SEO for New Real Estate Agents

More than ever potential home buyers are starting and continuing their house hunt online.

According to the Real Estate in a Digital Age 2017 Report, more than 75% of home buyers use the internet in their home search (including nearly 100% of Millennials).

As a new agent, if you want to reach these many potential clients online, you need to optimize your website to get the most traffic you can.

Follow these steps to improve your SEO.

SEO for new real estate agents

1. Utilize local keyword phrases

Most home buyers start their research with local keyword phrases like “Fort Myers real estate.”

Although over time you may expand your business to include multiple regions, when you build your website at the start of your career, you’ll want to focus on a single area.

Once you’ve established yourself as a market expert in the first area, you can then expand to target other surrounding areas.

To optimize your website, blog, and articles you should choose search phrases like the following:

  • Fort Myers real estate
  • Fort myers realtor
  • Fort Myers real estate agent
  • Fort Myers homes for sale

The more targeted and specific your website can be, the better.

As a new agent your goal is to capture local internet traffic, not traffic from all over the state or region.

At the start, avoid key phrases such as “Florida real state agent,” since you’ll be too small to compete for that kind of keyword.

Make your website a resource for potential home buyers with relevant blogs, articles, images, and videos that all provide value and are keyword optimized.

2. Write blog posts about premium homes

Although you may list dozens or even hundreds of listings at a time, you will certainly have a select few properties that you really want to sell.

Writing a blog post about one of those properties could do wonders for securing more prospects.

For this kind of blog post, the optimized keyword would be the property’s address. Be sure to include the address in the following places:

  • The meta descriptions
  • The file names of the photos
  • The alt tags on the photos (which you can usually edit once you have uploaded the photo into your blog/website)
  • URL
  • Title

Create about 200-350 words of unique writing that describes the home features using the best practices for home listings along with the standard description.

Note: for other blog posts not targeted for a specific property, there is no perfect number of words. However, longer content tends to be more helpful for users, and will therefore be rewarded more in Google’s search rankings.

You will also want to get as many backlinks from trusted websites as you can.

3. Off page SEO

You can establish authority in Google’s algorithm by submitting your website and business info to directories such as the Better Business Bureau, Yellowbook.com, Local.com, YP.com, and more.

Also, be sure to claim your business on Google (don’t forget about Yahoo and Bing, which both receive more traffic than most people realize).

By claiming your business, Google will see you as a trusted website, meaning they’ll put your site in front of more potential clients.

Get on the following sites:

  • Trulia
  • Zillow
  • Redfin.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest (with images of your listings)
  • Youtube (with video tours of listings, which can be huge for gaining traffic)
  • Instagram (with quality images of homes)

Your website doesn’t have to be perfect: the main point is getting started. Creating quality content consistently is the best and most efficient way to be found.

Perhaps you don’t have any skills with video creation but you enjoy writing—then write incredible content. Maybe you have excellent photos—utilize them. Anything you can do to create valuable content will help you sell homes.

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

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Happy Halloween from LarsonEd!

Happy Halloween, you little ghouls and goblins!

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

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Florida is the Australia of America–LarsonEd

We love to golf, but we’re starting to realize that the danger isn’t worth it.

Florida is basically the Australia of America.

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com

Back to School–LarsonEd

It’s not just the kids who are heading back to school–LarsonEd is gearing up for a full slate of fall courses. Check out our schedule here: https://larsontrak.larsoned.com/63-Hour-Sales-Associate-Pre-License-Course

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com

How to Create a Marketing Plan for Real Estate Agents

 

He who fails to plan is planning to fail.

-Winston Churchill

No matter how far along you are in your career—whether you’re a real estate newbie or a seasoned veteran—you won’t succeed without a well thought out plan.

And when we talk about a marketing plan, we’re not talking about your ideas to write a blog whenever inspiration hits, or to create videos when you have time (if your plans are only in your head, they are little more than pipe dreams).

We’re talking about a detailed plan to jumpstart your business through specific actions.

A marketing plan is:

a document that details you or your company’s marketing goals for a specific timeline, including a detailed step-by-step framework for achieving those goals.

Think of it as the blueprint you’ll use to guide the construction of your real estate career—your process for promoting your services.

Some quick tips for getting started:

  • Allot a significant amount of time preparing the plan
  • All goals within the plan should be reachable (with specific steps for reaching them)
  • Keep it easily accessible for reference
  • Share with the necessary people who can help enact the plan
  • Refer to it regularly (say every quarter)
  • Be willing to adjust it

how to create marketing plan

 

How to Create Your Marketing Plan

Without clearly defined goals, your time and money with both be spent inefficiently.

Whether you’re an agent, home inspector, mortgage loan originator, appraiser, or notary public, just joining a team or setting up your office is not enough to attract customers.

You need to find them through marketing.

Although the details of marketing plans may vary, there are still some universal elements that every plan needs.

 

1. Clearly define your goals

Every subsequent step is based on this one, so it must be right. Maybe you have one specific goal or several—whether it’s driving more traffic to your website, increasing your number of clients, or reaching a higher revenue point—you won’t accomplish any of it without writing it down first.

 

2. Find your niche

What separates you from your competitors?

The answer to this question will help guide you to discovering your niche in the market.

Do you have superior customer service?

Do you specialize in a specific kind of property?

Do you have better images and videos than anyone else in your market?

Once you discover your niche, that knowledge will drive the tone of your marketing plan.

 

3. Find your target market

You cannot reach everybody.

Trying to reach every person is the same as attempting to reach nobody. Because time and money and effort are finite resources, you must necessarily exclude some potential customers in your marketing plan in order to more directly reach your target clients. (This comment is called “Hiding in Infinity.” Read more about it here.)

 

4. What’s your message?

Here’s where you get to have a little more fun.

What do you want to say to your audience and how do you want to say it?

Are your marketing materials going to be playful, professional—maybe a little bit of both?

Without a game plan going into it, your tone will be inconsistent.

Take a mountaintop view of your marketing plan and imagine how your brand will appear across various mediums and social media platforms.

 

5. What’s your budget?

How much are you going to spend on your marketing plan every month, quarter, or year?

It’s possible that the amount you spend could be zero—it’s possible (at least as far as money is concerned). However…

 Remember that your budget includes time, as well.

Defining a budget helps you cap expenditures before you get ahead of yourself trying to reach goals that may not be within reach yet given your revenue.

You may hate crunching the numbers, but it’s a necessary step, otherwise you may find yourself with a plan that has no financial backing.

 

6. Specify your outreach

How much time are you going to spend on digital marketing efforts?

What about traditional marketing like magazine and newspaper ads, direct mail, and perhaps even billboards?

You don’t necessarily need to be everywhere, but you do need to think of the best channels through which to reach your audience.

Where do your potential clients?

Where do they spend their time?

You need to be right there with them.

 

7. Cultivate a content expertise

Try adding a blog to your website to share and post original content. Contribute to other real estate websites. Stay consistent and, over time, if you are adding value to people’s lives, you will be seen as a market expert.

People will begin to trust you.

Google will begin to trust you.

Your website and related content will rise in Google’s search results.

More clients will come to you.

8. Delegate

Your team (if you have one) needs to know about your marketing plan in order for it to come to fruition.

Get their buy-in from the beginning and set the plan into motion. 

To sign up for classes with Larson Educational Services, visit our website, LarsonEd.com, or give us a call at 239-344-7510.

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

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Should Real Estate Agents Buy a Drone? [VIDEO]

 

As of June 2016, approximately 39 percent of drone permits went to real estate professionals: https://www.zillow.com/agent-resources/trends-and-data/tips-and-advice/drones-real-estate-photography/

To learn more about LarsonEd’s Florida real estate and Florida insurance courses, visit LarsonEd.com or give us a call at 239-344-7510. 

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com

#TBT to the Mysterious Construction Guy with the Golden Arm

This #ThrowbackThursday goes back just a few years to 2015, when we expanded our offices into “The Crow’s Nest” on the second level of Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

Our mom, LarsonEd’s resident interior decorator, was running errands up and down between our main offices on the ground level and the upstairs Crow’s Nest, which is on the other side of the Royal Palm Square complex.

Before one of her trips downstairs, co-owner Dave Larson said, “Mom, can you grab me a few sugar packets for my tea while you’re in the main office?”

Being the good mom that she is, she agreed, proceeding to grab a handful of packets from the main office kitchen, securing them into a compact package with a rubber band, and walking outside toward the open window of Dave’s second-floor office.

Now, mom wanted to make things a little interesting, so she said screw it to hand-delivering the sugar package to Dave, and instead opted for throwing it up through the narrow opening of his window.

She immediately enlisted the help of a husky construction guy wearing a white tank top. 

“Hey,” she said as he walked past, “can you throw this sugar packet through that window?”

He stopped. The guy looked at Mom, looked up at the window, looked back at her, and wordlessly grabbed the sugar package to line up the shot.

It was clear from the outset that this wasn’t Construction Guy’s first rodeo. With eyes fixed on the second-floor window, he glided to the side in search of an optimum angle, sizing up the opening like a sniper lining up his target.

After finding his desired shot, Construction Guy brought his arm back and in one fluid motion whipped the sugar package forward, sending the precious cargo sailing through the middle of the narrow window opening.

Mom and Construction Guy heard a holler of excitement from Dave’s office. Of course the throw itself was enough cause for celebration, but the whoops were slightly more emphatic than expected.

It was Dave and our dad, Rick. “We got it!” they called down.

It turns out that as those two sat speaking in Dave’s office, Dad just happened to see the sugar package flying in through the window like a lost dove. Being the natural athlete that he is, Dad had reached up in a moment inspired by pure instinct and snatched the sugar package out of the air.

Dad came to the window laughing and explained what had happened. Outside on ground level the construction guy walked away in hysterical laughter, having never said a word to anybody.

We salute you, mysterious Construction Guy. Dave’s tea that day tasted just a little bit sweeter thanks to your throwing prowess.

Do any of you have a connection to the Southwest Florida Historical Society? We need to get in touch with them about putting up a commemorative plaque or maybe even a statue of the construction guy with the golden arm.

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510