5 Real Estate Links You Must Have

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Mortgage and Lending with Loan Officer Marketing Lab/ Real Estate Marketing Lab

I couldn't resist! I was browsing through my rather large list of free website resources that could be quite useful to real estate agents, and I just had to post a few more! Here's a short list with descriptions on what teh site is or does:

Hub Pages

Hub Pages allows you to create a free “Hub” or online page about anything you like. Why in the world would you want to do this? Simple… The Hub Pages community gets a lot of favor from Google and the search engines. Keep your articles targeted to your key-search-phrases and toggle your back-links up to get easy rankings.


A good Hub Page can funnel hundreds of fresh and targeted visitors to your website in a week. (My record is 900+ visitors in 4 days) Not bad for something that takes all of 10 minutes to setup, and can be recycled and used over and over again! 
Create a network of Hubs to boost your website traffic on a monthly basis.

www.hubpages.com 
 
Weebly

Weebly is another great find, similar to Hub Pages. You have more control over these pages, as you can turn these “hubs” into full blown websites. These are not intended to be your own primary websites of course, but imagine giving each prospect his/her own “website” complete with the address of the property, or their name within the URL?


Or you can make the domain (free, don’t have to register it as it’s a sub-domain) name search engine friendly and saturate with keywords! I’ve used this strategy in the past to land 8 of the 10 spaces on the front page of Google for a target keyword for nearly a full month. Best lead generating month I’ve ever had!

www.weebly.com
 
Squidoo

Similar to both Hub Pages and Weebly, Squidoo is a great way to get attention. With a strong "social" element to this site, you can join groups, network, and expand your horizons all while creating search engine friendly pages that rank well within Google.

Many will find Squidoo a bit more difficult to work with than say Weebly, or Hub Pages, but the user-base is hard to ignore! Check it out!

www.squidoo.com
 
Picasa

Need to edit images of a property? Photoshop, GIMP, and many other tools are certainly available for this. The problem? These things can take weeks to learn! Picasa is the recommended solution as it’s free, easy to use, and takes only minutes to get fired up! 
Buyers are visual as you already know, so why not use this free tool to present your listings in the best light possible?

picasa.google.com 


Scribd


Do you have a guide, free report, ebook, or some sort of article that you like to distribute to prospects? Information is the best way to earn new prospects, as it starts your new relationship with the prospect off with a level of trust and credibility. 

Scribd allows you to host your articles, ebooks, reports and more at their social sharing site. Upload, and within minutes you can create links, or even embed a copy of whatever document you have uploaded. So what’s the big deal? Well, Scribd gets millions of views per month as they offer a searchable database that operates similar to an article directory. So not only can you make your article searchable and available to millions of visitors, but you will also have a simple embed process to make the article available anywhere you like with a simple cut and past code. 
It makes article sharing a snap. Remember, getting more exposure is always a good thing!

www.scribd.com

Education.com 
I stubled across this tool a while back from another real estate agent who was having a lot of luck using some of the free widgets available. What exactly can these widgets do for you? The School Finder Widget allows site visitors to search for school info, ratings, and detailed statistics based on area. 
Why lure visitors off of your website if you can make the information available right from your site? Check it out!

www.education.com

 

That'll do it for today! While I likely won't have a list available tomorrow, I will be hosting a free webinar to review some valuable online marketing strategies. Here's how you can join me:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/707614058

 

CW - http://www.freerealestatemarketinglab.com

Comments (13)

Edward Bachman
EXIT REALTY SOLUTIONS - Kingwood, TX
Your Kingwood TX Realtor

Chad, you are going to keep me busy for the rest of my life trying to keep up with all of these goodies. TY

Aug 20, 2009 02:30 AM
Debbie Aldrich
The Watts Group Real Estate - Cottonwood Heights, UT
Salt Lake City Realtor - Salt Lake County, Cottonwood Heights

Chad, Thanks for these sites, I will check them out.

Aug 20, 2009 02:33 AM
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Chad. I am a "newbie," new to Active Rain and new to blogging. I'm learning as much as I can as fast as I can so I REALLY APPRECIATE tips like this. I am especially interested in two of these and will take a look this morning! Thanks!

Aug 20, 2009 02:47 AM
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator

Chad,

This is great information so thank you for posting.  BTW looking forward to the webinar tomorrow.

Best wishes

Sharon

Aug 20, 2009 03:15 AM
Chad Weber
Loan Officer Marketing Lab/ Real Estate Marketing Lab - O'Fallon, MO

See you there Sharon! Have a pen handy!  :)

CW -

Aug 20, 2009 09:21 AM
Scott Hoen
Carson City, NV
VP, Nevada State Manager, 714-270-9607

looks like some great tools -- I use Picasa and it is a time saver and helps with the photo organization.  did you record your webinar?

Aug 21, 2009 03:26 AM
Matthew Naumann
Exit Realty Charleston Group - Goose Creek, SC
Goose Creek, SC Real Estate Agent

Chad,

Great Post.  I will definitely look into those webpages.

Thanks for sharing,

Matt Naumann

Aug 21, 2009 07:26 AM
Fred Doleac
Fred Doleac - Bean Group - Amherst, NH
Real Estate in a Virtual World

Chad - thanks for the tips.  I have used Hub Pages and they are strict and require unique content.  However, if you comply with their standards, good juice.

Aug 21, 2009 02:29 PM
Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Canton, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

Chad-Thanks for sharing, and for a great post.

Aug 22, 2009 12:33 PM
Van Agakanian
Savvolio Real Estate - Sherman Oaks, CA
Broker Associate

Thanks, Chad. Great info!

Aug 23, 2009 01:35 PM
Chad Weber
Loan Officer Marketing Lab/ Real Estate Marketing Lab - O'Fallon, MO

Hey Joseph, no problem at all! Hope you find these useful!

 

CW - http://www.freerealestatemarketinglab.com

Aug 25, 2009 03:01 AM
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hello Chad, these are some great tips.  I like the HubPages and the widget for Education.com, they will be very helpful.  Thanks!  John

Aug 25, 2009 05:37 AM
Brian Smith
Movement Mortgage - Spring Hill, TN
Your Nashville Mortgage Lender

Thanks for the info Chad.  I'm particularly interested in Weebly- will check that one out.  Thanks again!

Brian

 

Jan 10, 2010 04:21 PM