Successful Real Estate Blogging Follow Up: St.Paul Real Estate Blog

by | BiggerPockets.com

Teresa Boardman, creator of the St. Paul Real Estate Blog, recently commented on our post Using Blogs to Build Your Real Estate Related Business, saying how she loves what her blog has done for her business. There is a reason that she is finding success blogging . . . she’s got a fantastic blog. Her blog does exactly what it should do, and then some.

As I mentioned in my post, if you can share relevent information about your area, and the local real estate market, people will be driven to your site. Teresa, like the typical real estate blogger, shares real estate and mortgage info, but takes things a step further by blogging about local businesses, tips & advice, local traffic changes, and much more. The key, I believe, to her success, is that by reading the Blog, anyone can get a feel for life in St. Paul. She paints a portrait of the city and helps to sell life in it without actually “selling it”. In addition, her posts are well written, timely, and consistent.

Like other blogs, she has the typical blog features: archives, categories, blogroll, and recent posts, but this is just the beginning.

Local Links
Teresa uses her left toolbar to share local and state links that can be of use to her readers, including government links, newspapers, and housing agencies. These links are great resources for her target market; although they send people away, her audience will not go far without coming back . . .

Photo Albums
Her blog has various photo albums highlighting her listings and the city of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Finance
Like the local links, the blog has a section devoted soley to real estate finance. Again, by providing her readers with useful links and resources, she will gain their confidence.

Listings
Teresa, like other realtors, uses the web to promote her listings, but she takes things one step further. First, she has a list of her listings on her blog. The part where she really trumps her competition is where she creates a website for each listing she has. These sites contain pictures, virtual tours, and best of all, their URL is the property address (great idea). Very nicely done!

As you can plainly see, this blog goes above and beyond most other realtor blogs. As a result, Teresa has had great success because of it. Let this be an example to the rest of you out there; if you build it (well), they will come!

About Author

Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin is a serial entrepreneur, investor, podcaster, publisher, educator, and co-author of How to Invest in Real Estate. He started BiggerPockets to help democratize the real estate investing landscape for himself and others, aiming to make it accessible for everyone, regardless of income or education. Today, BiggerPockets is the premier real estate investing website online with over one million members and reaching over 70 million people with the message of financial freedom through real estate investing. Joshua, along with his wife and three daughters, make their home in Denver, Colorado, and spend any time they can traveling, exploring, and adventuring. Read more about Joshua’s story in 5280 and Inc.com.

5 Comments

  1. I agree that Teresa, my friend and competitor, definitely has a well thought out blog. She also is a giving person willing to help a “baby” blogger grow up to be more competitve in the blogosphere with her! Your analysis of her blog is why it’s generating business. I just wish you hadn’t told ALL of her secrets to everyone else!

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