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The Communities Served feature allows you to demonstrate your local expertise in the areas that you work in. Your clients will find these pages on the Communities Tab Adding communities is a great way to boost SEO, while providing valuable neighborhood information for consumers. Community pages can be found in the Communities section of your website.Image Removed

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To add or edit the communities you serve, select Website Admin from the Profile Admin Drop-down Menu.

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On the next page, click Communities Served from the links on the left side of the page. To add a new community, click the Add Community button. The communities you add will appear on your website home page or buy page, depending on what website theme you’re using.

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Enter communities to your website, click on Communities Served in the website content menu.Then click Add Community.

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First, enter the community name in the Name of Community field provided. Enter either Then enter the community or neighborhood name or , OR a zip or postal code in the field provided, and for the community you're adding (once you start entering a zip code, you'll be able to select it from the a list that appears. (Note: if your community does not appear in the MLS search areas on your website, you may ). You can add multiple names or zip codes per area.

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(info) If the community/neighborhood name does not auto-populate the pick-list, you'll need to use a zip code instead). Then, you can enter another area name or zip code until you have covered the entire community you are adding.

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Now. This usually happens because the specific neighborhood is not recognized by your local MLS.

Next, add a description of for the community. What are some of the local landmarks or tourist attractions? Why would someone want to live here? What's your favorite thing about this community? This is your chance to really shine by showing why you are the local expert!

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Finally, showcase your local expertise.

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(info) Be sure to add unique content here, and don't be afraid to use video, images, and links to other pages of your website, and external websites too!

Then move the pin to the center of your area on the map, to give consumers a better idea of where this community is located.

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you have any photos you have taken of the area or if you own any images that have been professionally taken of that area you can add a custom local image to your communities page. Now you can add a photo to represent your community (we always recommend adding a community image), like a local landmark, favorite place to eat, a popular park, or farmer's market. This can be a photo you've taken, or any professional image you own the rights to use. 

Simply click the Choose File button, locate and upload the file, and you're all set!

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(info) For best results choose an image with a landscape orientation .

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Under the Add a Community Image click the Choose File button and search your computer for the right picture.

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With your communities served pages you also have the ability to control (horizontal), rather than portrait orientation (vertical).

The last step is to add the SEO title and Meta Description for each page. For tips on your SEO Title and Meta description hover over the question mark icon.Image Removedyour community page, which is great for SEO! When you're finished, click Save. Learn more about SEO titles & descriptions

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To edit an existing community click the edit icon (Image RemovedImage Added) in the Actions column. To remove a community click the delete icon (Image RemovedImage Added).

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  • If you use the search widget, the communities you add will be listed in the area menu.
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    (info) If Market Insider is available in your area, the default zip code will be the last zip code you entered in your communities served.

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    SEO Meta Description
    The Communities Served feature allows you to demonstrate your local area expertise while simultaneously showcasing the areas you cover directly on your websiteLearn how to add community and neighborhood pages to showcase your local expertise and boost SEO.

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    titleWhat is a Community Served?

    The Communities Served view enables you to manage a list of the areas that you cover as an agent. The communities you add will be listed on the home page or buy page of your website, depending on the website theme you're using. The Communities Served list links website visitors to specific information on a community.

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    titleWhat are the benefits of Communities Served?

    Communities Served provide more relevant search results for your prospects. It allows them to better navigate your site to find properties in the neighborhoods and areas they want to specifically search.

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    titleWhat can I name my Communities Served?

    You can choose any name for your Communities Served, with the following recommendation and restriction:

    • Recommendation: For formatting reasons, we recommend using names with fewer than 20 characters.
    • Restriction: Your Communities Served pages will not work correctly if you use special characters in the name, especially / and \.
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    titleHow many zip codes can I add to each Community Served?

    You can add up to 31 zip codes to each Community Served.

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    titleHow are Communities Served ordered?

    Communities Served are always ordered alphabetically.

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    titleHow do Communities Served affect the Market Leader Search Widget?

    The Communities Served that you set up will also be the list of areas that can be searched using the Market Leader Search Widget.  The list of areas will display in alphabetical order.

    Below you will see an example of a Search Widget on the left. On the right, we have clicked on the drop down menu for "Area." This shows that "Capitol Hill" is the default area in the search widget.

     

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    titleWhat are the maximum and recommended number of Communities Served?

    Market Leader recommends adding a minimum of 15-20 Communities Served and no more than a maximum of 25.  There is no limit to how many Communities Served you may add to your site, but more than 25 can negatively affect the formatting of your site.

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    titleCan I add custom content to a Community Served page?

    Yes, you absolutely can add custom content to a Community Served page.  In fact, Market Leader recommends that you add unique, informative, hyper-local information to each of your Communities Served page.  This will increase the SEO value of your website and demonstrate your local expertise to potential clients.  You can add custom content to a Community Served page either when you initially create it, or afterwards by editing it.

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    titleWhat types of content can I use in a Community Served page?

    You can add the following types of content to the customizable section of your Community Served page:

    • Images
    • Custom Characters
    • Emoticons
    • HTML content

    When you are creating, editing or adding a Community Served, you can add advanced content types by using the buttons highlighted in the screenshot below.

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    titleWhat type of specific searches will show under Communities Served?

    Searches will appear under your Communities Served depending on what your MLS displays and what is currently available on the market. 

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    titleHow do listings appear under a Community Served?

    Your Communities Served will display listings from the zip/postal codes you selected.  Listings will appear under your Communities Served depending on what your MLS displays and what is currently available on the market.

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