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SEO Results for Omaha, NE in December. - 01/29/09 09:49 AM
Ask and it shall be given... Here's the traffic for these Google Search phrases: My conclusions: People don't make the search complete sentences like adding the word "in". People don't type the word "Search" in searches. It doesn't matter which order they enter the words. Google still finds that combination. You don't need to put in the state.
Walk-through - 01/29/09 07:48 AM
How cool is this? Showing YouTube videos right here on ActiveRain? (0 comments)
"The Banks aren't Loaning Money" - 01/28/09 10:17 AM
Is this the situation in Omaha? Is it difficult to get mortgages? More importantly, is it perceived as difficult, thereby meaning people aren't even thinking of buying a house? If it's available, isn't it smart for the whole industry to let us know? I hear commercials about how business is good here in Omaha and money is available but a concerted effort on the part of mortgage brokers might help. It's all about perception. If I had a borderline credit rating I wouldn't bother to look for money, would I? (1 comments)
Home Inspector or Service Warranty? - 01/27/09 01:14 PM
Why do buyers chose an inspector for $300 vs. a 1 year service warranty for $500 that includes a pre-inspection? I had an inspector come to the home I purchased. He had a long list as it was a home built in 1925. The Buyer's Agent then proceeded to tell us, "This house is a bargain. Don't bother to ask for this stuff to be fixed by the seller." but then 6 years later when another inspector came, the same agent was saying, "You should get this stuff fixed." We are buying a house now and for $65/service call the appliances, (2 comments)
Google Analytics - Is it the best? - 01/26/09 04:45 PM
If Google has it, it's the best? I know there's other stuff out there. I want to know how many print out the property details, how many see the additional information, how many see additional pictures, Street View, etc. i.e. what do they want to know? I want to know what search criteria they use to get to the Property Details page. Is there any traffic analyzer, or whatever else you call it, that will show what keys within a page browsers click on? (4 comments)
Google SEO - What do they type in Search Criteria? - 01/26/09 04:39 PM
What is the most common combination of words consumers use to find properties? I know it's sort of like giving your opponents the key to the city but is it the city first, then "real estate" or "real estate" and then the city, or what?
My partner says he'd type, "Homes for sale in Omaha" but Google doesn't care if it's a complete sentence! I say, "Real Estate, Omaha" with a comma. But actually, before I was involved in this project, I said "Homes for sale, Omaha" (8 comments)
Lake Cunningham is going to have water! - 01/26/09 10:01 AM
Just read that Lake Cunningham will be refilled this Spring! "About 99 percent of the reservoir is done," said Randy Winter, aquatic habitat program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. It'll be a couple years before the fishing is any good but still, that's great news! FYI: Nebraska has no natural lakes but more rivers and tributaries than any other state. Let's hope they keep the silt levels down with a bit more planning this time. Their plans to have a wetland on one end to serve as a filter of sorts sounds like a good start.
MySpace? Is it worth the time? - 01/26/09 08:36 AM
In a great training/introduction seminar put on by Brad Andersohn I noticed he was remiss at mentioning a thing about MySpace. I had a blog going there awhile back. I copied and pasted an e-mail from my son-in-law who was in Iraq at the time. He said where he was going to be. I received two very concerned e-mails the next day. One accusing me of aiding the enemy with his position and the other saying I wasn't patriotic. But besides that, Google captured that information immediately. If it's that good on MySpace, why not use MySpace as another portal for (9 comments)
All Real Estate Listings? - 01/26/09 07:09 AM
Some Questions we all should be asking: If a Consumer puts in a search Criteria like "All Real Estate Listings" do they realize they are seeing all active listings when they log into a local Broker's web-site? Or do they see the URL and wonder what they're missing, making sure to go to another site in town? Do Consumers want to talk to the Listing Agent in these broker sites where the contact information is different. In Omaha, Brokers only show listing broker even though MLS bylaws require the agent name and broker name. Some sites make the contact person seem like (0 comments)
Thank-you Nazi - 01/25/09 12:44 PM
On a personal note, my mother told me she sent a box of thank-you notes, to my grown daughters because they didn't send Christmas Thank-you cards YET. I sent them a text and my eldest called and said "Gramma is like a Thank-you Nazi" and laughed because I was gullible to think she actually DID send self-addressed thank-you cards to me 20 years ago. "Did you get that box of thank-you's I sent you?" she asked me back then. "No Mom, I didn't." I laughed. "Well, how would I know?" she said, "You didn't send me a thank-you card!" I almost (3 comments)
Home Buyer Questionaire - 01/21/09 11:05 AM
We want to get inside the head of Home Buyers to make our website better: Where do you go and what process do you follow? To a specific Broker Website, like NPDodge.com or to a Google Search? How many sites do you use over and over? Do you feel each Broker shows all the same listings? If you search on Google, what criteria do you ask for? (e.g. "Omaha Real Estate" or "Homes for Sale, Omaha") Do you have to sell your home first before you even start looking? Are you pre-approved for another mortgage before you start your search? Don't Agents (0 comments)
Schedule a Showing? What's that? - 01/21/09 09:49 AM
Background: I'm working with agents that have more than 30 years in the business. I'm the web designer. I've purchased 4 homes, using Buyer's Agents twice, when I finally realized their value. I didn't know it wouldn't cost me anything to use a Buyer's Agent (I know some can charge) OR SAVE ME ANYTHING to NOT use a Buyer's Agent! Without a Buyer's Agent, I hated going to Open Houses and getting grilled for my information by the Listing Agent, trying to become my Buyer's Agent. Again, I didn't know they were "Free". I never realized if the house is empty (0 comments)
What Are Consumers's Search Criteria? - 01/21/09 09:17 AM
We're trying to make a web-site that is easy for consumers to understand. Use the Paragon screen as a benchmark in that it makes one dizzy to see it with all that information to search for a house with. And compare the ease of use and number of key strokes at the two biggest websites in Omaha, NPDodge.com (Great Website) and CBSHome.com. (Great website!) Okay, also the other big ones in town seem to be PAOmaha.com, and Deebrealestate.com not to leave anybody out. Actually, PAOmaha is as simple as 4114Openhouses.com. If a person averages 7 seconds per web page, how many (0 comments)
Google Maps is the BEST! - 01/20/09 10:06 PM
If you find a great programmer that knows Google Maps like Rich Raposa, your visitors to your site that love Google maps will return time and again. We're in the early stages of redesigning our website. "Location, location, location" is an understatement with our new features such as "Search Map", which allows you to find places near the home you're looking for. Also, you can check traffic, Wikepidea, photos and videos. Click on the legend of the maps! (3 comments)
The death of printed Open House Advertsing - 01/20/09 07:57 AM
More and more cities are facing the loss of the Weekend Real Estate sections. Why? Why not? Nobody uses it. What is replacing printed media? Do the Consumer-Facing MLS systems, which are now in 50% of the markets, solve that problem? Some are very successful. They are expensive but are worth it. The one in Houston provides an average of 17 leads per agent per month. Why isn't there advertising on those high traffic sites to off-set the costs to the agents and brokers? How does a consumer find where Open Houses are today? They go to each of the big (5 comments)
Consumers use the internet to shop for homes.
When they find an agent, do they all STOP shopping online? Why not shop online with them?
That's the premise for 4114Homes.com. Instead of taking them to 10 homes on Saturday they MIGHT be interested, send that list of 10 to them and ask which 4 they'd like to see!
Consumers, have you ever pulled into a driveway for a home and said, "I don't want to see this one" without even getting out of the car? You can see the location with TWO Maps using 4114Homes.com
Know before you go? Duh!
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