It's hard to keep up with the technology. I want a video blog, but haven't worked up to it yet. Here is an old post I try to keep updated for a KW class.
It all started with MySpace. From there I got invited to ActiveRain. I resisted for quite some time before joining, but I am glad I finally did. Here I learned how to bulk up my website, I learned about SEO and I even got a referral!!! I have 3 websites, my own blog and an active approach to online networking.
Updated 1/8/2009 - I'm a Facebook fanatic and most recently discovered ning, but I'm not sure what to do with that yet.
Updated 4/30/2009 - Have my own social network at www.SmartGirlsOwn.net and on Twitter frequently now. It's hard, but there's something there. I like how it grabs the Activerain posts and sends info over to Facebook.
Here is a list of free, or almost free, websites that can exhibit your profile, your listings, or are just plain helpful in this business. These are a fraction of the business basics... there are 1000's more. Let me know if there is one you'd like to share!
www.dakno.tv: Info rich videos about website and web presence, social networking, blogging and SEO. Nice!
www.zipvo.com: A goldmine I haven't tapped into.
www.freeenterprisewarriors.com from Dave Jenks
Submit Your Site:
*www.google.com/addurl - submit your site to Google
http://www.google.com/local/addxplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit - display your business on Google
http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/local/business.php - display your business on Yahoo
*https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit - submit your site to Yahoo
*http://search.msn.com.sg/docs/submit.aspx - submit your site to MSN
*www.point2agent.com - Ads, website, virtual tours, PLUS listing placement -- free for 6 months ($9.95 a month thereafter) Great value, and shows up high on Google searches.
www.Trulia.com - post listings, answer questions, blog - definately post your profile here!
http://www.trulia.com/tools/ - Free widgets and cool downloads to place on your website. Beware: all roads lead back to Trulia
www.Zillow.com- free profile and listing ads - can link right to IDX and pull your listings onto your Zillow profile.
www.1031NetEx.com - free profile and listing ads for investors
www.backpage.com - free ads
www.craigslist.com - free ads - if nothing else, post your listings on here and you will see traffic to your site.
www.postlets.com - free ads, free listing placement, and HTML for craigslist, etc.
*www.facebook.com - online networking - just about everyone I know is on here.
*www.twitter.com Update your status and it will update on Facebook, link to ActiveRain and send blog postings to Twitter and Facebook. Link to Blip.fm and send songs to Facebook. It's cool.
www.myspace.com - online networking and blogging
http://www.ning.com/ Create your own neighborhood social network for free
*http://activerain.com/action/referrals/sellwithstacey - online networking for Realtors, blogging community. Join Twitter and Facebook - blog on here and reach 100's of people you know and don't know.
http://www.localism.com/ - offshoot of ActiveRain - post listings and news
www.youtube.com/sellwithstacey - free video hosting
www.linkedin.com - professional online networking
www.realtown.com - blogging
www.plaxo.com - online networking, connect to all of your online networking sites and contact management
www.wannanetwork.com - online networking for Realtors
www.naymes.com - online networking
*http://www.blogger.com/ - blogging - can also connect to Twitter.
www.godaddy.com - domain names ( .info is sometimes cheap)
www.mlsfinder.com- Wolfnet (NOT FREE - IDX search for website)
http://www.realbird.com/ - widgets, listing ads
www.circlepix.com - sometimes can catch good specials - it used ot have a link for free virtual tours, but it's not there anymore.
http://www.eagentc.com/ - If you're at KW, this link is invaluable.
*www.voicecloud.com - voicemail to text transcription - not free, but really cool.
*http://www.realestatetechnologyonline.com/widget/ FREE text message widget for your website - VERY cool.
www.flyinside.com - free virtual tours - can connect them to Realtor.com for a measly $25 or to the MLS for $10.
www.animoto.com - cool virtual tours - you can't use them on the MLS, but they look cool on Facebook.
www.realtyjuggler.com - database - free 90 day trial ($99 a year thereafter)
http://www.alamode.com/products/Agent/xsites/Default.aspx - Free real estate websites
www.freebielist.com - free stuff in general
https://www.lowesrealtorbenefits.com/ - free coupons for Lowes for clients
http://www.mypersonaladvantage.com/about/pricing.aspx - free 30-day trial of drip email marketing campaigns ($9.95 a month thereafter, print and mail is additional cost)
www.verticalresponse.com - 25 free email drips when you sign up.
www.jott.com - free reminder service, not free anymore, but very helpful.
www.leadtoclose.com - free in beta - lead/contact management
http://www.morningstarmultimedia.com/html/dlreguide.asp - free marketing guide
http://www.hobbsherder.com/current_enews.asp - free monthly newsletter - marketing help
http://www.rismedia .com/ - real estate news
http://www.inman.com/news - real estate news
www.housefront.com - real estate valuation tool for text messaging
http://www.stumbleupon.com/ - learn more about other websites and promote your own
* = personal favorites