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How good is your blog? Time to find out — it’s our 2009 National Real Estate Blog Brawl!

And this time it’s different. Way different.

As usual, we’ve got some sweet prizes, thanks to our sponsors, Inman News and The Center for REALTOR® Technology. (And the good folks at Inman will be offering a pretty hefty discount to Real Estate Connect NYC 2010 just for VAR members. Stay tuned for details.)

Let’s start with the good stuff — prizes.

First place:

Second place:

Third and fourth place:

  • Flip Mino HD camcorders
Who can enter

The Blog Brawl is open to any Realtor® (yes, we’ll be checking), and the blog must be focused on real estate. Simple as that.

How it’s gonna work

There are five rounds of the Brawl. The first one is open everyone. (Well, not really. See above.) But out of those entries, only 16 will make the cut to move on to Round 2.

From there, each round cuts the contestants in half. Er, the number of contestants in half. Round 2 will whittle us down to eight contestants, Round 3 will give us four, and Round 4 will give us the finalists.

What’s different? It ain’t a simple popularity contest this time. The whole judging thing’s been rejiggered and reconfigured. Some rounds use voting; some rounds use judges. And that voting isn’t ye olde “pick one” anymore. You’ll see.

A few more rules

image We expect you to ask for votes. That’s the nature of the beast. Go for it — beg and plead to your heart’s content. But don’t pay for them (other than the typical “buy you a beer” offers we see); don’t use any method of automated voting; or any system, tool, method, or whatever that a reasonable person would consider not cricket. You know what we mean.

There are probably ways to cheat that we can’t catch, but we hope we can count on your integrity. Still, we reserve the right to disqualify any blog/blogger for any reason or for no reason. (Translation: Stay above reproach. Period.)

On to the Brawl!

All that said, let’s get started! Are you a Realtor® with a real estate blog? Submit it for Round 1!

  • All times are Eastern Standard.
  • To be eligible, submitted blog posts must be real estate related.
  • Send e-mails to blogbrawl@varbuzz.com.

Here’s the schedule of rounds and how each will work. Your first deadline: 8:59 a.m., Thursday, November 19, 2009

(If you think you’re good enough, you may want to look ahead to rounds 4 and 5. Just sayin’.)

Round 1 — “All in”

Submit the URL of the best single entry on your blog (preferably something recent, but there’s no limit). It must have been written, shot, or taped by you.

Submission deadline: 8:59 a.m., Thursday, November 19.

Then what: Voting! We’ll take all the qualifying submissions and put them on a voting page. Visitors will vote for their favorite posts. That’s right — POSTS. They aren’t limited to just one vote. On Monday, November 23 we’ll announce the top 16 vote-getters, who will move on to the next round.

Round 2 — “Less is More"

imagePublish a blog post that uses 140 or fewer characters (including punctuation and spaces, of course). Send us the URL.

Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 23. (Yes, you read that right.)

Then what: We’ll publish all 16 posts (without attribution). Visitors will vote for their favorites. On Wednesday, November 25, before we leave for Thanksgiving, we’ll announce the top eight vote-getters, who will move on to Round 3.

Round 3 — “1,000 Words”

image Publish a photoblog post. (It can have some words, of course, but the photo has to be the focus.) The photo must have been taken no earlier than November 19, 2009. Send us the URL for the post.

Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, December 1.

Then what: Our panel of photographer judges will rate those photos and pick the four best to go on to Round 4. (Oh noes! It’s not a popularity contest!) We’ll announce those picks on Friday, December 4. And yes, everyone will get to see all the entries.

Round 4 — “Artist’s Conception”

Contest: On the morning of Tuesday, December 8, we’ll visit your blog and take a screenshot. Then we’ll show it to our team of designers, who will rate it for its graphic design. If you’re looking for an excuse to redesign your blog, this is it! You can do it yourself, hire a designer, use a template — whatever. Just make it look good. And yes, everyone will get to see all the entries.

On December 10, we’ll announce the judges’ findings, and the two finalists.

Round 5, the final round — “Ready for Your Close-Up”

image Publish a video blog post — no text other than the title and typical blog metadata (tags, categories, etc.). Length can be anywhere from 10 seconds to 10 minutes.

Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., Monday, December 14

Then what: It’s voting time again! We’ll open the contest to everyone, just like Round 1. But this time we’ll ask people to rate your video on a scale from 1 to 10. We’ll average the scores for each to determine the winner.

And we’ll announce that big winner on December 18!

So… why are you still reading this and not submitting your entry?