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I didn't know that blog was featured! >> clean-up those old blogs!

Last September of 2007 I created a new website, Search Idaho Homes  Well this last weekend I finally started going back to my old posts and started adding a new signature paragraph to all my old posts like the one below with my new web address.

To my surprise many of my older blogs have now been featured on Localism and I didn't even know it!  I started adding the signature paragraph to these older blogs and then realized many of them needed work.  With 400 posts written I am still not done but getting there!  When looking at my older blogs this is what I found:

  • I found some misspellings
  • Many of the photos I used didn't show so I had to download new photos.
  • I re-worded some of my blogs
  • I added new anchor text for SEO purposes
  • I added new tags that were SEO friendly

Today I was looking for a blog I knew an AR member had written.  I had to go 12 pages deep into his blogs to find the blog I was looking for.   In my search I found several blogs that had photos that didn't display.   All that displayed was a red X in the upper left hand corner.

Go to "My Blog" and click "Points Summary" and scan down and look at all your blogs.  If you see any that are now featured in Localism take a look at them and make sure they say and display what you want them to. Just to the right of every blog you wrote it will tell you if it is featured on Active Rain or Localism.

Even if the blogs are not featured in Localism we still need to clean them up.  Every now and then one of my old blogs will be found through Google and someone comments on it.  Make sure those older blogs look their best because they are a reflection of you!

 

 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 83 commentsGeorge Tallabas • April 24 2008 01:01AM

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Goes to show how much we learn as we go along.  Have to go back and apply the changes to mine too!!  I love your buttons!!  Clearly I need to do some upgrading of my own!
Posted by Paula Smith, Paula Smith Associate Broker RealtyPath St George (RealtyPath St. George) about 11 years ago
Paula - Thank you and "go for it"!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
I recently cleaned up my tags once again.  And I too had some photos that were no longer appearing.  You are right though - they are out there forever so make sure the info is current & the reflection you want. 
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) about 11 years ago
Steve - Thanks for stoppin by and I am glad you are on top of it!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George - another great reminder of how we all need to stay on top of the image we present to the world.  Thanks!  I'm going to start doing some spring cleaning right away!
Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago
Carol - Thanks my friend..."Get er done"!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Great reminder!  Even though I am new to blogging, I can file this away for down the road! 

Just last night I did find a spelling error on a blog I just posted Sunday.  It's amazing what you find when you're not looking at it at 2am!

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) about 11 years ago
Pam - Thank you my friend.  It was a great meeting with you and my builde yesterday and I hope we can generate many transactions in the future!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Thanks for the input.  I am about to start blogging so this will be something I have to keep in mind.  Thanks!
Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Joshua & Kathy - Thanks and good luck to you
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, I don't think any of my works are featured but I will review as you advise. Thanks.
Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago
Frank - It is a good idea to review them because some of your photos may not show like I mentioned and you never know when someone will visit them.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, the truth is we never know when someone will stumble across our "stuff" ~ we need to make sure not only our blogs get updated but all the websites we have our lovely faces and contact info on.  I know sometimes I forget about the Real Estate Directory sites I've joined so keep a list close at hand to follow-up with periodically.
Posted by Joddie Roberts, Your Spokane Realtor - Spokane, WA (Mountain Real Estate and Property Management) about 11 years ago
Joddie - True my friend  Have a great day!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
It looks like it is time for a spring clean up of the blogs.  George - thanks for the information.  I will take a look at some of the olders blogs and make sure they are what I hoped they would be. 
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 11 years ago
Joan - I was really shocked when I went back to my old blogs this last weekend as I have stated and I am sure glad I did!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George - Thanks for the tip and info. I do have one blog featured on localism. I will check it out to make sure everything is OK. Thanks again.
Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) about 11 years ago

Chuck - Good for you my friend.  Have a good one.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George - great information.  I would add that if the information is old or outdated, they may want to either re-do with the correct information or delete.  Then they can write a new, fresh blog.   Christmas lights in 07 might be a different route this year.

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) about 11 years ago
Karen - Thanks my friend.  Choice is yours.  I hope you are well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
I will be darn George I went to the spot you said and sure enough they were not where I thought they would be.
Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) about 11 years ago
John - Thanks and I hope all is well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George- We learn as we blog so going back is a great idea, although a bit time consuming but I feel worth it. Especially if you are going back to add SEO, like alt1 image tags, keywords in the link box, changing titles with better keywords because of all you learned along the way:) 
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 11 years ago
Katerina - Thank you my friend.  Have a wondeful evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, one tip about the red x, if you host your own photos that should never happen.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago
Gary - Thanks my friend.  I have viewed many other members blogs and several have the red x's showing up. Have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, Great advice!  I will have to do that to see how much I need to fix!  I like your new page!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) about 11 years ago
I never thought about this. Thank you so much. Now I have more work to do. Ha!
Posted by Robin Sherman, Search Pensacola Homes, For Sale - Pensacola FL Neighborhoods (www.PensacolaForYou.com - Grand Points Realty) about 11 years ago
This is a job that is tough to get at and make time for. But rewarding once done.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Image is Important!  Yes It is recommended to take this action on cleaning them up, Super!

Tom Davis - Delaware Realtor

Posted by Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor (Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !) about 11 years ago
George - Thank you.  I went back and some of my tags are useless among other things.  Love the new look.
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 11 years ago
George how do you know if you are featured on Localism? So theres no problem going back and editing? hmmm I didn't know that......thanks for the info
Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 11 years ago

George:  Thanks for a great post.  Lots of great information.  And... I very much like your blog customization job.  Very nice. 

And, Liz in her comment above has a great question.  How do you know if you are featured on Localism ?  And... how can you get featured on Localism ?  Thanks in advance for your answers... take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago
Thanks for sharing this information. I'm new at this and can use all the help I can get.
Posted by Scott Barr, Realtor (Pacific Sotheby's international Realty) about 11 years ago
Good advice, I am new to this so I will keep this in mind as I start my blogging.
Posted by Ron Mackey (Connect Financial Services) about 11 years ago
That is a helpful tip.  I need to go back through mine and clean up a few.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
I am still working on the tagging thing.  I need to read up more on seo.  Also thanks for the great tips.
Posted by Ryan Vivo, NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894 (Gateway Realty) about 11 years ago
George - that is a great point. I notice that couple days ago whe I was looking for a blog but did not think aobut posting about it. Thanks for the advice.
Posted by Venancio Gonzalez, Longview WA Real Estate Broker - 360-751-4001 (Windermere Kelso/Longview) about 11 years ago

We can all follow our learning curve here, and it's nice to have an opportunity to clean up a few things!   Appreciate the reminder.

  

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 11 years ago
Good suggestion, I'll do it!
Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 11 years ago
Great idea George!  One question I have:  You signature at the bottom with the two buttons, do you have to type that in every time or do you have a template you insert with one mouse click?
Posted by Rick Tourgee, Provincetown and Cape Cod (Robert Paul Properties, Inc.) about 11 years ago
I've occassionally gone back through my old active rain posts and it was a humbling and embarassing trip!    
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 11 years ago
Great info George, and I too (like Rick)want to know about your signature info and your buttons.  Is it a templete and how did you make the templet and is there an easy way to do this.  Thanks, and have a great day.
Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) about 11 years ago

Great advice and reminder - and it's never too late... every future reader will only see the updates, corrected typos etc.

Posted by Jason Todd (Compelling Media + Design) about 11 years ago
I was wondering some of those things. Didn't realize that localism could highlight us too! Thank you for the post.
Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 11 years ago

Aw Geez George.  Don't remind me.  I too have new signature features.  I tried to go back and update many old blogs and Localisms.  But, I just simply don't have the patience. 

I opted for new content with my new signature features. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Hi George...You hit the nail on the head when you said the public may find us and read our Blogs.

Here's a Email I received last Sunday evening...

Hello Fred: I just finished reading a lot of your entries on your blog. You have a exceptional way of doing business.

I wish that I had known about your work before I listed my house. The address is: 1624 Monterey Ave. I seemed to have made many mistakes when listing this house. The first time was during the winter months which is typically slow. Also, we listed the home for too high a price. We were advised by the real estate agent that our house could get this amount. However, it did not sell. Now we are listed with DFH with May Liu as the realtor. She is doing a great job. Unfortunately, she seems to think the market is really slowing down now.

Do you think this is what is happening? We are willing to sell our house at a lot less than the asking price because we have bought already. If it is not too much bother for you, I would really value your opinion. Thanks. Geny.

 Thanks George, I'll check back on mine too, especialy to put my signature on.

Cheers, have a great day!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 11 years ago
George very smart advice!  I never thought of that, thanks for sharing, and I will keep that on the front burner!
Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

Good morning to all and thank you!  For those that are still wondering how to find out if your blog is featured on localism read near the bottom of my post where I wrote:

"Go to "My Blog" and click "Points Summary" and scan down and look at all your blogs.  If you see any that are now featured in Localism take a look at them and make sure they say and display what you want them to".

It will say to the right of each post whether it was featured on Active Rain or Localism.

To those that would like to know how I added the buttons and signature at the bottom of my page send me an email to george@tallabas.com and I will email you the instructions.  After you create your first signature the first time it is a matter of simply copying and pasting it to every new blog you write.

Lastly, thanks for the compliment on the new blog look.  I have an AR friend to thank for it.  Have a great day! 

 

 

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Its that time again huh. I have done it in the past but I bet you I could do it all again and it would look as if I had never touched them in the first place.

The better we get the more clumsy our past looks.  :~`)

Posted by Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland (RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors) about 11 years ago
George this is great advice. I did some modifications as well a few months back. One of of the other things I cleaned up a bit were my tags - it all helps!
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 11 years ago
Great advice George!  I am going to go check it out!
Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) about 11 years ago
Thanks again everyone and good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Some very good points made and you are correct. Info on the internet can be out that forever.
Posted by Richard Lecinski (Long Realty Company) about 11 years ago
Some very good points made and you are correct. Info on the internet can be out that forever.
Posted by Richard Lecinski (Long Realty Company) about 11 years ago
George this is some good advice. I'll make a point to check out my blogs.. and make sure they are current.  Thanks.
Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago
That is something I have been meaning to do.  I have gone through and changed photos to be sure I am complying with copyrights.  There were so many things I didn't know when I began on AR.  I think we are all better at this thanks to Active Rain. 
Posted by Chrysti Tovani, Sacramento Real Estate Agent (eXp Realty Realty of California Inc) about 11 years ago

George, I had to come back and comment again.  I just wrote a blog thanking you. 

I went to work this morning on updating my blogs, due to your post and found they (Active Rain) had done away with my listed areaS.  So I was blog-less! 

Thanks for a great post, you really saved the day for me, because of you I am back in action!

-Karen

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) about 11 years ago

Thank you everyone and Karen, I am glad this post saved the day for you!  All my best to all.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Tag cleaning is something I am long overdue on, thanks so much for the reminder!
Posted by Jonathan Benya, The Benya Group (The Benya Group) about 11 years ago
I had to do that early on and I still am not completely right.  But I am getting there
Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 11 years ago
I usually leave my blog alone for 10 minutes then come back to check and make sure it's grammatically and politically correct. 
Posted by Alan Robinson (PTE REAL ESTATE GROUP) about 11 years ago
LOL....I didn't know old posts could be featured. Yikes! I had better go back through mine too. How in the world did you go through 400? I can't imagine. 
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) about 11 years ago
Thanks everyone and Christy...I have no idea how I reached 400 blogs!  Yikes!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George, Another thing to add to our  Spring Cleaning chores. May have to retire to go through them all. Great topic. Thanks for sharing.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 11 years ago
Excellent point.  We need to tend our blogs like we tend our business.  Otherwise, we'll send an inaccurate message.
Posted by Tony Fantis, Realtor,Principal Broker - Salt Lake City (Fantis Group Real Estate) about 11 years ago
It can be time consuming but cleaning up blogs is important!  I had some blogs with the red x and the pictures were missing (that looks bad) so I had to change some pics too.  Great post!
Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) about 11 years ago
I am heading that way now to see! Thanks George!
Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 11 years ago

Great suggestion, George.  Just the idea of cleaning them up and revising some wording may also help revitalize the SEO.  

P.S.  I like your new signature (and buttons).  Very consumer friendly :) 

Posted by Calie Waterhouse, Community Builder about 11 years ago
Calie - Thank you very much for the compliment and I hope you have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Great point George, I am going to start working on that tonight!
Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) about 11 years ago
Tina - Good luck to you!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George, great information. I've never even checked out my Localism posts, but I will now. Thanks for the insight. ;-)

Pepper

 

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 11 years ago
Teri - You are welcome my friend.  Thanks for being my friend!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, this blog is PERFECT for our OPTIMIST group!  Please, my friend, post it to our group!  Thank you!  Great advice!
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) about 11 years ago
Your wish is my command Ms. Monte :-)
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Thanks George, I need to review my old posts!
Posted by Amy Whiffen, REALTOR - Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) about 11 years ago
Amy - You are welcome, good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George, you never cease to amaze me!  You are extraordinary! 

Thank you! 

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) about 11 years ago
Mirela...you are making me blush!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George, this is such a good idea!  I've been doing the same thing, but not methodically (sporadically).

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) about 11 years ago

Great idea to put into practice.  In Washington, we are also required to ensure old blogged listings are cleaned up, and even removed. 

John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) about 11 years ago

Mirela - Thanks and have a great day

Alexander - Good luck to you

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

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