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Sold Listings Map widget released

Based on the popularity of the RealBird Featured Listings Map widget (for showing your active listings on an embeddable map), we have released a similar tool for your sold listings. Showing off your sold listings on your websites and blogs are important to encourage seller prospects to trust their listing on you. Showing them your sold listing portfolio will ensure them that you can actually deliver on your promise of selling their listings.

The Sold Listings Map widget is a powerful visual presentation of this marketing concept. See the example below showing the sold listings of Roland and Linda Hauhe on this widget


Rather than deleting your listings published via RealBird after they are sold, you can now update them with sold as the listing status and automatically show them via this new widget. You can of course enter sold listings directly by simple setting the listing status to sold, rather than active while creating the RealBird property website. Make sure, that you use the Publish feature for saving the listing. Sold listings are not syndicated to 3rd party classified sites, but setting the sold property site published will enable it on your new Sold Listings Map widget.

The widget can be scaled for any size via the configuration tool and can make a great sidebar widget on your blog or ActiveRain or a full screen map on your website or your blog post.

Stay tuned, some major updates are coming soon...

-- Zoltan Szendro


Two more destinations for your listings       HotPads

We added two more destinations for your listings with automatic distribution, HotPads for residential rentals and CLRSearch for all property types (for sale and for rent also).

Simply publish your property with the RealBird Listing Publisher and your listing will be syndicated automatically.

See the full list of listing advertising partners here.

-- Zoltan Szendro

Kijiji is growing and so should your listing exposure

I received a phone call from Ryan Spoon today, the manager of the US portal of Kijiji is eBay's classified ads portal. He informed us about the recent growth of Kijiji in terms of traffic and the number of posted classified ads.

I ran a report on and found that there were a significant jump in Kijiji's traffic in June, 2007

Below are some charts comparing Kijiji with and (I excluded Craigslist, because they are still way bigger, than anybody else in terms of traffic and would make the chart unbalanced and hard to read)

See Kijiji's jump (blue color) in terms of visitors in June-July:

The second chart below shows that in terms of engagement (pages/visit), Kijiji already passed the other compared sites:

The most interesting chart is the Daily Velocity: "Velocity reports the relative change in daily attention. Velocity is used to determine the relative growth of a domain over a particular timeframe or compared to other sites." Kijiji clearly has a momentum now:

For our real estate members, this is important because:

  • eBay seems to be very serious about building a high traffic classified site
  • With the Listing Publisher, it takes only a few minutes per listing to post to Kijiji and according to this data, it will most likely result in more prospective buyers looking at your properties
  • While consumer traffic is growing, early adapters benefit, because Kijiji is not yet saturated with real estate listings and you may very well be one of the few agents posting your listing in your area

So login or register with RealBird for free and do your listings a favor. Post it on Kijiji for additional traffic. With RealBird it will take you only a few extra minutes per listing to do so.

-- Zoltan Szendro