Help!?! My Website Is Killing Me

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Hamm Homes

angry computerFor many years, I have used iHouse to host my real estate website.  I always had the "basic" website and received hits anywhere from 1,200 to 1,800 per month.  Last year, I was informed that they no longer support the "basic" plan and I needed to upgrade to the "elite" plan.  The cost went from approximately $50 per month to $90 per month.  Of course, they showed me how much more professional and up-to-date my new and improved website would look www.hammhomes.com. They do have lots of nice looking templates, but nothing Colorado or Metro Brokers related.  I bought in to the sales pitch and upgraded my trusty old site so I could look more professional and tech-savy.  Since the upgrade, the hits have dropped considerably.  Over the past 12 months, hits on the website have averaged 500 per month.  The domain name stayed the same and the URL is still being published on all of my marketing materials including my For Sale Signs.  I am just baffled and completely disappointed in the drop in activity - but hey - I look fabulous.

I have been wondering lately if it is even necessary to maintain an outside website.  I have a free website with Metro Brokers and post all of my listings on other sites as well as ActiveRain.  Is it worth it for me to spend $1,080 per year on a site that generates no business? 

I would love to hear from the Active Rain community on this subject.  I was also wondering if anyone has a better website alternative.

Thanks for your input!!!!!!

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes
Metro Brokers Marina Square
Denver, Colorado
HammHomes@ymail.com
303-358-1147

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Depending on how you get most of your leads, a personalized website is very important.  I get almost all my leads from my website and I do it myself. I know a lot of people don't have the time to build their own site, so I feel your pain. I hope you find a good company to go with. If you get most of your leads from online, or want to...then make sure you find a company that can give results! Good luck!

March 30, 2011 06:28 PM
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Damian Henry
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The key to choosing a website comes down to one question.

Is it built on open source technology.

If you go with a proprietary system your options are limited. If you go with an open source IDX solution you can grow and change your site to meet the demands of the market. If you decide to go with a proprietary system plan on changing every 2 years. I have seen this happen with agents over and over and 2 years is the tipping point for most. If you start with a flexible system you can just build on as you go. Keep is simple live and work stress free !

 

If you are going to invest the money do it right the first time around - Build on Open Source !

 

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March 31, 2011 07:17 PM
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Jean Marie Ragus
American Dream Realty

#12, Gordon, I really like your site. There 's lots of white space, it seems like a nice clean blog not a magazine might have. Do you use that blogging software that has a link on your page?

April 01, 2011 11:33 AM
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Damian Henry
Galtlinedesign

Galtlinedesign just launched there entry level IDX System. You can check it out here: www.drupalidx.com The cool thing about it you can buy up options as you need them. The entry starts at 500. Nice clean system with Indexable props.

April 04, 2011 08:38 PM
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Dominic Giusti
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I think it's absolutely critical to have an outside website. You need a website effective at generating and capturing traffic. There are lots of options available but ideally you need a host who is willing to lay out all of your option on the table and show you some really nifty ways to drive traffic fro very cehap. however, since you are blogging you are already making a huge step towards driving traffic and I'm willing to bet when they changed yoru website you lost some organic ranking due to the change in content. If you interested in jsut discusssing some ideas on how to get back there and capture some of that traffic then fell free to contact me.

Here's an example of one of our clients. Ask him how he is getting so many leads. http://www.georgiaresidentialhomes.com

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