Coweta Fayette Real Estate & Newnan Homes for sale blog by Richard Weisser of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

If I Google your name, town, and type of business why can’t I find you?

If I Google your name, town, and type of business why can’t I find you?I have to admit that I am lazy. If I am looking for a business I just type the name and town in the browser address bar and in most cases I will find it right away.

But in many cases all I get are “collective” or “aggregated” results which may or may not have then most critical data that I need right then … CONTACT information.

In this day and age, there is no excuse to NOT have an Internet presence that at the very least returns in a search for your name, town, and type if business.

And if you think that I’m going to spend all day trying to find you, you are dead wrong!

Because while I am looking for YOU, I will find plenty of your competitors with readily available contact information.

And they might even charge less than you!

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22 commentsRichard Weisser • August 08 2011 08:40AM

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Amen, Richard.  I rarely (almost never) use a phone book today.  It's the web first.  If you don't have a web presence, I don't know you exist.  Good stuff!!

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 3 years ago

Good morning, Richard....if an agent is marketing online properly, they should have at least 15 pages of information about themselves....

 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 3 years ago

I'm curious Richard...should my phone number also appear in the google results for my name?  I checked (as I always do when you blog about this) and my name's right there, but you have to click on through to find my contact info.

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 3 years ago

Mike...

Nor do I ... and the funny part is that the Internet is so inexpensive these days. They can even do it for free if they want! THANKS!

Barbara..

Lol, I just checked and discovered that Google will only return 100 pages in a given search. Thanks my friend.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) about 3 years ago

Hi Richard,

Aw come on!

You mean, you would not go to page 14 of Google to find me?

But I'm so nice!

And I work really really hard.

And you will like me, really you will...

Phil

Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts & (Keller Williams Eastside Market Center) about 3 years ago

Laura...

Great question. In most real estate related searches, my phone number appears in the search. On my other sites, it does not. The phone number should be included in your page "description" if you want it to appear.

I think that I will write a post about this soon! Thanks.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) about 3 years ago

It make sense. And it is no secret so why do people ignore such basic marketing requirements?

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always. (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) about 3 years ago

Richard, isn't this the truth today. People used to let their fingers do the walking in the Yellow Pages. Now they do their walking on the keyboard.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA (Michael's Commercial LLC) about 3 years ago

Very good question, Richard.  Something eveyone needs to do.  Thanks.

Posted by Carla Wade about 3 years ago

Richard, Your post hits the nail on the head. Internet presence is extremely important. This is how people make searches in 2011. Thanks for this reminder post.

Posted by Gabrielle Jeans, Real Estate Web Solution, Real Estate Trainer and Coach (WebTech Dezine, Gabrielle Jeans Real Estate Coach) about 3 years ago

Hi Richard.   I get frustrated quickly when I can't find what I am looking for and move on.   When I do find it, if I can't find the phone number, I am a crazy person.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 3 years ago

Agreed...even someone who doesn't activly blog,do SEO items etc still should come up in routine search or MOVE ON!

Posted by Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 3 years ago

I find that I need to work harder in keeping my name on the first page.  Consistency is the key.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 3 years ago

Great question Richard. It's all about content on your website(s), blog(s), and any other internet marketing tools we use. I'm getting there.

Posted by Leonard Ruiz (Evergreen Realty, Homesmart) about 3 years ago

A lot of older agents don't have websites or if they do they're out of date.  I visited a website yesterday where the agent hadn't updated their front page since 2001!

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Catarra Real Estate, Inc) about 3 years ago

Richard, More often than not find our businesses the same way.  Just another reason to put ourselves on Google Places and wherever else we can.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com) about 3 years ago

Well said.  Having an internet presence is critical to success in any business these days.  And I'm with you.  If I can't find you online, I'll find someone else.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA) about 3 years ago

Then try some websites with no phone contact numbers. Dont that drive you crazy? You wonder how they stay in business.

Posted by Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) about 3 years ago

Totally agree.  I too look for businesses from the comfort of the Internet, if you can't be found then I'm not going on an Easter egg hunt looking all day for you .. move on to the next opportunity someone has earned.

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) about 3 years ago

I am amazed at how hard it can be to find even basic contact info for some agents.

Posted by Rodney Mason, FHA 203K, USDA, VA, HomePath Renovation Specialist (Prospect Mortgage) about 3 years ago

Richard - I have the most frustrating time trying to find the contact information for attorneys.  My clients give me their names and town.  That should be enough to track someone down on the Internet.  Wrong!

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 3 years ago

I agree.  The internet is the first place I look these days for everything and everyone. 

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 3 years ago

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