Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
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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.
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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.
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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
"Build it and they will come." That's all fine and dandy but they have to know it is there before they come. Who is "they" and equally important, what is "it"? "It" is a targeted niche website. In my case, www.PDXRelocations.com born out of Michael Russer's Online Dominance class and built on a Dakno SwiftSite.
As author of the Portland Real Estate Blog, I'd like to think that I am at least a better-than-average writer but at the end of the day I am a Realtor, not a author. The content for the site comes from three sources: 1) content I wrote my self, 2) content written by a copywriter (mostly testimonials via interviews she conducted), and 3) content licensed directly from First Books, the publisher of the Newcomer's Handbooks (in my case the Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Portland). Using their content, we've created the following neighborhood profiles bulleted below.
Now, in addressing "they" there are two of them: search engines and clients. If you can get the search engines to love you naturally you might be able to avoid paying them to respect you (AdWords and other pay-per-click). I've done it both ways and am a much bigger fan of the "free" method. Our blog ranks on the front page of many real estate related searches in Portland, the same cannot be said for our other sites. As long as I pay attention to the blog, it takes care of itself. But when it comes to more static sites I've had to be more active and labor intensive. Though it is too early to see the results we had our first lead from the site today so there is some reward for the time invested. This is the more important "they" by far.
I'm not a web guru or a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert. What I know, I have largely taught myself and paid attention and asked questions when it gets over my head. This post isn't totally aultristic, it comes at a suggestion from one of those that know more about this than me. I've spent a lot of time on Google's help pages trying to understand what does or doesn't work (and then have been straightened out by the experts). Michael Russer would almost certainly say that this is stuff I should outsource to a Virtual Assistant but in my own geeky way enjoy figuring it out. Here's what I'm doing:
Use Google's Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. They are free.
Upload a Sitemap to the Webmaster Tools site. I don't fully understand what it does but do it.
Provide content that isn't available elsewhere. In my case, the Newcomer's content.
Create sources that link to you site. Google tells me that most of PDXRelocation visitors are linking over from the blog.
Use meta tags, descriptions and titles for every page that are not duplicates from the other pages on the site.
Don't fall into the trap one site can cover all the bases for all your (potential and actual) real estate clients. I probably own 30 domain names but only have four sites set up so far.
Once you've done your homework, confirm what you think you know with those that know more. I found out that many of my assumptions were wrong regarding my own site. If you're lucky, they won't send you a bill.
Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Portland content on our website:
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.