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For professionals and business owners, time is scarce, yet it should be clear by now that blogging offers such a strong return that it should not be ignored. So what’s the solution? How is it possible for a busy professional to work blogging into an already crazy schedule? Here are a few tips:

Tip one: Just post once or twice a week

It’s been said that posting every day is great for search rankings. It’s true that more is better if you’re shooting for the best search rankings possible. However, search rankings are only one of many ways to benefit from blogging. And not posting every day does not detract from any of those other benefits. It also does not remove all search ranking benefits. Many, many successful bloggers only post once or twice a week. Post every day if you like and can maintain that type of schedule. However, don’t think about it in black and white. If you can only post once a week or so, there is still a lot of good you can do with a blog. Not being able to post something new every day is not a reason to not start a blog for your business.

Real Estate Marketing

TwitterI’ve been on Twitter for a couple months now, and some fishy things have finally started to make sense:

Fishy thing #1: People would “un-follow” me and then “follow” me back a few days later.  Did they hate my tweets one day and love them the next?

Fishy thing #2: Really weird Tweets, some from really weird profiles – for example:

What Not to Do on Twitter

And some really weird tweets from legitimate sounding folks I thought I might like to network with – like the female real estate agent in New Hampshire who tweeted about – um, “male enlargement” pills.

Fishy thing #3: Well, not so fishy, really – since Ponzi devised his first scheme, people have been looking to game the system.  So “Get Thousands of Twitter Followers a Day – Just $55” services shouldn’t be a big surprise.

Does a Large Twitter Following Equate to Success?

What I’ve begun to realize is that many people mistakenly believe that having thousands of Twitter followers equals success.  Some fellow Twitterers and I had a discussion a few weeks back on this topic.  About game-the-system techniques like auto follow/unfollow and auto tweeting, one Twitterer asked, “Does it really work?”

Real Estate Marketing

As a real estate investor or professional, you should know by now that Social Media is here to stay.  You don’t absolutely need to implement Social Media to be successful in this business, but why start a fire by rubbing two sticks when you can use a matchbook and can of gasoline?

Social Media for Real Estate

I’m going to cover just one of the many ways that you can use Social Media to bolster your Real Estate business.  And I’ll focus on…

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...Twitter is a great micro-blogging network that allows you to interact with people of all types.  I personally think of Twitter as a large party gathering where there are a plethora of conversations occurring at once and your welcome to butt in and join or you may just sit back, sip your patron, and take it all in while observing closely.

However you look at it, Twitter can be utilized as a great asset for your business. But I wouldn’t encourage you to just blast your listings, open houses, etcetera. If you do that, nobody will care.  Instead I would encourage you to engage in the Twitter community and contribute to it.  When you start contributing, you’ll be surprised what you get in return.  As not only will the leads eventually come, but you will also gain a substantial amount of insight as you stay abreast of real-time tweets.

Tweet vs. Time

To be effective at utilizing Twitter and any other Social Media platforms, you will need to dedicate time to make it worth your while.  Since there is no set-and-forget solution to Social Media, there is no getting around this fact.

Real Estate Marketing

You’ve been told that as a real estate professional you have no business ignoring social media. It’s the wave of the future. You’ve been told it’s a great way to earn business and make money. You’ve even been told it’s mandatory. But I’m going to give it to you straight. You don’t need a Facebook profile. You really don’t. In fact, you don’t NEED to use social media at all.

Facebook is a Tool, Only a Tool

Good tools can make your work more effective and efficient. But they do not do the work for you. Facebook, Twitter, etc…these are merely tools. I do internet marketing consultation with many real estate professionals, and one popular concern that people have expressed to me is how to “get social media set up” or how to “get this social media thing knocked out”. I’ve been offered jobs to set up a bunch of social media profiles for brokers, because they don’t have the time to do it themselves.

The response I offer is “I appreciate the job, but if you’re too busy to even set up the profile, there’s probably not a lot of point in you having it!” Social media is not something to “set and forget”. You can’t “knock it out” or “get it taken care of”. A social media profile is only a tool. It’s an awesome tool, but it’s just a tool.

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