Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist)

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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

They promise to get you to page one for what terms? 

You see, they talk a good game but do they deliver? 

I run when they say they can promise to get you to page one. 

No one can promise or guarantee that and if they are promising - they are not being truthful. 

I would also never again hire someone cold. All my hires are through referreals. 

My virtual assistants do SEO tasks for our clients. I just hired a really smart good SEO manager. She is awesome. 

We can not guarantee page one results but we can promise to lead you on the right path to get you the best results while sharing with you the truth about how to do SEO. 

With Zillow being #1 on page one for short tail keywords, there is no way we go after short tail. Go after the long tail keywords. 

I would be happy to share with you what you need to look for, and where you stand with your site so far. My consultation is complimentary since you are an AR member. Text me to set up a time to talk: 561-502-1577

Oct 30, 2018 07:47 PM
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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

That's one thing that changes so often, it's difficult to keep up with it on your own, Julie. It's good to hire someone but, finding the perfect vendor can be a challenge. 

Oct 30, 2018 05:49 PM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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No need to hire on a random solicitation for that, we have many great computer professionals here on ActiveRain. They have provided great service with the needs that I've had. 

Oct 30, 2018 04:32 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've never tried one even though a day has not gone by in years that I wasn't solicitated to Julie A. Black 

Oct 30, 2018 04:16 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Are you kidding me?  I don't by any services from randon solicitations!

Oct 31, 2018 04:12 AM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I find it funny... (peculiar funny, not "ha-ha" funny), when they call and say "We found you on Google, and we'd like to help you with your SEO (for a large fee)".

"uh.... didn't YOU find me on Google??"

Oct 30, 2018 06:06 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

No, I have not any SEO consultants. Good luck if you choose to use one.

Oct 30, 2018 05:23 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have received solicitations.

I have not. I would not. I can say no or delete the offer.

PS I do not like green eggs and ham.

Oct 30, 2018 06:52 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 No.

 N/A

 

 Suggested SEO consultants:

         Peter Mark or Katerina Gasset or Tammy Emineth 

Oct 30, 2018 06:51 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have not, I let my web designers take care of my SEO 

Oct 30, 2018 06:28 PM
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

The colleagues I know who have paid for this don't blog.  If you blog, you might just get yourself to page 1 all by yourself!

Oct 30, 2018 06:28 PM
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Many years ago, Julie. It was expensive and produced zero. Lesson learned.

Oct 30, 2018 06:20 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 know how to say NO to these folks.

Oct 30, 2018 06:17 PM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

GOOD GOD NO! DO NOT DO IT!!
I have written before about who to hire and who to trust. There are people here that are selling expertise and they don't really have relevant experience or skills. Many cannot walk their own talk, so hiring them means you've been wooed by what they say they know without even testing their skills. I cannot tell you how many times I have bailed people out, and that includes Kathleen Daniels and others here.

Most of these so called experts do not understand that real estate is very very different to other online presences! 

Oct 31, 2018 10:00 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no, I have not....but if I were to do that, I'd hire Katerina Gasset 

Oct 31, 2018 06:04 AM
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Morgan Taylor
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

My 2 cents on SEO:

platforms alone can't get you on page 1. HOWEVER, the tools platforms give you are very very important to your potential SEO. 

Landing on page 1 of Google is certainly possible with the right website provider and a little determenation/strategy on your end. You must utilize the tools they give you.

  • Make sure your pages are indexabe (indexable pages for listings is HUGE). 
  • Create unique content (for example, blogs) on your domain
  • Backlinks (but only in honest, real dialougues.. don't spam comment sections)
  • Keywords/metadata
  • domains/urls
  • consider a niche

With all of this, you can land on page one yourself, without an SEO consultant.... but of course, lots of time and learning is involved, so maybe hiring a consultant to handle it for you is the best option. 

(depending on the town/city you're in. obviously is is easier to rank in Laredo, TX versus Chicago)

Oct 31, 2018 05:27 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Do what the RTZ can not. You are live, local, the native in the community. You can do way more than quote the US census figures. Seed, feed, water and cultivate the local blog posts that are helpful. time and money saving. Show them around your local area online. Shoot the local imagery, video, show the online real estate buyer or seller where you are, what it is like there, what you love about these parts. Make the UX beyond just real estate listings and be the person that the large portals are only cyborgs trying to appear like they live in your hometown. You know more about your local area than a west coast portal. Your listing presentations should be above and beyond what RTZ does with the images, copy you and I send them to bully us.

Oct 31, 2018 03:47 AM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I try to boost my website through blogging and posting my web pages on social media. Page one use to be doable, I am happy with page two. In searches, I skip page one a lot. 

Oct 30, 2018 07:03 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yep I get tons of them. I know people who have hired SEO consultants, with mixed, and expensive, results. Perhaps someone here has a recommendation for us? It's a tricky path to follow and find the right person, and you may do better on your own, and using other methods to drum up business.

Oct 30, 2018 06:14 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

OMG - I could write a book on that.  Tens of thousands of dollars down the drain.  Even recommended people (not random) turned out not to be at the skill level I believed they were. 

I am doing it myself now.  

Oct 31, 2018 08:39 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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SEO is important. I would choose someone carefully. 

Oct 31, 2018 05:38 AM
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Romylio "Romeo" Cordoba - NSB Realtor
Adams Cameron and Co. Realtors - New Smyrna Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate Agent

I personally haven't.

Oct 31, 2018 01:54 AM
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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

I too get solicitation calls many times weekly but have not hired anyone. 

Oct 30, 2018 06:44 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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It is quite costly. I use offshore programmer and fees are more reasonable. He developed a rental website for me for about 25-30% what it costs.

He charges $300+ a month, needing about 4-5 months to see results but never on 1st page. Backlinks,  credible sources etc. Zillow, Realtor, Redfin, Homes are the ones dominate the market. The frustration is Google contantly change its ranking rules. AR will not get you anywhere. G+ was the only vehicle to get 3 blogs under your name.  Now they abolish G+....

I think Adword is the only way your name will quickly show up but it is costly.....

Oct 30, 2018 04:34 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Pass. Get those calls and emails daily.

Oct 31, 2018 07:09 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Getting to page one can be done. Staying there is the ongoing challenge

Oct 31, 2018 06:37 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

These places are just fishing. They throw the bait out and hope for bites. I suggest, do not bite on cold calls until you're able to check them out 

Oct 31, 2018 10:51 AM
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

Here's an easy way to know if they are any good:

Ask them to give examples of a few of their real estate customers and what they rank for. Then, go and double check if the rankings are true. Do it in incognito mode.

Once you verified the rankings, call the agents/brokers and ask them if the company in question is the actual SEO for them, and if they are happy with them.

Oct 31, 2018 10:40 AM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

No, I haven't Julie.

Oct 31, 2018 08:22 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

No & there are plenty of posts to explain why it's not a good idea. Keep your wallet closed on this one. You'd be better off following some good SEO experts here.

Oct 31, 2018 07:38 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Once people have your credit card #’s it can be tough to get to stop dinging it !

Oct 31, 2018 07:25 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

No, I haven't hired anyone and especially not someone who randomly calls me. Usually, I ask them how they found me.

Oct 31, 2018 05:49 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

They most likely lost their money and still sit in the back of the pack on Google. I get 2-3 of these  calls a day every day. OUCH

Oct 31, 2018 04:59 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never took the bait!

Oct 31, 2018 04:44 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I get those requests all the time... through emails and phone calls.  I always ask them this question:  If you are calling other agents in my area how can you get me on page 1 if you are promising them the same ething?

Oct 31, 2018 04:33 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have not and would not.

Oct 31, 2018 01:09 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope,

Oct 30, 2018 05:56 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Most of these seem to be selling the ads that show above the results.  Anyone (including you) can get you to the #1 spot in the results for "how do I sell my 4 bedroom dupont circle home with 16 cypress trees and a dead cat in the yard?"  But what's your likely search volume going to be for that?  1?  If that!

 

At one point while blogging about "What's my <city> home worth?" I actually ended up owning almost the entire first page, including spots 1-6.  I got one call in 3 years from it.

At one point, I was even #1 and #3 for a short-tail address search, in other words when you searched 123 Main st.  I had the first, third and I think 5th and 8th postions.  Guess how much traffic I got?  Zero!  Sad, but true.  They saw my sign in the yard and didn't google, just went to zillow or called their agent.

Oct 31, 2018 04:28 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have to say, they all say that but promises promises, doubt that it happens.

 

Oct 31, 2018 09:45 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

Not me.

Oct 31, 2018 07:38 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Don't go down that rabbit hole.

Oct 31, 2018 05:33 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Oct 31, 2018 04:17 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Anyone can get on Page one of google depending on the search terms and also on what posting you are using. I can get many long tail keywords on the first several pages of google at the same time.. but that is not all there is to having that translate into getting leads or the phone ringing. Julie A. Black 

Nov 05, 2018 01:11 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

Have not, continue to work on organic way to do this.

Nov 02, 2018 07:31 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

To get the money from you they will promiss 

Oct 31, 2018 08:56 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

Do you believe in fairy tales?

Oct 31, 2018 08:18 PM
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Harris Brown
HFB Advertising - West Islip, NY

No one can guarantee you to get you to page 1. I hope they are doing white hat SEO. Here is my SEO checklist that I use over the years to get me where I am today with my own website. 

Also, check out Google SEO starter guide 

Sign up with these free services for your local area.

Google My Business

Bing Business

Yelp Business

Yahoo Business

Good luck.

Nov 13, 2018 09:03 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

no.  they want you to pay to be one page 1  Just say no and work yourself there.

Nov 01, 2018 02:28 PM