Useful Websites #13

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Useful Websites #13

Here is Useful Websites #13:

Do you remember what was the clue or hint I had given for this site? Let me see if you can still get it. The clue was: Not your Grandma's Phonebook.

And here is the answer - or here is the useful website #13.


And though this is #13, if you will remember this site, it will turn out to be VERY LUCKY for you.

What does it do? Well, in concept, it is similar to some of the websites that help you finding out the name, address, phone numbers etc. (see my blog related to and for old timers, you may find similarities in SPOKEO as well as or .)

How is this different? In many ways.

I received an Internet lead a while ago. A very committed person to my website and sure to review daily listings on a regular basis - but with a name totally differnet and a very strange email address, I was lost - did not know who it is and still wanted to communicate with him/her. When I came across SPOKEO, I fed in this email address and based on the search criteria, I did find out not only first name, last name, current address and some more information. Now, I do send the emails to him with his FIRST NAME in address bar .

We do come across many such Anonymous leads - and that usage is increasing. NAR stats say that more than 90% of the buyers start their search on internet and most of them want to stay behind the invisible screen of the Internet. They may not disclose their identity to you - and if you want to establish the contact, this is one of the ways - at least, to break the ice. And, then, employ your own techniques to convert this lead to prospect to client.

So...what is SPOKEO?

About Spokeo

Spokeo is a search engine specialized in aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from a large variety of public sources. The public data is amassed with lightning speed, and presented almost instantly in an integrated, coherent, and easy-to-follow format.

While an individual could on their own, for example, potentially locate a person’s phone number or address by searching phone books, then redirect their search to a county tax assessor’s office to determine a home’s value, they would have to conduct literally hundreds of searches to discover all of the information available through only a single search on Spokeo.

Spokeo’s unique and powerful algorithms can swiftly navigate, sift through, and collect multitudes of scattered data that are spread across hundreds of locations, and synthesize that information in one convenient summary, delivering the most comprehensive snapshot of people-related, public data offered online to date. The search results represent an unparalleled mosaic of the vast stockpiles of public information accessible, and can offer invaluable insight into both the individual being searched, as well as the different types of information published.


What distinguishes Spokeo from Google and Facebook, and why is it better when it comes to people-related searches? Google is the leader in organizing vast quantities of various types of data found on web pages. Spokeo, on the other hand, is focused on organizing people-related data from a variety of sources, such as social networks, phone books, marketing surveys, and others.  Simply put, Google covers a myriad of subject matter, but derives its information predominately from one source – websites, whereas Spokeo covers one subject area – people, but derives its information from many sources.  By searching beyond the Web, Spokeo also yields more comprehensive and targeted results than general-purpose search engines can.

How Spokeo differs from Facebook: Facebook is a social network upon which users create their own profiles and share personal data. Spokeo, on the other hand, is a search engine that aggregates this type of data and others from various third-party sources. An array of public data amassed from numerous public domains, while perhaps not always entirely accurate, has the advantage of presenting a disinterested, third-party perspective, which can be valuable for people-research purposes.


When it comes to locating people-related information, Spokeo’s powerful search and organization technology far surpasses that of conventional search engines. That is because Spokeo’s specialized web crawlers can penetrate lesser accessed, content-rich areas of the web, collectively known as the “deepnet” which many general-purpose search engines cannot. The "deepnet" is home to vast and largely untapped, dynamically-generated sites. And, since the majority of people-related public records are frequently stored on these types of sites rather than on web pages, Spokeo has a distinctive advantage over traditional search engines to which these rich stockpiles of data remain out of reach.

Spokeo aggregates data from hundreds of online and offline sources, including but not limited to: phone directories, social networks, marketing surveys, mailing lists, government censuses, real estate listings, and business websites. All of the data aggregated is publicly available, and accessible by anyone from those respective sources. Finding, consolidating, and organizing all of the data meaningfully, however, could take an individual weeks, whereas Spokeo automates the data aggregation process and offers it at lightning speed.

Traditional data companies have been collecting and marketing people data for years, but often charge steep fees for their reports. Spokeo’s technology reduces the data acquisition costs, allowing Spokeo to pass savings to users and offer much of the same information for free. By removing the price barrier, Spokeo is revolutionizing the way people connect.




Spokeo does have some limitations, too. They talk about it on their website. And like other free resources, they do lead you to some paid service providers, too. That's the business model world we have to live in. I surely enjoy finding out the name behind that shield.

I am sure you'll try this out - at least once and see if it is helpful to you or not.

Your comments/suggestions are welcome.


I have joined the blog-a-day blogathon for next 30 days. This is day 13 of the 30-day-challenge.

In these 30 days, what better could it be to share something either I learned from some of the ActiveRainers or some other resource online and share it with the group?

At times, I may not know where and how I learnt about the websites and may not be able to give due credit to someone who informed me about that, but I still want to Thank all of them who contributed to my knowledge which I plan to share.

I am trying to use different field each day - and have now more than 30 such websites. Will I continue after 30 days? Let's see - first things first- I want to completed this 30-day challenge. I am trying to avoid some of the more familiar websites and focusing on some that may not be known to most of you - and still, yes, useful. 

You can create a free account on many of these websites and some of them may have some minimal subscription fees. I am sure, these websites will help you in your business - one way or another.

(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of these websites not do I derive any income from any of these sites - except that I do subscribe to some of these services. Please use  them at your own risk - and let me tell you, I have used them and did not find it 'risky'.)


Look out for the next in series - Useful Websites #14 - and it will be....another killer! (And this is little different - has a paid service only, but worth lot more than you pay for...)

I gurantee, so don't miss my post for tomorrow! The hint: Real-time Real Estate Data.

And here are the links to my previous blog-posts for easy reference:

Useful Websites #12

Useful Websites #11

Useful Websites #10

Useful Websites #9

Useful Websites #8

Useful Websites #7

Useful Websites #6

Useful Websites #5

Useful Websites #4

Useful Websites #3

Useful Websites #2

Useful Websites #1











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Cece Blase
Paragon Real Estate Group - San Francisco, CA

Let me challenge you on this: We all have different ways of approaching this business and if your way works, more power to you. But if a buyer doesn't want their contact information revealed, do you think they will like it if I dig around and find it anyway? I'm not sure.

Sep 10, 2010 06:44 PM #1
Diane Friesen
Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd. - Surrey, BC

Sounds like a great site  - even if I don't let on to the contact that I have all the information it just makes me feel better to have it.   I will check it out.   Thanks, 

Sep 11, 2010 07:50 AM #3
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

You may be right, Cece - it just feels better who you are dealing with, as Diane mentioned. What if it's a teenager playing games and want to have fun? And if we have a good script, we can convert anonymous lead into a profitable transaction.

Sep 11, 2010 08:18 AM #4
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I haven't used this in a while, I will revisit it, thanks.

Sep 11, 2010 09:44 PM #5
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Like Cece - I have mixed feelings about this service. Most internet users utilize it because it offers that invisible identity barrier.

Sep 13, 2010 07:25 PM #6
Marjorie, Doug & Kevin McKay
Engel & Voelkers Banff Canmore - Chestermere, AB
Calgary & Chestermere - 403-207-1776

Sadly it doesn't do Canada.  But there is no such thing as privacy anymore. 

Sep 16, 2010 12:18 PM #7
Brien Berard
Remax Professionals Laurel MD - Laurel, MD
Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate

This is very interesting, it seems like it might be better than the other ones I am currently using.  It also makes me want to be more cautious what I put on the internet.

Sep 17, 2010 04:18 PM #8
Ryan Boyer
San Diego's Finest Real Estate - La Jolla, CA
La Jolla Homes & San Diego Real Estate

It sounds great, and like Brien, hmmm, time to be more careful.

Sep 17, 2010 07:11 PM #9
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