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9 Common Apartment SEO Myths and Why They Are Wrong

Search engine optimization--SEO for short--is both vitally important for most businesses and widely misunderstood. In this sense it's like many other elements of online marketing--Craigslist, pay per click advertising, website design, etc.

By: Jake Meador

March 20, 2015

SEO for Apartment Websites

What Google Testing

What Google Testing "Slow" Label Means for Apartment SEO

One of the innovations Google has introduced to the design of search engine result pages in the past couple of years is adding short tags to results that indicate something unique about the result. The first place they did this is with their ad design.

By: Jake Meador

March 10, 2015

SEO for Apartment Websites

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Yahoo's Search Share Drops--What That Means for Apartment SEO

For the first time since they became the default search engine on Firefox, Yahoo's overall search share has dropped month-over-month. If you've not followed this story, here's the short version:

  1. In the middle of November 2014 Firefox adopted Yahoo as the default search engine on their browser. At the time Yahoo had an overall search share 7.9%.
  2. In December, Yahoo gained 2.1% overall search share on desktop search bringing them up to 10%.
  3. In January, Yahoo gained 0.7% overall search share on desktop search bringing them up to 10.7%.
  4. In February, Yahoo lost 0.3% overall search share on desktop search bringing them to a current level of 10.4%.

By: Jake Meador

March 9, 2015

SEO for Apartment Websites

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Step One to Excellent Apartment Website SEO

Here's a simple exercise you can do to find out if your apartment community needs help with their apartment website SEO: Switch to private browsing/incognito mode on your web browser, go to Google and search for different branded keywords for your community. So let's say you're Sudden Valley Apartments in Orange County CA. You'll need to Google keywords like these:

By: Jake Meador

February 18, 2015

SEO for Apartment Websites

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How Much Do Search Engines Actually Matter for Apartment Websites?

These days it is very rare for an apartment community to not be online. We still see them once in awhile, but most apartment communities have some sort of online presence, even if it's only a listing on an ILS or on the management company's corporate website.

That said, while it's good that we're seeing more communities online, there's still a lot of mystery when it comes to figuring out how to get people to find you online. There are lots of ideas about how to do this. Some think that Facebook is the way to go, others think a broader social media campaign is needed. Still others think the best route is to simply outsource the work to an ILS. And finally there are folks (like us) who believe that search engines must be at the center of a community's strategy for generating traffic to their apartment websites.

The Theory Behind Emphasizing Search Engines

By: Jake Meador

February 9, 2015

SEO for Apartment Websites

Why You're Spending More on Apartment Marketing and Getting Less Cover Photo

Why You're Spending More on Apartment Marketing and Getting Less

Let's say you're a property owner or property manager who recently decided to focus more on your community marketing. You've started talking to your staff about making marketing more of a priority, you're working more closely with your marketing director or property manager, and you're starting to increase your marketing budget.

Unfortunately, you've been at it for awhile now and after an initial bump you're now starting to see less and less of a return on your increased spending. What's gone wrong?

One possibility is that you're losing people on Google before they ever call your community. So people are looking for you online, but for one reason or another they aren't taking the next step in the sales process.  To understand how this works, we need to talk about how the rent process works for a prospective resident.

By: Jake Meador

January 16, 2015

SEO for Apartment Websites

Yahoo's Search Share Spike and Why It Matters to Apartment Marketers Cover Photo

Yahoo's Search Share Spike and Why It Matters to Apartment Marketers

Here's some surprising news: Firefox, the third most popular browser amongst internet users, recently switched their default search engine on the browser from Google to Yahoo. The change was made last month and after one month the numbers show that Yahoo gained 20 percentage points in search share on the latest version of Firefox, with Google dropping almost 20 percentage points.

Such a spike is almost unheard of given how consistent search engine share numbers have been in recent years. If you want to learn more about this specific change, you can see the Search Engline Land story on the spike here. In this post we want to share three points worth considering in the light of this (surprising) news from Firefox.

By: Jake Meador

December 19, 2014

SEO for Apartment Websites

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The Future of Google and Apartment SEO

As the first half of the decades comes to a close this month, a few SEOs have looked back on what we've learned and what has changed in SEO over the first five years of the decade. One post from Search Engine Land made a point that is essential for understanding the future of SEO. Basically, Google is saying less and less about what goes into ranking well in their search algorithms and they are giving SEOs less and less data to work with. PageRank is dead. The AdWords keyword tool is less useful. Keyword data is a relic of the past. What all this means is that in the future we'll have to do apartment SEO work with less data and less guidance from Google. The ongoing questions about Matt Cutts' future with the company also factor into this a bit.

By: Jake Meador

December 17, 2014

SEO for Apartment Websites

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How to Respond to Changes to Apartment Website SEO

Larry Kim has an interesting story about some new changes being rolled out to some verticals on Google's paid search platform. Briefly, Goolg appears to be running some tests in which they show a set of Google Shopping ads on the search engine result page for branded keyword searches. 

Google's Latest Test

So, as in Kim's example, a person searches for the clothing store Anthropologie and the top right corner of the resulting SERP shows a big box with sponsored results that take users to a Google Shopping page rather than the Anthropologie page.

By: Jake Meador

November 17, 2014

SEO for Apartment Websites

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The State of Local Apartment SEO

Moz rolled out their annual local search ranking factors survey results recently and they make for some fascinating reading. If you haven't seen them yet, you can see the results here and a blog announcing (and analyzing) the results here.

What do the results mean for multifamily and for local apartment SEO?

The most important ranking factors according to the experts Moz spoke with are on-page signals such as the presence of the business name, address, phone number, the use of keywords, and the authority of the domain and linking signals.

By: Jake Meador

October 28, 2014

SEO for Apartment Websites

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