Wednesday, January 6th 2010 there are going to be some open slots for the HomeQuest Open House. We are going to stick with the RSVP ONLY system. The RSVP is to ensure that peoples appointments are spaced out enough that you can get some individual time and we maintain the small group environment.
How to RSVP:
Send an email to email@example.com with an RSVP request to the Open House before the Jan 6th date
The RSVP only HomeQuest Open House for December is only one week away. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve on of the 8 remaining spots left for the afternoon of December 17, 2009.
Step 1. Locate the video that you want embedded into your blog post, and copy the “Embed” code.
When you click on the Embed code, several options appear below it. Use these options to make the video smaller or larger. A video that takes up too much space on your page and interferes with the sidebar may need to be shrank. Remember that anytime you change an option on YouTube, the embed code is brand new and has to be changed.
Step 2. Edit the blog post that you would like to include the video in. Click the “HTML” tab, and paste the embed code that you copied from Youtube.
This month we are going to change the HomeQuest Open House a little bit. Our Open House was so popular last month that it lost the small group feeling that is best for a training and learning environment. In order to keep the Open House to a small group we are going to try an RSVP system. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to email@example.com and reserve a space for yourself.
RSVP for time with HomeQuest on Thursday December 17, 2009
10 spaces are available in two time slots, please RSVP to receive your time slot confirmation.
Coming Soon! The WordPress IDX Plugin from HomeQuest allows you to install the amazing HomeQuest IDX Search into your WordPress blog.
In the past, you could only enjoy our IDX Blogger map if you had a site hosted with HomeQuest, now as another option you can install our Plugin. A WordPress plugin is an easy way to install additional functionality to your WordPress website or blog. Enhance your website with continually updated listings from the MLS, as well as the ability to add your blog posts to the map as neighborhood information. The plug-in centers around an interactive map that can search property by map window or various shapes such as Zillow neighborhoods, zip codes, school boundaries etc. Visitors can save searches and be notified of new matches via email and can build folders to store their favorite properties.
Now you can have the freedom of your own WordPress blog with our premier IDX solution, and best of all the plugin is FREE with your HomeQuest subscription.
Check out more and see the latest information about the WordPress IDX Plugin from HomeQuest.
Now enhanced with:
- An easier to navigate map. Navigate by neighborhood, school boundary, city, or just zoom in to the area you want and see the listings.
- Saved Searches! Never before has a client been able to setup their own Saved Searches, an agent always had to do it for them. Now clients can save the search they are working on at any time and automatically receive updates to that search by email.
- Multiple Favorites Lists
One week from today on Monday November 16, 2009 we are hosting our HomeQuest Open House. Drop in anytime from noon to 4pm at 2211 NW Front St Portland, OR 97209 and get some help with HomeQuest or your IDX Blogger website.
HomeQuest hosts monthly Open Houses here at our office where you can come and learn about IDX Blogger and HomeQuest in a small group environment with the HQ support team. Come ask questions, see new things, and get small unofficial trainings on new features and parts of HomeQuest that you may not have used before.
Ask us about:
- The Market Analyzer
- Getting the most out of your IDX Blogger website
- Managing your website content
- Adding community information to your listings map
- and more
Come join us on Monday November 16, 2009 from 12 noon to 4pm. Drop in anytime for some snacks and HomeQuest goodness.
Our office is located at 2211 NW Front St Portland, OR 97209. Go in the bright orange door.
Content is king, and having a lot of original good content will bring you more web traffic and more leads. Show what you know about your city, show what you know about your hobbies by adding pages and sub pages to your site. A great site will tell about you as an agent, you as a person, and what services you will bring to your clients.
Sub pages appear when a visitor hovers their mouse over a link in your navigation bar. A menu will drop down listing each sub-page that you placed underneath that link. For example you could have a “Community Information” page that has several sub-pages underneath it like: Attractions, Economy, Schools, Transit, and anything else you can think of. Each page would have your descriptive information on it providing a great online resource to your potential clients. Not only will your clients be impressed, but having more content filled pages provides enormous SEO benefit.
Step 1. Create all of the pages that you will later organize as sub-pages
Step 2. From the “Manage” menu, select “Site Navigation”.
Step 3. Click and drag to move pages. To make a page a sub-page of another, drag it on top of the parent page.
You know you have the sub-page setup corectly when it is indented underneath the parent page. Click here to see more about organizing the pages in your main navigation links bar.
Step 4. Your sub-pages are now setup. To test this, go to your site and hover your mouse over the parent link, and the sub pages will appear.
With each HomeQuest subscription comes 3 slots for hosted websites. This means that HomeQuest will host your site on our servers and provide you with the IDX Blogger platform to make a really easy agent website. You can have more than 3 websites by contacting HomeQuest Support (additional websites for $10/year). It is important to note that once you add a website to the system, you cannot change it or remove it without contacting support. HomeQuest support can change or remove a site for $10.
Why would I have more than one website?
Generally, having a single unified website with all of your information is best. Having one good website will get you more leads than having many small websites with no content that never get updated. Google likes to refer internet users to sites with continuously updating fresh content, not a static website that has not changed since the 1990′s. However, if you have a specialty or a very specific marketing niche, another website might be just what you need to get some internet attention. For example: Hillary C. Agent could have her main website focus on herself, where her second website could be designed to specifically target buyers who are looking for farmland. Since each website has a specific focus, and they both get updated periodically, Hillary has a good reason for two websites.
What is the advantage of having a single website?
By having a single website, there is only one place to update, one web address to give to clients, and a unified brand for you as an agent. Each website in HomeQuest stands on its own, and is independent from the others in content, theme changes, widgets and other options. No content is shared between sites, and there is no method of posting the same content automatically across all sites. This is done because Google only gives credit to unique content on the internet, if it sees blog posts that have been copied from somewhere else, no credit is given in the overall search rankings.
Note: The exception to this is contact information, and featured listings. Contact Information for all websites is located on the “Preferences” tab in your HomeQuest account.
Periodically we will be posting and emailing out our Agent Spotlight. The Agent Spotlight is a way for us to communicate with you the different ways that IDX Blogger can create a unique and successful agent website for you, by highlighting a website each week. A brief summary of the website is included, and how they are using their site to the fullest advantage.
Some people use the blog heavily, others use the search listings map more, and others still just use it as a nice place for their contact information and a Daily Email signup map. Click the “Agent Spotlight” category link located in the right hand side bar to review all of our past Agent Spotlights.
Also, be sure to catch the “Tip of the Week” at the bottom of each email. The Tip of the Week can keep you informed with HomeQuest and IDX Blogger news and tricks of the trade.