Blog FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Phoenix Real Estate Guy

When did this blog start?
The first post was published on May 8, 2005.

It was not good.

What is this blog about?
In a nutshell, real estate. Primarily Phoenix real estate. I realize that’s a broad topic – and this blog covers pretty much all aspects of real estate; including the perspective of the real estate buyer, seller, investor and those that make a living in real estate – agents, brokers, lenders, and vendors.

There are also fairly frequent random musings, local events, news and opinion pieces on just about everything.

Why do you write here?
I wish I knew… ;)   The blog started as two things: 1) an experiment; and 2) a writing outlet. Over time it has morphed into a pretty amazing venue for reaching former and current clients and “prospecting” for potential and new clients. Hopefully it’s helped teach some folks about real estate and the Phoenix area.

What software runs on this blog?
This is a “self-hosted” WordPress blog. The software is free and available at WordPress.org. There have been countless iterations in theme and design, but I’ve been using a highly customized version of the AgentPress theme by StudioPress. It runs on the Genesis Framework. AgentPress and Genesis are premium products (in other words, they cost money – and are well worth it).

Web hosting is by CopyBlogger Media’s Synthesis WordPress hosting.

The home search (both Phoenix and Tucson) is the Diverse Solutions IDX (Internet Data eXchange) product.

What plugins do you use?
I use (too many) WordPress plugins. They are constantly changing so if I list them here, that list will be out of date next week. If you see something and it looks like a plugin function, contact me and I’ll gladly tell you which one it is.

Can I link to you? Add you to my blogroll?
Sure! As long as you are not a spammer, a porn site, a Viagra (or some similar drug) site, etc. I love links!

Can we exchange links?
Sorry, I don’t participate in link exchanges of any kind.

Why don’t you participate in link exchanges?
One, Google appears to have devalued “reciprocal” links (link exchanges). Two, I get a dozen or more requests to exchange links every week, and I simply couldn’t keep up even if I tried. And three, I got burned in the past by people that would remove the link to me once I linked to them. I’m not saying whoever is reading this would do that, but it soured me on the whole link exchange thing. Write compelling content, and people (myself included) will naturally link to you. And that is WAY better than any reciprocal link.

Can I copy your content?
Uh, no. That would be a violation of copyright law. You are welcome to use snippets of posts, as long as they are properly attributed (with a link to the original post).

Who customized your site?
The current design was done by Rafal Tomal, lead designer with CopyBlogger Media. I think he is a genius. It is quite the honor to be included in his portfolio (the man has designed some of the biggest sites on the net). Some minor (very minor) modifications were done by yours truly.

Where did you learn to do all this?
Self-taught… LOTS (and I mean LOTS) of time reading, practicing and breaking things. And I still have a long long way to go.

Can you customize my site?
Maybe. I do have a little side business doing consulting / website / blog work. See Realty Tech Help for details. I only have time to take on limited clients/projects.

Do you have a privacy policy?
Sure do! The TPREG privacy policy.

TPREG? What’s a TPREG?
The Phoenix Real Estate Guy

How about a comment policy?
Yep. In short, please don’t advertise in the comments, and be civil. Pretty simple.

How many hours have you spent on this site?
I have no idea. Lots. At least a couple thousand I suspect.

Is it worth it?
Absolutely! It’s been tremendously rewarding on many levels.

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