Previous month:
March 2009
Next month:
May 2009

Eco-friendly homes - How to add green home search to your website and blog

Reblogged from our ActiveRain blog, below is a quick tutorial on how to set up a niche property search for your Earth Day celebration post tomorrow:
 

Tomorrow (April 22) is Earth Day, which is a great occasion for our next example about different, creative ways to utilize the new RealBird Property Search service.

How about creating a preset search for your market with listings filtered by the keyword eco-friendly? Once you have it configured (in less than a minute) you can share it on Twitter, Facebook and other networks including ActiveRain. It's cool, it's fun, it's useful and it's for a great cause. On the right, I embeded CJ Braisel's Earth Day search widget for the San Jose area.

This is what you need to accomplis this for your own market:

  1. Login to your RealBird account or sign up here for free
  2. After login, on the landing page, change the default search criteria of the widget configuration. Extend distance to let's say 50 miles from your primary location
  3. Enter "eco-friendly" into the keyword field. Without the quotes.
  4. Click "Generate Widgets and Link"
  5. The widget codes and permalink is now updated and you'll see the preview instantly

At this point, you can do many different things to let the world know.


Share it on ActiveRain
  1. Grab the widget code you just generated in Step 5 and paste it into a new ActiveRain post using the HTML tab on the editor, make sure you add a search engine friendly title to the post (using targeted keywords in the title like Earth Day, eco-friendly, your market city, state etc.)
Share it on Twitter
  1. For this you will have to copy the permalink for the preset search (in step 5) by clicking the "Full screen version" tab on the RealBird configuration tool
  2. Open another window and go to bit.ly to shorten this Url. Just paste the permalink you copied in the previous step and generate a short Url for it.
  3. Post this short link to Twitter with whatever message you'd like but make sure that you use the words Earth Day spelled out and the Twitter tag #earthday It is a trending topic and you want to be among those posts !
Share it on Facebook
  1. You can use the link you copied from the "Full screen version" section of the RealBird configuration tool and post it as a link on your Facebook profile or as a status update.
Share it below as a comment

Feel free to share your eco-friendly neighborhood RealBird search widget below. I suggest that you use a good anchor text, like "City, State eco-friendly homes for sale" and use the permalink you copied from RealBird under the "Full Screen Version" tab as the link itself.


Say hello to a bird for us tomorrow.

-- Zoltan


RealBird Property Search Beta Released

Introducing the RealBird® Property Search (BETA)

Add millions of listings to your website and blog.
One of the largest and fastest property search engines. Get your own here
Powered by RealBird® and data from Google® Base.

Property search engine with millions of listings nationwide

The service is using RealBird's custom technology and data from Google Base. For the first time in the industry, it allows you to provide your clients with access to millions of listings nationwide, including For Sale, For Rent, Foreclosures, FSBO and more. You can service your local homebuyer prospects and refer out-of-area leads to other agents in your network, for example on ActiveRain or other real estate networks. Since all leads from this branded service are forwarded and belong to you, you have full control over what to refer out and which propsects to handle yourself.

It's your service: your photo, your contact info, your visitors and leads

Just like with IDX search engines, the RealBird Property Search service runs under your own name and prospect inquiries are all forwarded to you. Every page contains your photo, contact information and links to your website, blog and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, ActiveRain and MyBlogLog. When a visitor registers on your site their account is assigned to your profile and they can save searches and listings in their account. When they forward listing information to their family, share links on their social network or take the search engine as a widget onto their own blog, the service retains your private labeling. You can also add custom widgets to the full screen version including your blog feed, slideshows, videos or your Twitter updates to further customize the service.

Ultrafast user interface

The system was designed from the ground up to be one of the fastest property search engines in order to provide your clients an outstanding user experience. Search results for any type of queries across this vast database are returned on the average in less than a second.

Mapping, Google Street View and Google Earth features

Of course, no RealBird service can be without advanced mapping features. The search results can be instantly mapped on street, satellite, terrain maps and even with the embedded 3D Google Earth. Property details include large Google Street View where it is available and regular maps. Nearby school information is also provided with the listing details.

Example, live search widget
Courtesy of Janie Coffey


Unlimited, preconfigured neighborhood and niche searches

You can set up unlimited, special links, widgets and full screen service for any search criteria. Create preconfigured neighborhood searches for your blog's and website's neighborhood pages or create niche searches for your vertical markets. With the powerful keyword filtering option of the search engine, you can set up for example searches for "ocean view luxury condos", "3 million dollars+ homes" or even one for current "gas station" listings. The limit is only your imagination. You can also create and share custom searches for your existing clients. Use the search configuration tool to create these custom, predefined search engines and to generate the permalinks and widget codes for these. It's quick, powerful and fun.

Customizable

Select from 5 color themes, change the header text and add any number of sidebar modules to the full screen version to enhance the service with your own content. You can add your featured listings, slideshows, Twitter updates, blog feed or any other 3rd party service.

Blog and website widgets, same powerful search engine in different sizes

The user interface of the search engine is designed in a way that it can fit to the available screen space no matter where you deploy it. A sidebar widget is provided to easily add access to listings on your blog's sidebar, or you can embed the full-featured version into your web pages or blog posts and it will automatically resize and hide unnecessary modules, depending on the available space. You can of course also link your search engine as a full screen application. Please visit the widget configuration page to generate these modules.

Web traffic analytics

You can add your own Google Analytics tracking code and get detailed insight into search visitor statistics.

Visitor and client features

The search engine provides a client account area for your visitors. With it they can:

  • Setup an account under your service and save searches and favorite listings for future reference
  • Save and share searches Save and share properties
  • Create their own RSS feeds for any searches and get notified when a new property is listed that matches the search criteria
  • Grab a search widget with your photo/logo and contact info and place it onto their own websites and blosg which generates a viral marketing of your service
  • Share properties on dozens of online social networks and social bookmarking sites
  • Your Twitter updates and blog feeds are automatically posted in your client's accounts so that every time they come back and sign in they see your most recent content

Real Estate Professionals - Get your private labeled property search engine here