Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A blogging tip

While I have been blogging as an artist for only a short time, I have been a Realtor for 16 years in the mountains of Colorado. I have had a real estate website for 15 years and have been blogging about resort real estate for three years or so. While I might not know much about painting yet, I know considerably more about blogging. I plan to pass on a few tips here from time to time, in hopes that others will benefit from some of the things I have learned in my real estate business.

Here is today's tip: Set up a google alert for your name. Part of the reason we blog and use other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc, is to get yourself exposure far beyond what galleries and traditional marketing methods will do for you. But how do you know when someone else is talking about you? Google will tell you. Just tell google that you want to know. Here is the link to set it up. http://www.google.com/alerts It is easy!

Perhaps you also would like to know when information about a certain breed of dog is posted, or plein air painting, or an art workshop. Set up a google alert for that information too. I have an alert set up for my name, but I also have it set up for "vacation home" and other terms that bring me information that will help me in my business. I found one day that my real estate blog had been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, and I never would have known about it without the google alert. Set it up to notify you via email, daily or as they find the information you need.


  1. Hey!!! Nice tip!!!
    I am so ignorant about such things...THANK YOU!!!
    And thanks again for the comment about velcro!
    Hey Joanne...when is the art show /paintout this year??? I have been re-aligning my summer schedule and it might work out for me to come this year, if it's in the summer :)

  2. I didn't think you were ignorant about anything to do with computers V! We just got the date set today for the Land Trust event. It will be the weekend of July 17-18 and this year is going to be part of a Wildflower festival. Our focus will also be flowers, but however you want that focus to be. We are talking about having both studio artists being able to jury pieces in and yet still have the plein air component to it at the same time. There will be less focus on watching people paint and more on wildflower hikes etc. Still in the early stages of planning though. Dell will be here July 4th week so I doubt she will be back for it. She didn't do it last year either. It would be nice to see you again!

  3. Awesome Tip!
    Looking forward to more wisdom!

  4. Glad you like it! Thanks for visiting.