My New AR Upgraded Blog Rocks! And my new address is Google!

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Real Estate Agent with ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale Mesquite NV Realtor
http://actvra.in/4dq

I am technology declined.  I was the last kid on the block to learn to ride a bike.  I drove my Volkswagen beetle in 2nd gear for the first year.  I was afraid of left turns so I kept making right turns until I had my destination surrounded.  When I text message to my daughters, they call and say what language is that?

But I always read Brad Andersohn's posts and get really excited about whatever new feature or website he might be telling us about.  I am competitive by nature, and aggressive by profession.  So I always try stuff - I am always looking for ways to increase my internet exposure.

I read Brad's post on Outside Blogs in 10 Easy Steps.  I tried to upgrade and messed it up.

Did you know that url's can't have spaces?

And when the upgrade screen tells you what image sizes to use, it is not just a suggestion.

So of course, it didn't work, no matter what I did.  I didn't know how to fix my mistakes or even that I had made them - I blamed the 'bugs' that had to be in the program - it couldn't be my fault!

I called Brad and he got on instant messaging with Bob Stewart - they had it fixed in a couple of minutes.  Then Brad proceeded to walk me through setting up the outside blog.  It was a quick process then!

Funny thing, it was exactly the steps that Active Brad gave in his tutorial post about outside blogs!  So I have to admit that I have never been able to follow directions.  'When all else fails - read the directions!'

While we were on the phone, (for an hour:) Brad gave me some other marketing tips and pointers on my content and the presentation.  I noticed that the Raindexing is automatic - I thought I had to do this some way myself.  I love the way it indexes my posts in outline form - that is the easiest format to read and Google loves it.

Original Picture of BluffsBrad quickly made me a rain drops header image but told me about Picnik and gave me the simple steps to make my own header image for my new blog.  It is free and easy to use - and very forgiving.  Yes, I followed the directions this time and chose my own picture from my computer.  It took about 5 minutes.  I may change it later and add my contact information instead of that cute little slogan.

Did you know that the average age of Realtors is about 45 years old?  Well, that makes me an over average Realtor and I did not grow up on a computer.  I need help with most new internet promotions and it is important to me that I can call Brad or Bob - they answer their phone, folks!  Yes, I have Brad on Speed Dial.  I have 'broken' my blog several times now - Brad noticed one time and called me - I couldn't believe how patient he was.  He even taught me a little HTML - which previously was a four letter word to me.

One advantage of adding an outside blog on Active Rain is that I don't have to do anything different than I already do on my regular AR blog - it took me awhile to learn how to optimize it, this old dog does not want to learn any new tricks - I am getting busy from the AR business that I have been getting already.

Another HUGE bonus is the listing router on my blog - just begging to be used by readers!

Mesquite NV MLS search is just a click away.

But what I love about this blog - when folks find this blog on keyword searches and click on it....

They just get me and my stuff instead of everybody on the page.

Now my blog is like my own little Localism!  Check it out - www.mesquitenvrealestateblog.com

Do you have an outside blog?  Put a link in a comment here and share it with us!

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Virginia Hepp
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Katerina - I am all about the buyers and that is who calls me - the market that we have here is so different - very few move up buyers - most are second homers or retirement - some have never been here.  I got two listings in the last couple of months, both just called and said 'we want you to list the home'.  And the listing router is working for me - I have established some good relationships from it.

Your SEO advice is what has put me on first page of Google for my keywords - I wasn't getting much results until I subscribed to your blog and read every word.  You have given me specific pointers many times, out of the goodness of your heart - they are always right on and very effective immediately.

Thank you and I hope to become one of your students one day, when I can.

Jan 26, 2009 12:53 AM #111
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Paul Francis
Prudential Americana Group - REALTORS - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate - Summerlin Homes - 702.592.

Wow....Very informative! Thanks for the great info!

Jan 26, 2009 04:16 AM #112
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Virginia Hepp
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Paul - You are welcome - hope to see your outside blog up soon!

Jan 26, 2009 05:57 PM #127
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Michelle M. Tucker
!Daley Real Estate - Hunter Army Air Field, GA
Hunter Army Airfield Savannah Real Estate

Virginia:  If I ever miss any of the informative post, I am sure to catch a recap on your post. I am on my way to visit your outside blog.  It is great to hear that the Active Rain staff is willing to help and assist.  You seem to be getting this all down, next thing you know you will be the teacher! 

Jan 28, 2009 11:25 PM #128
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Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

I  love the post. I blog and then I spend the next 6 hours wondering if I did it right. We are all in it together, Trust me.

Jan 30, 2009 05:21 PM #129
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Virginia Hepp
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Michelle - I have learned a few things from you!

Terry - I trust you.  :)  We certainly are in this together - a blog post is like a pet isn't it?

Jan 30, 2009 06:26 PM #130
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Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
Destin FL Real Estate

Virginia - There are some discussions on other blogs- are you sure Listing Router is free on outside blog?  There are credits, etc on Listing Router screen...  Thank you!

Feb 01, 2009 01:23 PM #131
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Virginia Hepp
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Wendy - I am positive that it is free.  Call Brad, my listing router automatically linked up, because I have it anyway for my Mesquite sponsor which is 9 per month, free listing router also.

I think the credit thing is for some campaign.  I have credits on mine and I don't have a campaign.  I can't remember how that works.

I am not the listing router expert - that would be Bob or Brad - but I didn't pay anything for it anywhere and it is extremely valuable - get it!

Feb 01, 2009 02:03 PM #132
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Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
Destin FL Real Estate

OK, thanks, Virginia.  Will do!

Feb 01, 2009 02:12 PM #133
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Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
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Virginia, your outside blog looks great.  You're picking up this stuff so fast, I'm sure you'll be teaching us all in no time ... especially me - the most technically challenged member of AR, I'm sure. :)

Feb 01, 2009 10:15 PM #134
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494

I'm looking at doing this in the next couple days myself, I just have to find the right name for my outside blog.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Feb 02, 2009 12:35 AM #135
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Virginia Hepp
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Wendy - Put the link here when you do.

Sylvie - We need our own tech-impaired Group!

Todd - I am sure yours will be a hit - give us the link when you start it.

Feb 02, 2009 11:42 AM #136
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Christianne Gordon
Carson Valley Homes and Land - RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Gardnerville, NV
REALTOR e-PRO CDPE, SFR Carson Valley Real Estate Specialist

I have an outside blog but it needs to be "tweaked" to be "pretty" and what I want. But right now my ActiveBlog is located at www.greatnevadahomes.net. That is our sister site to www.greatnevadahomes.com.

Feb 06, 2009 10:02 AM #137
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Virginia Hepp
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Christianne - Your outside blog already looks pretty.  And your photos are excellent - what kind of camera?  You have a really clear and easy to use mls search page, too, was that provided by your MLS or did you design it?

Feb 06, 2009 10:58 AM #138
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Christianne Gordon
Carson Valley Homes and Land - RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Gardnerville, NV
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Hi Virginia - My Dad does the photography and has a 10 megapixel SLR digital camera. And our Search MLS Listings page is the inlaid standard into our website design, but thanks for the compliment :-) I am still waiting for ActiveRain to fix some of the bugs in the new ActiveBlog interface so I can customize greatnevadahomes.net.

Feb 10, 2009 08:35 AM #139
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Virginia Hepp
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Christianne - I think it is working pretty well, now, I am ready to add some widgets!

Feb 14, 2009 06:11 PM #140
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Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI
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Good morning, Virginia!  I've been debating whether I needed to expand to an outside blog, and you've convinced me. Thanks!!!  I'm glad to hear about your great success!

Feb 24, 2009 09:16 AM #141
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Virginia Hepp
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Jason - The rewards are HUGE - just do it.  :)

Feb 24, 2009 01:58 PM #142
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Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
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I think an outside bog is in my near future.  From everything I'm reading here lately that seems to be where most Rainers are getting their business. That's one bandwagon I'd love to jump on! 

Sep 02, 2009 11:22 AM #143
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Virginia Hepp
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Hi Jenny,

The value of my outside blog is that it is so geographically hooked up through Raindexing that it comes up in so many searches - then people get just me, not the whole AR page and competing agents info.

The google juice is mine, all mine.

When I started it, I selected some posts from my regular AR blog and edited them to send them to my outside blog.  Now when I write a post, I decide whether to put it on my outside blog, localism or all 3 places.  I am trying to keep my outside blog real estate only, no members only posts.

Good luck with it - call me if you need any help, better yet, call Brad or Bob!

 

Sep 02, 2009 12:58 PM #144
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