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17 Common Real Estate Website Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)
While WordPress is by far the best website platform available, mistakes are commonly made when setting it up. This guide will walk you through the most common mistakes made when setting up a real estate website using WordPress and how to fix them.
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The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Keywords
There's no doubt that online search is one of the most important tools for helping prospects find your real estate business. According to the National Association of REALTORS, 50 percent of real estate customers find the home they eventually buy through online search, and plenty more use search to identify the real estate agent who helps them find the right home. So it's important to make your website as search engine-friendly as possible—which starts with using the right real estate keywords. Today, we're going to take a closer look at what real estate keywords are, how they work, and what you can do to leverage the power of keywords for your real estate website.
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5 Essential Strategies for Your Real Estate IDX Website
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Know Your Numbers to Get Analytics Working for You!
At a recent real estate event, a question was posed to the audience. What do you get paid for? The answers were varied. Negotiation, marketing skills, and value were words commonly mentioned. Then someone said "my experience" and the speaker's eyes lit up. "What does experience mean?" she asked. The room quieted for a moment as the attendees contemplated the answer. "Experience," she said, "means that you are bringing to the table all of the things that your customer doesn't have without you."
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Best Tips for Driving Traffic to Your Real Estate Website
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How to Spring Clean Your Real Estate Website
Even the best website is a work in progress. To be effective in real estate, a website needs to reflect the latest trends. Recent information on the market and how it may affect customers is essential. Leads will trust your expertise only if they see your website is helpful, informative, and up to date. However, even updating your site regularly won't do the job on its own.
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Real Estate Website Testimonials Done Right
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Power of a High Functioning Website
This is a digital age, where the minute a prospective buyer learns of your name, they rush to Google to plug your name in – and what comes up will ultimately determine their next steps. Ninety-two percent of homebuyers use the Internet as part of their home search, and you only get one chance at a digital first impression. So if your website is representing you around the clock – are you making it count? Here are essential items to consider for an agent website that converts on its clicks.
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Win Quality Leads by Building Awareness and an Online Presence
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How to Do Keyword Research for Your Real Estate Website
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a powerful tool for helping prospects find your real estate website and the content that you create. Many factors go into successful SEO, and keyword research certainly ranks near the top of the list. Understanding what types of keywords your audience likes, how to find new keywords, and how to integrate keywords into your real estate content will help you take your marketing to the next level. Let's take a closer look at how to do real estate keyword research, and put your new keywords to work for your business.
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Building a Real Estate Website? Start Here.
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Your Website: The Key to Real Estate Success
The real estate company you work for has a great website, great social media channels, and other great communications tools for reaching and engaging with customers. After all, it's one of the reasons you're an agent there. However, you still need to market yourself separately; real estate is still a very personal business defined largely by the individual agent. The most successful agents understand the need to continuously update and innovate their business so they can connect with new and existing clients. Today's agents have found that the best way to do that is to go where their customers spend their time—online. They are the ones who have learned how to seamlessly blend an online presence with an interpersonal connection. Without your own website, potential clients will simply overlook you, and move on to the next agent. Here are some compelling reasons why you need your own website as an individual agent.
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Real Estate Website Statistics Are Valuable if You Use Them
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The Destination Real Estate Website vs. the Billboard Site
What makes a real estate website effective as a business generator? Here's a hint: it isn't just making it pretty and pitching yourself. The best way to illustrate the point is to compare a real estate website that's a billboard to one that's a directional sign to a destination. What is the destination?
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How to Snag Your .realestate Website Domain Before Your Competition
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Effective Real Estate Website Calls-to-Action for Lead Generation
For real estate lead generation, you run ads in the newspaper, in the homes magazine, and highlight your website in all of your other marketing. You've done a good job with this marketing in calling people to take action and come to your website. Now what are you doing for calls-to-action on your website to get your visitors to tell you who they are? If you're asking for them to "sign up for my newsletter," or "register for my guestbook," you're probably not very happy with leads from those calls. It's not that a newsletter isn't valuable, and we'll talk about that, but just asking them to sign up for it isn't going to grab their interest. So what can you do for calls-to-action around your site for real estate lead generation? And where should you place them?
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3 Ways to Refresh Your Tired Real Estate Website
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How to Build Your Real Estate Company's Website Authority in 90 Days
There's no question that your real estate company has what it takes to flourish. Selling buyers the right home is certainly important, but it's pivotal to have a website that gains traction as well. Besides word of mouth, search engines are where people get their real estate leads and trusted sources from. Your website needs maximum visibility so you can get the clients you deserve. One of the best ways to gain a website's credibility is by building your website's authority score in search engines. It may seem like a daunting task initially, but within 90 days you can boost your authority score, and get more traffic towards your site. Here is how it's done:
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Neighborhood Profile Pages for More Real Estate Buyer Leads
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Does SEO Make Sense for the Average Agent's Website?
If you own a website, it's likely you have heard the term SEO or Search Engine Optimization. If you're a real estate agent with a website, it's also highly probable a firm offering SEO services have solicited you. The challenge with SEO today, for many agents, is that the largest real estate companies who focus on the internet invest millions of dollars in SEO. They often have outside firms, or internal teams, whose daily focus is on perfecting the SEO of their websites. As a result, they often dominate even local real estate search results. Also, these companies buy a lot of local real estate advertising keywords, so these sponsored search results are always on top of the unpaid ranked search results below.
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Five Website Features for Real Estate Agents and Brokers
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How to Get Free, Relevant Real Estate Website Content
The question is "How do we create good real estate website content?" NOT "Why do we need it?" As the Internet has become one of our most powerful marketing venues, the value of a comprehensive and relevant real estate website has become crucial. Even if you are out networking and marketing through print and other traditional media, once contacted, the vast majority of prospects will check you out on the web before making a decision. Another question is how to create or get good, relevant website content without having to create it all yourself or spend a lot of money. I'm sure you didn't miss the word "free" in the title, and I'll show you here how to get great and highly relevant content for your website for free, and in the process, you'll meet new people and build your networking effort.
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[Video] Inside IXACT Contact's 'Next Gen' Redesign
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Why Should U.S. Agents and Brokers Care about GDPR?
General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is finally getting the most buzz among U.S. businesses. More so than just about anything that's happened in Europe since the European Union went after Microsoft for antitrust concerns. GDPR takes effect May 25, 2018 and covers how European residents' information can be collected and stored online, as well as EU residents' ability to access and restrict that data. It covers what is known in the U.S. as Personally Identifiable Information, see here. This new law also requires companies to notify its European users of any data breach swiftly. So why all the U.S. interest? Here's why: This law applies to every U.S. real estate website, blog or app if at any point it collects personal information from a European resident. The resident only needs to be in Europe when the data is collected. A financial transaction does not have to take place.
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Is Your Real Estate Website Outdated?
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Turn Your Website into a Personal Promotion Power Tool
Chances are, you already have a website. The National Association of Realtors reports that more than 90 percent of real estate firms do. But does your current website do a good job of selling you to potential customers? In a service-based business, YOU are the product, and many agents are uncomfortable (or simply don't know how) to promote themselves online. In this blog post, we will explore: Why "looks matter" when it comes to websites The crucial jobs every agent needs their website to perform The three most important elements for personal promotion According to the National Association of Realtors, the majority of buyers begin their home search online. Even clients who were referred by a friend or relative are probably going to visit your website before they call you. Your website is often your first chance to make a good impression, so don't waste it.
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10 Must-Haves to Include on Your Real Estate Website
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Four Best Practices for Real Estate Agent Websites (with Examples)
Whether you have a real estate agent website or are looking to get one, take a few minutes to understand these important best practices and take a look at some examples provided. An agent website that ticks all four of these boxes – answers questions, captures leads, features listings and works well on all devices – can help you build your online brand, stand out from your competition and generate a significant amount of sales.
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You Down With O.O.P.? Yeah, You Should Be...
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What's Your Real Estate Website Plan for Next Year?
Website age is one component of Google SEO placement, but what about old real estate website content? No matter how much work, time and money you put into your website when you built it, letting it age doesn't make it better like fine wine. Coming to the end of a calendar year, usually when real estate business slows down, is a great time to take a trip through your website to see what you can do to update content, improve navigation, and in general improve the value of the site through a new revised real estate website plan.
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Use Your Real Estate Website to Boost Your Brand
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Why Making Your Website ADA Compliant Is a Double Win
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, became law in 1990, and added web access guidelines in 1999. Recently, there's been a rapid growth in ADA Title III lawsuits over websites. As a result, today, many real estate agents and brokerages are exposed to hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, as well as penalties. Because of the increased legal activity, there's a buzz in the industry to get your website fixed. If you attended a recent workshop or webinar on making your website ADA complaint, you probably heard a lot about this "stick" being used to motivate folks to update their websites to meet the requirements. But what about the "carrot" – the extremely valuable business reason you should update your website to be ADA compliant? Did you know that one in five Americans (22 percent), or almost 57 million people, and one in four women, have a disability? What real estate agents can appreciate from these stats is the business opportunities that emerge by investing in making one's website ADA compliant. So let's look at what it takes to become what's called Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliant, and what makes this a double win for an agent's and brokerage's business. What's required? The purpose of the ADA guidelines is to simply make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. The word "content" generally means information on a web page or in a web application. This included images, text, sounds, but it can also mean the code that defines the structure of the web page or app because of what is presented on the page to the user. To break it down more simply, the guidelines focus on these primary elements: Text alternatives for images Captions for videos or other multimedia Presenting content in different ways Making content easier to see and hear Making it easier for everyone to use and navigate Website use from a keyboard Giving users enough time to read and use the content Making sure the content you present doesn't cause seizures Having text that's readable and understandable Consistency of content and navigation throughout the site Use of error messages and ways to get back to where one started Content is compatible with various web browsers Now if you looked at these guidelines and didn't know they were related to an ADA compliance requirement, wouldn't you want your website to meet these guidelines anyway? That's the irony about so many of these guidelines: many of them are already website best practices! The penalties So what could happen if you don't have a website or web app that meets WCAG 2.0? According to the legal firm Porter Wright, publishers of Employer Law Report, the U.S. Justice Department has delayed implementation of the rulemaking for the guidelines until sometime next year in 2018. But, they note, that has not stopped legal aggression. They point out that law firms have targeted retailers about web accessibility, writing, "A typical approach involves a letter from a law firm asserting that the retailer's website is not accessible and offering to discuss an 'agreed plan' for bringing the website into compliance. The threat typically also insists on payment of significant attorney's fees and sometimes alleged damages as terms to settle." While many initial lawsuits have been dismissed because of the Justice Department's delay, in June, the first Federal Court, a Florida District Court, ruled against grocery chain Winn-Dixie that having an inaccessible website violates Title III Of The ADA. The Judge issued a 13-page Verdict and Order finding that grocer Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the ADA by having a website that was not useable by a blind plaintiff to download coupons, order prescriptions, and find store locations. The growing concern among experts is a flurry of lawsuits. Litigators will sue when companies and people are exposed and they see a financial opportunity. It's certainly not just real estate that has websites that are not ADA complaint – nearly every major industry, from retail to financial services is scrambling to be prepared. The challenge for real estate is that 93 percent of all brokerages and nearly every real estate agent has a website. Overlay the fact that 88 percent of buyers use websites to find a home. The importance of a website is paramount in a path to purchase, says the data from the NAR. A market opportunity The bigger win comes from the carrot, not the stick: you are creating a huge market opportunity for your business by making your website ADA complaint. Just think about the numbers, and not just those who are legally disabled, but those who also have limitations: Nearly 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired, 37.2 million Americans adults are hearing impaired, and in terms of physical disabilities: 77 million Americas have at least one basic actions difficulty or complex activity limitation. When you look at the aging Baby Boomer generation and the growing trend of longevity in America – we are living longer and more likely as a country to deal with more limitations and more disabilities in the future – there is a huge and compelling marketing opportunity to become ADA compliant! Making sure your website reaches the largest number of buyers is often what real estate agents tell sellers they work hard to do. Making one's website ADA compliant helps deliver on that promise. It's a wise business investment that supports your ability to extend your market reach. It's a double win When a business website becomes ADA compliant, it's a double win: a business is protected and so is one's pocketbook from potential lawsuits. The time and money that can be wasted from a lawsuit is avoided. That's a win. But more importantly, the bigger win comes from the terrific market opportunity that comes from reaching more people. Being ADA compliant reaches people in a way that personally connects them to one's business and shows them a business that is not only up-to-date but cares about its customer. And that's the kind of message most real estate agents and brokerages want to share with their marketplace. Tricia Stamper is director of technology with Florida REALTORS®, which owns Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Real Estate Website
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8 Components of a Lead Generating Website
One of the most underutilized resources in real estate is the agent and/or broker website. Many agents see their website as a place to send buyers to search for listings after the lead has been captured. However, websites can be used to generate leads as well. Top agents generate hundreds of buyer and seller leads from their websites. To start making money with your real estate website, take time to add the following tips, tools, and techniques to your website strategy.
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How to Write a Neighborhood Guide
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An Easy Intro to SEO for Your Real Estate Website
Buzzwords abound in the world of web design and digital marketing. And, chances are, if you’ve talked to even one person who has anything to do with “digital,” you’ve heard the acronym “SEO.” SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it’s a pretty integral part of any digital marketing strategy, particularly for real estate agents. Because it’s one thing to build a website and it’s quite another to make sure the right people find it at the right time.
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