SHE FOUND ME ON GOOGLE, DIDN'T SHE?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I took a new listing last week.  A nice 3 bedroom townhome in Aurora...

                                                 3165 Teal Bay Court
                                                 -3165 Teal Bay Court, Aurora...

When I first spoke with my seller on the phone, I asked how she had gotten my name.

"I was looking online," she answered.  "I went to Google, and searched for "The best realtor in Naperville"."

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I almost dropped my phone. 

I already have a pretty healthy ego, but "The Best Realtor in Naperville"

Really?  Go on...

It seemed all this blogging had finally paid off...

GOOGLE THOUGHT I WAS THE BEST REALTOR IN NAPERVILLE!!!

I wanted to see for myself.  I raced to my laptop, and googled "The best realtor in Naperville"...

I was nowhere to be found...

Not on page one.  Nor page two.  Not even page three...

Hmmm.

Maybe she had searched for "agent" instead of "Realtor"...

Anyway, I was still feeling pretty good.

She found me on google, didn't she?

A few days later, I went back to the home to take some more pictures...

As I was leaving, my seller said, "Oh, I made a mistake.  I accidentally had searched for "the bet" realtor in Naperville.  Not the best..."

"You came up," she laughed...

I was glad she was in good spirits.

So when I got home, I had to check...

I searched "the bet realtor in Naperville" on Google...

There I was.  Spot number two. 

What makes me "the bet" realtor in Naperville?  How did I land spot number two? 

I may never know.  But...

She did find me on Google, didn't she?

Ken

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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Ken ~ That's an excellent story! What a riot - and what a great ending. Funny - I turn up really well in searches with typos too and have always wondered why.

Liz

Dec 21, 2009 12:51 PM #9
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Ken...

This is a great story!

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Dec 21, 2009 01:08 PM #10
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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Ken... GREAT STORY!  Apparently typos can actually work in your favor!

Dec 21, 2009 02:18 PM #11
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Marcia Hawken
WILLIAM RAVEIS - Naples, FL
Naples Luxury Specialist

Ken, That is tooooo funny!  Good thing your ego, or your egg, did not get the best of you. LOL

 

Dec 21, 2009 09:14 PM #12
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Marcia, Steve, Richard, Elizabeth, Bruce, Bobbi and John.  Thanks for reading.

It is a pretty good story, isn't it.  Probably better that she didn't find me as the "best"!:)

Thanks for the feature, Richard!

Let's hear it for TYPOS!!

Thanks again,

Ken

Dec 21, 2009 11:45 PM #13
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Google must know you are a big gambler - LOL . Here is a tip...if you want to be found for the term Best Naperville Realtor just create an inbound link on a page that has PR and use that anchor text pointing back to you website.

Dec 22, 2009 03:03 AM #14
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Bill.  Thanks for stopping in.

I have read your comment twice and will need to read it a few more times.

I am still learning about this stuff...

Thanks again,

Ken

Dec 22, 2009 07:37 AM #15
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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

That's so funny.  Maybe we should try misspelling more words to see if it helps our google juice.

Dec 22, 2009 12:24 PM #16
Anonymous
"The Seller"

Hi, Ken

GOOGLE did not have spelling check for me!  I will add "S" to the "BET" when you sell my place :)

Dec 22, 2009 01:23 PM #17
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Kay and the Seller!  Thanks for stopping in.

We have a special guest.  "The Seller" has visited!!!!!

I look forward to having your home sold...

Thanks again,

Ken

Dec 22, 2009 11:17 PM #18
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Graig Ponthier
Homes & Land of Greater San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Not a bad way to be found! When you Google my name the first item is ActiveRain! Azaming how powerful activerain can be.

Dec 24, 2009 02:33 AM #19
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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Hey Ken...  My first Broker always said you don't have to be the best, you just have to be "there"...  I bet, you get it.

Dec 24, 2009 07:07 AM #20
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Craig and Debbie.  Thanks for reading.

I BET I get it too!

Anyway to be found is a good way!:)

Thanks again,

Ken

Dec 25, 2009 08:02 AM #21
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Ken...that pretty neat...I'm going to go google myself that way and see where I come up. Hope you have a great day!

Dec 26, 2009 01:30 AM #22
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Paul C. Wilkinson
CENTURY 21 Preferred - Menifee, CA
GRI, REALTOR -Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula - (951)

Funny how potential clients can find you on the internet. Important thing as that your name came up. 

Dec 26, 2009 03:47 AM #23
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Rob and Paul.  Thanks for stopping by.

I am battling another Ken Tracy in Miami for google rights to our name!:)

Thanks again and have a great 2010!

Ken

Dec 27, 2009 03:56 AM #24
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Happy Post-Recovery Ken,         ,

This is perfect.  Love your success story.  Whatever it takes.  (Looks like snow in the picture, too)

Mary

Dec 27, 2009 06:42 AM #25
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Roy Paeth
Keller Williams Inspire - Geneva, IL
Just a regular guy helping real people!

Great stuff Ken. The whole search engine optimization thing is something i am just starting to get a grasp on. Heck the bottom line is that she found you.

Dec 27, 2009 02:10 PM #26
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Mary and Roy.  Thanks for stopping in.

Yes, plenty of snow in Chicagoland this Christmas.

She did find me on Google.  Maybe next year, I will be found under "the best".:)

Thanks again,

Ken

Dec 28, 2009 12:42 AM #27
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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Ken - That is sooo funny.  If any of my friends or family that live in Naperville need an agent I'll let them know that you're the "bet" and if they don't believe me they can google it.

Dec 29, 2009 01:42 PM #28
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