Moving to a new web host or upgrading.

WordPress real estate websites are unique in the fact that they typically require some sort of 3rd party RETS plugin. When you choose a 3rd party RETS software to integrate into your website you should always have that company do all of their software/plugin setup for you instead of hiring someone else to do it.

One of the “Biggest Issues” you will probably encounter when building out your first WordPress real estate site is that you will probably forget to treat it the same way a general contractor would if he were building you your dream home. What does that mean?

If you are a General Contractor the first thing you do is line up your subcontractors to get their bids and schedules – why? because each subcontractor is a pro at their job – they know their trade and their product inside and out. If you hire some friend, web-dev or seo company then chances are they are only professionals at what they know or what they have previously used/built and are not going to know how to code or how xyz is compared to abc or even how to setup either one since they didn’t develop either one and or have never even actually used/worked with them.

Ever week we get calls or support tickets from some “new” web developer that has now taken over updating or moving someones website etc. The website owner, typically Broker or Agent has now hired yet another 3rd party seo or web designer person/firm who swears they can “do-it-all” when in-fact they typically can’t do half of what they claim in the first place. Typically the minute that they move the site, to yet another hosting provider or try to switch out to some other “better” theme, they start calling us for help.

The point that I’m trying to make here is “why would you ever hire the plumber to do the roof?” Sure he might be able to eventually get it done but its never going to get done as fast or as good as what a professional roofer would do and in the long run its always going to end up costing you more time and money every single time.

Remember to plan you project accordingly and you will end up with a great custom website built your-way via the best subcontractors available…..or …you may end up with a lot of frustration, wasted time and money.

Cheers!

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Real Estate SEO

Real Estate SEO

Real Estate SEO is a lot more complicated than it probably should be due to all of the technical source code aspects.

Here at RETS PRO we strive to take the time to assist all of our SEO minded clients in their pursuit to achieve their desired results. Why? well mainly because this is what we did ourselves prior to developing this plugin for our own SEO customers and because this is what RETS PRO does better than any other WordPress Real Estate Plugin out there!

We are building all New 2020 SEO video series this year for all of our current and future customers that will cover everything from getting started, to deep dive into advanced technical troubleshooting. This will also include a New SEO Forums section that will be a public Q&A with direct links and examples.

Working topics for February will cover the Google site/registration/analytics setup basics and xml sitemaps etc. We will lay out all of the basic steps to make sure that you are getting your site setup properly and getting all of your listing pages indexed.

This year we will also cover how to use free site tools like gtmetrix.com and cloudflare and several other free tools that will not only help you site to load faster but will also help you understand proper content writing, link descriptions, image alt tags and much much more!

If you have any SEO questions go ahead and jump into the forums https://retspro.com/forums/index.php?/forum/75-seo/ and post your questions for us – you can even create a poll on what you want to see covered first this year.

Don’t forget, we also offer Real Estate SEO services for those that want to hire us and this also includes our Auto-SEO and CRM setups – Call 888-540-9666 for more information regarding our SEO services and prices.

Cheers!

 

Ready To Take Your Real Estate Website To The Next Level?

All NEW video series to Take Your Real Estate Site To The NEXT LEVEL!

Free DIY Video access with any purchase.

New – Automated SEO videos
New – X2CRM integration videos
More New How-to Videos Added Weekly! *
Introducing our brand new DIY video series on all of the basics needed to take your Real Estate site to the next level!
We will teach you not only “how” but also “why” you need to follow this video series.
Examples Topics:

  • Auto SEO content.
  • Auto index thousands of pages.
  • Auto index your Pre-Filtered, Preferred listings.
  • Plugins needed – and how to set them up properly.
  • X2CRM – How-to video playlist series.
  • Why X2CRM? (100% FREE Awesomeness that’s better than 98% of anyone else’s paid-for CRM)
If you’ve already reviewed our new videos above and decided that you would just rather hire us to do it all for you – we’ve got you covered!
Below are “basic setup and configuration” prices – but what if want even more? – we also do custom request and bill out hourly per request.
 
Basic X2CRM Setup: ($299)
  • We setup both gravityform plugins & tie-in up to (2) forms i.e “Listing Info Request”, our “Registration” etc. ()
  • We setup our example as shown in our video of the basic WorkFlow to handle the incoming leads.
  • We setup the Fingerprint and the Web Tracking code into your site.
  • We setup the email tracking code allowing you to track all opens and clicks for listing alerts etc.
  • We include up to (2) hours of additional “setups/tutorials/help” that should cover any remaining basic-setup items.
NOTE* As a web developer, If you were to try to DIY all of this package “from scratch” you should expect to spend about 6 to 8 hrs to complete. If you’re Not a full time web developer, but still DIY-techy – then you should expect that all of this will probably take you about 10 to 20 hrs.
 
Basic Auto SEO Setup: ($999)
(*You will need to buy min-1 to 3 plugins if doing everything – min $30 and both of the others are “optional” and $50 each)
  • We include (1) Dynamic Master “city/area” Page edited to match your data and saved as a “Draft” page and or as a template file.
  • We setup (1) each – City/Area Page, Matched (up-to-6) Categories, Community/Condo w/RSS example.
  • We create a custom RSS template to match your project (not to exceed what’s shown in our video examples – nothing crazy – RSS validation is tough!)
  • We setup and configure all of plugins above to match your project as seen in the videos.
  • We setup social media auto-posting – up to (5) Social media accounts, but require you to provide all needed social media api/keys and or be willing to grant us access to do it for you.
  • We will create custom dynamic content section for listing details page.
  • We setup pro cache plugins and settings.
  • We get your homepage to load in 2 to 4 seconds max and scores A+ (90+) PageSpeed and B+ (80+) YSlow on gtmetrix.com
  • We create/add custom filtered and Dynamic Listings Sitemap footer link.
NOTE* As a web developer, If you were to try to DIY all of this package “from scratch” you should expect to spend about 30 to 40 hrs to complete. If you’re Not a full time web developer, but still DIY-techy – then you should expect that all of this will probably take you about 40 to 60 hrs.
*client videos are only viewable from within our client area.
So ask yourself, why rent when you can own the best wordpress real estate plugin 2019?
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Digital Marketing With Social Media

Automated SEO for Real Estate Websites

Introducing “Automated SEO with RETS PRO” Step-By-Step How-To video tutorials for all RETS PRO customers.

We’ve just completed a new 6-video playlist that covers all of the basic how-to’s for the following:

Automatically –
  1. Create new custom blog post for any “New Listings” that you have setup/targeted (Community, Condos, Office Listings etc etc.)
2. Push blog post to all of your specified social media accounts….lots of custom options as well.
3. You can even automatically grab other RSS feeds that are keyword matched for you to rewrite/tweak and schedule for future posting dates.

Want even more?
How about how to auto creating hundreds of City Pages?
We can even show you how to auto create hundreds of pages that are all generated with all custom shortcodes and spun boilerplate content! All created and set to “Draft Mode” until you have tweaked and scheduled them for future publish dates – think “dripping in your cornerstone SEO content” months ahead of time!

What You Gain

  • Shows potential customers that you are actively posting new content and social media – even while you’re sleeping or out selling RE!
  • Show SERPS that you are actively posting new content that will help your sites pages climb to page #1 of the search engines.
  • Auto SEO targeting of specific Communities, Condo Buildings etc – Helps to Auto-Rank for these niche SEO phrases you’re trying to rank.
  • Distinguish yourself as an active SEO/SEM marketer via new social media postings with your clients and team members
  • Practical SEO/SEM plans for implementing and managing your business’s social media strategy.
  • Automated SEO Options that are NOT available via any other solution!

Let us show you how you can now do “Auto SEO” complete with social media marketing for real estate. We’re SEO professionals that can show you how to develop automated SEO methods along with social media. We combine both resources into a SEO/SEM marketing mix needed in order to rapidly rank.

Have questions or want a quick tour?
Call – (888)-540-9666

Best WordPress IDX RETS Plugin 2019

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New WordPress Real Estate Plugins

Seems like every few months we see new Real Estate Plugins popping up, but none of them include a “Pay Only Once” option.

When we started selling our first version back in 2009, we were then the First and “Only” Solution to not only offer a pay-once plugin years before anyone else but one that you could actually build out your very own custom website with since it’s also open php code (non-encrypted). Not a lot has changed since then, other than a couple companies that have come along to try to now catch up to us with their own inferior versions.

Everyday we get people that call us to ask about our features and options compared to some new xyz product – the simple answer is that we have built the kitchen sink and it’s up to you to now pour in all of your own features. In other words the plugins features are now only limited by your own imagination, skills or budget. We have already built out all of the core function/features needed to then be expanded upon by you or your programmer/developer.

If you are in currently seeking the best wordpress real estate plugins then give us a quick call so that we can give you a live backend screenshare of our real estate plugin to answer any questions you may have before making a decision. We are a Florida-USA based company and would love to show you all of our New Automated SEO options as well as address any questions you may have.

In the meantime we are offering a FREE license upgrade all month this month (June-2019) So anyone wanting to buy a $999 single site license you will automatically get upgraded to the $1999 +License that includes unlimited subdomains and MU compatibilities. Note* If you buy the $1999 +License you will automatically get upgraded to our Unlimited Developers License valued at $2999.

Give us a call @ 866-540-9666
Skype = RETS PRO

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Google Maps Geocode Plugin | RETS PRO Geocode Module

For many years the Google Maps API never required any form of credit cards or payment arrangements, but that changed not to long ago.

With the New requirement to put up a Credit Card it made things A-LOT-MORE complicated for “non-techy” website owners that need to Geocode a lot of addresses for their real estate websites. Instead of just know that you would get x-number of geocodes done per 24 hrs (2500) was great! – but – no more.

Now you have to enter daily quotas so that you do not exceed your free monthly “pre-credit” of $200 dollars. Not only that but every single thing has been broken down to a per api parse such as “did customer use your drag and drop on your maps and then use street view and “places” etc etc. All to the point where managing your own RE websites for average agents trying to do a DIY Real Estate Solution has become even harder for newbies.

We have just completed a new “How-to-gecode” video to walk you through all of the needed steps of both Setting Up Your Google Maps API – to How to Geocode with RETS PRO’s Geocode Module. Be sure to check both of those links to get you guys through all of the How-To’s without getting hammered by huge Google Maps bill for not paying attention.

To make things even easier for our customers we’re adding in a new “max-limit” setting to prevent the cron from running any more than what you set. Hopefully this should save everyone a ton of time and possibly some “oops” money.

And in case you’re reading this and wondering what we recommend setting the geocode limit/quota to?
Well if your Google pre-credit = $200 and then their monthly calculations says that = to 40,000 geocoded Per-Month.

Divide that by 30 and you will get 1,333.33 per-day.  Since you would typically never have more than a few hundred to maybe just over 1000 new listings being added to your RETS feed in a 24-hr period – but you need to also get all of the rest of the listings geocoded due to this maybe being a “new-install” then we would recommend going with setting limit/quota to a maximum of “1200” per day via your cron job.

The good news though for those that are located in the USA because you can pre-run the free Tiger geocode service with our solution and it will geocode approximately 75-85% of all the listings – only minor note though, the pins are placed on the side of the street instead of like google does it where it’s located over the center of the actual building/lot – but its thousands of “free” geocodes that are going to be on your site “today”. Then we typically switch right over to google and then let it run its daily limit for the rest of the 15-25% of listings that were not coded by Tiger.

Cheers –
RETS PRO.

RETS PRO REVIEWS GPLVAULT – Looking for a great deal and free advice?

RETS PRO REVIEWS – GPLVAULT

*Disclaimer:
*First of all we are HUGE fans of GNU/GPL and we do not recommend this as a way to circumvent other developers that need your financial support!

Most developers like to put their hands on as many plugins and themes as we can in order to try them out before we commit to spending money on them so this was a no brainer purchase decision for us and we are so glad we joined them as a paying member.

We decided to buy a annual license with GPLVAULT so that we would be able to test hundreds of GNU/GPL plugins and themes as well as other GPL software that may be needed for an upcoming projects where we needed something special like a gravity forms addon or some themeforest or codecanyon theme or plugin that might fit the bill.

Wow! is this even legal?
YES! – For several years now we have also included several GPL plugins and themes in our own download area,  so heck yeah it’s LEGAL and LEGIT!

Remember though that if you DO find something that you plan on using over and over again in your own sites/projects then please consider buying the version from the developers so that you can help support them as well.

Go Check Them Out for yourself and see if you agree that is the BEST no-brainer purchase for the year!

Cheers –

WordPress Real Estate Plugin – Coming in April – New 4.0.5

Now that the new version is going through its final testing we are excited to mention some of the newest features coming in this new version.

  1. RETS Module – Added a NEW Multi-RETS Option to handle Duplicate Removal.

    Select preferred RETS-ID  – Next –  Select RETS-Field(typically address)  –  SET[]checkbox   [Run Now Button]
    [text box here shows your cron path to execute]

    So that way anyone with neighboring RETS providers i.e. Miami/Ft.Lauderdale where the same listings are in both mls they can now have an easy option to match anything i.e “address” and select their preferred RETS-id to keep and delete all others. Our RETS Module has a couple of other NEW items we are keeping under wraps until we get them done but they are regarding how to deal with Sold Data in a way that I know every developer out there will want to take advantage of. (another RETS PRO exclusive).

  2. We have some great changes coming with our Search Form builder that will take a video to cover all of it.
    1. Fixed search form to now “instant-load” so that only the html is loaded and none of the values are called until on-click of that box.
    2. Also added custom message box that you can also include html etc for your own custom 404-not-found message/template.
    3.  Added in new option to join multiple fields into single pipe|value|values|  will = single Caption name (needed when doing multi-rets).
    4. Added a new option to Set Custom Submit Button settings – Great for setting default sortby options as well as now being able to Select RETS-id as well so that if you wanted to select the jquery tabs for displaying Active/Sold or Residential/Land or RETS#1/RETS#2 then you will ALSO be able to SET the SUBMIT BUTTON settings to select which RETS-ID as well as other button options.  BOOM! #1 Search form builder out there!
  3. Maps Module has some new features – Set a default Property Type and min-price – Cleaned up interface as well.
  4. GeoCoder modules with new google Api links and Api key checker as well as Cleaned up the interface.
  5. Fixed broken Print Friendly template path.
  6. Fixed broken RSS in shortcode templates
  7. Added and fixed New Pagination {tag} – add pagination any place you want now within shortcode templates.
  8. Fixed php 7.1x compatibility issues.
  9. Fixed subdirectory installation path issues that were due toMikes lazy code written by .
  10. New – Added  {logged_in}{/logged_in} check tags so that you can now wrap them around anything in our templates to hide unless logged in and we also have them as conditionals so that you can SHOW something else unless logged in – CTA – Unlimited!
  11. New – listing fields editor option that allows you to select ANY field(s) to be hidden unless user logged in – CTA/VOW – Unlimited!
  12. New – Added new Show Current Count for Search Page
  13. New – Added  UI panel for Registration options that also include Social registration options via your api-keys.
  14. New – Forced Registration UI panel with a limited set of options but is now part of our core plugin.

So all of that is where we are and what we are testing – anything missing?  um ..yeah!  – Favorite listings and Saved Search alerts!
That’s all coming and I’ll be following up with a new promo video of what all we’ve reworked and new features as well.

BRAND NEW 4X beta released!

After nearly (6) straight months of rewriting and testing we think we have something special to show you!
NOTE** = This beta version is currently only available to our developers license owners =
What are the key differences between 3x and 4x?
Here’s a quick list of “main points”:
  • Brand New admin UI – future proofing ourselves for the next 4+ years.
  • Brand New Multi-RETS Solution – Now you can import/export all of your RETS and can even join multiple RETS into single data base now – while still maintaining their own custom image settings/paths – and YES you can still hot-link images as well!
  • Brand New Search Form Builder – We took a bootstrap 12 column grid-stack and made you a custom drag/drop/size option to make building custom responsive “Advanced Search Forms” a snap using Select2 w/bootstrap3 forms that now includes autosuggest text boxes and ajax loaded selects and multi-selects.
  • Brand New Auto Suggest builder – Now you can easily configure your own custom Auto Suggest box on your home page (watch our new video – pending).
  • Brand New Stats Options for the Short Code Builder for creating Area stats that can even be applied to the polygon drawn areas  (watch our new video – pending).
  • Brand New Listing Alerts Beta – Will be released with first stable 4x version (about a week away – watch our new video – pending).

What to expect with the beta release?

  1. Not much in the way of documentation >YET<  as this is the very first “beta release” – but – those of you who want to check out our https://youtube.com/retspro channel will be able to get up to speed fairly quick.  –   We are currently working on a New [in-line tool (?) tips] that are going to popup every place needed in the UI to either provide “basic info” or “embedded samples” or “direct links either to a FAQ or to the video” for technical items that require more details.
  2. Possible cosmetic CSS/HTML or “possible” minor bugs that we are already flushing out.  Any bugs currently within this release are going to be minor, nothing is currently preventing us from using the plugin to build out our projects so we felt its time to share.

PLEASE NOTE**
If you are currently using 3x then Do Not Overwrite it with this 4x Version!

How to test and what needs to be tested?:

We would like all of our developers who are “real” developer/programmers to download and install the plugin according to the Install/Setup video below.

  1. First is the new Multi-RETS – check out new tab-1 settings and options to pre-set the mapping box (i’ll post video here later)
  2. Check out new image options are now in tab-2 for downloading or hot linking (i’ll post video here later)
  3. Check out new tab-3 option – ONLY OPEN 1st RESI property class – then spend the time to do 100% of your your fields you want and set the rest to trash etc and get everything to successfully SAVE. – THEN – open another property class and you will discover that all the trash fields are already gone and all the matched fields that were already mapped are now mapped for you in the new property class as well.
  4. NEXT – we need you to try out the new Search Form Builder – We know we have a few ideas left to apply to that but we would LOVE some good feedback on it as well so we can wrap up any request prior to next weeks first release.
  5. For those of you who have already have a great deal of experience with our 3x will not ever want to go back to it after this – so go ahead and test everything out and you will find that the overall time to setup and do a project has just been cut by more than half with this new version –
  6. Also – New stats shortcode in this version and NEW auto suggest builder and New Listing alerts is currently being beta tested and should be ready for next weeks first stable 4x release.