Merchant Circle - Claim your FREE business web page

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Silicon Valley Cal BRE# 01358433
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Being in Silicon Valley, we get access to a lot of website based services which evolve into powerhouses which change the way we do businesses.  Think about craigslist, google, ebay, etc..... 

I went to a meeting last night to learn about a new site called Merchant Circle.  I don't proclaim to be the a tech maven, but this could be an awesome breakout tool for Realtors, or other small business owners for that matter, especially those who do not have a web presence, to get a foothold and control their web presence.  It started out in June of last year but already has nearly 90,000 merchants who claimed their pages already.   It is search engine optimized and it page ranked 7 on Google.  As the BusinessWeek article above mentioned, it is like Myspace for local businesses. 

So what does it do?  Basically, it gives business owners a search engine optimized presence on the internet with easy to use tools to market themselves and manage their online reputation.   It pulls information from yellow pages and build the template for you FREE and all you have to do is claim it using your business phone number.    

 

 The number above is Merchant Circle's own phone number, but you enter your own and then follow the instructions. 

If you do not advertise on the Yellow Pages, then you will create your own presence.  It takes a few more steps but you can do it easily like I did below.   

 

 

There is a place for you to blog, a place to make online coupons, a place to create your own newsletters, and place to create your own bulletin board.  It is a one-stop-shop for online presence.  Did I mention all of this was FREE?  Go and claim your business web page.

 

Steve Mun, Silicon Valley Realtor
www.stevemun.com

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ
I signed up about six months ago but I can't track any traffic to it.  Has it worked for anyone else?
Feb 25, 2007 12:10 PM #11
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John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

Thanks,

I signed up about a month ago - another Realtor in town sent me the link.  can't say I've gotten any traffic yet, but it is a great one way link to my website.  Maybe I should spend some time here and add some more value and original content to the page and see what happens.

Now Have a Blessed Day,

John Occhi, Hemet CA REALTOR
http://www.johnocchi.com/

Feb 25, 2007 01:09 PM #12
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ
Good idea John, I didn't do anything with it since I set it up, kinda like some AR people with their profiles and no photo.  We gotta keep it alive.
Feb 25, 2007 01:47 PM #13
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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thanks for the info. i will give  a go.
Feb 26, 2007 07:09 PM #14
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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took about 5 minutes great tool.....

thanks again

Feb 26, 2007 07:52 PM #15
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Debbie Nateghi
Texas Home Group, Realtors - Spring, TX
I'm going to check it out right now...I love finding new ways to increase web presence! Thanks for the info.
Feb 28, 2007 07:23 AM #16
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Walter Aguirre
National Wholesale Mortgage, Inc. - Queen Creek, AZ

Great link,  thank you Steve!

Great toll for people wanting to expand their precense on the web, like me! I will do it today.

 

Walter

 

Feb 28, 2007 08:56 AM #17
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Jimmie

You may seriously want to look into Merchant Circle before promoting it.  A quick search of Google shows a lot of negative publicity surrounding their business tactics. Read this article which contains links to actual infor provided by Merchant Circle detailing some of their shadier business practices:  http://www.sugarrae.com/blog/merchant-circle-can-kiss-my-consumer-ass/ 

It's worth noting that this company does nothing to promote to consumers, only to businesses.  The odds of someone finding your business through Merchant Circle are pretty non-existent.

Mar 26, 2007 02:59 AM #18
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Steve Mun
Keller Williams Silicon Valley - Santa Clara, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor

Hi Jimmie,

I did not know about all of the negative publicity behind them.  Thanks for pointing it out to me. 

My goal of getting the word out about them was to let people who do not really have a presence on the web get a foothold.  They provide a FREE webpage, and a way to link to your primary website, if you have one.  Merchant Circle's webpage is #7 when I google myself.  I have my own website, so the more ways for people to link to my webiste is my goal.  And Merchant Circle's webpage is on the first page of google.  That's all that matters to me.  I don't subsribe to any of their pay services.   So the controversy about whether it promotes to consumers or only to businesses is irrelevant to me.  And from the majority of responses above, people seem to think they derive some benefit at no cost to themselves. 

I think if you need a boost on your google ranking for free, this is a great way just like ActiveRain, so use it.  If you are concerned about the controversy, then don't use it.  It's a matter of simple choice.

 

Steve Mun, Silicon Valley Realtor
www.stevemun.com

 

 

Mar 26, 2007 10:46 AM #19
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Dan Allred
Allred Realty - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Great info. I am going to send it to my IT guy to set it u for myself and the other agents in the office
Mar 26, 2007 11:04 AM #20
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Emil

If anyone is interested http://www.urbanmelt.com/ will be available soon, hopefully by the end of July 2007. Totally free for local independent businesses and consumers. No gimmicks, no garbage.

Jun 16, 2007 09:29 PM #21
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Emil

Correction:  http://www.urbanmelt.com will roll out with its first release in August 2007.  We want to thank all the independent businesses and consumers for their patience while we work hard to bring you the most comprehensive, user-generated community website for businesses and consumers.  What do you want to see in our site?  Let us know.  We always want to know what you think.  This site is built for YOU, and YOU decide what stays and what goes.

Thanks, 

Emil of UrbanMelt.com

Jul 05, 2007 04:51 AM #22
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Emil of UrbanMelt.com

Hey Friends,

Just wanted to let you know that the wait is over.  Sorry for the delay.  UrbanMelt.com has launched.  It's totally FREE to join and browse.  If you are a business owner, you can create a FREE listing.  If you are a customer, you can create a FREE consumer profile.  Keep a watchful eye, because we will continue to add FREE features and services.  And, don't forget...Shop Local Business.

Love,

UrbanMelt.com

Oct 24, 2007 05:40 PM #23
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Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv
WoW... thanls for the information...... I checked it out and laready had 2 agents in my company on there.. so I had to be # 3
Jan 23, 2008 04:48 PM #24
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Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing
Steve, I created one of these a while back and couldn't evolve past creating a listing.  I finally gave up.  I'll have to go back and check it out.  Thanks.
Jan 23, 2008 08:55 PM #25
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Keller Williams Commerce - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
Pretty neat.  One more way of being out there.  Every free advertising helps.  May you have a great day!
Jan 23, 2008 09:30 PM #26
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George W. Jordan
Red Soil Real Estate Inc. - Murray Harbour, PE
Thanks for the information.
Feb 09, 2008 10:49 AM #27
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Steve Mun
Keller Williams Silicon Valley - Santa Clara, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor
You are welcome George. 
Feb 10, 2008 05:33 AM #28
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Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ

Wow, I noticed our comments stay on the blogs from 2007.  This is like an online diary.  Do they ever purge?

Jul 29, 2009 06:45 AM #31
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Trying to get on the first page of Google and was looking at your post Steven to compare notes 

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