time to check out Your Progress, and determine what you're doing better or can do better.  There's always a reason for our results and the numbers don't lie.  I attribute a lot of the improvement to "Better" syndication of my posts with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Websites, Outside Blogs and let's not forget Google +.


The "Perfect Post" will fail, if not "Shared". 

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Most Comments were collected from ActiveRain Members within a few days of a post being released. 

Having a post "FEATURED" will definitely increase your number of Views, but your Content will be the biggest influence in the number of Clicks. 

Having a post Re-Blogged By Others or Linked By Others are positive events that will also increase Views, Clicks and Comments.  Be sure to Thank The Person That Re-Blogged Your Post. 

Good Luck and Happy Blogging.   

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Rainmaker
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Richard, great information.  I always laugh at my results tab - the jokes get the most, then the brain teasers, then the other content pages.  Guess I need to keep the humor going, LOL.  

March 30, 2012 01:33 PM #1
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Juli, Please do keep the humor going.  Lots of us crave the humor, but not the "embarrassing", at least for me,  brain teasers.  Actually, I like everything that you do.  Didn't you enlighten me about Gigantic Dust Storms?  That was amazing!  Best wishes always.   

March 30, 2012 01:38 PM #2
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1,093,313
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I have not really begun to use Google +. Maybe I am missing out, but it does seem like another thing to add to an already long list.

March 30, 2012 01:56 PM #3
Rainmaker
582,268
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 - Newburgh, NY
LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY

Richard~` I think getting noticed is an art form! I have found that it takes time and energy that is well worth the efforts here!! Figuring it all out is of course an ongoing process. I have found that certain things i think will get more clicks don't and others that i do not, get a bunch.

Localism is definitely a big attraction, and what i have found works best so far for me.. I am planning for a clone now so that i can write more of those!! LOL Thanks for the reminder to pay attention to the numbers!! Have a great weekend... 

March 30, 2012 02:06 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Melissa, I agree completely, our list of things to do is growing longer every day.  While Google + is not fully embraced by everyone, I sense that WE need to get on board with it.  I firmly believe in the personal benefits that WE can gain by using any and all related Google options like Google +, YouTube, Picasa, etc.  Best wishes always. 

March 30, 2012 02:17 PM #5
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Janis, Just think of me as your "Personal" reminder of Things To Do.  ;-)  

Localism is something that I've been approaching primarily from a Video perspective.  My Community Video Websites are very important to my Overall Marketing Plan. 

It takes the time it takes to lay out a solid system for success.  My long term vision for Localism is being shaped by what I see others doing.  I'll be keeping an eye on you!  Thank you for sharing and best wishes always.

March 30, 2012 02:30 PM #6
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Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886

Richard this is a great motivater for active rain newbies. Wow you've come a long way Richard.....it's awesome!  Lets' spread the word and show folks what can be accomplished with a plan and consistency.  

Featured in BananaTude


March 30, 2012 03:02 PM #7
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Linda Urbick
Keller Williams Realty - San Ramon, CA
San Ramon, CA Homes for Sale - 925.415.3046

As Melissa stated Google+ has been on to do list forever it seems I just don't block the time  to  learn it and put it to work for me. While not everyone embraces this - it may be a good thing and definitely can't hurt my rankings.

March 30, 2012 03:49 PM #8
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395 - Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Stats are great, if we use them....we have to make sure we are tracking and learning. This really illustrates that.

March 30, 2012 05:24 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Richard, like wine....we get better over time. You're turning into a rare and expensive bottle!

March 30, 2012 06:19 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Anna, When I'm not getting passed on the highway by Banana Mobiles, I like to motivate others. 

If we apply ourselves, we can all come a long way.  Even a Star like YOU had humble beginnings: October 2008 (2) but, look at YOU now:  March 2012 (49)

Thank you for FEATURING this post in The BananaTude Group and best wishes always.

 

March 30, 2012 08:12 PM #11
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Linda, At the very least, establish a Google + Account and build your profile with complete contact information.  Then, add ALL of the people that you know on ActiveRain to a Circle.  Next, start sharing each of your posts on Google +.  Then you can start learning more about it, as time permits.  Good luck and best wishes always.

March 30, 2012 08:24 PM #12
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Karen, What we don't know can really hurt us.  But, what we know, and fail to do anything about, is just foolish. 

Who wants to be The Biggest April Fool On Earth, certainly not US.  ;-)  Thank you for sharing and best wishes always.

 

March 30, 2012 08:31 PM #13
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Mimi Foster
EPIC Real Estate Group - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor - Colorado Springs

I still am amazed at the number of Short URL clicks that you get.  I want to know WHY????

March 30, 2012 09:17 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

I really wish they would improve our ability to look at stats. I'd love to see how many clicks from non-AR members and I'd love if we could sort or our posts from highest to lowest.

March 31, 2012 03:56 AM #15
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Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Richard, I always think it is the biggest honor to be reblogged and really found it to be a good path back to my own blog.  People read who they feel a connection with and when someone reblogs a person, their regular readers take this as a recommendation.  Impressive stats...now let's see your elementary school report cards to see if you've always made this kind of progress!  ;-D

March 31, 2012 05:03 AM #16
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Ellen, That's very sweet of you to say.  Thank you!  Have a great weekend and best wishes always.

March 31, 2012 09:34 AM #17
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Mimi, The only thing that I'm currently doing is creating the Short URL, as offered at the bottom of each post.  Making a copy of it and then adding it to a Tweet, which includes the Title of the Post and maybe a teaser line.  Sometimes, I'll Tweet about it again, with a slightly different teaser line, but I haven't done it more than twice for any post.  I also begin My Tweets with @ActiveRain.  Although I haven't made an effort to collect lots of Twitter Followers, My Followers are a high mix of Real Estate Agents, which may have more "REAL" interest than the usual Followers than follow to be followed.  If I discover anything else, I'll let you know.  Maybe I'll do an experiment and check for results.  Thank you for being curious and best wishes always.  

March 31, 2012 09:42 AM #18
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Debbie, I agree.  I would also like to know the true source of these actions.  I'm not one to accept results and leave it at that.  I want to know the reasons for the results. 

I could create a high view and click count by myself, if I wanted to, but what's the fun in that?  In fact, the more we edit a post in "Draft", the more initial Views and Clicks with will have.  For that matter, I could write comments to myself, not receive points, but have it add to my comment count.  But, that would demonstrate the actions of a sad, lonely and desperate individual.  Wait!  Why did you just smile and nod your head?  Of well, have a nice weekend and best wishes always.    

March 31, 2012 09:49 AM #19
Rainmaker
431,885
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Mona, Yes, having a post Re-Blogged is usually a very good thing, unless the person takes an aggressive opposing point of view and stirs things up.  Fortunately, that seldom happens. 

Regarding My Stats, I don't really know how they compare to other people, just how they compare to my previous results.  But if YOU think they are impressive, that's good enough for me.  I suppose the only really impressive result is when someone actually contacts us for business. 

My Report Cards have been lost and/or sealed, but I do remember several teachers commenting about what a pleasure it was to have such a quiet and well behaved child in their class.  ;-)  Best wishes always.

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