Blogging on ActiveRain Real Estate Network has Helped My Search Engine Rankings

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Real Estate Appraiser with Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com

I am amazed at how much help ActiveRain has been to my Website visablity. Appraisalmo.com used to hardly show up anywhere on any of the sites. There has been a wonderful increase in the ratings of this website, since joining ActiveRain.

I Blogged about some things revelant to my practice, I built up my ActiveRain point total to be the top professional in my city. I am way behind the top leader in my county and state, however I am the featured appraiser in my state. These things alone appear to be helpful.

I read on ActiveRain about SEO optimization. I still have alot of work to do on the site, as I appear to have made several mistakes. Several revisions will be made gradually to the website following advice in the SEO groups.

Advice I have taken is submitting my website to numerous listing directories. I just did that, I will watch rankings as the web crawlers have a chance to read these. Other things include not copy and pasting other page information, I did that and I am slowly revising with careful words meaning the same thing. Page titles to the the pages and keyword information has helped.

I do this slowly as I do not want to make a change to hurt myself drastically and not be able to figure out which change caused the problem. I am no pro at this, however I am making progress.

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Rainer
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Gynell Stalford - Texas Cert. Appraiser *****FHA & FLAGSTAR APPROVED*****
Metroplex Appraisal Services - The FHA Appraisal Shop - Frisco, TX

James, I was just scrolling through your website. Although yours looks much better than mine, is it possible you created it yourself. I didn't see an ala mode stamp at the end of it. I created mine, and I'm not technical but while it saved me a lot of money, I also had fun and learned a thing or two. I've had my website for about 5 or 6 years and I'm always tweaking or changing it. Right now, I'm trying to figure out the SEO, one tiny step at a time. And sometimes landing myself two steps backwards. Activerain definitely helps with google, which is really nice.  And although I have received several orders through this site, I'm always a little bit surprised at the kindredness of this portal. I constantly learn something new by reading blogs, which are based on experience and real life/work situations as opposed to theory.

Jan 06, 2009 12:36 AM #17
Rainer
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Gynell Stalford - Texas Cert. Appraiser *****FHA & FLAGSTAR APPROVED*****
Metroplex Appraisal Services - The FHA Appraisal Shop - Frisco, TX

Sorry didn't log in previously. Not enough coffee yet this morning.

Jan 06, 2009 12:37 AM #18
Rainer
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James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Gynell,

Yes I created my site. I used a hosting company that was helpful and gave me alot of page building help. The Website is just over two years old. I guess I would receive more direct business contacts from ActiveRain, except not many professions in my area are on, and many a low percentage of those few regularly blog.

We just keep going forward. Thank you for stopping here.

 

Jan 06, 2009 05:01 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Realtor - Senior Real Estate Specialist

Good job on taking advantage of active rain. It does help you get more exposure.

Jan 06, 2009 05:05 AM #20
Rainer
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James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Mike,

Just having fun on the internet. Why not!

Jan 06, 2009 05:22 AM #21
Rainer
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Mary "B" Battaglia
Coldwell Banker United (referrals welcome!) - Austin, TX
GRI, CRS - Austin Real Estate - Austin Texas Real Estate agent

I have noticed a positive change as well.   Although Google counts the links differently than Yahoo does.......

Mary B

Austin, Texas

Jan 06, 2009 06:11 AM #22
Rainer
23,676
James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Mary,

I think yahoo is a little slower in indexing this blogging area. Not quite as positive on the results, however helpful over the long term.

Jan 06, 2009 06:22 AM #23
Rainer
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Rita Bradley
Laguna Hills, CA
Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263

Cool-when I google appraiser in St Charles Missouri, you're coming up as number 3 (on the unpaid list).  Great job.  Do you do your own SEO or do you hire someone to help you?

Jan 06, 2009 10:21 AM #24
Rainer
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Rita Bradley
Laguna Hills, CA
Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263

Oops I see you already answered that question above. 

Jan 06, 2009 10:30 AM #25
Rainer
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James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Rita,

I do my own stunts, most are successful, however some hurt. I have have targeted missouri as a whole for seo. I am told I need a few months for my last tactic to take effect, (REGISTERING IN WEB DIRECTORIES.)  I also rate much higher in many cases for appraisal instead of appraiser.

The top rated guy in my town had his website for more than ten years, google values that heavy. My rank is 2, his is one on a scale of ten, but he comes first.

Jan 06, 2009 12:07 PM #26
Rainer
18,384
Rita Bradley
Laguna Hills, CA
Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263

I'd say you're doing very well.  Good for you!

Jan 06, 2009 01:46 PM #27
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

James - I like your information but I didn't understand all of it. You said "Other things include not copy and pasting other page information, I did that and I am slowly revising with careful words meaning the same thing. Page titles to the the pages and keyword information has helped."

What happens when you copy and paste? What are you copying anyway? and What directories are you registered in?

Sorry for all the questions but I'm still learning.

Jan 07, 2009 12:40 AM #28
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

James - I like your information but I didn't understand all of it. You said "Other things include not copy and pasting other page information, I did that and I am slowly revising with careful words meaning the same thing. Page titles to the the pages and keyword information has helped."

What happens when you copy and paste? What are you copying anyway? and What directories are you registered in?

Sorry for all the questions but I'm still learning.

Jan 07, 2009 12:40 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

James - Congratulations... Active Rain really does bring the juice. 

Jan 07, 2009 09:50 AM #30
Rainer
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Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

Making progress is the key.  I've been surprised how many links back to my website I get from just here on AR.  Your websites not bad either looks like you've got some page rank.  That means you're heading in the right direction.

Jan 11, 2009 01:43 PM #31
Rainer
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James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Connie,

Any directory, does not really matter. Search engines, like Google, read web directories regularly to determine how revelant a website is. Get on as many as will allow you to post a listing for free as possible. Almost all have a Real Estate Section.

I also used Directory Maximizer (directorymaximizer.com) for $.14 each site, I got on hundreds of directories and only filled out one submission form. Results are not instant, however this does work and I will continue to grow this way.

Copy and pasting information already on the web is reconized by search engines. In past, I used multiple pages with almost identical information and different page titles to have my links compete for search engine placement using different search words. I learned to revise my words to not be picked up as plaquerism by the search engines.

 

Jan 11, 2009 03:01 PM #32
Rainer
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James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Justin,

I just learned to spread things out a little with other networks, as well. ActiveRain is still the mothership of all for the Real Estate Professional.

Jan 11, 2009 03:04 PM #33
Rainer
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Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

James, just stopped by to check out your blog (after you commented on my post).  It's late -- too late to read it all, but I'll be back to read and comment.  Congratulations on improving your site ranking -- I see you're really working on that.  It will pay off.  I still need to work on mine -- I know I've made mistakes and need to make the changes.

Jan 12, 2009 03:59 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Richard D. Ferris
AmcAppraisalsinc.com - Clermont, FL
Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser

You are right James!  Active Rain has been more beneficial to my rankings than any other paid for advertising on the internet!  (and I have tried quite a few!)

Jan 20, 2009 11:18 AM #35
Rainer
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James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Judi,

Thank you for visiting my website.  I am working on several keywords and making the top of the first page.

Jan 20, 2009 11:42 AM #36
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