23 Apr

Get Found by Improving Your Website’s SEO

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Sarah Gabot is the Marketing Coordinator at RentJuice. She joined the RentJuice team in 2011, and regularly authors blog articles for The Rental Standard. RentJuice makes easy-to-use software that allows rental professionals to manage the entire leasing process, from getting listings to closing deals, in one place.

What does it take to be on top of search results when prospective renters Google for
office space in your area? Unfortunately, building a beautiful and attractive website
with updated listings doesn’t cut it. Your website needs to be search engine friendly.
This means you need to know how search engines work, and tweak your website
so that you’re more likely to be found by search engines. You need search engine
optimization, otherwise known as “SEO”, to boost your website up on the search
results.

Be placed higher in renter’s search results using SEO and learn how it can help your
commercial rental real estate website be found.

Tip #1: Figure out what your potential clients are searching for.
When a person enters a search in Google, the search engine will crawl the internet
to find a webpage that matches their search phrase and keywords as closely as
possible. To figure out what phrases and keywords people are using on Google,
use Google AdWords keyword tool to find out. Including the phrases that your
clients use to search for properties like, “office space in Chicago Loop” will help
search engines match a potential client’s search to your webpage.

Tip #2: Share your website: Linking is important.
Increasing the number of links pointing to your website from other websites is
called “link building.” More links on other websites that point to your website will
place you higher in Google searches. For example, if Agent Sally’s link is featured in
an online newspaper, another blog and a forum, she will appear higher in Google
results than other brokers that have no external websites linking to them.

How do you get others to link to your website? You need to have content that people want to read.

Tip #3: Make your content valuable.
A common phrase used to describe this is “content is king”, meaning everything you
post on your website needs to be important and valuable to prospective clients on
your site. Folks won’t stay on your website if they can’t find what they’re looking
for. Know what businesses are looking for when they surf the internet looking for
office space. Are they looking for rentals by neighborhood? If so, include additional
information about the general area, like demographics, walkability or nearby
amenities. Not only will prospective customers feel your website’s content is
valuable, but so will search engines.

Why do I need this?

Google’s keyword tool says there were over 135,000 searches in one month for the
phrase “rentals in Chicago.” That’s a lot of people searching for a rental property.
(Note: It doesn’t include other search terms like “office space in Chicago”, increasing
the number of searches). Without SEO, your rental website will be at the bottom of
the barrel, causing you to miss out on thousands of local potential clients.

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