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4,869,342
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

learn SEO from an SEO Expert like Nestor & Katerina Gasset (Katerina)... she's the best and you'll thank me in the future for the guidance!!!

Sep 19, 2016 12:35 AM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Home.com is going to give you a basic package of SEO. That is nothing that you could not learn yourself to do. It is just the very basics. They are not going to be doing any back link building, at least I hope not. They were Google slapped some years back for bad SEO strategies. They were also creating some pretty bad linking farms. A broker came to me who unfortunately did not know that the Google penalties travel with your domain name. She used her company name as her domain name and homes.com put her in one of those rings she did not even know anything about. When we did a website audit we discovered she had over ONE MILLION links linking to her domain. She had to do a disavow and that was a manual project back then. For most people, they could have just forgotten about the domain but it was the name of her company so she had no choice but to clean it up. Google had penalized her domain. So that is the other issue with big companies. Then she had to hire an attorney to force homes to get rid of a lot of the domains too. It was a mess. Even JC Penny's got caught doing the same kind of thing. So be careful. I always say, learn it yourself first, then you can hire a virtual assistant to do the steps for you. This way you are in control and you know what and why the steps are being applied. Hope that helps. 

Sep 19, 2016 12:24 PM
Rainmaker
382,677
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

SEO is so hard as google keeps changing the rules. Quality "follow" backlinks, such as those with Active Rain, keyword anchor links, fresh content with H1 and H2 headers with keywords and fresh content all work together to give good SEO. Unfortunately, the latest google changes gives far more credibility to national websites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Craigslist, etc and it becomes very hard to complete with other local websites for the remaining first page spots. This is google's way of forcing locals to buy adwords to be seen.

Sep 19, 2016 12:40 AM
Rainer
302,029
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I agree with Barbara Todaro 

Sep 19, 2016 09:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,521,521
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Please follow Barbara Todaro 's recommendation~!

Sep 19, 2016 03:48 AM
Rainmaker
4,313,288
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Robin,

We are not family with this company, and if I were you, I would follow Barbara Todaro 's advice.  A

Sep 19, 2016 02:03 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

It's a process and just when you think you've mastered it, Google changes their requirements!  AR has some great free webinars that can help you get started.

Sep 19, 2016 12:57 AM
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552,414
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

There is no quick answer to improving SEO, especially for an individual web site.  

Sep 19, 2016 12:36 AM
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5,264,085
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I like the answer by Barbara Todaro

Sep 19, 2016 07:44 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Barbara Todaro has the answer. 

Sep 19, 2016 02:24 PM
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442,581
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I stand with many of my ActiveRainmakers ... Barbara Todaro said it straight!  Go with it!

Sep 19, 2016 01:57 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I'd hire Nestor & Katerina Gasset before I'd give my money to Homes.com.

Sep 19, 2016 11:16 AM
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1,211,014
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I second the vote for Nestor & Katerina Gasset 

Sep 19, 2016 10:28 AM
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4,796,501
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would do it the old fashioned way.  By learning and doing it yourself.

Sep 19, 2016 08:01 AM
Rainmaker
1,505,122
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Run & take your wallet with you. They are horrible, you can do better elsewhere.

When websites first came out I was their victim for around 5 years I think. Wow 2 leads in 5 years .... excellent.

Tammy Emmith is good also.

Sep 19, 2016 02:57 AM
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2,763,564
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

All I can say is BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. There are so many self-professed SEO Guru's who truly can't find their butts with both hands. They take you money and run. There are many good free classes here in the Rain on SEO ... learn it and manage your own business and SEO. 

Sep 19, 2016 02:26 AM
Rainmaker
3,167,411
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Barbara Todaro covered it well. Seek advice and guidance from Nestor and Katrina Gasset.

Sep 19, 2016 02:06 AM
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998,955
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

I doubt a big company is going to do anything except the basics. I believe they are pricey too. Get a Wordpress and learn it yourself, it's not that hard to achieve.

Sep 19, 2016 01:50 AM
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1,491,153
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Barbara's got this one.

Sep 19, 2016 01:07 AM
Rainmaker
2,895,002
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think you should listen to Barbara Todaro 

Sep 19, 2016 12:56 AM
Rainmaker
2,974,333
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What Barbara Todaro said.

Sep 19, 2016 12:44 AM
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Mathilde Cohen
Mortgage Cohen INC - Cincinnati, OH

Content is always good in SEO. My SEO Consultant is in Canada and always recommended creating unique content. But you have to be very careful about rss feeds. That might hurt your rankings because of duplicate content.

Jul 15, 2017 01:36 PM
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Anne-Laure Touchard
Charles Rutenberg, LLC - Manhattan, NY
Agent immobilier à New York - USA

Content is always good in SEO. My SEO Consultant is in France and always recommended creating unique content. But you have to be very careful not to give your content away to other sites (this sometimes happens automatically via rss feeds). That might hurt your rankings because of duplicate content.

Dec 20, 2016 02:44 PM
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1,935,438
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You create a local cyber library of information. Do that consistency and have websites that re intuitive, easy to deliver what the busy buyer needs and your business will grow. Online and off.

Dec 03, 2016 08:18 AM
Rainer
41,512
Matthew Johnson
Webmatic247.com - Virginia Beach, VA
I get you found online.

I wish I saw this when it came out.. 

Oct 15, 2016 11:18 AM
Rainmaker
4,020,293
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I add landing pages to my web site and use the right key words.

Sep 22, 2016 11:35 AM
Rainmaker
4,431,983
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Others have answered.

Sep 19, 2016 09:52 PM
Rainmaker
633,936
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

You have to stay on top of the ever-changing environment. Debe Maxwell's comment is wise. 

Sep 19, 2016 07:00 PM
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3,049,871
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

parked and reading...

Sep 19, 2016 06:43 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

there is no product for SEO.  No magic pill.  And I'm in the read the AR blogs on the topic and get going down the right path. 

Sep 19, 2016 02:11 PM
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4,055,464
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The only GOOD SEO product that I know is Active Rain, an using it to its fullest Every Day.

 

Sep 19, 2016 12:30 PM
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4,298,246
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Robin Kay - any third party will promise you the sky and deliver.... you know that, correct?

Check SEO group on ActiveRain - you may learn a few things here and implement it yourself and not throw the money away..

Sep 19, 2016 12:20 PM
Rainmaker
3,977,611
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I used Homes.com for several years.  They were ok but they seemed to fall behind

Sep 19, 2016 11:33 AM
Rainmaker
3,066,352
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have to see what otheres are saying.  I have the same problem.

Sep 19, 2016 10:32 AM
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2,751,408
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Robin - If you're using a wordpress site, SEO by Yost is free and effective.

Sep 19, 2016 09:15 AM
Rainmaker
534,200
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

Promote your own website and grow organically.

Sep 19, 2016 08:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,477,816
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not know anything about Home.com. Please share your experience if you decide to go with them. 

Sep 19, 2016 05:50 AM
Rainmaker
823,093
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Not a fan of Homes dot com anything - I have a webmaster that does this for me - works great - take the plunge and hire a professional like Jessie Cochran 

Sep 19, 2016 03:01 AM
Rainmaker
3,240,915
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I am not familiar with Home.com -- let us know when you find out.  

Sep 19, 2016 01:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,523,566
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I knew an agent that had great success with Homes.com but when I went with them I got almost no leads.  So I dropped them after a couple of months. Since then it is my policy not to pay for leads!

Sep 19, 2016 01:38 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,264
FN LN
Toronto, ON

I am not familiar with that product.

Sep 19, 2016 01:17 AM
Rainmaker
984,294
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Before I started blogging they find me on the internet quickly.  Suggest you hire one of these SEO gurus. UofM, A^2 high, India. It takes 2-3 months and it costs $250-500 per months.  I agree with Lynnea Miller 's remarks 100%.

KW site for agent is worthless. I got one faked lead after 5 years. But you have your own which is good. The SEO guru  can redo your webpage. Tracking traffic clicks etc.  I have passed your Plymouth office in the past. Good luck,

Sam Shueh

Sep 19, 2016 01:09 AM