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This series of Frequently asked questions will most likely answer questions that you have right now. If not, simply contact us by phone or use our contact form.
Are your websites, mobile-friendly?
Are your websites ADA Compliant?
We have access to an ADA Compliant plugin that runs on WordPress. ADA stands for ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The plugin cost is $20.00 and takes us an hour to install. So, it would cost $100 for us to install it for you. It requires a connection to the Google API. And that is challenging to install it. The plugin is called WordPress Accessibility Plugin, Readabler, by a third-party company.
Why do I need an ADA Compliant Website?
People with disabilities may want to buy your products and this tool allows them to use your website. I will be installing the Readabler plugin soon on our soon.
What is the Cookie Law?
The “Cookie Law” is a nickname for the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications, which was adopted in 2002 and went into effect in 2003. The directive requires that websites obtain consent from visitors before they can store or access certain types of information on a user’s device, such as cookies.
The law applies to all member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area. It is designed to protect the privacy of internet users and give them more control over how their personal data is collected and used online.
What are your prices for a website?
At the present time, we charge $100 per hour to build a WordPress Website. The starting budget is $3000. After you submit a plan for your website, we will send you an estimate of the website cost. Then, you will need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,750. When the website is ready to be launched, the client must pay the remainder of the amount of development cost before it goes live.
Why don’t you have 3 packages for us to pick from?
Maybe in the future, we will do that. But all people are different. You may want 100 pages of communities or cities or neighborhoods for your real estate practice website. And, have no content. That would take 50 to 60 hours to build out.
If you are transferring your website from Wix, HTML, Ruby on Rails, or Square Space, the time to transfer to WordPress may be longer. Wix and Square Space to WordPress are a lot of work.
Why do you like Showcase IDX over IDX Broker or iHomeFinder or Diverse Solutions?
All 4 companies have their pros and cons when it comes to WordPress. My real estate team in the past earned are most commissions from using IDX products from Diverse Solutions. But they are not as advanced as the other IDX products on the market. So, I made the difficult decision to pick another solution.
You can read more about the current IDX that I use in the article “Why I chose Showcase IDX?”
I have a team of 7+ agents, which IDX do you recommend?
Interesting question, it depends on several factors. How much traffic do you have now? Let’s talk about it. Maybe WordPress is not right for you. What is your budget, goals, and website focus?
If you share with me your goals, budget, etc., then I can give you the pros and cons of the vendors out there. Contact us so I can understand your situation.
I’m just going to tell you the truth. No fluff. There are some IDX companies I would stay away from and others that are awesome.
What do you charge to host a website?
We have all of our clients on a fast website hosting company. The fee is $50 per month or $600 a year.
How can I find the best real estate website for my needs?
Write an outline of what you want to accomplish on a real estate website. Be detailed oriented. What should it look like? Who is your audience, target market, demographics, lifestyle, etc? How do they talk? Are they move-up buyers, first-time buyers, investors, sellers, etc?
You need a plan. It keeps everyone on track for that goal.
Do you only do Real Estate Websites?
No. We build websites for small businesses, eCommerce and real estate businesses.
Can a website help me generate leads?
Yes. It’s marketing to the clients that you want to do business with. If you are in real estate, your market might be income property owners. If so, your website should speck their language. If you love listings, then a website all about selling real estate. How many are out that are seller websites? Zero.
What features should I look for in a real estate website?
1. Responsive design: A responsive design ensures that your website looks and functions well on all devices, including smartphones and tablets.
2. Lead generation tools: Look for a website that includes lead generation tools, such as contact forms and property search tools, to help you generate leads from your website.
3. Property listings: Make sure the website allows you to easily add, edit, and showcase your property listings.
4. IDX integration: IDX (Internet Data Exchange) integration allows you to display listings from your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) on your website.
5. SEO optimization: Look for a website that is optimized for search engines, so that your website can rank well in search results.
6. Customization options: Choose a website that allows you to customize the design and layout to match your branding and style.
7. Analytics and tracking: Look for a website that includes built-in analytics and tracking tools to help you understand how visitors are interacting with your website.
Why is there an attribution link for the website design company at the bottom of my website?
It is a link to the website design company, SEO Real Estate Wagon, that created your website. If you look at a website in the real estate industry or any business, at the bottom of the page, there is a link back to the website company that developed it. Examples of this not created by us, would be LivingOnTheHudson.com created by Dakno Marketing. SarasotaHomes.com created by MCQ Web Design.
What will my website look like?
You should write a business plan for your website. Tell us what you want it to look like. Set a budget and a time frame. What do you expect? Will you be creating your own content? Do you need blogging services or a content strategist to help you plan out your digital marketing online? Take out a piece of paper and draw it out.
Your vision for a website may be different than my visison.
What is the estimated cost to move my website from Square Space to WordPress?
It depends on how big your website at Square Space (SS) is. The starting price for this move is $6,000. Square Space photos do not transfer to WordPress. Any blogging you did on SS, will be messy when it is moved over. You will have to edit your blog to fix content, SEO issues, coding, etc. Links in SS that are in content pages or blog posts do not transfer over well. We talk about this by phone, in person, or by email. Can the move be for less? It depends. Let’s talk.
Do we have to have a link back to your company as the developer?
No. But we will not be giving you a backlink from our SEO website either. Backlinks help companies rank in search engines.
You are in real estate. If we let you put a link back to the SEO Web Design Company will it help your real estate business?
No. It only helps the website and marketing business right here.
Do you provide advertising services??
Yes. We charge $400 per month for Online Advertising services which include managing your ad words account on the 3 major search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
If we hire you to create a website, do you guarantee that it will be on page 1 of Google?
Nope. It will be SEO friendly and ready for you to add content to it. The content may be in blogging or static content format…that is up to you.
What YouTubers Should I follow to gain insights into creating content, SEO, and Blogging?
Matt Digity for SEO tips and strategies…and check out the video on “This ChatGPT Prompt just made Google SEO 10x Easier”. Miles Beckler: he provides SEO tips, Content Hacks, and Information on Affiliate Marketing. Straight forward presentation. Check out his video on “How to Create Content Fast that Ranks in Google“
Who do you follow for Blogging?
Brandon Gaille. He is a professional blogger and his 3 websites, not in real estate, get over 5 million visitors a month. He has a great podcast called The Blogging Millionaire and he has a cool SEO Software called RankIQ to optimize your blog posts as you compare them to the top sites ranking on page 1 for the keyword phrase you are targeting. Check out the Video on how to use RankIQ. His podcast can be found on iTunes and Google Play for cell phones.
Copyblogger to learn how to blog better. Sign up for their free training.
Which websites do you use for Keyword Research?
I use two. Spyfu.com for keyword research and you can spy (ssshh) on your competition and RankIQ by Brandon Gaillie. You can read my blog post on RankIQ for more details. You can use Google Keyword Planner for keyword research for free through Google Ads. Look on Youtube for a video about it.
I already have a WordPress website. I just need a good IDX optimized to generate leads.
Let’s talk about it over the phone. Perhaps, I can optimize the IDX program and create a video so you can add custom idx links over time.
When you create a website for your business do you use a staging site?
I will for your website if you want so you can check it out before going live. After we create it, I needs to go live within 30 days. Otherwise, it is just taking up space on my server.
When I launch a site for my business empire, I never use a staging site. I just add WordPress, plugins and content. Bam. A website is marketing. You have to add content to it daily if possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about Contact Management Software
I like Follow Up Boss. It connects from my Showcase IDX account, the premium edition, into Follow Up Boss. That is a huge win for me. I have used Contactually in the past and LionDesk. I use Follow Up Boss for all of my businesses.
Some real estate agents use KW Command since they are at Keller Williams Realty. eXp Realty agents like KV Core because they can use it as a part of being a real estate agent at eXp. I’m not a fan of KV Core.
You could get a demo of Reavolve.com – to see how you like it. 888-507-1853. Ask Josh.
Diverse Solutions has its own CRM called Envoy. If you want a demo and a discount for the Diverse Solutions idx products, I have some key connections for you at Diverse Solutions.