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Agent Genius Ranks #19 on Top Real Estate Blogs According to GeekRealEstate

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I have no idea how Geek Real Estate came up with their list, but it IS a great list and I just wanted to share.

Oh, and our very own Ines’ Miamism ranked #47, Daniel’s Real Estate Zebra made #49, **Mike Price’s MLBroadcast (sorry for the oversight …) made #44, and Teresa Boardman’s St. Paul Real Estate Blog ranked a stealth #16.

Way to go you guys!

**Update.

Mariana is a real estate agent and co-owner of the Wagner iTeam with her husband, Derek. She maintains the Colorado Springs Real Estate Connection Blog and is also a real estate technology trainer and coach. Mariana really enjoys helping real estate agents boost their businesses and increase their productivity through effective use of technology. Outside of real estate, blogging and training, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 sons, reading, re-watching Sci-Fi movies and ... long walks on the beach?

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26 Comments

  1. Drew Meyers

    February 15, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I just clicked on the Geek Real Estate link and was re-directed to this site – https://www.century21waldorf.com/

  2. Hi, I'm Jeff Turner And I Got Here Before Rudy

    February 15, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I got Century 21 Waldorf as well. Are you saying they are geeks?

  3. Kelley Koehler

    February 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    think she meant geekrealtors.com?

  4. Ines

    February 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I’m always happy to make it on any list ( well…maybe not EVERY)

    Shall we make a list of our own? How about our own list of penguins?

  5. Mike Price

    February 15, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Marianna, Guess I’m chopped liver but my blog did come in at number 44. The list is at GeekRealtors.com. GeekRealEstate is indeed a C21 agent. Wonder how long it will be for they get the infamous NAR slap down for that domain name? To answer your question on how they did the rankings, they combined Google Page Rank with Technorati and Alexa Rankings.

  6. Mariana

    February 15, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Well… Nice to see y’all are paying attention! Apparently, I wasn’t. Geek Real Estate .com DOES redirect to some C21 site. Nice. I fix-ed it. Thank you for your patience… Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

  7. Mariana

    February 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Mike – Der. I fix-ed that one too. Sorry for the oversight. [refresh]

  8. Jonathan Dalton

    February 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Call me pissy but …

    My Technorati rank’s higher than much of the list. My Alexa rank is with most of the list, not that it makes that fact relevant in the slightest. My page rank is with the rest of the list.

    I’m behind a local blog that features one or two posts a month and none since mid-January.

    Of course I’m free to submit my own site but screw that. I’m not invisible. Neither’s my site.

    Whatever.

  9. Mike Price

    February 15, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I was just teasin ya Mariana but thanks for the link love just the same. 🙂

    JD, this list showed up in my technorati back links the other day, I’ve spent more time on it with these last couple of comments than I did when I saw it in the first place. You’re visible to anyone who matters, and that’s all that really matters in the matter, wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

    MP

  10. Benn Rosales

    February 15, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    They’re gonna get a spanking from NAR, what a shame.

  11. Larry Yatkowsky

    February 16, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Does NAR mean Not Always Right?
    Methinks someone must have thought this before because with big brother watching I rarely have original thoughts. .>)

  12. Vlad

    February 16, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Hello every one. My name is Vlad. I was the one responsible for compiling the list and I apologize for missing anyone. Feel free to submit your blogs.

    It was my oversight regarding “geekrealtors” domain and not an attempt to infringe. In fact our goal was to bring a little more exposure to some great real estate blogs out there.

    @Johnathan Dalton- I believe there is another Arizona blog on the list. If my memory correct there are three Arizona blogs on the list. Your blog was not on the list until I read this thread. Now it is. Unfortunately the list updates only once a week.

    I also believe the fact that list is out there is more important what place your blog is at. Just think about it as an extra link to your website.

  13. Benn Rosales

    February 16, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Vlad, welcome to agentgenius.com

    I certainly understand why you used it, in fact, the original name of this site was realtorgenius.com until NAR said NO… You may want to be proactive and make the switch now because the c&d is probably going to be in your box in a few months (if not days or weeks). It was meant merely as an fyi, because I assure you, we at agentgenius.com don’t really care.

  14. Mariana

    February 16, 2008 at 10:45 am

    NAR= Not Always Right … LOL!

    Vlad – Hiya! Thank you for taking the time to put that list together.

  15. Vlad

    February 16, 2008 at 10:48 am

    @Ben. Thanks we’ll do all we cane to keep up our list, even if takes different domain.

    @Mariana. Thank you.

  16. Michael Price

    February 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Vlad, be sure to come back and comment when you move it to a new domain. Are you considering any additional metrics to rank the blogs?

  17. Vlad

    February 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Michael,

    I will definitely let you know about the new location of the list.

    I am not sure if we are ready to consider other metrics. Although all three Alexa, Google PR and Technorati statistics can be scrutinized, it is not possible to keep these statistics inflated for a longer period of time. I think for now combination of these three will do it. But we are opened to suggestions.

  18. Laurie Manny

    February 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Mariana, just went over to check it out and found myself on the list. Thanks Vlad!

  19. Mariana

    February 16, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    YAY Laurie! 🙂

  20. Jonathan Dalton

    February 16, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Vlad – appreciate the link but still a little wary of the concept. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the Technorati rankings, Alexa rankings (which ain’t worth much) and the rest. Blogtopsites tracks traffic. Is that better? Is traffic the goal?

    Not so sure …

  21. Vlad

    February 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Jonathan,

    Blogtopsites also gives you a link via redirect, we give a clean friendly link. Besides not every blog on our list has installed “blogtopsites” badges on their websites. We can have fun trying, can’t we?

  22. Dee Copeland

    February 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Awesome! I’m 74….look waaaaay down on the list! 🙂

  23. Vlad

    February 20, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Just in case any one follow comments here. In light of some suggestions the list was moved a new domain:
    http://www.top100realestateblogs.com

    Thanks every one for the feedback.

  24. Mariana

    February 21, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the link, Vlad!

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Sci-fi alert: Building cities on quantum networks becoming reality

(OPINION / EDITORIAL) The University of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Tech Lab has created quantum networks that demonstrate the possibilities for future cities.

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Quantum network connections in theoretical city at night time.

The University of Bristol is home to the largest quantum entanglement-based computer network in the world. Its Quantum Engineering Technology Lab, led by Dr. Siddarth Joshi, has been spearheading the development of a method of encryption called Quantum Key Distribution that may soon revolutionize information security.

First, what is quantum computing, exactly? (Giving a concise answer to that question is sort of like nailing jelly to a wall, but here goes…)

Much like a light switch, a conventional computer circuit can only be in one of two states at a time: On (1) or off (0). That’s basically how binary code works – by representing information as a series of discrete on and off signals, or high and low energy states.

Quantum computing makes use of a third kind of state that exists between those two.

Think about it this way: If classical, binary computing models rely on energy states of “yes” and “no” to communicate data, quantum computing introduces a state of “maybe.” This is because at the quantum level, the photons that make up the information in a quantum computer can exist in multiple places (or energy states, if you prefer) at once – a phenomenon known as “entanglement.”

Entangled photons cannot be observed or measured (i.e., tampered with) without changing their state and destroying the information they contain. That means quantum computer networks are virtually hack proof compared to traditional networks.

This is where Dr. Joshi’s team is changing the game. While previous attempts to build a secure quantum computer network have been limited to just two machines, the QET Lab has been able to establish a quantum encrypted network between eight machines over a distance of nearly eleven miles.

As Dr. Joshi puts it, “until now, building a quantum network has entailed huge cost, time, and resource, as well as often compromising on its security which defeats the whole purpose. […] By contrast, the QET Lab’s vision is scalable, relatively cheap and, most important of all, impregnable.”

If it can be successfully scaled up further, quantum encryption has countless potential civic applications, such as providing security for voting machines, WiFi networks, remote banking services, credit card transactions, and more.

In order for an entire population to be able to utilize a quantum network, fiber optic infrastructure must first be made accessible and affordable for everyone to have in their homes. In that sense, quantum cities are still roughly two decades away, posits Dr. Joshi. The technology behind it is very nearly mature, though. A simpler application of quantum encryption is practically right around the corner – think quantum ATMs in as few as five years.

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5 ways to grow your entrepreneur business without shaming others

(OPINION / EDITORIAL) We all need support as business owners. Let’s talk ideas for revenue growth as an entrepreneur that do not include shaming your competition.

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The year 2020 has forced everyone to re-assess their priorities and given us the most uncertain set of circumstances we have lived through. For businesses and entrepreneurs, they were faced with having to confront new business scenarios quickly. Maybe your entrepreneur business was set to thrive as behaviors changed (maybe you already offered contactless products and services). Or, you were forced to add virtual components or find new revenue streams – immediately. This has been tough.

Every single person is having a hard time with the adjustments and most likely at different stages than others. We’re at the 6-month mark, and each of our timelines are going to look different. Our emotions have greeted us differently too, whether we have felt relief, grief, excitement, fear, hope, determination, or just plain exhaustion.

Now that we are participating in life a bit more virtually than in 2019, this is a good time to re-visit the pros and cons of the influence of technology and marketing outreach online. It’s also a great time to throw old entrepreneur rules out the window and create a better sense of community where you can.

Here’s an alluring article, “Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mom Shaming’”, that gives an example from about a decade ago of how the popularity of mommy bloggers grew by women sharing their parenting “hacks”, tips, or even recipes and crafting ideas via online posts and blogs. As the blog entries grew, so did other moms comparing themselves and/or feeling inadequate. Some of the responses were natural and some may have been coming from a place of defensiveness. Moms are not alone in looking for resources, articles, materials, and friends to tell us we’re doing ok. We just need to be told “You are doing fine.”

Luckily, some moms in Connecticut decided to declare an end to “Mom Wars” and created a photo shoot that shared examples of how each mom had a right to their choices in parenting. It seemed to reinforce the message of, “You are doing fine.” I don’t know about you, but my recent google searches of “Is it ok to have my 3-year old go to bed with the iPad” are pretty much destined to get me in trouble with her pediatrician. I’m hoping that during a global pandemic, “I am doing fine.”

Comparing this scenario to the entrepreneur world, often times your business is your baby. You have worn many hats to keep it alive. You have built the concept and ideas, nurtured the products and services with sweat, tears, and maybe some laughs. You have spent countless hours researching, experimenting, and trying processes and marketing tactics that work for you. You have been asked to “pivot” this year like so many others (sick of that word? Me too).

Here are some ideas for revenue growth as an entrepreneur (or at least, ideas worth considering if you haven’t already):

  1. It’s about the questions you ask yourself. How does your product or service help or serve others (vs. solely asking how do I get more customers?) This may lead to new ideas or income streams.
  2. Consider a collaboration or a partnership – even if they seem like the competition. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb
  3. Stop inadvertently shaming the competition by critiquing what they do. It’s really obvious on your Instagram. Try changing the narrative to how you help others.
  4. Revisit the poem All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and re-visit it often. “And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”
  5. Join a community, celebrate others’ success, and try to share some positivity without being asked to do so. Ideas include: Likes/endorsements, recommendations on LinkedIn for your vendor contacts, positive Google or Yelp reviews for fellow small business owners.

It seems like we really could use more kindness and empathy right now. So what if we look for the help and support of others in our entrepreneurial universe versus comparing and defending our different way of doing things?

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Can we combat grind culture and injustice with a nap?

(OPINION EDITORIALS) A global pandemic and a climate of racial injustice may require fresh thinking and a new approach from what grind culture has taught us.

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Sleeping cat with plant, fighting grind culture.

Information is delivered to us at warp speed with access to television, radio, and the internet (and more specifically, social media). We are inundated with messages. Oftentimes they’re personalized by something that a friend or family shared. Other times we manage them for work, school, or just keeping up with news. Many entrepreneurs already wear many hats and burn the midnight oil.

During this global pandemic, COVID-19, we have also seen a rise in awareness and attention to social injustice and systemic racism. This is not a new concept, as we all know. But it did feel like the attention was advanced exponentially by the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day 2020. Many people and entrepreneurs felt called to action (or at least experienced self-reflection). And yet they were working at all hours to evolve their businesses to survive. All of this happening simultaneously may have felt like a struggle while they tried to figure out exactly they can do.

There are some incredible thought leaders – and with limited time, it can be as simple as checking them out on Instagram. These public figures give ideas around what to be aware of and how to make sure you are leveling up your awareness.

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Center for Antiracist Research – he has been studying anti-racism and has several books and interviews that help give language to what has been happening in our country for centuries. His content also delves into why and how white people have believed they are more than people of color. Here is a great interview he did with Brené Brown on her Unlocking Us podcast.

Tamika Mallory – American activist and one of the leading organizers of the 2017 Women’s March. She has been fighting for justice to be brought upon the officers that killed Breonna Taylor on March 13. These are among other efforts around the country to push back on gun control, feminist issues, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Brené Brown – research professor at the University of Houston and has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She has been listening and engaging on how racism and our shame intersect. She also speaks about how people can reflect on themselves and where they can take action to better our society. She has some antiracism resources on her website.

With all of this information and the change in our daily routines and work habits (or business adjustments), what is a fresh approach or possibly a new angle that you haven’t been able to consider?

There is one social channel against grind culture that may not be as well-known. At an initial glance, you may even perceive this place as a spoof Twitter and Instagram that is just telling you to take a nap. But hold on, it’s actually much smarter than that. The description says “We examine the liberating power of naps. We believe rest is a form of resistance and reparations. We install Nap Experiences. Founding in 2016.”

It might be a great time for you to check out The Nap Ministry, inspired by Tricia Hersey. White people are called to action, and people of color are expressly told to give time to taking care of themselves. Ultimately, it goes both ways – everyone needs the time to recharge and recuperate. But people of color especially are being told to value their rest more than the grind culture. Yes, you’re being told you need to manage your mental health and include self-care in your schedule.

Through The Nap Ministry, Tricia “examines rest as a form of resistance by curating safe spaces for the community to rest via Collective Napping Experiences, immersive workshops, and performance art installations.”

“In this incredibly rich offering, we speak with Tricia on the myths of grind culture, rest as resistance, and reclaiming our imaginative power through sleep. Capitalism and white supremacy have tricked us into believing that our self-worth is tied to our productivity. Tricia shares with us the revolutionary power of rest.” They have even explored embracing sleep as a political act.

Let this allow you to take a deep breath and sigh – it is a must that you take care of yourself to take care of your business as well as your customers and your community. And yes, keep your drive and desire to “get to work”. But not at your expense for the old grind culture narrative.

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