Tips on Improving Your Real Estate Website’s Results on Google

Are you wondering what your competition is doing that is giving them the top spot on the results page of Google and other search engines, while your well-made real estate site is stuck with a much lower ranking? Are you interested in fixing this unfortunate oversight by the search engines? If so, continue on as this article provides real estate SEO tips that are sure to propel your website to a much higher rank. Let’s get started!First of all, when you type in your website’s name, and it still doesn’t show up at all on Google and other search engines, it is entirely possible that none of the search engines even know that your website is online, and ready to be indexed! Fixing this obvious dilemma is very quick and simple. So, for your first tip, simply go to each of the search engines that you would like to have index your website, and submit the link to your site. The exact steps are different for each search website, so be sure to check out the help sections of these search engines for a detailed guide.Your next tip is to get as many websites to link back to your own real estate website as possible. The more popular the website that is linking to your website, the more points that are awards to your own site by Google and other search engines. This may mean you have to email, or otherwise contact, the owner of these popular sites to request a link going back to your own site. Please be advised that some site owners will ask a fee to post such a link, especially if they know that they are the owner of a particularly popular website.The next tip involves making sure that you insert relevant keywords to any links that point to other pages within your website. Let’s say you have a link to a page about brick homes in California, for example. Instead of giving this link a generic name like “page5.html”, give it a more descriptive name like “brick_houses_in_southern_california.html”. By doing this, you are helping the search engines make better sense of your website. You are effectively telling them what to expect when they visit that link by including these keywords. They will thank you for your extra work by rewarding you with a higher rank when someone searches for these same keywords.The final tip is often overlooked, but always important. This process involves making sure that all of the content on your website is free of errors. Potential sources of error include server error, page coding error (e.g., JavaScript and HTML error), and even spelling and grammatical error. If your website loads too slowly, includes links to websites full of spam, or contains nonsensical sentences, search engines will be hesitant to rank your website higher than your competition.By successful implementing these 4 real estate SEO tips, search engines will be sending visitors to your website in no time!

Real Estate Tips for Beginning Investors: Commissions, Who Pays Who and When?

With so many things that I do, I am an applied learner and when I started it Real Estate Investing it was no different. Talking about something is all good but it usually isn’t until I have to use the information that I get it. So, with all that I learned about real estate investing before I actually purchased a property; one thing that didn’t quite register for me was who paid who commission and when. Call me slow or whatever, but as a beginner, the bottom line is I think that there may be other new investors out there that can benefit from my admittance of not really getting this part of buying and selling of a property. What I did know was that I wanted to try to sell a house on my own so I could save the 3% commission. I didn’t really get how the buyers commission would work if I sold my property without a listing Realtor or with, for that matter. It was a commission that I omitted in my calculation and 3-6% is a costly omission when you are trying to flip a home.So let’s break this down:1. Most of us get that if you purchase a home you don’t pay a selling or buying commission for an agent, that is all paid by the seller. Your costs for buying are just the costs at the title company plus the cost of the house and any up front interest and insurance.2. If you sell the house without a realtor and list the property yourself, you pay the cost of listing on MLS, which you can find flat fee brokers who will put it on MLS from anywhere to $400-500 dollars or up to 2%.3. When you list and market a property yourself–duh–you still pay a buyers agent commission if the buyer is brought by a realtor. 4. And finally, this is the one I really didn’t get: if you have a listing agent sell the house for you and you bring in a buyer yourself, you still pay a buyers commission to your listing agent. This is something I did not realize as an investor and because I didn’t understand, I wound up embarrassing myself disputing this fact with the Realtor I was working with. I contacted a buyer that I spoken to about this particular property and they decided they wanted to make an offer if they could get some financial issues worked out. So, I told my Realtor about the buyer and he contacted them. When they made the offer and he sent it over, the offer included the commission for the buying side. I thought he was trying to make some extra cash and it turns out I was wrong! Once you have a listing agent, you pay a buyers commission on top of the listing commission no matter what!So, for those of you out there that are new at investing, I hope this helps when you go to figure out who pays what commission and when. When it comes to making a profit it is best to have these costs included up front. Good luck as you begin in Real Estate Investing!