That’s right! We’ve made the decision to go ahead and release the alpha version of our upcoming new virtual tour window early so that you can begin showcasing your listings now!
This early release is a very basic example of things to come. It currently includes a nice slideshow of your listings photos, property details, and quick tool links that allow visitors to request more info and get in touch with you!
Future features will include: multiple file uploads to save you time, audio and voice over capabilities, youtube movie creation, custom looks for your tour window, automatically publish tours to MLS, and MORE!
Want to start creating your own tours now? Login to your toolbox and go to the Photo Tours link on the left. Once there, click Add Photo Tour at the top. On the page that opens enter the address, then mls number for your listing and begin browsing to the photos you want to include. You can upload up to 36 photos. Once done, click submit. Once your files are done uploading you will be taken back to the main photo tour section where you can click View Photo Tour URL to retrieve the branded and unbranded links to your new tour!
Tour Real Estate Inc, your provider of the best REALTOR® websites online today has just released a NEW homepage module for our modular templated websites!
The new Real Estate News module pulls top real estate based news stories direct from the pages of Yahoo! News and displays them on your homepage. This module is automatic and updates from the news source with new content as it is released! This is a great way to share real estate news with your visitors without having to crawl the news sites looking for information.
It’s easy to add – first, login to your Client Toolbox.
Click Customize Homepage Content in the menu at the left. When that page opens you will see the two boxes containing your modules, just above that click Add/Remove Default Homepage Module. Pick Real Estate News from the list and click Save Changes. The new module will now appear on your front page – revisit the Customize Homepage Content section to move the module and place it wherever you like on your page.
These little homepage modules are just some of the sort of great functions and features we are constantly developing for our real estate website customers. If you have an idea for a module you’d like to see don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re always glad to hear ideas regarding how we might better improve our services.
Stay Tuned to this blog and our other social networks for the latest news and developments from your real estate technology solutions provider, TourRE!
Just because you have a template website doesn’t mean you’re at a disadvantage – especially if that template website comes from Tour Real Estate Inc. We have over 50 different looks from you to choose from, most in several color themes, giving you the opportunity to choose a look that suits you. ALL of our template websites can be modified by our users to be more effective in search engines; by putting in just a little extra time you can gain a competitive edge on your competition.
1 – Meta Tag Administration. By going into this section of your toolbox you can control the title,keywords,and description for nearly every page on your site. Follow the guidelines described here to learn more about properly entering meta-data.
2 – Add Alt-Tags. If you website template uses our homepage modules go into the Customize Your Homepage section of your toolbox and edit the modules you find there. Under the edit function for each module you will find a space for “alt tags”. Enter link relevant keyword text in this space.
3 – Edit your homepage text. Under your Personal/Team/Office settings you can enter a few paragraphs of text – make sure it is keyword rich. In addition go in and edit the text on all of the default homepage modules, by entering your own unique and keyword rich text in these spaces you will help your website stand out to visitors and search engines alike.
4 – Social Links. Go to the social links area in your toolbox and enter the URLs for any social networks you may be active on. If you do not have accounts on these social networks it is a good idea to create them and become familiar with using them.
5 – Get More Links. How many links from outside sources point to your website can be a big factor in it’s search engine visibility. Therefore it is a good idea to have as many links as you can pointed to you. Make sure all your social profiles have links to your main website on them, get friends who have websites to add a link to your site, comment on other websites/blogs and include a link, enter your links on any of the hundreds of free directories online. It is best to only exchange reciprocal links with other websites of high quality but ANY link pointed to you is better than none at all. The Link Exchange section of your toolbox will allow you to easily create, edit, and manage your link exchanges with other sites.
These are just a brief Top 5 things you can do to start improving your templated REALTOR website. There are any number of other things that can be done to help promote your digital presence; we’re always glad to talk with our REALTOR website clients to see how we can help them make the most out of their websites with us. We aren’t going to blow a lot of smoke and tell you that your website will change your world, but it CAN be one of your most valuable and cost effective marketing tools – and when it comes down to it a real estate website is just that, a tool, if you use it you will see results, if you don’t it will lay there and rust.
Contact Tour Real Estate today if you need help using your website with us, or if you are a real estate professional looking for a highly functional and powerful web presence.
Tour Real Estate’s Social Links Function Just Got Better!
Our already popular social links function and homepage module is now even better as we’ve added the ability to include Google’s new +1 button to your list of social networking profiles!
Available in your client toolbox under the Social Links link you can add the urls to your favorite major social networks like Facebook and Twitter and now you can also add this great new social recommendation button as well.
Google+1 can be used by visitors who have an active google or gmail account to recommend your site and is a powerful way to show others that you are a preferred website among your visitors. The new Google+1 button also makes a great blog post or status update! Encourage your friends and followers to visit your site and give you the +1!
Just one more great development in our expansive set of REALTOR marketing tools. Stay tuned to our blog for the latest news and functionality from your source for the best REALTOR websites online today – Tour Real Estate!
Our new Twitter Module allows you to easily display your most recent tweet right on your homepage! To create this module on your website login to the Client Toolbox. Click Customize Homepage Content. On the page that opens you will see your homepage modules in the columns as they appear on your site. Click Add or Remove Default Homepage Modules:
On the page that opens you will see several default homepage modules. Click Twitter in the left column to move it over to the active column on the right and click Save Changes:
Once that is done click Edit Default Homepage Modules at the top of the page which will take you to where you can enter your Twitter feed URL and complete the setup:
Follow the instructions for entering your Twitter feed URL and you will be all done! Feel free to visit the main Customize Homepage Content section to arrange your homepage modules as you desire!
Just one more tool in our list of online real estate marketing tools that you can control from your Client Toolbox! Does your REALTOR website do all of these things? Does it provide lead capturing ability, craigslist ad creation, comprehensive statistics, and the ability to control your search engine visibility? If not you should contact Tour Real Estate today to see what we can do to help your with your online presence.