Our Story at Rate-My-Agent.com: Why Reviews and Ratings Matter
Like so many people, we’ve had some ‘above and beyond’ experiences with some agents and we’ve had that dreaded ‘how are you still in business?’ experience. The purpose of Rate-My-Agent.com is to help people find the right agent for them and to give back! (More on that below.)
Originally, agent ratings were planned to be a component of a larger, more comprehensive real estate portal. The domain, Rate-My-Agent.com, and a basic database of a few thousand agents and reviews was acquired from the original owner in October of 2014. At the time, the site had no graphics and the search results looked like a spreadsheet. After we’d cleaned the database we went to work on building a user friendly experience so it would be easier for people to compare agents in their area. Once we released the new design, we worked on getting the search engines to show the agent’s profiles and the ranked city pages in the search results. This was the moment of truth. But, it actually takes quite a while for the search engines to update, so we waited, and waited. Finally, a few pages were getting ranked in the search engines, and then a few more, and then agent’s started creating profiles because they could see the value in being found where consumers were looking for the ‘best real estate agent in My City’. Rate-My-Agent.com has been growing organically ever since.
Now the site receives over 12,000 visits per month and the last 2 years have seen growth of over 45% per year.
We have referred thousands of clients to agents over the years. By ensuring your profile is accurate, you’ll be sure to get the referrals you deserve.
Make sure you’re asking every client for a review. Potential clients want to see recent reviews when they’re evaluating which agent to contact. They’re here to compare agents and figure out which ones are best to contact.
We believe businesses have the opportunity to lead by example. We consider ourselves a social enterprise and challenge other businesses to look at how they can make a positive impact on society. Social Responsibility is in our DNA at Rate-My-Agent.com. We pledge 50% of profit to worthy causes!