SEO for WordPress in 10 minutes-Permalinks

Enjoy another week of  10 minute our SEO for WordPress Series brought to you by your friends at VIRTUAL RESULTS…

Dont have a GREAT WordPress site?  Find out why you shoud have a great WordPress Website here.

Learn More About WordPress Websites that Work

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Sales Q&A: Why Buy A Custom Website that Works

Why a Custom? Because your market is custom. Because your prospects are custom. Because your sphere is custom. And because YOU are one of a kind.

Shouldn’t your website be?

Virtual Results custom sites exude your brand. They allow Virtual Results to express who you are and why you rock. You are successful for a reason. You need to tell the world why you are better, faster, smarter, bolder and unique.

Our custom websites are not 100% custom. They are BETTER than 100% custom. We work with you to learn your brand and combine it with our knowledge, based on MILLIONS of clicks, of what works…and what doesn’t.

You see… YOU are great at Real Estate (or you wouldn’t be hiring us) and we are great at creating websites that convert traffic to leads. When we combine your knowledge with ours? Bingo. WE ROCK. We each have a job in the process… YOUR JOB is to ensure we understand and create a website that reflects your brand. OUR JOB, is Internet Marketing… We will ensure that your wants and needs don’t break the conversion of our expertly designed architecture, mind map and Call to Actions.

You know the Real Estate Consumer and WE know the Internet Consumer. Perfect partnership. Nothing is left to chance. Each word, placement and page is thought out and tested…

Virtual Results custom websites are not cheap. But if your business has brought you to the point where you need to move to the next level and show your market you are the thought leader? Our custom websites are the perfect solution.

Ready to get started? We’re standing by…

See Examples of Our Work

AtSanMarcosHomes.com

URL: http://atsanmarcoshomes.com

Description: San Marcos Real Estate Brokerage is managed by Durrell Thomas and, given the brokerage name, it’s no surprise they specialize in all things related to the city of San Marcos in Southern California.

Testimonial: I feel that the Pre-designed websites has enabled me to take advantage of modern marketing techniques to get my business found on the Internet, without the cost and time commitment of a custom site.

The biggest benefit of our Pre-design Website is the knowledge and software behind it. Plus, our consultant Drew Meyers is good to work with and takes care of us.  If I email him with an idea and or problem, he is on the case immediately.  In three months our website site grade went from zero to 96 on the Hubspot’s website grader.

— Durrell Thomas

Video Testimonial from Erica Liodice of Real Living Lifestyles

We wanted to share a video from Erica Liodice, the Director of Marketing for Real Living Lifestyles (our latest real estate brokerage partner), talking about their experience working with Virtual Results.

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We’re thrilled to have Erica and Real Living Lifestyles as part of the Virtual Results family. If you want to join the family and get up and running with your own amazing WordPress website, let us know.

Syndicating ActiveRain Blog Posts to Your WordPress.org Blog

You all likely know we recommend that your own website should be the hub of your online efforts, and that you should spend the majority of the time you spend writing content writing content on YOUR DOMAIN. Not someone else’s.

ActiveRain, which is a popular blogging platform for real estate professionals, is not an environment you control. But of course, there are benefits to writing on another platform with a built in audience – you are just sacrificing some of the long term benefit of content creation for the short term benefits of a built in audience. For more reading on this issue, head over the Phoenix Real Estate Guy and read Jay Thompson’s post.

However, there is an inbetween ground for those who REALLY want to just keep contributing to ActiveRain and still build content on your own domain name at the same time. You can use the FeedWordPress plugin to automatically pull in your Active Rain posts to your own WordPress.org blog. I personally implemented this approach on Spencer Rascoff’s blog (he’s the CEO of Zillow, my former employer). The steps to doing so are pretty simple:

  1. Install the FeedWordPress plugin and activate it
  2. Grab your ActiveRain RSS feed (for example, mine is feed://drewmeyers.activerain.com/rss)
  3. Navigate to your FeedWordPress settings, and add your RSS feed as a new syndication source.
  4. You’ll end up with posts like this that get automatically created whenever you publish new posts on ActiveRain.

One of downsides to this approach is that photos still sit on ActiveRain servers – so there’s always the potential that you’ll lose them all if ActiveRain decides to not let people export images. Of course, it’s also duplicate content, so you’re not going to get credit for unique content on your domain (which is one of the primary ways to attract organic SEO traffic). Questions? Leave them in the comments.

If you just want to export all your content instead and start devoting the majority of your time to writing on your own website? Let us know, we can help. And if you need a WordPress website/blog, of course we can help with that too.

Join Us for #retechchat this Evening at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST

The topic of tonight’s #retechchat Twitter discussion will be Blogging Content Strategies. In other words, how to generate compelling, unique content on a consistent basis. It’s a challenge that virtually every new blogger battles with – and even some blogging veterans from time to time. So, come join the discussion and I’m sure you’ll get at least a few ideas on how to solve the content problem.

To participate, here are a few options:

Tune in tonight (Monday, May 9th) at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST!