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“Make IDX Great Again”? Redfin, SEO, and the Broker/Portal Battlefield

by Sam DeBord on 11:23 am September 29, 2017

There’s a proposal for NAR to change IDX policy to include a link back to a listing brokerage’s website within every IDX listing display. This has been suggested and supported by Redfin’s Glenn Kelman and WAV Group’s Victor Lund. References: Geekestate by Drew Meyers Notorious by Rob Hahn WAV Group by Victor Lund I’m a member of the advisory board that vets these kinds of proposals and potentially moves them on to the MLS Policy committee at NAR. So, while I won’t take a position on … Read More »

The Quest for IDX Policy Revision, and Redfin’s Advantage

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am September 23, 2017

Earlier this week, I saw Victor Lund’s post about Glenn Kelmans’s call for IDX policy revisions requiring link backs to the broker. My first reaction was: this is a brilliant initiative/strategy. For Redfin. Not for the industry. I planned to write a blog post. Then, I realized Rob pretty much wrote everything I was going to say. Kelman — and Redfin — KNOW they can, and will, annihilate every other broker/franchise in the SEO department. They are already doing it. The suggested IDX change will … Read More »

The World of Plumbing SEO

by Julius T on 8:34 am October 24, 2016

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an important aspect of online marketing. It’s especially true in the competitive world of maintenance professionals where bid prices for keywords on Google are extremely expensive. This has an impact on small businesses, real estate investors, and homeowners. When I think of searching for maintenance professionals, I am reminded of the first time I had a real emergency for an investment property. I was a novice investor at the time and did not have my maintenance contacts in place yet … Read More »

A Broker Example Using StreetAdvisor

by Drew Meyers on 1:46 pm September 12, 2016

Everyone wants to see an example of someone using your product/service in a way they should be using it. StreetAdvisor is no different. The value proposition for sellers is clear, and the agent/broker value proposition is the ability engage with buyers and sellers who have self identified by asking questions (same core reason many contribute to Zillow Advice and Trulia Voices), breadcrumbs (SEO), and reaching a new audience specifically researching neighborhoods and cities you serve. Who gets the agent/broker value proposition? Eric Bramlett in Austin. I’ve known Eric … Read More »

How Realtors Can Improve Their Search Engine Rankings

by Sean Killian on 6:45 am May 26, 2016

Real estate is changing in many ways and the manner in which potential homebuyers and sellers are researching and addressing their real estate needs is being shaped by the web. Real estate agents need to be ever aware of these trends and how to setup their organizations best to succeed. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the most important factors that have the ability to dramatically improve your web and search engine visibility. Ensure your website is user … Read More »

SEO Tricks for Real Estate Portals

by Drew Meyers on 11:47 am March 6, 2016

Syndication SEO Real Estate

“SEO tricks for real estate portals” was another Google search term that resulted in finding Geek Estate this past week. That’s a topic I happen to know a little bit about, having been involved very early on in Zillow’s SEO efforts (2007-2010). SEO is an industry that moves fairly quickly, and I haven’t been following trends day to day since 2011 while I worked at Virtual Results. That said, I think the same core tenants of SEO apply now as then. What are the high level … Read More »

4 Reasons To Ignore SEO In Your Content

by Ben Kubic on 11:46 am January 4, 2016

4 reasons to ignore seo in your content

When it comes to SEO, most agents are focused on getting to the top of the search results for phrases like “Real Estate Agent in X” or “Where To List My Home.” After all, spending time and money on rising in the search rankings will lead to more clients, right? I wholeheartedly disagree. I’d rather see all of my search engine clicks come from searches for “Virgent Realty” rather than “Real Estate Agent in Atlanta,” because that means my clients are interested in working with … Read More »

Mobilegeddon. Are You Ready?

by Drew Meyers on 11:23 am April 21, 2015

Those that read tech and marketing blogs may already know: Google is releasing a major update to their algorithms that will heavily favor sites that are optimized for mobile. Search Engine Land has some responses to FAQ’s. The algorithm change only affects searches done on mobile devices, but as everyone knows, that’s a major chunk of searches — and it’s growing, not shrinking. The prospect of missing all that organic SEO traffic because your site doesn’t work on mobile is one more (really good) reason to migrate into … Read More »

Real Estate Webmasters – My Experience

by David Feldberg on 6:58 pm December 18, 2014

When I was thinking of what would be helpful to readers of geek estate I came across Sam’s article about ReelGeeks and I thought why not tell everyone my recent experience with Real Estate Webmasters (REW).  I will preface this with I finally brought my site live last week and I have no vested interest in the company, nor will I receive anything for this, I’m simply sharing my experience. A little background to start.  I have had my site up for a few years … Read More »

RealGeeks Websites, and the Secret Sauce (a totally biased review)

by Sam DeBord on 4:57 pm December 10, 2014

Real Geeks websites

I get a bunch of calls and emails every week asking for information about the RealGeeks website system we use.  I’m happy to discuss it, but I figured if I just wrote a review of our experience, it might save me a little bit of time in the future. To be clear, RealGeeks doesn’t pay me, give me a discount, or any other benefits for writing about their product or sending them referrals.  I’ll give you the highlights because we wouldn’t stick with the product if … Read More »

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