2016 4th Qtr Review/Winning Plan & Productive Blogging Challenge!

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Finishing the Year with a Winning Plan and Keeping Up Productive Blogging Habits!


As we near the finish line for 2016 with 3 only months to go, it’s time to ask ourselves, “How am I doing?”


It may be time for a review of your progress and a time to adjust your plans for the final quarter.


Part 1, the Quarterly Review and Goals Checkup

For the first part of this month’s challenge we are asking you to write a post that answers the how am I doing question, and share a little bit about your plans to make the final quarter a winner that will set you up for a great 2017.


Part 2, Continuing a Consistent Blogging Habit for SEO Success

The second part of the Challenge is a little more free spirited, as long as it helps your business and your SEO.


We all made great progress in the past few months with a few of the daily blogging challenges, and now is no time to let it slip, so we are offering another incentive to reinforce that good habit.


This part of the challenge is rather simple, and it will result in an SEO boost and an increase in your fans.


Write a Post Every Day! (or at least on 20 days this month)

  •          We are not asking for a novel, just something to let your readers know that it is worth clicking on your name every day. But if you do write a few thousand word posts and mix them in here it will give you a extra boost in the long term rankings.
  •          Active Rain asks you to write at least 50 words for a blog post to count, so I will too.
  •          These 50 words can be about nearly anything, but it would be best if it was something interesting that will keep them coming back.
  •          Put a picture in it too, everyone wants to see a bit of eye candy, and your readers do to, tell us something about it, how it makes you feel, what it is, etc.
  •          Make it something of yours, not a list of quotes, not a copy of something that was written by KCM or someone else, save those for the other posts.
  •          There are more things to write about and more things that your friends want to read about than you can possibly write about in a month.
  •          For example, write a bit about each of the neighborhoods that you work in, and those neighborhoods that you would like to work in.

o   Once the post is out there the public will recognize you as the authority in this neighborhood since your competitors failed to write something up.

  •          Write about the events that are important to the people in your neighborhoods, Google loves these and so do your future clients.
  •          Tell us about how you are feeling about a local, national, world, or professional topic.
  •          I could go on and on here, but suffice to say we all have plenty to write about, just keep in mind what Socrates had to say about the art of brevity, and what Bob Crane has to say about this too, “Active Rain readers like it when you keep it short”, this way you will not wear yourself or your readers out.


Yes, I know that you are busy but keep in mind we all are.

I work ridiculously long hours and seldom miss a beat on Active Rain. You can do it too, you just have to believe that it is possible, push past the difficulty and your SEO and future business will thank you.



To participate in this Challenge

  1.       Write a quarterly review and goals checkup post
  2.       Post a blog EVERY DAY (or on at least 20 the days), develop a great habit, collect some Google juice, and not only will you generate a truckload of regular AR Points but our good friend Bob Stewart will also give you an extra bonus, 3000 Bonus Points, just for stopping by to share a bit with your friends and the public.


When you write your Quarterly Review Post, please honor us with the pleasure of seeing a link to it in the comments below.

And at the end of the month, stop by again, and leave a comment to let us all know that you completed the challenge and how much you enjoyed the boost in your SEO.



Make it a Great 4th Quarter!



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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Bob

Thanks for the inspiration. I have completed the posts (more than 20) and here is my quarterly review post.

Thanks again!


Oct 29, 2016 05:07 AM #78
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Oct 29, 2016 05:39 AM #79
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob I submitted the link to my blog in comment #43 above, and I have submitted blog for 29 straight days so far this month.

Thank you for hosting this challenge, and the extra Google juice that came with it.

Oct 29, 2016 09:19 AM #80
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Bob Crane ~ Hi Bob, here is my entry to your October Challenge: and as my post indicated, I have gone well over the 20 post minimum for the month.

Oct 29, 2016 10:35 PM #81
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

My link is in #54 and I have blogged every day this month. Thanks for the contest.

Oct 30, 2016 11:58 AM #82
Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Indeed I completed the challenge - thanks for pushing me for the good habit of one post a day.

Here are my year-end review and 2017 first quarter plan -

A New Story Begins When One Ends....

Oct 30, 2016 03:06 PM #83
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Bob,  I have completed the challenge.  

Here is my link for the 4th quarter review from above.


Oct 31, 2016 12:59 AM #84
Jacki Semerau Tait, GRN
Realty ONE Group - Flagstaff, AZ
Finding Your Place in Flagstaff, Arizona

Done! Got it in under the wire :)  Here's the link to my quarterly review, and a link to my blog with 20 posts from October.   Thanks for a great contest - it really kicked me into gear with my content creation - not just on AR but across all my platforms.

Oct 31, 2016 04:54 AM #85
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Done and done Bob Crane .  Thank you for hosting this wonderful contest and here is the link to my post:

Final Quarter 2016

Oct 31, 2016 05:08 AM #86
Kathryn Acciari
RE/MAX Professional Associates, with offices in Sturbridge, Charlton, Auburn, Spencer, and Shrewsbury - Sturbridge, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

I did it, Bob.  21 blog posts this month! Thank you for this contest. It got me back in the habit of writing on a regular basis and even got some of my friends involved.

To save you time, here again is my post on my 2016 4th Qtr Review

Oct 31, 2016 05:24 AM #87
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WHEW!  Now, THIS was a challange!  Thank you so much for the inspiration - you inspired me so much that I actually added a SET number of blog posts AND blocking blogging out on my calendar - which I have not done before! Thanks again, Bob!

Here's my entry and my posts are done!


Business Planning - Thinking Outside the Box! 

Oct 31, 2016 07:12 AM #88
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Bob -- down to the last day of the contest.  Here's my post for the challenge On October 31...  I also wrote more than 20 posts.   Thanks for hosting.  Happy Halloween too.

Oct 31, 2016 07:13 AM #89
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bob Crane - Thank you for giving us the opportunity to put on our thinking caps and put everything down on paper.  Here is my detailed action plan and quarterly review - "Quarterly Review - Moving Into 2017"

I have also completed my 20 blogs as of today Oct 31st, 2016.   Thanks for hosting this again!


Oct 31, 2016 09:16 AM #90
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Ok, done. Learned a lot about blogging. How to come up with ideas - even got one Featured here on AR. Thank you for the challenge of blogging every day.

So here's my entry in the Quarterly Report contest: http://actvra.in/4X5Y

Oct 31, 2016 10:50 AM #91
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Bob, this was a great contest and I completely missed out. Brother was in the hospital the beginning of September and that carried into October. I wish I could have participated.  But hey, at least there are closings in the pipeline! :)

Oct 31, 2016 12:07 PM #92
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi Bob Crane 

Great contest. You made me take a good look at myself.

Here is my

2016 4th Qtr Review

Oct 31, 2016 01:13 PM #93
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Here I am Bob Crane, by the hair on my chiny, chin, chin! 

2016 4th Quarter Review

Oct 31, 2016 01:17 PM #94
Lise Howe
Long and Foster - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

thanks for this - I did it! YAY

Finish 2016 Strong with a Great Fourth Quarter

Oct 31, 2016 01:36 PM #95
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
Oct 31, 2016 02:03 PM #96
Patricia Kennedy
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. - Washington, DC
For Your Home in the Capital

Bob, the comment I posted Sunday night isn't here!  I finished it a day early and here's the link to the post:  http://activerain.com/blogsview/4973727/4th-quarter-productive-blogging-plan--productive-being-the-operative-word-

Oct 31, 2016 10:31 PM #97
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