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Free SEO Through Google Local Business Pages

Hopkinton MA RealtorsWhether or not to write this article kind of had me torn. On the one hand I have always been willing to share my SEO knowledge to those at Active Rain and other social media sites that subscribe to me and I have become friends with.

In fact there are quite a few that call or email me when they have a question about search engine optimization (SEO).

Paying it forward has always been something I have done. Why is this so different? That is easy.

By following this article I am going to be giving other local Realtors the ability to compete with me on a local level through Google local business search.

While local search is a very small part of Internet optimization it is an extremely important piece of it.

Doing well in the local search means much more than just having a listing in Google Maps.

Local search is a competitive and increasingly critical space of the web that local businesses need to take seriously.

Those that have mastered the art of having a well indexed website, combined with an exceptionally written Real Estate blog can increase their business substantially, especially when combined with a coordinated social media effort.

People today spend hours in front of a computer. When a consumer wants to find a company or person to work with now more than ever they use the Internet as a tool. The days of grabbing the phone book often times have been replaced by our ability to type on a keyboard.

This could quite possibly be the best piece of FREE advice you read this week. This will work for anyone that has a business and wants to get noticed! So whether you are a mortgage broker, attorney, home inspector, home stager, or anything else for that matter listen up!!

In the screen shot above you will notice that I punched in Hopkinton MA Realtors. So whenever a consumer is looking to work with a local Realtor in my town guess who is in the #1 position! This did not cost me a dime and I am going to show you how you to can be in the Google list of the top seven results.

The 1st thing you are going to need to do if you have not already is claim your business in Google or if they don't have your company in their results to create your business.

For those that don't know how to do this here is a complete explanation: Claiming your listing at the local business center.

Once you have claimed your business you will need to go in and edit your listing. This is where you will need to make your profile stand out to the search engines. Above all else you will want to be as detailed as possible.

  • You will want to write a description about yourself or your company using the keywords you want to rank for.
  • Make sure you fill in all the contact information such as address, email and phone numbers.
  • Filling in all the categories are important....for example if you are a Realtor; Real Estate, Realtor, and Realty are good categories.
  • Add appropriate pictures of yourself/company
  • Add a video if you have one
  • Have others review your services: In other words a testimonial about you.

In fact if you know me and would like to write a recommendation for my profile that would be fantastic!

Below you are going to see a video from Web Pro News. I would highly encourage you to listen to it as you will pick up a few other advanced tips that will help your business rank locally in the Google map.

Remember this works for any kind of business not just Real Estate! So get going and get yourself some FREE exposure.

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About the Author: The above Real Estate information on free SEO through Goggle local business pages was provided by BillRE/MAX Executive Realty Metrowest Massachusetts Gassett, a Nationally recognized leader in his field. Bill can be reached via email at billgassett@remaxexec.com or by phone at 508-435-5356.

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Comment balloon 181 commentsBill Gassett • December 14 2009 07:11AM

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Bill,

 Great Post!  Thank you for sharing this valuable information

Posted by Paul Guenther, Empire West Title- Chandler, AZ (Empire West Title Agency) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Bill, I promise to not tell any other broker in your area your secrets. I actually had a competitor ask me how I got so many comments on my blog and I had a weak moment about telling him, why, really or just deeking him. I told him the truth, and he never bothered to do it himself. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 9 years ago

Paul - You are welcome. There is nothing better than using a free tool to get your business additional exposure online. Good luck with it!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - Thanks for the information. The video was very informative, and I plan to take a look at my local page right now. 

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

Phil those that are smart enough will eventually figure it out anyway. The amazing thing is there will be a lot of people that read this and think it is great but then never do anything about it.

Larry - You are quite welcome.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - thanks for sharing!  Very helpful info, I'm going to make it a point to utilize this new knowledge!

-Karin :)

Posted by KARIN SMITH, BROKER/REALTOR (SMITH REALTY GROUP) over 9 years ago

Thx for posting this, Bill.  I have been playing around with this and your post gave me a few tips I hadn't considered!  Happy holidays to you and yours!

Posted by Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging (Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. Most people will not follow through with content rich and lead capture.

Bonner

Posted by Bonner Thomason, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Karen, Karin & Bonner - I hope you guys take advantage of the Google local business pages...afterall it is FREE!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill, I was just talking to Donna Bigda last week and your name came up as being one of the true greats here in the Rain. Your knowledge and willingness to share are a huge gift to us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and may you have a very prosperous 2010!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

Thanks Sharon I really appreciate that! I hope you have a great holiday as well.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill--I figured this out myself about a year ago when I switched companies. It works amazingly well to get your name and association to your company out. (I had developed quite a following with my other broker but didnt' have as much SEO when I switched to RE/MAX. This fixed the situation very quickly!) Nice of you to share....You are so good when it comes to things like that!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

Teri - It is no surprise to me that you were on top of this from the start. I have had my page up and running for quite sometime as well.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Great stuff, Bill. Everyone should take advatnage of this free tool to help grow their business.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

I think I'll work on this right now.  I'm on floor duty and it's not busy = free time.

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jeff! I know you enjoy SEO and this is an easy one:)

David - Good idea...no time like the present especially when you are not busy!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill.  Funny. 

A friend had me set up my business listing last night.  WOW.

Great tip and thanks for sharing,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

garaughty, blog design, graphics, marketing, wordpress

 Have I told you lately how much I love what you contribute to this group? ;-)

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 9 years ago

Bill:

Just seeing this blog made me subscribe to you. This is a wealth of great information. 

I can't believe you're willing to share it, but I appreciate it. This dude rocks! =)

(I've already maxed my points today, but I just HAD to thank you!)

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill...I sure those in your area will not get ahead from what you are showing them here...if that's the case the top trainers would not be in business.. People Hear you, they just do not implement what they need to do, a few might, but not many if any.

Great Post, I've been on Google Maps for sometime too. Putting your phone number in your description is important, even here.

Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas from Fred Carver

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing!  I hope all the good you paid forward comes back to you triple.

Posted by Jill Schmidt over 9 years ago

Bill - I have been using this google goodie for a few years now and it's awesome.. I saw this on Web Pro New as well.. Great stuff....thanks for sharing with the rest of us and have a great holiday.

Bob says Hi

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill, I have tried to do this a few times & it hasn't seemed to work. I went through a different set of instructions, though so maybe I wasn't doing it right. Thank you!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 9 years ago

Thanks for reminding me.  I had set up a map profile a few months ago but I don't think I have it optimized well.  Going to have to rethink some things and try to improve the ranking.  Two other agents in my office also have themselves associated with the address and one of them comes up instead of me with the map in most of the searches I've tried.

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Great tip - Thanks for sharing. Any help these days is appreciated.

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES over 9 years ago

I've added my business through the business listing center some time back, but did not get the results you have noted.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 9 years ago

DANG - now everyone knows!!! :-P I have to check mine - I remember doing this but it was so long ago I better make sure it is correct!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 9 years ago

Bill - Who could possibly compete with you? I think they just try to keep up! Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Have a great day.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill,  You're a very stand-up guy and always sharing.  I doubt many will bother to impliment your terrific advice so maybe your local competition won't bother.  Hope your Holiday Season is the best ever !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 9 years ago

Tim - I have had a similar issue. It seems that other agents in my company have somehow been able to go in and modify my listing. Right now n=my correct phone number is not showing up. It is a real pain in the neck. The agent who I know made the change in the past now claims she is not changing it so I am not sure how to fix it.

Glad I could help everyone else who has commented:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - Your knowledge and generosity is greatly appreciated. I'm off to get this implemented. Thank you

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Bill, as usual you have a hit! My ad should appear in a day. Thanks!

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill ~ Thanks for sharing. Recently I used Google local business, I need to update the description and play a bit more with it.

Posted by Haris Dedic, Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore (RE/MAX Villager 847-878-2588) over 9 years ago

Bill- THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!!!! I very much appreciate it! I am off now to try and figure it all out. You are always so helpful. Thanks again.

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Wow Bill!  Thank you so much for this.  I just added myself.

Posted by Erin Golding (Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty Hopkinton, MA) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill,

Thanks for this - great post!

 

 

Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) over 9 years ago

Judy - The thing that is funny about your comment is the fact that there are agents in my area that are claiming with their clients that they are social media marketing experts. Apparently all you need to have is a twitter and facebook account and you can be an expert. These same people do very little Real Estate business!!

Erin if you follow my advice you should be on the top on the list for Bellingham.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill you are always so generous with your knowledge and it is appreciated.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing this great info, I'm setting it up as soon as i finish this blog. Your posts are always great...but this one is REALLY great!!!

Posted by Lisa VonBargen, Estes Park Real Estate Photographer (Photography7522) over 9 years ago

I use the local businesses on Google whenever I am searching for anything else in my city, why shouldn't I be a part of it?  Such a 'duh!' thing that I never even considered.  Thank you!

Posted by Shana Haugen (Century 21 - Gold Key ) over 9 years ago

It turns out I had done this a long time ago, but I hadn't set it all up.  Now I just need to get my ranking up to the first page atleast.  I'm one off from where I need to be. Great post.

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill, As always a great post.  I had a conversation about Local Search with someone just the other day.  I think I might just send them your post.

 

 

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) over 9 years ago

Thank you very mich for sharing your secrets. I'm going to try to do this right now!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 9 years ago

Now Bookmarked, thanks for paying it forward !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 9 years ago

I added my business a while back and was on the map listing for about two weeks.  Now it is taken by the large firms.  There is not one individual on the list.  I may change keywords and see what happens.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 9 years ago

Great post!  I definitely have been taking advantage of that.  It's great to see your business come up on google maps when your keyword is searched.  Awesome!

Thanks for the post!

Posted by Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale (McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560) over 9 years ago

Thank you for sharing this with us. I also have a hard time paying it forward even though it is the right thing to do.

Posted by James Lyon (Vista Pacific Realty) over 9 years ago

I think this is a nice tip BUT, I think it's important to note that the free stuff may not get you to the top of the search lists, especially in competitive markets....

Posted by Dean Carver (United Brokers Group/Carver Home Team) over 9 years ago

Thanks Bill, that is extremely generous of you and I have bookmarked for further reading. 

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 9 years ago

Yep, I set this up as soon as I got the email from Google; great stuff.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 9 years ago

Bill, fantastic stuff here.  Thanks for sharing.  This is the part of ActiveRain that sets us apart from other social media.  I don't think I have met anyone here that is not willing to share the wealth of knowledge to help others do well in their business.  We have a very unique group of over 160K people here, which makes for a great learning experience each and every day.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 9 years ago

Thanks!

 

-Rob

Posted by Foreclosure Grove (Foreclosure Grove) over 9 years ago

bill thanks! im not in y our area so im not your competition but thanks for giving me an edge up on mine!

Posted by Dee Neal, Atlanta Area Real Estate (Palmer House Properties) over 9 years ago

Great Post Bill.

It works real well and the price is right! I have been sharing this information with my clients that own their own business for awhile now and they appreciate that extra added service it provides.

Posted by Jeff Drew, Massachusetts Mortgage Professional (Star Mortgage 691 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02375) over 9 years ago

Well Bill, I guess this is one of those times when I use that phrase that I otherwise avoid like the plague....Thanks for sharing.;-)

 

Denise

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 9 years ago

Wow thanks for the great information!  I am currently in the process of raising my google rank.  I WILL apply your tips!

Posted by Jeff D. Clark, Your Eastern Oregon Real Estate Specialist (Blue Summit Realty Group) over 9 years ago

You're the best, Bill!  Thanks for generously sharing this with everyone.  It's like an unexpected Christmas gift (or holiday gift, depending...) Have a great week!

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 9 years ago

Great info....If I ever move back to the area I know who to call.  I used to reside in Thompson, CT.  The in-laws are in Franklin and the Cape...  Being a lender, this is great information as there are quite a few of us out there.

Posted by Michael Werbick over 9 years ago

Great information here Bill... I have bookmarked this to come back and read again so I can better understand and make changes.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Nice post - I'm glad you made it available for re-blog...because this is a great topic that should be shared and now I don't have to write it!

Merry Christmas,

John

Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Sonia - The fact that it is free has nothing to do whether or not you will get to the top of the list. This is free for everyone. You will get to the top if you optimize well and that is the point of this article:)

Michael - Look me up if you ever come back or a family member of friend needs help. We have an office in Franklin MA:)

Thanks again everyone for your comments and I am glad to help you all improve your SEO results.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks, Bill!  My husband asked me last week what it would take for me to show up on Google Maps.  I just assumed I couldn't be listed as an individual agent.  Thanks to your blog that I just happenned to stumble on today, I found out different.  My Google Maps listing is now up!

I've also subscribed to your blog.

Posted by Sally Lawrence, Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR® (Advantage Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bill - Lots of great ideas in here.  I am sure they will come in useful for me, and don't worry, I'm not going to compete for business in your area.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Awesome Post! Great information, and thank you for paying it forward. You will be blessed by doing this type of thing.

Posted by Jim Sparkman (The Sparkman Team at Coldwell Banker Mtn West Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bill, Have you ran into the problem yet of several agents  using the same firm and google puling from each. For example if you google Biltmore Park it has my info but uses the company's website address. 

Posted by Jeff Link, "Your Asheville Real Estate Link" over 9 years ago

Jeff - Yes I have. It is such a pain in the @#$! There are a couple of agents in my office that have used something similar to my title and because of this their information shows up on my listing. As a matter of fact this agents cell # comes up instead of mine.

 

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Thanks for the info.  I just signed up but am not sure how to edit my profile and add the terms like REALTOR, Real Estate, etc.  I had to choose Real Estate Agency.  

Google is not extremely user friendly in my opinion.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 9 years ago

This is truly a great help to the majority reading this, and you sir are a gentleman and a scholar for passing it along !!

... but you know I think that of you anyway !!!

Cheers again my man - you da bomb !!!!

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Thank you!  I went through the steps, so I hope it helps.  I appreciate your sharing this tip.

Posted by Dianne Bartlett (Brightside Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bill... that is such a great tip.  Thanks for sharing!  I do a lot of google maps searching on Google Maps on my Blackberry.  It is much easier to find business contact info when searching on my phone.  This will come into great use. Thanks again!

Posted by Will Goodson (Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty) over 9 years ago


Sybil ~ When you are in your page under categories where you already added Real Estate agency Google allows you to add 4 more categories. There should be a drop down box that appears. You just want to add those keywords:)

Will ~ You have given the perfect example of why getting into the top 7 results of the Google map is becoming more important by the day!

Sheldon & Diane - Good luck with ypur Google business listings:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the help Bill.  I think some aspects of Google probably assume a certain amount of technical savvy exists.  

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 9 years ago

Unbelievable, I claimed my business over a year ago.  I guess I never really understood how it all worked.  I wondered why I never came up on the map, but I did not investigate it.  After reading your post and watching both videos I logged in the local business center.  I reviewed my profile and added a couple of keywords and re-verified using their phone call system.  Then searched again for edisto beach realtor, POW, I was 6th, in less than 10 minutes.  Thanks.

Posted by Chris Walters (Edisto Realty Edisto Beach,SC DiscoverEdisto.com) over 9 years ago

Chris - That is awesome! Glad it worked for you and you did not even have to wait a day. There is a good success story blog post for you to write:)

Sybil - You are welcome. Hopefully you got it right now:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - Thanks for sharing this.  I am pretty familiar with SEO, but some of the local Google results have had me puzzled.  I'll watch the video!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bill,

I talked to my secretary about this and she said she signed me up two weeks ago. thanks for making me aware of this.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 9 years ago

Bill:

I been using it for a long time.

Yahoo has a paid local and Bing also has it now.

Richard

Posted by Richard Stabile, Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

What could I expect from you otherwise? Thanks for sharing your knowledge so freely. It will only come back to you. I absolutely believe that.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill!

Found your post this morning, by this afternoon I have two confirmed addresses on Google maps!! I have been trying to figure out how to do that for some time now, I thought I had already done it and couldn't figure out why I wasn't showing up!

..again and again I learn something from you!

Thanks so much for being so generous!

Lesley

Posted by Lesley Burton-Dallas, Environmental Consultant (Turtle Clan Global) over 9 years ago

thank you for your generosity.  I will put it to good use.... and know that under the auspices of "what goes around, comes around"  something great is coming to you!

Posted by An Marshall, Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant (Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine) over 9 years ago

This is going on the to do list. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 9 years ago

Bill...

I should have known that once winter sets in on you we'd hear more from you. I haven't decided whether that's a good thing or bad thing :)

Wait...

Okay. So it's a good thing. I'm pretty sure you owe me a tutorial. I promise not to toss it in the pool :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Well the cat is out of the bag. I've been using google maps for quite a while now. What a great tool. Do you know some of the position checker tools even register a "maps" listing as an organic. That should tell everyone how important it is. Any time you are at he top of the page or "above the fold" you are doing very well. With maps it's easy. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jeff Colby, President/CEO (OmniQuest Media Labs - Obeo Distributor) over 9 years ago

Lesley that is awesome! There are already a few folks that have fixed their Google local business pages and are now showing up in the top 7.

TLW - LOL You are right on the money about that. Now that things are a little slower I can do some blogging:) I still wish I had a pool and it was 85 degrees out though.

Jeff - I have been meaning to write this post for a while. Getting on Google maps is an absolute no brainer!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

thanks for sharing -- I also found a tool called smartguy.com that helps you get listed in a directory and then on the first page of google too

Posted by Scott Hoen, VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607 (TitleCapture.com) over 9 years ago

Thanks Bill, I wonder how you managed to get to be at the top?

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company) over 9 years ago

There you go again, Bill, sharing.  You've always been so gracious with sharing useful SEO tips. I'm forever appreciative.

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 9 years ago

Bill thank you for sharing this. I have not done this yet so I need to follow your link and check it out.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 9 years ago

That was fantastic! I followed all the recommendations--it was pretty easy, but I loved that they called my phone instantly with the number - very cool.  Thanks for a great post!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - I am GUILTY of sending you an email to ask you a question!  Your sharing on SEO tips is the best, thank you again!  Glad to see you are doing so well, as always!

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Bill I believe it was Jane Coffrey who first wrote about this. However I am going to watch this video and hopefully pick up some tips to enhance and strengthen my Web presence. Thank you very much for sharing Bill. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Bill, You are a GOOD man!  I just went out and did this and it worked great.  I really appreciate that you struggled with sharing it.  I am really hoping the pay if forward, good karma gods will visit you for this one!  All the best, Mcihelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

How many people actually click on business listings do you think? Or do people just look at them as "sponsored' links, and move down to the organic search results instead?

Posted by Jennifer Kirby, The Luxury Agent (Kirby Fine Homes) over 9 years ago

Wendy -  that is never a problem as I am glad to help you out! In fact I am going to email you with a tip that is going to be huge for you!

Michelle - Good to know:) I am sure you will get a few hits from being on the Google map.

Jennifer - People do click on the google map results. There is actually an analitics button attached to your account that you can use to track how people find you. The other thing you need to remember is that when a consumer does a search and the Google 7 map is displayed there are a lot of organic results that get knocked off the page.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill, Thanks for putting the information out there. 95% of your market will procratinate on this, so you probably won't see any crazy negative effects on your own listing. I thnk I have done this, but...ahh...not with a video! I will have to go check my work! Again, thanks for posting!

Posted by Jane Cross (Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs) over 9 years ago

Thanks alot for sharing the info Bill, just registered for this on GOOGLE. Very cool....

Posted by Ken Schmidt, West USA Realty, Phoenix over 9 years ago

You are just so smart.  I think I will have to double check if I have done this before

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

Great idea.  In Atlanta, I have loads of agents already there ahead of me.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) over 9 years ago

Very cool post!  I'm wondering why the search term : 'location realtor' shows up but 'location real estate' does not.  Additionally local searches aren't good for web development/SEO companies as google has disallowed a lot of the search terms for the local search.  It will be interesting to see how this pans out in the future and what companies can do to get a leading edge in local SEO.  

Posted by Briddick over 9 years ago

Bill, I am late to the post but SO glad I didn't miss it!  Your business name comes up quite often in my Google Alerts, even if I've only made a comment on your blog....I'll have to go and study this information, there are some things that I haven't done.  I appreciate the information and thank you!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 9 years ago

Briddick - I believe the reason why you will see the Google 7 for the term "location Realtor and not "location Real Estate" is because Google interprets the Realtor request as a search for a business. The word Real Estate is more likely associated for just property.

Jim & Carole - Always glad to help out my buds. Good luck with your Google map!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - I did this a few weeks ago, but don't rank high at all.  I'll have to take another look at my listing.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Thanks for a great post.  Here's to the hope that you truly do get by giving.

Posted by Ron Brown NMLS #270845 (NMLS ID: 40831) over 9 years ago

Bill, once again I am thankful for your willingness to share these gems with the rest of us. I will most definitely get right on this suggestion.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

Bill, I read this soon after you posted it but didn't have time to comment. I learned about this last year and did it right away but after checking it again I saw that I did not fill out my profile as well as I should have so thanks for yet another tip. I will call you tomorrow. Thanks!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 9 years ago

Bill - LOL I too knew about it but haven't written about it :) We have gotten a few calls because of this too. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bill..this may be a dumb question...but, can individual agents use this page or is it for agencies only.??

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 9 years ago

Just wanted to add too that you can add a couple of listings i.e. you do real estate and property management you can have separate listings. It works awesome. And if you are not showing up on the first seven look at your keywords and it looks like - at least here that your location dictates a bit what position you come up in at. Sorry Bill don't mean to take over here - LOL. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bill - As usual, you ROCK when it comes to sharing all that you know about getting the best SEO possible.  Thanks so much for paying it forward! :)

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) over 9 years ago

Bill...agree with everyone else...thanks for sharing this!

We just moved our office, and I use to be on the top 7 on the list, but not anymore. I'm going to tweek my listing in the morning at the office as I'm going to change my phone. I primarly use my cell phone rather than the office phone, but now that I have a direct dial extension, maybe that will give me more location credit and get me back on the short list!

Thanks again!

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) over 9 years ago

Bill...agree with everyone else...thanks for sharing this!

We just moved our office, and I use to be on the top 7 on the list, but not anymore. I'm going to tweek my listing in the morning at the office as I'm going to change my phone. I primarly use my cell phone rather than the office phone, but now that I have a direct dial extension, maybe that will give me more location credit and get me back on the short list!

Thanks again!

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) over 9 years ago

Bill -- you are # 1.. both in your profession and your willingness to share your knowledge with others.  I stumbled upon this a few months ago.. and I got similar results, but didn't really understand the significance of what I had accomplished.  I think I need to work some more on my profile... Thanks for sharing this valuable information with the AR family.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Another great suggestion Bill!  I've had my name on the business directory for quite awhile and it's definitely a good thing. Kudos to you for sharing the info!

Posted by Amy Jones Group, 4 Time BEST OF OUR VALLEY Winner (South East Valley - www.AmyJonesGroup.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill!  I come and go on the list--but, it's wise to update and Ive got to get that video thing going better this year.  It's served me well, what little I did with it this year so, it's full speed ahead in 2010!

Debe In CharlotteMerry Christmas

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Great info Bill. I'm studying my butt off and trying to get my head around SEO. I appreciate the knowlegde you've passed down here.

 

P.S.  I updated that surprised kitten video so can see it. Take care.

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I did this several months back, need to update with some more info. Thanks for the extra tips! I will give you a recommendation on yours tommorrow, hope it helps you out.

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 9 years ago

Read it, appreciated it, went in and tweaked it a little, and see plenty of room for improvement.

Thanks, Bill, you rock!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill -- I implemented this before after learning about it on AR -- I'm thinking it was you that clued me in, but I can't remember, it's been a while.  Thanks for the reminder, I just googled myself and my company (which is me) is out there!  Very cool.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Very valuable info. In addition to posting your own photos in your profile Google pulls images from Panaramio that are geo-tagged near that location. I would urge you to talk pictures of your location, geotag them with the GPS coordinates of you location, and upload them to Panoramio to try and control some of what comes up.

Posted by Christopher Johnston (The Johnston Team) over 9 years ago

Bill,

As always, you provide us with important  informatino to help us with our SEO, and I really appreciate it.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - your ability to navigate Google Search, Maps etc. is impressive!  I spend an enormous amount of time doing SEO for our website and find the task to be incredibly challenging, even for the savviest of developers.  One technique I would recommend for those looking to generate traffic is to spend more time focusing on the Facebook stream.  The news feed is a low investment, high return way to engage with YOUR NETWORK to generate buzz, clicks, leads and eventually commissions.  High quality features and content that link back to your site are an easy way to start making progress on improving the black box that is Google's "page rank" algorithm.  For those of you interested in the news feed, feel free to give some of your feedback on this survey for some ideas I have been generating.  Either way, good luck!

http://www.stik.com/streamsurvey.html

JJG

Posted by Jay Gierak (Stik.com) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Google has so many different tools for real estate and mortgage pros that it isn't funny. This one ranks high up there and has to be explored carefully. Thanx.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 9 years ago

Bill - This is great information.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) over 9 years ago

Bill, Thank you for such valuable information. I bookmarked this post so I can refer back to it when I work on my google maps profile tomorrow.

 

Posted by Vanna Siackhasone, Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663 (Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663) over 9 years ago

Sweet!  I will get my wife on this first thing today!  Thanks for the great post, Bill!!

Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bill I thought I had my 2010 plans set and here you come with a valuable addition - thank yoo

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 9 years ago

Thank you for deciding it's safe to share, Bill!  Going to try right now!

Sue

Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) over 9 years ago

Sherry - I would really appreciate you writing a recommendation on my profile. That would be terrific!

Chris - Thanks for the tips about Panoramio.

Jay Gierak - While I agree with you completely about developing relationships through your Facebook business page I do not see how that has anything to do with your websites page rank. The links within Facebook are all "no follow" so it is doubtful you are doing anything to increase PR.

Everyone else I hope you are able to get your Google map listing up and running in the 1st 7 results!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

We started using local business a while ago and it still gets us business today.  The size of the maps is what gets me, you take up so much space front row and center that it is a great tool.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bill,

 

I  never would have stumbled across this information without this post. I don't have time now, but I have bookmarked it and will follow your advice. Thanks!

 

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Bill I added mine a long time ago. It is messed up, my website, another agents photo and even another agents phone number.

I'll call you later, my assistants husband works at Google in Ann ARbor and even came in Friday to help me fix it but it is still not showing up. He said the other agent has to change theirs as mine looks ok but it is not showing up. We even set up new categories on mine.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Bill,

Thank you so much for this advice! I will be working on this today.

Posted by Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly! (Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com) over 9 years ago

Bill awesome post.  I just registerd my business yesterday but did not even think of putting key words in my descriptions (should have known better too).  Thanks for sharing this critical information, now I just need to go make a good video.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing this!  I needed it!

kp

Posted by Karen Pannell, Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond (Real Living / Home Realty) over 9 years ago

Great post, I have already started on this but for some reason I just cant get mine to the top.  Ill keep trying!

Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) over 9 years ago

wow,, now this is some good stuff and something I am going to do today ... thank you for sharing

Posted by Gene perez (Greater Mortgage Solutions & Valley Hills Realty ) over 9 years ago

Thank you Bill for getting this out to us today!  I'm on it!

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Bill, Thanks for the info. and for sharing.

I've just posted. I'm interested to see how well this works.

Posted by Gary over 9 years ago

Bill, Thanks for sharing the information, this is why ActiveRain is such a great place. The info and great ideas that are shared, now it is up to us to use it. I also recently set up a google local business page, still working on it.

Posted by Eva Aliaga, Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton IdealFloridaLiving.com) over 9 years ago

I actually just set one up last nighr, great to see some validation for my efforts

Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Wow Bill, thank you so much for sharing this information with those of us on AR. It is "FREE" stuff like this that I love to do to get ahead of my competition. Thank you again.

Posted by Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com (Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.) over 9 years ago

Missy I have had the same issue and it is very frustrating. I have been able to change mine to reflect the correct information up until most recently. For some reason another agents cell phone is in my listing and I have not been able to fix it. I think I need to have this agent do it on her end.

Thanks every one for all your comments. Good luck creating your listing for the Google map.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill Gassett~ I've said it before and I'll say it again YOU ARE MY GURU!!!  Every time that song plays on my BB I know I'm in for another fabulous tip from you!  Thank you fro all you do and for your support - you have no idea how important that is to me.  Congrats on another well deserved feature post!

Got swamped here over the past couple weeks but do want to pick up on our discussions!  Thanks again Bill and YOU ROCK my friend!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 9 years ago

I ran across this awhile back and filled it in.  Being new to social media I'm not ranking as well as you.  I have patience!

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill, Do you have a fix for the problem. I don't care about the mixed up phone. It is the website that gets to me. Oh and all the leads that go to some other site. 

Posted by Jeff Link, "Your Asheville Real Estate Link" over 9 years ago

Thanks Pam! Good luck setting up your site I hope you make it onto the Google 7 map:)

Linda if you do what I said you should be able to hit the 1st page.

Jeff I will shoot you an email.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for your in-depth insights on how to leverage Google Business pages, Bill. I promise not to move to Hopkinton and compete against you!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

Thanks Bill,

Recently we had a teckie telling us about this very thing. I'm forwarding this to my partner, the computer guy and reblogging.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 9 years ago

Hey Bill,

Thanks for being so generous! I have bookmarked this post for future reference.

Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com) over 9 years ago

Gassett - Holy macrole, my man... some pretty kick a** info here.  Seems to me this piece of advice is crucial for any business out there.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 9 years ago

Terry, Tony & Jason - You guys are all more than welcome! Best of luck setting up you listing on the Google map!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill

Thanks for the great info; I have some more great ideas that I can use now after reading this.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Thanks Bill, the tables are now turned. My site is back on my own profile.

Posted by Jeff Link, "Your Asheville Real Estate Link" over 9 years ago

Bill funny you should write an article about this... I just did this 2 weeks ago and I noticed Im right up there with your for the search term Massachusetts Short Sales.... Awesome... Thank you as usual.

Posted by Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers (EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales) over 9 years ago

Tom & Jeff you are both welcome. Jeff I am glad I was able to help you figure it out:)

Kevin - No problem my friend. It is good to be able to give a referall up to the Merrimac Valley and know it will be handled well.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

This is an interesting and informative blog post.

Thanks for sharing...

Posted by Owner Financed Homes over 9 years ago

Bill,

This all sounds great but you are a Broker. How do you list correctly as an agent? Do I just use my name? When I read Missy's comment up there it made me concerned about doing anything that might screw things up!

Posted by Kathy Sperl-Bell, RE/MAX Realty Group Lewes, Delaware over 9 years ago

Bill ,

As always you pay it forward and this is another example of that.

 

 

 

 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 9 years ago

Homework, thanks Bill I love it. I saved this so I can give the attention it deserves

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 9 years ago

Gerry - You are quite welcome. Good luck with your Google business listing.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Hey Bill,

Great information!... Thank you and to all who shared!

We Love Paying Referral Fees!... Please keep Pinehurst, NC in mind anytime you encounter someone considering a second home or retiring to the mild climate of a resort environment that is 2-hours away from the ocean and 3-hours to the mountains.

Best wishes,

Wayne and Lynda | PinehurstHomeTeam.com

Posted by Wayne and Lynda Gomillion (Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC) over 9 years ago

Hey Bill, Thanks for the great information.

Posted by Rick Hendershot (BlogEasy for Real Estate Agents) over 9 years ago

Thank you Bill,

Any one can use these pointers on SEO, especially if it is generates FREE  presence on Internet. Have a great 2010!!!!

 

Posted by Beena Shah (Keller Williams Realty-Hoover) over 9 years ago

Thanks Bill,  This is the second time I've seen this information.  Now I must "just do it!".

Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) over 9 years ago

Bill,

I really admire your savvy.  I've been telling agents all along that the future of search is favoring local results.  Search is the new Yellow Pages.

Combining that strategy with blogging and social media would have any REALTOR on the front page of Google.

Posted by jonathan Rivera over 9 years ago

Thanks Jonathan. The beauty of this one is you don't need to have any experience with SEO in order to make it work.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill what a Great Post!  I signed up about two years ago and it really works!  Keep the synergy flowing:)

http://www.calgriffin.com

http://www.MyEdistoRealEstateBlog.com

Posted by Cal Griffin, "Your Connection to Edisto Real Estate" (The Edisto Beach Company.com) over 9 years ago

Bill,

This was awesome information...but what do you have to do to get to page one.  I can't even find myself on there but the ad is up now!  I tried to keyword but... yikes!

Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor Strategize, Stage, Sell, Owner of SellingLASouthBay.com @ the WRichTeam (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) over 9 years ago

Wendy - Did you listen to the video? You need to do EVERYTHING if you are in a competive market. Keywords are important. You need links from other sites. Make sure you have your address on your website along with all the pages offsite that link to it like yellow pages, ect.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill, that's awesome advice!  Thank you so much for sharing! I'm on it!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) over 9 years ago

Bill, you thanks for the advice! I was looking at some SEO stuff here and came across your post. I went back and edited my existing google business listing to include more relevant information and will add a video and more in the coming week. I created my google business listing a couple of years ago when I knew nothing about seo. Have a great week!

Posted by Joseph Keech (Blue Atlantic Properties) over 9 years ago

Don & Joe - You are quite welcome. Good luck with creating your business listing for the Google Map!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill:

I am moving to Vero Beach, Fl, so I won't be competing in your local market.  I sure appreciate your tips about google bc. In life, those that give, receive....thanks again!

Posted by Katherine Fillman (Coldwell Banker Schmitt) over 9 years ago

Ketherine - You are quite welcome. Good luck in your new venture and setting up your Google Business listing.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Bill -

Thank you so much for the info.  I am actually in the process of doing this now and I'm glad to see not many agents have done this. 

But I have a question for you: As an individual agent in an office for a major real estate company - should I just go ahead and claim my office's listing or should I create my own?  I would love to go ahead and just claim my office's listing (without letting anybody in my office know) but do I need to worry about any implication for doing that?  If I claim my office's listing I don't want to either loose any ranking I may have because I am notified I am not allowed to claim my office's listing or I happen to ever leave my office....  Any advice on this would be appreciated.

Posted by Camille Haynes over 9 years ago

Camille - Given the reasons you mention I would probably create your own Google business listing.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank you so much Bill... I will be sure to follow the advise.

Posted by Bill Desai (Bill Desai Real Estate Services, Ontario, CA Lic. #01029863) about 9 years ago

Bill- You are awesome!!!!Thank you so much for the information.

Posted by Yasmine Awad, Yasmine S Awad (Premiere Plus Realty Co.) about 9 years ago

Hi Bill, Great Post, but I couldn't get the one link to work for you tube, it says private video.

Thanks,

John

Posted by John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert (Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Great post, Bill...I'm arriving a little late in the comments section, but I just wanted to let you know that I re-blogged your post! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 9 years ago

Great SEO advice! Thanks for sharing! Hope the market in Mass is treating you well this summer!

Posted by Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty) almost 7 years ago

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