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Forget the Rain - It's a Thunderstorm!

 Wow, no one told me this was going to happen to me!  When Allen F. Hainge, CRS encouraged me to join Active Rain I had some reservations.  I had heard of blogging but "Who has time for it"?  I thought blogging was for those that have nothing better to do.  Boy have I received a wake-up call!

Many of you have read my posts in the last week where I have mentioned how members  Chris Elizabeth Griffith, Karen George Arizona Home Loan and Laurie Manny inspired me to re-write my profile and re-title my main blog and all the blogs I write.

After several emails with Chris and re-reading Karen's blog This Is A Lousy Title For My Post  I decided to rethink how I not only write my posts but what titles I use which is more important than I had previously thought.

Armed with all this motivational information I revised my profile because I realized this is the first contact many consumers will make with me.  I had to have powerful, informative profile if I was to catch their attention. Karen helped me fine tune everything This past Friday and Saturday a.m.

All this is good and many of you have already read about my new profile.  What I didn't expect is what happened over the weekend.  As of Saturday I was amazed when I found out that if I go to Google and type in "Nampa ID real estate", my information comes up on each of the first 5 pages!

My personal AR profile comes up on the 1st page and either AR or Localism profiles come up on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th pages with my personal website now coming up on the 5th page!

I had 4 new contacts between Saturday evening and this a.m. (Monday the 23rd of April, 2007) that found my profile through Google and then read my other information posted on those first 5 pages!  There was a time I thought it awesome to have my website show up on just the tenth  page of Google!

Take the time to look at what Chris is doing with Localism and listen to what Chris, Karen and Laurie have to say.  Realize that your AR profile and Localism may be your first connection to consumers and we need to prepare our AR profiles and Localism posts for that first important encounter.

If you do all of this expect a "Thunderstorm" of new business.

 

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 75 commentsGeorge Tallabas • April 23 2007 10:21AM

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Great post!  I'm preparing...after reading a post here last week, I made some revisions to my profile and will be making additional ones later today.  I'm also trying to do the right things with my Localism posts, but I know I have more to learn.  I love AR.  Catch ya' later ;)
Posted by Vickie Arcuri, South Florida Luxury Real Estate (ONE Sotheby's International Realty) about 12 years ago
George - well said my friend - I'm going to spend some time tweaking mine some more but it does work - do it and you'll need an umbrella.  Congrats on the feature my man - you've got the lightening too!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 12 years ago
Hey George, may it continue "Storming" on you.  You are doing all the right things!
Posted by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate (Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Thanks Vickie...As I mentioned to you.  It's not all about writing posts, It's about using the proper titles both for your main blog and blogs you write.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

I haven't seen quite the improvement on my page rankings of either my AR profile or my web page, but I'm working on it...Karen George is very helpful and a sweetheart!

 

R.B. "Bob" Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services,Inc. 

Posted by R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286) (Bank of England (NMLS#418481)) about 12 years ago
LOL...thanks Cyndee...I will be happy to pass on all I have learned if you have any questions.  Have a great day my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Irina...bless your heart!  I just love all of you out there!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Atta boy George,

 You do a great job for all of us. I always learn and am inspired by your writing. Thanks

Posted by Bob Volanti, Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Fresno) about 12 years ago
Great Post. Thanks for sharing your excitement about using AR to boos your business. I too have seen increased traffic to me web sites.
Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) about 12 years ago

George, this is great stuff to read.  I'm constantly reviewing my profile for improvements. Thanks again for sharing and keep the good content coming.

Posted by Kevin Fase (Keller Williams Grand Rapids North) about 12 years ago
Bob....get to work my friend!  Yes, Karen is a sweetheart as are Chris and Luarie as well. There is so much valuable information here if we just read it and apply it.  Have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Bob....thanks you so much!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Wow, that is lightning and thunder.  I'll have to study your profile very carefully.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) about 12 years ago

Good for you Tina!  Keep it going!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Kevin...you are very welcome my friend.  Have a great day!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Tim....go for it my friend.  It's not just about an informative profile.  It's also about using the proper titles as Karen George Pointed out.  Good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Thank you George.  It's so great that you are getting these kinds of results!  Good for you!

Posted by SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO about 12 years ago
Good Morning George, Great news, we are all very Fortunate to have found such a great place! 
Posted by Mitchell Jamel, e-PRO Realtor (Brite Real Estate Professionals - Saint Augustine Florida) about 12 years ago
Thank you Mitchell....That is an understatment my frriend.  Good luck to you!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Karen,  I owe you, Chris and Laurie so much!  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
When it rains it pours...   get your hip boots on and get your umbrella out....  Have a great day!!
Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) about 12 years ago
LOL Desiree...Yes I have my hip boots on and umbrella out dear and I need it!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Geaorge - This is such a powerful post! Thanks so much for sharing what a difference just rewriting your profile and Blog name can make! This is something I've been meaning to do, but after reading this it goes to the top of my list!
Posted by Yvonne Brown (Century 21 Northwest) about 12 years ago
Thank you Yvonne...please don't just focus on writing blogs.  Read Karen George's blog about the proper titles and you will see an amazing difference.  Good luck to you and let me know if I can help you in any way.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Go George!  That's excellent!
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks Tony I appreciate your comments.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

That's awesome George!  We've seen a huge increase in our web traffic as well with all of the minor tweaking - I've taken to applying the tweaking to our website as well, changing our front page text wording every season.

There is much more I need to do on our AR blog and eventually we'll get ourselves a 'real, bonifide, paid for blog'. I simply do not have time to maintain yet another web resource.

Once I get things fully handed over to other people, I'll be adding more on! 

Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) about 12 years ago
Thanks Christina....let me know if I can help you in any way.  I had no idea my information would show up on the 1st 5 pages of Google!  I think I died and went to Heaven!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
From "tornado alley" (Oklahoma) I can only say, "well said, well done!"   
Posted by Ross Willingham, Realtor Associate (Tomson Real Estate) about 12 years ago
LOL...thanks so much Ross and watch out for those Tornados!!!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks cor shaing your success and your changes George. Looks like I could make some changes to my profile.
Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) about 12 years ago
Nice job on the profile page George. Congratulations.
Posted by Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Thank you Keith...It's not only your profile my friend.  Read Karen George's blog regarding the use of the proper title and use Localism properly as well.  Good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thank you Laurie....I am in debt to you, Karen and Chris.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
George I just checked out your profile. Very nice. I can see why it is ranking high. I guess I need to do some more work on mine.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 12 years ago
Great post I am amazed that I also have blog posts on the first page of google, Thanks again AR
Posted by Daniel Lowery, e-PRO, Broker - Owner (1st Choice Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Thanks Bryant...You also need to checkout  Karen George's suggestions on Titles, especially the name of your main blog.  This made a world of difference for me.  Later my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Daniel....thank you and the best of luck to you!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

George,

AR is fast becoming an influential player on web marketing. Isn't that what we all are looking for? Thanks for those valuable tips. One can always learn and improve.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 12 years ago

Yes Esko, you are very right and I was blessed the day Allen Hainge sent me the email last February encouraging me to join!  Have a wonderful day!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Interesting to see how changing your profile from being about you to being about your area has reflected in the search engines. Thanks for passing that on.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 12 years ago

George,

Great post---I've learned more about search engines here than any other place.  These members rock and of course that includes YOU!

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) about 12 years ago
Thanks Sharon...I hope you are well
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Awe Diane...thank you so much!  I have just been a "Good Student" and now want to share the knowledge I was blessed with.  Have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Great job George, they are amazing women aren't they? They have taught my wife and Ii a few things too. Congratulations again.
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) about 12 years ago

George,

The same has happened to me recently and I am definitely seeing results.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks Jay...yes they are amazing and I am so grateful.  Have a great day!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks Neal...this just blew me away to see my contact info on the first 5 pages of Google!  I never thought I would live to see that day!  I hope all is well my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
George-I am so happy for you! May the thunderstorm turn into a money-storm for you! Thanks for sharing your success! :)
Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Thank you and you are very welcome Suzanne.  If I can help you in any way please know that I am at your service.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

It's really a kick to see those Localism articles in Google SERP.  I usually have a web site showing in most counties in my area for several keyword phrases.  But, now, in areas where I'm concentrating, I will often have 2-3 listings on the first 10 SERP.  Can't beat that.  That is a 100% improvement in Search Engine production. 

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 12 years ago

George, Thanks for the mention.  Sarah Cooper and I have started a blogging challenge for anyone that wishes to join in that isn't sure about blogging or if they're hitting a road block.  We'll even let you seasoned vets play:

Break The Blogger's Block - Active Rain Challenge

It's a members only post.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 12 years ago
Good for you Lenn....You go girl!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Glad to hear that people are finding you, George! You are one of the most honest, encouraging and sincere bloggers here. I hope you get great results from the leads, you deserve it!
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 12 years ago
Hi "Coop" you picked an incredible partner in Sarah Cooper and I think the world of both of you.  Tell me more about this new venture....PLEASE :-)
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Awe...John you humble me my friend!  God bless you.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Terrific news, George. Great testimony to the power of blogging and how a few changes can make a world of difference. Nice tribute to Chris, Karen and Laurie. Keep up the good work...and keep us posted.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 12 years ago
Thank you Jeff...I appreciate your comments and those ladys deserve our highest tribute!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
This is great stuff George.  Hope you don't mind all of us here on the Rain borrowing some of these really nifty ideas from you?!  Thanks for sharing!  Bookmarked!
Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 12 years ago
Well, we just weathered quite a big thunderstorm in NH.  So, I better get ready for the next one on AR.  I am going to have to do some more work on my profile and get those articles for localism completed.  Thanks for the reminder -- P.S. do you have an umbrella I can borrow? Mine blew away in the last storm.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 12 years ago
Way to go George! I bet you CAN Stand the Rain, can't ya?
Posted by Gwendolyn Wrigh, Victory Virtual Solutions (Victory Virtual Solutions) about 12 years ago

Hello my friend George - well, you did it - you made me move and make at least one change on my profile so far, and that was before I scanned the comments.  Guess I best get a little more done now!  Thanks for the motivation - sometimes a tiny little kick in the behind is what it takes, for some of us anyway!  ;-)

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) about 12 years ago
Lisa & Robert..."Mi casa es su casa" LOL  Anything I have as an idea is yours my friend.  Just let me know what  you need.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
LOL...Thank yoiu Gwendolyn....I feel blessed beyong my wildest dreams!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks Ann my friend....I wish you nothing but the best!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Hi George-

I just checked out your profile page and I have to say, GREAT JOB ! ! No wonder you're at the top : )

Posted by Kelli Fronabarger, Realtor - Bend Oregon (Bend River Realty Inc.) about 12 years ago
Thank you so much Kelli....get to work on a consumer focused profile plus change your headers and titles as Karen George suggested and watch your profile grow to the top of Google as well!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
More motivation to make active rain all it can be.
Posted by Daniel Gates (Insure Consulting) about 12 years ago
Thank you Daniel...I appreciate your comments and good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

George - I have put it off after your first post about this. Now is the time......okay, well not right now, but first thing tomorrow morning, I am starting to work rewriting my profile. Thanks for sharing your successes.

Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) about 12 years ago
Thank you Puala....good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

George- came to your blog to check in with you my friend and I see that you have changed what we discussed on the phone the other night. Wow. 71 comments. Off I go to read them.

Congrats on your 4 new leads!! Way to go. I know you'll do a great job with them.

Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) almost 12 years ago
Thank you Debi....I hope all is well my dear neighbor. Take care
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Great post and information.I will try it
Posted by Maria Salvaggio, MA North Shore REAL ESTATE (Century 21 North Shore) almost 12 years ago
Thank you Maria....good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

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