Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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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

Nathan Gesner - It really does nothing for us - it's only for cataloging within the AR system. For me, it's habit and I can find my posts easier that way if I'm searching for one to send the link to a client.

Aug 01, 2017 12:30 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I always thought it was an AR thing....

Aug 01, 2017 09:38 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I use this feature at times, but have no clue whether it really adds anything at all to the equation.

Aug 01, 2017 11:19 AM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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I use this feature all the time.  Not sure about the affects with SEO.  Maybe our leader Bob Stewart can weigh in on this one.

Aug 01, 2017 09:47 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, Realtor | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

I don't think people search like that, it's more they searched for something and a post pops up.

Aug 01, 2017 09:37 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I think it's only useful to AR for sorting.

Aug 01, 2017 09:37 AM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

It used to do very well on the SERPS when localism was around. I don't think AR pays attention to the local rankings anymore and rather leave it up to bloggers to SEO their own posts. 

So I did a search in google NOT using an incognito window based on the theory that Google remembers where I have been and the connections I have- so it should show up on the SERPS- 

I first searched for: cody park county wyoming local real estate 

Nothing showed up in the first 10 pages of google for anything on AR. 

So then I searched for: wellington palm beach county florida local real estate ( since i have been blogging with those categories since 2007) and still, nothing from AR in the first ten pages. 

Aug 03, 2017 07:49 PM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Use the AR platform to amplify your work on your private blog channels. Not the other way around. If you want to be hyper local, do the video, blogging, write that narrative and label your images to push the bots to your own back yard media streams. AR is an enhancement, a rebroadcast tool to extend your reach and frequency but not the corner stone of your SEO. Not anymore.

Aug 02, 2017 05:21 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Nathan I'm just not sure about this anymore. I"m glad you brought it up as I still do link market reports etc to hyper local spots. It would be good to get an explanation of how it works now after all the changes.  Does it have value or not?

Aug 01, 2017 09:35 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Before, Active Rain had a search link for State, county and cities. I think it is gone now. Back then, the consumer could click on say Active Rain NH page, see the top 2 agents on top and then a list of leaders in points. THIS is where points mattered. Then they could search blogs in each by clicking the link for city, county or state. Those links appear to be gone or are they just buried?

Aug 01, 2017 09:26 AM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   It's helpful to categorize and sort out your posts.  But does it help for SEO?  Probably not.  

Aug 01, 2017 03:47 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hi Nathan -- this is above my pay grade but I'll check back to see the responses from others.  Good question.   

Aug 01, 2017 02:33 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Great question - I have always posted local posts into a hyper local category thinking that it helped SEO - guess not.  Hey - an extra minute back in my life! 

Aug 01, 2017 02:23 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes Lets hear some input here Nathan

Aug 01, 2017 01:35 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's a why not for me but I can't verify the results.

Aug 01, 2017 12:03 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I use this feature but have no idea about the real impact.

Aug 01, 2017 10:19 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Going to need the advice of a more techie savvy individual than me!

Aug 01, 2017 08:24 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I do believe it gives you one more category to get rated as I see it show up when I searching for topics in my blogs.

Aug 02, 2017 12:56 PM
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I'm certainly no SEO expert, but I always set this info for all of my posts, Nathan Gesner  I have no info/proof to offer you that it is helpful to do, but for the little time it takes me to do it ... I opt to take the chance that it does and it helps others find me/my posts/my services.    

Gene  

Aug 02, 2017 09:28 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I believe it is only for AR.  The content of your post, key words and long-tail phrases will help with your SEO.

Aug 02, 2017 08:53 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It's an AR feature not a SE feature

Aug 02, 2017 07:17 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good question.   I don't think it does much these days.

Aug 02, 2017 05:17 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

The state, county, city and community pages are still here and can be found from a link on front page. this means the search engines find all of those pages. When u post to a hyper community your article will show up on the state, county, city and community pages. This helps the search engine narrow down what/where your post is about plus you have an additional 4 links from ar to your post.  does it help? Probably.

Aug 02, 2017 04:23 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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I don't know; I've always used them Nathan Gesner 

Aug 01, 2017 10:10 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I think that they help.

Aug 01, 2017 09:04 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Writing hyper local posts can help, but how it's classified on here doesn't really matter for SEO.  It's just a way to catalogue or organize the posts on here.

Aug 01, 2017 08:45 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

It's definitely an AR thing..what you say Bob Stewart ?

Aug 01, 2017 07:07 PM
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Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

So the jury is still out of the room and waiting .

Aug 01, 2017 07:04 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

 I use it and throw a penny in the wishing well, and I wish you well.

Aug 01, 2017 06:53 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I use it, and at one time I think it helped but not sure it does anything anymore. Perhaps Bob Stewart can voice his opinion. I'm not sure a reader would come to AR and search that way or even if they can.

Aug 01, 2017 06:07 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We have always preached becoming the Google of your marketplace, and we have seen several instances of agents across the country, who are so well informed via their blog that they are the first place many look for local info.  A

Aug 01, 2017 04:02 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Just for AR I believe.  Either way it's a good way to locate certain post. Will watch your replies.

Aug 01, 2017 02:59 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Reading with keen interest; great question

Aug 01, 2017 12:28 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Figure it was just a AR thing.

 

Aug 01, 2017 11:11 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I use them often

Aug 01, 2017 10:47 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Internal use only.

Aug 01, 2017 09:46 AM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Probably no impact

May 26, 2018 08:46 PM
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

OK, now I'm completely confused on which boxes to check when I write a blog post.

Aug 04, 2017 09:33 PM
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Denise Copeland
Mirsky Realty Group - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

Not sure about SEO. I think it's more of an internal search.

Aug 04, 2017 02:47 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have always put my market reports into State,City, County and neighborhood for the public to find them.  It works, there are more views on them,

Aug 04, 2017 09:32 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I can not tell me how many times I got calls if a certain restaurant is open and how much pet vaccinations. I'm not sure those calls help my business, people simply pick up the information they need and ignore the rest. We became marketing blind. I do not blame them. 

Aug 02, 2017 07:32 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Aug 02, 2017 06:02 PM
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

I'm dont agree that it's just for AR use. If AR is using lat/long coordinates in your posts (shouldnt be hard to verify inspecting the source) the search engines can use this information to "place" the community. 

Aug 02, 2017 08:55 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

My testing has shown if 'HYPER LOCAL' granularity going lower than city, the blog disappears into oblivion.

Keeping at city level with reinforcing key words and title will get the best outcome. Now, it is possible changes have been made in AR. I suggest posting 2 structured blogs using hyper-local and city level and monitor to the results.

Aug 02, 2017 05:43 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - I have my Google Alert - and I do see the alerts from Google for specific area market reports!

Aug 01, 2017 10:49 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would say it can't hurt.

Aug 01, 2017 04:38 PM