The 1st 4RealzEd event was yesterday and…

4ealzEdI think I’ve recovered enough now to actually post about it! 🙂

Despite our best efforts to be prepared, the day started off a bit rough with a nearby mudslide taking out power in our building in the morning (meaning no hot coffee and no projector) and a 9-car pileup on a nearby freeway slowed me down tremendously. AHHH

So, to say it started rough would be an understatement… But once it started, things seem to get on a roll quickly.

I started with an overview of consumers expectations in a web2.0 world to set expectations for the day… Jim followed up with presentation on optimal features and design for a real estate website. Then it turned back to me for a presentation on social networking… lunch… then another presentation by me on creating value through blogging about communities. And we returned for the day’s finally with Jim giving a engaging presentation on measuring and tracking marketing results to ensure a positive ROI.

All around, it was a wonderful day! And, maybe they were just being nice, but the attendees who talked with me said only good things about the education.

Because I promised attendees I would give them a list of all the sites I mentioned in my presentations (so that they wouldn’t have to ask me to spell out each URL), here is the list for everyone’s benefit.

Consumer Expectations in a Web2.0 World:

Engaging in Social Networking to Earn Clients

Using Blogs to Build Communities

I wasn’t tracking the sites that Jim mentioned, but there were not nearly as many of them in his presentations…

And thanks again to all the bloggers who have helped spread the word about the event, the sponsors who helped us keep the price low and all the attendees who made the day possible!

I received some incredible feedback from all three groups, which is going to lead me to make some changes to the upcoming events (I’ll announce those early next week!). Great stuff all around. Thanks again to everyone!

I want a WP plugin that automatically rebuilds the URL within…

 …a feed to go through the original post and then redirect to the initial link.

It’s really just an ego thing, but I think if a bunch of us in the RE.net were using such a plug-in, it would give me a better picture of how much traffic different people send around.

The reason?   The #1 referrer to 4realz.net is consistently Google Reader… but I don’t know if those referrals are coming from people subscribed to my blog or from links from other prominent bloggers.

In practice, this would mean that if I linked to the homepage of Rain City Guide in this post, the URL in the feed might look something like this:

http://4realz.net/2008/02/04/i-want-a-WP-plugin-that/?redirect=http://www.raincityguide.com/

If something like this already exists, I can’t seem to find it, so please let me know!

Sidepanel Reminder!

I’ve been doing my best to add any and all updated real estate blogs to my sidepanel, but I’m positive I’m still missing some great blogs. If you think you belong on my blogroll, leave a comment to let me know!

And while we’re at it, why not use this as a reminder that it is time to add 4realz to your sidepanel!
4realz Technorati ranking

In about a month and a half of existence, I’m proud to have earned inbound links from 55 blogs and over 14K total links to the 4realz.net.  However, this is only scratching the surface of what’s possible and with your help I plan to get my Technorati authority over 100 before the end of the month.  😉