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Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

So, I'd recommend that you learn how to do SEO, rather than getting a new website.  Domain age helps.  You may decide that you also want to improve the look/user experience too.

 

In case it helps, I do have a FREE SEO course you can get started with.

Please note that I do not create nor design websites.  I also don't offer SEO services (but in the past I've coached many bloggers on SEO and blogging).

I have a flooring/painting website and get over 600,000 pageviews a month.  I may even reach 700,000 this month.

Apr 28, 2020 11:02 AM
Rainer
267,716
Caroline Gerardo
Pinnacle Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Buying a new one isn't going to bump you up. Add original content, link to credible sites, built it up

 

Apr 28, 2020 10:50 AM
Rainer
69,150
Kenneth J. Jones, Broker of Record
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc., REALTORS® - Red Bank, NJ
Serving Central New Jersey Since 1978

Michael Dronge I would NEVER pay for someone else's website.

I build all of my own websites. And, I'd be happy to show you how to build your own and I WON'T CHARGE YOU A PENNY.

Interested? Contact me privately.

Apr 28, 2020 10:34 AM
Rainmaker
992,363
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'd listen to Tammy Emineth and Debbie Gartner gave you great food for thought with opportunity on the side.

Apr 28, 2020 07:55 PM
Rainmaker
1,728,122
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

If I were to do it all over again (I'm a retired broker/owner) I wouldn't bother. In my semi retirement I started a company called Ward County Notary Service and I took a free Google Business site. It's brought me more business then any of the thousands of dollars I've spent on big name Real Estate sites.

Apr 28, 2020 06:58 PM
Rainmaker
123,169
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

The only way you could buy a website with good rankings already, is if you buy an established RE website for your area. One that has already been SEOd properly.

If you are starting from scratch, you are better off doing it with your existing domain name. You could use another host, IDX service and website technology.

Examples:
Real Geeks
IDX Broker (needs a platform)
Real Estate Webmasters

Apr 28, 2020 12:55 PM
Rainmaker
466,763
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

I like Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 response about the unique selling proposition. I know it works, no matter what the web-site is. If you are thinking about the customer experience, I think Chime, Real Geeks, Real Estate Webmasters, will probably provide satisfactory results. Maybe there are a lot of others, too. I checked the Product reviews here recently and found some interesting thoughts.

Apr 28, 2020 08:35 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I wouldn't get a new website - I'd tweak my SEO if I were you, Michael. 

Apr 28, 2020 03:36 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debbie Gartner has a better solution for yo

Apr 28, 2020 02:36 PM
Rainmaker
811,780
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There comes that point when the website designed in 1985 needs to go.

However, I suggest the real investment comes in understanding the purpose of the website (lead/list building, home search, information distribution, social validation, professional validation, promote your USP).

Having a clear vision of the solutions you offer that make the world a better place makes the websites bell and whistles less important and a templates site more than sufficient such as one from iHouse.

For example, one could get a LOT of mileage promoting the agent uses 217 nM UV light to sanitize home before entering, during visit and upon exit. This kill viruses, mold, odors and keeps humans safe. (The 235 nM UV, common for sterilizing today,  is  incompatible with a happy life.)

This Unique Selling Position gives you something to run with that offer a solution clearly different than Free Market Reports and Free CMA. You still do that but that is not the projected message.

Whether it's 217 nm, Cis Score, Walkhome or citizen empowerment, get a horse you can ride then SEO becomes a much easier game.

Who would I go with?  Hubspot. No, they don't have a sophisticated real estate agent website...that is my point. IT IS NOT THE WEBSITE!

But HS and SF and SGR have technologies that will prove INDISPENSABLE to the professional with a couple of hundred good past clients and AA and AAA leads.

You are right in understanding if you are to play the SEO game, there are too many gatekeepers seperating the citizen from the business onwer. Every year 10,000 more gatekeepers come on board. SEO game is a good choice if one has more time than money, however, the SEO Pros have access to tools we don't have and data we can not access.

Best of success.

 

 

Apr 28, 2020 12:45 PM
Rainmaker
706,841
Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

 Do you want a new web site or just some one to improve your SEO.  What is your overall goal?  lead generation or ease of user interface, or something else? 

Apr 28, 2020 10:23 AM
Rainmaker
1,989,912
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Beef up and weed, water, feed the one you have. Add video, longer blogs, optimize the images, make it more robust and build out what you have. SEO is a home made organic approach that takes time but reaps benefits from the seeds you sow Michael Dronge !

Apr 28, 2020 12:57 PM
Rainmaker
5,774,749
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Upgrade you own website.

Apr 28, 2020 10:54 AM
Ambassador
617,064
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Sierra or Wordpress seem to be some of the best right now. Make sure your listings show as content and currently, IDX Broker doesn't. REW is very expensive. Real Geeks is okay but I don't love their service right now. Feel free to give us a call and we can help decipher a bunch of this stuff and help with SEO. 425-443-8372 

Apr 29, 2020 06:57 AM
Rainmaker
4,319,085
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sometimes it does have something to do with the web site, but you do have to add content to get SEO.  Add pages for neighborhoods, city, and add pages for buyers and sellers advice.

Apr 29, 2020 05:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Mike Dronge
Mike Dronge - Realtor - Hollywood, CA
Mike Dronge is a Top Producing Realtor in LA.

I need a fast loading website that can be easily crawled by Google spider bots. Content I can provide. Right now my website slick and clean but it is slow and Google can only crawl 3 pages. 

Apr 28, 2020 11:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,296,762
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Hire someone to improve your SEO, learn how to do it yourself.

Apr 29, 2020 09:16 AM
Rainmaker
2,870,089
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I no longer make recommendations on this platform. I wish you all the best! 

Apr 29, 2020 08:42 AM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

You're kind of asking 2 different things - do you want to buy a website, or do you want to buy optimization?  A Website is nothing more than a canvas.  Optimization is the art.  

I don't like pre-optimized site because you're typically getting the same thing everyone else that pays for that platform is getting.  If you pay for custom optimization (quality work) you're going to pay a fortune.

 

The best way is also time consuming (which is why so many people fail) - create custom, optimized content, for a decent looking website.  Any wordpress or similar site skeleton will work just fine.  Building out the content, linking it together, etc, is the true art.  Or you can just pay a boatload of money to someone else to do it : )

Apr 29, 2020 11:48 AM