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How to add Google+ authorship to your RealBird listing websites

With our last update, it is now easy to add a link of your Google+ profile to your RealBird property websites. During that update, we also implemented the Google+ authorship protocol, which now allows you  to configure your Google+ profile and have your profile photo presented next to your RealBird listings in Google's search result.

For example, see Ashton Coleman's photo being shown next to his RealBird listing on Google. It took approximately 4-5 days from configuration until Google started to show his picture.

Here are the steps for setting this up:

  1. You must have a Google+ account with your personal photo uploaded (it's suggested to have a picture of your face used as a photo instead of a logo, landscape etc.)

  2. Add your Google+ profile link to your RealBird profile. The profile link must have the format of https://plus.google.com/[your_id] . If you are not sure that you set it up correctly, you will be able to  test it as described in Step 4.

  3. Add http://listings.realbird.com to your Google+ profile, under the "Contributor to:" section

  4. Verify that all settings are correct by copy and pasting one of your RealBird listing links into Google's testing tool at: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets If step 2 and 3 are correctly completed, this test will show "Yes" for all items under the "Authorship Testing Result" section.

Please note: there are no guarantees, that Google will actually show your profile photo and authorship markup in Google's search result, even after successfully submitting the information as described above. It's completely up to Google to do so and we have no control over this. However, completing the setup is quick and the potential upside is huge. We recommend to complete this configuration, there is nothing to lose but a lot to gain.

-- The RealBird Team
www.RealBird.com


Link your Google Plus profile and add your real estate license number

We added two new profile options to your RealBird services:

Google+

Just like with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ActiveRain, Trulia and Zillow, you have now an option to add a link of your Google+ profile to your RealBird services. It will be automatically displayed under your photo and contact information on your single property websites, virtual tours and search engines.

To add your Google+ link, just update your account on the Profile page in the RealBird member area.

Real Estate license number

A new field is also introduced for your real estate license number. It is a free form field (it will be shown exactly as entered, no prefix etc) so make sure that you also add your state's preferred abbreviation (e.g. BRE #: 123456789). You can add this information on the Profile page in the member area and it will be automatically displayed on all of your RealBird public-facing services, including previously published property websites and search engines.

-- The RealBird Team
www.realbird.com


Special RealBird Webinar with Guest Speaker Leeza Morris

Leeza MorrisWe’re very pleased to announce that next week, Wednesday, Nov  6 2013 at 8 AM (Pacific time) we will have a guest speaker for you at our weekly webinar:  Leeza Morris, Realtor from Denton TX.

She has a Master’s degree from the University of Portland, holds several certifications, such as E-Pro and NAR GREEN and is a very savvy online real estate marketer. 

Leeza will share with us her tips for generating buyer and seller leads from online sources.  This webinar is planned to last for about one hour.  Please join us by registering here:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/329803081

-- The RealBird Team
www.RealBird.com