Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Jeff, it is a good strategy to build reciprocal links which some SEO people recommend.  Especially to build your reputation score with links from high ranking sites.  Key thing is, if they write for you, you need to write for them.  AHREFS has a good video series about this kind of stuff.  Not a lot of it is applicable to us, but some of it is.  Look for them on Youtube, they use their tool which they sell a subscription to, but the free version (which I have) is pretty good too.  Lot of stuff they consider "Blackhat" tactics, but are legal so more like "Greyhat" in reality.


Now, do I do it?  No.  Would I allow it?  No.  Why?  I don't write many blogs that aren't market reports/etc. so it isn't a real option for me.

Jun 29, 2016 02:11 AM
Hamilton Landon Real Estate - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

I have asked , offer and promted. No one has taken me up on it.

Jun 29, 2016 04:11 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I have had that request in the past and I declined to allow that to happen....

Jun 29, 2016 03:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have received a few requests but have not done it.

Jun 29, 2016 01:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have received similar requests, and we have been offered $$$.  The answer is NO.  One guy actually called us to lecture us on the errors of our ways.  He was really upset, when we said that our blog is only written by us.  A

Jun 29, 2016 07:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, not here.  But, occasionally on my Word Press site.

Jun 29, 2016 04:26 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I have not been in that situation yet Jeff Dowler CRS.  I think it would depend if I knew the Guest Blogger or not, in my case.  I will be reading replies below, regarding the 'Pros & Cons'.  Good question!   

Jun 29, 2016 12:47 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

They usually want a back link.

Jul 04, 2016 01:07 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I used to both don't anymore - I think Anita Clark does

Jun 29, 2016 10:08 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've been asked from time to time but those who asked were not necessarily what "fit" into my strategy. I don't see the harm to do it once in a rare while if you really know whom you're allowing to do it.

Jun 29, 2016 09:40 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I think you need content control, Jeff Dowler CRS. Welcome the input but reserve the right to refuse publication if content doesn't suit your goals. 

Jun 29, 2016 07:12 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler CRS - so far, I have not thought of 'ourside' blog - though I think I should have one...

Jun 29, 2016 02:52 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Only when Willie the Labradoodle breaks into my computer!

Jun 29, 2016 01:22 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Not so far but I am not opposed to it. i usually want my voice to come through.

Jun 29, 2016 11:04 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

No guest blogging but comments are more than welcomed

Jun 29, 2016 09:41 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I haven't even thought about this. It might be a good thing to do from an SEO standpoint. 

Jun 29, 2016 09:29 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Jeff way back in 2009 I did have a few quest bloggers but it didn't represent what I wanted to create so I let that idea go.

Jun 29, 2016 06:23 AM
Mike Bjork
Evolve Bank & Trust - Redondo Beach, CA

I've received requests for it, but haven't taken them up on it.  Haven't really felt comfortable doing it with people whom I don't know.  Most of the time they're completely out of the blue, and I don't know anything about them (especially, if they're whom they say they are).  I might consider it with somebody whom I know and trust.

Jun 29, 2016 06:13 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

As a LO, I don't feel comfortable doing this, Jeff Dowler CRS ... I want to retain full control over the content of my blog and posts.  Just too many possible pitfalls and consequences.  I also don't want (nor do I have the time) to constantly be monitoring someone else's content or posts.  Call me somewhat neurotic ... 



Jun 29, 2016 05:58 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I did once years ago ... I believe it benefits the guest blogger more than my site.  No mas! 

Jun 29, 2016 05:55 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for the Question ,,,, never really thought of a guest blogger before. Have used an Attorneys idea and asked if it was ok to use his content and added my own thoughts on the topic . 

Jun 29, 2016 05:53 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Yes but I can never get many victims, I mean guests to write. I've asked many people & they freak out like it's the WSJ or something.

Jun 29, 2016 05:28 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I have been getting a lot of requests recently.  And i say "no" to all of them.  It would have to be someone very special... very unique... for me to allow someone to guest blog in my stead.

Everything on my blog comes directly out of my addled brain.

Jun 29, 2016 04:06 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have not and probably never will, however I am sure that it is a smart business choice for many who do.

Many understand that their clients do not hire them as writers but for the many other skills and talents that they excel at.

Jun 29, 2016 04:03 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

No, for the reason others have given.  I own what I write and can verify what I post.

Jun 29, 2016 03:53 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I haven't yet, but it's a great way to cross link and drive traffic across partner websites --- I'd only do it with people I could trust (in both their professionalism & their web-savvy)

Jun 29, 2016 03:43 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I have received a couple of requests, but say NO each time.

Jun 29, 2016 02:34 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jeff - I've been asked a few times, but decided against it - I don't want links to someone else's stuff in my blog unless it directly benefits my business.

Jun 29, 2016 01:49 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No, but then again no one has ever asked.

Jun 29, 2016 01:14 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, only our content

Jun 29, 2016 01:04 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Not yet

Jun 29, 2016 12:40 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I did when I first starting blogging, but I was the one that initiated and they didn't follow through.

Oct 11, 2016 11:35 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yes, sometimes, I have used quest bloggers who might write something that I can use in my business. Never take credit for their work. Most of the time it has been about Home Improvements.

Jul 04, 2016 12:38 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

No..The ActiveRain site is for agents and others connected with Real Estate


Jul 01, 2016 08:23 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

No, just me Jeff! If someone else wrote my posts, then it would not be my voice.

Jul 01, 2016 12:04 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no - I don't - I just don't trust anyone else

Jun 30, 2016 01:29 PM
Matt Berman
Berman Estates Inc - San Marcos, CA
Matt Sells SD

I have never done it

Jun 30, 2016 11:38 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

I did once, back in the day (2007? 2008?), and it was adequate content as I recall. Since then I have gotten many requests but turned them all down but one. He said he had some awesome local content that would benefit my readers, so I asked him to submit a draft of what he proposed to write. I never heard from him again. C'est la vie...

Jun 30, 2016 02:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

No, I do not, I wonder what they would say.

Jun 29, 2016 11:28 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not used guest bloggers but would welcome the opportunity.

Jun 29, 2016 10:18 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

have not so far

Jun 29, 2016 09:48 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I did once as a student requested it for college assignment.

Jun 29, 2016 09:22 PM
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Jun 29, 2016 05:03 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I tried, but it didn't seem to work

Jun 29, 2016 02:36 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Absolutely not Jeff Dowler CRS  every word I write is mine.

Jun 29, 2016 11:42 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

No, I don't. I recently got a request from someone who was in the luxury car business. I didn't think it would have been appropriate. 

Jun 29, 2016 10:58 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Nope I never even entertained it.

Jun 29, 2016 01:58 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I would providing benefit exists.

Benefit could be exceptional content or creation of authority or expanded audience (or all three).

After all, you are not giving them the password to your blogging account and you still own the DELETE authority.

But, the important response to here follows , "I want to put my blog about CIS Score you your site." If the response is 'No' the matter is settled.

Jun 29, 2016 01:19 AM