Your Website

My passion is for Agents to take control of their website. Yes I do profit from this when an Agent uses my services, but it is the single most important issue facing real estate agents today.

Who are the losers?
Quite simply any Agent that relies on one of the major portals for their websites existence. Why would you spend 10s of 1000s of dollars per year marketing your website only to have it re-directed to another portal and only for them to benefit from those visitors?

How does this work?
Companies like www.realestate.com.au do a website design for an agent like Whitehouse Realty. This agent ( only as an example) then markets their domain name but as soon as someone searches that site they are re-directed back to realestate.com.au. Not only does it benefit the other company but it is impossible to track user behaviour through their statistics page. Type in “white house realty Tasmania” in Google and whose website appears? You guessed it realestate.com.au!

Lazy and pocketing
I consider this a cheap and lazy way to approach the Internet. Tell me what company has more value? A company that has built a website that owns their data, has hundreds (thousands) of people subscribing to their weekly property lists, appraoches their brand online with the same venom as they do their traditional marketing or a company that simply saves a few dollars, gets a website designed for them that is the same as hundreds of other ones and re -directs their visitors to a company that charges them fees each month to promote someone else! Do the math! It only costs a bit more up front to take control.

These are the real estate companies that will be left behind.

Why the Portals do this?
Quite simply to get more visitors and agents pay for the privilege of giving them more visitors. Every time these agents advertise they give the Portal more visitors. There are thousands of agents doing this every day across Australia. It absolutely astounds me.

This is not an evil thing that realestate.com.au are doing, it is just very smart business.

Why is this so important?
The Internet is the last advertising medium that does not need to be completely controlled by the big media companies, they will always control the big portals as they have the mediums and the marketing muscle to make sure your vendors ask to be listed on them. However if you invested just $5000.00 per annum in your websites development and promotion online – the need for these portals becomes less relevant as time goes by. You only have to see what happens when a big media player has a monopoly in your region, prices rise and you do not have a choice but to pay the costs. This is what they do, this is why they are successful.

Fortunately more agents are moving away from this old model everyday and I am happy to be a person that is championing the cause for agents to take control of their Internet marketing!

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About Peter J Ricci

Peter Ricci is the Director of Agentpoint.com.au, Business2.com.au, Ginga.com.au and ZooProperty.com and has been involved in designing and developing real estate systems and websites since 1997. In July 2001 Peter founded Business2.com.au to help real estate agents better understand the power of the Internet and the real estate landscape in Australia and New Zealand. Since then he has penned over 300 articles on a variety of subjects in the real estate technology industry. Business2.com.au is now the leading real estate technology site in Australasia.

2 Responses to Your Website

  1. Scott Hampson - Web Specialist - realestate.com.au April 7, 2006 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi peter,

    I have just read this post, so please excuse the delay in adding this reply.

    I would just like to point out that the link you have for White house realty is incorrect, and it should be http://www.whitehouserealty.com.au/
    Your link refers to an old presence we created a few years ago.

    If you do the google search, as suggested, you will see the whitehouse realty site in 3rd place. The first two results certainly are realestate.com.au. The benefit of this to the agents, in having results like this appear, is that internet searchers are directed to their information.

    One benefit of being with a portal, such as Realestate, or Domain, is that the agent can get the advantage of the marketing spend from the portal, without having to find additional funds to do this themselves.

    Since the bigger portals work with search engines to drive traffic, we can utilise these relationships provide more views to agents listings. This is precisely the reason they use sites, such as realestate.com.au in the first place.

    If we were not constantly doing this, then I agree that the need for the portals would be less relevant.

    If agents were not looking to get as much exposure of their listings, as possible, they would not be advertising at all.

  2. peter April 8, 2006 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Scott

    Thanks for your message and the notes about realesate.com.au. I agree with being with Portals such as realestate and domain, however I thin it is so important that an agent has their own web presence free from either of these sites. This is because they have control going forward. This article was wriiten 18 months ago and realestate.com.au have come along way since then with sites they have developed for agents. Professionally speaking they are are up with the better ones around. However I still maintain the importance of agents having their own presence free from portals of any kind.

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