David Hakimi, Luxury Real Estate Agent in Boulder and Denve (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices- Innovative RE)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

There are many but, I would begin with my own WP site and share links to posts on your site here, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, G+, etc.

There are other sites that you can guest post and I know Anita Clark has posted them here before - perhaps she'll get you that link again. 

Sep 28, 2017 08:43 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

You are on the right track David Hakimi 

I would suggest to go long tail, and a lot of it, since you have a helper using SEMRush start with the less competitive keywords because high tides rise all ships. 

Backlinking is HUGE if you are going to dominate the big boys. You can imagine the amount of authority backlinks Zillow gets. 

Since you have SEMRush- run a competitor report on your top guy you were mentioning in your market. See what back links he has. 

THen duplicate those. 

And remember the best back links may cost some money but will be worth it. 

For instances, if you own your own brokerage, become a member of the Better Business Bureau. The cost is based on how many employees you have. Most brokers I work with pay around $600 per year to be a member. Then get some clients to post reviews for you there. 

Then get their back link to your website and then place the BBB badge on your site. 

BBB is one of those links that can go both ways - Google actually expects this. So it won't hurt to link to BBB and BBB to link to your site. 

HUGE SEO benefit!!! A huge ranking factor. 

The next one is your local Chamber of commerce, which you don't have to be a broker owner to be a member,  just make sure you pay for the link back to your site in the directory. 

Those are a couple of super powerful links!!! 


Sep 29, 2017 08:49 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I also blog in LuxuryRealEstate.com and link back to my personal website

Sep 29, 2017 05:15 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I keep the blogging on AR, then everything else feeds off of this.

Sep 28, 2017 07:54 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Your own wordpress blog or website blog works very well.

Sep 28, 2017 08:06 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

David Hakimi  This is a topic near-and-dear to me so I always enjoy providing information when this question comes up in Q&A. Sorry for the hijack but this list of real estate blog sites can get you started (examiner has rebranded so they are not a good option). I have more options that can help you but build a presence on these first.

Sep 29, 2017 02:50 PM
David Hakimi
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices- Innovative RE - Erie, CO
Luxury Real Estate Agent in Boulder and Denve

Thanks for the answers, I actually already blog extensively on my own site, and the obvious ones like Facebook, Google+, Linked-In, Pinterest, ActiveRain, etc.  I am looking for more true Real Estate Authority sites, like Deeperpockets, Realtytimes, LuxuryRealEstate.com.   My site is fairly well ranked for most of the long-tail keyterms, but I'm in te competitive Denver market, and getting ranked 1st page organically for the very common, high-traffic terms like "Homes for sale in Denver"  is a daunting task.  My site is already extensively built-out, with tons of unique content, unique videos, unique photos, and unique blogs.   But I still can't crack the first page on the major terms.   I even have a college kid that works 20 hours per week in my office using SEM Rush, to perform basic SEO on my site. 

I finally hired a respected local SEO guru as a consultant, and his analysis was that authority backlinks were the one remaining deficiency I have that's keeping me from hitting that first page.    He showed me the site www.GreatColoradoHomes.com, and he said its able to outrank even Zillow in its market, because of the number and quality of its blogs, infographics, and most importantly its authority back-links.   The expert disagrees with you, Corinne Guest.  He said that authority backlinks are still critical, if you truly want to rank on the extremely competitive terms. 

So, I'm trying to identify the sites with the highest authority, that will allow me to blog and post backlinks. 

Sep 29, 2017 08:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Anita Clark can help you with this.

Sep 29, 2017 05:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wordpress, RealtyTimes. Hopefully Anita Clark will chime in, too!

Sep 28, 2017 10:07 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Realtytimes.com, biggerpockets.com

Sep 28, 2017 09:07 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Like Debbie, I also have my own Wordpress blog that I link to. 

Sep 28, 2017 08:39 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Anita Clark and/or  Katerina Gasset may show up with the answer.  

Sep 28, 2017 07:20 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Your personal website.

Sep 28, 2017 07:15 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Debe Maxwell, CRS nailed this one!

Sep 29, 2017 05:41 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I use my own WordPress site along with my websites. In the past, I used RealTown as my primary blog site. It has an excellent editor for blogging. Active Rain has caught up with it. 

Sep 29, 2017 05:29 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I use my own wordpress website, and wordpress Blog.. I also post those to FB, which automatically posts to Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Instagram etc.,  

Sep 29, 2017 05:26 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

The Debs have it: see Debe Maxwell, CRS and Debbie Gartner 

Sep 29, 2017 04:50 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Great question and great answers. Bookmarked for future reference!

Sep 29, 2017 07:10 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

David Hakimi Many good answers.

Sep 29, 2017 03:26 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

One trick I use is to comment on blogs on authority sites.  NAR for example allows you to put your website link in your response (they have a field for it) and those links get scanned and are index/follow type links.  That's a LOT easier than getting articles published there and just as good from a link perspective.  Found that by accident on a realtor safety post last year.

Sep 29, 2017 09:59 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I use my own website with a wordpress blog..

Sep 29, 2017 08:48 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Debe Maxwell, CRS wrote. 

Sep 29, 2017 07:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Create your own blog site for the best long term results.

Sep 29, 2017 05:52 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I am following. I don't even post on my own Wordpress blog at the moment...

Sep 29, 2017 05:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I currently only use AR!

Sep 29, 2017 04:56 AM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Set up as many blogs as you like on BLOGGER and just keep them updated with new content often. 

Sep 29, 2017 03:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You've received some excellent suggestions.

Sep 29, 2017 01:12 AM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

A wordpress site that you control.

Sep 28, 2017 09:06 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

You have so many good answers.  All the best to you.  A

Sep 29, 2017 08:20 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Debe Maxwell, CRS and Corinne Guest, Managing Broker  offer some good suggestions. I use my own WordPress sites, LI, FB business, Twitter, G+

Sep 29, 2017 07:45 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

My primary blog was on the Squarespace platform.  I also had several niche blogs on Blogger.  All of these were linked to my primary website and vice versa.  It worked extremely well but that's been a few years and, perhaps, times have changed.  

Sep 29, 2017 06:35 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

This is the only site i blog on now, it is working great and no need to change it. I do post links to my blog in various places

Sep 29, 2017 05:58 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Sep 29, 2017 04:40 AM
Stuart Crawford
Ulistic Inc. - Calgary, AB

Did you ever find out?

Feb 01, 2019 06:43 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Yes, WP  is one of them

Sep 20, 2018 11:55 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

So far, David Hakimi - I have not used anything (and I know I should....)

Sep 30, 2017 09:03 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

You can use many other websites, but I believe your own should be a priority, others serve to direct traffic to your website. 

Sep 30, 2017 08:17 AM