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By Getfoundnow | Real Estate Pro in Tampa, FL
  • Blogging Inspiration and Quality Content Equals Search Engine Placement

    Posted Under: Home Buying  |  May 14, 2012 8:21 PM  |  1,132 views  |  2 comments


    Most of us get inspiration from a million and one different directions. We have an experience (good or bad) that is worth sharing, get inspired by someone else's words, hear a great sAong on the radio, read a beautiful poem, watch a great movie or we're moved by an incredible painting - or we just free flow and allow whatever wells up from within to bubble up and out.

    Better Website Rankings Equals Quality Content

    Better website rankings equal better placement in the SERPs and one of the best ways to improve your website rankings is to write for people, not search engines. When other readers enjoy your posts, they link back to you from their website and share your content via Social Media. Believe it or not, the most human (real ) stories, amusing, enlightening or even humiliating hit home to more readers than pure marketing SEO real estate blogging fodder and you know the boring kind I'm talking about. 

    SEO blogging done the right way means great content inspired from multiple directions.  If you give it all you got from the inside out and build up your topic authority (the goal) honestly and smartly, instead offocusing on SEO trickery, your ultimate reward will be great placement for the topics you blog about as well as traffic conversion. Why? Because when you write engaging content that real PEOPLE resonate with and enjoy reading, they comment, link back from their website and share your content with others via Social Media. 

    Site Visitors and Search Engines Know the Difference
    Unfortunately, many real estate SEO bloggers miss the mark when blogging because they only write about properties for sale or the same old real estate fodder the Internet is already saturated with. Trust me, that kind of real estate marketing fluff doesn't create a strong blog following nor does get topic authority kudos from search engines or convert. I'm not saying that all real estate content is fodder, not at all, but when it comes to fresh, unique, quality content, your readers and search engines actually do know the difference.
     

    SEO Blogging Inspiration

    Everyone is different and as the saying the old saying goes "different strokes for different folks" especially when it comes to SEO blogging inspiration.  For me, it's music and art. And although this post may be wee bit different than most posts you read about real estate SEO blogging, I am going to offer you this instrumental music video of John Butler playing "Ocean" that will blow your mind and hopefully inspire you too.

    Personally, I think you would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not get inspired by this amazing musician. Yes, He does look a bit crunchy granola and we all have our personal tastes in music, but if you can just put aside your opinions for a few minutes and just listen, this video will literally stop you in your tracks. When you are done listening, go write an amazing blog post if the spirit moves you ;-)

    John Butler Trio - Ocean (Live at Federation Square)




  • Online Presence Management: Unpleasables 101

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, How To...  |  December 31, 2011 8:18 AM  |  1,447 views  |  No comments

    Online Presence Management: Unpleasables 101

    If you are in the service industry, the standard modus operandi is that “the customer is always right.” But truth be told, is the customer always right? Sooner than later, you are going to get a client or customer with an unpleasable agenda and no matter how much you bend over backwards and jump through hoops like a circus clown until you’re blue in the face, it will not be enough to make them happy.

    If It’s not a Match, It will only Get Worse

    I know the topic of this post is probably a bit edgy (wouldn’t be the first), but here is my advice.  If you have even the slightest inkling that a client is going to turn into an unsatisfiable Freddy Kreuger Nightmare on Elm Street Super Freak, DON’T take them on.  It’s not worth it! And if by chance you do get hoodwinked into a situation with an unpleasable, cut your losses right away by releasing them from their contract.

    Trust me, if it’s not a match, it’s never going to be a match and it will only get worse. You will be saved from a boat load of aggravation and problems down the road by removing them from your life as quickly as possible.

    We Understand Where Our Bread is Buttered

    Yes, I know this post could also be easily be misconstrued as an excuse for negligent customer service and trying to cover our you know what, but it is not.  Not to boast, well maybe just a little, but GFN has a pretty good reputation for great customer service. Why? - because we give, give, give, give, give, give give and give again to our clients.

    We have a referral based business model and clients of GFN become part of our family of friends and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Believe me, we understand where our bread is buttered and are extremely grateful for the many referrals we get.

    The Unspoken Threat of Reputation Damage

    If you depend on your reputation and online presence like we do, the last thing you want is to have someone spreading ill-will all over the Internet or gossip talk about you and that “threat” is exactly the psychological leverage an unpleasable will try and wave over your head if you don’t cater to their every whim.

    No matter how demanding, left field and out of line an unpleasable might be, what you do for them will never be enough and in the end, they’re going say what they’re going to say about you anyway.  Again, it’s a no-win situation that must be nipped in the bud quickly.

    As an example, we had one client who called, emailed and texted us morning, noon and night. I would be giving WordPress trainings and the phone would be beeping in constantly from the same person. This went on for months and we never got a moment’s peace. Folks, that’s just not OK.  Yes, always treat your customers with the utmost respect but remember, respect is a two way street.

    I always tell our clients and the many people we give WordPress support to that are not our clients that  if we don’t pick up the phone right away it’s because we are either on the phone with someone else or involved with code or a project that we must focus on and we’ll call you back as soon as possible. We are all about customer service and that includes getting  the job done which we can not do if we are on the phone helping one person 24/7 who thinks they own us.  Boundaries need to be established from the get-go.

    Enough is Enough and Say it Right Away

    The truth is that no matter what you do for an unpleasable to make them “happy” they will be unhappy about something else and as soon as money crosses the table with someone like this, they think they own you, so your best defense is to give their money back and do it right away.  You need to say ta-ta, bye-bye and syanora even if you’ve invested a bizillion hours on their behalf because it’s simply NOT worth it and chalk it up to another one of those annoying life lessons learned.

    Remember, when you are good at what you do, deliver the goods as promised and build up a very satisfied customer base, Social Media and defamatory gossip talk becomes less of a threat because a person attempting to discredit you will be seen for what they are – UNPLEASABLE, and your online comrades will step up to the plate and come to your defense.

    Keep a Cool Head No Matter What

    No matter how much a person may push your buttons, and believe you me, some will push you to the very edge of the cliff, try to remain as neutral as possible so you can handle the situation with a cool head and your best self.  And as they say in marketing 101, “Don’t get hooked into other peoples stuff.”  Always be professional, but NEVER allow anyone to tramp all over you or run you with veiled reputation destruction threats.

    The Boomerang Effect

    A little sage advice – Online warfare tactics never work out for anyone, especially for the one spreading malicious ill-will because what you send out there always comes back to bite you and that’s how the Universe works. Don’t worry about how justice will be served or how it will all play out in the grand schemes of things.  Energy sent out attracts like energy back and leave it at that.  I call it the boomerang effect.

    WordPress Website Design – WordPress Training and Coaching

    Are you ready to get serious about your online presence? We have years of experience installing, configuring and optimizing WordPress, and training people how to blog effectively.  

    If you would like GFN to design you a cutting-edge and powerful WordPress/Genesis blogging platform; would like to revamp the look and feel of your existing WordPress site or could use some one-on-one  WordPress training and blog coaching with Victoria, please give Get Found Now a call at 813.443.1585.

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  • Ashley Malone – You are in Our Prayers

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, How To...  |  December 29, 2011 12:04 PM  |  2,038 views  |  No comments

    Everyone, please pray for Ashley Malone. She has been in a horrific car accident and needs everyone to send love, light and healing energy. She is literally fighting for her life.  Please take a moment and give to this woman. Sherri Wellborn (Realtor in Tennessee), Ashley's mother, is holding the light and says her body is damaged but her beautiful face is perfect.

    Please close your eyes and pray for her.

  • Peace on Earth ~ Happy Holidays!

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, How To...  |  December 19, 2011 6:33 AM  |  1,499 views  |  No comments


    Get Found Now would like to wish all our brothers and sisters a very Merry Christmas!

  • Hijacking Other People’s Content is Plagiarism

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, How To...  |  December 16, 2011 9:44 AM  |  1,565 views  |  No comments

    Spin Doctoring and Hijacking Other People’s Content Recently, I have noticed my content 'spin doctored' or should I say "spun doctored" (kind of a made up word and not sure of the grammatical tense) on other websites.  No, I am not happy about it, but in the same breathe, what a compliment.  Hogwash!

    Truthfully, it eerks me to no-end to see MY words, MY ideas and MY sweat equity taken without permission or any mention at all of the source - a.k.a.,  ME .  It's not an ego thing. It's about Internet ethics and being cool to your online brothers and sisters who give it all they've got, day in and day out.

    Content Spin Doctoring

    Some people think (or should I say "do without thinking," ) that it’s OK to hijack other people's original ideas and spin them out as their own.  They take bits and pieces of what you have to say and weave YOUR words into a rewrite of lifeless, fluffy content fodder.  Words are scrubbed here and there, just enough to pull the wool over Copyscape. Others will take what is yours, word for word, and think nothing of it.

    The Web is Very Connected and Eyes are Watching

    Fortunately, the web is very connected and if you are a prolific blogger and have a high profile, your comrades in the blogging trenches recognize when someone has stolen your words and will bring it to your attention.  Why? - because plagiarism is a horrific, online epidemic and us bloggers are online warriors. We watch each other's backs and trust me, the buzz of spin doctoring/plagiarism spreads like WILDFIRE.

    Some misguided individuals believe that whatever is out there on the Net is a free-for-all sandbox and they will take, spin, scrub, scrape, borrow and steal other people's content without batting an eye.  On or offline, plagiarism is unethical and is also very detrimental to one's reputation if caught.

    Protect Your Original Content from Plagiarism

    No to be a negative Nelly, but I recommend that you put a plagiarism warning at the bottom of all your content. I put the following statement on all my posts and pages (courtesy of  First Pro Capital):

    "Copyright of content written on Get Found Now is rightfully owned by Get Found Now. Copyright Infringement is “Identity Theft,” unlawful in any jurisdiction."

    CopyScape has a variety of plagiarism warning banners you can display on your website like the one below. It's also a good idea to periodically check your content on Copyscape to see if it shows up elsewhere, without your permission, a backlink or mention.  

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    WordPress Training and Blog Coaching

    WordPress Website Design – WordPress Training and Blog Coaching – Social Media

    Are you ready to get serious about your online presence? We have years of experience installing, configuring and optimizing WordPress, and training people how to blog effectively.  Get Found Now is a WordPress website with a 99/100 overall website score and a 5.3 MOZ rank (Website Grader by HubSpot).  That is what we bring to the table and can help you achieve for your own self-hosted WordPress website.

    If you would GFN to design you a cutting-edge and powerful WordPress/Genesis blogging platform; would like to revamp the look and feel of your existing WordPress site or could use some one-on-one  WordPress training and blog coaching with Victoria, please give Get Found Now a call at 813.443.1585.

    WordPress Training and Blog Coaching Rates:

    • One-hour session - $75 (refresher session once you have completed the training – $55)
    • Two one-hour sessions – $130
    • Six one-hour session package – $320 **(highly recommended)**

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    Copyright of content written on Get Found Now is rightfully owned by Get Found Now. Copyright Infringement is “Identity Theft,” unlawful in any jurisdiction.

  • Blogging about It is a Societal Trend That’s Here to Stay

    Posted Under: Tech Tips, How To...  |  December 13, 2011 6:24 AM  |  1,579 views  |  No comments

    SEO Business Blogging - A Trend that’s Here to Stay
    Over the past several years, there has been an explosion of growth within the blogosphere and based on research and the number of blogs on the Internet, (close to 40,000 new blogs daily), blogging is a societal trend that’s here stay and steadily increasing in popularity.

    There are over 145 million blogs on the Web and most blogs developed in the past couple of years are designed to make money.

    According to Technorati's statistics (since 2004, their annual study has followed the growth and trends in the blogosphere), a new blog is created every 7.4 seconds, which adds up to about 275,000 posts per day. 

    Technorati's 2010 annual report stated that:

    "Bloggers who get revenue from blogging are generally blogging more this year than they were last year. And 48% of all bloggers believe that more people will be getting their news and entertainment from blogs in the next five years than from the traditional media. We’ve also asked consumers about their trust and attitudes toward blogs and other media: 40% agree with bloggers' views, and their trust in mainstream media is dropping."

    Blogging has completely changed the way businesses reach out to customers and has become the fastest way to build up one’s online business presence. Website owners are able to own search terms related to their niche market organically with the help of search engine optimization and get top placement in the index within a matter of hours, sometimes even minutes.

    Top Rank Online Marketing Blog Survey

    Top Rank constructed a survey to collect information on how companies are using blogs for search engine optimization purposes and what kind of impact those efforts have.

    “Are blogs still important for SEO and why?

    Survey Results: How important are blogs as part of a SEO strategy? The majority of respondents (90%) cited blogging as important, significantly important or a primary SEO tactic. The remaining 10% rated blogs as somewhat important or irrelevant."

    Survey results show that 87.4% of respondents “successfully increased measurable SEO objectives as a direct result of blogging“. Savvy SEO practitioners made comments like, “Absolutely. In fact, we make sure to create a small, quality cluster of blogs on different platforms and Class C IP’s to support their communications initiatives.”

    From day one, Google has understood the acronym BLOG spells Better Listings On Google. This has not changed, in fact, it has only risen.  Appropriate topic-centric user-generated content still reigns supreme in the SERPs.  This is most apparent when searching a current news item or story.

     Commentary Opinion Verses Investigative JournalismCommentary & Opinion Verses "Investigative Journalism"

    Most blogging found on the Internet is commentary and opinion.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with blog opinion commentary, which happens to be why people enjoy reading blogs in the first place. What is important, however, is that people distinguish between the higher regarded “investigative journalism” verses opinion commentary blogging.

    Just because someone has blogged about it, doesn’t make what they’re saying accurate or even true and whether a blog is considered “investigative journalism” pretty much depends on the skill level of the blogger. Reporting of “the facts” should include article sources(s), which helps give your blog and you as the blogger credibility.

    Self-hosted WordPress Blogging Platform

    Search engines favor blogs over standard static websites due to XML search engine communication and a lot of Internet marketers are now blogging as a significant part of their online business strategy.  Blogs are directly or indirectly responsible for millions of dollars of product and service sales every day and a lot of this has to do with the popularity of the WordPress blogging platform.

    With a self-hosted WordPress blogging system, you are in control from a usability and SEO standpoint (Wordpress.com, however, has it’s own rules and is another story).

    WordPress SEO BloggingThat being said, WordPress can be confusing  and you do need a wee bit of training to fully take advantage of all the great features  that WordPress has to offer.

    You also want your WordPress system properly configured on the baqck-end for server to search engine communication. Otherwise you are spinning your wheels and wasting your valuable time.

    The bottom line is that if you have a WordPress system and you're not seeing results in the SERPS, there is a hole in your game plan and it's either lack of quality, engaging content, lack of optimization, poor website design (confusing navigation) back-end configuration mishaps or all of the above.

    If you want to improve your blogging skills, take my WordPress training and coaching  and I will teach you everything you need to kick up your blogging and online presence to the next level!

    Here is what you will learn in my training: how to use widgets; how to properly format pages for usability and SEO; how to upload, optimize and insert images; how to create thumbnail galleries; how to add images to a dynamic content gallery or slider; how to create and properly use post categories;  how to add pdf files to pages and link to images;  how to create and properly use post tags;  how to create internal/external inks;  how to add quick search links to side bars;  how to properly optimize pages;  how to create custom menus; how to create proper meta titles; how to embed Google maps; how to add property search to pages (real estate); how to create an effective, call to action signature; how to add video (embed or link) to pages; how to syndicate your posts and create a dynamic Social Media marketing plan.

     That should keep you busy for awhile!!

    WordPress Website Design – WordPress Training and Blog Coaching – Social Media

    Are you ready to get serious about your online presence? We have years of experience installing, configuring and optimizing WordPress, and training people how to blog effectively.  Get Found Now is a WordPress website with a 99/100 overall website score and a 5.3 MOZ rank (Website Grader by HubSpot).  That is what we bring to the table and can help you achieve for your own self-hosted WordPress website.

    • Check out what our valued clients have to say about our WordPress Training and coaching and other services on our Testimonials Page.
    • Check out our real estate WordPress website design on our Portfolio Page.

    If you would like us to design you a cutting-edge and powerful WordPress/Genesis blogging platform; would  like to revamp the look and feel of your existing WordPress site or could use some one-on-one  WordPress training and blog coaching with Victoria, please give Get Found Now a call at 813.443.1585.

    Get Found Now! WordPress Studio Press-Genesis and SEO Experts

    Copyright of content written on Get Found Now is rightfully owned by Get Found Now. Copyright Infringement is “Identity Theft,” unlawful in any jurisdiction.

     

  • Give an Earlier Blog Post a Face Lift or Write a New Post?

    Posted Under: Tech Tips  |  November 26, 2011 12:17 PM  |  2,110 views  |  4 comments

     Change is good for the soul and it's also good for SEO, and I often tell bloggers that it’s never a waste of time to go back into earlier published posts, change things up a bit and give them a face lift. 

    It's actually a blogging misconception that writing a new post on the same topic you've already covered will help your topic authority or search engine placement.  Quiet frankly, it makes absolutely no sense to write another post about a topic you have already blogged about.

    First of all it's a bit 'spamish' and secondly, it's an utter waste of your valuable time unless you're covering that topic from a totally different angle and spin. If you’ve already said it, why say it again in a new post that will not have the same index aging and SE placement clout?  You are much better off blogging about something else.

    When an Earlier Post is No Longer up to Your Present Time Standards

    Today, I revisited one of my earlier published posts - one that I had written about 6 months ago that actually had phenomenal placement.  It was a great topic to blog about and had stellar placement. That being said, it was definitely not one of my better ones or up to my standards at present time.  Who knows where my head was at when I wrote it? All I can say for sure is that I wasn't in the blogging  zone.  The post was actually kind of embarrassing, especially with the A+ traction it was getting in the index. It definitely needed a  nip-and-tuck face lift.

    So, instead of reinventing the wheel and writing a new post about the same old topic (ad nauseum and boring), I energized the one I had already written. I gave it a snappy new title (nota new permalink), updated what I had to say about said topic, added a fresh image and  re-syndicated it out through the Social Media airwaves.  And when all was said and done, the re-vibed post picked up a few more Tweets, Likes and inbound links. Got to love that!  All in all, it was proof in the pudding that giving an earlier blog post a face lift rather than writing a new post about the same topic makes sense.

    The Digital Age - We live in a Sea of Constant Change

    The way we look at life constantly changes and our knowledge base expands very quickly due to the digital age we live in. The Internet is in a constant state of flux and a technological system or way of doing something that might have worked 6 months ago or even last week, could very well be defunct today.

    We are literally bombarded with new information everyday and what once seemed like a brilliant masterpiece worthy of publication and literary accolades can become stagnant and out-of-date when you take a major growth step in your knowledge base and blogging. No worries. Go back and give those earlier, not up to snuff, posts a face lift and shoot them out again. Change is good for the soul and it's also good for SEO.

    Speaking of change, Google put out three algorithm and index changes in the last year, from Google Caffeine to In Place Snapshots, where thumbnails of sites are now showing up in the index. If your post is coming up in the search results and the Google thumbnail doesn't show your phone number or anything appealing about your page to site visitors, your chances of getting a click through are minimal.  I suggest that you go back and modify your posts/pages to keep up with the ever changing landscape of search engine technology.

    In fact, Google just announced they're going to make yet another change in the way they handle thumbnails due to the dramatic lack of click- throughs on what were once extremely popular sites. Change, change and more change is in the air and the bottom line is that we must keep up with change if we want to grow our business on the Internet and keep a step ahead of our competitors, even if that means taking a step back to give earlier blog posts a face lift.

    Guess what folks - this is the re-vibe post that got the face-lift!!

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    WordPress Website Design - WordPress Training and Blog Coaching - Social Media

    Are you ready to get serious about your online presence? We have years of experience installing, configuring and optimizing WordPress, and training people how to blog effectively.  Get Found Now is a WordPress website with a 99/100 overall website score and a 5.3 MOZ rank (Website Grader by HubSpot).  That is what we bring to the table and can help you achieve for your own self-hosted WordPress website.

    If you would like us to design you a cutting-edge and powerful WordPress/Genesis blogging platform; would  like to revamp the look and feel of your existing WordPress site or could use some one-on-one  WordPress training and blog coaching with Victoria, please give Get Found Now a call at 813.443.1585.

    Get Found Now! WordPress Studio Press-Genesis and SEO Experts

    Copyright of content written on Get Found Now is rightfully owned by Get Found Now. Copyright Infringement is “Identity Theft,” unlawful in any jurisdiction.

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