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Use Picture Paste to Supercharge WordPress
This post comes to us from the Diverse Solutions blog: Picture Paste to the Rescue! If you're using WordPress and trying to do frequent and informative posts to build SEO and provide content for your site visitors, you're probably doing a lot of image insertion as well. It's a fact that images enhance the visitor experience, so photos or screen shots always make a post a little more interesting. However, with WordPress, you have to upload the image and go through those image properties boxes, and it takes a bit of time. What if you could simply copy an image or take a screen shot from the Web and paste it right into a WordPress post? No, it's not a new WordPress feature, but it is a small software application for Windows that makes it possible. This image was copied from the PicturePaste.com website and just pasted into this post. There was no upload necessary, though it is now in the Media Library in WordPress in case I want to use it again.
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REALTORS: Learn how to schedule your blog posts
This post comes to us from the BrokerageU blog: There are many REALTORS® who post new blogs on a very consistent schedule... How do they do it? Ideally, you will begin to gain a following of readers who will learn to await new content from you on your set schedule. Maybe you post once per week, maybe twice, or maybe you write one blog each day. How can you guarantee that you will be sitting in your office at the exact same time each day to make sure that post goes live on schedule? The good news is that with a WordPress blog, you can schedule posts for future. This means that you can knock out your whole entire month's worth of writing all in one sitting; or you can get to each post as you have time (I know there are times that I crank out a post or two at midnight). And the best news is that you can still be sure that all of your blogs go live on a schedule that makes sense to your business no matter when you actually wrote them.
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Value Added is 'The New Black'
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Real Estate Technology: Taking Care of Our Peyton Mannings
Okay, so that’s a funny title to give a real estate blog post, huh? I’ve been watching the Peyton Manning drama unfold with great awe. As a San Diego Charger fan (yes, my heart stays forever broken) – it causes me great pause to see him find his way to the Denver Broncos. But what really fascinates me is the media feeding frenzy surrounding his every move. I guess that happens when you’re a four-time MVP, eleven-time Pro Bowler, and vie for nearly every passing record in the books. What’s quite interesting is how teams competed for him – the most talented free agent arguably ever. They rolled out red carpets, dispatched team planes, served up finest brandies, and lit up their fattest Cuban cigars. That’s what you do for the best talent out there. Those owners know Peyton Manning is worth tens of millions of dollars in new gate receipts, merchandise sales, and team value appreciation. It’s a tiny investment for the payoff he’ll certainly bring. The observation translates to attracting (or keeping) the best agents out there. In my neighborhood of Scripps Ranch, I see the same guy’s name up on almost every sign. He sells the entire area. Over the past decade or so, he has become the Peyton Manning of my little suburban town. I can only imagine what his brokerage does to keep him. His glass is probably never empty. He probably gets the very best support and technology investment the brokerage offers. And, if he doesn’t, then someone else is going to lure him with it.
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Top 10 WordPress Best Practices for Real Estate Websites
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WordPress security – Ignore at your peril
Ever looked at your WordPress site and had this reaction? Hopefully you haven't, but if you are not paying attention to routine maintenance you really can't complain if some nasty hacker destroys all your hard work and expense. Last October famous real estate blogger Jay Thompson got hacked and spent 60 hours trying to sort it all out icon sad WordPress security Ignore at your peril Now that WordPress is powering 14.7% of the top million websites in the world as of last August, there are more targets for those hackers. So be sure that WordPress core developers take security very seriously and they regularly update the core software at the first sign of trouble. WordPress have also made it much easier to install updates with just a couple of clicks. There are some very simple WordPress security steps to follow:
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Embedding a Wufoo Form in Your ActiveRain Blog
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Create a Disclosure Policy in 5 Easy Steps
Guest Contributor Ricardo Bueno of Diverse Solutions Says: Everyone needs a disclosure policy. By disclosing the purpose of your blog/website, you’re letting readers know more about the information that they will be reviewing. With DisclosurePolicy.org, it’s never been easier to create a disclosure policy for your site. If you’re a Real Estate Agent for example, you might create a policy to disclose your relationship to your Broker.  
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Mastering Your Blog Timing
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Blogging Basics: Learn To Use The WYSIWYG Properly
As mentioned in the recent article about using images, we’ve received great feedback during our live reviews of the websites submitted by our free webinar attendees. I bring it up again, because another common infraction we see during our website reviews is an inconsistent use of fonts. Here are some sound tips on how (and why) to maintain a consistency of font usage as well as how to best take advantage of the font styling tools in your WYSIWYG.  
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Beware: Three Vices to Effective Blogging!
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Have Writer's Block?
One question I get consistently any time I talk to people about real estate blogging is, “What do you write about and where do you find the time?” And a darn fine question it is. Actually, it’s two questions. We’ll attempt to tackle the first one now, ans the second one in a follow up article. What to write about Here is where I differ somewhat from many “blogging experts”. Personally, I don’t think a real estate blog needs to be exclusively about real estate. You don’t need to go all “hyper local” to have a successful real estate blog. “Blasphemy!” someone is saying.
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The Two Best Tools for Blogging
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Want to Increase Traffic to Your Home For Sale? Ask a REALTOR®
Q: "My house is listed for $339,000. We bought it three years ago for $368,000. There is a house directly across the street from me similar in amenities but 1,000 square feet smaller, listed at $249,000. (They bought it for $280,000 around the same time.) My question is, I see a lot of traffic at that house compared to ours. We listed on Sept. 24, and only have 5 brochures removed from our free info box so far. That house has already received an offer, but it was turned down by the sellers. We would like to increase the traffic to our property. Aside from our REALTOR® posting it on a multiple listing site, what else can we do? Would an open house help?"
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Power Up Your Blog with New PowerPoint Web App!
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How To Control Blog Comment Spamming
This problem seems to come in waves. What problem is that? Paid blog comments spam. Comment spam is a real drag. Yes, there are plugins and spam filters and what not you can use to help stem the tide, but invariably some of it leaks through. Here’s one that landed on Phoenix Real Estate Guy today: How do we know this is a paid comment?
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Set Blog Goals, Set Traffic Records!
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Which Wordpress Should You Use?
This is often a subject of confusion… What is the difference between a “WordPress.com” site and a “WordPress.org” site? In a nutshell, if you host a blog at WordPress.com, you do have a “WordPress blog”. But you will be greatly limited in the types of themes (a blog’s look and feel) and plugins (little programs that add functionality) that you can use. A “WordPress.org” blog, also called a “self-hosted blog” gives you all of the power that WordPress has to offer. Every theme and every plugin will be available to you. Some folks will tell you that setting up a WP.com blog is far simpler than setting up a WP.org blog. And that used to be true.
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Tech-ing It To the Next Level
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Food for Fodder
If you blog, or write at all, then writer's cramp can all too often be your scapgoat for justifying the long period of time between your blogs. Real estate professionals get it too. It's that feeling of drawing a blank, and batting around ideas you one by one systematically shoot down.  Inspiration is lacking, perhaps because you need new thoughts, new topic suggestions. If that is the case, this post is for you! Real Estate Tomato's Teresa Boardman penned 101 topics real estate agents could blog about to establish a rapport with their current and future clients. Feel free to read her list and be inspired to widen your blog's horizon and write around some of these topics. Experiement with something new! "In my last post on the Tomato I wrote about writing being the biggest obstacle for real estate professionals who want to have a blog.  Some of our readers commented that figuring out what to write about poses the greatest challenge."
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Building a Strong Brand
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Not In Kansas Anymore - Brokerage Blogsites
Real Estate Tomato, provider of blogsites and blog training, recently featured Beth Butler, a former Broker for EWM Realtors in Miami, FL. Beth wants to get into the head of real estate brokers around the country. She wants to share her expertise in managing an incredibly successful real estate company blogsite. The playing field has changed, and many need a coach. Beth is that Coach. Just like in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy tiptoes out of her house to find she is in an altogether different place than she left, so it is with the real estate brokerage business post-market meltdown. As brokers gently lift their collective heads from dealing with the drudgery of the down market, the view out the window is not the same as it was. The business is forever changed. Budget cutbacks wielded.
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