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How to Make Content Work For You

Professional Realtor blogs are a great way to market yourself as practiced by my favorite Madison realtor. They provide an extremely cost-efficient and personal way for you the Real Estate Agent to connect to potential clients and differentiate yourself from other Realtors. To be effective your real estate website should contain information that people are searching for and need when making purchasing decisions. Once they get to your site your goal should be to build a positive relationship with your clients. To do this your professional realtor blog needs to be active. You should post information that updates over time, causing them to return over and over. In doing this when next they are ready to take the next step, purchase a house, they will turn to you as an agent they already know and trust.

A Professional Realtor blog is a marketing tool like postcards, ads or word of mouth. A website is a tool to market your services, generate leads and convert them into customers. Dollar for dollar websites is a great place to spend your marketing budget. Each postcard costs $0.44 just for the stamp, sending 1000 postcards costs around $500. For every 1000 postcards, you will usually generate on average five leads. Contrast that with a blog that given proper promotion can provide you with greater exposure, more leads and in addition create lasting relationships to help you convert them to customers. All for the same price.

Potential, past and future clients visit and return to your site for the content you provide. As a realtor, you can provide many interesting types of content either from sources such as MLS or from personal experience and knowledge. Most people will visit your site for up to date listing information and return to view updated information or newer listings. It’s important to make the listings easy to share since your visitors will be sending them around gathering their friends, family and spouses opinion. A link is much easier to share then making people enter write down and enter the MLS number. The second source of content for your professional real estate blog is local information about the area. When showing homes people ask you all sorts of questions about the neighborhood, write these down, then write a blog post about each question. If one person asked you the question chances are more people have the same question and probably searching for it on google. If you create a post about it they will find your website.

Your professional real estate website is a showcase for your services, invest time in building up your site. Make sure it looks like a site you would trust using. Keep the information on it current and targeted to your audience and when they are looking to rent or purchase their next house they will choose you.

4 Ways to Get Your Business Found by Local Searchers

4 Ways to Get Your Business Found by Local Searchers

If you are like most small businesses, the success of your company is dependent on attracting local customers, whether they are in your region, state, county or even town. While it’s great to see that your website is pulling in visitors from around the country and maybe even around the world, you don’t want to waste the time or resources worrying about leads and inquiries that you can’t possibly follow up with. So, how do you ensure you are doing everything in your power to pull in those valuable visitors from across town? Check out this list:

1. Optimize your site for geographic-specific keywords.

Depending on the competitiveness of your geographic region and industry, this is a quick and easy way for you to start ranking for various keywords that local shoppers are using to search in Google, Yahoo! and Bing. To do this, make sure that the Page Title, URL, H1 tag and page content of your web pages include your geographic keyword phrase and that you are consistent across all elements. For example, check out this page, which illustrates geographic keyword optimization done right. By doing this, this company is more likely to pull in consumers in Newington, CT who are looking for replacement windows and siding. Remember, if you have multiple pages for each town/city you service, make sure they are different enough so the search engines don’t tag them as duplicate content!

2. Blog!

A blog is a great way to talk about your local services and commitment to your local market. Share case studies or success stories of work you’ve done in the past in each town, city or county. Customers love being in the spotlight, so use your blog as an opportunity to showcase them and highlight your great work. Remember to use the geographic location in your blog title and URL and promote your blog to generate inbound links!

3. Engage with local bloggers and city-specific websites.

When you engage with local bloggers from your area and share your knowledge and expertise, you begin to establish yourself as a great resource and expert in your industry. You’ll be getting your name and company in front of local readers and begin to develop relationships with influential bloggers who may be more likely to do feature stories about you in the future. While HubSpot doesn’t pull customers in from any one specific geographic location like your business may, we frequently engage in conversations on the Boston Globe‘s website, Boston.com, as well as with local technology and business bloggers, Mass High Tech and the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX). See what’s in your local area, and start interacting.

4. Sign up for accounts on ratings & review sites.

As we have seen, consumers are more and more likely to start their research process online for a local vendor, handyman, car mechanic, doctor or marketing professional. Armed with that knowledge, you need to make sure your business is listed on the major websites that provide ratings and reviews for various services.

What Do Realtors Need in a Website?

Maria Antoinette Madison Real Estate Agent

This research was conducted by Maria Antoinette an experienced Madison realtor. specializing condos for sale in Madison WI. According to the 2009 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 85-90% of real estate purchases start on the web. Even if that statistic is somewhat off, it nevertheless remains true that most potential customers now start their property search online and choose their Realtor based on what websites they find.

Over 60,000 agents serve the New England area, all of them looking for new clients. Consumers now have many options when they search the web for a Realtor or property. They can visit specific brokerage websites like RE/MAX or Coldwell Banker, browse listings at Trulia or Redfin, search Google, and much more. Most Realtor website discussion focuses on SEO and is one of the first 10 results that come up for certain search terms. While this is good practice, it remains true that all websites have the same goals and that there are already plenty of resources out there that discuss SEO in depth. I will therefore instead focus on what happens when people reach your website and how you can influence their decision to choose you as their agent.

Web usability studies have shown that users care about speed, appearance, clutter, and content. For Realtor sites, this refers chiefly to listings: buyers want to look at listings, and sellers want to see you working their listing. Today, I will focus on the visual aspect of your site. If potential customers find your design unattractive, they will likely move on to the next site. In my research for ListingInjector, I have looked at thousands of different real estate websites. I can, therefore, tell you with confidence that most sites look horrible, making the ones that look halfway decent standout. Sites are often cluttered, hard to navigate, and apparently more interested in selling mortgages than real estate services. When the web exploded in the early ’90s, people explored the medium by building sites in a simple text editor. Today, however, companies use teams of professionally trained engineers to design and build their websites. This has raised the bar of what constitutes an attractive website, and when you don’t meet your users’ expectations, it reflects poorly on your commitment to your customers as an agent.

With this in mind, here are some simple rules to follow when exploring your next site design:

  1. Keep it simple and clean. In contemporary design, less is more. When people visit your website, they are seeking specific information: sellers are looking at how you promote your properties, and buyers are looking for user-friendly listings. A common mistake is to offer an IDX service that does not flow with the rest of the site, looks awkward, or is hard to use.
  2. Know what you’re selling. Mortgage brokers and advertisers will pay you for ad placement on your home page. You should always ask yourself if $50 a month is worth the loss of commission on a potential sale. Think of your website cost as a part of your marketing: you would never put a mortgage broker’s ad on your marketing material. If you must sell ad space, do so only in a way that flows with your site’s design.
  3. Create a cohesive look. I often have seen agents spending money on a professionally designed site only to detract from their overall look with low-quality images or a poor layout. Spend a bit more money and have a graphic artist clean up your images and integrate them into your design.

Next time I’ll talk about content and how not to become a slave to it. However, if you are looking forward to growing your online presence and rank your website higher on search engines then I recommend reading this wonderful piece on real estate SEO.