In Real Estate SEO, you might not be all that concerned with Internet Marketing preferring the face to face contact with your clients and the more traditional method of selling, but to stay one step ahead of your competitors, promotion of your website is vital. Learning general search engine optimization means that it will be your website that appears on the first page of Google and the other search engines and that’s important because people need to find you.
Of course SEO doesn’t provide a magic wand and make your whole business a winner instantly; it just means that more people will be able to find you and your company but those are customers who are looking to buy or to sell in your area. Real Estate SEO simply means that you will get an influx of potential customers who are trying to find someone in your line of business. Good SEO provides targeted customers but doesn’t convert those sales, and this is down to the professional feel of the website and the professional response from you or your colleagues.
Keeping a customer on the website for longer is important. You don’t want them to flick through and be on and off the site in a minute. Make your website newsy. Fill it with well-thought out and well-prepared articles that are relative to a customer’s needs. They are there after all because they are interested in searching for properties or wanting to take advice about how to proceed. The website is where you educate and motivate your customers’, and this is where the first stage of your sales approach begins. SEO has merely become the road sign that has taken them to your site; the rest is now up to you.
It’s so important that your website is user friendly. Make it e
asy for your customer to find the information that they need. Make your contact details be easily accessible too. The moment they contact you, you have a lead, in fact you have a hot lead. The client wants you to contact them because they need your help and all that you need to do is respond and hopefully, do the business and eventually close the sale.
Much of the real estate business is now done online. Of course, face to face contact is all-important but sometimes, that can be a long way down the list. If you are good at IT or know someone who is, make sure that your website is easy to navigate. Add virtual tours, provide information about mortgages, local schools, shops, bus routes etc, in fact anything that will add local flavor to potential buyers. You can add the history of your Real Estate business and you can add photos of your employees and yourself so that you provide a persona for each person- the friends in Real Estate that they can reach out to.
Many of your customers might not live in the area so it’s important that they find your website and view the property listings that you have available. By having local information listed as well, they can get a feel for the area just by browsing through your site. That will save them time and money.
Whilst this all makes perfect sense, in the real world, SEO is time consuming and if you are not an expert, it’s going to take a lot longer to get good rankings. Taking time to learn SEO and to understand the basic principles will stand you in good stead, the techniques can change from day to day but once you understand those principles then you can react to those changes intuitively. You could sign up for a course and learn whilst you bring in the revenue from your increased sales.
Don’t have time? Then it really is worth employing someone who can take a look at your website and who can ascertain what you need so that you can improve your search engine positioning.
Your website is an extension of you. It says a lot about your professionalism, your abilities and your service. It won’t say a great deal to a potential new client if they cannot even find your website. SEO for Real Estate works and it works well.