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Katie Lance’s 8 Tips For Starting A Real Estate Blog

By Molly on October 26th, 2011

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We’re blogging live today from Inman News’ Agent Reboot where Inman’s Social Media Director, Katie Lance, took the stage to offer her expert advice on blogging for real estate (on a side note, she took the stage to Beyonce’s girl power anthem “Run the World”). Below you will find her eight tips for blogging success.

1. Make your blog the center of your social media universe

Create quality content on your blog and then use that content to feed your other channels – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. This way, if one of those networks dies off, you still have your blog.

2. Pick one day a week to blog and stick to it

Feel like you can’t start a blog because you don’t have time? Commit to writing one post per week, say, every Wednesday, and keep to that commitment. Readers will begin to look forward to your weekly update and check that site that same day every week.

3. Create a content strategy

You can’t just push content out there, you have to have a plan. Do you want to be the source for local information, businesses and events? Do you want to answer frequently asked real estate questions? Decide and work toward that goal.

4. Don’t under estimate what people don’t know

You are not just selling houses, you are providing information. Become a place people can visit for necessary, expert information.

5. Write for your clients, not your peers

The audience for your blog are home buyers and sellers, not other agents. Your blog should be a source of lead generation.

6. Share what you know

Struggling to come up with blog post ideas? Review a local restaurant. Share a success story. Heck, share a failure story. Share how you got into real estate. Share upcoming, local, special events.

7. Embrace themes

Photo Friday? Tip Tuesday? Yes, go for it.

8. Keep an editorial calendar

One of the best ways to stay on top of your blogging is to create a content calendar. Keep a schedule of what you will write about and when. You can even schedule the posts to publish on their own. The calendar will help you keep track of ideas, special events and holidays. Basically, it’s a life saver

Katie closed her session with a few key takeaways. First, creating content increases your know, like and trust factor, which is critical for real estate. You do not need thousands of readers for your content, you just need the right readers, the readers who meet your target demographic. Her final question to the audience was “Is your brand being represented by a cookie cutter website? Yes? Invest time into a blog and tell YOUR story instead.”

Real estate professionals – Are you blogging? Share the link to your blog in the comments section below.

 

We’ll be live blogging throughout the day here at Agent Reboot. For real-time updates, follow @Century21 on Twitter and the event hashtag #Agentrb

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Molly is a member of the @C21 social media team. When she's not live blogging from conferences or interviewing System members, you can find her reading about interior design, writing restaurant reviews, and imagining what the kitchen will look like in her Parisian dream home.
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5 Responses to "Katie Lance’s 8 Tips For Starting A Real Estate Blog"

  1. Actually, we may not write for our peers but blogging about how you resolved an issue with a transaction or putting some personal information about yourself out there, out of state agents will refer you. When they also see you are the expert in your market, these other agents will refer business to you as well. I’ve had quite a few referrals this year from out of state agents.

  2. Actually, we may not write for our peers but blogging about how you resolved an issue with a transaction or putting some personal information about yourself out there, out of state agents will refer you. When they also see you are the expert in your market, these other agents will refer business to you as well. I’ve had quite a few referrals this year from out of state agents. Here is my blog: http://activerain.com/blogs/jackieconnellyfornuff

  3. avatar Tracy Larson says:

    Great article . . .

    I blog and I try to post something to it two to three times a day. It’s not always easy, but it has helped me get buyers leads. My blog also automatically posts to my other websites, like my individual property websites, and my Century 21 agent website. My blog is located at http://www.FloridaKeysMarketUpdate.com

  4. We do blog – anything and everything – real estate stats, neighborhood info, great places to eat, recipes, everything. Whatever floats our boat. Yet, we also have a strategy focused on keyword rich content – with specific keywords to the target market we want to work with :D . I love Katie!

  5. avatar parampw3 says:

    I really appreciate your blog. Now I will follow your suggested steps before writing blog. I write blog on Residential Property in Pune.
    Thanks for sharing these suggestion. Now i must follow your suggested instruction which is

    1. Make your blog the center of your social media universe
    2. Pick one day a week to blog and stick to it
    3. Create a content strategy
    4. Don’t under estimate what people don’t know
    5. Write for your clients, not your peers
    6. Share what you know
    7. Embrace themes
    8. Keep an editorial calendar
    These 8 steps are key to become successful blogger, Thanks again….!!!!!!

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