Be consistent in answering questions - blog - all of that is like creating your own personal library.....people WILL notice and follow you.
The business I have gotten from trulia has been from consumers simply watching and reading what is said, and then following up by checking my website and other online information.
Those people may never actively participate in a forum, but they are out there reading what you say and judging you and your ability......all of which is why you need to make sure you add VALUE and not just a filler-type answer like: "Call an attorney", or some other hackneyed phrase.........refrain from yawn-inducing lines like "Now is the time to buy", or "you get what you pay for".
While you're doing all of that - have fun...........enjoy ......learn from others........and the business will find you.
and to those who try to game the system - know that others are watching , and see what you're doing,............and that it is impossible to have answered only 38 questions and received 390 legitimate thumbs ups
I also received leads that were outside of my zip code parameters and price requirements. So I spent time talking to bad leads.
I have had much, much more success with blogging on here, and constantly answering questions. It gives you a presence in your area. I picked up a listing from a stranger recently who said "You clearly know my area". One tip......make your personal website user friendly, and think of every possible subject buyers might ask about to include on your site. Schools, demographics, restaurants, beaches, boat ramps, golf courses, etc. etc. Then on here, answer someone's question thoroughly but briefly, and then direct them to that subject on your site; Example: "Are there good schools near this home?" You: "That area is one of my favorite areas in (your city). call me and I'll tell you why. I can say that has a couple of highly ranked schools nearby, and I have a list of all of the area schools with their "grade" or ranking on my website for you to review. Go to: (your website). This will answer their question, expose your website here, and drive traffic to your site. Google ranks based on "back links". In other words, if someone clicks on your link from a highly ranked site like Trulia, eventually google sees it as popular, and will increase your ranking.
I plan to advertise with Trulia again in the future, but in a different way other than buying zip code leads.
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-complete your profile
-get referrals from anyone you do business with
-write blog, answer questions
-call leads immediately to convert them
-feature your listings
-check into other listings
Next, get some education on lead conversion. Getting leads is one thing but if you are not converting them.
I signed up and am currently paying for a mobile ad in one of the major zip codes in my area. Yes, it's true that I'm competing with other agents who also have purchased a portion of this zip code. I'm not obtaining good leads from it at all and if I do; they do not respond.
I have found over the years that by establishing my presence on Trulia by answering questions and posting valuable blog content has attracted better leads which have led to closings and then excellent referrals by these clients.
I have been on Trulia for several years and it has been quite successful for me. Do I get a large number of leads? Like any other site the more active listings you have the more leads you get. Compared to other sites the leads I do get on Trulia have been serious buyers and sellers that I could work with.
It used to be a LOT better. In my opinion, Trulia has gone way down in the past year. I think their competition has now pulled far and away from them. I see many agents that were once active in contributing to the Q & A boards here have now moved on.