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I Built It And They Are Coming >> Thank you Active Rain

About a month ago I wrote a blog called I need to build it so they will come.   I basically was at a cross roads in terms of building a new site and was not sure which way to turn.  I had looked at several options and was looking for direction.

I made the decision to purchase a new professional Point2Agent site.  I then found Active Rain member Kathleen Allardyce which I contracted with to design the home page of my new site and write 10 new pages.

I also wrote several new pages on my own at the advice of my friend Karen George.  Karen had written a post earlier in the year and strongly advised us to write as many good quality pages as possible to attract visitors and get the attention of the search engines.

My new site Search Idaho Homes was completed about 3 weeks ago.  Last week I hired my friend Don Robinson of Lead Home Designers to begin optimizing my new site by submitting it to the top 500,000 search engines on a regular schedule.

The result has been that my new site has already generated 13 new leads in those 3 weeks and they are starting to come in almost daily.  My site is also climbing the search engine ladders weekly. Without Active Rain and it's wonderful members I would still be fumbling around wondering what I should do.

To Active Rain, Kathleen, Don and my dear friend Karen......

 

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 71 commentsGeorge Tallabas • October 02 2007 09:35PM

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George - It is a wonderful site and I am sure they WILL come!
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 12 years ago
George, congrats on your success!  Your site looks great!  I guess I need to get to work! 
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hi George - what a great success story to read about your site!!  I've just started on my P2A site, and haven't made heads or tails out of it yet.  But I will - I just reached out to someone tonight about it.

Good for you for finding that kind of success with yours already!!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago
Good for you George...  I am still "thinking" about change as we discussed earlier.... baby steps for me... i am getting there !!
Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) almost 12 years ago
Active Rain is a WONDERFUL community. YOU, my friend have also done a lot of work, reading, researching, etc. Plus you are just a wonderful soul who attracts positive energy because you release positive energy. Congratulations! I am not one bit surprised that they are coming to you. Great job!
Posted by . . (no thanks) almost 12 years ago
A good website is paramount to netting both buyers and I think more importantly prospective sellers.  Good luck and have fun!
Posted by Jesse Limon (Marcus & Millichap) almost 12 years ago
Thank you George for sharing your new website.  I have heard good things about it.
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hey George, I also purchased a Point2Agent site and I'm still trying to figure out how to make it more consumer friendly.  It's nice to hear that you're having success...sell, sell, sell. 
Posted by Wayne Miller almost 12 years ago
Your site looks great...love the "casual" pics of you. Nice and personal, very user-friendly.
Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) almost 12 years ago

George that is fantastic.  I checked out the website and it is really great.  I wish you continued success with your website.

Posted by Kimberly Grant, Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama (Exit Leon Crawford Realty) almost 12 years ago
Great success story!  I will impliment your ideas. 
Posted by Barb Merrill, GRI, Associate Broker (Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC) almost 12 years ago
I am glad you found help here on AR. It has been great for me!
Posted by Jason Schweiger, Loan Originator / Branch Manager NFLP (Network Funding LP) almost 12 years ago

Wow, George!  That's one terrific looking site!  Congratulations!

I hope your successes are many.  Great job! 

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 12 years ago
George - Your site is great, I too need to make some changes so I will get even more leads.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 12 years ago
Thank you every for your words of support.  I am truly blessed to have met all my good friends here on Active Rain.  God bless you all and to all a good night :-)
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Congratulations George!  I knew you would find the perfect solution!
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 12 years ago
George - What a awesome looking site - 100% improvement - and the other was functional in my opinion but this is packed with the latest calls to actions and what a great feel - I give it a 10!  
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago
George:  You have inspired me.  I've been using a P2 website for about a month.  I just sold a house through one of my leads on P2.  I can only imagine what might happen if I get my website as fantastic as yours.  Thanks for the information.  Your site really looks super.
Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 12 years ago
top dog agentGeorge - It doesn't surprise me that you are climbing the ladders with google and any other search engine! The best of the best with attitude, fortitude, motivation, desire, compassion, knowledge and wisdom typically climb to the top. You, in no time will be the top dog in your field. Your energy is by far the most positive I have encountered in years, keep doing what your doing!! You are nothing short of 'Amazing' in my book!!  Your site is fabulous!!  Your friend, Candace in AZ-- {{{{{ Hugs }}}}}
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) almost 12 years ago
I like the separate pages you did for the different area's of Idaho. Did you start with a blank page in point 2 and right the content right there ?
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 12 years ago

George,

Congrats on the new site. Great job getting the right people in the right places to make it happen for you. Now, go make some sales!!

Posted by Andrew Trevino, Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale (ADT Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
George - Your site is fantastic.  I love the listing slideshows.  Congrats on your continued success!
Posted by Maureen Maureen almost 12 years ago

Exellent, George. Congratulations on your hard work that is now paying off. Off to check it out.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 12 years ago

George,

 

I really like your site. Congrats!!!  

Posted by Anna Baughn, Central Virginia Realtor; "The Baughn Team" (Vance & Associates Real Estate, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Good morning to you all and "THANK YOU!"  Missy, we did start with a blank page. I started by writing several pages like the Foreclosure, Short sales, Interest Rate Chart, Home staging, Credit Repair, Homeowner taxes, Builders, Subdivisions, Schools and the Newsletter.  Kathleen wrote all the cities pages and layed out my home page.

I appreciate all of your comments and I wish you all the best.  Have a wonderful day! 

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
In todays world a good website is so important.  Almost every client I have goes to my website.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy - Congratulations my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
George - Checked out you point2 site it looks great. Lots of terrific information for your area. Check out my point2 site when you get a chance. I would love to hear your feedback. You can find me at Sell My Home in Metrowest MA.
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 12 years ago
Bill - Thank you....I checked out your site and good content.  My monitor is pretty bid and your page does not quite fit on my large monitor so I wonder how it looks on smaller monitors or notebook computers???
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

Howdy George

Congrats my friend on your new web site doing will.

I'll take a look at it.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 12 years ago
Dale - Thank you very much...have a great evening
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
George, I have a p2agent site, and it does not even come close to yours. Looks great!
Posted by Rob Baldwin, REALTOR, Santa Clarita (US ECO-GREEN REAL ESTATE INC.) almost 12 years ago

Howdy George

A very good looking site. One of the very best I have ever seen.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 12 years ago
Rob - Don't worry my friend...just keep at it and "Thank You"
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Dale - Thank you very much...have a great evening
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

Awesome!!!!

Anytime you can stay ahead of the curve instead of playing catch up is a good day!!!

It's pretty obvious you put some thought into it.....looks great!!!

Posted by Bill Nazur almost 12 years ago
Bill - Thank you.  I had a lot of support and I am very grateful
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
George, great site.  I hope you sell lots from it.  I couldn't do without mine.
Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 12 years ago
Kay - Thank you very much and I hope you are well my friend
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George - Sorry to be late to the party!  I wanted to thank you for the fun we had working together to get your site looking good and search-engine ready.  And, thanks for mentioning me on your blog, too!

Wishing you lots of Internet sales,

Kathleen

Posted by Kathleen Allardyce (Getting It Write, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
Nice site, thanks for sharing.  I've got work to do to catch up!
Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) almost 12 years ago

Kathleen - Thank you so very much for everything!

Rosemary - Good luck to you

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

I am interested in finding out more about point2agent. Would anyone know if you are allowed to have your own exsiting website or do you have to use their templates?

The main thing is I really do not like how their sites look. Also has anyone else had success integrating their content with their website?

Posted by Javier Corona (119 Media) almost 12 years ago
Javier - Contact point2agent directly and they will answer your question.  All I can tell you is that my site is only a month old and I am getting an amazing amount of leads.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Great Site...congrats!!
Posted by David Bennett, Yorba Linda Real Estate (Tarbell, Realtors) almost 12 years ago

Congrats and continued success!!!

Thanks for sharing, good post!

Posted by Armando Rodriguez, Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI (QUEST REALTY SERVICES) over 11 years ago

David - Thank you very much!

Armando - Thanks for the good wishes and have a great day!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Can you tell me what it now costs you per month for this site? I've looked at it and it's a wonderful site but you know those of us who are starving in real estate right now may not be able to afford to pay for a site!
Posted by Tina Thimlar, Southeast Georgia Real Estate (Century 21) over 11 years ago
Tina - I called you this a.m. and I hope it helped you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George

Good for you I am glad to see you are doing so well with the change over, there are lots of experienced people to tap for knowledge here.

Posted by Gary J. Rocks (Juba Team Realty) over 11 years ago
Gary - Thank you so much...I hope all is well with you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Congrats George!  It's a good looking site.  Glad to see that you are getting such great results!
Posted by Megan Barber (Barber Virtual Assisting Solutions, LLC) over 11 years ago
Megan - Good morning and thank you so much.  Have a wonderful day!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Great information.  Thank you so much for sharing anfd for all of your help.
Posted by Denise Shockey, Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate (RE/MAX Aerospace Realty) over 11 years ago
Denise - You are welcome and I hope all is well
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information. It really is a gem of info for everyone who wants to advance in the search engine world and drive more traffic to their websites. You are truly a "friend" in the business.

 

 

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Nicholas - Thank you so much for your kind comments and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Hey George - Merry Christmas to you!! Hope all is still going well! :-) Jack says HI too!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - Thank you my dear friend and I send you many greatings from Idaho!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Steven - You are very welcome and if I can assist you in any way please let me know. Have an awesome New Year.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George, it's great to see that you have a found a site that both works for you and that fits your personality.  I just got done visiting your site, and I love seeing that your personality is sprinkled throughout the site (i.e.: fishing and out door picks look great).

I also have been using the Point2 site, and although I am still working on it, it seems to be very stable and flexible.

So once again, thank you for all that you do over here at ActiveRain.  You area very active and big part of this community, and we all appreciate everything that you do and all of your input and insight.

DJ Breckheimer
www.djBreck.com

Posted by DJ Breckheimer - SW Mpls Specialist (Re/Max Advantage Plus) over 11 years ago

Congratulations George !  Sounds like it is really working.... I need to see what you have going and work on mine as well..

Keep up the good job !

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 11 years ago

DJ - Thank you so very much and I wish you well.

Roland - Thank you and I hope all works well for you.

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

George - nice job with your new site! I like the layout - the tags at the bottom of the home page make it easy to navigate.

Kelsie
www.TriangleChoiceRealty.com

 

Posted by Kelsie Compton, Cary NC Real Estate (Triangle Choice Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Kelsie - I appreciate you stopping by and I hope all is well for you. Have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Great looking website and I love my point2 website also. When i upgraded I saw a huge increases in real contacts.
Posted by Vickie Gambrell (Baron Agency) over 11 years ago
Vickie - Good for you and I wish you an awesome year.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Thanks you too. I have learned so much on here this year.
Posted by Vickie Gambrell (Baron Agency) over 11 years ago
Vickie - Thank you Vickie...have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

It's hard to maintain 2 web sites. I signed up for the free version of Point2Agents so I can syndicate my listings.  We'll see.

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

Tracy - Good luck to you and let me know if I can help you in any way.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

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