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Rainmaker
5,536,198
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

We have all our site architecture for our clients done by one the country's foremost SEO experts in order to have all search engines find our clients.  He developed over 40 websites for an NYSE company specializing in real estate advertising and publishing.  He has also done SEM for our clients.  The SEM yielded hits for the listings, but no $$$.  Competition is fierce from all three aggregators as well as the large box company spending on ad words and SEO.  I have real dozens of articles stating SEO is dead, and with google changing their algorithms every time they want to...

What they are not doing is long tail ad words.  That has yielded results for some and not for others.  We have developed different strategies for our clients and their websites to become top of mind in their marketplace.  In the long run, it has paid off for our clients.  A

 

Mar 15, 2016 09:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,717,404
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Bing who?

Yes, it seems a little better recently. But I have been trying an entirely new way to go about 'pushing' the posts out & I guess it's working. 

You can push your listing right smack in the middle of Z & T if you use G+ which I have been doing over a year. Throw in a YouTube video & you're right up there with the big boys.

Mar 15, 2016 10:28 PM
Rainer
472,073
DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

I'm getting great results from ActiveRain and getting phone calls, emails and office drop ins as a result of my "Virginia Mortgage Blog" !

The key to getting results is consistency and being persistent.   If you don't work at it and constantly load new and pertinent information, it will drop in relevance.   So work hard and you WILL see success !

Mar 15, 2016 02:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,149,509
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

There are way too many agents competing for the WWW.  Adword is now on top and bottom by the click.

If you have 100 reviews on Yelp, Bing will think higher than if you have none.  

The trouble is you are not realtor.com, you are not craigslist.com, You are not Zillow....

Someone called me saying he found me on Google maps. I can not find mine but I will take the call.

Mar 15, 2016 09:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,880,375
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Fred Griffin AR is really good for SEO, I have seen a big jump in my website AllAtlantaCondos.Com from when I started posting in AR.

Mar 15, 2016 11:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,381,663
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm not seasoned yet, just lightly spiced.    So far, I'm waiting to see the primary results I'm looking for (phone or email ringing from the blogs).  Secondary results of high quality links are there though!

Mar 15, 2016 10:58 AM
Rainmaker
563,146
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Hard to say...I focus on getting my own site to rank.  And, it continues to grow - over 67,000 unique visitors/month now.

BTW, if things aren't ranking so well on AR, it's more likely driven by increased competition on the web now, more than anything else.

Mar 15, 2016 08:53 AM
Rainmaker
4,894,467
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I still have many potential clients hit my web site, and my analytics tell me they are coming from my blogs.

Mar 16, 2016 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,423
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Started in 2007 and in the last few years it is less and less. Hopefully with new ownership they can work this out for the better.

Mar 16, 2016 01:24 AM
Rainmaker
1,636,342
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No; we have never seen any real benefit, but have a ball here.

Mar 16, 2016 01:00 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,411
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think it's better now than before....

Mar 16, 2016 12:47 AM
Ambassador
1,577,005
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Had a call yesterday from a blog on the rain.

Mar 16, 2016 12:16 AM
Rainmaker
3,977,653
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

The phone is ringing.

Mar 16, 2016 12:04 AM
Ambassador
3,730,430
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Not as good. I use to be first page

Mar 15, 2016 11:18 PM
Rainmaker
6,555,044
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I will have to defer to the experts for this answer.

Mar 15, 2016 11:06 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

parked and reading

Mar 15, 2016 11:06 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,837
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is about the same I think

Mar 15, 2016 10:39 PM
Rainmaker
634,272
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Thanks for posting this question, Fred. I'm learning from some of the masters here!

Mar 15, 2016 07:09 PM
Ambassador
5,366,635
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Seems pretty good, the phone has been ringing, and they mention my AR site.

 

Mar 15, 2016 07:04 PM
Ambassador
2,759,387
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 It has been a long time since I have googled myself. I am not sure where I stand.

Mar 15, 2016 06:57 PM
Rainmaker
2,437,714
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Fred. I don't focus on SEO when I blog, but fortunately I get a steady supply of leads that come to my website.

Mar 15, 2016 06:46 PM
Ambassador
4,312,753
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin done right, ActiveRain has lots of Google Juice for many! (I keep on seeing great posts from the members who are #1 on Google - thanks to what they learned here as well as what they blog here...)

Mar 15, 2016 03:41 PM
Rainmaker
661,105
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I'm pretty much new in this site. I'm working on my blogs, hope to see great results soon.

Mar 15, 2016 11:42 AM
Ambassador
2,224,117
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm getting calls from buyers. I like that. So it must be working. 

Mar 15, 2016 10:56 AM
Ambassador
1,771,405
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes Fred but I work at it every day. I also get results from other sites and blogs I have too.

Mar 15, 2016 10:35 AM
Rainmaker
2,635,377
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am getting first page top no problem. As to the phone ringing? Please do

Mar 15, 2016 10:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,433,683
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

not as good as before.

Mar 15, 2016 10:05 AM
Ambassador
3,986,660
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am getting lots of people clicking over to my website and signing up so that is my goal. 

Mar 15, 2016 08:07 AM