They Promise to Put Me on Page 1 of Google®

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Island Style Realty Inc. RB-19250

Every Monday I get a series of phone calls from folks promising me everything from 100 pre-qualified leads a month to getting me on page 1 of Google®.  The phone may start ringing between 4am and 5am.  I noticed that 90% of these calls come on Monday.  These folks seem to only work one day a week.

These people from New York or India or wherever they are, who claim to be in tune with my business and its needs have no idea what time it is in Hawaii.

The call I seem to get the most is from the SEO guys promising to put me on page 1 of Google®.  The two most common pitches I get from them.

  1. If I could put you on page 1 of Google, would that be worth $3000 to you?
  2. I was on the internet and noticed your website was not on page 1 of Google.

Here are a few the responses I have used.

  1. I don't believe you can do it.
  2. I am getting tons of these calls.  For all of the telemarketers to find my site, I must be placed well on Google®.
  3. What is the name of your company?    I am on Google®.  You can't even get your own company page 1?
  4. This is my cell number and its 4:00am here.  Give me your cell number and I will call me back at 4:00am your time.
  5. I am already on page 1 and I did it for free.
  6. Who are you with?  Never heard of you.  CLICK
  7. I can put you on page 1 of Google® for $1500.
  8. I just signed a contract with your competitor for $4500.
  9. Can you please hold?  Shucks I forgot I had someone on hold.
  10. E-mail me the information and I will call you back.
  11. What do you mean?  What is Google®?
  12. Why is being on page 1 a good thing?
  13. I am busy with clients can you call me back on Saturday afternoon?
  14. How much to get me on page 2?

All kidding aside, the sharks have identified Realtors® as easy suckers.  I get 100+ spam e-mails a day and a dozen or two similar phone calls a week.  It is obvious that many in our business are being taken regularly for large sums of money or else there would not be so many sharks circling.

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Principal Broker, ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

Island Style Realty Inc.

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

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Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.

Kathleen - My website would be lacking without IDX.

February 25, 2011 11:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Randy I generally use #10 from your list and they never send me information or price lists....:)

March 22, 2011 08:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.

Endre - They will almost never send you anything.

March 23, 2011 05:56 AM
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Judi - SEO for Realtors Search Engine Optimization Software
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Randy, between true as SEO professionals, we consider the people who solicit for what they say are SEO services, via phone and fax, to be nothing more than spammers. Through SEO professionals would never engage in such practices.

 

Enjoyed your post,but, found your statement about typing in your name in the search engine and coming up on page 1 not really impressive. I would be much more impressed, and I know it would be more valuable to you, if your site or blog came up on page 1 when someone typed in Mililani real estate. Hey, just my two cents… I think you have a great site and blog.

July 27, 2011 01:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.

Judi - I would equally be impressed if your company popped up on page 1 for SEO for Realtors.

August 04, 2011 03:35 PM
Rainmaker
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