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Real Estate Domain Names >> Choosing the right one makes all the difference

Domain name articles have been written here on Active Rain and all over the web.  The do's and dont's of using the correct domain name have been around for a while now.

Again I am living proof of what works and what does not. Active Rain member Karen George wrote about this topic and she was right on the button as always!

I created my first major website about 9 years ago.  Not knowing any better I just chose tallabas.com  For years and even until recently this was my domain name with one other domain name pointing to it which I will no longer do...read Multiple Domain Names >> What is the latest news?

About 2 months ago I purchased a Point2Agent professional template site.   At first I wasn't sure about it and didn't do much.  About 3 weeks ago I got pretty serious about it and then excited.  Early last week I worked on it a lot and then decided to use a domain name I have owned for some time www.SearchIdahoHomes.com I received confirmation last Thursday the 23rd of August, 2007 that Search Idaho Homes was now my official domain name for my new site.

If you go to Google and type in "Search Idaho Homes".  My site now comes up #1 on the first page in only 5 days of existence!   

In all the years of using tallabas.com my site never got past the 3rd page on Google and it took years to even get there.  This goes to prove that Karen and many others are right when they say that using a domain name that is relative to the product you are selling is magic!

So instead of using "JohnSmith.com" for selling real estate in Tim Buck Two as a domain name, use something with "Tim Buck" in the name. Get creative and keep trying until you come up with a relative name. I am proof that the results are amazing!

 

www.SearchIdahoHomes.com

 

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 27 commentsGeorge Tallabas • August 27 2007 05:10PM

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Hi George! Great post. It's so true. I'm working on changing my domain name and changing my website around. Congratulations on the google ranking!! :)
Posted by delete account over 11 years ago

Pamela - Thank you...I am sooooo exited!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Hey George, I hate to rain on your parade, especially since you are such a sweetheart, but here goes.

Getting good SERPs for "search idaho homes" most likely won't do much for you. KeywordDiscovery.com shows that there have only been around 43 searches for variations of that keyphrase. Ironically, it also shows a total of 43 searches for keyphrases including the word "tallabas" -- and tallabas.com also comes up #1 on Google for searches on "tallabas".

Meanwhile, there have been around 1500 searches for variations of "boise idaho real estate" and around 700 for  variations of "boise idaho homes for sale".

It was easy to get top SERPs for "search idaho homes" because 1)  it's not a competitive keyphrase and 2) it's an exact match for your domain name. Ditto "tallabas." It's always most important to optimize for the keyphrases that people are actually using.

The good news is that your site has a healty PR2 and a number of backlinks, so it shouldn't take an enormous amount of effort to keep pushing it higher for the important keyphrases.

Gosh... I feel so guilty for even bringing this up. Please don't hate me! -:)

 

Posted by Suzanne Stephens, Real Estate Website Design (Stephens Design) over 11 years ago
George, that is wonderful !! Keep at it, as we never know how consumers will find us.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Suzanne - This is a brand new site and I am working with an SEO to get get me ranked high with "Boise Idaho Real Estate".   In my opinion and many Search Idaho Homes is a lot better than Tallabas, Smith, Jones, etc.  The only reason Tallabas comes up so high is that it has been around forever.  I am happy with my new domain name and to have such success in such a few days is awesome.  I will climb the other search phrases as well with time.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Ann - Thank you for being happy for me and not raining on my parade!  You are an awesome friend!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George - I understand what you are saying and agree that it is important to have a good domain name relative to your area or something about real estate and not your name.

I actually got a point2site myself about 2 weeks ago and I am in the #1 spot for google for "Sell my home in Metrowest MA" which is what my domain is sellmyhomeinmetrowestma.com. It would be hard not to come up for that search term though...I guess thats the point!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago
Bill - Congratulations to you my friend!  You made a wise decision and it is paying off dividends already. Have a great day!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George -- yet another insightful and informative post.  Thanks for keeping us on our toes with this SEO stuff.  It's tough to master, but I think you have done it!  Congratulations!
Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

George, age of a domain name is an important factor, but  searchidahohomes.com and tallabas.com were about the same age, registered in 2000 and 1999 respectively, so there's a negligible difference in the domains' ages. Google doesn't care how old the site itself is; it looks primarily at the age of the domain.

And yes, Bill Gassett understood my point: it's hard NOT to come up #1 for an exact match. But it's only meaningful if people are actually searching that term. 

How about reporting back to us in a month or so and let us know how the domain name change has impacted traffic to your site? That's the true test! 

Posted by Suzanne Stephens, Real Estate Website Design (Stephens Design) over 11 years ago

Suzanne - I don't care about "Tallabas" and either does Google, Yahoo or any other search engine.  Just because I had a site with that user name for years doesn't make it a valuable term.  Search Idaho Homes is a great domain name when compared to Smith, Jones, Tallabas, etc. 

I am working to get the site optimized and am proud of the success in 5 days!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George: Congratulations! You've given all of us some valuable information and insight. My domain name www.GetMovingWithKelly.com doesn't pertain to my local area, but all the good ones were taken with my town in them. But it does a good job of branding me and is easy for people to remember. I guess that's something! :)
Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) over 11 years ago
Kelly - Good for you my friend.  I wish you well and have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George, Question - are you still going to use tallabas.com as well?  Or just the new one.  I am going through this too, and with p2a as well.  I just posted yesterday with questions related to this as well so its a timely topic for me. 
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago
Steve - No, I am giving up tallabas.com and using searchidahohomes exclusively due to this post I wrote a couple of days ago Multiple Domain Names >> What is the latest news?  It has been proven to me that having multiple domain names pointed at the same site is not good and Google and other search engines frown on it.  Good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

I am going to have to do some research on the multi url issue.  I have never heard before that it could be bad for your rankings...

Do keep in mind that having multi urls can have great benefits in tracking the effectiveness of different marketing efforts... I use multi urls to source what is working and what is not... if everything came in on www.markryangroup.com then I would never know what was driving people there...

Something to think about.

Thanks,

 Mark Ryan

Posted by Mark Ryan, Broker, CRS, ABR, CDPE (Mark Ryan Group / Re/Max Victory) over 11 years ago
Thanks George.  I will read your other post as well.  I must have missed it the other day. 
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago

Hi George,

Thanks for the helpful info on multiple domain names. I too am in the process of trying to figure out what to do on this subject. For years I have been using just my own name and am thinking now that it would be better for me to have a name more specific to the business or area that I am in.

Congrats on your google ranking!

Posted by Claudia Clausen, Middlesex County Real Estate (Keller Williams Elite Realtors) over 11 years ago

Steve - Thanks and good luck to you

Claudia - Thank you very much I wish you well with your decision.  Take good care.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Jim - You are missing the point my friend.   I had a choice to use "George", "Tallabas", "Smith", "Jones", etc. and I chose SearchIdahoHomes and any SEO will tell you that is a better choice than ones personal name.  This site is less than a week old and of course it won't come up with all the other search terms you mentioned yet.  I am working on those other search terms with an SEO.  My point was when one decides on a domain name you are much better off choosing a term relative to your industry instead of your personal name.  You could have used "Jim Crawford" or "Crawford" and you chose wisely. Thanks Jim and have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
It's great to get ranked for searches of highly competitive terms, but don't neglect the "long tail".  Hitting niches and taking advantage of being noticed more often in smaller crowds can be as beneficial, if not more beneficial in some cases, than being in with everyone else.  If you're not familiar with the term long tail, head on over to Google for some quality search & research time.
Posted by Mike Argyle (ClearStream Concepts) over 11 years ago
Mike - Not sure I follow what you mean but thanks and I am thrilled with my results in less than a week!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Here's a great source of info...............

Long Tail of Real Estate Search --> http://www.realestateblogsites.com/public/blog/114042

Another good article --> http://ezinearticles.com/?id=337157

 

Posted by Mike Argyle (ClearStream Concepts) over 11 years ago
Mike - thank you
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Great advice to use when registering domain names.
Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) over 11 years ago
David - Thanks and good luck to you
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Your blog came up when I searched for short sale domain name in AR. Good post.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 8 years ago

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