Do You Use a Favicon on Your Real Estate Website or Blog?

Do You Use a Favicon on Your Website or Blog?  

Favicons for real estate websites

If you use a website or Blog you should be getting the most out of it for return viewers!  One of the most overlooked tools for a viewer to quickly find your website or Blog in favorites is by the use a Favicon.  A “Favicon” is a shortened phrase for Favorite Icon!  When someone likes what they see on your website or Blog they will often Bookmark it or save it to their desktop.  If your website uses a Favicon ( …and I would suggest having a unique or branded one) that can be easily recognized – your website will be found more easily from many other websites they also stored by the user. As most of you are going to scratch your head and ask what a Favicon is, I suggest a small little test,

Go to http://real-estate-blog.atlantabesthomes.com/ and save it as a Favorite or a bookmark.  Then close out your window.  Re-open.  Go to your favorites, and what do you see for the site you just saved?  Load the URL for http://real-estate-blog.atlantabesthomes.com/  what do you see in front of the URL? It should be a Favicon of a “Georgia Peach!”

Let me know and well discuss what a Favicon is, why I’ve used it for over the years very successfully and how you can add to your own site!

In the meantime here are a few easy Favicon Creation Tools!

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Successful Real Estate Websites Are Easily Found on the Internet

Real Estate Websites Web Postition Matters

I find the number one thing that makes a real estate website successful is that it has to be found easily on the search engines with consumer terms.  I prefer to use terms like “Atlanta Homes For Sale!” rather than “Atlanta Real Estate.” I am more concerned that a consumer find our site by looking for Atlanta SAT Scores on a Google search and showing up on page 1.  Not industry terms.  If a site cannot be found by the consumer there are dire cosequenses for the agent!  It is like not having a real estate website at all, and that is like the atheist at a funeral…all dressed up with no place to go.  In other words, if a site cannot be found, it has no value.  A website needs to be found on page 1 of any consumer query.  If not, it does not offer service to the seller trying to sell, or the buyer looking to buy a home. We have to ask ourselves will the consumer use generic terms like “real estate?”  Or will they use terms that relate to a local market as in using the names of various subdivisions?  If the consumer finds a real estate website, likes what he /she finds but is turned off by filling out forms?  Or will a cumbersome IDX search ruin the consumer experience?  Success on the Internet is really a strategy.  Success on the cannot be purchased it is a thought out event.  Since I activley buy and sell real estate, and mostly from the Internet, I have to constantly revise my Internet marketing ideas.

  1. Strategizing for Internet Profits In Real Estate
  2. Strategizing for Internet Profit In Real Estate – Part II

Jim Crawford

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Real Estate Domain Names Buy Domain Name for Real Estate Websites

Real Estate Domain Names Buy Domain Name for Real Estate Websites

buying real estate domains namesReal Estate Domain Names Buy Domain Name for Real Estate.  Buying a domain name for your real estate business or pleasure?  Choose carefully and do a lot of research before you buy a domain name, because there is a lot of power in a good domain name if you choose correctly.  A great domain name that is keyword rich can boost your online visibility and web SEO ranking.  Personally, I’m a big fan of the Internet and own over 200 domain names 60 of which are active websites or Blogs, and together they account for 100% of my business income.  Before I purchase a domain name, I create a notepad text file, and when I see something I like, I copy and paste the names and save them all together, and then I set them aside for a little while and mull them over.  After a while some names really stand out.  I think it is wise not to purchase a real estate domain name on impulse or whim. Over the years I have come up with a few rules I adhere to when buying a domain name, I’ve listed them below.

  • Brainstorm first and come up with lots of ideas – write them all down!
  • A domain names should be easy to spell and easy to remember.
  • A great domain name should relate to your business or audience.
  • It should not violate copyright laws.
  • Always buy a .Com for a website or Blog.
  • Branding – consider carefully the words that you need contained in the domain name.
  • Never buy a hyphenated domain name
  • Purchase keyword rich domain names – example: www.atlantageorgiahomes.com
  • The shorter the domain name the better
  • Never use numbers as a substitute for words example: www.homes4sale.com
  • For SEO purposes never buy a domain name that has your name if you are trying to sell homes.
  • Is the domain name easy to remember?
  • Purchase them at reputable sites: Godaddy, enom etc…
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Stop Words – Title Tags Should Avoid Using These Words

Stop Words – Title Tags Should Avoid Using These Words

Success on the Internet is often based on showing up higher on page one than your competition.  So sometimes, we need some insights so we can improve our web position and ranking.  I recently came across an a thread on the web that talked about stop words, and thought it would be a shart idea to share it.  Basically, stop words are words that are not supposed to be in your title, and if so used sparingly because the search engines do not like them.  Grammatically, they make sense, but spider-wise and bot-wise they do not.  It’s interesting topic, but I’ve never really paid much attention to the use or non-use of these words because I have my own idea how to write title tags, meta descriptions, keywords and tags and but thought it would be a great topic of discussion.  What words or words do you avoid using in your title(s) of WebPages, WordPress blogs or posts?  Some of the more common stop words that are suggested not to be used in a title or title tag are:

and, an, at, which, on, a, the, for, to… etc.

List of Stop Words to AvoidClick Here!

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