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Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

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I own 35 websites. I am systematically destroying and rebuilding them because I want to do something new with my creative side. After hanging out in the Rain for a little over two years and reading Ewen Chia, Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen, Timothy Ferris, Penelope Trunk, Donald Trump and a host of Rainers, I have come to discover some fascinating truths about the Internet and Social Media: If you don't squander your social media connections you can do very well for yourself by developing multiple streams of revenue. They do not have to be big streams. Small streams can add up to five, six and even seven figures if you take the time to develop social media distribution hotspots...

Rule 1: just get the public reading you. Rule 2: start offering small potential solutions to specific problems that are actually useful to solving what a person needs. Rule 3: You do not need 35 websites to do this (LOL). A few good ones will do and do not rush to be a problem solver. Just start talking to people like they are really there and you are sharing something about your life, your interests and tidbits about what you have gone through.

People like to learn. Did you go to a family friendly restaurant? Share it. Did you find a really cool bakery that caters to people with food allergies? Share it. Is Wednesday buy one get one free at your neighborhood store? Share it. Doing a seminar next month? Share it. Career advice as an employer? Share it.

Writing about different things you are familiar with means people Googling shared interests have the potential of finding you. uberMental is a baby blog with its social media pampers on but it will be a good site. Do you know why? Thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination... Those six categories drive all of my blogs and my goal is to start launching some interesting PDFs from that site.

TannStarr.net is where I am going to network with some talented, artistic friends and launch quirky, fun  ebooks. The two domains are already showing each other link-love and sending traffic back to my other blogs. Your ability to be found is the name of the game, not how many comments you rack up. If you don't cross link your work people will have less reasons to come back.

Why mess with Wordpress and GoDaddy? Your ability to capture subscription leads by people opting in at your sites is crucial for further expansion. How can you follow up with the people who read you if you do not know who any of them are? When you start to monetize your blogs you have to visualize those readers. I want you to think of these simple points when you feel the doubt setting in:

01. "The 4 Hour Workweek" (Timothy Ferris) was turned down by 26 out of 27 publishers... Ironically, it took five days to make the New York Times bestsellers list. My point? Keep writing. People who think they know sometimes don't know a thing about you and how people will receive the messages you decide to share. Consumers make bestsellers, not critics.

02. "The One Minute Millionaire" (Mark Victor Hansen & Robert G. Allen) defines money as a tool and as not being good or bad, but neutral. They speak of how to be enlightened millionaires, they explain that it is a path and mindset one needs to embrace and they drive home the fact that even millionaires (a) experience setbacks inclusive of bankruptcy and (b) they also experience embarrassing moments of devastating financial instability. My point? Start where you are and stop waiting for the perfect moment to save up to doing your thing at some future date. Start now, not later. Keep writing with the messed up credit, the looming divorce, the ridicule, the resentment, the speculation. Just do it because if you don't you will never get it done. 

03. "How I Made My First Million On The Internet" (Ewen Chia) is a must read. He tells you about his stress and tears regarding the devastating mistakes he made and the mounting debt he incurred only to discover he knew the answers to his problems but was so used to searching for answers and paying other people to find solutions for him he missed the fact that he was not using the knowledge already gained to maximize his efficiencies. My point? Been there, done that, do not want to do this anymore - am watching a lot of you spin your heels as well. I have been picking some very intelligent brains. Now its time to see if I learned anything useful (LOL). We can do this together or I can do this alone. I am going to do this because I want to change where my life is going. I want to enjoy a fun job and have more time for my little minions. A 5 hour work day would make me very happy.

04. Penelope Trunk wrote a very interesting post entitled, "Popular Posts of 2009. Sort Of." My fave quote: "I want to say something upbeat about 2010. You know, start on a good note. But it seems so artificial. I don't think we need to magically be in a great place at the end of a year. Or magically know our goals to start off a new year. I think, sometimes, that it's already magical that every day we wake up with the strong belief that we can make things better." My point? Make things better to the best of your ability one day at a time. Write one day at a time. Write one post at a time. Don't create an artificially rigid schedule for writing. Pop in and say hello if that is all you have. You can always come back later and say hello again with another tidbit of information about your day. Sometimes, just being truthful about a simple thought can connect with more people than a brilliantly researched paper. Sometimes, writing the brilliant post with several comments gives a writer more satisfaction than the ones with over 400 comments (LOL).

05. My fave two Donald Trump quotes this morning: "Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken." and "As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big." I need you to think big thoughts about your blog. I need you to believe that as you write across the multiple platforms of your choice you are going to formulate ideas to create multiple streams of revenue. Affiliate program? Seminar? PDF? Publications? CD/DVD? Digital downloads? I want you to start thinking about the work that you've done before and how you can update and revise it into something new, relevant and eye catching like a very useful e-book or newsletter with advertising space.

Try this: write a blog post that spans from your AR dashboard, to your outside blog to your Localism blog to your personal site to your other social media sites. I want you to do it in a way where each site gets a piece of the idea and not a replicated re-blog. Your dashboard will have all of the components but not each site. This is how you series write. This is how you get one idea to vie against itself in Google. This is how you discover which components of your writing do well (or not) in the rankings for the same idea... 

That little excercise was gifted to me by a very talented writer. That bit of advice was when the Mind of Minion created uberMental.com because being a Google Whore I have every intention to taking this game to a whole new level (LOL). The WP entries are already on page one of Google. It took approximately 4 hours. Lets see where my Outside Blogs go in the rankings. :-)

UPDATE: Number 1 regarding results 1 - 10 of about 9,850 for the term ubermental in Google in 21 minutes flat on ActiveRain.com  How cool is that? VERY!

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Comment balloon 78 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 01 2010 06:23AM


HA!  I don't need to join no stinkin' network.


C is a network!

Want to join a network??  Why?  Why not build your own??? 

Works for me.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Wow... Maintaining 35 sites sounds a little like a full time job....  Happy New Year!

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Carolyn, I would suggest simplify and focus but I sense already you know what changes you need to make. Happy New Year!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago


This is an interesting read. You certainly have your hands full with 35 websites.  I wish you well with your future plans. 


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) almost 11 years ago

I'm excited about this...must read again!  Keep us posted, and oh yea Happy New Year, a great start!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 11 years ago

thanks for your post. Plenty of info to read and reread.

Happy New Year


Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) almost 11 years ago

I think this blog post deserves more than just a feature!  In order to achieve what you are doing, you obviously possess time management skills, and are a whiz at all of this.  I applaud your drive and determination, and your fabulous "imagination put in action."  This gets bookmarked as a personal goal reminder of how much more I need to be doing.

You comment, "This is how you series write," - is there another blog post to be pointed to that explains "series write?"

Wishing you a fabulous 2010, and sincere wishes you are able to achieve your goals.

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) almost 11 years ago

this is the most positive and inspirational post I have seen. Need to read it again though. You are amazing!

Posted by Blatt + Cutino, Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today* (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Carolyn! I've bookmarked this to refer to. How much coffee do you need in order to maintain 35 sites? :) Kudos to you for that! And, I love that 2nd Donald Trump quote. He is right!

I hope you have an awesome 2010 Carolyn! :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 11 years ago

You're getting your legs underneath you! Way to go! I believe you will OWN 2010!

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) almost 11 years ago

Great work and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) almost 11 years ago

C - I just wish I understood all of the tips you've given ... maybe after 2 years in the Rain, it will all come together for me.  I'll bookmark and try to digest one at a time.


Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) almost 11 years ago

C, I too read this twice...and will likely need to read it again (and again until it REALLY sinks in!).  There's a lot to think about and things to change but I can SEE what you're saying!  Thank you...great way to start 2010!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Wow! My first AR read in 2010, great way to start the year. Your selected quotes are all good . . . write one day at a time to build it. Thanks!

Posted by Sara Goss, Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas (HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

C- this is pretty cool stuff, I have one website and it makes me cry!!!

I have bookmarked this and will come back to it as I progress through my plan.

What did you mean when you said ?

Why mess with Wordpress and GoDaddy?

Thanks a lot.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) almost 11 years ago

Happy new Year C!  35 Websites... Wow! I have 5 blogs, counting 2 Active Rain blogs and that is way too many for me to handle. LOL I don't blame you for cleaning house.



Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

I really like your Number 2. It puts you on the level of the real world. That is where real buyers and sellers are.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 11 years ago

There are some very good tips here, but this is a very hard read. Edit is a word that is probably hard to accomplish with all that you are doing, but most of the comments so far, including mine, are having problems wading through this post.

Posted by Amy Law (Alliance Properties) almost 11 years ago

This has some really interesting points. I like the one about the days it took for that rejeted book to reach the top sales mark.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 11 years ago

Wow !  Very intense !  Love this !  Love all the points especially #4 where every day is magical.  I like the quote that "today is the first day of the rest of my life".  Seize the day, it does not always have to be about the new year or next year...  Also, love the way you are thinking about social media and connecting all your sites in a different way.  I need to think about this a little bit more myself : )

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) almost 11 years ago

VERY timely for me as I have felt a while now that I've taken a shotgun strategy with respect to my websites and blogs. I probably have over 200 domain names. Why? Because they were there? More likely because in a moment of inspiration I jumped over to to GoDaddy and claimed it....then did nothing further. I have been letting many of those go without reregistering because I recognize I have to have a plan, a strategy and not try to move to far too fast. Thanks for the inspiration Carolyn, all my best to you for the New Year!

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) almost 11 years ago

A very interesting and in depth article that is very well thought out. I find that our 50 wbsites are a peice of cake to keep up with, why that many? What works and does not work is at the fore front. I guess some of us have a systematic procedure for the internet. I keep in depth notes of changes and monitor sites after indexing, works for me. Have a great new year!!!

Posted by Frank & Jodi Orlando (Frank & Jodi Orlando Get Us A Home Realty Atlanta Homes Sale) almost 11 years ago

Carolyn, reading this post was a very inspiring way to start this year. I'm on board and excited. If you get a chance to read my closing posts (1, 2, and 3) for '09 you might notice a similar expansive view of the universe. I'd really enjoy collaborating with you on some artistic projects. Frank

Posted by Frank Kliewer almost 11 years ago

Wow - this is amazing stuff.  You have captured the essence of many creative and successful figures who have  tremendous influence on how much potential we squander each day.  I really appreciate all that you shared with us and I will not wish you luck in your new adventures - you don't need luck!  You are so on top of it - I am looking forward to reading all about your success!  I see you will become a dominating force and hope you continue to share how you maintain it.  Happy New Year!

Posted by Sheila Kennedy (J29 Project) almost 11 years ago

Just tried to call you but it's not even noon on 1/1/10 and your vm is already full. Oh, to be so popular! I am so damn proud of you!!

Fabulous information! I will come back and read it again...darn I have to go take a very very exciting new listing. Tell you about it later. You have to come back to Baltimore to see this one. Think you may even have the buyer!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago

C - For the record, I find this a very deep read but not a difficult read.  But I am familiar with your references.  And your style!  You go, girl.  Fabulous post.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) almost 11 years ago

LOL @ Lenn. :-D

Dan, sometimes you have to grab the .net .org and/or .biz if you want to keep people from getting confused regarding which one belongs to you. If there is a sale on .info sometimes I grab that as well and then have to decide which ones are the bounce pages directing people to where I want them to go and which ones maintain content. A few never get developed (e.g. MikeStarr.com for hubby who has yet to do anything with it. I may have to turn it into something for him. It's just a means to having vanity e-mail for now - LOL).

Gary, simplify and focus is indeed the name of the game. :-)

Thank you, Claudette.

Laura, I am pretty excited about it as well because there are a lot of interesting affiliate programs out there to sign on with in addition to creating your own.

Thank you, Tony. Happy New Year to you too.

Renee, I work in 20 minute intervals. If you do a few tasks in small steps and are happy with it, at some point you wind up getting a lot more done during the day because keeping your list of things to do small makes it easy to achieve your daily goals.

Thank you, Angelica. I like to think of it as paying attention to the people who went before me and trying to absorb what is useful from their successes and mistakes. I make a lot of mistakes on my own, so having a blueprint cuts down some of my blunders (LOL). Tim Ferris has completely revamped my assessment of how I spend my time. There were a lot of days that I worked from 8 to 8 or 8 to 10. I am not doing that this year. Penelope Trunk makes it very clear about how tricky it is to create a start up and run it. She gives great career advice, so I am hanging out lurking on Brazen Careerist deciding what to do with my music, art and freelance writing. Real Estate practitioners could have fun writing for AmericanStyle Magazine (bi-monthly / 80% freelance) because it covers travel and interior design besides the artists being showcased. You can start tweaking your blog now to practice for when you may wish to submit an article for their consideration and review. They like 600 to 800 words and only pay between $400 and $800. If you manage to get a few gigs a year that small stream adds up. They publish a year in advance so my advice is to write 24 articles, collect some eye candy and submit. If they say no you wrote 24 articles that can be used on your blogs or submitted somewhere else. Architectural Digest maybe? (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

C - yes, I'll bookmark and re-read. I don't have 35 web sites, but am just getting in sync with 1 web site, three blogs, Twitter and Facebook. I think what I've learned this past year is to make my writing more personal. But, I still don't have my arms around the whole ball of wax. Will try to incorporate your suggestions and perhaps just ABSORB some of your inspiration!  :-)

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Oh yeah !!! This is choc full of valuable info, and definitely one for all to bookmark. Working 20 minute intervals consistently is a terrific way to get everything done, and keeping all those avenues working for you. Also, learning from mistakes is critical to the being the best of the best (Ewen Chia) and something that makes me get over making mistakes and be better ! Great job C ! And we MUST do another lunch real soon.

Happy New Year !!!!

Sheldon :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 11 years ago

C - I love this post. Properly titled Ubermental. I am thinking... why not? Time to reach for a big spoon and stir the pot.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) almost 11 years ago

Hi C,   Wow, 35 sites and still rock'n in the 'Rain.   Happy 2010 to you !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 11 years ago

Hi C - Wow 35 sites.... way too much for myself to handle for sure... Now I have to go and check on my other posts.... a great reminder for us all... Looks like 2010 will be a great year... Best of luck for the new year!

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

LOL @ Jackie. I drink a lot of tea. I love tea. I have assorted flavors from all over. This website was created by a cancer survivor who discovered the benefits of tea during her recovery http://theteaspot.com/about-us.html

SarahGray, I have a lot of issues (LOL). I am hoping I do own 2010 in spades :-) I am looking forward to doing other real estate related things like write for interesting mags, maybe try and get something in a newspaper or association trade journal. I want to guess blog as a writer this year and criss cross knocking on corporate doors to see which programs I'd like to become an affiliate of. I want to explore more of marketing in a broader sense so while I experiment with myself I figure I'll take you guys along for the ride and we can talk about what is and isn't working for us. My music hits outnumber my RE hits in a ratio that boggles my mind. I want to have fun with the possibility that people are interested in who we are as a whole rather than what we do as fractions of ourselves so I shall be trying to pull more of them over here. Our jobs should not define us. We should define us. It is okay to fail or miss the mark as long as people learn something from it and try to improve round two. I think it would be a mistake for me as a writer not to try and improve my writing assets while I learn more real estate skills. It is intellectual property that people can inherit if something happens to us. We should be monetizing our blogs. Passive, residual income from something you are going to do anyway does not hurt (LOL). ;-)

Thank you, Will. :-)

Sue, please feel free to ask me specific questions and I shall try to answer them here for you. I know some people may read this and pooh-pooh the idea of us branching out into selling articles, books, screenplays, etc but I think it's your blog and you can write anything you want. If you are going to write it would not be too hard to tweak it to suit the requirements of other professional organizations. Practice here may open the door somewhere else. You have to decide what you want to focus on. Yes, I do real estate but I am a great cook. Cook book? Share my cooking on-line? Yes, I do real estate but I am a great quilt maker. Tutorial? Take shots as I do what I do anyway and leave it in draft until the entire project is done? Your client (or some one else's client) may want your quilt because it reminds them of their Granny. They may want your paintings. They may want your pottery. If you don't share that part of you you may be missing out on a connection that may result in you having third parties open doors on your behalf. The person you play tennis with may need what you have but they can't buy it from you if you never tell anyone it is for sale. Wanna have fun? Place a one page bounce page on-line. Link it to your blogs. Have your RSS feeds running down the center. Put your listings on the left and your collectibles for sale on the right. People Google for what they are looking for. They will find you and they may bookmark your page because you have useful info and interesting stuff for sale.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

C~ ok.. game on.. I will follow... show me the way! 

Cosmic Cow


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

Barbara CalwhiteLike the rest, I need to bookmark this post and re-read several times.  I think it is great and hope I can understand half of what you said.

I feel that I am way behind!   This is a year to hit the ground running.  Hope I can catch up.


Barbara Calwhite

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) almost 11 years ago

An interesting post. But a lot of words. And I really hate the use of "uber" with anything ever. Most over-used nonsense word in history, perhaps? Megan Fox loves this word. And that's all you need to know about that!

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Carole, I am two years overdue regarding us having lunch or dinner together. You are such an amazing writer and I bet if you published digital ebooks of your work you'd be amazed at how a $4.95, $9.95 or $19.95 digital download product would wrack up. That is why I previously mentioned working in MS Office and turning newsletters into PDF files for subscription distribution. Amazon.com makes life easy for people like me who do a lot with a little. A good digital on demand press ensures you don't have to store an excessive amount of hard copies.

Thank you, Sara.

David, messing with WP and GoDaddy can be very useful. GoDaddy not only has Website Tonight, which is a user friendly drag and drop site builder, but it also has an affiliate hosting deal with WP. Here is what I am doing: I have multiple Outside Blogs, a Localism Blog and my AR Dashboard (inside blog). I buy reasonably priced domains at GoDaddy, I decide which ones stay with WT (you can build a store with a shopping cart to hook into a PayPal account in your GoDaddy dashboard) and which ones I want at WP. TannStarr.net and uberMental.com are at WP. The are brand spanking new baby blogs that will be PDF and ebook distribution spots. I write in ActiveRain first, then publish additional thoughts in WP, then cross link them all to each other. If you are consistent with how you start doing this your readers will have an expectation and start checking the signature icons or internal post links to see what you have done. What you write will not travel through Google rankings at the same rate. The goal is to improve your writing so all of your subject matter ranks well in the search engines. The goal is to produce less than 10 quality links per post to tie everything together. If you over link people may not come back because you are sending them too many places.

Monika, I realized I needed to change my strategy because each site should have a definite focus. I want each site to have the potential to make money and that only happens if there is a perceived value. So I shall be destroying them all and rebuilding them during the month of January after I define what the goals are. The key is clustering them so that they each have their own personality and provide something beyond the conversation at hand. If you want to learn how to make money advertising Amazon.cpom products (they pay up to 15%) check this link out: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

We have writers in the Rain: Elizabeth Weintraub, Missy Caulk, Margaret Rome, etc. You could promote their books on your sites with links and widgets and earn a small percentage if readers buy through clicking on your links. They provide widgets. They provide banners. They have tools that hook into Google Blogger and Twitter. Why would you guys not want to buy a domain through an AR outside blog set up, or a GoDaddy set up and nestle them together. As writers, you are creating very unique content and readers check you out every single day. Do do ad spam in ActiveRain or anywhere else, pick your affilate program carefully then cultivate it jealously. The people I mentioned reading are very narrow and specific in their focus. We each need to figure out where we want to focus our reader's attention to enhance their blog experience with us. If you have a short sale listing why not link to a short sale book so they can understand the process? Why not link to all three Rainers and let people make up their own minds what to buy? Do you realize in the process of helping your friends you may be helping yourself? They are published and they provide answers and solutions. It's time for you guys to get published as well. There is an awful lot of material floating around the Rain. Find a couple of talented friends, make a team blog, write a book together, pass that puppy to Amazon.com and get busy. 2010 is the year to do a new thing.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Ohhh boy!  There is some good stuff here!  You just made me get all excited for the new year!

Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor/Broker Associate, Getting you to your next with a zero failure rate! (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) almost 11 years ago

you can do very well for yourself by developing multiple streams of revenue. They do not have to be big streams. Small streams can add up

I agree completely.  In fact, I mentioned this same concept to a great agent earlier today.  Thanks for expanding on the idea.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) almost 11 years ago

Joe, the more we connect with them on a real level the more we can get done. Sometimes, I find I have to tell people "no." Longer hours do not always translate into more transactions and can actually result in cultivating lookie-lous (LOL). 

Amy, my usual answer is if anyone can read an entire book, then they can survive a Wordy C blog post (LMAO). ;-) Take your time and read it in stages. There is a lot to digest here but sometimes if you don't say what you mean people don't get it. I would be very happy to answer any and all questions to clarify what I am cooking up and to hear what you guys may be doing with your intellectual property. I have been on-line since 3 a.m. In a few minutes it will be 12 hours (LOL).

Cheryl, moments like that always make me grin a silly cool aid grin because it means we all have a shot at it. A writer can go to sleep broke and wake up very comfortable in a matter of days if their work is perceived as valuable and it is marketed correctly. What good is it to write if no one finds you? We write to be found and read. If we are going to work this hard to be found shouldn't we work just as hard to monetize our intellectual assets? It is worth a shot and we can take our sweet time doing it.

Christopher and Stephanie, Penelope Trunk fascinates me. I really love her work. She gives very sound career advice and can be a bit quirky at times. I love that about her. She is a brutally honest writer and can be funny as hell. http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/ She is on WP. I think that's why I finally went over there and switched two sites from GoDaddy hosting to WP hosting. :-)

Colleen, I know what you mean. I get inspired and I grab the name if it is available then start plotting and planning what I want to do with it. Sometimes it takes a while, but I usually get it done eventually.

Frank and Jodi, that is Spanking-A. You may want to investigate signing up for an affiliate program as well. One banner on 50 sites may generate a stream of income for you while you do what you normally do. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I have been blogging local content for the past few months, and it definitely works!!  I've gotten shout outs on Facebook and Twitter from some of the companies I've mentioned, and even a free dinner at one of the restaurants.  Oh, and it turns into buyers and sellers too which turn into money!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 11 years ago

Answering an e-mail question: What type of Amazon.com items do you intend to list on your website(s)? (1) Books, (2) Movies, (3) Music, (4) Games, (5) Digital Downloads, (6) Kindle, (7) Computers & Office Electronics. Why? Because that is what I buy and what me and my friends use (LOL). Why not start with what you know and branch out as your interests see fit? (BTW, They also do Home & Garden Grocery, Health & Baby Toys, Kids & Baby Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry Sports & Outdoors Tools, Auto & Industrial, etc ) Affiliate programs are about choices. If you create hot spots in your PDF newsletters you will have great ads leading back to your affiliate links to help make you some money to fill in the blank spots if you do not have enough advertisers. :-)

Donna, that is fantastic. The potential is amazing. I am picking and choosing through a bunch of banners right now looking for interesting items that would correspond to future posts. The goal isn't to spam readers, it's to introduce them to what a writer likes and uses. If one goes somewhere or does something it makes a lot more sense to talk about what you know and have experienced. I love talking about where I have eaten a great meal. I like blurbing about movies. I read all the time. I am software and camera crazy... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

C, this was heavy, but in a good way. I'd need to find the time to accomplish half of the writing that you do, let alone to distribute it to multiple blogs. I'll have to read this again, and again, and again, and hopefully on my next school vacation, I'll have the time to put it into place (I hope!).

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) almost 11 years ago

I love The Donald's quote on thinking big.  I'm working on a Website featuring the 100 best places in the world to live.  I currently have profiles on about 40.  Then, if I could capture enough people who wanted to live in those places, I think I could open 100 offices to accommodate them.

My office staff, in my one office, has warned me not to talk of such things openly lest our agents get the idea that their broker is a little... nuts.

Posted by Glen Hellman, Port Townsend (NetWorks Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

C - thanks for the offer to ask you specific questions!  I will take you up on the offer, but I'm still such a novice at this that I don't even know the questions to ask.  Re: your suggestion about how to have fun with an RSS feed, my listings, and items for sale ... I don't even know what you mean!  I'm coachable, but have to understand the directions ...

Again, thanks for the offer - I'll do some studying and try to come up with reasonable questions!


Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) almost 11 years ago

Super post, C!  Now, how am I supposed to stick to my self-imposed daily social media time limits when people like you write posts like this?  It will take me days just to get through everything you recommend. 

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hello Carolyn,  Happy NEW Year hunnie.... and she's off with a BANG!!!  I tell you, your GIFTS are making room for you and placing you before great men and women.  Your giving spirit is evident, for you've dished us all out a cyber-hug!   Here's one backatcha... ((((((Carolyn)))))) 

Your inward innermost desire, though, is to take us under your wing and cram us with all sorts of stuff so we'd be programmed for success... all that without missing a beat OR even taking the time to catch your breath!!  Now THAT'S ministry to the masses!!  WHEW!!

There ain't nobody like C-Tann.... and She's a STAR all by herself... 

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) almost 11 years ago

C:  You've kick-started my year with a fantastic post.   A little over my head but written so well....and with such conviction....that I'm psyched up for the challenge of learning what I need to know to put your practices into my 2010 action plan.  I am thinking BIG here....

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) almost 11 years ago

C - You are SO right up my alley! I am sorry that I have not subscribed a long time ago. I think like this too. I have some great sites that I built, and a bunch more on my plate for this year. I was always doing this approach,  a bunch of blogs and sites- having goals of $500 a month from each, but it is very time consuming for such a small paycheck. Now I have a VA that is amazing- and we are going international with my SEO webinar. I have decided this year to work on 4 BIG PAY DAYS- without all my time invested in it. I coach and love to coach, I am not a cheap coach but a good one- but that is still trading my time for money and I want to go more on auto pilot so this year I am finishing my ebooks, my hard copy books, Video presentations, CD collections for coaching and a member only site. We should share ideas. I have a ton. I am the creative idea person. I took one of those job tests and it said that I have to be the idea person and delegate the day to day stuff because I hate to be bogged down with the details. LOL! Just let me free to create! BTW- I was one of Ewen Chia's first members of his blogger idea network. His book is great and I have read it many times. We are on the same page:) Way to go, I would love to be one of your accountable partners and you mine:) Katerina 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago


Some very interesting reading here. Enjoyed it. Trump is Trump, but he makes a solid point about thinking big. All the best for 2010.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 11 years ago

Carolyn - fascinating read.  The breadth and depth of your understanding of social media in all its permutations is truly impressive.  I'll be back for more.


Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) almost 11 years ago

Managing 35 sites...you either have everything down to a science, or have a super assistant!  How do you do it?  Looking forward to learning more!

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (Realty One Group Capital) almost 11 years ago

Hey C!

Your comment on the wisdom of 35 sites almost made me pee my pants!  It is so easy to get carried away by all of the possibilities and maintain what you have that it becomes difficult to see how to further integrate so that it is easier and more effective.

I'm looking for that 5-hour work-week myself!

Sara in San Antonio

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) almost 11 years ago

C!  I love the post.  Very creative and straightforward.  Being true to who you are.  I love that Donald Trump is so not over!  It's so important to believe you can be who you want to be to "make it happen".  All the best on 2010!  Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

This was so enjoyable to read. Seems I've been struggling with an undertow as 2009 went out...I'm grateful to catch this wave of inspiration and insight. Thank you, C, and may each day of the new year be more of your best. :-)

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) almost 11 years ago

Hi Carolyn - Who knew there was a method to the chaos? Point 3 really rings true; 2010 will have to be about executing, not simply knowing. A post like this is exciting when I see Rainers going above and beyond to the greater blogosphere. I'm looking forward to that journey.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 11 years ago

Just in the last week I have started thinking of monetizing my sites... just a little...  I'm glad I ran across this post. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

35 WEBSITES!!!  I don't know where you get the time. I'm maintianing 3 and I can barely keep up. Then again you have more practice.Happy New Year!



Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I agree with you. You don't need 35 web sites. I salute you in your pursuit of happiness. But, what if you don't need google juice? What if you can look out and see the old familar faces pulling a chair up to the crap table. 2010 is going to be the start of some very good years - for some.

While I think the Donald is no one I would want to emulate, he is someone to watch out for. Have you noticed Carl Icahn is out looking to buy? Do you really think any of the "players" care about google juice? Focus on you and what sets you apart and google will find you. I hope.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) almost 11 years ago

C - thinking about 35 post really makes me tired.  You are so full of energy and idea so I know you will have a wonderful 2010.  Great idea to simplify, I am taking stock of things too.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 11 years ago

Lots of interesting things to consider and implement here.  Thanks for taking the time to share.  Wishing you a fantastic 2010 and success in all you do.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) almost 11 years ago

I too would love a 5 hour work day with time for my little ones.  I have been contemplating multiple income streams and just haven't found the energy/time.  You make it sound easier, and I hope I'm inspired to move forward.  Thank you.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 11 years ago

To paraphrase NIKE, "Just Do It". The best advice I ever got came from my first manager in real estate...."do something every day, not something monumental, just something"

Posted by Terry Lynch (LAR Notary and Closing Services) almost 11 years ago

Love the whole novel here ;) I even took notes while reading, tht's how you KNOW it is good. And a word I think I missed in all of this ... "faith". Not religious faith, albeit I am as faith oriented religiously as about possible, but faith in yourself as a person to believe and dream. A quote I use ALL the time is Les Brown's "People don't live up to their ability, they live up to their expectations of themselves". This is were expanding one's faith and thoughts reaps fantastic results. Thanks for the kick in the butt and the faith builder. Hope to see you 1/12 in NY. :)

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, what a great way to start the year! My old composition teacher, Lockrem Johnson, had a great story he told when he was an up and coming composer and student in the music department at the University of Washington. He was one of the few students that got to talk with Bela Bartok when he was visiting the school back in the early 40's... Bela's advice to young Lockrem when asked, "How do you compose?" 

Sit down, get started, keep it simple.



Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 11 years ago

C- That is a very inspirational post.  What I took away the most is to remove limiting ideas and "think big", not just about blogging but about everything.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

This is a great concept piece for me and will take lots of time to digest.  I love big thinking, but I'm just a little challenged about putting the pieces together.  I subscribed to your blog and hope to find some more gems there (I am sure I will!).  Thanks.

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) almost 11 years ago

Good little kick in the pants on leveraging the web to create passive income.  It's one of my favorite topics.  I just re-read the 4 Hour Work Week to get my thoughts clear for 2010.

Posted by Jonathan Rivera (Real-TechGuy.com) almost 11 years ago

I am bookmarking your post because it is so helpful. Thank you Tann

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker (Realty Executives Boston West) almost 11 years ago

My oh my you have been one busy person. Reading, focusing, thinking and rethinking. Like many I am bookmarking and digesting in bits just like you ahve been doing for the past few months. I can see I need to read some books you have mentioned. Great stuff. Happy New Year and from what I can see from this post it is going to be a fantastic one for you LOL!!

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 11 years ago

Wow... It appears that I am going to have my hands full answering you guys (LOL). I've been experimenting with Widgets and Java Script all day. Round two just posted in AR and I am working on round three in WP... I have flash banners to test out (LOL). Will be back to serial comment and answer you guys in a little while. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the feedback C.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) almost 11 years ago

How interesting! You always make me take time to think..........

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) almost 11 years ago

C- What a way to start the new year.. . my head is so stuffed , you may be Ubermental, but right now my head is "over-stuffed" mental.  Seriously, my head has been swimming with what and how to write.  And, with all of the avenues available, I am stiff confused and new I wanted to start the new year getting a grasp on social media and writing.  Now, I'm going to go back and not only re-read your post but also the comments above.  But I had to stop by to thank you for once again giving my you-know-what a swift kick or jump start for the year.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Way to motivate us to think, and to be creative.  I love your posts! 

Posted by Heather Fitzgerald, REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate (REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago


Great Post! Delightly comprehensive and upbeat.  Full of insightful suggestions. Written like an AR Ambassador. (of course)


Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Steve. We are working on re-doing the websites because they all need to be upgraded. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

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