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Julie Winter…, Real Estate Pro in Eagle River, WI

Anyone have an opinion on companies that work on your website and getting you higher up in Search Engines? I

Asked by Julie Winter Paez, Eagle River, WI Tue Mar 25, 2008

am trying to do some work with SEO and am finding myself on the low end of the learning curve. Any ideas or advce or recommendations?

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Julie,
The programmers at the search engines are smarter than the SEOs. It hard to beat mother google. What I have learned from creating multiple sites is its about content and finding a keyword niche.

This company has showed me how to create contentr thats keeps me near the top, It is easey to use and even now that I could program without I keep using it.

http://localbiz.sitesell.com/Robert2017.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 12, 2008
First make sure your site is searchable by the search engine crawlers. I've found great topics on this over at BloodHoundBlog http://www.bloodhoundrealty.com/BloodhoundBlog/ . They discuss the SEO companies as well as how to do it yourself and possibly better. There are alot of ideas on there that don't cost a dime that you can start implementing as well as ideas that might take some investment. It's a free blog with alot of great contributers. Worth checking out. They're very pro-agent and web 5.0 world.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 11, 2008
Hi Julie,
As you can read, from our experiences, paying for SEO is usually not the best way to spend your budget. I would suggest focusing on Google and their webmaster tools including Sitemap, Webmaster and Google analytics. The simple fact to provide a Sitemap to Google will make sure that they find your pages and then it is really up to you to make good us of your tags and content.
Yahoo comes second.
MSN comes very far behind Google and Yahoo.
Keeping a blog current on your site as mentionned is excellent as it forces you to update your content and gives a good reason for spiders to crawl your site often.

Cathy C.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 10, 2008
Julie,
Not to overly self-promote, but I have created a free download-able report on SEO just for real estate pros. Download it here: http://smb-seo.com and please let me know what you think of it. Hope it helps!

Roger
Web Reference: http://smb-seo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 10, 2008
Try wirting a blog an "owning a small word series". I own downtown Austin luxury condos but will never ever Austin Real estate or even "downtown Austin condos". Go organic
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 30, 2008
JULIE!!!!

Whatever you do, DO NOT USE: USA SEO Pros

They hosed me for 6 months worth of service promising me I'd be on the 1st page of all the major search engines (MSN, Google, Yahoo, etc) and gave me 30 keywords...all this for only $2,500. I should have known it was too good to be true. I ended up only being on the first page of Jooper - who the hell's ever even heard of them!?! I know this because I did extensive testing myself and they had the weekly reports to back up just how terrible of a job they were doing. I've made several attempts to get my money back but they won't even return my calls. I've had to get an attourney involved...very bad situation. I most likely will never see my money so please BE CAREFUL! These SEO companies talk a lot of game but may not deliver like they say they will. Now I know to minipulate the contracts before I sign my life away. Expensive lesson to learn in this downturn.
Web Reference: http://www.usaseopros.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2008
Julie....

I would stay away from the SEO companies as they make promises and do not deliver. The best bet I have found is syndication from point2 and blogging. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Hi Julie,

Before i signed up for SEO with a company I had a pretty high ranking. I watched it slip through my fingers after signing up with those bozos.

Blogging seems to be a good answer right now and I have heard swapping links with other agents around the country isn't a bad idea either.

I have a listing customer that is taking classes on setting up SEO for web sites and she is planning to practice what she learns on my site for free (hope that works).

JD “Dan” Weisenburger, GRI
Broker-Associate REALTOR®
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
Web Reference: http://www.neflahomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Stacie and Ben are right on. They are right about the blog as well. If I knew more about computers I would have set up my own blog on wordpress. Instead, I signed up with the real estate tomato who hosts my wordpress blog. It has become my website really, everything else is along for the ride.

It has vaulted my website from 3-4 pages back to number 2 or 3 on the first page of google. It's work though.
Web Reference: http://www.valleymarket.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
Hi Julie,
There are MANY companies out there that will try to get your money and say that they guarantee a top placement in Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. I would never work with these companies, mainly because they cost too much and do very little in terms of SEO. Most of them I've run across will set up a pay per click campaign, which is not cheap at all.

If you are looking for really helpful SEO tips from a established company try http://www.seomoz.org. I'm not affiliated with them at all, just have found many good articles and tips to help improve SEO. One of the best ways to keep the search engines coming back to your site is by updating it often, and the best way to do that is by having a blog. I use Wordpress for my blogs - they are very easy to setup and you can download the program right onto your own site so that your blog is your URL.
Web Reference: http://www.myhome.tc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
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