Whenever you are building a website or writing content, you should always think about the human being who will use that site before you think of the search engine bots that will index it. In 2017 keywords and keyword density will still be the way that Google and other search engines interpret what your website is about, but the information that your site contains and how that information is presented will become even more important.
Some SEO experts in Saint-Hyacinthe talk as though Google is the enemy, but it is not. All Google wants to do is present the best and the most informative websites that are most likely to answer the question that someone has asked, which means that it will favour websites with good, well written content that people will be able to understand and enjoy reading.
What Is SEO Consulting?
A high-powered search engine friendly IDX site is the hands down the most valuable tool a real estate agent has to obtain top rankings, lots of traffic, and plenty of buyers. Why? Because an IDX site gives homebuyers precisely what they are looking for.
Providing IDX gives agents the ability to let visitors search for homes using the data from their local multiple listing service (MLS). (Technically, MLS's are moving away from IDX to a technology called RETS, but the end result will be the same; the real estate agent's website with either one can attract more buyers with live real estate listings.)
What many agents don't understand is that buyers are not looking for an agent, they are searching for property for sale. The worst thing an agent can do is focus their site too much on themselves rather than on what the public is actually looking for, which is properties. Give them what they want and they are guaranteed to visit your site often.
When IDX websites are done right (meaning with a focus on search engine visibility), they are major lead producers. When done wrong, they are a waste of your time.
Here's what to avoid:
- Flash-based IDX (Flash looks great but is not search engine friendly)
- Framed IDX (where search results are displayed in a frame
- Third party subdomain-hosted IDX (username.idxcompany.com)
I've heard sad stories from agents who spent $8,000 on a custom site that never produced leads, followed by over $5K on another one that also didn't perform. If you're going to invest in a custom real estate website, you've got to hire someone who can do it right.
If your web developer wants to use Flash, frames, or third party subdomains for your IDX integration, run as fast as you can from them. They obviously don't know a thing about real estate search engine optimization and chances are good your site will be a waste of effort, bandwidth, and cash.
What is SEO - Search Engine Optimization?
What is this thing called SEO Consulting? SEO consulting can include marketing advice geared towards the Psychological aspects of the internet, as well as social aspects. If a company's goal is to appear as the safest company around, then the job of an SEO consultant is to make them seem safe on the internet. I also like to call SEO consulting Search Engine Education. SEO is an ever changing business, so constant training is required to stay on top of the competition. As we all know, industry changes daily, so does the internet trends that follow. A good SEO consultant can help keep your business one step ahead of the competition.
Consultants are generally well educated and very world savvy individuals. There is no one in this world that knows everything, but a good consultant has a drive to be educated in his field. They might only know a small picture in the grand scheme of things, but they know where to find answers to your questions. Every Consultant has different personality characteristics, but all good consultants can see the big picture in each specific industry.
When deciding what consultant to go with, first take a look at their vision statement. They may not have a concrete vision statement, but they better have some sort of vision for your company. Make sure the vision of your company is close to the consultants vision. Just like every other business, there are great consultants, but they need to mesh well with your working team. For example, most companies have an offline marketing team. The marketing team and the SEO Consultant should work hand in hand when creating a company's image. There is no use for a company to go green on the internet, then turn around and pass out fliers for on site waste disposal. This is an exaggerated example, but I think you get my drift.
Consultants can create your company huge gains if they know what they are doing. It baffles me when someone says that their company doesn't have an SEO strategy. Every company worth their penny has a marketing plan. Why not implement an SEO plan that works hand in hand with your marketing plan? This is the internet age, so your online presence needs to be one in the same as your offline presence. A good consultant will make sure this happens, and give your company the image they deserve.