Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
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Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Most everyone knows that to be successful these days, you need a website. But the truth is, having a website doesn't guarantee success. So many agents get a website and think the leads will just start rolling in. I have one thing to say to that, "Wrong!"
The problem comes from the fact that so many agents don't have a plan for their websites. Yes, you can signup for a website and have it online in a matter of hours, but what is your marketing plan?
Over the next few weeks, I’ll go over the 3 questions you need to think about for your website. The first question:
1. How will people find your website?
Think about the keywords you want to target. Include them in your domain name, page titles, and body copy, but be careful. Don't just list keywords for the sake of the search engines. They're pretty smart these days and can figure that out. Make your keywording natural and speak to your website visitors. And one of the best ways to gain Google’s favor is to consistently add new content to your website. Don’t let your site get stale!
Put your website domain name on everything you do! Always always always!!! Business cards, virtual tours, single property websites, newspaper ads, yard signs, magnets, pens, even the kitchen sink if you can!
Think about other websites that it would make sense to exchange links with. Be careful with reciprocal links. Make sure the sites you are exchanging links with make sense and never participate in link farms.
Think about paid search. Pay-Per-Click can be expensive but if done right, you can manage the cost and benefit and make it work on any budget. If you don't have time to do it yourself, there are companies that can manage your campaign for you (iHOUSEweb is one of them!) If you decide to do PPC, make sure you send your traffic to a high-conversion landing page, like an IDX page.
And of course remember, building credibility in Google and the other search engines takes time! Do not give up if you don't see instant results. It can take months, and even years, to gain placement on the SERPS.
Do any of you ActiveRain Members have other suggestions for getting traffic to a real estate website?
Check back next week for website planning question #2!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.