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Leverage Your AR Posts on Zillow's Real Estate Guide

Ever write a post on you AR that you feel is so good, so helpful, you just know it is going to earn you a gold star?  Maybe you get the star maybe you don't.  But leverage the time and effort you took to write your masterpiece by also posting it to the Real Estate Guide sectionof Zillow.com. 

The Real Estate Guide is written and maintained wiki-style.  It is a place to find up-to-date and relevant information on home buying, selling and financing, written for and by Zillow's community of users.  Any registered Zillow user can add, edit, remove and change the content in the wiki.  You can also create new pages about topics that aren't yet covered. The person who wrote or last edited the article,will get attribution by why of their photo/logo displayed, which will be linked to their Zillow profile. 

The categories of the wiki are broken down into Buyers, Sellers, Owners and Agents. Some article examples are:

Buyers- Do I Need A Home Warranty

Sellers- Critical Selling Mistakes To Avoid

Owners- Do You Need An Architect

Agents- Agent Website Solutions

So leverage what you are already doing on Active Rain with the Zillow Real Estate Guide and get exposure for you expertise in multiple places.  Unfortunately, Zillow doesn't give gold stars, but your article will be on a site that attracts 4 million unique users a month.

 

 

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Comment balloon 14 commentsSara Bonert • May 15 2007 12:53PM

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Thanks Sara - I have submitted a handful and unfortunately one or two (I think) were zapped for one reason or another.  I was pointed to the FAQ but even after reading it, and then looking back at my post I honestly couldn't see why I was moderated.

I'd love to have a better answer - if that's something you could help with in another post.  Pretty Please....


Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) about 13 years ago

Mike- Hmmm, without seeing the post, I can't say.  I do know we have a lot of people that just post their name and a link to their website.  While we appreciate them using the Guide, this isn't really helpful information to the community and many of those types of posts were removed. 

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago

Can I give you a link?  or a Title?

I don't want to spam your great post with a link.

 

Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) about 13 years ago
I wanted to follow up with what we found out about Mike's piece in question.  While the post he made to the wiki was very interesting, some of the content in the piece was positioned as opinion, verse factual.  Blogs are a perfect forum for posting your opinion and how you feel about something, while we are trying to preserve the Real Estate Guide as more of a factual resource for our users. 
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago

Sara - Thank you so much for getting in there and digging for the truth!  I'm more apt to add if I know what and more importantly what not to say!  I appreciate it!


Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) about 13 years ago
My pleasure! That's what I am part of the AR community for!
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago

Is there a section for mortgage lenders?

Greg Zaccagni

 

Posted by Greg Zaccagni, Illinois Mortgage Lender (The Federal Savings Bank) almost 13 years ago

Greg- 

Today on Zillow mortgage brokers can 1) Report a particular home is for sale http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/WhyUseZillowAgents.htm?tab=content-tab-reporting or 2) Advertise on the site with our EZ Ad product where you select zip codes for your ad to appear in and and pay one penny each time the ad is displayed www.zillow.com/ezads/GetStarted.htm?s_cid=ez-emm-slb1.

However, we are currently working on functionality specifically for mortgage professionals right now.  We haven't released details yet, but sign up here to be the first to know when this service is available http://www.zillowblog.com/zillow_blog/2007/06/a_new_opportuni.html

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) almost 13 years ago

Sara,

Thanks for the tip.  I just added a recent post I authored on the importance of utilizing a lockbox to sell your home.   Hopefully it won't get "Zapped".  :-0  Is that an official Zillow term now?  :-)

I also updated my profile.  It looks like you guys have added some new categories, like a spot for my URL and a description or profile, which I also took advantage.  Thanks again.

Posted by Stefan Scholl, Northern Michigan Real Estate (Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC) almost 13 years ago

Sara:

 Thanks for the reply.  I believe I have successfully submitted my information on you site.  I look forward to future business opportunities with Zillow.

Greg Zaccagni

Posted by Greg Zaccagni, Illinois Mortgage Lender (The Federal Savings Bank) almost 13 years ago
I like zillow ,I do not think it s very accurate on all homes ,I did not find all of the questions to ask an agent helpful ,some were others are fine if hiring a limited service provider
Posted by Margaret Rodgers, Realtor, AHWD (Keller Williams Realty) almost 13 years ago

Sara, I use your guide with my clients all the time. there is a lot of good information there. We didn't get a chance to highlight you on our website yet, but will do it soon.

Your site is very useful to agents and I hope that Zillow's future steps will continue to do so. 

Are you coming to the Inman News' Connect event in SF?

Posted by Artur Urbanski, Helping property owners to maximize property value (Cimpler Real Estate, Inc.) almost 13 years ago
Artur-  Thank you for the nice comment.  Yes, I will be at Inman, at both the Blogger Connect and the main session.  See you there maybe?
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) almost 13 years ago
Sara, I will be at the Blogger Connect session. I look for you.
Posted by Artur Urbanski, Helping property owners to maximize property value (Cimpler Real Estate, Inc.) almost 13 years ago

Participate