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