SWDesertHomes in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail & More!: Where Can You Be 30 Days From Now??

Where Can You Be 30 Days From Now??

This morning I was looking for a past marketing letter and I ran across the rough draft of a blog I'd written July 2, 2010.  It was all about what I'd learned in  26 days of blogging.


It was fascinating that by that time I'd already published 48 postings, whether as a Member's Only, or reblog of a few.  I was a blogging machine. I don't blog as often nowadays, but I do 10X the business...

It made me reflect on what I've learned about blogging in almost 6 years and close to 2 million clicks! Here's a few comments from that earlier blog and my thoughts to follow:


Early morning blogging

“I don’t know HOW to set up my account!” Help me!!  Trust me, as you get into being a “rainmaker”[and actively blogging] you’ll find all sorts of sources for your business goals. ACTIVE RAIN AMBASSADORS - priceless.  ACTIVE RAIN UNIVERSITY - priceless.  Find your voice and go from there. 


I’ve learned the bloggers voice isn’t a blueprint – there are listings, poems, songs, cartoons, complaints, photos, videos and posts just saying “I’m not having a good blogging day, and that’s human too”. Blogging seems to be the quickest way to let consumers know who we are.

Authenticity, transparency, love of your career and your community - these things draw clients and referrals to you!


The power of linking and networks – Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube, Yelp – to name a few, and how back links work.   I think the "spiderweb" on social media and online creates tremendous "google juice".  33% of my closed business already this year came from "I found you online through Google"

I’ve learned that online, your social and business sides WILL merge, so keep your comments and blogs to what you’d say in front of your mother.  I was at a meeting yesterday with some of the top agents in our town.  A quote I've heard before was shared, "People do business with people they know...like...trust"  EVERY lead from my blog is a warm lead.

I’ve discovered my community. Suddenly I have reporter’s eyes. I’ve been driving around my area subdivisions. I carry my camera constantly. I’m reading and subscribing to area blogs, newsletters, circulations and e-brochures. I've got a line of brand new RSS feeds. It’s like I’m falling in love with my surroundings all over again. And what better way to share it than through blogging.

I have kept this focus and become a "neighborhood", "niche" specialist.  It helps people find you, identify with you, and most of all, trust you.

I am Active Rain

It’s only just begun. The optimism I feel at discovering all of the above and more, is better than any feeling I’ve had in my business career thus far 2010. I aim to finish the year differently: Better.
You can too. If you’re hiding in the shadows of Active Rain, or simply a member and haven’t moved to “rainmaker” status – I urge you to give it a try.  Where can YOU be 26 days from now?

Another thing I heard at yesterday's panel meeting.  One has a friend that says every year that they want to do a decathalon.  And every year they don't.  They never started a plan. She needs to run a mile a day, or SOMETHING to get started on her goal.  Likewise, blogging. Take a photo and add 50 words.  Share a community event.  Talk about something you learned, or taught to a client.

Where can you be five years from now????  Where can you be 30 days from now???

If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Comment balloon 20 commentsCara Marcelle Mancuso • April 14 2016 07:07AM


OK your kitty is just like one of mine...always has to be on mommy and her papers!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 3 years ago

Cara we must be running on the same wave length. I am re-doing some old posts and it sure did take me back to where I started in the rain.....and what a ride it's been.  Enjoyed reading your post!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 3 years ago

Great Blog that you started as a Draft in 2010, and finished Final in 2016 - nice . . .  Cara Marcelle Mancuso!   

Posted by Allie Angeloni (Long Realty ) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Cara.  At least you finished.  Some would have deleted the post long ago.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 3 years ago

Cara, actually I think there is a direct connection when it comes to blogging less and selling more!  I've been practicing it lately.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Cara, the following quote says it all, the people we connect with, both members of the rain and the general public feel they know us and connect with us and are not afraid to contact us - every lead is a warm lead, and referrals are plentiful

A quote I've heard before was shared, "People do business with people they know...like...trust"  EVERY lead from my blog is a warm lead. 


Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (The K Company Realty) almost 3 years ago

Cara - Thank you for the challenge and advice! 

Posted by Sheldon Haywood, Haywood Home Team (HHT) (McGraw Realtors ) almost 3 years ago

Great blog and advice! I have been reading through AR for a few days now and trying to figure out where to start and what people tend to write about. So many great ideas :)

Posted by Erica Love (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek) almost 3 years ago

I have reporter's eyes! I love that wording; it's so true - once we decide we are going to write about everything, we see so much more. 

Thanks for your post!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 3 years ago

Old posts let you in on things you forgot you knew. It can spark a whole new campaign, can't it?

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Love this. Great words

Posted by Melissa Spittel, "Achieving Results Together " (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 3 years ago

Your post offered great inspiration!  The old became new!  Thanks!

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) almost 3 years ago

And if I just had more time to blog!  So many things to write about...still I manage to get one post out a week.  Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) almost 3 years ago

You first photo reminded me of my late, great office cat Beau. He'd saunter into the office and hop on my desk and sit, of course, right smack in front of my monitor. I'd have to slide him to the left of desk where he'd just LOOK at me.(see photo). It's amazing how we count on animals being there and giving us comfort as we forumulate the latest post, contract snafu or email.  Last year I was given the opportunity to write a column twice monthly for a local daily here in Sonoma County, Wine Country, California. I finished about 20+ posts of a 1,000 words each. I could knock them out in about an hour. I do my best work under pressure. I got MANY great ideas from all my friends on AR.     I love writing about our local market. Though I'm a tried and true "D" type, I still find numbers fascinating in relation to our real estate happenings. I'm currently reading the "War of Art" (sic) and reccomend it to anyone who findd the most inane things to do rather than face their muse. I find the book also gets me in touch with my lead generation, calling a client for a referral or making that long overdue "thank-you" to a  friend.

   High School taught me many life-long tools; I type can  65 words a minute and have a love of writing and literature. My muse beckons!


My late, great office cat

Posted by Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS, "One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources" (The MJKelly Team) almost 3 years ago

Interesting how, after blogging for a few (or many) years, the mind thinks multiple times a day "oh, this would be great info for my next blog post."

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 3 years ago

Cara, Five years of blogging/niche work has made a very significant difference in our business.  It took time to figure it all out and to hit a critical mass, but we're at the point that hearing "you were EVERYWHERE when we searched for patio homes" is not a surprise to us.  Different streams (blogging, idx pages, pinterest, etc.) are all placing page 1 on Google, so the calls and contracts continue to increase.  This year is going particularly well, with four months into the year I'm already past 1/2 of 2015's production.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 3 years ago

Can we promote this site to the general public? Is this a good site for us to blog where the public can learn and find realtors around the U.S.?

Posted by Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna) almost 3 years ago

Still haven't posted a blog yet but will eventually. When is eventually? Eventually, when I'm ready!

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) almost 3 years ago

Great post.  Other than just selling homes I think blogging has made me a better person and agent.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Thank you for sharing! As a newer member; I am looking forward to a time when I can look back and track growth.

Posted by Katherine Toale, Brooklyn Residential Sales Specialist (Elliman) almost 3 years ago