March 27th, 2016
Why do your forums require a website? Do you not realize some of us are novices just starting out and have not made enough money yet to incur the expense of a website?
First of all, what James is talking about is that starting back on April 5, 2015, everyone leaving a comment on the PFRE blog is required to fill in the website field of the comment with a valid URL. There are two basic reasons I instituted this feature of the blog:
- Mike ONeil summed it up nicely. He said, “Very simple, I get more value from what I read if the person writing is someone who has experience in what they are writing about. A website lets me verify what they say.“
- Anyone, even a novice can have a website for free. Real estate photography is highly internet oriented and having a website is the first step at getting started in this business.
I should also point out that the decision to do this was effectively a community decision (see this post for the full details). Notice that 77% of PFRE readers supported making this change. After having this policy for about 12 months, I have to say I’m very pleased with the way this feature as worked out. A huge part of the content of this blog is the comments of the readers and I think this feature has improved the value of the comments.
For novices, here are two very easy ways to create get started in building a personal site:
- Create a Flickr account and use that. This is actually a photographic site and allows you to also post your photos on the PFRE Flickr group to get feedback.
- Create a Facebook page. While this isn’t as photographic oriented as Flickr it allows you another way to connect with potential clients and other real estate photographers.
In summary, everyone in business needs a URL! It is very easy to create a free page on the net for free. So I don’t feel like insisting on a URL to comment on PFRE is a hardship.