Hey, fellow bloggers - I'm asking for a lifeline, folks. Because this whole blogging thing beats the heck out of me! Perhaps it's because I'm from Chicago - what the heck do I know? You know?
Two quick questions and critical needs-
1. Without spending countless hours playing around, learning coded, andtweaking my blog (after all, my job is to Sell Real Estate, not to open a branch office of The Geek Squad) - what few things do I need to do to make my blogging effort more effective?
2. Is there anyone you would know that really knows this stuff - not just SAYS he or she knows this stuff - and can give me and our Team the help, guidance, and intervention we need to add impact - without, of course, breaking the bank. (We don't need another $300/month and "trust us" kind of service - been there, done that!)
Despite the fact I have been blogging on AR since last November, and with our Team's own outside blog - BlogChicagoHomes.com - for nearly 1 1/2 years now - my results are apparently only marginal - or so say many "experts" who have taken a look. And our Team and I post nearly every day!
I try to mix mainly RE-related material with other content that would be very appealing to those living in or wanting to live in Chicago. I have tried to use keywords when ever I can, without sounding like that's all I am doing. I have revised the look of my outside blog (not so with AR yet). My posts, I have been told, are actually interesting and thought-provoking - no cut and paste items, no fluff!
But, still - I feel like I need to do more. Much, much more!
Problem is - I don't have time to research, and revise, and research again, and revise again, to achieve a blog that is not only interesting and impactful, but helps me build my web presence as well.
Some positives I am grateful for - strong point summary on AR has led to several referrals, and standing in the AR community. Over 4,000 people here have viewed my profile. Over 1,000 have commented on my posts, and I have commented, over 500 times - meaningfully, not "at a boy!" on the blogs of others.
I am increasing recognition of our Team - Dean's Team Chicago - on the Internet, in good measure as a result of my AR Blog.
Still, my outside blog draws very few comments - although readership of the posts themselves has increased to just under 20 clicks per day.
What should I do, folks? Go back to selling shoes at Chernins? Run a Subway Sandwich Store? Go back to being a laid-back Album Oriented Rock Jock? Sit in the Wrigley Field Bleachers? Work in the Media Department of Leo Burnett Advertising? Sell Mailing Lists to Direct Marketers?
Maybe - all of the above!
But first, I need to get better at this blogging thing!
Help! And . . . thanks in advance!
DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO