Virginia Beach Home Loans: Would I send clients directly to AR? No Way!

Would I send clients directly to AR? No Way!


My blog is mixed with blog posts and real estate listings. If you were to just read each post in chronological order my blog would not read well. I saw someone else mention that they would not because there are many other professionals whom they may choose to work with instead of them. I really am not concerned about that aspect... Yes there are many great professionals here on the Activerain network.

Most of us who are here and actually take the time to participate are pretty ethical people. I am not concerned with fellow AR members trying to steal business from me. I may from time to time send someone directly to an article that I think is noteworthy and relevent to their needs but I will not direct anyone directly to my blog.

The reason for me is that I don't need to. Other than specific articles as I mentioned ARhelps me seperates and parse my posts and they pop up in groups on the search engines based on the tag clouds that you use.

Christopher Ohlsen

37 Boynton Ave

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Comment balloon 10 commentsChristopher Ohlsen • May 20 2008 11:16AM


The good thing is that AR gives you the option of allowing certain people view the blogs that you write.

Posted by Dennis Sanchez (Coldwell Banker Tenafly) over 12 years ago

Good point Chris. I wouldn't send my clients directly here either.

Posted by Carolina Ruiz (My Real Estate Pro) over 12 years ago

I have no problem sending potential clients here.  Why?

They get to know me in a way they can't on my "search for homes" website.   I'm also not worried about someone stealing clients from me.  If a potential client wants to work with me, they will.  If they don't, then they don't.  Nothing I can do about that.


Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 12 years ago

Kris - That is why I will send people to individual articles via email and what not but not my whole blog URL because the format does not read smoothly. I use AR to post listings to Localism and I just kind of think that it looks tacky when looking at all of it at once. We have the ability to use tag clouds which will put our blog posts into categories and so I don't really see much of a reason to send people directly to my blog here on AR... But I totally agree about the whole idea of losing clients to other people on AR. Very slim chance... and if they choose that it is in their best interest to work with someone else then I wish them the best. Thank you for your comment:)

Posted by Christopher Ohlsen (Credit Werx, LLC.) over 12 years ago

I agree.  I just started blogging a couple of weeks ago, but I would definitely just send clients to a specific article and not my entire blog.  Especially since there is a variety of info in it, some of which may not apply to what they are looking for.

Posted by Jennifer Kipila, The Muldowney Team - Ocean County Homes (Van Dyk Group) over 12 years ago

Dennis - That is true. I prefer to keep the filters off because I don't want potential clients missing out. However that function as well as the "members only" (does not get indexed by search engines) is also a great function.

Team Chacon - West Covina Real Estate (Team Chacon - Keller Williams Realty) - Yeah, I don't really see the need for it. I think that it may be counter productive when you are working with someone to send them to a place where they may become overwhelmed with information. Each post may have a different appeal which is why I will send someone to that article but not my entier blog.

Ocean County Homes - The Muldowney Team (Van Dyk Group) - Welcome to AR. This is a great community and I am sure that the wealth of information here can only do good things for your business. On AR you could write a blog that reads well straight through but because of the diversity of intentions for each post I think that it would be counter-productive. An individual article here on AR may be more specific to their needs and therefore actually relevant. Also, the SEO here on AR is great and as I mentioned AR already separates and parses our articles into sub-categories via tag clouds. Thank you for your comment

Posted by Christopher Ohlsen (Credit Werx, LLC.) over 12 years ago

I have a completely different view even though my posts are about every topic under the sun, it gives clients a chance to get to know me and may already subscribe to my blog via e-mail.

I love how many clients I have gotten thanks to my random blogs and leading people to my blog.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 12 years ago

I have no problem with them finding my blog and reading my thoughts as well as the thoughts of others in my market... I figure if they're willing to do that kind of reasearch they'll be a good client for someone- hopefully me.

Posted by Chuck Willman, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 12 years ago

Tod - Sounds like you have had success in sending people directly to your blog. I won' disagree with you because open discussion is the point of an open forum like this one. I often write up a thought and display it here on AR in part to hear what other people doing with regard to similar practices within your business and specifically your online writing for maximum effect. I have not sent a lot of people to my blog for fear that it will not read fluidly as I have listings mixed throughout. Maybe I will give it a try and see how it works out. Thank you for sharing.

Chuck - Yeah, I completely agree with you. While I don't send people directly to the front page of my blog I know that if they are doing research for real estate financing related information they will find posts written by me both on social networks like AR and my own blogs like and that is a big part of the point of the post in the first place. Regardless of whether or not I send people directly to my AR blog I know that it is highly visible on the internet and has definitely brought me business. Thank you for the comment.

Posted by Christopher Ohlsen (Credit Werx, LLC.) over 12 years ago
Great blog from the past, like the thoughts in response about this issue.
Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 8 years ago