Ann Arbor, MI Google Search Results

Real Estate Agent with Missy Caulk TEAM

 Google Search                                                                            Do you check to see how you're doing on your SEO results ? (SEO is Search Engine Optimization)  When I first started blogging on Activerain in December 2006, I was clueless to how it all worked. But, I joined groups, read posts, followed instructions from fellow bloggers and grew.

My web site was buried so far down in the organic searches that I finally gave up looking when I hit page 49. Forget it.......who looks 49 pages down to find a house or a Realtor. I have owned this site and domain for 9 years and was still really no where to be found.

When I do a Search Engine Check in Google, I put on my Buyers Hat and search for terms that I think buyers and sellers would be looking for if they were considering  purchasing or selling a home in Ann Arbor, or Saline, Mi.

I wanted to share with you the results after 10 months of blogging on Activerain for the terms I think people search under.


SEARCH TERM                                             One of My Web Sites                                            Activerain BLOG

Homes for sale in Ann Arbor                  Page 2, # 6, 10                                            Page 3, # 8

Homes of sale in Saline, MI                    Page 2 # 3                                                  Page 2 # 6,7

Ann Arbor Real Estate                           Page 3 # 5                                                 Page 1 # 10

Ann Arbor Realtor                                 Page 3 # 4                                                 Page 2 #  4

Relocating to Ann Arbor                                                                                          Page 1 # 5

Saline Real Estate                                  Page 1 # 5                                                 Page 1 # 10

Search Ann Arbor Houses                       Page 1 # 1,9                                               Page 2 # 1

Search Ann Arbor MLS                            Page 2 # 1,4,5

Blogs about Ann Arbor                                                                                            Page 1 # 4

Blogs about Ann Arbor real estate           Page 1 # 8                                                 Page 1 # 1,2,3,4

Blogs about Saline, MI                                                                                             Page 1 first 5 spots

Schools in Ann Arbor                                                                                               Page 1 # 8

Real Estate in Ann Arbor                                                                                         Page 2 # 1

Homes for sale in Saline                        Page 2 # 7

Ann Arbor RE/MAX Realtor                   Page 1 # 5

Search condo's in Ann Arbor                                                                                   Page 2 # 4

Not to shabby, for 10 months of work. This is an example of the power of Activerain. I also come up on Page 1 # 8 for a pest inspector. LOL  Google Loves Activerain

I started tracking this information for Ann Arbor, Mi in May and I use a chart in Word to see the improvements and changes. Yes, they change and fluctuate.

Do you track your search terms for your area?  I see lots of terms I need to improve on, which means I need to get busy doing more localism posts and stop having so much fun here on the rain, commenting and getting to know people. I am happy but not content in the 10 months results.

There are so many blogs on SEO in Activerain, where you can learn and apply techniques for getting your websites and blogs higher in the organic searches. I am definately not an expert in all this, but I thought it would be encouraging to members to see the power behind blogging.

Am I missing search terms you think buyers would be searching under ?

If you are a Buyer or Seller in Ann Arbor or Saline, MI, wouldn't you want to work with an agent who understands the importance of getting higher up on the search engines ? More exposurer for your home ?

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P.S. My columns are together but when I actually post they get messy, Sorry. :(  If someone knows how to straighten them out, I'll keep trying.

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Missy Caulk, Ann Arbor Realtor

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Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM
No thank you, Karen !!
September 26, 2007 07:04 PM
Rita Taylor
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


Congratulations on those great numbers.  I have seen my own search results improve greatly since I started blogging.  We have some great people on this site who share tips to make it better. 

September 26, 2007 10:17 PM
Cyndee Haydon
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Charles Rutenberg Realty
YEaH Missy - thanks for sharing - it's inspiring. I have some good news to share with Karen George just wasn't sure how to get in touch - but it's good to see she's on top of it all (Hi Karen! - I'm hitting page 1 too - Thank you!!)
September 26, 2007 11:36 PM
Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

I agree AR helps our ranking. I am going to work on localism to improve my position.

September 28, 2007 07:28 AM
Midori Miller
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates
Hi Missy-I like to check myself every now and then. Your numbers are awesome!  I can't believe how much Activerain has help me on the search engines.  I am currently revamping everything so it should be interesting to see how things unfold.  Also, thank you for commenting on my post.  I am trying to be better at commenting and think I might found a good way!  
September 30, 2007 02:37 PM
Linda Reynolds
Bradenton Real Estate
Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds
I agree it takes a bit of time but AR does wonderful things for our SEO, I am going to go back and take a look at my keywords again.
September 30, 2007 02:57 PM
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM
Midori, let me know how you found a way, once you find out if it is working. Linda, it takes time, no doubt but the results speak for themselves.
September 30, 2007 03:07 PM
Nick Bastian
Real Estate Agent - Tempe
Realty Executives

Great job on the increase in page rank. This type of forward thinking will set apart the haves and have nots. I believe the agents that don't/won't have a web site or even an email address will be gone soon.

Continued success to you.

October 03, 2007 10:47 AM
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM
Nick, we're dropping like flies every day. Our board lost 100 agents last year and the bills come out in Oct so we will see how that goes. But, I suspect more will drop off.
October 03, 2007 11:53 AM
Tracy Santrock
Raleigh - Cary Realtor
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc.

Hi Missy,

Google loves Activerain and we love Activerain too!! Thanks to all of the hard work and learning how to SEO properly you can achieve fantastic results!! Congats on the work and keep doing what you're doing.

October 03, 2007 01:51 PM
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM

Tracy, you're welcome, It is great here isn't it.

October 03, 2007 07:37 PM
Benjamin Clark
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert
Homebuyer Representation, Inc.


Thanks for the post. We all need to remember to check in once in a while and make changes before it's "too late."

October 08, 2007 08:51 PM
Anonymous #66
John Marker


 Excellent  post! It is nice to hear about SEO from a realtor perspective rather than a techie one. It is important to be working at climbing up the search engines and Active Rain really helps in this area.


October 09, 2007 09:33 PM
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM
Ben, I actually check about every 2 weeks to see what is going on. John, yes activerain helps even for our regular web sites.
October 10, 2007 05:26 AM
Will Daly - Phoenix High Rise and Loft Condo Expert
We Know Urban Realty
I suspect gains from Active Rain activity are much more dramatic for sites that had previously been buried in Google searches.  Does anyone have results they can post for sites that were previously on page one or two of Google searches and have improved thanks to Active Rain blogging?
November 10, 2007 11:36 PM
Kay Frenzer-Zeeh
Real Estate SEO
Buzz Marketing Pros
Phoenix High Rise, my real estate postcard site was on page 3 of Google a year ago...after 2 blog postings on Active Rain it was bumped to page 1.
November 14, 2007 03:37 PM
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM
Will, AR rocks. Kay, good for you !
November 14, 2007 04:28 PM
Kristen Senn
Colorado Springs Military Relocation
Keller Williams Hope Realty
With only posting a few newbie blogs that probably dont fit any of the SEO criteria, if you put my name in Google, I come up #1 & #2 one the first page. have to start somewhere! :)  Thats enough proof for me right now to step up the blogging and to start doing it right. 
November 14, 2007 06:00 PM
Evan Vanderwey
The Cashflow Coach
Cornerstone Home Loans

Hi Missy,

Great post and a great idea about tracking your progression up the Google search rankings.  I am going to start today.

Cashflow Coach

January 16, 2008 02:00 PM
Timo Yannopoulos
Buying and Selling Kansas City Homes
Platinum Realty Licensed in Missouri


well said. Thanks for sharing with us, it makes lots of sense. Keep up the good job.

REALTOR Timo Kansas City Missouri and Kansas

April 01, 2010 12:06 PM
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