How I got 1st Page Ranking on Google

Real Estate Sales Representative with Gulf Region Realty

How I got 1st Page Ranking on Google  A few years prior I stumbled upon a good article in ActiveRain and saved it as a favorite. I searched the blog frequently for good information but regrettably failed to see its potential for my business.

In December, when my far-better half and I opened a new office, it was obvious that we needed to ramp up our advertising efforts. We had spent plenty through the years on magazine ads, newspapers, printed flyers, and postcards. Calls from these ads were not impressive. Most of our business came from direct contact with buyers and sellers or through other agents from the mls. Our listings were syndicated to many sites and broker reciprocity made it easy to find our listings no matter whose site it was, but were they finding our site? Hmmm, we had to make some changes. I joined ActiveRain December 29, 2010.

Over the years I heard stories of agents spending tens of thousands each year trying to get that 1st page ranking. The results of that expensive game are not guaranteed-plus, the game never ends! Sales were down, so this approach was not an option for me.

January 28, 2011. I got a call from Alexander Iankov of ActiveRain urging me to sign up for a Rainmaker account for 2 months at the special price of $1 per month; $59 thereafter. I could always cancel if I didn't think it was worth it, so I took the bait. I followed his advice and listened to the webinar about keywords and long tail searches. The teacher in the webinar, Steven Graham, made it sound easy and guaranteed 1st or 2nd page rankings if you followed his advice.  Sounded too good to be true, but I would give it a shot.

I wrote my first ad Jan 29. It took me all day. I had to experiment with the html to make my ad look the way I wanted, but it was fun and exhausting. Finally, on Jan 30, I changed from draft mode to public-then clicked the button. I had other work to catch up on so I didn't Google my title words for a couple hours. I was under the impression that it might take days or weeks for Google to find my post, so I was shocked when I saw mine on the 1st page. I tried rearranging the keywords, eliminating some, adding others, and was still surprised at the number of times it appeared on the first or second page. Granted, I had to search with more than 3 words, but it was explained in the webinar-that long tail keyword searches are higher quality leads than short tail ones.

In the last two weeks I've posted six more blog ads (is that the right terminology?). I'm amazed each time. By just following the rules Steven taught in the webinar I can get 1st page Google ranking for a buck a month.

Comments (9)

Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

I am excited that you are part of our active rain membership - and acknowledge the positive results that can come about from posting. Congratulations on 1st Page Ranking with Google - keep up with blogging - the results just keep rolling in. Nice to meet you here!

Feb 12, 2011 03:13 AM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Good for you Daryl, Its amazing what a little tweak of the search term will do to get you to the top of page one.

Feb 12, 2011 03:16 AM
Mary Lee
Ocean Reef Club Real Estate - Upper Key Largo, FL
Ocean Reef

Thanks for sharing your experience.  I'm new to ActiveRain and still a bit weary.  I'm glad it worked for you. 

Mary Lee 


Feb 12, 2011 03:24 AM
Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
Hillview Realty - Northbridge, MA

Hey Daryl, congrats on the first page....Google and Ar just seem to work so well together...keep posting...

Feb 12, 2011 03:39 AM
Alan M. & Associates (
RE/MAX Crest Realty - Vancouver, BC Canada - Vancouver, BC

All the best with the success of your rankings.  It's a great feeling to see your efforts pay off on page 1 or 2 of google.

Feb 12, 2011 03:41 AM
Daryl & Angela Kniep
Gulf Region Realty - Naples, FL

Thanks for all the responses.  Mary Lee, I'm also new to AR; I've only been blogging since the end of December, and a Rainmaker for 2 weeks.  The first blogs are the most difficult.  You have to learn alot of new skills just to get the blog posted, and on top of that you want your post to look good.  Just start doing it and along the way look for more resources to help you tweak your skills. 

Feb 12, 2011 04:07 AM
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Thanks for the post.  I have been an Activerain member for a bit now.  This is a great reminder to me that I need to get back to taking the online classes.

Feb 12, 2011 04:08 AM
Lori Young
Young Realty Group, Inc. - Naples, FL

Thanks for the post.  We sometimes forget that our online availability is just as important as our physical presence.  I believe in first page rankings as customers have very little time to read all the results.  Those that pop up first are more likely to get a look.

Feb 13, 2011 02:48 AM
Jody Moore
Blue Shirt Photography | SendOutCards - Lexington, KY

Congrats on the first page ranking and good luck.

Mar 08, 2011 02:00 PM