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It works! It really works!

 Internet Marketing FocusInternet Marketing Really Works!  For me AND my sellers!  

I received a call last week from a prospective Seller letting me know he was interviewing agents to list his Marlboro NJ home, which had recently expired.  He invited me over to hear my presentation.

When I got there, I asked how he got connected to me and he said "How could I not?  You're EVERYWHERE!"  Everywhere meaning... ALL over the Internet!Google Juice

He starting by Googling "Manalapan Realtor" and found many links to me and my listings, many on the first page! I'm sure glad I've been getting lots of Google Juice!

He connected to me:

It didn't take long for me to demonstrate and make the connection that if he found me so easily, prospective buyers would find me just as easily and ultimately find HIS home! Perhaps featured on my website?

JoAnna Siminerio Manalapan Real Estate Internet Marketing Plan

Exposing his home to the greatest pool of buyers would greatly increase the odds of finding his best buyer - the person willing to pay the most money for his home!

Isn't it fabulous when you start with a vision and end up with a reality?

"To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan... believe... act!" - Alfred A. Montapert

PS - Once we went through my internet marketing plan, there wasn't much more he needed to hear.

I got the listing!


JoAnna Siminerio
Weichert, Realtors - Manalapan/Marlboro


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Comment balloon 70 commentsGail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio • January 04 2009 02:43PM


Jo, tremendous story of the power of all your exposure! Congratulations.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Jo!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 10 years ago

That's what's great about the net you can be so many places at once all the time.

Posted by Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate (Keller Williams Boise) almost 10 years ago

Congrats on the listing! You're art work gets better every day.


Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/ almost 10 years ago

Sounds like you have it under control-- it takes all kinds of effort. All the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Great testimonial! Though I keep up with my name on the Internet, and I do believe the power of Internet Marketing, I will change my mind when a seller, like yours tell me about my name all over. It's hard for me to comprehend right now.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) almost 10 years ago


That is fantastic!  Great job and keep it up.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate almost 10 years ago

Good work Jo. You are an inspiration to us all.

Posted by Keisha Hosea-, Real Estate Solutions For Real People (KASI Homes ) almost 10 years ago

Congrats on your new listing Jo! Great job. :)

Posted by AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author, - The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results! (Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide!) almost 10 years ago

Wow...what an inspiring story...I want to be just like you when I grow up! Hee hee!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) almost 10 years ago

JoAnna- Great story and I have had the google juice going for quite some time, Activerain and many other networks I'm part of have made me quite noticed and I have been receiving many calls and connections.


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 10 years ago

JoAnna ~ It's true that the internet (particularly Google) is a huge asset for most of us.  Btw I love the artistic way you've presented your blog.  I will have to learn how to improve mine!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 10 years ago

Jo, great post, thanks!  Question, we recently quit, after almost two years of really working the program I could not find one solid lead.  That's a lot of money for no response.  Do you really like them?

Posted by Jim Valentine (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 10 years ago

Jim -

I'm only with a short time.  I get many leads, some qualified, some not so much.

I have one active buyer right now.

I think that is ok considering the time of year.

My plan is to evaluate quarterly.


Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) almost 10 years ago

Thank you all for the well wishes.

As we all know, getting a listing and selling a listing are two different things but I'm confident that starting with an aggresive list price, commissioning it right and overexposing it should help get the job done!

Active Rain doesn't just give me the opportunity to blog, network, create google juice, etc.  It has also sparked me mentally.  It has ignited my motivation to expand my horizons and do new things.  THAT's what I think is making the difference in the new business I've been getting.

Thanks Active Rain!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) almost 10 years ago

One of my bosses from a few decades ago said, "Visualize your vision and you'll reach reality."

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- make it a good start.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) almost 10 years ago

How wonderful that all your time invested and good decisions to put yourself out there with good exposure has been rewarded.  Like you, I utilize those sites as well in hopes that it will give my sellers an opportunity.  Glad it gave you one as well.  Best wishes for continued great success in 2009!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago


Way to go.  It is great that all your hard work has paid off.

Posted by Anonymous almost 10 years ago

Thank you for the post. It is amazing how people still doubt the internet. And the marketing that is available.

Posted by SacramentoCommercialLoans Bank Turn downs welcomed, Quick closings 916-847-7212 (Sacramento commercial loans) almost 10 years ago

Nicely done!  You appear to be well deserving of the success you're having.  Now you just need to get in that 300 game!

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Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations!  I will be using your post to (hopefully) inspire agents in my office to follow in your stead and get on the net!

Posted by Anonymous almost 10 years ago

Way to go, Jo!  He was sold on you before you even met him.  Don't forget to ask him for a letter of recommendation after you sell his home.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 10 years ago

Very inspiring. Best of luck getting the home sold. Get both sides why don't ya!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 10 years ago

Great job, Jo. That is what ActiveRain and other great sites are all about. All my best, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Jo, It's amazing on how many Real Estate Agents JUST don't Get it and are still doing business the old-fashioned way - like doing Floor

Posted by Jane Wallace, CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate (Shorewood Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jo, That's great that the potential seller found you "all over the net".  It shows that your stategy is working. BTW, I really like your graphics. It jazzes up your post.

Posted by Marian Gregor-Ann, Arbor area Real Estate (Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

Great story. the internet does make a big difference these days.

Good luck

Posted by Richard Lecinski (Long Realty Company) almost 10 years ago

Great story. the internet does make a big difference these days.

Good luck

Posted by Richard Lecinski (Long Realty Company) almost 10 years ago


Awesome! I preach what you are doing... What a great textbook example of vision to reality. I will share this with my customers... Thanks. It does work.


Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 10 years ago

I love when that happens.  Congrats to you Jo!!!!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) almost 10 years ago

JoAnna, rock on !!! I love it !  Is not just a great Active Rain success story, but the whole internet marketing plan success story as well.  We also just picked up a new listing in our area on one that just expired too... very similar story : )  Congrats and good luck with the listing !  I have a feeling that 2009 will be a great year for you.  Also, am not too familiar with .  Would not mind hearing from you your experience with that site.  Thanks !!  ~ Chris Somers

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) almost 10 years ago

JoAnna - Congrats!  I have had the same success and here is a tip for you.  When you are competing for a listing you really want tell your sellers to go to Google and type in your name as well as your competitors.  Your name will come up all over the first few pages while your competitors will hardly be found. Take good care.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 10 years ago

Jo - that is so very exciting to hear. Just when you think you do all this and nothing's happening you read a story like yours and know that it will pay off in the future! Happy 2009!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations on your listings! Fabulously done

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congrats - very cool. And that one MeMe that was actually about ourselves is the one good one I saw ;-)

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 10 years ago

It sure is great to know that all of these efforts DO pay off!  Congratulations.


Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 10 years ago

Jo, that is great - congrats to you

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) almost 10 years ago

Yeah! Great reminder, it is time for me to UPDATE my listing presentation. My agency has many new online agreements to grant great exposure!

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) almost 10 years ago

Way to go!  That is the way to do it.  It makes for an easy sale when someone can see the evidence firsthand before you even meet.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations!  Its great that you got to reap the rewards of your hard work.

Posted by Lauren Krady Lancaster, PA Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Jo!  Keep up the Google juice!


Posted by Debbie Hutchins almost 10 years ago

That is great Jo. With that amoun of presence, it is hard to NOT get any business.

Posted by real estate real estate almost 10 years ago

Congratulations with your success!  It is amazing how many calls come our way when we use the internet the right way.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Nice. The way to go I guess since more than 80% of people check online for properties. It makes plenty of sense....

Posted by Claude THOMAS (Rossman Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

Jo - Congratulations!  It's obvious you've done a great job of marketing yourself and your clients' properties.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congrats, Jo, I have to tweek my internet marketing more.  Happy New Year.

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations! Glad to hear you marketing worked!

Posted by Anonymous almost 10 years ago

Awesome! I love to hear people's efforts pay off. Realtors spend a lot of time on the internet to make sure seller's homes are everywhere. Keep it up!

Posted by Marcie Purcell, Realtor, Bucks & Montgomery Co PA (Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Jo Anna. Congratulations. I am still waiting for my first AR success story but I know it's coming!! Hope it sells quickly.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations on being everywhere that is where I want to be

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) almost 10 years ago

Way to go, Jo Anna! I haven't gotten any business from my Internet presence yet but maybe in 2009...

Posted by Kelsey Barklow, 423/948-9154, Marne Drinnon 423/202-2277 (Evans & Evans Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hi JoAnna,

Very creative and innovative...  I've been working on that aspect of the internet and have gotten some calls also from that work.


Posted by Ann-Marie Clements, M.S. Ed., Innovative Proactive Principal (Dubai International School, UAE) almost 10 years ago

Happy new year, Jo, and congratulations!  I am about to close escrow on a listing I got for the same reason.  My clients live in another state and didn't know anyone here to help them sell the home they inherited, so they looked on line and read my blog and checked out my website, etc. and figured I must know what I'm doing.  Active Rain moved me way up on Google and blogging and the tips I've learned here keep me visible.  I could probably learn even more from you about even more web presence.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 10 years ago

Ooops - I wasn't logged in when I made this comment before - it's so great to see this tyoe of success story!:

Congratulations!  I will be using your post to (hopefully) inspire agents in my office to follow in your stead and get on the net!

Posted by Becky Brand (Shorewest Realtors) almost 10 years ago


Good for you! I admire your persistance and wish you another 20 listings from your internet exposure!


Posted by Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist (eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Jo and obviously your doing something right and it shows. Good Luck and happy selling Jo.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 10 years ago

Congrats on the feature, Jo, and also congrats on the client!  I think it is amazing how all of these sites work together to help potential clients find us!!!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

I am hoping to post a story like thi sone someday - thanks for the reassurance that what we do is worthwhile!

Good luck with your listing!

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) almost 10 years ago


I have no idea how you do all that artwork, but it is really cool!  You are so right about the internet and the google stuff from blogging on Active Rain.  I wish I knew a little more about the other sights and I have no clue what MeMe is...anyone care to help me out?

Great encouraging post!

Posted by Jeff and Lisa Sellers (The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Jo ! It is great to see that Google Juice helped get this and many future listings !

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations on the listing!  I love your blog and hope to make mine more artistic in the future!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 10 years ago


It works.

Later, I'm going to write my blog now.

Have a great week.

Posted by Linda Lipscomb, 731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes (Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN) almost 10 years ago

Jo -Congratulations! using the internet for your business is a must, and you do a great job by having exposure in many places.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 10 years ago

Jo; You sure deserved that one!!  I'm looking forward to the day that starts happening for me. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) almost 10 years ago

Jo..good for you!  Kudos!  Gotta love the internet....24/7 exposure!!  Way to go!!

Posted by Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey (Lattimer Realty) almost 10 years ago

Internet presence is key to having buyers and sellers to find you.  Glad you have some positive reinforcement of what it can do for your business.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) almost 10 years ago

I love to hear these stories about the Internet.  Thanks and congratulations!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) almost 10 years ago

Good for you JO! Congratulations on your hard work and THE PAYOFF...being consistent does pay...thanks for inspiration and ideas...Happy new year to you and yours! Bo

Posted by Bo Kociuba & Buster Elliott, HOME is Where Your Story Begins (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties ) almost 10 years ago

Nice post, some cool tips in here to get more people to my contact info.

Posted by asd asdasd (asdasd) almost 10 years ago

Jo...great story. i guess- you have to believe.  Can't wait to see your new listing on caravan. Congratualtions and good luck with your listing. 

Posted by Esther (Essie) Cruz, Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate (Weichert Realtors, Buying and Selling Real Estate in Monmouth, Ocean & Middlesex Counties) almost 10 years ago