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10 Tips to drive traffic to your website!

I wrote this title to get your attention and to prove a point.  Lists get attention and get magazines and website articles read.  No I don't have 10 tips but I have one good one that will certainly get more visitors to your site.  I have already proven it this morning.

My favorite television show, Sunday Morning had a story this morning about how our society is obsessed with "Lists" ie:  "10 places to visit before you die"  "7 fruits to help you live longer".  I know all the talk is about Google but I love Yahoo because it is consistently adding new and fresh stories about life, science, politics, sports, etc.  A day does not go by that they don't have a new list about many different subjects. 

Consider this:

  • Moses gave us the Ten Commandments (the first known list, LOL)
  • There is a book called "The Book of Lists"
  • Reader's Digest, Peoples Magazine, they all have "Lists to draw readers"

Lists are a "Call to Action".  They encourage readers to read the article to find out the "Secret" that lies behind the headline. Everyone wants to read this new and fascinating news.  I know they get my attention and they must work because lists continue to be used in every form of advertising and it attracts readers by the tens of thousands. 

Why not use these lists or "Calls to Action" on our website blogs?  About two months ago I started adding my website blogs to the home page of my website Search Idaho Homes.  The number of visits to my site  soon skyrocketed.  Many visitors have told me they love my website blogs and have told their family and friends about them.

After viewing the Sunday Morning program, I was motivated to write the blog 7 Tips to make your next home purchase painless about three hours ago.  Already this blog has been viewed 27 times inside those 3 hours!

If you don't have your blog on your home page give it some serious thought.  You don't have to create these "Lists" all the time and you certainly don't want to overdo it but you can create other types of "Call to Action" type blogs and newsletters.

 

 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 147 commentsGeorge Tallabas • June 09 2008 11:07PM

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Good afternoon George - Thanks for the tips. I hope you have a great day and sell a home today.

Posted by Pam Joffe (Solaris Realty) almost 11 years ago

No fair teasing us with the ten tips headline and then not providing them! I was all ready to check them out.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 11 years ago

Great tip!!! I'm using it today. I represent a woman who gives nationwide seminars on letter writing, sharing tea and other Victorian era pasttimes, and her publicist suggested a list of 10 Tips for Handwritten Letters...we will use it! Thanks George!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) almost 11 years ago

Hi George, great idea, I"ve been in block mode. But this may inspire me.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

Hi George, I fell for the headline!  I really like your web site and the blog feature is a great benefit.  Is there a reason you don't put all your posts from your site on AR?  Does this effect your SEO?  As always, thank you for being so helpful:-)

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 11 years ago

Okay, I was suckered in as well; I also love lists!  It is that "cut to the chase" trait I have; just give it to me in a list, I don't need all the embellisment of the authors!

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com) almost 11 years ago

Hi George: SorrY I have been absent for a little while. You always write the most interesting and thought provoking blogs. I have missed reading them. This one is a winner. Now I will have to figure out how to best use it to my advantage as a stager.

Thank you again and have a wonderful Sunday.

 

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 11 years ago

Solaris Realty - Thank you!

Betty - I had to get your attention somehow!  This tip will really draw traffic to your site!

Missy - Use your imagination and watch the difference! Good luck.

Matt - An SEO guro told me to just place a few AR posts with exerpts and it has worked beautifully!

Cindy - Good luck to you

 

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

Michelle - It is nice to see you and good luck to you. The opportunities in every industry, including yours is endless!  Write something like "5 Tips to make your home sell faster" or "5 things you didn't know about home staging". Good luck to you.

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

Okay the list is not a bad idea

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) almost 11 years ago

Steven - If lists didn't work Readers Digest, Peoples Magazine and others would not be using them. Good luck to you.

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

George, great post and I visited your outside blog. The tips and the use of the list format does work well.

Missy, last month was my turn at the blog block. Just like a vacation when you come back hopefully you have the time to write with fire in your eyes. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Frank - Thank you and try this tip.  The ideas are endless and  your readers will love it!  I am already getting many of my website blogs read 80-100 times. I can only imagine what this new idea will do to draw more visitors.

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

Good work! Yes, catchy titles and well-crafted lists are great calls to action! I'm a BIG fan of the list and take advantage of that writing style all the time. More IS better...and providing options IS great! You rock!

 

Posted by Nicole Nicolay (MyTechOpinion) almost 11 years ago

Hi George - you're right about lists and drawing in traffic.  I've done several list type posts and those always get a high number of readers.  Thanks for the reminder to do some more!

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 11 years ago

Ann - Thanks my friend and you are very welcome.  I hope you are having an awesome day!

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

Nicole - Thank you!  Coming from you it's a great compliment! I hope you have a great evening.

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

Georhe = Good information. I do that also, and it seems to help in my google rankings

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 11 years ago

Yep Georgia...I too fell for it as well...good job and great post.

Posted by Patty Ledford, Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue (RE/MAX Town and Country) almost 11 years ago

Larry - You go Dude!!

Patty - Thank you and have a great evening.

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

Great information as always George!  That one great idea was worth 10 so-so ideas. 

What did you mean by posting excerpts to your AR blog?

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Pam - My SEO advisor simply told me to post a few of my AR blogs on my site. She told me to just post some exerpts with a link to the AR blogs so the readers can read the whole blog.  Just another tool to give a variety to the viewer.

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

Lists are very good -- they DO draw people in!  It is used on almost every website --Thanks for reinforcing the importance of lists.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

Joan - You are welcome my friend. Glad you agree and have a great evening.

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

You're right this sounds like a good idea and I already have several ideas in mind.  Ok, I like your first tip, now I want to see the other nine! Thanks, Cynthia

Posted by Cynthia Fleming, Agent; Laguna Beach (Realty One Group) almost 11 years ago

Cynthia - LOL...Go after it and write your best stuff!

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

Thanks George for the info.  You are so generous and helpful.

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

George,

Always helpful as usual.  Thanks for your for the insight!  I love AR!

Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) almost 11 years ago

Thank you George, you seem to give some great advice here so I'll keep reading and learning.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

"teaser" headline got my attention...I have to admit, I was a bit hacked that the 10 items werent in the blog, but the info that was in the blog made up for it.  Thanks!

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Pam - Thanks my friend.

Casey - Thanks dude!

Judy - I appreciate all of your support!

Clint - Thanks, have a great day.

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

Here I am posting a comment. Point well made

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 11 years ago

Charlie - Thank you

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

George, I am not sure if I have ever written any blogs in the form of lists, but I like the idea. 

Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Great idea George. I think I start working on a few list for my other blog.

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Congratulations Mr.George. Your post is definitely the chosen one today. You definitely got my attention with this post. I need to start wrting posts with lists. Thanks for sharing. And your website looks nice. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 11 years ago

I guess the fact I'm even here is testimony enough to the power of lists!  I'll add writing a list blog to my to do list today!

Posted by Brett Tousley, Tri Cities Real Estate | (509) 420-0013 (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Great idea, I will keep this in mind next time I blog. Stay cool, it's so hot outside.

Thanks for sharing.

Fern Hamberger Your friendly NY broker at NestQuest 

Posted by Fern S. Hamberger, The Fern Hamberger Team (Citi Habitats) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the great information, I love list but had not thought about using it in blogs, a see a whole new blog coming out of this.  "7 things to ask your next home inspector"  I can see it taking shape now.  Have a great week.

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) almost 11 years ago

Great post, George.  I was just reading a few other blog titles and wondering who the true audience was for those posts.  They were public here on Active Rain, but the title was certainly meant for real estate agents.  I think that a good title is essential to reel readers in, but the subject and writing will keep them returning!

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

George simply brilliant! Simple and effective marketing and you are right I never gave it much though but lists do attract traffic and I know I read the "lists" mostly everyday too, what a great post, thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Justin Williams, Loan Officer (Independent) almost 11 years ago

George

 

Thanks for the tip. I will share a tip about driving more vistors to your site and it won't cost you a cent just ime. Hard work! Have a great week

Posted by Sean Guerrero (Century 21 Action Realty) almost 11 years ago

I would have to agree with you. I get sucked into lists all the time. I am so curious to see how someone ranks things.

Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) almost 11 years ago

Tricky George!  You're always out there spreading the word about the Google Juice. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) almost 11 years ago

Kudos to you for sharing another great tip with all of us!

In college, my very first journalism class focused on this a great deal.  Every magazine cover you look at reminds us how true this is.  The cover doesn't read:  "Make-up Tips" or "Hot Looks for Summer" or "Get Your Home Ready to Sell" - they will ALWAYS grab your attention with "25 Must-Have Make-up Tips", "10 Hot Looks... you get the idea.  Next time you're in the check-out aisle, take a glance and see what jumps out first. 

Thanks for the refresher

Posted by Crista Hines (REALTY EXECUTIVES Platinum Group) almost 11 years ago

I couldn't agree more, George. Lists simplify things and are a great addition to a blogger's recipe for success!

Posted by Christopher Zabka - Social Media Manager (Zolve.com) almost 11 years ago

GEORGE - Great advice.  I know that I find myself reading a lot of articles that offer a number of tips or list items.  Thanks George.

Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) almost 11 years ago

Hi George!!  I really love this post.  You really have a point because when I saw this post I clicked thinking maybe I can get 1 or 2 new ideas for my blog or website.  I think I will come up with a couple of lists.  LOL

Posted by Kimberly Grant, Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama (Exit Leon Crawford Realty) almost 11 years ago

Love it :-)  I fell for it as well.  I too have my blog on my site.  I just forget to blog enough.  I appreciate the info.  Have a great day!

 

Cidali Mendonca Matukas

Keller Williams Realty

Cidalia@kw.com

www.HomesbyCidalia.com

781-389-7252

Posted by Cidalia almost 11 years ago

Thank you everyone and thank you Lanre for the "Winner Trophy" LOL!  Crista...You got the idea babe!  This idea will surely get you more traffic in time.  As people start reading your blogs they will tell more and more family and friends and more traffic will start coming in, I guarantee it!

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

Thanks for the tip - The list idea is golden!

I"m gonna borrow that.

Posted by Paul Viau, Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services (Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog) almost 11 years ago

Paul - You are welcome and good luck to you.

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

Someone i used to date lives by the lists. She creates them at will.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) almost 11 years ago

Robert - Thank you and thanks for sharing

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

Yep you got it right I started reading the first couple of words and I got stuck and needed to read more to see what was going on. Great blog,

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

George:  What a tease you are!  But, very valid points!

Debe in Charlotte 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 11 years ago

Susan - Thanks and have a great evening.

Debe - Just trying to make my point and I hope it worked.

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

Nice George. Am having tomato upgrade us outside, and then to focus again on adding things to AR. Truth is we've generated enough busy work so far, which proves the "prototype", and after a bit more than a year of this, we're ready to get serious. Very much looking forward to some of the topics at blog connect.

cheers

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) almost 11 years ago

Somehow I feel a bit cheated that you didn't actually write a list.  I agree that they are an easy way to get your point across and draw readers in.

Posted by Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis, Ca Real Estate (Lyon Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

 

Great post! I will write the list and make it my new blog project! Thanks for the idea but gosh - now I will be up till 2AM! :)

 

Posted by Elizabeth Ward Small (REALTOR & CEO The 3B Method Seminars) almost 11 years ago

George, George, George...It I had a list of favorite TV shows, Sunday Morning would be at the top of the list.

Seriously, it is definitely my favorite.  I am so glad it is yours also.

This past Sunday morning I drove about 135 miles roundtrip to watch one of my granddaughters take a 40 minutes horseback riding lesson (the lesson was for one hour but the heat got to all of us, including the horse).

Of course I had programmed my DVR to record Sunday Morning and when I returned home I got to watch it.  I do not like to go without my weekly dose of superior TV programming.

Oh, about your post...I am going to look at your web site blogs.

Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the tips George! I will bookmark this post for future reference.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 11 years ago

You are absolutely right.  People love lists.  I think it has to do with the concept of brevity - cutting to the chase, so to speak.

I know when I'm researching something all I need are the highlights.  I don't want to have to read 50 paragraphs just to grab a dozen or so keywords.

As always - great post, George!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 11 years ago

Ah ha .. a teaser title. but a good post. You got everyone's attention. All the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Great idea here. I bookmarked it so I can go back tomorrow to reread it. It's way too late and well past my bedtime! I needed some good ideas to ponder.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

Great suggestion, George. People seem to be drawn in to read lists, so it captures readers' attention. And it can keep you posts short and more readbale if you stay on topic. But I sure missed the 10 tips. I know thatMark MgKnight adn others have recommended posts (and titles) of this type. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

George....great tips and an excellent post.  You did keep us on our toes.

Posted by Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service" (Pam Winterbauer Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

awsome info! I just read a book called "Positioning" and iot talks about this very same thing!

Posted by John Ford (Security National Properties) almost 11 years ago

George, well it definitely worked. I wanted to know about the list, so here I am.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 11 years ago

George-well done.  A good hook will catch more than just fish

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) almost 11 years ago

George - You're right!  You caught me looking for the list.  I believe that there is some truth to the observation.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) almost 11 years ago

Okey Dokey George...I will settle for one good tip...and if it works, you have now become an authority...folks will remember...buyers clamor, sellers flock and you will live prosperously ever after !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the reminder George, lists are one of those things I love to read/forget to use!

Posted by Joe Boylan (SpringsHomes) almost 11 years ago

 Hi George,

 I think you go  every one on this one. Great post and very nice oint and i dea.

 Thank you

Sharona Hannuka Du Rite realty.

www.sharonaduriterealty.com

 

Posted by Sharona Hannuka Du Rite Realty, NY almost 11 years ago

Good teaser post and reminder about the power of lists and the "best of" posts.

Posted by Judy Peterson, "Superb Service, Superb Results" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox&Roach Realtors ) almost 11 years ago

Great Line George,

Suckered me in as well b/c I was looking for that 10 Quick Tips.

You bring up a good point.

Thanks for making it quite obvious.

Posted by Anthony G. Canizares almost 11 years ago

PS. I like the blogging attached to the web site. I have heard of this and it is helpful to many as well.

http://RealEstateProsTeam.com

Posted by Anthony G. Canizares in Tampa almost 11 years ago

Not 10 but I can use this one thanks, Darin

Posted by Darin Haughie (Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell, Inc. (EWM)) almost 11 years ago

Good morning everyone and "Thank You" for all your comments. I hope wish you all well with your blogging ideas!

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

Grea tips, thanks for sharing.

Have A Great Day

Posted by Doris Freeman, Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett (RE/MAX REALTY SOURCE) almost 11 years ago

Like most of us, I am always looking for new ideas to increase traffic and leads. This was an excellent post in that regard. Thank you for sharing George!

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

Ok George - I'm flopping around on the deck of your blog boat! You hooked me with the title and reeled me in with the content. Great job and great post too!

Posted by Bobby Carroll, Real Estate Marketing (Dakno Marketing) almost 11 years ago

BTW George - I love your header of your blog. Somehow it looks vaguely familar. :>)

Posted by Bobby Carroll, Real Estate Marketing (Dakno Marketing) almost 11 years ago

Bobby - Thank you very much.  Coming from you that is an awesome compliment!

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

Great Tip! I'm already thinking of ways I can use this advise! Thanks

Posted by Home Plans & House Design Associated Designs (Associated Designs, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

George, You're obviously a quicker waker-upper than I am. Sunday Morning's my favorite show, too, but I didn't get motivated to do anything other than grab a second cup of coffee. Now I know better. Thanks for the nudge.

Posted by Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE - Bend, Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond (Cascade Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lisa - You are very welcome. I have learned a lot from "Sunday Morning" over the years and I just love the show and it has become my favorite T.V. program as I mentioned. I can guarantee you this tip will draw people to your site like nothing else.  Good luck to you.

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

George I love a tease and You are right about the pull. I often do this and try to alliterate the tips as well, i.e. Three Terrific Tips To Yada Yada Yada!

Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) almost 11 years ago

George, your so right, numbers to pull us....

Posted by Jack Climer (Jack Climer Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

George, your so right, numbers to pull us....

Posted by Jack Climer (Jack Climer Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

George, Tip #1...you proved your point and got me  and about 90 others to read this post. Now where are those 10 tips...still looking. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago

Joeann - Good mornig and thank you.  Have a wonderful day.

Jack - Thanks dude

Margaret - Can you give me a year to write the other tips? LOL

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

George, clearly I found this a bit late!  I have read similar ideas on CopyBlogger...lists and how-tos are great attention getters.  I like to write series...typically about 5 parts...and not all at once but over period of time.  Thanks for sharing about your successes!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Diane - Thank you for your great wishes and have a wonderful weekend.

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

Three Reason Why This Post is Good:

1.) You can implement the message right away (hey! I'm doing that now!)

2.) It's reusable - marketing brochures, online, email

3.) It's easy to understand and concise

I hadn't thought about lists before but I do seem to find myself writing them all the time. I guess I never associated blogging in list format but I will in the near future.
The sad thing is that I actually own a book called "List Your Life." ;)

Posted by Sarah Taylor, Realtor - Port St. Lucie, Florida (RE/MAX Masterpiece) almost 11 years ago

I like the idea of the call to action.  I'm going to implement it into my website!

www.pippamac.com

 

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 11 years ago

David Letterman's tried-and-true top 10 lists have been replicated at nausea to bait clicks. But a headline is also a promise -- "that you have to keep," Copyblogger notes.  "If you can’t, you and your headline revert to completely unbelievable as soon as you let the reader or prospect down." As an advocate of Permission Marketing, deceptive headlines erode trust.  A blogger risks his credibility if the headline does not fulfill its promise.

Posted by PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent (PropertyMinder, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Sarah - Thanks for sharing

Pippa - Good luck to you and let me know when you add it!

Ann-Marie - Thank you and good luck to you

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

George, you are so correct that the content of our headlines is important to real human readers, and not just the bots at Google, Yahoo, etc.

Kathryn & John

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

Kathryn & John - Yes, this one blog alone has has been read 250 times now since I wrote it on Sunday and has driven tons of traffic to my website.  Have a great day and weekend and thanks for your comment.

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

George,

Great idea, did you have someone add the blog to your website, or did you do it. I am interested in how you did it and how you chose each different blog.

Posted by Don Rider, Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector (EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.) almost 11 years ago

Don - Good afternoon.  The blogs in the middle of the page I wrote myself and is part of the Point2Agent site.  The Active Rain blogs on the left side of the home page are blogs from Active Rain I inserted myself. With Active Rain it is a breeze to do. 

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

So uh, you mean there's no traffic driving tips??

 

LOL..

Posted by SEO Specialist (Get On the First Page Of Google) almost 11 years ago

Kevin - Thanks for the chuckle and Happy Fathers Day.

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

What happens then after you settle and move in with your family and then a sexual offender moves into the community, do you pack up and move?

Posted by Hans Iduma, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist almost 11 years ago

George, I would love to have this on our Optimist Board.  It's very good!

You always write such great blogs!  Informative, to the point, optimistic.

No wonder you are in the top 100 AR bloggers - you are actually in the top 50!

I have a good role model, don't I?

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

Mirela - Thank you my good friend.  I thought about you today and sent you some emails this evening. I loved our conversation last night and I hope you had a wonderful day!  P.S. Your wish is my command :-)

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

George,

Thanks for the information. I am going to have to try this out.

 

Posted by Don Rider, Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector (EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.) almost 11 years ago

Don - You are welcome...good luck to you.

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

Thank you George! 

This is now a featured post on our Optimist Board.  I'm hoping all our members will read it!

 

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

Mirela - "Thank you" my friend. Be blessed and have a wonderful evening.

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

Great point.

Posted by Stephanie Ballou (Keller Williams Coastal Realty) almost 11 years ago

Stephanie - "Thank You"

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

Just one look at the number of hits (then the number of comments) speaks volumes.

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (HomeSmart) almost 11 years ago

Kathy - So very true...thank you and good luck

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

The "top 10 tips" sure caught my attention.  Really need to incorporate my blog into the company website but so far it's just AR!

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 11 years ago

Penny - Go for it and watch the traffic to your site grow leaps and bounds.

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

Now that is an awsome tip I will be using that alot

Thank You so much, I hope you had a great day

I like  your background good choice

Paula, Cedar Lake, IN

Posted by Paula Reno, Broker, Owner - Cedar Lake Indiana Realtor, Astro (Astro Realty (Buyer Agency)) almost 11 years ago

Paula - Thank you and I hope all is well.

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

You did prove your point. How do you put your blog on your homepage and are you referring to the homepage of your real estate company's homepage or do you mean your active rain page? How do you get those links to your listings and the mls to appear on your blog?

Posted by Sonja Thompson (Howard Hanna) almost 11 years ago

Sonia - Point2Agent allows me to write blogs and place them easily where I want to.  It also allows me to open up windows for the middle or sides of the home page which is what I did to add exerpts of my Active Rain Blogs. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

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

Lists are great because they are focused and can be reviewed more quickly than a lengthy post, great reminder!!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 11 years ago

Patricia - Yes they are my friend.  Good to hear from you.

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

George, caught me looking over a month later!  Point well taken.  Thanks

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) almost 11 years ago

George: I'm bringing this blog out of retirement.  It's back at the top of our Optimist board again!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

I keep forgetting that I need to make a list of favorite things to do and make some changes to my Point2Agent website. Hopefully I will get around to it this week. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 10 years ago

Thanks, George--I'll try it out!

Posted by Paul Pival, A Realtor with the soul of a professor. (Coldwell Banker Bain) over 10 years ago

I'm famous for my lists!  My to do lists are always being written, checked off and re-written...now I had never thought of lists for my posts but that is a great idea!

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 10 years ago

Tim & Pam - Better late than never! LOL

Mirela - Gracias!

Lanrae - Good luck my friend

Paul - Try  it...you will be glad you did!

Sonja - I am not talking about YOUR to do list.  I am talking about creating the interest of readers. Try it and I know it will draw traffic to your site!

 

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Sunday Morning is a must watch in my home.  The segment you based your idea on also mentioned the use of numbers to grab attention.  Uou incorporated both, numbers and a list. 

Posted by Lorie LaLonde (American Caribbean) over 10 years ago

Lorie - Thank you.  I never miss Sunday Morning. It is my favorite program!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

So simple but so true - great stuff! 

Posted by Larry Chatt (Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc) over 10 years ago

1. Make a list

2. Make a list

3. Make a list

Good point.  Very true indeed.

Posted by Lee's Summit Real Estate:: :: Paul Korodaj over 10 years ago

Alright George you got me to. Very clever on your part. Great tip! I will start working on my list.

 

Thanks,

Ken Asher

Posted by Ken Asher (Cherry Creek Properties (719) 930-7817) over 10 years ago

I think every one of your blogs, that I have read, have all been chock full of helpful hints.  At least that is what comes to mind when I see your name.  Thanks for the thoughtful insights!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Larry - Yup...the KISS system is awesome

Paul - Keep it going!

Ken - Good luck

Evelyn - How very sweet of you.  Thank you and have a great weekend!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

George..Great advice..love reading your copy.

Posted by Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way! (Vacant Land Solutions) over 10 years ago

Bobby - Thank you and good luck to you. Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Hi George.... I was busy last Spring and missed this Post too...Great Post! I have a points2 web site and put the blog on my front page last Early last Spring...you are correct reader love it.

Cheers, thanks for sharing your success and ideas with us all here.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Fred - Go get em my friend!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Ok, you got me!!! But good thought and certainly true we want a quick list to fix all our problems...

Florida Keys Christian agent real estate

Posted by Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony (Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS) over 10 years ago

Kelly - This tip has paid me big dividends.  Go for it!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Hmmm... I have my blog linked in the navigation bar - but few people click on it. So will feature it on my home page and start adding the "numbers". I use it elsewhere but not in my blog. Thanks!

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) over 10 years ago

Eileen - Good luck to you!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Great point!  I have often I need a more obvious link to my Blog from my web page.  I like what you did with the box and a couple of sentences.

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) over 10 years ago

Brien - Thank and good luck to you.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing!!

fern

Posted by Fern S. Hamberger, The Fern Hamberger Team (Citi Habitats) over 8 years ago

Participate