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What is a BlogBenefits of BloggingExamples of BlogsGuidelinesPlanning your BlogFinding Topics to Write AboutFinding Photos for your BlogPromoting your Blog
According to Wikipedia a Blog is …is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe web sites thatmaintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personalwebsite featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogsrange from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a wholerange of subjects.Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, ormobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites.And others are more like personal journals, presenting the authors daily life andthoughts.
Your BlogBroadcasting content out& directing people backinto your sales funnelYour Blog will interact and connect with connections in your socialnetworks. One goal will be to drive traffic from your networks toyour blog.
Search Engines Love BlogsBuilds Your Brand24/7 Exposure…. All year longBuyers and Sellers will FIND YOU!Provides a Flexible Platform for Providing ContentBuilds Relationships with prospects and clientsGives you “credibility” and “authority status” on your listing &buyer appointments.
Read Your BlogSee You as a ResourceSubscribeThink of You for businessYou now have a connection that hasbeen converted to a prospect
There are several great blogs that are wonderful examples of whatcompanies are doing to promote their business and build theirbrand
Coldwell Banker Table Talk- http://cbcotabletalk.wordpress.com/Denver Musings - http://denvermusings.com/Real Estate in Denver and the Suburbs - http://www.denver-realestateonline.com/Bruce Swedal - http://www.bruceswedal.com/blog/Amy Cesario’s Denver Real Estate - http://livingdenveronline.com/Moved Denver Blog - http://moveddenver.com/The Get Home Denver Team - http://bloghomedenver.com/Twin Cities Real Estate Blog - http://www.twincitiesrealestateblog.com/The Phoenix Real Estate Guy - http://www.phoenixrealestateguy.com/
Publicize your Agency (i.e.. Coldwell Banker, Remax)Keep in Mind the Fair Housing ActRemember Once You Publish it is on the Internet
Identify Your AudienceEstablish a Posting Schedule (1 – 6 times a week)Develop a List of TopicsWrite 10 – 15 Blog Posts at a Time
Share Helpful LinksResource ListsLocal and Community News and EventsHow to TopicsProduct ReviewsReal Estate NewsMortgage NewsHome Buyer or Seller Tips
Google AlertsSearch TwitterForumsYahoo AnswersRead Other Blogs
Flickr Creative Commons -http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/Morguefile - http://morguefile.com/PhotoGen - http://morguefile.com/Photo Tree - http://www.photoree.com/Pic App - http://www.picapp.comFree Digital Photos - http://www.picapp.com
Certain Items can be automated on your Blog. Here are a fewitems you can use for automation:Post your Twitter Updates on your BlogAdd Syndicated Content to your Blog via either an RSS feed orvia a Widget
It is possible to add content to your blog automatically using RSSwhich stands for Really Simple Syndication.Many sites offer a RSS feed. These can be used very effectivelyto integrate content into your site. In using them make sure yougive credit to your source.Here are a few potential RSS feeds that may be a good fit:Housing Statistics from Realtor.org -http://feeds.feedburner.com/RealtororgResearchHeadlinesReal Estate News from Google Alerts – It is possible to importyour google alerts into google reader and post to your blog
Widget: is a fancy word for tools or content that you can add,arrange, and remove from the sidebars of your blog. Widgetsmake it easy to customize the content of your blog sidebar.www.widgetbox.com – offers several Real Estate RelatedWidgetshttp://www.trulia.com/tools/ - Trulia offers several tools thatcan be added to your blog in the form of a widgethttp://www.housingwidgets.com/ - offers several widgets evena Vflyer Widgethttp://www.zillow.com/webtools/widgets/ - Zillow offers severalwidgets even a tax buyer credit quiz widget
Provide Clear Links from your Main SiteSubmit Your Blog to DirectoriesComment on Other Blogs and Add a Link to YoursPromote Your Blog on Other Social NetworksPromote your Blog to Your Email ListAllow others to Syndicate Your Blogs
Best of the Web Blogs - http://blogs.botw.org/Blog Catalog - http://www.blogcatalog.com/Blogarama - http://www.blogarama.com/Technorati - http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/Yahoo!’s Blog Directory -http://dir.yahoo.com/news_and_media/blogs/Bloggapedia - http://www.bloggapedia.com/Blog Search Engine - http://www.blogsearchengine.com/