websites: Think INSIDE the Box for Linking - 03/27/12 11:58 PM
We're always hearing about thinking outside the box for innovative ideas and new business concepts.  And, many website designers and real estate professionals are very focused on links coming into their sites from other sources for SEO, Search Engine Optimization.

Incoming links are quite important for SEO, however, links within your site, Internal Links, are very important as well.  
What Are Internal Links
An internal link is one you place on your site that takes the site visitor to another page of your website.  It's passing them along internally.  Who would know better than you what a page is … (6 comments)

websites: Like It Or Not - You're a Worldwide Business - 03/19/12 03:00 AM
Whether you understand the Czech language or not, you are doing business in Czechoslovakia.  And, even if you don't speak Chinese, you're being watched in Hong Kong.  It's not called the World Wide Web for nothing.

No, this isn't a post about learning two dozen languages so that you can sell houses to people from around the world.  However, it is about your website and how they are already checking you out without your knowledge unless you're paying attention.
Two translators on a ship are talking."Can you swim?" asks one."No" says the other, "but I can shout for help in … (3 comments)

websites: The World's Lousiest Real Estate Salesman - 02/02/12 06:15 AM
I'm not going to be mean to somebody here or talk bad about anyone.  I'm talking about me!  I tell this to real estate professionals all of the time ... I'm the worst at what most people find works for them in their real estate business.

No, I don't wear a suit, and I don't sleep in my car, but I also have some other "don'ts" that you may find problems:
I don't join organizations for business. I don't network or go to local business networking functions. I don't work with sellers. I don't mix, mingle, meet, greet or socialize … (21 comments)

websites: Build A New Website? - NO WAY! - 11/08/11 09:03 AM
I am the Real Estate Business Guide writer for the New York Times Real Estate Business website at Because I've written a lot there about websites and Internet marketing, I get emails every week from frustrated real estate professionals trying to develop a lead generation strategy on the Web.  Many are not happy with their websites which they've now had up for a few years, and wonder what to do about it.  I hear all of the time that a real estate agent would like to make a change, but it seems like just too big of a task.
Get … (22 comments)

websites: SEO Without a PHD - 09/27/11 09:18 AM

 Quick, this is a test!  This is a circuit board controlling your new car's various warning systems.  Suddenly you realize that the last two times you crossed through a certain construction zone, your tire pressure warning activated.  You couldn't get the warning light to go off until you adjusted one or more tire pressures, even though none looked low to you at all.  And, it only happens in this one location.  Which component is malfunctioning?  And it may be none!
Don't think this is crazy, as it's happening to me right now.  I can't change my route either, so it … (26 comments)

websites: Web Leads - We Don't Qualify Them - They Qualify Us - 08/24/11 02:42 AM

I found a concise definition of “lead qualification” online (with a Google search of course).  It said that lead qualification is:  “Marketing activities focused on evaluating the readiness, willingness, and ability of a lead to buy.”
My last post about Pay Per Click marketing generated questions in the comments about “qualifying” leads, follow-up, and statements that getting leads wasn’t enough … they must be qualified.  Web marketing isn’t easy, and we can get caught up in a lot of tactical maneuvering to get someone to our website.

We wade in, spend huge amounts of time and significant amounts of money to … (11 comments)

websites: Add 1 Million+ Relevant Keywords To Your Website in Minutes - 07/18/11 03:05 AM
I can see some real estate agents salivating when they see the title of this post.  They're thinking that it's going to be like buying 500 pre-written drip emails, or getting hundreds of articles to immediately copy and paste on their websites.  Of course, the copied articles will be all over the Web, and they'll all be duplicates, so the search engines won't give you credit for them anyway. And you can't just get a download of a million keywords and phrases for real estate that you can put into the meta tags for your site.  It wouldn't do you any … (28 comments)

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