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Like a Dog With a Bone — Vindicated By a Super Star — Hyper-Local Blogs Rock

No less than Seth Godin has now come out and said it’s the only way to go. Even went as far as telling agents to quit otherwise. :)

Seriously, take a look at what I’m talking about. Yeah, yeah — I know Greg already beat me to it. So what?

Maybe it’d be better if you read (Reread without scoffing?) something from the archives

I feel so vindicated. :) What cracked me up most? He used high school sports as an example to include in your blog, or ongoing conversation. Go figure. Seems like I’ve read that somewhere before.

The folks doing this best? Our own Eric and Teri. Eric is showing agents how, while Teri is an agent doing it in real time.

Life is good.


13 Comments so far

  1. Brian Brady February 22nd, 2008 2:15 am

    Professor Bawld Guy, teaching class, once again.

  2. Teri Lussier February 22nd, 2008 5:07 am

    >I feel so vindicated.

    And the church says Amen. :-)

  3. Mike Farmer February 22nd, 2008 8:02 am

    Yes, I’ve started a series of informational pieces on my business blog that might take a year to cover all areas, nooks and crannies, but I believe a hyper-local conversation with the consumer is the way to go.

    Good stuff.

  4. Jim Boyer February 22nd, 2008 9:45 am

    I think I am noticing what you are talking about, I have 2 wordpress blogs, both setup exactly the same and both started about the same time. firefox shows one at a PR3 and shows the other at a PR0. The PR3 has about half as many posts to it, and i have done virtually nothing to promote it, other than write in it. The PR0 blog, I have built links to it, used it when visiting blogs like this one as my link too, but still is languishes, and cannot rank for much of anything. The only difference between the two is the PR3 is about a niche, and some of the same key words are used in almost every post, and the same 3 or 4 categories are used over and over again. The PR0 has been a little less focused, as I changed what I was trying to write about after a few months, and I am writing about 5 different towns. Any advice???

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  6. Jeff Brown February 22nd, 2008 11:00 am

    Brian — The Boss always gives me the RCA Dog look when she sees you’ve called me a professor. :)

  7. Jeff Brown February 22nd, 2008 11:02 am

    Teri — And the altar call began.

  8. Jeff Brown February 22nd, 2008 11:07 am

    Mike — It’s a total coinky dink, but just this week I’ve been toying with the idea of a separate blog for San Diego. Even then it wouldn’t be for the whole region, not by a long shot.

    Then Brian rained all over my Happy Feet Parade, doing his best to talk me out of it. I’m gonna try his approach first. More later.

    I bet what you’re now doing is already showing promise via some results.

  9. Jeff Brown February 22nd, 2008 11:13 am

    Jim — I’m the furthest thing from a blog-tech expert you’ll ever find. However, the first thing I noticed when going to the site linked to your name? It’s a .org address. Seems to me that almost makes it a stealth blog to begin with.

    Of course the PR3 with the niche, key words, and better focus is predictably more read. Still, I gotta think the whole .org thing is not good.

    There are more than enough experts on this site alone to give you a far more reliable opinion than mine.

    Anyone? Everyone? Give JIm an answer, please. Thanks

  10. Greg Swann February 22nd, 2008 11:33 am

    > However, the first thing I noticed when going to the site linked to your name? It’s a .org address. Seems to me that almost makes it a stealth blog to begin with.

    Paging Dr. Blackwell!

  11. Eric Blackwell February 22nd, 2008 11:57 am


    My best resource for this is an article on Wikipedia. I would say that TRADITIONALLY .org TLDs are used for non-profits here in the US and by convention it is still that way today.

    Wikipedia explains a little more about .org.. While it is not a practice that I have engaged in, there is clearly wiggle room…

    As a rule the use of .org TLD’s by businesses is not done, although quite a few buy the .org TLD simply to protect their trademarks.

    I’d welcome other thoughts as well…



  12. Eric Blackwell February 22nd, 2008 12:09 pm

    Also @ Jim;

    I am aware of your two blogs (and the other one is NOT a .org if memory serves)…



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