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New Search Engine Optimization Strategies for 2016 ~ 20172017-10-05T00:06:54+00:00

Dynamic, changing, morphing and evolving – such is the nature of digital marketing. As a firm entrenched in helping Real Estate Professionals, which is one of the most competitive industries with so many competitors, we are constantly working to improve our service standards and quality. Recently we have re-vamped and re-structured our SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well as the pricing. Here are some of the key changes in our strategy, followed by what is being kept constant as the past.

New Changes To Our Real Estate SEO Programs

We will explain our newer SEO strategies here in the simplest terms possible. We understand that some technical terms can be confusing, and we are happy to answer more of your questions directly should you have any.

#1 – Blog Articles Now Mandatory For Content-Rich Websites

“Content is King” is one of those phrases thrown around a lot – and for very good reason, because it is Google’s mandate to deliver relevant & useful content for their search customers. All of our SEO programs now include a specified number of blog articles by default, because on-site content is hands-down the best way to improve the quality score of your website. Blog articles offer a wealth of options to link to other sections of your website (MLS® search results, or individual listings) as well as link out to reliable 3rd party resources to be of more benefit to your customers (such as reputable news articles, service providers or real estate board websites).

#2 – More Focus on Quality Backlinks Rather than Quantity

There was a time when most SEO engineers would pick as many online directories, public forums & blogs to plaster the internet with backlinks to their websites. Some went as far as creating automated posting software that would hit bulletin boards worldwide for tens of thousands of backlinks to be generated within a matter of days. Others went for paid links – which mean absolutely nothing to Google in terms of how valuable & relevant the content on a website is. These practices fall more under the black-hat realm of SEO techniques, which we have never used. Back in the days we leveraged many more sources for more backlinks (but we never used, and never will use, black-hat SEO techniques), but we are putting less emphasis on the number of links, and more emphasis on the quality of backlinks. Certain directories and online blogs are valid and legitimate sources where we can acquire reliable backlinks that have meaning.

#3 – More In-page Content Throughout (not just the blog)

Outside of the blog, we aim to place more unique text content to describe neighbourhoods, buildings, property types/subtypes in order to boost the actual quantity and quality of the text content throughout your website. When walking a precarious line between clean & minimalist designs VS content-rich pages, our design/development team’s expertise really shines to achieve a balance of both. Our photo galleries for listings/buildings can have detailed descriptions and information, as well as many other sub-sections of our sites.

To discuss more details: subscribers of Brixwork are welcome to contact us directly from our website or email us at support@brixwork.com.

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Things We Have Been Doing That Will Continue Steadily

Some core elements of our real estate websites that naturally improve your position on Google are steady, solid and rarely-changing because they are based on solid fundamentals, and here are some of the core features or continuous improvements.

URL Structures, Meta Titles and Descriptions

Even our MLS® search result pages are very well optimized in its keyword-rich URL structure that well-defines the listing(s). For your own pages, our team (or yourself) have the ability to fully modify the meta titles & descriptions to make it more relevant and easier to read. This has been one of the most core functionalities for all Brixwork websites for years, and will continue to be so.

Load Speed & Mobile Responsiveness

Our core software is constantly tweaked and improved to reduce bottlenecks, decrease page load time, as well as show up better on social share results. Some of the notable improvements made throughout 2016 already include (these upgrades help all of our clients, not just those on the SEO packages)

  • Image load time for MLS® Reciprocity listings
  • Thumbnail & mobile generation
  • Code & architecture load time (framework files are minified further)
  • Off-loading between multiple servers

Server Security & Reputation Management

Entire servers & IP addresses can be blocked or deemed as spam from 3rd parties. Our code is improved constantly to be more secure & stable, and we vigilantly monitor against hackers and intrusion attacks. We also have a strict policy to leverage professional 3rd party email services such as G-Suite (formerly known as Google Apps) to avoid our own servers being infiltrated with spam or losing reputation due to a 3rd party security breach.

Things You Can Do To Improve Your Presence On Google

Apart from what our engineers and content generators can do, there are many other things each Realtor® can do in order to improve their rankings and presence on Google.

  • Ensure that your social media profiles (Instagram, LinkedIn) have links to your website included.
  • Share sections of your website (generate a specific property search in neighbourhoods) and copy-paste to share those results on your website.
  • Find cool listings on your own website (whether your own listings, or MLS® Reciprocity driven) and share on your social media.
  • Customize your own property listing descriptions with headings & longer paragraphs (above and beyond what the MLS® system allows you to)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The SEO Package prices have increased a lot! Why is that?

A: SEO is a relative game, and the amount of time & effort put into generating content on websites has significantly increased across the board among all competitors. Therefore we need to put in more than double the effort for our SEO campaigns to be effective. Think of the average time of Olympic sprinters decreasing each decade – the standards always go up as a whole. Our pricing is competitive and in-line with other competitors in the SEO industry.

Q: How long does it take to rank well for specific keywords? And are there guarantees? 

A: Any properly run SEO campaign actually cannot make solid guarantees, as it is all relative to what the competitors are doing. That being said, traffic increases can be detected as early as 2 months, and up to 1 year may be required to really have impact on the bigger keywords. The bigger the keywords, the more competitive it is.

Q: It says that blog articles are now mandatory as part of our SEO campaigns. What if I do not have a blog? 

A: Since SEO is a longer term commitment, with a 3+ month commitment we will install a basic blog for your website at no additional cost.

Four Reasons For Realtors To Claim A Place on Google My Business2019-08-30T19:38:59+00:00

Google My Business (formerly known as Google+ business pages) is an essential piece of online presence for any real estate professional. It affects how you appear on Google results, as well as how often you appear. This directly correlates to your website visits. It also affects how easy you can be found from mobile devices.

#1 – Higher chance of appearing on mobile & map search results

Having a listing on Google Business gives you a better chance of being found by people searching online. With the sharp increase in mobile device usage, more and more people are searching up business on the fly as they are on the road, using the mobile Google Maps app available on most handheld devices.

#2 – Easier for your customers to find your phone number & website

Google Business results on mobile or desktop have a quick-link to the phone # (great on mobile searches) as well as a link directly to the website, making it easier for people to reach you.

#3 – Enhanced search appearance on Google search results

Websites can be embedded with meta data that claims a relationship with any Google My Business page. In the example below when searching for “Dave Jenkins”, along with the primary website being at the top, the Google Business page details show up on the right with even more information such as your star rating, reviews, and additional photos.

realtor google profile and location on google search results

3 Easy Steps to Get Your Real Estate Profile on Google+!

#1 – Go to Google Places

First thing you should do is to visit the Google Places page. If you’re not logged in with your Google Apps email account or a @gmail.com account, you will have to do so.

#2 – Create your listing or claim an existing one

Follow the prompts or buttons to start entering your business data. It’s very straight-forward – just read everything on the screen carefully as you progress.

If an independent Google user has registered that a certain business or store exists, Google will attempt to find that listing based on your phone number or address entered. This is often the case with small retailers. This is probably not the case with most real estate agents, so chances are you will have to create a brand new listing.

#3 – Verify that you belong in that address

To ensure that no false or misleading business listings are created, Google will send out a postcard to the address that you specified, which contains a verification code that you need to enter on the Google Places system in order to verify that you are indeed the owner or operator of the business at the reported location.

Popular Pages & Not-So-Much On Real Estate Websites in 20152019-02-12T19:36:09+00:00

Popular Pages & Not-So-Much On Real Estate Websites in 2015

Almost two years ago we discussed page view distribution on real estate websites to see where most consumers click once they reach our Realtor®’s websites.

. . .

Still All About Listings & Photos

It’s 2015, and we have a more up-to-date set of numbers, although the core messages remain the same – listings, listing photos & the homepage remains the most consistent performers, while viewership of buyers/sellers, or neighbourhood guides remain relatively flat. However, we were surprised to see the rise of page views allocated towards those informational pages even though the changes were minimal.

Pageviews are still heavily focused on listings & listing photos, like it or not.

There are a few factors we believe affects this:

  • Last time in our 2013 post, we didn’t include the page views that landed on the “Not Found” pages as part of listing views. When a listing is no longer on the MLS® and removed, those pages will then go to our custom /notfound pages. With these excluded from the number from the listing page portions, the numbers may have been slightly off.
  • The sites we used are some of our higher-performing benchmark sites, which means their visitors may be more active, and also those pages may be viewed by more marketers who are targeting new SEO customers (our customers are solicited by shady SEO service providers all the time).

Using This To Your Advantage

Serve to your customers what they want to see. Here are some ways you can leverage the photo-centric, or product-centric short attention span of the general public you face as a Realtor®:

  1. Share listing detail pages, or sets of listings by certain criteria on Facebook or Twitter (i.e. “Today we want to feature all 1 bedroom Condos in Yaletown under $400,000 for first-time home buyers..”).
  2. Make sure your homepage has listings as a slideshow, or links to listing pages. This can either make or break your bounce-rates from your homepage.
  3. Make sure photo/video of each home is the first thing on individual listing detail pages.
  4. While you are at it, please start using Instagram. It’s a visual, short-commitment medium that can do wonders for brand marketing on social media. We have our own in-house developed, ad-free Instagram widget available. Check out Terry Osti’s website footer for an example.

*Note on the above statistics

  1. These statistics are based on 6 of our more active & established sites, randomly selected out of a candidate of 20 top sites based on high level of traffic.
  2. Naturally this does not reflect all of our websites, nor the industry standard. Individual websites may experience different results.
  3. These statistics exclude page views to blog pages, as not all sites have it, and blog pages get direct traffic from social media shares, so we felt they do not represent the average visitor behaviour accurately.
  4. The dates used for this research was July 14 ~ Aug 13, 2015, from Google Analytics data. Different times of the year may show different proportions.

Brixwork Version 4.1 Release with reCAPTCHA V22015-08-12T03:40:40+00:00

Today we are proud to announce the release of Brixwork version 4.1 with many new enhancements, including the usage of the new reCAPTCHA V2 API for human-verification of your email forms to fight spam. Of course, going from version 4.09 to 4.1 involves more than just this upgrade, and we’ll get to those updates later.

Bye Bye to The Old CAPTCHA

old recaptcha that was hard to read

Can anybody see what those letters really are? And this is an easier one.

It was hard to read, even on a good day, with the best eyes, or the best reading glasses. However, it was the lesser of the two evils we had to choose… Once spam starts to flow through some of our websites, it could have put the entire server under a spam black-list, jeopardizing lead-generation capacities for all of our real estate clients! Having a Google-provisioned solid anti-spam measure was a must.

Hello, reCAPTCHA Version 2.0

The new version makes human-verification much easier, so you can get more leads from your website. In fact, in some instances, based on mouse movement or previous browsing history of a specific machine, often the check can be bypassed altogether! In cases where the machine does not immediately determine that the viewer is safe, it will pop up a simple image-based question like this:

anti spam measure for real estate websites

Image-based human verification for fighting spam

Other Upgrades

Brixwork version 4.1 also packs many other upgrades culminated over the few months of development, and here is a list:

  • Multiple main-images for pages now available (while this won’t affect existing sites, it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for tight-knit designs with great visual effects)
  • Buildings list label sizes fixed.
  • Double slashes accidentally added when typing in URLs would pull up wrong pages, and that has been fixed.
  • Setting the listing brokerage/office on self-loaded listings is now easier.
  • And many other internal fixes to optimize processes and reduce bugs.
Mobile Browser Usage vs Desktop Browser Usage2017-11-06T19:17:03+00:00

Mobile Browser Usage VS Desktop Browser Usage

The fact that mobile browsing of the internet is on the rise is no secret nor surprise – but by how much, and what are the current statistics for the real estate industry, specifically? We took the Google Analytics statistics on 10 of our most active Realtor® websites, and aggregated the total visitors from mobile and non-mobile devices.

38%

More Than a Third

The numbers we researched based on the last 30 days of traffic (as of March 25th 2015) revealed that more than 1/3 of the visitors were visiting from mobile phones or tablets. 61.64% were visiting from conventional desktops or laptops.

 

What This Means to Realtors®

Whether your clients are using your website to search for listings, or checking out your credentials to ensure you’re the real deal, your website must be mobile responsive and ready for all screen sizes. This also has implications on your Google rankings.

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Christmas Gift List Tips To Stay Within Budget & Get Everything In Time2014-11-24T17:33:40+00:00

Start your Xmas gift list on Google Spreadsheets!

Remembering everybody on Santa’s list while keeping in budget can be a stressful thing during every Christmas season. Fortunately there are technologies you can use to make this process much simpler. Using Google Spreadsheets, you can make a list you can access from your computer, smartphone, tablets etc. (anywhere with internet!) and keep track of your holiday preparation.

You will need a Google Account first (either a corporate email/other email registered to use with Google, or a @gmail account – most of you will have one or the other already!).

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Keep Within Responsible Budget

Another advantage of preparing it before going shopping is you can have an idea of how much you are going to spend and check if it is in your budget.

Once you are in the spreadsheet, click in a range, type =SUM(, select the amount you want to sum and press enter. You can repeat the same process to check the average by typing =AVERAGE(. See it bellow:

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You can keep it as an online version to make any change and print it as soon as you’ll be ready to start shopping! Talk about #efficiency! For more #efficiency tips follow @jeffkee on Twitter!

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The Heartbleed Security Bug and Brixwork Data Security2014-04-10T17:56:31+00:00

As of a couple days ago, a serious internet security risk called the “Heartbleed Bug” has been detected on a large number of websites that can put your private information at risk.

Information transmitted to an Internet site affected with this bug, such as a log-on page for online shopping, may become available to a third party. The Heartbleed bug has the potential to expose your private data, including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and emails.

How does it work?

Heartbleed is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL protocol – one of the most common data encryption mechanisms on the world wide web that is used to keep data such as your passwords and credit card information secure. The Heartbleed bug exploits this vulnerability via a loophole to obtain data that is intended to be hidden from spying eyes.

Was Brixwork effected?

It is incredibly unlikely. Brixwork websites do not use the OpenSSL mechanism of encryption.

In addition, our websites only contain listing data, photos, and videos. This is not a target for advanced hacking attacks such as Heartbleed. These crooks are out to steal massive amount of credit card information at once rather than mess with your listing prices.

What we are doing:

That being said, precautions are taking place to update the security on the following peripheral services that affect all of our clients:

  1. Email generation system – we are updating the security credentials on this, and issuing a patch throughout our entire network tonight. This will keep leads coming in without compromise without being abused as a spam gateway.

  2. Social media management platform – we are updating all logins and passwords. It may be compromised so we want to ensure that it is updated to prevent spam & abuse on our clients’ accounts.

  3. Accounting & billing systems – we are updating all logins and passwords. However, they ARE secure. There is no credit card data visible on those platforms. Even our CEO Jeff Kee cannot get your credit card information when logged into this – only transaction result data. That being said, to be on the safe side, we are making changes.

  4. Brixwork social media accounts – we are updating all logins and passwords since we often post on behalf of clients, give promotion to clients on a variety of outlets such as Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook and more.

  5. Server access – we are updating all logins and passwords though we periodically update the passwords on such anyway regardless of emergencies like the Heartbleed Security Bug.

What should you do?

Other services may be affected. This list includes commonly used online shopping websites and social media platforms that you may be using regularly. You should change your password immediately. Please review the following list, courtesy of Mashable Magazine:

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

Also note that the CRA has shut down Revenue Canada’s website, so online filing of taxes may be delayed:

Heartbleed bug may shut Revenue Canada website until weekend

As far as we are aware, there are no shutdowns with IRS services in the USA.

Google’s New Algorithm (Hummingbird) and Brixwork’s Response2013-09-30T18:54:53+00:00

All is smooth, and all is well.

When new algorithm updates roll out from Google, the implications are generally serious. While many websites benefit from the new algorithm, others see a severe drop in traffic. The algorithm, according to Forbes, has been active for over a month already. Some other sources have cited it was deployed more than several months ago, although Google’s announcement came only recently.

Over the weekend after our move to our new office (which we will cover soon enough) we have examined our Google Analytics records of our clients’ websites, and there have been no significant loss of traffic whatsoever – business as usual!

Google Hummingbird and Resulting Traffic

Google Hummingbird release had no negative impact on traffic to our clients’ websites whatsoever.

How did we manage to keep traffic up & steady?

We always emphasize great content structure, great navigation and clear/concise data presentation when it comes to our websites. Not only do our websites look great as a consequence, but well designed websites also tend to have better performance on Google as well. We do not utilize any black-hat methods of search engine optimization (stuff that, if Google finds you’ve done, will get your site demoted or even banned from Google). Delivering quality content through good code structure with a combination of posting on social media outlets and 3rd party websites with good reputation is our main game, and that will not change. Quality original content always wins out in the long run, according to Google.

So What’s Next for Brixwork’s real estate website clients?

Because we have been doing it the right way, no loss has been incurred as a result of this algorithm upgrade. We keep pushing forward. But, we believe in making things better all the time, so here’s what we have in our roadmap for all of our SEO packages:

Heavier Focus on Longer, Natural Queries – More “Human” Queries

Because the new upgrade algorithm has a heavy emphasis on long phrased natural queries, we will be focusing our SEO efforts in that direction to ensure that our clients’ real estate websites can be picked up. In fact, we have been focusing on long-trail queries already for quite a while now if you noticed. Previous upgrades to Google’s algorithms did start focusing shift on more natural phrased queries. For example, back in the days, people had to query like a computer (“Condos Yaletown Listing”). Nowadays, people are more used to testing Google with more complex searches (“West Vancouver Waterfront Homes For Sale”, or “Condos listed around the Waterfront Skytrain Station”).

Increases In Social Media Presence & Leveraging 3rd Party Websites

With an increasing shift from Google’s part to monitor human browsing behaviour, social shares on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (especially) have an impact on your search engine performance. The visitor patterns on your website also have a feedback effect. And as always, other websites’ links that point back towards your webpage always helps. We are focused on finding quality websites that we can leverage for legitimate back-links. We never buy links, or link-spam your website address on sketchy blogs created by some guy sitting in his mom’s basement. We do things the white-hat way. Effort has its price, and it also has positive results on your marketing efforts, and that’s what we’re all about.

 

The Numbers That Really Matter On Your Website Traffic2013-08-14T17:43:36+00:00

Are you getting a lot of visitors to your website? Great, but having a high volume of visitors alone may not be helping you as much as you think. There’s another key factor of your website traffic, and that is engagement.

When it comes to analyzing the quality and effectivity of your website, it is the visitor engagement that makes a difference for your business. But what is the difference between visits and engagement? Think about when you are browsing the world wide web. There are a lot of pages that you end up on but don’t read, right?

That’s exactly why a high volume of visitors can be misleading. There is too much of a focus on the sheer number of visitors through ads, campaigns and other marketing strategies and too little focus on engaging those visitors.

The reason that engagement is so important is that it shows you how interested your potential clients are in you and your business. In real estate, for example, it can show you which listings people are the most and least interested in, as well as many other statistics. Measuring these statistics–or metrics–is critical to determining the quality and amount of real leads that you receive.

Here is a list of 5 metrics to really pay attention to:

1. Page views per visit

  • A good number of page views per visit is five. If you have reached that statistic, then you can confidently say that your website is functioning quite well. It shows that your website is easy to navigate and people are interested enough to click on links.

Pages / Visit 1

Pages / Visit 2

2. Bounce Rates

  • Means people left the site as soon as they opened up page, without any engagement
  • Should be under half.

Bounce Rate 1

Bounce Rate 2

3. Visit Duration

  • Amount of time spent consecutively throughout pages in website.
  • Similar implications as the pageview metrics.

4. New vs Returning

  • Shows the loyalty of people coming back to see your stuff.

5. Visitor flow

  • Shows the exact flow of which pages they entered through, and which pages they clicked on.. and when they finally left.
  • Good visual indicator to emulate customers’ experience on your website

Visitor Flow 1

Visitor Flow 2

Other Experts

If you are interested in learning more about these metrics and other ways to improve your online presence, here are two articles that we feel do a great job of explaining the benefits of images and simplicity:

Images and video get more likes on Facebook and more shares on Twitter. -by Kristin Piombino

About Minimalist Web Design. – by Mrs. Neff

Google Traffic Spike for Real Estate Agents After Switching2013-05-16T00:28:44+00:00

One of the greatest selling point that BRIXWORK Real Estate Websites has is its strong search engine optimized core. With advanced URL schemes, proper headers & text placement, clean structures and tagged images, we boast some of the best SEO results in and out of town. Recently we have converted some new clients from our competitors and we did some site search traffic analysis on those sites before and after the new BRIXWORK site was launched, and the results were impressive.

In the past 2 years, we have only lost one client back to a competitor after a transition (and even that was due to a mis-understanding of some sort between the partners etc.). The remainder of the new converts have remained loyal with us in the wake of solid leads from search engines and other sources.

Jamie MacDougall

4,500 impressions -> 10,000 impressions per month, with nearly 3X click-throughs

Jamie’s former website was hosted by one of the larger competitors who boast a lot of volume – and Jamie converted to BRIXWORK in September 2012. His search query exposure & traffic saw tremendous increase since then, and more than half a year later he’s sitting on more than 2X impressions, and nearly 3X clicks from Google Searches (according to Google™ Webmaster Tools).

Real Estate Website Traffic Increase SEO Results

Jamie’s impressions went from 4.500 to 10,000 on average. Clicks improved to over 700.

Jamie’s website contains some significant search engine optimization work, such as listing pages pre-defined from the MLS® feed. You can easily browse Vancouver Westside Real Estate, West Vancouver Real Estate, and North Vancouver Real Estate. You can also quickly narrow down to condos & townhomes in Downtown Vancouver as well.

 

Harvey Kardos

Steep Increase in Traffic within 2 weeks of new website launch

Harvey’s previous website was littered with flash animation blocks (which are terrible for Google performance) with no significant search engine optimization done. The following graph compares the month before and month after the launch. The blue lines rising says it all! Harvey has a good inventory of West Vancouver real estate for sale.

Harvey Kardos Traffic

Visits soared from 41/mth to 1,930/mth, with pages-per-visit increase of 29%.

 

Haya Halabi

Immediate spike in Google impressions & clicks

Haya reached out to us all the way from Burlington Ontario, looking to improve her website. The previous website was managed by a competitor in Ontario. After the switch to BRIXWORK, her search engine exposure & traffic saw an immediate and significant improvement. This is our most recent conversion launch, and we are excited to see more statistics come out of this. With the Burlington MLS® System fully integrated, as well as the Burlington Community well portrayed, we are anticipating great long-term results from this website.

Quickest re-index of pages we have seen in a while by Google!

Quickest re-index of pages we have seen in a while by Google!

February 20, 2019

Realtor® Website Pages Designed for 3–5x Better Performance

Is your website getting the numbers you want? Our bold designs are proven to give your website results by improving 3 key on-site metrics. Don’t settle for a cookie-cutter design like every Realtor®.

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Features & Development

January 8, 2019

What Is The Future Of The Real Estate Market?

It’s hard to predict the real estate market. The last downturn saw 1/3 of Realtors® hang their licenses and walk away. What’s your next move?

Written By Jeff Kee | Marketing & Promotion

January 3, 2019

Hiring – Office Admin & Customer Support Position (Maternity Leave Contract)

We are having a baby! We have a maternity leave position opening up to help with office administration and customer support. This is a great entry point into the industry for those who are eager to learn more about digital marketing & cloud web software!

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates

December 18, 2018

Get Your Branded Holiday Instagram/Facebook Posts Ready!

Its that time of year again! Make sure you have your graphics ready in time for this holiday season. Chose from a selection of beautiful posting templates for your Real Estate Instagram and Facebook pages for your social media presence to truly stand out.

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Social Media & Marketing

December 17, 2018

Listing Presentations & Buyers Guide Booklets Supercharged

You deserve better than generic, mass-produced, templatized listing presentations or buyers guidebooks. Stand out amongst thousands of competing Realtors®!

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals

November 1, 2018

Open House & Buildings/Presales Search Overhauls on Version 4.45

Our last major upgrade to finalize our move to the AWS cloud has springboarded us for even more enhancements to the Brixwork system, and packs some amazing new features to help our real estate pros gain more business. Learn how helping buyers find suitable listings has never been easier with version 4.45.

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates

October 31, 2018

4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Real Estate Listing Gallery Page

Showcasing your listings is one of the most important value you provide as a real estate agent. While the listing gallery systems on our templates are great as they are, our custom designed listing gallery icons have many benefits for your Real Estate business results!

Written By Jeff Kee | Featured Clients

October 19, 2018

Increase Realtor® Website Traffic with this Essential Tool

As the second most used search engine after Google, Youtube offers a variety of opportunities for Realtors® to increase website traffic and generate backlinks to their domain! Don't miss out on the opportunity to make the most of your Youtube Channel with these simple steps.

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

October 11, 2018

Steady, Solid, Strategized SEO Results in Significant Traffic Growth

With a 34% increase in traffic, our dedicated SEO campaigns helped Vancouver based real estate website NestPresales.com improve SEO presence and google search traffic within as little as 3 months

Written By Jeff Kee | Search Engine Optimization

September 18, 2018

We Are Now 100% Running on the Amazon Cloud!

We are excited to announce that as of September 10th 2018, Brixwork has successfully completed the final stages to fully migrate everything to Amazon Web Services. With your real estate website running on the Amazon Cloud, listing pages & assets are loading faster than ever with better reliability

Written By Jeff Kee | Company Updates, Technology & Trends

September 11, 2018

MLS® Search By Street Name Now Available!

This has been one of the longest awaited features for a more robust & functional MLS® listing search. Many of you may have noticed this upgrade already on your websites if you are on the Main Street or our newest Fairview templates! Searching by street name is now available.

Written By Jeff Kee | Features & Development

September 10, 2018

Launch of Vancouver Island Real Estate (VIREB) MLS Integration

Brixwork is proud to announce that our premium templates and custom designed website services are now extended to the Vancouver Island area. With VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) and VREB (Victoria Real Estate Board) MLS® Reciprocity, our functional real estate websites are available to real estate agents all across Vancouver Island. 

Written By Jeff Kee | Design & Visuals, Featured Clients, Features & Development

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