Most real estate businesses ignore the power of SEO.
Reason being, they are either unfamiliar with it or applying negative SEO.
Having worked with a countless number of real estate companies, brokers, agents, and brands on their websites, I have learned to take the long view.
Some say, ‘SEO is dead and it is all wrong.’
You shouldn’t be shocked with this impractical view.
It’s a myth.
If you’re a regular ResultFirst’s reader, you know SEO has gone much deeper and become stronger than age old marketing strategy.
It’s the smart, cost-effective way to market virtually any product or service.
And the real estate is no exception.
If you’re a real estate professional, you should know that user experience on your website has always been a factor in the SEO world.
Let’s discuss whether or not the real estate industry is adopting SEO techniques. Then, we will cover strategies you need to consider to get the best out of SEO.
SEO for Real Estate
As a real estate professional, your aim would be to get your property before as many audiences as possible. The millennial property hunters have changed their way of searching homes, plots, flats, etc. They are searching any property via the internet and mobile devices have become their key search tool.
Studies have found that:
- 90% of home buyers are using the web during their home search.
- More than 60% of buyers are showing their interests in the internet instead of ads for searching a real estate company.
- 44% of homebuyers made purchase decisions, and owned their home that they found online. Source.
If truth to be told, the traditional, outbound marketing efforts are getting largely unnoticed.
There has been a massive change in the way people are looking for a property. So, being available on the internet can drive growth to your real estate business.
Hence, SEO techniques are required for the real estate business.
Below are SEO recommendations that work to make your real estate business experience better for the visitors who land on your site. It helps them know about your services, offers and pay for your property.
Local Keyword Phrases for Real Estate Websites
A large number of shoppers begin their research with a local keyword phrase, like “San Jose property.”
Don’t let visitors be confused about the place. As I have noticed, most Realtors multiply regions and cities that put the audience in a dilemma about searching the right property at the right place.
When you design your website, focus on the city you do your business. For instance, if you are doing your business in San Jose, optimize your website for search terms like:
San Jose Realtor
San Jose real estate agent
San Jose real estate
San Jose homes for sale
San Jose property
Avoid using the keyword phrase like ‘Realtors in San Jose’ or ‘homes for sale in San Jose’ etc.
Create a list of the keywords you want to rank. Then add pages to the site for all of them. Place the keywords properly.
First of all, make sure what page you want to rank. Then, place the keyword or keyword phrase in the following areas:
Image Alt Tag
On the Page
Assume your real estate keyword phrase, “San Jose Home.” Use it as listed below:
- URL: http://xyzcompany.xyz.com/san-jose-home
- Page Title: – The best San Jose home in the main market
- On The Page –It is important to use the same keyword or phrase around 1-2% of the time. If the page has 800 words, the keyword phrase should be repeated 8-16 times.
- Images Title – san_jose_home.jpg
- Image Alt Tag – If you have to upload the image on WordPress, set the alternative text. It should have some version of your keyword.
‘Content is the king’, and every internet marketer knows this. But, this sacramental phrase applies to only high quality, original piece of content.
Keywords, being a part of the content, are needed to be placed carefully. Avoid using too much of it.
A good ratio is 1 to 2% for the real estate SEO.
Google docks the website if it has repeating of same keyword phrases more than required. The search engines consider it the keyword percentage or stuffing.
Come what may, the excess use of keyword appears unnatural. Never go more than 1-2%. A better way is to write freely without focusing on the keyword insertion in the content.
Make Your Site A Resource
Try to make your website a resource.
I have personally experienced that buyers research a lot, do investigate thoroughly, and physically visit the property location before making any purchase decision.
They aim to know about public transportation, schools, hospitals, electricity facility, etc. You should, therefore, provide complete information about all these facilities in your website content.
Suggestion: The content should be as long as required to make your point and satisfy buyers.
Mobile Friendly Website
Make sure your website is mobile friendly and responsive. It should be customized, and does fit all screen size.
Reports have found that maximum homebuyers search for real estate using smartphones. “The Digital House Hunt” – I have referred its report in this content before also – revealed the following facts:
- 89% property buyers search homes online, using their smartphone.
- There is a 300% upsurge in broker-related searches on tablets every year.
This is unhidden that buyers prefer using mobile real estate websites to compare price, get information, search for brokers, know features and facilities, etc.
Adding Links to Real Estate Website SEO
This is paramount in SEO strategy for the real estate business.
Reason being, internal linking lets visitors access more information about relevant topics. It gives search engines the opportunity to find other posts and use links to crawl the web, the links between the individual pages on your website and the links between entire websites.
It is advisable to add minimum five links to your pages or blog posts on every single topic you are writing for. But the link should be relevant.
If your topic is ‘Search Engine Optimization’, you should link to your post all your other posts with the text ‘Search Engine Optimization.’
This is will help search engine crawl your site, you earn higher rank.
To conclude, saying SEO is baseless for the real estate industry is myth. This myth is prevailing due to a fundamental misunderstanding of what SEO is about. If you apply the right way, it will work wonder for your real estate business.