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