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New .Homes Website Domains Now Available to Real Estate Pros

web-address-urlIs the .com domain name you really want already taken? Never fear, there’s a new domain extension in town, and it’s full of SEO potential for real estate practitioners.

The sunrise registration period opened just last Monday for the new.Homes top-level domain. “Sunrise” registration is a limited window of time that allows trademark holders to purchase .Homes domains that match their marks before registration is opened to the general public. That means if you’ve trademarked the name of your real estate team or practice–Central Coast Realty™, for example–you can now reserve CentralCoastRealty.Homes so that your company’s name isn’t taken by somebody else. The Sunrise period runs through May 6. You can learn more here.

However, the domain names with the highest SEO potential are up for grabs on May 12, when open registration starts. Because registration will then no longer be restricted to trademark holders, agents and brokers can buy names that reflect their area, like Boston.Homes. The reason a domain like this has so much SEO potential is because it matches the phrases that consumers are likely to search for, e.g. Boston homes or Boston homes for sale.

.Homes domain names are only available to professionals who serve the residential real estate industry. This includes agents, brokers, mortgage professionals, appraisers, property managers, builders, home insurers, MLSs, and associations. Dominion Enterprises, the operator of Homes.com, is the exclusive registrar of .Homes domain names. To learn more, visit domains.homes.

Other Domain Extensions for Real Estate Pros

.Homes isn’t the only real estate related domain extension out there. In October 2014, the .REALTOR domain extension became available to members of the National Association of Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Realtors can snag their first year’s registration of .REALTOR domains for free through the end of 2016. You can claim your .REALTOR domain here.

As for other domain extensions… well, there are quite a few that may interest agents and brokers. Here’s a sampling:

  • .apartments
  • .broker
  • .condos
  • .community
  • .estate
  • .forsale
  • .house
  • .land
  • .luxury
  • .properties
  • .property
  • .rent
  • .rentals
  • .sale

Dot com alternatives are a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition. And with a well chosen domain name in play, you can potentially earn your website a lot of welcome SEO juice. Is a .Homes, .REALTOR, or other alternative domain something you’d consider for your business? Let us know in the comments below!

By Kelly J. Phelan, RET Content Editor
(Courtesy of retechnology.com)

SEO and Social Media Glossary

Have you ever wondered what the newest social media app is and what it means/does? As the web and social media communication evolve, new buzz words are added to the dictionary and new services are available to all of us. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total newbie or even if you’ve played in the Facebook and Twitter world a bit, you might not know how these social media services work for you to get your message (and listings) out into the world— we can dive deeper in a future post.  

For now, what do all these new buzz words even mean?  We’ve made it easy for you with the list below. Get out your SEO/Social Media “flashcards” and enjoy!

Thanks to Website Magazine for providing the following…

A

Aggregator – a Web-based tool or application that gathers and displays content from a variety of sources to an end-user.

Avatar – the primary image associated with a social network member’s account.


B

Board – a Pinterest feature that allows users to organize the content they have “pinned.”

Bolt – an Instagram offshoot, Bolt is a messaging app that lets users take and send photos to friends.


C

Check-In – an action that connects a person to a physical location. People can “check in” to locations on social networks like Facebook and Foursquare.

Circles – a Google+ feature that allows users to put people together into specified groups. Through this feature, Google+ users have the ability to share updates with specific groups of people in pre-defined “circles.”

Comment – a public response to a status update or other piece of content.

Community – a feature on Google+ that allows members to create niche groups where people with similar interests can interact. Communities can be made public or kept private.

Connection – people who are part of a LinkedIn user’s personal network. Similar to a Facebook “friend” or a Twitter “follower.”

CrowdPost – a proximity-based iOS social media app that connects users based on their location.


D

Dashboard – an administrative interface that typically allows users to monitor social network activity as well as take actions like sharing content.

Direct Message (DM) – a private conversation between two users on Twitter.


E

Engagement – a vague term that describes participation with a brand’s content on social networks. Typically, brands take fan and follower actions such as likes, retweets, shares and comments into consideration when measuring engagement.


F

Facebook – the world’s largest social network, with 1.23 billion monthly active users.

Facebook Audience Network – a mobile ad network that targets users in other apps using Facebooks demographic information.

Fan – a Facebook user who follows a brand or business Page.

Favorite – an action that represents a user’s approval of a piece of content on Twitter.

Filter – an image customization tool which users can leverage to change the tone and look of their photo.

Flickr – a photo sharing community that allows both amateurs and professionals to post images they have taken and receive comments and even negotiate purchases with those who are interested in the photos.

Follower – someone who has chosen to receive your tweets in their Twitter timeline.

Foursquare – a location-based social network that enables users to discover new locations and check-in, share and save places they have visited.

Friend – a Facebook connection between two people.  Both parties must agree to become “friends” before a connection is made.


G

Google+ – a social network created by Google where users can share content and connect with other members. Businesses can add photos, contact information and more that will appear in Google’s search engine result pages.

Group – this feature is available on both LinkedIn and Facebook. It enables users to create a niche community where people with similar interests can communicate with each other. Similar to Google+ Communities.


H

Hangout – a feature available on Google+ that allows a group of people to have conversations and share content with each other. Users also have the ability to start video hangouts with up to 10 friends.

Hashtag – an interactive feature that allows social network users to relate a status update to a broader topic.

Handle – the name a Twitter member chooses to represent themselves. To interact with another Twitter member, users must address them with the @ symbol and the person’s handle, such as @WebsiteMagazine.


I

Influencer – a brand’s most valuable audience members. Typically, influencers are active in the social community and have the ability to sway the opinions of their followers.

Instagram – an online photo-sharing social network where users can share filtered photos and videos. Instagram is owned by Facebook.

Instagram Direct – a communication method that allows Instagram users to send photos and videos privately to another user.

Instagram Explore – a new tab that helps users discover new content that is relevant to their interests.


L

Like – an action that social network users can take to show their approval of a status update. In addition, Facebook users can “Like” pages in order to receive the Page’s status updates in their newsfeeds.

LinkedIn – a social network for professionals, users are able to post their job experience and skills, find personal and professional contacts, search for jobs, blog and much more.

LinkedIn Ads – a self-service advertising solution that allows its users to create and place ads on the LinkedIn.com website.

Lists – a curated group of Twitter users.


M

Meme – a generally recognized piece of content that typically pokes fun of a person, place or situation. Typically, memes are shared by many people and quickly go viral.

Message – a private communication method between two or more users on Facebook.

Messenger – an app to which Facebook transferred all of its messaging power. Users are able to chat with their friends in a similar manner to text messaging.


N

Newsfeed – the homepage of a social network that is continuously refreshed with activity updates from a user’s friends or followers.


P

Page – a Facebook profile for a business or a brand. Facebook users can “like” pages but they cannot be friends with pages.

Pinterest – a pinboard-style social network where users can share content and create theme-based collections.

Pin – a piece of content shared by Pinterest users.

Poke – a Facebook action that allows one user to interact with another user through a virtual “poke.”

Profile – the Web page of a social network user that displays any content that the user has shared.

Promoted Content – a way to increase the reach of a profile or a specific piece of content on social networks. Promoted content is paid for and thus an advertisement.


R

Reddit – the so-called “front page of the Internet” has hundreds of subpages (called subreddits) for various topics from Space Jam to Astronomy and Politics where users can submit posts and comments to drive discussion.

Retweet – an action that allows users to share another user’s content on Twitter.

Rich Pin – pins that feature extra content, such as a map, product pricing, recipe details and more. There are multiple types of Rich Pins, including Place Pins, Article Pins, Product Pins, Recipe Pins and Movie Pins.


S

Sentiment – the implied attitude behind user comments. Social media monitoring tools can help brands measure sentiment in order to gauge the overall perception of a company or specific marketing promotions.

Share – an action that allows someone to publish content from another source. The content is  “shared” to that user’s personal social network.

Snapchat – a photo messaging mobile app that allows user to take photos or record videos and send them to selected friends. Each piece of content sent has a time limit (1-10 seconds) for viewing. After the content has been viewed it is not able to be seen again unless it is part of a Snapchat Story.

Snapcash – Snapchat users are able to send and receive money from Snapchat friends after entering their debit card information.

Snapchat Ads – Snapchat introduced its first ad in Oct. 2014. Users are able to view ads in the Stories section of the app.

Snapchat Chat – Chat enables users to have a private conversation with friends via text, snaps and previously saved videos and images.

Snapchat Discover – a storytelling feature where users are able to find Stories from a variety of sources including CNN, Comedy Central and Food Network.

Snapchat Story – Snapchat users can put content into a “story” for 24-hour viewing. Typically, stories are made up of a string of content that creates a narrative.

Social Listening – a tool that enables users to monitor and measure what is being said about a brand on social networks.

Social Login – a sign-in form which allows users to leverage their social media credentials on a third-party website instead of having to create separate login credentials.

Status Update – a piece of content shared by a social network member.

StumbleUpon – a social discovery engine that helps users discover new and unique things from across the Web through recommendations.

Subreddit – a community subpage on reddit like r/pics and r/tech that discuss relevant topics to the community.

Swarm – a social meetup app spawned from parent Foursquare that lets users check in wherever they are.

Syndicated Promoted Tweet – a promoted Tweet that can be seen off of Twitter.


T

Timeline – Facebook’s newest profile layout that display’s a user’s collection of shared content.

Trending Topic – the most popular topics currently being discussed on a social network.

Tumblr – a microblogging platform owned by Yahoo. Currently, Tumblr has more than 172 million blogs on its platform.

Tweet – a Twitter status update.

Twitter – a popular social network that allows users to post 140-character status updates.

Twitter Discover – the Discover tab enables users to find new hashtags which may be of interest to them.


U

URL Shortener – a tool that converts a long URL into a shortened version that is easier to share, especially on social networks.


V

Vine – a mobile app owned by Twitter that allows users to share short videos that play in a continuous loop.

Viral – a piece of content that is rapidly and organically shared.


W

WhatsApp – acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp is a mobile messaging app.

Word-of-Mouth Marketing – an unpaid form of promotion by a customer on behalf of a brand.


Y

YouTube – a video-sharing platform owned by Google.

YouTube Kids – specifically designed for kids, YouTube Kids has a variety of videos for kids to learn from and parental control settings to make sure kids watch only age appropriate videos.


See More At: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2015/03/25/2015-social-media-glossary.aspx

Some Great Plugins for Google Chrome

I really like the picture editor and the DocuSign extension right in your browser. Very handy.

Want to get more out of your online experience? Put your web browser to work for you! Google’s Chrome browser offers thousands of extensions that you can install to boost your productivity. Like apps for your mobile phone, these add-ons range from social media sharing buttons to extensions that block online distractions so that you can better focus on important tasks.

Ready to give your productivity a boost? These seven Chrome extensions can help turn you into a web power user!

1. Write Space

This extension lets you write and edit text right from your browser. Write Space’s design is simple and clean, a lack of clutter that makes it easier to focus on writing rather than outside distractions. (The app’s creators suggest turning your browser to full-screen mode to reduce distractions even further!)

Our favorite feature of Write Space is how it automatically saves everything as you type, so you never have to worry about accidentally losing your work. It’s convenient, too. Rather than booting up Word or another program to write down notes, just open this extension in a new browser tab and start typing!

2. Awesome Screenshot

Have you ever needed to take a screenshot of an entire webpage or document–including the parts that you’d have to scroll down to see? Awesome Screenshot to the rescue! This extension lets you easily capture all kinds of screenshots, from the whole page to a small selection. The best part about Awesome Screenshot is that it lets you annotate any of your screenshots with text, shapes, highlights, and more.

3. CloudConvert

Need to convert that Word document into a PDF, or that .RAW image file into something web friendly, like a .JPG? This extension can convert over 200 different file types into whatever you need. You can even set it up to automatically save converted files to your Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud storage solution.

4. Pixlr Express

Edit your listing photos without leaving your browser. This extension lets you crop, resize, adjust, add text to photos, and much more. If you have little experience in more advanced editing techniques like adjusting color balance, Pixlr’s Auto Fix feature can do it for you in just one click. All images can be easily saved back to your desktop for sharing on social media or uploading to the MLS.

5. Font Changer

Few things are more frustrating than a website that’s hard to read, especially if it contains important information that you need! Banish unreadable typefaces with Font Changer which, well, changes the font of whatever webpage you’re on so that it’s easier to read. This extension lets you choose the font you’d rather read, and even set up alternative fonts for all sites or just the sites that really, really bug you.

6. Kill News Feed

Ah, Facebook…that gloriously distracting time suck. If you find you can’t resist logging in when you should be doing work-related things instead, try this extension. It blocks your Facebook newsfeed, so that even if you log into Facebook, all you see is a whole lotta nothing. Consider it your own personal productivity police.

7. DocuSign

Do you use DocuSign as your eSignature platform of choice? If so, check out this extension to make working with the program even easier. With it, you can open documents for signing or sending right from Gmail or Dropbox. The extension installs a handy button on your browser’s task bar so you can access DocuSign easily or check on the status of any document with one click.

By Kelly Phelan