Getting Started

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Curious to know how you're doing compared to most real estate agents? We were too!

Real Estate Webmasters has the pleasure of working with some of the best real estate agents in the world. Our clients are passionate, enthusiastic, and often quite successful.

But we wanted to get to know the entire real estate population better, and have a stronger understanding of what the average agent looks like. To achieve this goal, we hired an independent market research company to survey 300 active real estate agents across the United States and Canada. These agents were then asked questions on a wide variety of topics to gain insight into their demographics, marketing activities, and technology investment.

We thoroughly investigated what today's real

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Google's searchGoogle told the world that it was going to transition to a mobile-first index in the coming quarters, and it looks like that time has come. Last week, Google announced that they have started to transition websites onto the new mobile-first index. Let's talk about what that means for you.

What is the mobile-first index?

Google has only ever had one version of its index, which is the database you're browsing every time you do a search on Google.com. This index is a super-directory of every website out there and Google maintains it using bots that crawl all the sites on a fairly regular basis.

Historically, Google has crawled and indexed websites based on the desktop version of a site, browsing websites as if they were a person sitting on their

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It's crowded. There's a lot going on in the online world, with a lot of voices trying to carve out their slice of the territory. It's easy to get swallowed up by all the websites, advertisements, offers, and noise. Yet, there are real estate agents who stand out from the crowd. They don't blend in. People know who they are and want to do business with them.

Let's talk about how this can be you too. In today's post, we're going to share 5 tactics you can use to stand out online.

5. Invest in a mobile app for real estate

If you really want to find a way to stand out from the competition, it's time to start thinking about mobile apps. This topic is a whole blog post in itself (literally), but it's worth mentioning again. When you get people onto

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Disclaimer: Real Estate Webmasters is sharing these opinions based on our interpretation of WCAG 2.0 compliance guidelines. This does not constitute legal advice in any manner.

We've dedicated this week of our blog to talk about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and how they apply to our clients' websites. So far, we've covered the two largest principles: Perceivable and Operable. Today we're going to talk about the last two principles, Understandable and Robust.

The WCAG 2.0 guidelines help developers and content creators craft a web experience that is accessible for people with disabilities and beneficial for everyone else. In many ways, WCAG 2.0 follows the common-sense best practices we already see employed across the web. In

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Disclaimer: Real Estate Webmasters is sharing these opinions based on our interpretation of WCAG 2.0 compliance guidelines. This does not constitute legal advice in any manner.

This week we're going to be talking about each of the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) principles in further detail, to help you create websites that are friendly for everyone.

We started talking about WCAG 2.0 last month in our ADA Compliance for Real Estate Webmasters clients post. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, it's a good time to go back and take a peek. We talk about the American Disability Act's role in website compliance, go through a quick overview of each principle with some examples, and ultimately conclude why an accessible website is in

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Disclaimer: Real Estate Webmasters is sharing these opinions based on our interpretation of WCAG 2.0 compliance guidelines. This does not constitute legal advice in any manner.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 is a series of recommendations that help make the web more accessible to people with disabilities. There is a wide range of conditions that impact a person's ability to use a website, including physical, visual, speech, and neurological disabilities.

On Monday, we went into detail about the Perceivable principle from WCAG 2.0. Today, we're going to dive into the Operable principle and talk about how it helps make websites that are better for everyone.

What does Operable mean?

W3.org explains the Operable principle as,

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We're moving in a direction where big data is not only a big advantage but also a requirement to stay competitive. The companies that find smart ways to apply and intermingle data are going to be the most successful moving forward, because one of the best ways to improve user experience is to take complex information from numerous sources and present it in a way that's quick and easy to understand.

You've already seen countless examples of this in action. Zillow is one obvious example, where the site has managed to source data from third-party companies, listing agents and property owners to create tools--like Zestimates--that consumers want to use. But that's only just the beginning. Sites like Trivago and Kanetix mine numerous sources of data to

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action planActions Plans are an awesome way to get organized and stay on top of lead follow up. They are essentially quick reminders to get in touch or perform a specific action, and can keep Realtors connected even when things get busy.

In today's post, we're going to outline some example campaigns based on marketing and sales best practices. But it's absolutely critical that you test and revise these campaigns as needed. What works for one business won't resonate with another, so it's important you use these Action Plans as a starting point to build your own tried and true strategies.

An Action Plan should mimic the overall lead follow up strategy you've defined for your agents or yourself, and serve as a series of reminders. If you've already put together a

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woman working on subdomainIf you've received a new subdomain from your broker or franchise, congratulations! This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on the digital world and stand apart from the crowd.

The first thing you need to know about subdomains is that they're separate from the main domain. Subdomains are independent websites that build their own authority, share their own information, and require their own digital marketing campaigns. If you want to get all the awesome benefits that come along with a new website, you'll need to make a few updates to your subdomain.

You get to decide exactly how much effort you want to put into your subdomain and your reward will be a reflection of that effort. In this post, we'll start with recommendations for setting up a

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A brand new website is exciting, especially when you have big plans for how it will make your team more efficient. But motivating teams to use new technology can be a challenge and that's why we're here to help! In this post, we'll share a few ideas you can use to help improve adoption of your new real estate site.

1. Start small with quick wins

We all love quick wins because they're motivating. One of the best ways to inspire your team is to help them make a small amount of progress on their own, so they're motivated to keep doing more.

When it comes to adopting new technology, like the REW website or CRM, the best way to get your team started is to show them how simple steps will improve their work.

For the website, ask your team members to

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