One of the biggest challenges that we REALTORS has is keeping up with all the places our listings are being sent and being seen. At a recent Board meeting, this was a huge topic of discussion – How do we keep up with our listings? How do we know what is being said about our listings? How can we know when our listings are being “repurposed” & “re-used” possibly without our knowledge or permission? One easy answer: Google Alerts!
Monitor the Web for new content about your listings
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries. Enter a search query you wish to monitor – like the address of each and every listing you have.
Google will send you an email when there are new results for your search, so you can keep up to date without constantly running searches
for the same words/address.
Here’s 4 easy steps for the set-up of a Google Alert for a listing:
To begin – you need to have a FREE Google account – a gmail address. Once you have your gmail account set-up just go to Google.com/alert
#1 – Set up your search query – the address of your listing
#2 – Set your search type – everything – this includes news, blogs, videos, discussion
#3 – Select how often you want to be notified – as-it-happens, once a day or once a week
#4 – Select how many results to receive – I suggest Only the best results
And last but not least – your email address will be auto-populated so that Google can send you previews of the new results that it finds.
If my Google Alerts did nothing but alert me to every time “someone” put one of my listings, especially rentals, on Craig’s List…well it’s certainly worth the couple of extra minutes I spent setting up the alert.
I hope you find this easy tip helpful – now let’s get out there and be good to each other – Let’s be REALTORS!
Until Next Monday…