I’m cheap on spending money on real estate stuff from vendors promising all kinds of things, whether it is leads or exposure. But, I went ahead and tried out a real estate search utility that is setup for WordPress. There were three reasons I chose to do it: 1) They would program it to work with our itsy-bitsy MLS at Lake Chelan (no other vendors, IDXPro, etc. support such a tiny market). 2) Each listing in my MLS, and every saved search I did, became a page indexed to my web site. 3) They are less expensive per month than my current vendor with no setup fees.
Sure enough, I now have 4380 pages indexed to my site in little old Chelan. I’ve moved up one spot in the top 5 Google results in a week. I do have a nice real estate search for browsing properties with a photo type of interface. The vendor is Spot-on Connect.
I have saved a bit of money in that they replaced part of what my former vendor did. However, I haven’t been able to shut off my older IDX service because their searches allow more user choices to create more specific searches. Yes, there have been a few bugs, but the Spot-on people have been pretty quick in fixing them.
I’m even getting search traffic, for searches like “9607 sr 17, coulee city, wa 98851″ coming to my web sites that did not arrive before.
I wouldn’t plug a vendor normally, but I’m getting fond enough of this approach to hope Spot-on connect survives and prospers.
Like many things, the service hasn’t been everything I could wish for, but it is a pretty effective way to get your SEO juice up if you use WordPress. If that and the ability to have beautiful custom neighborhood searches, like the one pictured above appeals to you, they are worth checking out. This is one of the better things I’ve done for improving my web page ranking, ever.Related posts:
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