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

Spam prevention
Ambassador
2,955,254
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Not long ago I realized the links that had trulia in them no longer re-directed.  From time to time I have linked to older posts.  So I have being making an effort to go back and check links of one month of old posts a week.  It takes about an hour to get through a month.  

Dec 29, 2015 06:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,270,154
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

I try to ... at least on my own personal blog site.  Amazing how many times pics and info need sprucing up and updating ...

Gene

Dec 29, 2015 06:49 AM
Ambassador
1,770,455
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Excellent question Jeff. I have checked and fixed some. There are programs that check sites for broken links but I do not know of one that will work on Active Rain.

Dec 29, 2015 10:16 AM
Rainer
90,455
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Ironically the older posts carry the most weight SEO wise. It would behoove those that have been here for awhile to make sure all their links are active, especially the ones that link to their web sites.

Dec 29, 2015 07:18 AM
Ambassador
2,759,037
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Jeff. I asked a similar question yesterday. Yes I do.

Dec 29, 2015 05:14 PM
Rainmaker
1,826,627
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no -- I should! 

Dec 29, 2015 12:30 PM
Ambassador
3,985,140
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

When I have time I do. I noticed many of the ActiveRain updates have broken the links in older posts. That in itself is a bummer.

Dec 29, 2015 10:27 AM
Rainmaker
3,168,621
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do go back every now and then. It is a good source of info to re-post old blogs in new forms

Dec 29, 2015 07:47 AM
Rainmaker
4,872,649
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

There is a program that you can run for broken links.  We did that not long ago, and it definitely is helpful.  I only edit if I find a typo.  A

Dec 29, 2015 07:27 AM
Rainmaker
37,402
David Jones
BuyersAsk.com - Aliso Viejo, CA
BuyersAsk.com

Wow, you really woke up a lot of us. Having outdated information or bad links will not impress a potential client that is considering you as an agent. I think all of us should do this regularly.    Dave

Dec 30, 2015 10:19 AM
Rainmaker
3,650,431
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeff -- the question you ask is both an excellent one as well as quite scary.  I typically don't check but have gone back(especially seasonal posts) and update for a new more up-to-date post.   

Dec 30, 2015 02:44 AM
Rainmaker
3,463,835
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've been doing that more than I have in the past.

Dec 29, 2015 08:18 PM
Rainmaker
788,716
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Hi Jeff, I haven't gone back into the La Jolla portion of my AR blog since I moved to Naples, Florida.  I think it may be time to see what is relevant and what isn't, but it covers many years of being on AR and not sure I want to let any of it go.

Dec 29, 2015 07:28 PM
Rainmaker
2,332,298
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jeff. I don't go back, but have thought about it a few times, but there are just so many other things to write about.

Dec 29, 2015 05:13 PM
Ambassador
4,306,594
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler CRS - not so much. I did answer similar question from TeamChi - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - and remember one more post related to Andover Luxury Homes (which has lots of views and still shows up high on Google). I should change some stats and re-post it! Thanks for great idea.

Dec 29, 2015 02:19 PM
Ambassador
2,463,243
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Sometimes I re-purpose a blog and use it as a new blog. 

     After reading the other answers to your question, I need to go back and check some links!

Dec 29, 2015 12:38 PM
Rainmaker
3,442,761
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Boy Jeff, I guess i have never gone back.

Dec 29, 2015 11:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,164,768
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

I found a link that was activeraintrulia and did not work so the idea actually occurred to me that I should  be checking those.  Thanks for the reminder 

Dec 29, 2015 10:49 AM
Rainmaker
562,113
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Yes, I definitely try to edit/improve the ones doing well.  this helps them do even better.  Plus, if the customers are finding them, I want them to have best possible experience.  - Debbie

Dec 29, 2015 09:21 AM
Ambassador
2,209,455
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have gone back and looked at older posts. I've made some changes to some of them. I should probably do more of this. 

Dec 29, 2015 09:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,611,432
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

You bet, I wrote a post on how to find & fix your most popular. I was surprised that a few important links didn't work or the website changed completely.

Jeff, you've done so many that you have to make sure they keep their staying power.

Dec 29, 2015 08:01 AM
Rainmaker
1,474,184
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I have been known to "freshen them up" or write a post, linking to an old post.  It's a time consuming process to go back through ALL posts for bad links but it's certainly a good idea!

Dec 29, 2015 07:33 AM
Rainmaker
5,830,210
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have updated some blogs and reposted them but I usually do not take the time to look for bad links. 

Dec 29, 2015 07:33 AM
Ambassador
1,555,236
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I have done this. Probably should have been done sooner. 

Dec 29, 2015 06:55 AM
Rainmaker
2,878,796
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I absolutely need to do that.  I know I have a boat-load (aka crap-ton) of links that no longer work.  Perhaps setting an hour a day I may be done by the end of 2016

Dec 29, 2015 06:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,230,687
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good suggestion, Jeff Dowler CRS Just never seem to have time or motivation.  Happy New Year

Dec 29, 2015 06:08 AM
Ambassador
3,695,541
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

No, but what a great idea!

Dec 29, 2015 06:06 AM
Ambassador
4,705,853
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I let the old ones remain, and concentrate on posting new.

Mar 07, 2019 10:53 PM
Rainer
11,938
Aubrey Morey
Gainesville Apartments by Trimark Properties - Gainesville, FL

Definitely! It's super important to take the time to keep listings about our apartment complexes in Gainesville up to date! Otherwise, if we sell a property, we are often linking to our competitor!

Apr 13, 2016 02:26 AM
Rainer
98,623
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Yes, both on my website and here at Active Rain. I hope to continue to do so here (will always check on my website!) but, of course, it becomes more cumbersome and time-consuming the more posts one makes.

I check for broken links, broken images, and spelling and grammar errors. If I feel it's a matter of outdated content, then a new post is in order and I may add a link to the new from the old (i.o.w. I wouldn't edit the old post for content). 

Feb 18, 2016 11:01 PM
Ambassador
954,645
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Yes, but not as systemaically as I "should" do them.

I use my posts to send info to Clients and so when I need an old one, I polish it up before sending. Case in point, home purchased on 12/29 needs new locks - sent a post about Locksmiths and national locksmith fraud - 2011 - had to update names since one retired!
Guess that is the point of updating - right?

Have a successful day - Lynn

PS What I really want to do is go back and do the TAGS over again - make it easier to find things!  L.

Jan 07, 2016 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
385,548
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR and Productivity Coach

I have. I find that going back to the early posts helpful because the ideas were good, but I hadn't found my voice and didn't use any SEO strategies back then.

Jan 05, 2016 11:32 AM
Ambassador
1,208,009
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

It might be a good idea to do something like this.  

Jan 04, 2016 09:25 AM
Rainmaker
110,130
Mary Thompson
Lanier Appraisal Service - Flowery Branch, GA
Lake Lanier Appraiser in North Georgia

Not as often as I should, great question!

Jan 01, 2016 09:44 PM
Rainmaker
543,212
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Jeff Dowler CRS --

It is definitely a good idea to edit old posts and to fix broken links and to improve titles.

It takes FAR less time to make them better than it did when the post was written.

Jan 01, 2016 11:44 AM
Rainmaker
879,654
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Yes, Important to look at links on all the external sites we have to make sure they link back to the website. Check Google+ as it matters! If you assume that the links remain in proper working order you could be wrong. Check them out, you may be surprised!

Dec 31, 2015 03:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,506,511
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'd like to updates some of my old posts deleting originals. I see no points to keep outdated posts public.

Dec 30, 2015 08:25 AM
Rainmaker
4,344,987
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I try to do this a couple times a year, especially in the neighborhoods I like to work.

Dec 30, 2015 06:34 AM
Rainmaker
771,215
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I've definitely done that and fixed photo and formatting mistakes, as well. Through the years, I've learned what resonates most and my earliest stuff didn't always make the grade.

Dec 30, 2015 04:38 AM
Rainmaker
1,588,228
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Great tip and reminder!

Dec 30, 2015 03:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,301,342
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  On my personal site I have a tool to check all links once per week.

Dec 30, 2015 12:47 AM
Rainmaker
1,147,427
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I have a few times when I think about it. I sometimes receive calls from older event posts.

Dec 30, 2015 12:28 AM
Rainmaker
3,429,441
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have not; however based on the comments I guess I should.

Dec 29, 2015 11:40 PM
Rainer
220,076
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Not so much on ActiveRain but definitely on my own site as well as my community web page.

Dec 29, 2015 10:01 PM
Rainmaker
3,064,754
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Have not - have reworked some and posted the updated version...

Dec 29, 2015 09:29 PM
Rainmaker
4,432,838
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the suggestion.

Dec 29, 2015 09:19 PM
Rainer
307,160
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have on my blog. Sometimes I read and I'm like, wow, why did I write that? 

Dec 29, 2015 10:30 AM
Rainmaker
220,334
LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Jeff Dowler CRS I think this a super good idea especially of on page 1 or 2 of Google 

Dec 29, 2015 08:50 AM
Ambassador
1,706,647
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Good question. I go back and do this on videos and it works. Probably should be looking at blogs but more business is coming from video.

Dec 29, 2015 07:16 AM
Rainer
149,756
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I haven't had to so far.

Dec 29, 2015 06:56 AM
Rainer
271,871
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

No it seems like water under the bridge long out to the ocean of internet

Dec 29, 2015 06:40 AM