How To Be A Better
Blogger Or How To Start
If You're Still Just Reading
(I wrote this when I was
working for a Real Estate company, but the blogging advice applies
to every kind of business. Also, some of the articles are from when
blogging first started. Since that's been a few years, that should
be even more of a reason to get going!)
Real Estate Tomato site is a creative,
informative blogging resource, full of useful tools. If you
are having trouble getting started on a blog, check out
To Blog or Not To Blog. The "4 Cs"
made me a blogger! If you are already blogging, and haven't read
the Tomato's excellent short-and-sweet how-tos, what are you waiting
for? If you already feel confident in your blogging, make sure you
The 10 Biggest Mistakes. Here are my must-read
This article covers objections real estate agents hear and how to
but is a fantastic illustration on how to write headlines. Scroll
down to see their examples in red.
They illustrate the before-and-after very well, and the creative way that they
draw the reader in makes them effective!
If you liked that article, check out
this more in-depth one.
This article, especially number 6. about Links,
illustrates the reason for, and best use of, hyperlinks in your articles. Serve
your reader well and choose your links carefully. Your links should further the
point of your blog post. You'll see what I mean if you see how the Real Estate
Tomato uses links.
TIP: When you want to make a link, be sure that you select “Open
link in a new window” from the “Target” drop down box inside the Insert/edit
link pop-up box, that way if your reader closes the link, they don't also close
your blog post.
Images are a crucial part of blogging, especially if you want more than 2 out of
10 readers to go beyond your headline. Where you place images is also important.
How F Street Will Have Readers Returning To Your Blog has all the
TIP: When you place your photo, remove the
blue border by putting “O” (zero) in the border box, and put 10 in the
horizontal space box so your text does not touch your photo. The vertical space
box controls the amount of space above and under the photo. These measurements
are in pixels.
So, if you're still stuck, take inspiration from a really successful blogger.
She found her voice, and writes well. She ties
this fun article back in to real estate at the end. If only we could all
be so clever and so amusing. If Teresa Boardman doesn't inspire you, the Tomato
offers 101 Topics in
Food For Fodder.
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Start If You're Still Just Reading
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