Wordpress Blogs...Do You Have One? You Should!

wordpress blog seoI am sure everyone has heard by now that Wordpress blogs draw huge traffic compared to websites. And the truth is, they really do.

 

A client contacted me to do SEO work on her site and I suggested that she should scrap her current site and start over with a WP blog. She didn't want to hear this but it is what I recommended.The site was not a performer and the cost to optimize would have been substantial just for the onsite SEO work.

 

After a few months I convinced her to let me set up a blog for her and compare the traffic. (I did it for free to prove a point)

 

Guess what...my new blog on a new domain KICKED her site's butt. (And that was before she had me do SEO work on the blog!) Once I started doing SEO work, her traffic INCREASED 400% the first month!!  Each month the traffic is growing as I continue to optimize the site.

 

A few reasons for a Wordpress blog:

  1. SEO Monster
  2. Ease of use - no more .ftp / .html software or paying $$$ for changes
  3. Easy to customize with adding and dragging widgets
  4. Plugins abound - there are so many to make your site robust for your reader and you
  5. Cost
  6. SEO Monster....oops, already said that
  7. Use as  a site / blog or stand alone blog

 

Do you have a Wordpress blog? If not - - - - why?

 

If so, what has been your success?

 

 

Billie Hillier - Las Vegas Real Estate Agent working with sellers, buyers, and renters. You can read my full bio here at Billie Hillier.

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For market reports: every effort was made to make information as accurate as possible - while deemed reliable, not guaranteed. All stats are through GLVAR.

Comment balloon 24 commentsBillie Hillier • May 19 2010 09:10PM

Comments

I know, I know... I have been kicking my own butt to get started.  What are your thoughts on scrapping the AR blog for a Wordpress blog?  Secondly, I have heard that the search engines don't think kindly about syndicating the same posts from one blog to another.  Thoughts?

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Billie,

I just started setting goals on wordpress blog posts. Ten unique content posts per week to start, along with my Active Rain commitments. We shall see where it takes me!

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE) over 9 years ago

I had 2 websites and one was not pulling a lot traffic. Billie created a blog for me (no, I am not her example) and the first month I received 2 listings and 2 solid buyer leads.

 

We still have a lot of content to add to our site and I know when I do the traffic stats will increase even more!

 

I too am a believer that they do attract more traffic than a website and it's so much easier for my staff and myself to control on the backend.

 

LOVE IT!

Posted by Team Carver, Luxury Real Estate Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties) over 9 years ago

Melinda - I personally don't suggest using duplicate content from AR to your personal blog. I know sometimes it cannot be helped (you can only write a market report in so many words). My advice is to use duplicate content sparingly - as needed. And if you do use it, you can block it from being crawled and recognized as dulicate content and your readers on the personal site will get the benefit from it. Also, you can always modify the article so it isn't 100% duplicate - more work I know but something to think about.

 

Judi - great committment! Keep it up and you will see the results.

 

Leslie - great to see you using ActiveRain. Like Wordpress, you will see a big difference it will make once you get it going and maintain it.  :-)

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Billie - I've been thinking about starting a wordpress blog for the last few months. I guess I just need to sit down and start one. I just don't know where to start.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 9 years ago

Robert: Advice is always free - give me a call and I can discuss the planning process, etc.

Also, beware there is Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org. I wrote an article on the difference (some people don't realize there is one and start with a .com version) - read here for more information http://practicalrealestatemarketing.com/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org-wait-theres-a-difference/

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

I am excited to start using the power of ActiveRain to build my business. Thank you for introducing me to the possibilities!

Posted by Team Carver, Luxury Real Estate Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties) over 9 years ago

I love my WordPress blog... there is a learning curve though. 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

Maureen - if you have questions, let me know. I have a video library on "how-to" for just about everything wordpress related.

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Don't take this personal, but I somewhat disagree that having a wordpress blog is what gets you traffic.  I really agree with you that is it very easy to use versus a website and there are plugins that can help the average joe do seo to help rankings and traffic, but if you put the same content from a typical website to a wordpress website I do not think you would see a difference.....in my opinion.

On another note, I have been looking for a wordpress plugin that allows people to enter their email address to get email updates of posts to the site.  Do you know of a plugin that does that?  I found one, but it had a couple of links back to their site under it, which did not look too great and took up a lot of valuable space in my sidebar.

Posted by Rob Dalton, Big Island Vacation Rental Guru (Waikoloa Vacation Rentals) over 9 years ago

Rob - my test site for the client I used the duplicate content from her site. With the plugins that are available, it's much easier to optimize (site maps, Google integration, ALT TAGS, descriptions, etc.) and THAT is what draws the traffic. It's all the work that anyone can do that makes a WP blog better than a traditional ".html" website

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Rob - Your feed that is one your site allows people to sign up for post updates and comments. Do you not have one listed?

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Rob - and, with the fresh content that the blog offers....the search engines love that too.

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Billie, I tried to start a Wordpress blog last week and I received a message that I alread have a blog using the same email address, which is my business email.  I guess I set one up and never activated it but now I want to set one up and can't unless I use a different email address.  I emailed the help and so far have not received any response by email.  Do you have any suggestions?

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 9 years ago

sounds like you are using a Wordpress.com blog and not installing the software on your own domain. While .com is OK, I HIGHLY recommend installing the software on your own domain.

 

do you have a domain in mind? what about hosting - do you have a current service?

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

I just took the plunge and got a wordpress site...agentpress from studiopress. I have a current site, but I also want to compare traffic between the two. the problem is, i thought it would be easy, and apparently I haven't even uploaded the themes correctly to wordpress because the site doesn't look right. I'm waiting on info/help from studiopress and hopefully it comes soon. However, if anyone knows how to get the site right I would appreciate any help because I can't go further with it until it's correct. looks like there's going to be a huge learning curve. thanks in advance.

Posted by Texas Sell By Owner Property Marketing Service over 9 years ago

Just spent the day getting my WP blog up and running at Ask the Virginia Beach Home Inspector. Just getting started, so I look forward to learning a lot from this group.

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) over 9 years ago

I just started Wordpress.....the learning curve is slow.  I wish they would set it up and just let me add posts.  Eventually I'll get it.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 9 years ago

Kay - if you need help, let me know....what is the link

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Billie,  You demonstrated what a Pro you are on WordPress.  I am just getting started with this.  I am looking for some clear direction on which path to take WorkPress.com or .org and then what ... Any advice

Posted by Troy Funk, Broker / Associate (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota 941-957-3737) over 9 years ago

Troy - don't waste your time with .com - .org is so much more powerful and you truly own it.

  1. find a domain name
  2. get good hosting (i highly recommend HostGator)
  3. install the software (easy - press of the button) [i can walk you through it over the phone)
  4. figure out which template you want to use and install it [again i can walk you through it over the phone].

Stuck? Call me...

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions (http://702IsHome.com) over 9 years ago

Billie - I just decided that I was going to start a WordPress blog and my head is already spinning from all the information.  So many agents on AR say they have one and after reading your post:  http://practicalrealestatemarketing.com/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org-wait-theres-a-difference/ I think a majority of them have a .com, not a .org.

I'm assuming .org will bring more traffic since it's more customizable???

A friend up north recommended using HostGator, which you also mentioned in your blog.  I guess I'll have to take this one step at a time and learn as I go.

Are you how to videos on AR?

Thanks!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 9 years ago

HostGator is great for many reasons.

 

Yell if you need help - I can talk you through it.

Posted by John Cochran, Real Estate Agent (Homebackers.com) about 9 years ago

Interesting! Thanks for the post, I'm working on a new site and need all the info I can get. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 4 years ago

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