Chances are, if you are in North Carolina and I notice that you are not filling in the "Bottom Part" of your blog posts... we've talked.
I know that other people have written posts about this - but I figured I'd show it again, and as I call more people, I can refer them to this page!
Soooo after you finish writing your masterpiece blog post, you need to take a few minutes and fill in the "Tags." These are the words someone would enter into Google to find your post. They should probably be in 2 - 4 word "groups" with a comma after each "group" of words. These are called "Long Tails" or "Buying Words".
If this was for a listing, I recommend that you consider words that include the street name, the Subdivision, maybe the School or the price range... In fact, if I was an agent I would ask EVERYONE what words they put in Google to look for property... while there are TONS of analytical tools, I personally think it's a good idea to talk to friends and clients about what you are learning and doing online.
After you complete the Tags, complete the Hyper Local Page information.
CHANNELS: You've seen this button - but didn't know what it is? If you are new to Activerain - don't worry about what it is... just fill it out! Who are you "targeting" with this post? A Home Buyer?
Are you looking for First Time Home Buyers? (four words by the way) Is this an Active 55 Community? WHAT about Home Buying are you targeting????
If you don't know what to fill in on Channels, go to the front page of ActiveRain and look at the Channels section... it will give you ideas.
ALWAYS put your post into the appropriate Group. Many fellow ActiveRainer's (is that a word?) interact via groups. You can place your post in up to 5 different Groups. The idea here guys is to be SEEN. You want people to READ what you've just spent time creating... okay, so you are TARGETING a First Time Home Buyer in Apex - Why would you want a comment from an Agent in Michigan? Well, Google is interested in posts that OTHER PEOPLE are INTERESTED IN! You need to subscribe to people, and you need to leave 10 comments every time you login!
Another point about Groups... see #1? Be selective about putting your post in a hyper-local small group where only the people in your county might see it... #justsayin'
Categories gives you ANOTHER chance to let Google know who you are targeting.
If you have an "Outside Blog" you need to figure out WHICH posts are focused on the topic you are amassing. Is your Outside Blog for Luxury Homes? Well then you might not want to put a post for First Time Home Buyers in that "separate" Blog. Is it about NYC? Then you might not want to put a post about the other side of the Hudson... Many agents I talk to don't want to "Limit" themselves to one category - if that's who you are, then I personally don't recommend taking the time and effort to build an Outside Blog.
I want you to know that I get calls every week from Consumers and Agents that find us through ActiveRain. Blogging works - but it works faster and better if you will use all of the tools you are given! Fill In The Bottom of your blog posts!!
If you have questions about your ActiveRain Blog Posts I can answer, call me - Eleanor Thorne 919-649-5057