Watch Live TV on iPhone – The Best Apps

Learn how to watch live TV on iPhone with the best live TV apps for iPhone. We’ll show you how to get more from your cable subscription with free apps to watch live TV on the iPhone and how cord cutters can also watch live TV on the iPhone.

All of these apps and services include live tv streaming on the iPhone 6 as well as on other iPhone models running iOS 8 or higher.

To get the most out of what you pay for you will need to download several live TV apps and you may need to subscribe to another service. There are many other TV apps for the iPhone, but most will not give you access to live TV.

With the right Live TV apps for iPhone you can watch news, sports and your favorite TV shows without waiting for it to arrive on Hulu Plus or on another service.

25 Best Live TV iPhone Apps

Learn how to watch live TV on iPhone with the best live TV iPhone apps.

Learn how to watch live TV on iPhone with the best live TV iPhone apps.

While you can often find some illicit streams to watch live TV on the iPhone, finding the right live TV iPhone apps makes the viewing experience better.All of the apps below let you watch Live TV on iPhone, and some will allow you to use AirPlay to stream from your iPhone to your Apple TV to see on a bigger screen if you need it.

Most of these apps let you watch live TV on iPhone over 4G, 4G LTE and on WiFi without any restrictions, but a few will only fully work at home on your own WiFi.

If you already pay for cable or satellite TV there are a lot of apps that you can log into with your username and password to watch Live TV on the iPhone, in addition to the channels that the official company app offers.

Cord cutters can still watch live TV on iPhone with the right subscriptions, but the options are limited compared to a traditional cable or satellite subscription.

Cable and Satellite Apps for Live TV on iPhone

When you pay for cable you often get access to a company app that includes a variety of channels that you can stream to watch live TV on iPhone and other devices. The channels vary from one company to the next. You will need to check out the other network specific apps to watch everything you want live on the iPhone and this is especially true for watching sports live on iPhone or iPad.

Use these apps to stream live TV on iPhone.

Use these apps to stream live TV on iPhone.

Most of these apps let you watch Live TV without any added fee, but you may need to pay a monthly fee for some of the cell phone carrier options depending on your current plan.

AT&T U Verse Live TV

Use the AT&T U Verse iPhone app to watch live TV on iPhone from anywhere. The free app and service includes a number of channels that you can watch anywhere, but there are even more channels to watch when you are connected to your home network. Login to see what you can watch on the AT&T U Verse Live TV app. Download AT&T UVerse Live TV for iPhone.

DirectTV

The DirecTV iPhone app lets you watch live TV on your iPhone at home or on the go. The app warns users that streaming over cellular connections uses data, but it does not stop users from watching live TV on the iPhone from anywhere. You cannot watch every show that is on your package, but there is a decent selection. Download the DirecTV iPhone App.

Time Warner Cable TV

Recent updates make using the TWC TV app to watch live TV on iPhone even easier with a new preview window so you can see what you are already watching while you check out the guide. There are options to watch some Live TV and On Demand content on your iPhone while on cellular, but for others you need to be at home. There is also now an option to sort live streaming by local channel number for easier access. Download the TWC TV App.

Charter TV

The Charter TV app lets you watch 43 live TV channels on iPhone from anywhere and over 150 live channels when you are on your Charter home network connection. Charter also lets users download TV shows to watch offline later as part of this app. Download Charter TV for iPhone.

Cox TV Connect

The Cox TV Connect iPhone app lets subscribers watch some live TV channels on the iPhone, but this is more limited than the iPad app and many will only work inside your house. This is free with your Cox TV Essential and higher subscriptions. Download Cox TV Connect for iPhone.

DISH Anywhere

With DISH Anywhere and a Hopper with Sling, 922 Slingloaded DVR and other Hopper with Sling adapter DVR options you can use this app to watch live tv on iPhone and iPad. With this option you can watch any channel that is part of your dish subscription and access your DVR as if you were in your house. There is also an option to transfer DVR recordings to your iPhone. Download the DISH Anywhere iPhone app.

Access to channels varies based on the provider and your location.

Access to channels varies based on the provider and your location.

Verizon FIOS Mobile

The Verizon FIOS Mobile app includes access to live TV on the iPhone. The channel selection varies based on your subscription and where you are watching. Some channels only work at home, some work while you are traveling and if you are in NYC, NJ, Philadelphia or DC you can also stream select local channels live to iPhone or iPad.Download Verizon FIOS Mobile for iPhone.

XFINITY TV Go App

The XFINITY TV GO App allows you to stream tv shows and movies from a variety of channels that you subscribe to. You can also download some shows to watch while you are offline. If you are a X1 subscriber you need to XFINITY TV App instead of the TV Go app. Download XFINITY TV GO app for iPhone.

Sprint TV for iPhone

Sprint subscribers with a data plan can watch live TV on the iPhone from Fox News, Fox Business, AP, NBC News and other channels. There are also on demand options available. Sprint sells seven premium packages from $2.99 to $9.99 a month depending what you want to watch. Download Sprint TV for iPhone.

Live TV on iPhone for Cable Cutters

While there isn’t a great free TV streaming app for iPhone that works without any type of subscription cord-cutters can use Sling TV as an option to get access to Live TV on iPhone.

Sling TV

For $20 a month you can subscribe to Sling TV and watch live tv on iPhone including ESPN, AMC TV and many other channels. This is a good complement to other services that cord cutters may already use and you can watch these channels live on your iPhone and other devices. You can only watch on one device at a time, but for many users this is enough. Download Sling TV for iPhone.

Network Apps to Watch Live TV on iPhone

Apps like Watch Disney allow users to stream live TV to the iPhone with a cable or satellite subscription.

Apps like Watch Disney allow users to stream live TV to the iPhone with a cable or satellite subscription.

If you already have a cable subscription or satellite subscription you can also stream Live TV on the iPhone with network apps and in some cases watch On demand shows. At least one of these apps lets you watch before the show is live on TV.

  • Comedy Central  – Watch some shows live and others before they are on TV.
  • CBS – Subscribe to CBS All Access for live TV streaming from select local CBS stations.
  • Watch ABC – Watch ABC live on your iPhone in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco.
  • Watch Disney Channel – Watch live Disney TV shows from your iPhone.
  • Watch Tru TV – Login with your cable or satellite username and watch east coast or west coast feeds of Tru TV.

You can check to see if your subscription works by downloading the app and attempting to sign in. If you don’t see your company listed you may not be able to use these apps.

Watch Live Sports on iPhone

Watch ESPN and other apps stream live sports to iPhone users.

Watch ESPN and other apps stream live sports to iPhone users.

There are also a lot of opportunities to watch live sports on the iPhone. You will need a subscription to some type of service for any of these to work. Either through your cable subscriber or through your cell phone company.

  • Watch ESPN – Login with your cable username and password to watch ESPN live on the iPhone with many channel options.
  • NFL Sunday Ticket – DirecTV subscribers can pay extra for the option to watch live NFL games on iPhone and other devices with NFL Sunday Ticket.
  • MLB at Bat – MLB at Bat is available with an added subscription to watch your favorite MLB teams play live on the iPhone.
  • NBA Game Time – NBA games are also live on the iPhone with NBA GameTime and a subscription that unlocks live streaming.
  • NFL App on Verizon – Verizon Wireless customers on a Share Everything plan get access to live NFL games on the iPhone with this app.
  • NBC Sports Live Extra – Login with your TV subscription information to watch NBC Sports Live Extra on your iPhone.
  • Univision Desportes – Watch many soccer games live on your iPhone with Univision Desportes once you log in with a cable or satellite username and password.

The access to some of these may vary due to antiquated blackout rules and other annoying sports-specific restrictions.

Premium Live TV Apps for iPhone

If you pay for HBO or Showtime you can watch new episodes of original programming live on your iPhone at the same time it airs on TV. You’ll need a subscription and the corresponding app.

  • HBO Go – HBO Go works with a cable or Satellite subscription and includes on demand and live access.
  • HBO Now – This works on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and it is available without a cable subscription.
  • Showtime – Showtime offers options with or without a cable subscription to see live original programming and access to on demand shows and movies.

If you want to use one of these services, you can always ask your cable or satellite provider for deals that can help keep the price down, at least for the start.

Sell your home faster using social media

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Today’s social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram have moved beyond a place for individuals to connect with friends and family, to a powerful marketing tool for big business as well as local entrepreneurs.

Don’t let them have all the fun. If you are placing your home on the market for sale, consider giving some time and attention to social media as part of your home-selling strategy.

Spread the word

Real estate professionals and individual sellers alike can use social media. But it’s best utilized as part of a larger multi-pronged approach.

Think of social media platforms as an amplification tool to broaden the reach of the news your home is for sale.

For example, boost attendance to your open house by creating a public Facebook event. However, it’s typically not a good idea to create a stand-alone page related to your home’s sale. It’s hard to build momentum on a new page which initially will have no followers.

Put friends and family to work

Remember that a little work in real life goes a long way online. Increase exposure by asking friends and family to share posts related to your home sale.

Leverage your current social network (as well as their networks) to boost your post’s reach. While they may not be in the market for a new home, they may know someone who is. The listing will then be spread virally from page to page.

And don’t forget to be creative. People are more likely to share quirky, funny or creative posts, rather than one that simply says “Home for Sale.”

Look for leads close to home

Research local social media groups and reach out to them about your home. Be sure to get prior permission from the administrator, or this approach could backfire.

Their contact info is typically easy to find. For example, target LinkedIn groups for professionals who are relocating to your area or Meetup.com groups for local real estate investors.

Put 2016 technology to work for you

Many smartphones come with simple-to-use movie-making apps. Put them to use to create a property tour of the home.

It pays to explore your phone’s app store to see what’s new, as innovative tools are constantly hitting the market.

For example, there are 360-degree photo apps that allow you to create sweeping panoramas of each room of your property. Utilizing the latest technology will help your listing stand out in the crowd.

If you are looking to really make an impact, there are online advertising platforms designed to make promotion on social media simple.

While the services are reasonably inexpensive, make sure to set a firm budget as to what you are willing to spend, and stick to it.

Programs like Facebook Ads allow you to target the specific demographics that are most likely to be interested in your home.

The reality

Selling a home is a complicated process, and if you (and your agent) diversify your approach, your chance of a fast sale increases.

Social media can be a powerful tool in your home-selling arsenal. Use it wisely.

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A First Time Home Buyers Story!

 

I like to think of the first year of home ownership akin to (what I assume to be) the first year of marriage. It’s often the most difficult, because you don’t know what to expect. You’re used to something different (renting) and the entire year is spent adjusting. It’s just as great at you imagined it would be, but it often involves a lot of very hard work.

Next week it will be my one year anniversary of closing on the house. I’m celebrating in my own small way, but looking back on it, there are more than a handful of things I wish I’d done differently. Here are five (of many) first time home buying mistakes that cost me big time.

Buying Too Much House

I bought a house when I was engaged and expecting the single family home to be for a growing family rather than a swinging single gal. I did the best job I could and made a decision based on the set of circumstances that were true at the time. If I had a crystal ball to see if I would have been a single female homeowner three months after I bought the house then, yeah, I would have bought a lower maintenance condo in a nicer area and skipped the renovations altogether.

The relationship was far easier to get out of than the mortgage, so I think the first mistake was buying something I couldn’t manage on my own. I know buying for a current situation rather than a future one feels a bit like betting on the relationship to fail, but better safe than sorry when you’re playing the high stakes real estate game with someone you’re not married to.

I Would Have Prioritized Renovation Projects Like an Investor

It’s the old real estate adage that kitchens are what sell the home, and bathrooms hold their value. Thinking I was making a home for a family I did a bunch of other projects that would only make sense if I were going to stay in the house long term. The game changed, as did my desire to stay in the home longer than necessary and so looking back I wished I’d prioritized the renovation projects with the precise eye of an investor looking to make money.

I renovated the downstairs bathroom instead of the “master” bath simply because the green bathroom was hideous and I couldn’t stand to look at it. Yet every day when I run out of counter space or have to shower in my teeny-tiny stall in my bathroom upstairs, I wish I’d done things differently.

I Would Have Asked More Questions

I think there is a difference between paying attention and asking questions. You can pay attention your whole life and never get up the nerve to ask questions.

Looking back on it, I was definitely afraid to ask questions during the mortgage and renovation process because I didn’t want to seem unintelligent. I think being young and naive I expected someone — anyone — else to come charging in and ask them for me, not remembering that the biggest part of being an adult is having to have the tough conversations yourself.

Truth time: What you don’t know CAN hurt you and if you don’t ask you’ll never know.

Most importantly, if you don’t ask, no one else will and we’re talking about the most expensive purchase of your adult lifetime. If you neglect to ask your mortgage broker, real estate agent, or contractor something, you could risk losing thousands of dollars, so why take that risk? Just ask the darn question.

I Would Have Done More Research

I only shopped at two places for a mortgage. I only got two bids for the renovation work (partially because it was difficult to find a contractor willing to take on 203k renovation loan). I didn’t check references or anything. I just felt like I got a “good vibe” from my contractor and trusted my gut. Sometimes even your gut can be wrong, and there isn’t anything bad about backing up a “gut feeling” with a little hard research.

I Would Have Budgeted More

I had my budget for the purchase and the renovation. Even without the down-payment assistance I received from the City of Atlanta, the budget barely left any room for overages. If I’d done more research, I would have been able to make a better budget. My rule of thumb now? Whatever I think something home-related is going to cost, I double it, just in case. Better to be surprised than stressed.

I know I’m painting a very negative picture, but it hasn’t been all bad. I’ve got a lot of equity in the home to fund whatever venture I want to do next, and I now know all kinds of crazy stuff: like how to hang a light fixture, troubleshoot plumbing problems, and install shelving and closet systems. It’s been a tough journey, sure, but also and incredibly rewarding one personally and emotionally. With the purchase of a home I’m officially adulting, I just wish I could’ve saved myself a little bit of the stress along the way.

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Social-Media Tools to consider in 2016

social media toolsSocial media is here to stay in the marketing world and, by all accounts, it will only further penetrate all aspects of life and work. As we enter 2016, many social-media experts are already forecasting the direction of social media in the new year.

To be prepared, it’s that time of year to organize our social-media tool boxes, adding some new tools that can be game-changers in terms of how effective this platform is for certain strategic objectives. Here are 20 recommended social-media tools to add to your game plan, if you don’t have them already.

1. Canva

With the need to include more visual content as part of your social-media posts, you can turn to Canva for high-quality images that fit your budget. They offer numerous templates that help you look like a great designer, even if you don’t always know exactly what you are doing.

2. Buffer

Posting your social-media content across multiple social media accounts gets a whole lot easier with this tool. It allows you to create a posting schedule for your Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ pages all in one place, creating a queue and saving you considerable time.

3. Brand24

Rather than have to search around for what people are saying about your brand, Brand24 delivers real-time information on what’s been said as well as what is going on with your competition. This continual insight can help you effectively respond to positive and negative comments across your social-media platforms, so you can stay engaged with your audience as well as effectively gauge any potential sales opportunities.

4. Edgar

It’s okay to re-use old content on social media as long as its relevant, but it is often hard to find that great content among the daily social-media posts. Edgar can solve that by helping you to locate some of that incredible content that many followers may have missed, because they were inundated with the constant flow of information. But they might catch your great information this time around. This social-media tool provides a way to categorize your posts, so you can more easily track down the content that you want to re-post in the near future.

5. Bundlepost

This social-media tool is another option for scheduling your posts but one that comes with features that improve upon other options. One highlight is Bundlepost will replace common niche keywords with hashtags, vastly improving your engagement results.

6. Nuzzel

As both a web and iOS app, this social-media tool helps you organize the stories shared by your Facebook and Twitter friends, aggregating the information into easy-to-read links and providing a way to add influencers that you can leverage for your own marketing needs. You can also go deeper by accessing the stories shared by friends of friends to develop a better understanding of your audience.

7. Cyfe

To understand what is working and not working, it’s important to add many analytics tools to your social media toolbox. Cyfe delivers detailed reports related to SEO, Google Analytics, AdWords and brand mentions that even a small-business owner can afford to use. It also gives you customizable dashboards to store and review this data. Beyond just its social-media application, Cyfe also helps with industry and competitor research as a business intelligence tool that helps turn data and trends into actionable insights.

8. Social Clout

As another analytics tool, Social Clout looks at where you can make significant improvements in engagement, campaigns and keywords. It also delivers reports on demographics and social-media results. All of these reports provide data on multiple social-media accounts to help you track the progress and be able to note the differences in responses across platforms.

9. SecureMySocial

Tracking what is being said on social media goes beyond just looking after your audience. You need to consider what your employees are saying and doing that might reflect on the company. This tool provides a way to get an alert in real time if any social-media posts which others make violates a company policy or the law. It is also possible for you to have the  person posting information get a notification that they are in violation, which could help maintain the reputation of the company when you don’t necessarily have time to track every post.

10. AgoraPulse

If you primarily use Facebook and Twitter for business, this tool enhances what you can do with both social-media platforms, offering customer relationship management software, applications, analytics reports, contests and more.

11. Nuvi

As an analytics tool, Nuvi can see what others cannot see in terms of Facebook conversations, including private and public posts. This means you can get insights into what people are saying behind the scenes that can help you to further shape your social media messages.

12. Follower Wonk

As a Moz app solely for Twitter analytics, Follower Wonk helps you find, analyze and optimize your social-media efforts on this platform. You can get deeper information about your followers, where they are located, and when they tweet plus the ability to locate new influencers and optimize your own tweets.

13. Feedly

To help gauge what others are saying in terms of content and identify the key industry trends in relevant information that should shape your own social-media posts, Feedly offers content curation and content sharing that integrates with Buffer.

14. Inkybee

This social-media tool provides a way for you to locate those influencers who can elevate your brand and attract more potential customers. It provides a way for you to search for bloggers and social-media celebrities interested in your industry, so you can connect with them.

15. Adobe Post

This app is a new to the photo scene app but has become something very near to my heart. I use it for creating stunning photos for my blog and social-media presence. Best part about it is that it’s free. You simply choose from millions of photos, and it’ll put together what looks like the best presentation in the world.

16. Sendible

This is a powerful social-media tool that brings together all aspects of your social-media management responsibilities. This includes pulling all posts and comments into one dashboard for analysis, measurement and engagement. Other features include publishing, collaboration, customer relationship management and mobile tools.

17. Person App

This app essentially puts a face to all those followers and friends in the social-media world. You can also create specific personas that then interact with this audience. Together, social media becomes more personalized and human.

18. Openr

Make the most of your social-media efforts with this tool, which lets you add a promotional message to any message you share on your social-media profiles. The result is more leads and traffic while letting you learn more about your audience.

19. Socedo

Marketing automation is increasingly driving success for businesses in terms of enhancing sales whilst reducing cost and effort. Socedoautomates the lead generation process by bringing in relevant prospects through social media. The platform matches users’ interest with your defined criteria and engages prospective customers, automatically using a customizable workflow. In addition, Socedo also provides analytics and insights, so you can fine-tune and tweak the workflow in order to get better quality leads.

20. Babbly

Meanwhile, virality is one of the main goals of marketing through social-media channels. Babbly enables you to amplify your audience by sharing content through its own community of users and influencers. The tool is very simple. You just enter or paste the URL you want to promote, and the platform does its job. Babbly comes in a straightforward interface that’s also mobile-friendly, which means you can grab attention for your content across different kinds of devices.

While there are hundreds of apps and tools now available that deserve your consideration as viable solutions to enhance your social-media presence and investment, these 20 social-media tools offer a range in capabilities and costs to appeal to everyone from a growing startup to a full-fledged established company.

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Breaking Up With Your Real Estate Agent

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If the honeymoon with your real estate agent is over, chances are breaking up is hard to do. There is no excuse for poor customer service and you only need one reason to end it with your agent.

 

 

 

 

Here are 10 keys to help you get clear on whether or not you should be breaking up:

1. They Don’t Return Your Calls

If your realtor doesn’t return your calls then chances are they want to break up with you too. Go on, do it!

2. They Lied to You

Hey, you’ve entrusted this agent with some of your most personal information not to mention one of your most valuable assets, your home. If they’re lying to you then they don’t deserve to stay in the relationship. Break up with that liar now!

3. They’re Cheating on You

You find out they are using your property to make another property look attractive. Break up with that cheater!

4. They Have Stolen From You

Some unscrupulous agencies charge an inflated figure for advertising and marketing. If you compare the marketing costs with another agent’s you might find out you’re getting duped. Break up with that thief!

5. They’re Late

If they’re late to meet you then they’re most probably late to meet buyers too. This doesn’t give people a good vibe when they get to your home and have to wait around for the agent. Time to break up. Later!

6. Aggressive Price Adjustments

They are aggressively pushing you to drop your price or take a low ball offer. Return the favor and drop him like he’s hot.

7. Poor Presentation

They show up to appointments in flip flops. Not OK. They should sell surfboards – not houses.

8. They Are Hitting on Your Significant Other

Unless you want to break up with your significant other anyway it’s time to break up with your realtor.

9. Too Cool For Your Property

Your agent fancies herself as a luxury specialist and infers that she has lowered her standards to help you to sell your basic piece of real estate. Give the listing to someone who is excited to sell it.

10. Too Busy

Your agent has too many listings and just wants to get yours off the books fast. That definitely is not the way to assist you to get a high price. Ditch that busy body!

Now you’ve got more than enough keys to help get back your keys.

Selling a home in 2016 what you need-to-know

Selling a home can be a stressful experience, and it’s critically important to be aware of prevailing trends in the real-estate market and other financial considerations to keep in mind. If you expect to put your home on the block at some point in 2016, you’ll need to address the following issues and concerns to make sure that you make the best possible deal.

It’s a seller’s market …
Homeowners remember all too well the fallout that the housing bust had on real-estate prices. Even though most investors think of the financial crisis as having hit its peak in 2008 and early 2009, it took three more years for home prices to hit bottom. Yet since early 2012, prices have climbed higher, and the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index is coming within spitting distance of matching its highs from 2006 and 2007.

Where you live is a key factor in determining just how much of a seller’s market you can expect. Hot markets like San Francisco have seen some housing-boom-era practices return to favor, with many reports of bidding wars that result in offers well above the asking price. By contrast, areas where economic prospects are less favorable have never fully recovered from the housing bust. The more lucrative a region’s economic future appears to be, the easier you can expect it to be to sell a home.

… but mortgages could get more expensive
One key factor in how much sellers receive for their homes is how much buyers can afford. Low mortgage rates have helped fuel price increases in recent years, but some now fear that with the Federal Reserve having begun a new cycle of rate increases, a move higher for mortgage rates could make homes less affordable.

So far, the tiny quarter-point boost that the Fed made in mid-December hasn’t pushed mortgage rates appreciably higher. Historically, though, tightening has generally led to increased rates on mortgage loans. Sellers need to be prepared for greater difficulty for prospective buyers trying to get financing.

Tax benefits still favor home sales
The biggest tax break for ordinary taxpayers is still the exclusion on capital gains for the sale of a personal residence. Single taxpayers can exclude up to $250,000 in gains from the sale of a home from tax, and joint filers get a double-sized exclusion of $500,000.

To qualify, you have to meet a couple of tests. First, the property in question has to be your main home. In addition, to get the full exclusion, you have to have lived in the home for at least 24 months in the past five years. You can’t have claimed a home-sale exclusion on tax returns for the previous two years. In some cases, partial exclusions are available, but getting specific tax advice from your accountant or tax professional is essential to make sure you’re aware of all the tax implications of a home sale.

Get help at the right price
Most homeowners use a real-estate agent to help market and sell their homes. Historically, the typical  commission on home sales was sacrosanct, but some agents have increasingly been willing to negotiate lower commissions for their services. Flat-fee brokerages have also popped up, offering a fixed cost that sellers can count on that’s often lower than the percentage-based commission would be.

The issue raises a huge debate in the real-estate community, with full-service agents arguing that they fully earn their commissions by bringing in more potential buyers and eventually getting higher sale prices. Yet with some agencies offering incentives to buyers and sellers that reduce net commission costs, sellers should realize that they have leverage in coming up with a deal that works for them.

Selling a home is a monumental event, and it can introduce a number of complicated financial considerations. Being aware of those considerations and making a plan to deal with them will help the selling process go a lot more smooth.

SEO Success: How Long Does It Take?

Real estate SEOSuccess with a search engine optimization (SEO) campaign doesn’t happen overnight. There is no magic bullet that instantly boosts your search engine rankings or gets thousands of visitors to your website. Rather, real estate SEO success requires the long-term approach: gradually optimizing your online presence, creating lots of interesting content, sharing that content across social media and email, and conducting an array of other activities.

Continue reading to learn how long it takes to set up each aspect of your real estate SEO strategy, when you can expect to see the fruits of your labor, and how to maintain and enhance your standing on search engine results pages (SERPs).

Essential Real Estate SEO Tasks

From blogging and advertising to social media and email marketing, your real estate SEO tactics are all interconnected. Done right, each of these activities can help your website get found in SERPs, guide the right people to your website, and, eventually, fill your contacts database chock-full of leads. But each of these areas takes a different amount of time and requires a different approach.

Here’s the optimal order in which to take care of the marketing tasks necessary for real estate SEO success.

1)  Get a responsive website.

This is the one real estate website SEO task that’s simply a one-time deal. Securing a responsive real estate website is paramount before conducting any other SEO maneuvers. Check out website providers to determine which site is best for your online marketing needs. Look for specific functionality in sites, like a practical navigation setup and the ability to add lead capture forms. Above all, make sure it looks and functions perfectly on mobile devices.

This is important not only because Google greatly prefers to see mobile functionality for websites (so much so it created a how-to guide to maximizing sites for mobile), but also because more and more real estate searches today take place on smartphones and tablets, as evidenced in Google’s graphic below:

Google home buyer search statistics

Switch to a responsive website if you don’t have one, then take on the content creation, optimization, and promotion activities below. You’ll thank yourself in the long run, as mobile becomes even more vital to a successful real estate SEO scheme.

2)  Conduct keyword research.

Next up on the SEO priority list is conducting thorough keyword research. This is one of the core SEO activities that takes a considerable amount of time to perform and is never complete. Long-tail keywords that are popular or weak today may be the opposite next week, meaning you have to dedicate time once every few weeks to ensure you implement popular terms and phrases in your content that will help your site get found by local buyers and sellers.

Given the nature of keyword research, there is no point in time where you can say, “Well, I’ve done enough to succeed with my SEO.” It’s a necessary evil in the world of real estate search engine optimization, but one that will pay dividends over the long haul.

3)  Begin blogging regularly.

Next up, optimize your real estate blogging strategy. Generate lots of interesting real estate blog ideas and produce posts that appeal to your target audience. For example, compile local market data for your audience, tell buyers what to look for in properties in your area, advise sellers on how to price their homes — anything that makes you stand out as the ideal agent in your community is perfect, just be sure to use your keywords in your blog posts.

Come up with a list of 10 or so terms that are highly searched by local buyers and sellers. Use one or two focus keywords for each article. Do this many times over with your content (while continuing to research new, better keywords) and you’ll begin to improve in SERPs.

4)  Construct landing pages.

Whereas long-tail terms are optimal for blog content, landing pages on your site should focus on primary keywords — ones that are consistently searched by your audience. For instance, a long-tail term for your market may be “two-floor brownstones in Bushwick Brooklyn,” but “Brooklyn homes for sale” is likely to generate more traffic due to its more general nature.

There is no right number of landing pages to create for your website. It’s better to try several options to find those that produce the best results. Identify ones you think buyers and sellers would find most useful. For example, a lifestyle page that exhibits all of the great restaurants, theaters, nightlife spots, parks, and other amenities could help drive a considerable amount of the right traffic to your site.

5)  Delve into the world of advertising.

Many of the same keywords you utilize in your on-page real estate SEO can also be used in your real estate advertising. Become familiar with Google AdWords and the process of researching keywords for ads — which differs in some ways from keyword research for your site. Primarily, finding the right keywords for ads is based on cost per click: The more popular and competitive a keyword is, the higher it costs to bid on it and get your ads shown above others.

Mastering real estate advertising takes dedication in terms of time and effort. Regularly find and bid on new keywords for your ads — along with creating compelling copy — and you’ll be well on your way to becoming better acquainted and proficient with AdWords. Expect this process of familiarizing yourself to take a few months.

6)  Build your social media presence.

Regarding ease of set up, one SEO task that you won’t expend much energy completing is creating your real estate social media accounts. The usual suspects like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are the prime places to start, since sharing your content on those sites typically yields the best results. Don’t neglect other social platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram, though — the former of which can generate lots of real estate leads, and the latter of which can bolster your brand awareness (when used correctly).

After developing your social media presence, use social scheduling and monitoring tools to automate tweets, updates, and other posts and make it simple to track the success of your online presence. The ways in which social media affects SEO are numerous: Primarily, you can build links through social and drive traffic to your site.

7)  Create some videos for your site.

Home walk-throughs, updates about local market conditions, testimonials, interviews — these are just a sample of the real estate video marketing content you can create for your site and YouTube account and, gradually, better your SEO. Whether you use a mobile app or a professional camera, videos have proven to lead to significant improvements in SERPs for pros and brands of all kinds, so start recording today.

There are several great video apps for smartphones and tablets, each of which has simple filming and editing features anyone can figure out, so don’t think you need to master some fancy video camera to get professional-looking results.

8)  Get lots of links on other websites.

The whole point of these promotional tasks is not only to drive traffic to your site, but also to build links leading back to your site. Yes, your email recipients and social media followers may share your content on their sites, but you don’t want just anyone linking to your content. Try to get big fish — those with sites that rank highly in SERPs and have a positive online reputation in the eyes of Google and Bing — to link to and mention your content.

Develop a list of notable real estate industry members, publications, blogs, and other outlets you think would be interested in your content. Then, reach out to them to let them know you’ve created some great content. Don’t just ask them to share it, though. Rather, explain the content’s value. Asking for links only comes across as desperate and rarely leads to actual external linking, so try to build relationships with these folks to raise the chances that they will share your content.

When to Expect Real Estate SEO Results

The great news is that time invested in mastering SEO for real estate pays dividends — as long as you remain committed.

Many agents initially have roadblocks to success with real estate SEO. For instance, a study by Ascend2 found more than 40 percent of professionals working with SEO cited lack of search optimization budget and know-how as the top impediments to success with their SEO campaigns. Having said that, half of these pros stated SEO effectiveness grew for their businesses year-over-year, meaning their efforts paid off the longer they stuck with their SEO strategies.

 

What else do you want to know to better your real estate SEO strategy? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

 

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