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October 2007

Real Estate Blogging Platforms Update

I received a couple of comments on my post Choosing a Blog Platform with additional info on two of the blogging solutions.  In case you missed the comments...

From Steve Jagger...
Uberator starts at $9.99 and there is no setup fee and everyone get the first 30 days free.  Here are a couple of sites that run on our system:

Chris Frerecks of Real Estate Blogsites  added  "we've recently rolled out a new, very affordable [$399 build/ $49 per month], business- class blogging platform which includes basic services and education at no additional cost."

Get the Blogrush Widget to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

I've come across this new widget - BlogRush - several times recently and decided to check it out.  Yaro Starak discussed it on his blog Entrepreneur's Journey and Pat Kitano at Transparent Real Estate posted his review.  Here's how it works in a nutshell - you post the widget on your blog and have your posts automatically syndicated on other blogs as readers come to your site and click on the post links.  You also earn credits by referring other bloggers to Blogrush.  When the referred person signs up for a free account and puts the widget on their blog you increase your potential traffic as your blog posts are added up to 10 referral levels deep. Blogrush uses a combination of the category your choose during setup and the context of your blog to include your posts on blogs with similar content as well as the links on your widget.

After viewing the video on  the Blogrush site I signed up and added it to my blog.  I will be able to track the results on the dashboard - we'll see how it works!

Choosing a Blogging Platform - How to Blog Series

There are numerous blog platforms available to create your blog ranging from free to a monthly hosting fee.  Explore the options, functionality, features and decide which blog solution is best for you.

My recommendations ...  is the top choice for a FREE blog (hosted on their servers) or you can download the software at and install it on your own server or through a web hosting service.

x  I use Typepad for this blog.  I enjoy the overall platform and many of the features.  Pricing starts at $4.95/month to $29.95 - each level adds additional storage, bandwidth and other features.



This is Google's easy-to-use blog platform


For Real Estate Professionals, there are a number of specialty blog platforms and solutions:


  • Active Rain - I highly recommend considering a blog on the Active Rain Network for Real Estate Professionals.  If you are just getting started with blogging, AR is easy to use and I have found the posts show up in the search engines frequently.  See my previous posts about AR by clicking on the Active Rain Category in the right sidebar.
  • Realty Blogging   
  • CREN Blog Community
  • Real Town

For a Fee:

Real Estate Tomato Blogs - Cost: Varying (Custom Design from Scratch, Training Course)

RSS Pieces -  Cost: $499 basic setup/ $699 custom setup and $69/mo hosting/support

Blogging Systems -  Cost: range for most platforms $495 - $995 implementation; $19.95 - $49 per month per blog

Uberator  - Real Estate template website and blog package

Real Estate Blogsites - email for more info and pricing

"Secret to Creating Your Future" Seminar

I highly recommend this upcoming seminar scheduled for Sat-Sun, November 3-4, at the Wingate Inn in Henderson.  My good friend and fellow coach Joel Smith and I attended the NLP Practitioner certification course conducted by the Tad James Company.  This two-day course will introduce you to some key principles and techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and how to apply them in your life and business for immediate results.

Special 2 for 1 pricing available (just mention Jan or Joel referred you) - Seminar is $395 - sign up with someone else and get two registrations for the price of one.  Deeper discount for 3 or more people signing up at the same time. Call Ashley at 702.440.4823.

Download the event Flyer  -  SCYFflyerOct07.pdf

What to expect at the seminar...

  • Identify and eliminate your personal blocks and replace them with effective and powerful strategies to change your life - Change who you are now into who you always wanted to be
  • Change Your Financial capabilities for a more secure future
  • Begin to do the things you dreamed of for a long time
  • How to create the most respectful, loving, and nurturing relationship - Create what you want to HAVE
  • Improve your family relationships -Make changes in your life quickly and easily
  • Discover and identify with what you truly want in life

To enroll - Call 888-440-4823 - Mention Jan O'Brien or Joel Smith and receive 2 for 1 pricing.


Learn How to Blog - Next Blogging 101 Class (3 Hrs CE) Scheduled for Nov 5, 2007

Blogging_demystified2Attention future Las Vegas Bloggers!  Kathryn Bovard  and I have scheduled our next "Real Estate Blogging 101" class for Monday, November 5th (10 am to 1 pm) at Equity Title Training Center.  The class is approved by the Nevada Real Estate Commission for 3 hours of Personal Development. 

You do not have to be a real estate agent to attend!  This class is an introduction to blogging for business and is open to anyone who wants to learn the business benefits of blogging .  By the end of the class you will have the knowledge and necessary steps to setup your free blog using  We will also cover these topics in class...

o The State of the Internet – Stats – Trends – History
o How does Web 2.0/social networking impact the real estate industry?
o What is a Blog? Who Is Blogging? Why should I Blog?
o Legal Issues, Disclosures, Disclaimers, Privacy
o How to get started blogging. How & Where to Find Blogs
o Lead Generation and Business Applications

Bonus materials include two eBooks:

  1. Wordpress Tutorial (Booklet and Video format) ($20 value)
  2. Real Estate Agents Internet Resource Guide ($10 value) - A comprehensive guide to online Listing Tools, Blogging, and other Web 2.0 services, tools and technologies

For more information - Download : blog_class_flyernov07.pdf  or visit
Cost:  $45 in advance/ $55 at the door.

1st Annual Charity Auction for Sunshine Kids set for Dec 4th

Sunshinekids Prudential Americana Group REALTORS, led by a highly motivated and caring agent-driven committee, is hosting a charity auction event on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 from 9 am to 1 pm at the West Sahara Branch. All proceeds will benefit the Sunshine kids Foundation - an organization dedicated to supporting kids with cancer. The Sunshine Kids Foundation works with pediatric oncology units throughout the country to provide trips and fun activities for children with cancer.

Las Vegas Auctioneer Guy Deiro has donated his professional services as the event's auctioneer. We are currently seeking donations for the event (gift certificates, trips, gift baskets, sports & entertainment memorabilia, art, jewelry, etc). Contact me directly (702.858.9191 or ) if you are interested in donating an item for the event.

For more information download the following documents:

The Committee has set a goal of $44,000 which will provide fully-supported trips for approximately 9 kids. Everyone is invited to the Auction - come join the fun, eat, drink, and shop - all for the benefit of this great charity!