This is my 800th post on ActiveRain. I spent a lot of time and effort writing original content over the past couple of years, and I wanted to take a minute today to answer a question that has been posed to me many times:
“Jason, is it worth it? Have you seen good results from your blogging?”
Well, aside from the friendships, referrals, teaching opportunities, publicity in local and national press, and my own radio show about social media, I have one terrific indicator that it’s all worthwhile – actual clients find me.
Before I say this, please understand that it is to encourage, not to brag. Last year, over half of my income came from my blogging and social media efforts. Presently, I am working with FIVE clients who found me here first.
I met yesterday with two different families who are looking to move to Austin from New York. I have another client who decided on my neighborhood based largely on posts he read on my blog. I just listed a home this past week for a fellow member of AR (in another industry, of course). THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS!
All told, I have roughly $2 million in contracts and potential business at the moment which is exclusively from people who found my AR posts via Google or other search engines.
In fact, this past week was so busy that it’s the first week since 2007 that I was unable to write for six full days. Too busy to blog? In a word, yes.
P.S. I promise that I will soon post some new baby pictures, since I have been besieged with requests!
Photo courtesy of karindalziel.