What is RealtyFeedSearch.com?
RealtyFeedSearch.com is working to become the largest, most comprehensive real estate RSS feed directory on the Internet -- A place where users can easily find web feeds containing relevant real estate listings and information, and a place where real estate professionals can drive leads.
What is RSS, or Web Feeds?
For users, web feeds are an easy way to keep updated automatically on websites you like. Instead of you having to frequently visit websites to see if they have a new listings or features, you can use web feeds to get them to tell you every time they have something new -- instantly!
If you have a MyYahoo! or My MSN page, then chances are, you are already using web feeds. The customized items you choose for those pages are syndicated from various news and information sources. Microsoft is integrating web feed support in the next version of its Internet Explorer and is making it an integral part of its Windows Vista operating system.
|Using RealtyFeedSearch.com in Three Easy Steps
Step 1: Get a News Reader!
The easiest way to experience RSS is through an RSS "news reader" or "aggregator" for your desktop computer. This will fetch and organize recent content and provide simple ways to read it. Below is a list of free and recommended RSS clients for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms. Choose and install the one that sounds like the best fit for you, and proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Grab the feeds!
in each listing. This will provide a list of the most common newsreaders, and will allow you automatically add a feed with a single click. Alternatively, you can right-click the orange "XML" button and select "copy shortcut" or "copy target address". Then paste the address into your reader's address bar. Some RSS readers (Such as FireFox) can "auto discover" the RSS feeds on sites you browse, so no cutting and pasting is necessary! Please consult the documentation for your RSS reader for more information.
Once you have downloaded a reader suitable for your needs, you are ready to get feeds. On this site, use the "Subscribe" button
Step 3: View the content!
The feeds on this site contain a wealth of data that you're sure to find useful. Individual RSS readers present this information differently and you can usually customize the look as you please.
That's about it!
What are RSS news readers?
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab web feeds and display them for you to read and use. For RealtyFeedSearch, either use the Subscribe button to the right of each feed listing or simply plug in the addresses of the web feeds you want from the orange XML button. Each newsreader gathers links differently.
Where can I get an news reader?
A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Some readers are Web-based while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Most are free to use.
As noted above, My Yahoo! and MSN also allow users to search, view, and add RSS feeds to thier pages.
We recommend Pluck, a browser-based news aggregator, free.
You can visit the Google Directory for a number of newsreader resources.
Different newsreaders work on different operating systems, so you will need to take this into account when you make your choice.
For Real Estate Professionals:
If you already have use web feeds, submit your feeds to our site!
I don't use web feeds for my business. What are the benefits?
Web feeds provide an excellent method to directly reach your target audience and permits instant distribution of information to targeted prospects. It's an additional way to promote your business, send news, put your information on people's home pages, to create potentially higher search engine rankings, and keep in communication with your customers. It puts users in control to put your feed content directly into their MSN & Yahoo homepages.
How does RSS help my online marketing with search engines such as Yahoo! and MSN?
The best way to get your web feed included and spidered by Yahoo or MSN is to include the feed on a personal my.yahoo or my.msn home page. Simply create an account on one of the respective portals and customize your personal news page to include your RSS feed(s). Within 24-48 hours your RSS feed content will become part of their database and will be regularly "spidered" by Yahoo and MSN. When your site has RSS feeds, it gets indexed more frequently by search engines, which can help your search engine rankings.
I already have an email newsletter? Isn't that enough?
RSS is designed to complement your existing marketing efforts. However, e-mail is quickly losing its marketing power. Depending on e-mail to power your internet marketing activities is risky. E-mail filters and anti-spam legislation have lowered the effectiveness of e-mail marketing. On the average, 64.7% of the business e-mail you send is not even opened, let alone read.
What can web feeds be used for?
There are many uses for RSS feeds.
- Featured homes and commercial properties
- Rental properties
- Open houses
- Virtual Tours
- Mortgage rates
- News & Announcements
- Internal communication