For 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!!!!!!