Experienced Blogger? Continue Learning at Active Rain University

Experienced blogger?  Continue learning at Active Rain University.  Yes, no matter how much we know there always seems to be something else we can learn.  That was confirmed for me today when I attended a webinar this afternoon.

ComputerHaving read hundred (thousands?) of blogs written by a very wide spectrum of Active Rain members. I've noticed that some experienced members still have not incorporated pictures, maps, graphs, or videos to enhance the content of their blogs.

There are others that use some of these tools but have not learned that it helps to create margins around them so that they are not smack up against the text.  Others insert a small picture by itself in the middle of empty space. 

Using sufficient white space is another trick that some have not used to their advantage.  Instead of running many sentences together consider how to break it up into smaller paragraphs to increase the visual appeal and encourage readers to actually read the content.

A couple of things that I learned today included the recommended word count for a blog.  It is between 300 and 500 words.  Shoot for 400 and you'll have a better chance of the reader actually sticking with your post. 

Another thing I learned is how important ranking on page one plays when people are searching for a REALTOR on the Internet.  Those doing a Google search will select one of the top four 80% of the time.  Only 1.25% will go to the last site on that page.  I certainly knew that higher rankings would receive more hits but I never thought it would drop off so dramatically. 

There were a couple of other hints that I picked up.  It definitely was worth the time it took.  It also enabled me to know what was covered and how well that was done thanks to Steven Monet.  Now I am very comfortable suggesting that others take the time to attend as well. 

I'm even suggesting that you check the Active Rain University Training Schedule to see the array of classes.  I am planning to attend a Webinar tomorrow on Customizing Your ActiveRain Blog with Jeremy Blanton.

In another post I will cover some of the things that will be especially helpful to those new to blogging.  The purpose of this post is to suggest that experienced bloggers may well pick up some tips, just as I did, that will help them improve their posts and perhaps improve their ranking on Google.

Become a student at Active Rain Unversity and share with us the things you learned.

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Comment balloon 74 commentsKate Elim • March 18 2010 10:34PM

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Kathleen,

I believe that it is important that we learn something new every day, Great Post, Thank-You. Heres to a great weekend.

Semper-Fi

Eric Ristey

wilandandhome.com

Posted by Eric Ristey (Erlandson Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post and I thank you very much for taking the time to educate the rest of us!

Posted by Lisa Walston (Atlas Property Group and Abbey Church Properties) over 8 years ago

Kate, I loved reading what you learned and need to sign on myself.  Blogging can always be a bit of a challane and every thing I can learn is helpful!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

It is great that we have all of the resources on AR.  It does take some time and effort to learn all of these tricks.  Thanks for sharing what you have learned so far and I look forward to your next post.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Eric...There are always new things to learn.  It is an ongoing process and makes life interesting.

Great weekend to you too.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Lisa...I really felt the time spent on the Webinar was worthwhile.  I'm hoping others sign up for it also.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Carole...I was happy to learn some new things today.  Hopefully it will help me to write better posts and will encourage others to find time (or make time) for some of the Webinars offered.  We are lucky to have them.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Joan...I've known about the Webinars but hadn't listened to any of them.  I'm glad I finally did.  I'm going to try hard to attend another one tomorrow. 

I just checked the word count on this post and found it was 429 words so I managed to do pretty much what was recommended for length without even thinking about it.  It actually looked like more to me when I opened it up to answer the comments so I decided to check. 

Kate  

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate, I went to a title seminar recently, when I got there they said it was Title Insurance 101. I was grumbling inside about getting up for this. You know what I learned some things I didn't know.

Glad you got the word out, most folks here don't even know we have an AR University.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Hi Kathleen,

I keep hearing about Active Rain University but have not attended...am bookmarking for future reference. Thanks.

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Kate...

AR is definitely the place for blogging continuing education. Thanks for sharing your positive experience!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate it doesn't matter how experienced a person is, there is always more to learn and apply.  Thanks for your continued ocntribution.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate, thanks for letting us know.  I'm going to sign up for a class next week.  There so much we can learn and apply to our business here.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) over 8 years ago

Kate,

We'll be schoolgirls together later today in Jeremy's class!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

Also the feeling of service and community is something that can not be measured.  Thank you for reminding us about the resources available.

Posted by Robert Earl -The Earl of St Pete, The Earl of St. Pete (St Pete LUXE Living Group) over 8 years ago

Glad you found information that will be helpful.  I'll try to set aside time in my schedule to attend a session or two.uvalh

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Patrick Kitano blew people's minds last week about the use of Twitter. No matter how much you know one Aha moment is worth its weight in gold. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 8 years ago

I took one of the webinar classes and I am scheduled for today's class. I always learn something when I go to a webinar. Thanks for your post. Have a great year of success.

Posted by Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove, Serving You is My Top Priority (RE/MAX Premier Choice) over 8 years ago

Kate,

I agree that there is always more to learn....I look forward to taking advantage of this....I am sure there will be many lightbulb moments!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate.........thanks for helping those who wish to advance on this subject. That would be me. Timely too as I am just getting my feet wet.

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Thank you, great advice.  I agree, we should all try to learn something new every day

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Wow thanks for the great write up Kate! I am glad you enjoyed the class.

Posted by Steven Graham, Coach, ePs, Director of Training (epropertysites) over 8 years ago

Hi Kate. Though I have been online since 1989 or so and have other blogs and video... Active Rain is the primary place where I learn to incorporate tools and techniques for my other blogs as well. For that as well as the Google-Aid. Active Rain cannot be beat....

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Kate - Steven does a great job with the SEO webinar. Even for those who know most of the material, seeing and hearing it again reinforces that knowledge and reminds us what we should be doing to write effective posts.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 8 years ago

Kate:

I can't wait to tell people I am an ARU graduate. When they ask what that is, I will tell them "it's very exclusive; you wouldn't know about it."

Count me in!

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) over 8 years ago

I'm just amazed and thankful there's so many AR people who have great tips, knowledge and skills to share and WANT TO SHARE to make us all better.  I try and attend as many as I can, and this one was another goody!

Posted by Evelyn Zebro, Asheville NC Real Estate Broker (Beverly-Hanks & Associates) over 8 years ago

There are always ways to get better at everything.  Keep posting and learning and hopefully keep finding business on the web.

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate--I definitely agree with you.  Too bad more people don't take advantage of all this FREE information that will help them make more money in the long run.  But then some people just don't get it or if they do they don't make the personal commitment to take advantage of what is available to them.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 8 years ago

It's probable that the baby in the photo knows more about blogging than I do!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 8 years ago

Kate, good article. I have hread about the word count but tend to forget it. Thanks.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 8 years ago

Great post, always something else to learn (or re-learn what we may have heard but forgot.)  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Drick Ward, "RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation (NEPTUNE REALTY) over 8 years ago

Hi Missy...Exactly.  There is always something new to learn at one of these sessions or at the very least a reminder of something we knew but forgot.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Lisa...Hopefully you will.  Take advantage of this convenient and worthwhile source of information.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Richard...Yes, it is the place to blog and to learn even more about how to do it and many other things as well.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Charita...Thank you.  That is one of the best parts of ActiveRain, the sharing of ideas and information among the members and the staff.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kay...I missed the class I was planning to take this morning so hope to take it next time it's offered.  I'll be checking the schedule to see what else to take.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Irene...Please let me know how the class was.  I missed it (hot water tank value went kaput...found that out in the shower!).

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Robert...Without a doubt!!!  You mentioned the most important aspect of this site.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Cindy...I really think they are trying to offer classes that will benefit all of us.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Joe...You are so right.  If we gain just one thing from a class it is worth the time spent and usually we learn more than that.

I'm going to check the schedule to see when the Twitter webinar will be given again.  Thanks for the heads up.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Celeste...I'm glad to hear that.  Hope you found today's webinar to be useful.  I'm sorry to have missed it.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Tagrid...You are more than welcome.  I hope it is helpful for you.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Lori...Right, no matter how much we thing we know there's always more to learn.  That's what makes it fun.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Richie...There's a wealth of information on ActiveRain as well as on the webinars offered. 

My suggestion to you would be to consider becoming a Rainmaker.  You will reap many benefits if you do.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Roger...Thanks for commenting and welcome to ActiveRain.  My advice to you is the same as that which I gave to Richie...consider becoming  a Rainmaker to enjoy the full range of tools here.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Steven...You are very welcome.  It was sincere.  Sorry I got your name wrong.  I know better now.  See, I'm still learning.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Lana...That's pretty impressive, on the Internet since 1989.  Most of us arrived much, much later and can learn a lot from you and other more experinced members.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi John...It's great to learn new things and be reminded of things we may have forgotten.  Live and learn!

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Aaron...I wonder how many classes we have to take in order to graduate?  I have a feeling they will continue to have more and more things for us to learn and that's a good thing.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Kate - I've been honored to serve as a "professor" for ARU, and I look forward to teaching more classes soon.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 8 years ago

Kate, 

Great suggestion to continue to take classes.  It's great to learn something new everyday. 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 8 years ago
I did not know about the 300-500 word count. I have not tired doing the photos on the left or right yet or double spacing between paragraphs.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 8 years ago

I found the webinar to be excellent. I would like to attend them all but that damn four letter word (work) keeps getting in the way. I missed the class I signed up for today.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 8 years ago

Thanks, Kathleen, for this great post. I will definitely share this with my team.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago
Kate, there's always something new to learn. Don't think we'll ever stop learning as there are changes daily. AR webinar are a great educational tool.
Posted by David Dee, Real Estate - San Gabriel Valley (L.A.) & N. Orange County CA (IRN REALTY) over 8 years ago

Kate, I have also attended some ARU webinars.  It's much easier to watch and listen than it is to read a post and figure it out on your own.  This is a great addition to what's offered here.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Kathleen, thanks for the tutorial.  You have some great ideas.  I've learned from you that some of my posts run on for too long, so I'm going to work on that.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 8 years ago

Thanks Kate, Unfortunately I missed the webinar yesterday. I need help, especially with text wrapping around pictures and downsizing pictures, maps etc. I'll check the training schedule. Thanks again.

Posted by Robert Murray (The Corcoran Group) over 8 years ago

Great information for all of us.  Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 8 years ago

Kate - I have now attended 2 of the webinars and have learned so much already!  It's been great!  I plan on attending many more!

Posted by Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple (Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale) over 8 years ago

Kate,

You made a believer out of me now. AR U has to be checked out. There is always something new to learn here no matter how long you've been around.

 

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 8 years ago

Kate - Great suggestions and info !  Active Rain has so many great resources where we all can learn and become better bloggers !  Featured in " Build a Better Blog "  Group on Active Rain !!

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) over 8 years ago

Hi Jason...I look forward to attending.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Michelle...It's good for your confidence also.  Learning keeps you on your toes.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Cheryl...If you have time take the class it will show you how to enhance your photo placement among a number of other things.

If you would like you can also give me a call and we can go over it by phone.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Gregory...I missed that class too and for the same reason.  Oh well, we have to be thankful we have that thing called work.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Vickie...Great!  I'm sure if that take one class they will want even more.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Vickie...Great!  I'm sure if thay take one class they will want even more.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Vickie...Great!  I'm sure if thay take one class they will want even more.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Wow Kate! Thank you for this blog. I am new to using Active Rain. I want to learn more about it. I really learned a couple of things from this blog entry. I can't wait to learn more. -Ingrid

Posted by Ingrid Laine, Sr. Loan Officer, Manager (Embrace Home Loans) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the post, great pix.

 

Posted by Abraham Valentino, Founder CEO iMetros.com & Nummus ICO (iMetros.com Corporation) over 8 years ago

Thanks for your post - I am STILL learning AR and you gave me just the tips I needed to dive in further!

Posted by Sarah O'Connor (Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the heads up about the Webinar tomorrow - I was so over loaded after Active Rain University the first time I went.

Posted by Susan Goulding, Short Sales, Mountain House Homes for Sale (Mountain House Real Estate) over 8 years ago

There's so much to continue to learn.  Thanks for the post. 

Posted by Derek Myers (Key Real Estate) over 8 years ago

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