"Why would a real estate agent pay for a blog?"

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dollar signFor those loyal souls who are waiting for an ActiveRain "outside" blog here's a question for you....

Why would a real estate agent pay for a blog?  

Frances Flynn Thorsen asked that question on her RealTown Report blog and got a response or two from Jim Duncan of RealCentralVA.com.  Hector Virgen with RealTown  also commented on Frances "Why would a real estate agent pay for a blog?"   Disclaimer:  I have a RealTown Blog... it's been around since late August 2005, Discover Columbus (it's old and ugly... be nice.) 

I understand the ActiveRain "outside" blogs will be priced at about 100 dollars a year.  

John Novak wrote Perspectives on Real Estate and Social Networking  about  Rismedia's "Real Estate Social Networking Really Takes Off"  (Disclaimer 2:  RealTown a social networking site with blogs, communities and more is a a joint venture between RISMedia and Internet Crusade.) Rismedia has lots about HouseValues investment in ActiveRain, RealTown and the Realtor.com social networking, including the free blogs from Realtor.com (WordPress.com blogs) another FREE option.  I know a bunch of people tried the Realtor.com blogs.  How are the Realtor.com blogs doing?

Maybe the question of why you would pay for a blog is not directed at those real estate agents loyally waiting to work with ActiveRain.  They're only going to pay about a hundred dollars a year. Maybe the question of why pay for a real estate blog has to do with one of the other real estate blog brands...  

Lots of devoted fans of these brands.

Tomato Blogs... 

RSS Pieces Blog ...

Or maybe the question is to non bloggers... those who are curious about blogging..."Why would a real estate agent pay for a blog?" (Disclaimer 3...I have a WordPress.org blog, I pay for hosting.... about 100 dollars a year...)

Disclaimer 4 This is about "other" blogs. Thanks for reading but please move along if you don't have anything to add about the new  "outside" blogs or "other" blogs.  If blogging on ActiveRain is all you need want or desire, I'm thrilled for you but this is about  "other " blogs, some free, some for a fee.   Save time, any comments about not having time for anything but ActiveRain will be deleted.  Thanks!

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Thanks Jay! 
February 06, 2008 06:47 AM
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Jennifer Kirby
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I have three outside blogs, a website, an then there is AR. As far as AR, the only thing I have been able to pull up high in rankings is my AR profile, it pulls up everywhere. Not once have I seen a blog post from AR rank high. Case in point, I blog about historic homes. I have tested it out by posting the same post on AR and on my outside blog. The outside blog post always comes up on google, but the AR ones never do. For my search terms, my outside blogs always rank high because I am able to SEO the title page and meta tags myself....you can't do that with AR.

 In regards to paying for a blog. I have heard many people say that they suggest a real estate agent go to Typepad or Wordpress because it looks more professional, and that they hate Blogger. I have been with blogger for two years now and I love them...best of all because it is free. All I care about it writing good content and then having it rank high in search engines. My sites look good and they get traffic. That's all that matters. I do not see myself moving to an AR outside blog, especially if they make you pay for it.

February 07, 2008 12:40 PM
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Maureen McCabe
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It is interesting that some people are sure AR has the lock on Google Juice and Monika, Elaine, you... get better search results on your other blog... of course what a lot of people are saying is they don't want to do anything else... they don't have time and ActiveRain suits them fine... 

The "outside" blogs on AR  are definitely going to cost money but not much.  I think "outside" is what ActiveRain started calling them... I think maybe Premium or another word might be better.  I don't know as I ever thought of my blogs as outside blogs before.  They might as well have a crack at it... look at all the blogs RSS Pieces and Tomato Blogs have sold as a result of meeting people via ActiveRain. 

That's one thing I have always been impressed with.  ActiiveRain  promoted, actually ran the Project Blogger last summer where the contestants all started a blog on another platform. 

I thought of them as "My other blogs..." or as my REAL blog...

Thanks for the comment Jennifer... I think I thought you had two other blogs.. you have four with AR! You and Jeff Dowler are prolific.

February 07, 2008 01:20 PM
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Mitchell J Hall
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The Corcoran Group
Hi Maureen, My other blog is on a free google blog spot but with my own domain. It does much better on google then my active rain blog and profile.  Maybe they penalized me for having some duplicate content because they lowered my AR profile from pr 4 to pr 3 and my ar blog from pr 3 to PR2. My other blog is PR3. It gets more traffic too. Frankly I rather have my own blog come up in searches first because its all me. AR has other agents on it.
February 07, 2008 08:23 PM
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Mitchell I don't think I even knew our profiles or individual blogs had PR.. my WP blog went from a PR 5 to a PR 3 recently. It made me very sad.  Thanks for your comment.
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