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Real Estate Websites - Sample Sites We've Done - 12/30/07 11:01 PM
Here are a few of the great sites we've built. Please take a moment to review them and tell me what you think. I'm open to constructive feedback, although... please be gentle. My heart and soul goes into these real estate websites!!! Keith Dobbs.com Dallas HomesDallas RealtorsDallas Real EstateDallas Home BuilderseSalehomes.com Colorado Springs Real Estate Colorado Springs RealtorsColorado Springs HomesColorado Springs Home BuildersHomesPricedtoSell.com North Dallas Real EstateNorth Dallas RealtorsNorth Dallas HomesJudyMBrooks.com Southlake Real EstateSouthlake RealtorsSouthlake Homes for SaleSouthlake Home Builders (5 comments)
Keywords + Links = Search Engine Optimization - 12/21/07 12:06 PM
This article is for those of you interested in writing web content and blogs that link back to yourwebsite to help the optimization of your website. Everyone who will be blogging needs to know these basic facts. Links are the currency of the web, without them, you would not be able to traverse from website to website. Some links are built on images and others are built on plain-ole-text. It's the text links that are devoured ravenously by search engine crawlers; and interestingly enough, it's the text links that are most often clicked by website surfers. Keywords (Anchor Text)It's imperative that you (9 comments)
EASY HTML for SEO Web Content Writing - 12/18/07 12:40 PM
The following HTML code is used for building web site content. Send this type of content to your webmaster and he or she will think you hung the moon. First, use WordPad or Notepad because Microsoft Word inserts code into your work that's icky and very much hated among those who build websites. (Trust me) HTML Rules Close what you open. (with the exception of <br>)Get rid of empty tags as they are useless and can mess up your layout.Use lower case letters only, even though upper-case work for now, lower case is the standard for future.<p> Opens a paragraph </p> Closes a paragraph <ul> (1 comments)
Things to Blog About that are Good for SEO - 12/18/07 10:47 AM
Blogging is an important part of marketing yourself and your real estate practice online. Once you get started, it's impossible to stop. It is very fun for most of us, and I'm betting you enjoy it too since you're reading this now. So, here's a list of things to blog about I'm compiling for my readers. If you have any other ideas, please share them with us! Current events in the city Current real estate market Real estate trends Area suburbs in general Area suburbs one-by-one Holiday events and attractions Theater and cultural events Recipe for regional cuisine Reiterate an article of (18 comments)
Types of Links for SEO - Link Terminology - 12/16/07 10:20 PM
The more links you have coming into your website, the higher your search engine rankings will be, it's that simple. Google sees it this way, if a site is linking to yours, then it must think your site is valuable, therefore you must be valuable. The higher the quality of the site linking to you, the more impact the incoming link will have for your search rankings. Links are paramount for any search engine marketing campaign. Internal Links: Links on your website within your website, also called "On-Site Links." Inbound Links: Links from other websites to your website. Outbound Links: Links from your (20 comments)
Why Real Estate Agents aren't Getting Rich - Slate News Article - 12/16/07 11:17 AM
This article is from 2005, but I think it takes an interesting position and is good for Real Estate Agents to know. Bubble-lusionsWhy most real-estate agents aren't getting rich. By Austan GoolsbeePosted Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at 1:20 PM ET During most of history's great economic bubbles, only a few people made a mint from the bubble itself. Instead, it's often the people supplying the bubble's participants who stand the best chance of reaping profits that last after the good times end. That's the lesson of the 1849 gold rush, during which Levi Strauss sold blue jeans to miners and made a fortune far (0 comments)
10 Steps for Writing Web Content for SEO Lead Generation - 12/13/07 12:39 AM
Content is king on the web because content is information. People love information and search engines want to make people happy. Feed the search engines good content and the search engines will bring you people, just like one big happy family. It's easy-sort of. 1. Find your niche. Pick a manageable topic that will serve as your website niche. A search engine friendly website has a defined niche. Pick one topic or theme that will be covered on your website. If you are targeting leads in a specific geographic location, then choose one-and I do mean one-main area that will serve as (26 comments)
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Reis - 12/12/07 11:33 PM
by Al Reis Source 1. ExpansionThe power of a brand is inversely proportional to its scope2. ContractionA brand becomes stronger when you narrow its focus3. PublicityThe birth of a brand is achieved with publicity, not advertising4. AdvertisingOnce born, a brand needs advertising to stay healthy5.The WordA brand should strive to own a word in the mind of the consumer6.CredentialsThe crucial ingredient in the success of any brand is its claim to authenticity7. QualityQuality is important, but brands are not built on quality alone8. The CategoryA leading brand should promote the cateogry, not the brand9. The NameIn the long run a brand (4 comments)
Writing for People and Search Engines - 12/05/07 12:11 PM
Writing for People and Search Engines Writing for the search engines is much different than writing in any other medium. Search engines are finicky, but they love text, so you're talking thier language. When writing your web content, it's important to to keep the following three things in mind. 1. What You Want the Reader to Do: While writing your content, keep the overall objective of the page in view. Think about what you want the reader to do. Do you want them to sign up for something? Click to another page? Buy something? Visit your store? Download an e-book? Whatever (5 comments)
How to Create Google Sitemap - 12/05/07 01:40 AM
One of the useful tools provided for free in the Google Webmasters Tools suite is called Google Sitemaps. You can login to this Google portal and track all your websites. This Google section is becoming more robust by the day for those of us interested in natural search engine optimization. You can upload a sitemap in the Google Webmaster Tool section and then Google will give you search data about your site. It will also tell you what its crawlers can see, your internal and external links and a host of other important information. I use the Google Sitemap feature for my sites, (9 comments)
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