ActiveRain Tutorials: 3 Tips to Getting Your Website to the First Page of Google ~ Social Media Advisors

3 Tips to Getting Your Website to the First Page of Google ~ Social Media Advisors

The concept of getting your website to the first page of Google seems like an almost impossible task to many.  People spend months writing Social Media Advisors- 3 Tips TO getting your website to Page One of Googlemore and more content for their site, getting backlinks, and editing things without ever getting your website to the first page of Google.  You feel defeated when your site stays on page 17 and just won't budge.  Then one day you get a call from a company who promises “if you give us $395.00 per month, we will put your site on the first page of Google.” The part that these telemarketers neglect to mention is that the moment you stop paying them, your website will drop faster than lead balloon.  As a former real estate agent, I used to get these calls regularly.

So, how can you actually get your website to the first page of Google?  Well, there are a couple of really basic principles that you’ll need to implement.  The “basics” are just that – basic.  Before I share these, first you need to learn to not over-complicate things.  Here are 3 easy steps to getting your website to the first page of Google:

1. Good, solid, keyword-rich content. So what is quality keyword-rich content? Basically, it’s content that gives something of value to consumers and search engines.  You need to have keyword-rich posts that answer the questions your consumers have.  Do not just spit out some random words and call it a post.  If you write just to write and do not really have purpose, you are basically wasting your time if you are trying to get business.  Develop a gameplan for your content and stick to it.

Ten well-written, targeted, keyword dense posts will bring a greater result than 100 posts that are thrown together quickly, with topics all over the place, and which contain piles of typos, grammatical errors, and more.  This is a prime example of the principle of quality over quantity for the greatest result possible.

2.  Writing Consistently on Your Blog. Many times people start working on getting their website to the first page of Google and after the first month or so they simply give up. One of the key factors to getting your website on the first page of Google is to consistently offer fresh content on your site.  The easiest way to do this, of course, is to integrate a blog into your page.

You don’t need to have a Masters degree in English to have an effective blog.  You just need to publish 2-3 good, quality posts each week that offer valuable content to your readers that are also written with your primary keywords in mind.  One of the biggest excuses that I hear is that a business does not have time to write.  According to HubSpot, businesses who blog receive 55% more visitors than companies who do not.

Here’s a simple time management strategy:  On the weekend or whenever you have a few spare hours, (watching a football game, relaxing by the fire, etc.), sit down and write 2 or 3 really good quality posts.  Then, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you can launch these pre-written posts.  You can then take the rest of the week to respond to comments, etc.  To the consumers and search engines, it appears as though you have written new content on three different days.

This practice is far healthier for your rankings than writing a bunch of content one day, then waiting 7-10 days to write more.  Why? The search engines are constantly visiting your page to index more content.  The freshness is important when it comes to Google’s indexing algorithm.  Also, they see a constant stream of new stuff instead of a bunch on one day, then a week of dormancy until you get around to posting again.  This is also helpful for your consumer audience of readers.  If you publish 3-4 posts all at once, the likelihood of those posts bringing you good consumer traffic from those subscribed to your blog is minimal.  Most consumers will read maybe one post, but will not have the time, attention span, or energy to read multiple posts.

3.  Link, Link, Link! The more sites that are pointing links at your page (especially when titled with the keywords you are Social Media Advisors- 3 Tips TO getting your website to Page One of Googletrying to achieve) will produce a great return.  One easy way to get some great links pointing to your site is to make sure you have added your business site to your profiles on any and all networks you participate in.  Links from higher ranking sites help the search engines realize that these sites recognize your website. 

It is kind of like when Oprah endorsed KFC’s new grilled chicken promo.  In no time, there were over 2 million coupons printed and many were left missing out on the promotion because of lack of supply. Links from reputable sites make your own site seem more reputable. 

One thing for sure, you need to make positive that the links you insert places are actually working for you.  Many networks block the search engines from following the links to prevent spam.  (I will be writing more about this in the future.)

Another great way to get links, is to ask your friends and family members to place a link on their blogs, websites, etc.  Two things with regards to linking: do not pay a link farm service.  Search engines don’t value these links – I could go into great detail about why, but just rest assured that it’s a waste of time and money. The other tip is to not do a reciprocal link when possible.  This means, if your brother links to your site, do not put a link back to his. 

A detour. An easy alternative to reciprocal links is to have a link triangle. In this case, your brother links to your site, you link to your parents, and your parents link to your brother’s page.  All links are one-way and none are going back and forth.  The more links you can have pointed at your site, the better it will help in getting your website to the first page of Google. You can think of each link as a “vote” for your site.

If you implement just these three tips, it will help get your website onto the first page of Google.  Obviously,  there are plenty of other factors that contribute to this phenomenon.  If you take these and not only integrate into your website, but also into your blog, the most vital part to your website, you will start seeing results in a rather quick fashion. These three items I discussed alone can make or break the effectiveness of a website. 

If you have any questions, let me know. And by the way, 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors offers some really great personal coaching taught by myself and Jason Crouch on this subject.

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Comment balloon 247 commentsJeremy Blanton • February 16 2010 11:57PM

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Jeremy: Great advice for moving up the ranks. Not jumping around to different website vendors helps heaps as well. Thanks!

Posted by Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003 (RE/MAX Concepts) over 9 years ago

Hi there Jer - I am actually conducting an expriment of sorts - :) to see how fast and well I can get something to rank. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Excellent stuff my man. I hope you have been doing well. Hadn't seen you around in awhile.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Matt-  There is a ton of things that go into it.  Definitely the more seasoned the domain will help with that too.

Rita- I have done some tests on particular keywords in the past & seen them on pg 1 of Google in less than 5 hours.

Greg- I am doing awesome my friend!  Been busier than a 1 armed paper hanger lately!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

It is basic. As one man said " all it takes to succeed is a relentless pursuit of the fundamental basics."

Steve

Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, great advice, but I'm not sure if I can take advantage of it.  I can't write posts on my website, but I wonder if I could accomplish the same thing by linking my ActiveRain blogs to my website??????

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 9 years ago

Businesses who blog make 5% more than those who don't? That is an amazing statistic & should  be a good incentive to keep on blogging  even if you don't think you you are getting results quickly enough.

Posted by Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance (BEST AGENT BUSINESS) over 9 years ago

Hi Serita-  Thanks for commenting.  Glad it was easy to understand. 

Gary- if you can't write posts on your site, then it is time to get a new one that allows you to integrate a blog into it.  These tips hold true for writing on ActiveRain as well as your personal site.

Joel & Steve- Consistency and endurance go a really long way!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Steve- the 55% more business thing is amazing to me.  It blows my mind when I share that with people and they still don't want to blog!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Jeremy I got my old site first page ranking a couple of years ago but it seems the day I got too busy ranking dropped like a rock. Consistence is so important.

Posted by Bob Dunn (Sutton Group West Coast Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the great post! I'm working on this myself!

Posted by Wendi Milinkov, One call-I've done it all! Sales/Title/Escrow (North American Title) over 9 years ago

Cute post and great kid.  No wait...great post and cute kid!  that's what I meant.

 

Thanks for the helpful info.

Posted by Ray Wright, SoCal Realtor - A.L.C. (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy - With regards to the value of seasoned domain names, if you have owned some domain names for several years, renew annually for one year but have never used the domain (i.e. it either has had no content and is completely blank or simply points back to the registrar), how would Google view the domain name when you start using it?

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

i just reblogged and bookmarked, too. Thanks for the informative post!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 9 years ago

As always, very helpful.  My resolution for the new year was to be more informative and to understand the keyword concept.  If I'm going to do this, I might as well make it count for something, right? 

You are a very good mentor.  Thank you. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 9 years ago

I think understand the role of "Keywords" is probably the most important thing when involved with online strategies.

Posted by Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, I have to work from home today and this is what I was planning on focusing on. You have given me one great idea!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

Indeed.  Fresh keyword rich content is the goal.  However, don't ever think that Google can be fooled.  The content should be natural and not "keyword weighted" content. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

The 3-way linking is somewhat powerful. I tried it a couple of years ago and my site went from #33 to #8 in 3 weeks for a specific keyphrase...

Posted by Claude THOMAS (Rossman Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Great points Jeremy,much easier to get a grasp of this subject the way you have it explained here. Thanks

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 9 years ago

What do you think these SEOs do?

 

I didn't find the information in your post.

 

I think  they create false traffic and search engines see this and give high ratings even though  the traffic is so far our of line and the time on the site is almost nothing.

 

You are right, you stop paying and you vanish the next day.

 

Sonny

Posted by Sonny Landau (St Louis Home Improvement and Painting Companies) over 9 years ago

Good stuff Jeremy!  Remember too to use some of the simple SEO practices to help boost your post up there too...  We're very pleased with our placement these days and owe it to AR!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 9 years ago

Excellent points Jeremy. Your blog should be an integral part for the SEO game

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 9 years ago

excellent information!

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) over 9 years ago

Jeremy-great tools to take me to the top! Thanks for the advice.

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Jeremy:

Excellent information. We need to be persistent and consistent in this. Also, keywords and links - I'm working on it...

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 9 years ago

Great advice Jeremy and thank you for the tips! Consistency is always key.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 9 years ago

one of the best posts in a while

Posted by John Armstrong (Coldwell Banker Heart of America) over 9 years ago

Great posts full of important advice. Where is the best place to read more about use of key words and do they track effectiveness anywhere ?

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 9 years ago

I get #1 and #2, but I have yet to accomplish #3. If you have your website link on sites like LinkedIn, or Facebook or any other type of networking site where you have built a profile, will that count?

Hmmm.....

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) over 9 years ago

Jeremy--thanks for this.  Particularly the info regarding reciprocal links...I was always under the impression that they were key...but the "triangle" approach makes much more sense. Thanks for this morning's "aha" moment.

Posted by Kim Brown, Keene, NH - New England at its Best! (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy- you have such a wonderful way of explaining the basics of google juice. I just love how easy you make it for us to improve.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the tips, Jeremy.  They make sense to me (and not all techy tips do).

Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

 

If you have articles in"pdf" format on a website, is that readable, and findable by Google? 

It seems that although on occasion Google will find a "pdf" article, it is more the exception than the rule.

 

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

So it does not take the $395 a month? Wow, glad to hear that!  God advice, thanks.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks for all the information.  This is the second or third time I have read not to do reciprocal links.  Several years ago we were supposed to find as many as we could that would trade links.  I liked the triangle idea.  That would really work!!  Great tip!

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 9 years ago

Thank you for this great information Jeremy.  I just need a little help with getting my AR blog on my website.  Do you have an easy way for me to add this to my Point2 site?

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) over 9 years ago

You are an endless supplier of useful information.  Thanks

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Great stuff Jeremy..Now I need to find the time to devote to the writing. Does AR have online workshops?

Posted by Mark McHugh, Realtor Rhode Island 401-641-3842 (Clearmark Real Estate llc) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy,  Terrific stuff you bring us in this post.  The back links thing seems to be the most difficult.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy!

What caught my eye in your post was "integrate a blog into your page".  I do have an AR outside blog and I do have a webpage; www.MarieStory.com.

Are you talking about setting up a sub domain from my webpage to my AR outside blog?  I currently have a button pointing out to the AR blog.

I can add all the pages I want to my website but I would like my AR blog to serve as my blogsite, in other words, I don't want to start a new blog on my site.  What did you mean and how would I go about it?

Thanks so much!

Posted by Marie Story, Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist (Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami)) over 9 years ago

Bookmarked!  Great content and awesome information about getting our websites up in the rankings on google.  I have to admit, if I feel like blogging, sometimes I do several in one day - now I see that is not good for optimization.  Thanks again.

Posted by Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed! (The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Good info- love the LINK pic... I have to remember to do  that more often. Cheers~ Ellie

Posted by Ellie Shorb, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert (Compass Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jeremy - Some great tips that we often overlook. I especially like the one to pace your updates rather than "dumping" them all at once.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, excellent post.

Hopefully you will save some Realtor's money, but there will be non believers that you do not need to pay  to be on the 1st page of Google.

I laugh at people that call me and tell me that for an X number of dollars they can have me on the 1st page of Google. Apparently they do not check one's website. I have been on the first page of Google for the last ten years with a simple website.

Content, Content, Content and Keywords, Keywords, Keywords. Make sure your keywords are in your content.

Have a great day everyone.

Posted by Richard Pino (RE/Max Advantage Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Great Post Jeremy! Thanks for helping to get the word out :)

Posted by Margaret Chialastri (USHUD.com) over 9 years ago

Great information and a real focus at Raincamp Dallas.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 9 years ago

Great information.  Thanks for your insight.  So many of us don't have a good game-plan with regard to blogging and your post helps to reinforce the need for such.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, I understand the concept of no reciprocal links but wouldn't someone I ask for a link want the same back from me? Do you have some suggestions other than family, as no one in my family has a website?

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 9 years ago

Thank you for this post. When you mention "is to integrate a blog into your page". Will a simple link on my home page to my Active Rain blog work, or does the blog actually need to be a part of my website?

Thank you

Posted by Scott Baker, Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area (www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell) over 9 years ago

Bob- It does seem the minute we start neglecting the sites and feeding it fresh new content, they do start dropping down fast.

Wendi- Glad I could help you out!

Ray- She is my built in entertainment system.  Thanks!

Marc- Don't quote me on this, but I believe unless the domain is active with content, Google looks at it as a new one when you actually activate it.

Cheryl- Thanks for re-blogging!

Suzanne- Thank you for the kind words!  If I can help, let me know!

Cathy- Keywords is very important.  What is also important is understanding how to use them and when :)

Connie- Glad I was able to help out!

Lenn- You are right on the money!  Keyword stuffing is so foolish to try & do.  If you do this, you are just shooting yourself in the foot.  Google will recognize it one day & shut you down.  Also, the consumers won't hang around long enough to read your boring keyword stuffed post!

Wow Claude!  That is pretty stellar results!

David- Thanks!

Sonny- I always put it this way.  Once you stop, your site drops.  So don't pay it!

Glad I could help Chris!

Lee & Pamela- Glad to see things are working well for you!

 

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Great post with a lot of good points. Quality info that I use and have seen results from. thanks for sharing.

Posted by Joseph Keech (Blue Atlantic Properties) over 9 years ago

Fernando- I am a firm believer that your blog needs to be the home base of your social media campaign.

Scott, Lisa, Claudette, Jackie- Thanks!

Michael- We do a 2 hour webinar on your blog & keywords and this entire subject.  Let me know if you are interested.

Thom- Some do and some do not.  I will be writing a followup piece on that subject in the next few days.  Keep an eye out for it!

Kim & Barbara- Reciprocals used to be the way to do it.  However a few years back, Google recognized people capitalizing on this and setting up link farms/spamming to accomplish, so they removed that part from the algorithm.

Sue- Glad it makes sense.  As I do with everyone I work with, I try to break it down into the easiest possible concepts.

Brian- I believe that they crawl the title of it, but they definitely aren't crawling all the content in the pdf.  That isn't a readable format.

Haha Gary!

Bill- Unfortunately AR sites cannot be integrated into regular websites.  There is no way to access the back end of AR to do this.  If you want something like that, contact me & I can get you in touch with someone who builds wonderful wordpress blogs that I believe you can integrate.

Charita- You Welcome!

Mark- I know that AR has the University, but if you want something more one on one, email me, & we can do some personal coaching.

Bill- Getting those links can be a pain, but they do bring you some good stuff!

Marie- Unfortunately there is no way to integrate an AR outside Blog into your actual website.  So, with this, you will continue to grab people's attention through both.  If you had a wordpress blog, that could become a subdomain of your website & be done.  Unfortunately AR doesn't have that capability right now.

Joyce & Terry- If you do multiple in a day that is fine. Just do not publish them all at once.  Put them into draft mode & trickle them out into your stream over the next few days.

 

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Excellent post, Jeremy, and I look forward to practicing what you're preaching!

Jan

Posted by Jan Stearns, Marketing Director for Waterville Valley Realty (Jan Stearns, Waterville Valley Realty, Waterville Valley, NH) over 9 years ago

Easy to read and understand goes right to the point. Thanks for all the useful tips.

 

Posted by Jan Blackledge (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing your professional advice with AR.  Great tips that I cannot wait to implement!

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Great information.  Thanks for sharing!  I don't have blog posts directly on my website.  I have set up feedburner to display my AR blog posts.  Does this add any benefit as far as SEO?  Does Google see a widget vs. content?  Thanks!

Posted by Kryste Adams, Bend, Oregon Real Estate (RE/MAX Key Properties - Luxury Homes, Golf Course Homes) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

I think that the majority of us who have blogs here would rather not go through the trouble of having to change our current websites in order to create a blog on our website.

Would we be duplicating what we write here on our website blogs? If so, then what would be the purpose of having the extra blog on our website? Is there a way to get our AR blogs/outside blogs integrated into our websites outside of providing a link on our webpage?

How in the world do we write for consumers with keyword rich content consistently if we do not know exactly what consumers are searching for? Google Analytics, Clicky, Sitemeter, etc. only measures the keywords we use and how much traffic is generated with those words to our blogs and websites, not the words that will bring the traffic we seek...or maybe I don't have as firm a grasp on the whole analytics concept...and again, if we are already writing those blogs here, does it defeat the purpose to include that same info seperately on our websites?

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 9 years ago

Nice article. I'm always looking for ways to increase my search results!

Posted by Carey Scott (Prestige Property Brokers) over 9 years ago

Ellie- The links came from Flickr.  Check the links at the bottom of the post.

John- Pacing them really can make a big difference in the traffic your site receives.

Richard- I love the ones wanting to put me on the front page for keywords that have nothing to do with my business!

Thanks Richard & Margaret!

Tom- You gotta have some strategy to be effective with all this stuff!

Barb- Ask friends, people here on ActiveRain.  You will place a link to their site on your blog if they do the same.  But go from your AR to their website.  Their AR to your website.  Then no issues.

Scott- to fully optimize things on your website, you need to have a blog as a part of your site.  It needs to be either a page or subdomain of the websites URL.  If not, you will not see the juice there.  The link pointing from AR helps, but nowhere near as much as good content on your own website.  I suggest keeping the AR & having a really nice Wordpress blog integrated into your website.

Joseph- Glad you are getting awesome results!  GREAT!

You are welcome Jan & Jenna!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Good information...and a reminder that good SEO for our websites is a constant and ever evolving job.  It doesn't just happen on its own.

 

Posted by Darla Maddalone (Bend Oregon Homes Online-Principal Broker, SFR, CSP) over 9 years ago
Jeremy: Thanks for this-I appreciate it. I feel like my ranking, etc. is a work in progress. Hopefully this year I'll be able to pull it all together. Take care.
Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 9 years ago

Some good solid tips, thanks!

Posted by Richard Glick (Kingsway Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jeremy, great advice. Now I just need to start doing it. Pre-writing post is an excellent tip.

 

Conor

Posted by Conor MacEvilly (RE/MAX On Market in Ballard. Seattle) over 9 years ago

Great information Jeremy.  Thank you.

Posted by Todd Kenthack, MBA, GRI (The Pines Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the tips.  I had not thought about the link triangle.

Posted by Brandon Farmer, Keller Williams Realty Huntersville, NC over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Thanks ... do you know what exactly the SEO company (that charges $395 a month) does to get someone's web site on the first page of google?

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 9 years ago

Jeremy - thanks for a great post, and I appreciate reading your suggestions. I agree with you completely regarding content and blogging consistently. when I am consistent - it is reflected in the google analytics on my blog site.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

I've learned so much about blogging her ar AR.  I look back on some of my earlier post and I wonder why i even botheres.  I guess when we know better we do better.  Thanks AR.

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) over 9 years ago

You are right about setting yourself up to have to continue paying for the SEO results.

That's a concern I would have for people who just use ActiveRain as their only tool for SEO.  What happens if ActiveRain is bought out by another company and starts charging much more than they currently do?  You stop paying and there goes all of your work.

ActiveRain is like renting some hyperspace real estate. There are great benefits but you're building someone else's internet real estate.  You really need to be an owner instead of a renter.  Would you spend countless hours fixing up and building on to a home that you are renting when you don't even have a lease? 

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

some excellent advice & help. Thank you for posting.

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy, question for ya if you start a blog say on blogger and link it to your website is that how it is intergrated or does the blog have to be say a page on your website?

Posted by Bobby Clark (Bean Group) over 9 years ago

Jeremy:

I was just at RainCamp Dallas, and learned many good things. But nobody mentioned the "spreading out the wealth" theory you discuss (Monday, Wednesday, Friday as opposed to all on one day).

I almost always write my blogs at the end of the week, right before the Sunday cutoff.

Last week, I wrote 8 original blog posts and made 10 comments in 35 minutes. I think they were good, useful posts, too, but it sounds like I hurt their effectiveness by waiting until the last minute.

Thanks for the head's up.

 

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Good points and very basic. Sometimes it's the easy things that get overlooked the most. Thanks for your help and advice on page rank.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

Just had a phone call today from one of the companies claiming they can get your website on page one. With the help of AR I will eventually get to the top! Thanks for the excellent article!

Posted by Mark Brian, Anderson SC Realtor (Silver Star Real Estate LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy -- Knowing that 10 well written posts are better than 50, 100 is a pretty powerful statement and should make every blogger take heed -- I know it does me! Thanks!

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy:

Your posts never disappoint.  You always have good quality ideas and suggestions.  Thanks so much!!!  I love the Rain Gods!!!

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Good post. Thanks for the tips. I try to follow them but get lazy sometimes.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks.  I'm working on a blog project for Relocating to Portland, and hopefully it'll make a dent. I'll bookmark for review.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

Thanks, Jeremy for your continued input and great advice, it is awsome the way the Google Juice and Active Rain work together!

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate) over 9 years ago

Excellent information and great advice.  I need to get serious about topic blogs ...

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Great advice.  I really need to work on keyword rich blogs.  thank you

Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) over 9 years ago

Jeremy:

Over this weekend I had a home for sale for $63,000( it is now sold) here in Fallbrook, California I posted the info on my blog on my website www.LandNSeaAuctions, and got 4200 hits on just this one blog.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

 

Thanks for the great advice.I'm trying to get more exposure and any help, especially free, is worth it's weight in gold. Keep it coming, please!

Posted by Phil Cogan (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 9 years ago

These are great tips! It does work. Active Rain makes it possible to be on the first page of Google, it does work, all you have to do is try it.

Thanks again for the reminder to keep on blogging regularly.

JeanRicher
Ottawa, ON

Posted by Jean Richer, No Gimmicks, No Nonsense, only Straight Talk (Keller Williams Realty Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the great information.  There is so much that goes into blogging that there is always something new to learn and do.  I am sure everyone appreciates the advice.

 

Posted by Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager (The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage) over 9 years ago

Excellent information. THANKS!

Posted by Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove, Serving You is My Top Priority (RE/MAX Premier Choice) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jeremy,

I had been writing posts ahead of time and putting them up all at once. No more.

 

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the great information regarding SEO.  It can seem complicated and overwhelming but your simple steps definitely made it seem more attainable.

Posted by Alex Cortez, R(S) (Island Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

I have worked hard for years to have the most relevant content on my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com  and I  have achieved top of page one rankings for such search terms as "Palos Verdes Real Estate", "South Bay Real Estate", "Top Palos Verdes Realtor", and "Palos Verdes Condos".  I always make sure to add a link to my website on my posts to my AR blog, my Wordpress blog and such sites as Trulia, etc. I think the key is the most amount of relevant content.  I have far more original content on my site than any of my competitors.  There are no shortcuts and no substitute for hard work.

Posted by Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog (Remax Estate Properties - ) over 9 years ago

I know this, "On the weekend or whenever you have a few spare hours, (watching a football game, relaxing by the fire, etc.), sit down and write 2 or 3 really good quality posts.  Then, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you can launch these pre-written posts.  You can then take the rest of the week to respond to comments, etc.  To the consumers and search engines, it appears as though you have written new content on three different days."

I just need to do it.

Thanks for the reminder, Jeremy.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy. I have a problem with the linking thing. I might have to talk to you about that. Congrats on the Gold star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy. I have a problem with the linking thing. I might have to talk to you about that. Congrats on the Gold star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy. I have a problem with the linking thing. I might have to talk to you about that. Congrats on the Gold star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy. I have a problem with the linking thing. I might have to talk to you about that. Congrats on the Gold star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy. I have a problem with the linking thing. I might have to talk to you about that. Congrats on the Gold star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy. I have a problem with the linking thing. I might have to talk to you about that. Congrats on the Gold star. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Thanks for sharing all your wisdom.  Another great post.

kp

Posted by Karen Pannell, Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond (Real Living / Home Realty) over 9 years ago

Great points. Keyword rich content is king along with fresh content can get you the ranking you want.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) over 9 years ago

Great advice, Jeremy. Especially regarding avoiding link farms and reciprocal linking.

Posted by Accurate Append Lead Enhancement Services over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise!

Posted by Marianne Cherico, Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Interiors by Marianne Cherico) over 9 years ago

Good job...  So, got something specifically to get up to a PR 5 or so?

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jeremy you defintely cleared some things up for me. I think...

I have a Wordpress site but have not done my blogging there, I have done it on AR and had my blog there link to my Outsude Blog.

If I understand you correctly, I a should use the blog capabilities of Wordpress within my site as well as my AR Outside Blog? Any harm in using the same blog posts in both?

This will actually help me do some website stuff I have been wanting to do.

Thanks

Donna

Posted by Donna Galinsky, Make Lake Norman Your Home! (Allen Tate Company) over 9 years ago

Great tips. Activerain does such a great job in getting post our to be indexed.  Consistenly writting a blog is a challenge for some one. Missy made a great suggestions about writting blogs and posting on different days.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 9 years ago

Great advice.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Richard Johnston (San Fernando Valley - RE/MAX Grand Central) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, thank you for the many tips. I just love the sharing of knowledge on Active Rain.

Posted by Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist (Catamount Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Great tips.  I look forward to the next one since I am always learning something about SEO from you.  Thanks.

Posted by Marc Iafrate, MBA - Wake County Real Estate Search (Capital City Real Estate Group, Inc. brokered by eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy - excellent information!

Posted by Megan Izdebska & Hanna Manoufar Chandler, Scottsdale Real Estate Agent, Double Commitment. Double Results. (United Brokers Group) over 9 years ago

I need to be remind of this over and over again.  I've gotten my webpage to the first page of google but I still working on getting it to the top.

http://www.FrankCastaldini.com

There's my website...Hit It!

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy, glad to see this featured and I learned a lot at your webinar. I hope you and 210 Consulting have continued success in the future!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Cynthia- Not exactly sure what they do.  But I do know they dont have any staying power.

Tim you do make some very falid points.  Luckily, they do at least allow you to do an xml export of your content.

Bobby- To really reap benefits, you want the domain to be the same...either as a subdomain or as a page of the URL.

Chris- Quality is definitely better than quantity!

Thanks Carol! But I am nobody special.

Trisha- if you need some help, please contact me.  I would love to help you out!

Hehehe Missy- Glad I could help out :)

Lanre- Feel free to call me.  My number is in my profile.

Lane- the only way to get up to that is a seasoned domain with tons of backlinks and a bunch of high quality keyword rich content.

Donna- Don't just copy & paste from one to another.  You will then get into duplicate content.  You can use the same ideas, but modify the posts so that they both get recognized as original unique posts.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Thanks Russell

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Jeremy - some very valid points here ... I believe the search engine success of AR is the constant flow of new content ... when you post something here you can google it and your post will generally show up very quickly ... for a listing posted here by address generally less than 1 hour.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Jeremy great advice the key is not just to write but to achieve the intended results.  Taking this route will certainly pay off.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

Good information, which is just not surprising coming from you.

I like the idea of posting throughout the week with posts written previously.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 9 years ago

Great information to know Jeremy. Thanks for the post!

Posted by Matthew Bartlett (Hill Top Real Estate/BRE Lic. #01353034) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Learning something new just about every day about SEO simply never ends. Triangle linking sounds like a novel idea. Very interesting.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy... you are ALWAYS full of sound and practical advice and suggestions for us!  What you offer us here is no exception to that!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

I have four hundred articles on my website, none of which really ever pop up in searches.

However, they are on my blog, and come up quite frequently there.

Thanks very much. That really explains the situation well. I'll contact the web guys today.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Excellent information.  Thank you so much.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 9 years ago

Back to Basics.  Thanks for the info.

Posted by Robert Earl -The Earl of St Pete, The Earl of St. Pete (St Pete LUXE Living Group) over 9 years ago

Nice job with your article Jeremy. With more and more people writing blogs and getting their own website the difference in how people rank is going to come down to the inbound links.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Wow, I knew somebody had the secret!  Even better, I did't have to bankrupt myself to get it.  Although, during my AR training webinar the instructor said copying and pasting pre-written text into our blog was a bad idea.  Have you found that to be true?

Posted by Kim Bush, The Neighborhood Expert (Coldwell Banker Towne Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for posting Jeremy. Great idea about sitting and writing your posts all at once and then adding them to your blog at various times. Also, didn't know about link triangles.

Posted by Robin Sherman, Search Pensacola Homes, For Sale - Pensacola FL Neighborhoods (www.PensacolaForYou.com - Grand Points Realty) over 9 years ago

These are great tips Jeremy. Thanks for posting them. I especially like the tip about linking.

I love when someone from an SEO company calls and tells me they can get me on the first page of Google for my search terms. I'm already there! Don't these companies do any research before they call?

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the info...  What other public blog sites are out there???  (other than Active Rain)

Posted by Eric Power (POWER REALTY, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the advice...I have been thinking about ways to get my web-site on the first page of google for some time now...your pointers helped!

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) over 9 years ago

Kim- Never Copy & Paste.  Simply write the posts directly in AR and save them as a draft.

Michelle- Unfortunately they do not.  In fact, they just have a phone system that dials one to the next.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, Super Helpful!!  Thank you. 

Posted by David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com (www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending) over 9 years ago

Power Realty- There are bunches.  Everything from Wordpress, blogger, typepad, and tons of more.  You have to pick what is the best option for you.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Great blog Jeremy... I am working in the direction you suggested with my website - but great suggestions on blogging...

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES (Intracoastal Realty Corp) over 9 years ago

Wow, this is so easy, everyone should be on the first page in no time at all. Wonder why more have not figured out how easy it is if this is all you have to do?  That link triangle idea is a great way to trick Google.

Posted by Good stuff over 9 years ago

FYI - Your website www.210consulting.com does not work. That is not a good thing for google to pick up.

Posted by Mark Daniel over 9 years ago

Thank you so much. This is not as mystical as it seems. I'm going to get to work on this today!!

Posted by Sanna K Thomas PA over 9 years ago

Thanks for the post. It is always good to read and remember what I need to be doing to keep the rankings moving up. i usually learn a few new tricks too.

Posted by Todd Anderson, Park City | Deer Valley Real Estate (You In Park City group - KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thank you so much for your tips! I am working on implementing them. =)

Posted by Dania Alvarez over 9 years ago

Jeremy:

I'm not even sure what it means to get your site to the top of Google.  What I mean is this, my blog is www.karensperspective.com.  If I type that in on a google search, of course it comes in on the first page of google.  How else would someone find it on the first page?

Thanks.

Posted by Karen Rittenhouse, Real Estate Investor (www.JKKPropertyInvestors.com) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, what an interesting blog, I certainly learned a lot.  I always wondered about reciprocal links - it made sense to me that they seemed of dubious value but this was the first confirmation I had of this. 

Posted by Joanne O'Donnell (Chic Home Interiors) over 9 years ago
Thanks dude for a well written and great post!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

An absolutely a well thought out post and I can't thank you enough for sharing. I consistently struggle with finding the time to write quality posts and when I finally put them on my blog they look way too long for a blog post. Is there a rule of thumb for the length of a post? Perhaps I could be writing shorter posts and getting the same results as long as they are dense with quality content? Maybe i just answered my own question but seriously is there a secret length one should abide by?

While i pick your knowledge, I use Word Press and wonder if it is better to keep the blog as the Landing Page because it is active or to use a static landing page. Which helps your SEO rankings?

Finally, what are your thoughts about hiring ghost writers to package up content for the site to increase the content? I would give them an outline to follow about what i want in the article or blog post. There are some pretty decent writers out there at ELance etc who are very reasonable. This is a just an idea for those of us who struggle with the mighty pen.

I know i'm pushing the envelope with your intellectual generosity but thought perhaps others might be wondering the same thing.

Thanks for your help and the photo of you and your "entertainment system". She is beautiful. I have two myself and they are the best part of every day, period!

Nat Griggs

www.YourCTFHAMortgage.com

Posted by Nat Griggs over 9 years ago

Great Post Jeremy!

Re: Keywords

Make sure you Localize them, example: Denver, Colorado Homes for Sale - instead of just Homes for Sale.

Pick Three main ones and build your Blog around- those three keywords. Start Another Blog for the next Three. Some People build entire Blogs around one keyword.

You can't Rank for everything- so pick what you really want to rank in. It is usually your specialty(s). This will make it easier and faster to get ranked.

Each Post should be about only one of your Keywords.

Make sure your main Keywords are in the Header and any other sub headers.

Make your Sure Key words are in Your Post Title and Ideally are the the First words you start you post with.

Add Your Keyword Every 200 Words. Don't overdue it. It helps a Little if you Bold them.

Start a Blog in Google and a WP Blog (there Free) and cut and paste your Content there and then add back links back to your main blog. (add a somewhat relevant You tube Video at the bottom) and Google will see it as a unique post. Never link Back.

FYI: Duplicate content only applies if it is on your own blog! You could have 3 different blogs with different IP addresses and Google will see all of them- as unique. If still doubt- full do what I suggest above.

Make sure that your Tags Are Laser Targeted for your Three Keywords.

Jeremy, nailed it on content and consistancy. Google Loves Keyword rich targeted Content. Content is King.

Hope this helps!

 

 

Posted by Ben Yost - 303-587-4297, FHA, VA, Conventional - Mortgage Loans in De (First Time Home Buyer, Mortgage Rates, Pre-Approval) over 9 years ago

Good info when them  you post your link you want them to be from site with a high page rank, classified sites are an excellent way to increase your position on google. press release and article submission sites also are very powerful. and of course blogs and social networking sites. I actually work for one of those $395.00 companies. and it is a great deal but you have to know who you are hiring. I have had so many people tell me they new about seo but did not really know how to drive traffic to a web site. My company helps you develop powerful keywords, post ads to 18 paid and classified sites, writes and then post press release to 50 paid and free press sites, writes and submits articles to 144 article submission sites, and of course creates and writes a blog with good fresh content so It really just matters on who you are buying from and what you are buying, Do your research when you hire someone to do your seo.

Posted by Mark Maupin over 9 years ago

The other key I found to really increase my rankings is key word links. So instead of putting

http://JoelFridayHomes.com

enter

Andover MN Homes for sale  Or whatever phrase you want people to find you in the search engine.

Google and bing really like this approach and they both go to the smae place

Posted by Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!" (Keller Williams Classic Realty) over 9 years ago

Joel,

Great idea. How do you do it?

Thanks

Nat

Posted by Nat Griggs (Atlantic Home Loans) over 9 years ago

Great advice Jeremy. Thanks!

Margo

 

Posted by Margo DeGange, M.Ed. over 9 years ago

Thanks, I am in the process of changing my strategy by only bringing well-thought-out content to our website.  This blog re-emphasizes the value of quality vs quantity.  I look forward to blogging more, and it's great articles like this that motivate me to be consistent.  Thanks!

Posted by Ryan Cha, Broker (RC Edwards Realty Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the great information!  Now to implement it!!

Posted by Linda Zawislak (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

I read most of the comments but not enough time to read them all, so if this got answered earlier I apologize.  One neat thing about a wordpress blog on your own site is that you can edit the date of the post and have it show up automatically in the future.  So if you have more time today to write three post you can stagger them to show up on your website at various intervals to keep it looking like fresh information on a regular basis. You can even rotate some of your older post back into the spotlight this way as well.

HTH

Posted by Tony Hager, Broker (United Realty Texas) over 9 years ago

Thank you for this post! 

annie

Posted by Annie Holdreith (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International/Manhasset, New York) over 9 years ago

Thank you for this post! 

annie

Posted by Annie Holdreith (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International/Manhasset, New York) over 9 years ago

I had a company approach me and say ' we will submit your website to hundreds and hundreds of

search enigines for a fee. they said that helps with getting you to the top of google.

do you think submitting your site to hundreds of search engines works?  I would like

to hear one of your webinars whenever you have one.

Posted by gordon over 9 years ago

I had a company come to me and say 'we will submit your website to hundreds and hundreds of search engines'  that will get you higher in google.   do you think this works?  when is your webinar?

I have a website at www.rocklinsacramento.com  that is not a blog. it does link back to my blog.

I was thinking of cancelling it and just creating a good wordpress blog.  what do you think? 

Posted by Gordon Cuffe (Realty First) over 9 years ago

Thanks for reinforcing what we all need to keep focused on.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the reminders! I can't stress enough that consistancy is a must- my blog www.eastorlandolife.com was #1 on Google when searching 'East Orlando Real Estate' for a couple of years. I got distracted, didn't post often, and within a couple of months, my blog is no longer found. From page 1 to zip :(

Posted by Dawn Pratt, East Orlando Real Estate over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Great advice, Thanks for sharing valuable information.  All the best.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 9 years ago

great blog....information is helpful to a lot fo us who are not quite savy in SEO yet.

Posted by Dave diCecco, Dave Sells Charlotte (Helen Adams Realty) over 9 years ago

I like your idea of writing a handful of articles all at once then posting them throughout the week on the blog.  That is a great idea because as I write an article, I often think of a good idea for another.  Whether I end up writing it is a whole different story.  It's also good to know about triangle links.  I hadn't thought of that either.  I know reciprocal links are not good.  Thanks!

Posted by Will Goodson (Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the great information, I own three websites and have been able to get them to the firts page of Google, it was with this type of help that got me there.

thank you

Posted by Dan Pena (Arbor Mortgage Group) over 9 years ago

Many have asked me where they could go to get a custom wordpress blog.  These are the guys making ours.  Doing a great job, very affordable too.  Visit Chris & Ian here and tell them I sent you!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Nice post Jeremy and a bunch of great comments. Joel @ #149 hit a huge one in anchor text.  Ben @#147 hit another biggie with niche blogs.  Some of my niche domains generated more traffic than my main domain within weeks. 

Mistake #1 for most people comes because they skip Step #1: market research. If you are targeting a keyword phrase and don't know the total traffic, keyword competition, and phrase-to-broad match, etc. you are just guessing and guessing is expensive.

 

 

Posted by Chris Richter (Wintrust Mortgage) over 9 years ago

Your info is always right on - thanks.  The link triangle is great.

Posted by Warren Schutt, Helping People with Their Moves for over 36 Years (Warren Schutt Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the super helpful information!  This came at just the right time for me, because I'm letting go of my expensive website and creating my own and integrating a wordpress blog into it.  You're in my favorites!  Many of the commentors had great info too so thanks to them too.

Posted by Lori over 9 years ago

Great information! Great insight!

Question...does it only help drive traffic to your sight if your business is similar to the one you are linking to? For example, would linking my Murrieta Real Estate Site to a local car business be of any benefit? 

Thanks so much! Sandy

Posted by Sandy Peckinpah over 9 years ago

Dear Mark Daniel,

Thank you for first off spamming my website with your services.  I appreciate you trying to spam my people with your stuff.  However, I don't deal well with that, so I have deleted the link to your page from my comments.  Next time I will report it to the staff.  As for your second comment about 210consulting.com not working, I am not sure what you are talking about.  I have not had any issues with it working.  Maybe you need to check your internet connection.  In any matter, please do not spam my friends with your stuff anymore.  This is a violation of the community guidelines.

Sincerely,

Jeremy

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Karen- people are constantly searching for homes in your area by a keyword.  mean, homes for sale in (location) While your website comes up well for the search of the site name, not many will do that.  To see a huge results, we need to make it rank for the terms that buyers and sellers would be using daily in your area.  Feel free to contact me for some more in depth information regarding this.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Nat- Wow, a lot of good questions!  Let me see how I can answer these in the most concise possible way. 

Length- There is no exact formula to the length the posts should be.  Obviously too long will lose readers while too short do not give enough good quality content for the search engines to find.

I think keeping the blog will help because it is constantly updating.

To answer your question on Ghost Writing- NO!  Don't do it! 

Hope this answers everything for you.  If you have more questions, feel free to call me or email me.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Great Post!!!

Quality over Quantity, Most of the agents in my market are too busy trying to out score the competition on AR with random post about everything but real estate. Puppies, kittens, and birds...Oh My! These post are cute, but they will never put a dollar in your bank account.

 My approach is slow and steady, Like the tortise and the hair.

Posted by Roy & Gail Barnhart & McKay, Barnhart & McKay Home Selling Team (Barnhart & McKay Realty Advisors) over 9 years ago

Right on-- there seems to be an army of link-farms out there. I get several invitations to do reciprocal links with them each month, but when I (used to) look at the link to me on their site, it was often buried deep in several pages of links-- no uyse what-so-ever to me. Now, I just delete them.

Posted by Denver Johnson over 9 years ago

Great post Jeremy!  As you know a good place to look for keywords is Google Adwords.  I just recently discovered a place on Adwords to enter my website and have google show me how it is indexed.  What an eye opener that was!  When I changed my keywords on my site, we are now appearing on page one! 

Posted by Sue White (BusinessTrainingTeam.com) over 9 years ago

Sandy- Think of links as a vote of your site.  It doesn't need to be in the exact industry to be of benefit.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Great Information Jeremy,

Question: If i had a website and posted the link in my comments, would that be spam? I am trying to learn as much as i can about the net. Trying not to step on to many toes...Keep up the good work

 

Clarence

Posted by Clarence Foster III (Wilson Parker Homes) over 9 years ago

Good information Jeremy. I also use the google wonder wheel to find terms.

Posted by Daniel Seider (BTRE Big Trees Real Estate) over 9 years ago

You can't stress Linking enough!  Don't forget the Links that you pay for...  i.e. Virtual Tours.  They are very helpful as long as they are followed by search engines. I wrote a post about this last year: 

GO Google Yourself!

 

Excellent Post! and Keep it going.  Thanks!

Nathan Strauch

 

Posted by Nathan Strauch, Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video (Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)) over 9 years ago

That is awesome Sue!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

There is some nice information here (as far as it goes). I've found that most agents I talk with have the hardest problem with keyword research. They can write articles all day long about their niche but have a difficult time translating that into something that is helpful on Google. If there was anything to add to all the comments and the post itself it would be that you should be sure that your keywords are targeted, not to Google, but to your potential clients. That way you can't lose.

Chris Richter hit it right on the head when he says Market Research (and part of that research is keyword research). I would say that is probably more important than the three tips in the first place. I have a client that was doing all three of the steps, but was targeting keywords, in his posts, backlinks etc. that was never going to get him the business he wanted. He was targeting keywords that a) nobody searched for and b) even if they did search for it would bring him the wrong kind of client for his niche.

The buzzword in Google is RELEVANCE. How relevant are you? The rest is the icing.

SEO and SEM changes regularly, weekly, sometimes daily. I live right down the street from Google and know many people working there - It's an ongoing thing, always changing. One way links, threeway links, blogs, video, social media. All help better than nothing. The bottom line is that if you have relevant sites or relevant links pointing to your relevant site, you will rank (or show up) for that relevant term.

That means you have to be relevant today AND tomorrow. We're all looking for the shortcut to get us there faster (and these tips will help) So, use what you can while you can, and keep your eye on the real prize. Being relevant with the correct keywords will never hurt.

 

Pol

PS: Are you going to say anything about nofollow links? That's probably the second biggest waste of time - when non-professionals spend time and effort building hundreds of backlinks to find that they DON'T COUNT.

Posted by Pol vanRhee over 9 years ago

Great post. The only thing I take issue with is that I like posting a wide variety of subjects. I will post about human interest subjects, political viewpoints, personal experiences and business related topics. My children who run our family business www.onthelevelcontractors.com think it's a little silly but then it really hasn't hurt our google positioning as I don't post irrelevant topics on our website. I only post them on AR and Trulia. Is that OK?

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 9 years ago

Fantastic post, direct easy to understand and great tips. Just yesterday I got a call AND an email from a company promising to boost my rankings on google...

Posted by Jill Nelson, Interior Design (Jill Nelson Design Services) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I just keep trying to learn more and improve.  One thing about technology, it keeps changing so we have to change with it.

Posted by Nancy McNamee (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

If SEO isn't a college degree yet it should be. With that said, I always tell people that there are 3 simply ingredients to top rankings in Google.

1) age of domain

2) quality of onsite content

3) links

 

Posted by Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker (Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc.) over 9 years ago

Whose blog is it? Is it okay to curse on your website? You are in the marketplace. So what does the marketplace say? Not anyone here. YOUR marketplace. I by that I mean, what are you selling on your blog? And who are you selling it to? You can talk about different things to different people? If your target audience is senior nuns you would have different topics on your blog than if your target audience was auto repair guys in their twenties.

Remember, you are selling your service, but really you are also selling you. So if your target audience is interested in humand interest subjects, your political viewpoint, your relevant personal stories etc. and it floats your boat, go ahead write about it. But will having those posts help you with search traffic? No. Not if it is irrelevant to your keywords.

But is it okay?

Yes. Of course it is. If it helps you get potential clients to know, like and trust you, it's good. Everything has got to be a balance. Your posts need to appeal to two targets: your target audience and search engines (which realy means Google) So every post needs to appeal to one or the other (or if possible to both) Don't worry if one of your posts is off topic. But if you are consistently off topic, you risk losing your relevance.

Then perhaps it is time to seperate your personal blog from your professional blog. Only you can decide, though. Write down what your specific target audience is and write down your specific niche and start there.

Posted by Pol vanRhee (Silicon Valley DJ) over 9 years ago

Good information.  Thank you.

Posted by Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343)) over 9 years ago

Good tips Jeremey.  What about 2 way links if one of the links "does not follow?"

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I ghost write for several clients that are small business owners.  It's better that something is written vs. nothing at all on the blog.  I will, however, get a feel for their "voice" before writing for them.  

If you're going to get someone to ghost write, make sure they're writing original content, and not just copy+pasting other people's articles / blog posts and claiming it is original.  Duplicate content hurts your ranking, not to mention the whole plagiarism aspect!

Posted by Rob Wagner over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy, Content and links... who knew? I thought you had to pay somebody.

Best of luck in 2010. Cheers.

Posted by Andrew Jones, LA Beach Cities Homes 310-399-3740 (Horizon Pacific Realty ) over 9 years ago

Thanks for all the terrific information.  This will help me alot.

Posted by Jane Welborne over 9 years ago

Rob- those are some excellent points.  No offense to you, but I am not a fan of the ghost writers for the simple fact that while they can become close to the voice of the blog author, they cannot be the same.  I just simply feel it is always best to have content from the author, not someone else impersonating them.

Valid points on the plagiarism, duplicate content and unique content.  If they aren't doing that for you, then it is more harm than help!  Something written is definitely better than nothing at all too.  Thanks for sharing.

 

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Jeremy offers some good basic advice, but don't forget if it were that simple everyone would be on page 1 of the Google serps. There are only 10 *organic* results per page for any given KW, and most people spend far too much of their time trying to optimize their site *page(s)* for the most competitive KW phrase: "XXXX real estate". Go after kw's that are far less competitive *we call them long tails* and you'll find your site ranking page 1 much sooner.

Posted by Jim Sparrow (Royal LePage Solutions) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the targeted and saavy advice.    Appreciated!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 9 years ago

Great post - thanks!   I always learn something on ActiveRain - what a great resource.

And, that baby is ADORABLE!

Posted by Stephanie McCarty, REALTOR (McCarty Homes) over 9 years ago

You know Jeremy, it is unusual for a person in your field not to take the, "nobody will buy the cow if you're give the milk away for free" approach to disseminating valuable information.  What many fail to realize is that teaching others does not diminish your knowledge base.  It actually enhances your credibility amongst your peers and encourages others to consult you when challenged with tough questions.  So here's to you, knowing that an outstretched hand receives more than it gives!

 

 

Posted by Anita Carrington, Dovian Group LLC, ASP, IAHSP (The Dovian Group, LLC) over 9 years ago

thanks Anita!

Stephanie- She is my sunshine!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,

Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Bethany Poole, Bella Staging & Design SLC, Utah (Ski Utah Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Great tips, I'm glad to know that I'm doing the right thing.

You can click on my link now so I can get some higher ranking. ;)

 

http://OneMiamiParadise.com

Posted by Marco Antonio & Miguel Angel Peralta, The Miami Real Estate Twins (Qosta Miami) over 9 years ago

This is one of my goals- I actually set blogging as an everyday task in my top producer.  Thisis my goal laid out...

reply to 10 Blogs a day...

Write a blog at least once a week...

Increase blog writing as I get accustomed to it...

Then add to THE PLAN;)

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) over 9 years ago

Thank you.   Great reminders and some I've gotten away from.  Need to get back in gear.  I am going to try to re-blog your post.  Haven't ever done that before. 

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 9 years ago

Great Information.  You have given me some great goals to strive for and excellent ways to accomplish those goals.   Thank you!

Posted by Diane Beck, Greater Pittsburgh's Award Winning Home Stager (Vibrant Interiors) over 9 years ago

Wow, that is a lot of commetns on a well written article.

Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, thanks for the info.  I understand the whole blog triangle think and reciprocal links but does that mean if in my AR blog I link back to my website or a blog on my website and then my website blog has a link back to AR - is that hurting me?

I've also bookmarked this for a refresher course when I get confused or lost in the process of reaching google's #1 page!

Thanks. 

 

Posted by Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey (Lattimer Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy

Thank you for using good old plain English in explaining your 3 tips. vert,very useful.

Ty

Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) over 9 years ago

Hello Jeremy - Thank you for posting this.  I can use all the help I can get! 

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) over 9 years ago

Gina- It isn't hurting you, but it isn't doing a lot for you either.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy ~ man of great wisdom. Thank you for such valuable info. Bookmarked and my next project.

Posted by Monique Combs, Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs (Royal Shell Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Thanks again Jeremy, I have so many of your post bookmarked! it is like an encyclopedia! Now, this response from you got my attention:

Scott- to fully optimize things on your website, you need to have a blog as a part of your site.  It needs to be either a page or subdomain of the websites URL.  If not, you will not see the juice there.  The link pointing from AR helps, but nowhere near as much as good content on your own website.  I suggest keeping the AR & having a really nice Wordpress blog integrated into your website.

Now, here is where I need help, I do not know how to put a blog page on my web site, is this something someone like you can do?

I Really appreciate your help, people like you is what makes AR a place to be!

Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 9 years ago

That was very worthwhile and I'll certainly save this post. thanks Jeremy

Posted by Dave Iliff, Real Estate Agent in Hockessin, DE (Patterson Schwartz) over 9 years ago

Hey my friend, you have hit on a very hot topic and have done a great job explaining how to boost a website.  Thanks

Posted by Tanya Connie, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Sun Rise Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Very good and simple advice we can all use -- thanks!

Posted by Dana Scanlon, Bethesda MD- Award-Winning Bethesda Realtor (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 9 years ago

Great tips!

In order to keep conent fresh and relevant. you can also add an news feed that updates daily.

Posted by Rick Maday, Schaumburg Home Inspector - (Owl Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Tell me more about adding a news feed please.

Thanks

 

Posted by Donna Galinsky, Make Lake Norman Your Home! (Allen Tate Company) over 9 years ago

Solid advice. This is what has worked for me!

-Tre

Posted by Tre Pryor, Realtor, e-PRO - Louisville Kentucky (REMAX Champions) over 9 years ago

Rick Maday- Having a news feed send content into your website really doesn't help that much because the content is being fed to hundreds of sites with content that is not unique.  Also, the only place really benefiting from that is whoever is the originator of the content.  The publisher is the source and gets the credit.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Good information as always.  We count on you to keep us up to date on google and other tools.

Thanks

Posted by Laura Woodbury (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Great Post Jeremy, I'm starting to work on this to move up as well. Its tough when all the Huge Home Search companies with million dollar budgets steal all of page 1!  Just need to outsmart them I guess :)

Thanks Again!

 

Posted by Larry Costa over 9 years ago

Great thoughts.
I will have to remeber that I can always write out the post ahead of time and send it out later.

Thanks.

Posted by Jean-Paul Peron, Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive (The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany) over 9 years ago

Good points Jeremy. I agree that reciprocal linking is useless and easy to spot.

But you encourage people to take, "A detour. An easy alternative to reciprocal links is to have a link triangle." 

Note: Merriam-Webster: DETOUR: a deviation from a direct course or the usual procedure; especially : a roundabout way temporarily replacing part of a route.

I disagree with 3-way linking (also easy for Google to spot), but note what Google says: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66356 , meaning any manipulation (and 3-way links are an "intention to" manipulate) of SERPs is mis-guided advice.

Posted by Brett Fagan Bozeman Montana Real Estate, Boutique Luxury @ ESTATE House, Bozeman, Montana (Taunya Fagan Bozeman Montana Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Brett- I humbly disagree.  Three way links are not misguiding.  They are a good way to link.  There is nothing saying that is bad practice, or things wrong.  Sorry you feel I am giving mis-guided advice.  As for manipulating, there is no such things.  My point was simply this.  Instead of linking from my page to yours & your page to mine, link from one of mine to yours and you link to a different page.  That is one way links and is totally within the guidelines stated.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 9 years ago

Great post,  You explain the process very well and make the think that is is something I would be able to do if I was consistent.  Of course that has been the problem in the past, staying with it, I suppose that is why the top agents are the top agents! I like the idea of writing more than one post at a time and then saving them.

Posted by Paul Hodge (Keller Williams Realty / Lake Norman-Cornelius) over 9 years ago

another good way to get backlinks (links to your site) is to write articles and post them on free site such as ezinearticles.com. this is a high traffic website and will definitely help your page rank. be sure to include a link back to your website at the end of each article.

Posted by Joseph Mazzei (Wholesale Mortgage Services) over 9 years ago

Great ideas here, bith from you and the other comments.  I do appreciate your answers.  I am getting so many reciprocal link requests that I have wondered whether they are good or not, and you gave me a clear answer.

Posted by Janet Coburn (Coldwell Banker - Colorado Rockies) over 9 years ago

Awesome!  Thanks Jeremy!  

Some blogs I read are just like talking to someone really interesting.  Other blogs sound like a pamphlet or magazine and it makes you think they copied some article they read.

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. over 9 years ago

Jeremy, Great points and helpful as usual.  Fo me, I find that the consistency is the main problem.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) over 9 years ago

Awesome!  Thanks for the tips!!!  I'm going to bookmark this one!  Thanks Jeremy!

Posted by Nyssa Smith, REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate (Keller Williams Advantage Realty) over 9 years ago

A very good post.  Thank you!  I've received those phone calls from companies also.  They tell me that SEO's no longer work and there is a new way Google controls getting your site to the top because so many were doing this themselves.  I was wondering if that still holds true.

Thanks again.

Posted by JoAnn Young, Florida Real Estate (Young & Young Properties ) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, thank you for a great article!  I've also bookmarked it for future reference.  I'm currently working on my websites right now.  The big question I have is how to I find out the terms that buyers and sellers use in our area?

 

Thanks!

Connie

Posted by Connie Betz, Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I like the simplicity of your post Jeremy.  This is great information to refer to as a reminder of what we need to do to succeed in online business!

Posted by Paul Franciskato (Asset Brokering Services) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, Great tips and I have a question for you. How do Active Rain blogs help my personal website (www.TahoeClicks.com) ? Do you have any tips for Acrive Rain blogging?

Posted by Paul Smith, BRE# 01107845, Servicing the Lake Tahoe area Real Estate Needs (Sierra Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, Great tips and I have a question for you. How do Active Rain blogs help my personal website (www.TahoeClicks.com) ? Do you have any tips for Acrive Rain blogging?

Posted by Paul Smith, BRE# 01107845, Servicing the Lake Tahoe area Real Estate Needs (Sierra Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Paul #237 You're ActiveRain blog will give you links back to your main site. Also ActiveRain has a lot of new content and has a high page rank that transfers to the main site you choose to link to. 

Getting family members to put a link on their site is all well and good except. The family members site needs to be about real estate to get maximum benefit. You will be better off in the long run creating other sites your self and building up page rank for the sites you can control and control what is blogged on them. 

 

#2 and #4 Yeah I have seen things rank fast also then when I look at how many searches they get it ends up not worth being number one. That is a big SEO company trick. I can get # one for the keyword phrase "underwater real estate basket weaving ninja" How often do you think it gets searched? Some agents get number one not knowing that the phrase will not generate enough traffic to convert any leads. AS for a quick ranking tip. Get enough people to click on a link for you and you will get number one.  Twitter is a good place for this. With enough followers clicking on a link it will get ranked fast. Of course it needs to be indexed (found by google)first.

#195 Some long tail keywords are not worth grabbing by the tail so that can be a waste of time also.(see above)

RealBird is a good way to build links and I will be doing a video on it in the coming weeks.

#14 After a certain period you will lose domain age and page rank and have to start over. The best thing to do, if you own a lot of domains is to get a hosting account and set up a wordpress blog for every domain you own.  Also if you point a domain to another site you are not earning page rank or domain name. The URL(www.mysite.com) has to be set up with name servers to start building domain age and page rank.

Posted by Jeff Link, "Your Asheville Real Estate Link" over 9 years ago

Thanks Jeremy - good stuff!  The link back strategy is the toughest to achieve - especially if not doing reciprocal links.  Nevertheless, it is important.  I am soon ready to launch my new website, and providing incentives to other sites to link to mine is an area where I need to spend some significant thought and brainstorming.

You're the best!

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) over 9 years ago

 

Hi Jeremy,

Great blog and tips....

I have found www.Agreatertown.com to be a great place to do some powerful link building.

Here is a short article on using Agreatetown
http://activerain.com/blogsview/1473785/a-greater-search-engine-optimization-resource-for-real-estate-agents

Posted by Sean Callahan (Real Estate Marketing Nerds ) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing, I'm always amazed at little tweaks that can be learned and  made to help improve rankings. 

Posted by Jared Hokanson, Your Home Sold, GUARANTEED!* (Hokanson Realty & Jared Realty Group) over 9 years ago

great advice for keeping it simple.  There are so many myths about what works and what doesn't, and since Google doesn't publish a how-to guide, services are able to prey on our lack of knowledge.  Great post!

Posted by Matt Thomas (Atlas Real Estate Advisors) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the great tips.  The internet still seems somewhat elusive to me in ranking sites so I appreciate the straight forward suggestions. 

Posted by Catherine Marrone, West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County (Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy ~  Thank you once again for writing about this subject.  I am bookmarking this for later use.  I thought that I was Super Women once and my age tells me I am not. 

With your permission I would like to print this out???

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy ~  Thank you once again for writing about this subject.  I am bookmarking this for later use.  I thought that I was Super Women once and my age tells me I am not. 

With your permission I would like to print this out???

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy ~  Thank you once again for writing about this subject.  I am bookmarking this for later use.  I thought that I was Super Women once and my age tells me I am not. 

With your permission I would like to print this out???

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 9 years ago

Jeremy - thank you for a fabulous simplicity! All of the information I am gathering is so overwheming ... so your post came just in the right time...after reading the post and comments it looks like I can get a grip on it...

With smiles,

Bo in Yukon

PS. Post #147 - what do you think about Ben's statement?

'Start a Blog in Google and a WP Blog (there Free) and cut and paste your Content there and then add back links back to your main blog. (add a somewhat relevant You tube Video at the bottom) and Google will see it as a unique post. Never link Back.'

Posted by Bo Kociuba, Realtor - Mustang, Yukon & OKC Metro 405-812-1572 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties ) over 9 years ago

I challenge all of you to look at and explore a website  called A Greatertown that has some great GOOGLE JUICE.  The impact it makes on Google is remarkable.  I am not good at tech data or how things happen.  I can tell you that it works. 

 

Example:  I have found a site called www.agreatertown.com where I could add post with rich content and in some times less than 24 hours these topics are on the top page of Google. 

If it works just share this data with others or talk to the owner about other opportunities.

Edwin Gerace, www.EdwinGerace.com or PLEASE FOLLOW www.twitter.com/edwingerace

 

Posted by Edwin Gerace (The State Paper) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, great content-rich post.  I appreciate you sharing some of your insights with all of us.

Posted by Matt Robinson, www.professionalinvestorsguild.com (Professional Investors Guild) over 9 years ago

Jeremy...thanks for this great information and making it easy to understand. I'm still learning and this

will help alot! 

Posted by Patty Ledford, Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue (RE/MAX Town and Country) over 9 years ago

Integrating my blog prominently on my website helps it have new content consistently and I see it moving up in Alexa rankings all the time. Before doing this, new content, new front page images wasn't consistent.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 9 years ago

Great pointers on keywords,consistent blogging and linking.  Thank you.

Posted by Joe Sosky, Commercial Real Estate Broker - (360) 816-9652 (KW Commercial) over 9 years ago

Jeremy, Thank you for the post.

I used some of the information to raise my site from non existent to page 4 in a very short time.

If I was consistent it probably would have been higher.

 

Posted by John Maygard (CIR Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jeremy...Great advice, I have a blog on the first page of one of my web sites, sure helps with SEO on Google

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jeremy,   Thanks for the pointers.   My goal is to write a couple of blogs a week. 

Posted by Robert Foster (United Country-Michigan Outdoor Properties - Northern Office) over 9 years ago

Thanks very much!

Posted by Fred Sweezer Sr., Certified Home Inspector (Hud Certified 203K Consultant) over 9 years ago

Valuable info, Jeremy.  I followed the link from your "Getting To The Top of Search Engines~ Using An ActiveRain Automatic Signature" article.

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 9 years ago

Participate