7 SEO Secrets to Dominate your Local Market

Real Estate Agent

All of these suggestions are free to implement and will generate very high quality incoming links and a pretty healthy amount of traffic.

You can use your ActiveRain profile just fine with each of these items but you will likely generate the best results with your own Individual Blog. (If you don't have an Individual Blog yet click here to get one.)

Please note that pretty much all of the items below require that you have a free account with the applicable website.

1. Submit yourself to Google Local. Make sure to put in your blog or profile URL in the website entry form field.

2. Add your blog to Local.Yahoo.com.

3. Submit your blog to Yelp! 

4. Create a blog post for everyone of your listings and submit the URL to Google Base.

5. Create a blog post for everyone of your listings and submit the URL to Craigslist.

6. Add links to your website, ActiveRain profile, and your Individual blog, on your LinkedIn profile page.  Your LinkedIn profile is second only to your ActiveRain profile in terms of Google Juice.

7. Add yourself to YellowPages.com. The search engines tap this database to populate their Local search results.

(The cow above looks very dominating; similar to the way you will look to your competitors if you implement these strategies.  In case you were wondering, that is why I chose it as the picture for this post.)

Comments (90)

Matt Thomas
Atlas Real Estate Advisors - Athens, GA

great advice .... thanks!

Feb 16, 2009 04:55 AM
Karen Luke
South Metro Property Management, LLC - McDonough, GA
Henry County Real Estate

Thanks, Jonathan. I've been away for a while and am going great guns today getting my seo up. I've signed up on Yellow Pages and Yelp.

Feb 16, 2009 05:01 AM
Sonya Loose
Modern Realty - Beaverton, MI
Helping Buyers & Sellers of Waterfront Property

Johnathan, awesome post and incredible information of which I will use it all!!!  Thank you so much for freely sharing the info!!!

Feb 16, 2009 06:34 AM
Amy Boxer
Pura Vida Design Group, Inc - Oakland, CA

I think you have the greatest picture of anyone I have ever seen on AR!  Nice work distinguishing yourself, I love it.... oh and good posts too...



Amy Boxer

Feb 17, 2009 10:59 AM
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Holy Cow this is a great post!

I'm on my way to Yelp right now...

Thank you for always sharing your great advice and knowledge.

Mar 09, 2009 12:56 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Jonathan - Thanks so much for the tips.  I can't believe it took me this long to find the post.  I'll be sure to get these things going.

Mar 17, 2009 09:16 AM
League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE
RE/MAX 1st Class - League City, TX

Jonathan... thanks for all of the tips... just registered with the yellow pages!

Mar 18, 2009 02:17 PM
Chris Shouse
Lyoness USA - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor - Las Vegas

I will use this wonderful advice NOW thanks for the tips!

Mar 26, 2009 07:16 AM
Eric Egeland
RE/MAX SUBURBAN - Libertyville, IL

Thanks for the tips Jonathan,

I'm going to get on it.

May 03, 2009 02:30 PM
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA


I had bookmarked this post back in January, and I am finally gettin to it, as I now understand the terms.

I am surprised that I didn't comment before.  Today, I will work on all these tips.



May 18, 2009 01:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for the tips and sharing. I'm going to get on it!

Sep 16, 2009 08:41 AM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Jonathan~ Thanks for sharing this with all of us.  I am going to go and do those that haven't been done yet!

Sep 27, 2009 04:15 AM
Nancy Dennis
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Colleyville, TX

Thanks I missed a few of these.

Oct 21, 2009 01:59 PM
Bob Murphy
Keller Williams Realty Consultants - New Albany, IN

HI Jonathan - The learning never stops for me here on Active Rain.  Thanks for your willingness to share.  I need all the help I can get.

Oct 21, 2009 09:11 PM
Alix Pinzon
Open Mortgage, LLC NMLS # 2975 - Downey, CA

That's a keeper, thanks!

Oct 21, 2009 10:42 PM
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Jonathan, Thanks for the handy tips. I'll bookmark for reference. 

Oct 22, 2009 02:07 AM
Blake Rickels
Blake Rickels Group, Realty Executives - Knoxville, TN
"The Name Friends Recommend"

Jonathan, these are great tips. I find so many old school agents do not have a clue about this kind of SEO.

Oct 26, 2009 06:25 AM
Joe and Molly Murphy
Coldwell Banker - Bradenton, FL
Put our Team to work for your Family

Great ideas,

Not exactly sure how to post a blog to yelp, but I joined and I think I am only one of a few.  Thanks for being such a great resource.

Nov 02, 2009 02:18 PM
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Thanks, just bookmarked this and will check all these out soon.

Jun 12, 2010 09:11 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Thanks for simple and easy to follow list of powerful ways to increase ranking.

Nov 01, 2010 06:15 PM