Westchester Real Estate Blog is Up and Live

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY

For the past few months I have been working hard on revamping the company's web presence. Our company page, jphilip.com, was an old template site and the 2005 design was no longer up to par. We went with Kunversion, and are beyond excited about the results. More on that another time. 

Since 2008, I have always imported my Active Rain content to an AR outside blog at WestchesterRealEstateBlog.NET. Earlier this year, I decided to import all of my content to a Wordpress platform instead of the AR outside blog so I could intergrate a home search and more features for consumers. After literally months of studying some outstanding professionals, I decided to hire Virtual Results to do the job. I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with the result. The site has all of my blog content, a robust home search, Altos research for select markets, and a design I feel very good about. Here's a screen shot: 

Westchester Real Estate Blog

The only bummer is the site will not automatically pull my blog posts and comments from Active Rain anymore, so Active Rain will no longer be the primary place for my words. I will still post here, but the bulk of my original content will be exclusively on my own self hosted site at WestchesterRealEstateBlog.NET. My latest post, 

Êtes-vous prêts? Partez!   

is live. Please stop by from time to time if you don't see me here for a day or two, and also please be clear that this is not farewell- not by a long shot. Active Rain has been incredbly good to me, and I will always support their work and be grateful for all the community has done for my business.  This is the pre eminent social network for real estate professionals, and I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from being there. 

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Dagny Eason
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WOW!   So you jumped ship, eh?    No really, but you will obviously not be blogging quite so much on the old AR site.   Your site looks phenomenal, by the way - it also makes sense that you were a coxwain.    Probably pretty tough one, too!  My brother rowed for Dartmouth many years ago, but he was 6'2", so he had to row.  I have you in Google Alertts, but it's hard to comment on your other spot.  Hope this one is easier....

Apr 19, 2012 03:11 PM #1
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John McCormack
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JP,  This is a great looking site!  Something that has been looming on my horizon for a while.  I have a template site and am growing to hate the things, that really is to bad that the AR blog cant be streamlined into your site. Having the original content on  your site first is not such a bad thing either, although as we know AR has some serious clout with google.  I may making note of Virtual Results with your endorsement.

 

Apr 19, 2012 03:47 PM #2
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Janis Borgueta
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Phil, Congrats on the new site.. Looks great!

I enjoyed our MeetUp this week.. AR is special with special people.... 

Apr 19, 2012 04:27 PM #3
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Eric Michael
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Phil, the new site looks awesome! I'd be very proud of it, too, if I were you. Hopefully you don't forget us "little people" over here on AR :)

Apr 19, 2012 05:13 PM #4
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Anita Clark
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Very nice Phil!  Went over and left a comment and shared a post via G+.

Apr 19, 2012 05:14 PM #5
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David Myre
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I'm really surprised that more agents haven't figured out that it's better to feed unique content to your own site, instead of a community full of your local competitors. Unique content is the food that search engines crave. AR certainly has it's place, but why should they benefit from your creative writing? Create your own "google juice".

Nice looking site, btw. VirtualResults.net are very good at what they do. 

Apr 19, 2012 05:55 PM #6
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Mike Cooper
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Excellent, J. P.  I'm finally getting my new WordPress site up and running as well.  I wanted one that was basically local content only.  So, I'll be doing the same.  All local content will on the WP site and some of it will also be shared on the AR site.  I'll drop by and take a peek.  

Apr 19, 2012 06:20 PM #7
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Melissa Zavala
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Well, I am sure that there are some posts that you will write specifically for the AR audience. I like virtual results; my husband's team site is handled through them and it does quite well on website grader.

Apr 19, 2012 06:49 PM #8
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Very very nice new site Phil.....and I'm sure you'll be posting relevant posts here as well.  

Apr 19, 2012 07:03 PM #9
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Jordon Wheeler
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Hey J Phil,

The new site is looking good.  It will be interesting to see/hear the results from the change you have made.  Best of success to you this year!

Apr 19, 2012 07:21 PM #10
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Mona Gersky
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J Philip, this may be the encouragement I needed to go pay attention to my wordpress blog too.  Good luck with it.

Apr 19, 2012 08:42 PM #11
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Good looking, good title, should bring in the sheaves!  And I suspect I'll be seeing you around, here and maybe elsewhere!

Apr 20, 2012 02:20 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Phil. I won't pretend to understand half of what you were talking about but I enjoy you in any forum. Good luck with the new platform.

Apr 20, 2012 06:01 AM #13
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J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY
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LOL Sheila- I will be blogging primarily at westchesterrealestateblog.net. :)

Apr 20, 2012 08:03 AM #14
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Marilyn Katz
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Phil- The new site looks terrific. Lots of luck with it. I just subscibed via RSS. BTW, I posted that pic on FB - my hair really was black ;-)

Apr 20, 2012 05:35 PM #15
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Morgan Evans
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Great new site Phil. Keep up the good work. We love new websites.

 

Apr 25, 2012 02:07 PM #16
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Congrats I am also in the processing of revamping my site and hope to have it up in May.

Apr 29, 2012 05:11 PM #17
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Morgan Evans
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I heard about your presentation at the webinar today. Too bad I missed it, next time!

May 03, 2012 06:55 PM #18
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Danielle Field
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Hello Phiip,

I know this is an older post but I am strongly considering Virtual Results and was wondering how you like it? I have a word press site now but its proving much more time consuming than I bargained for. I was also considering a Real Geeks site.

Are you getting leads from the VR site? I would appreciate any feedback you could give me.

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