4 Reasons Why Secure Real Estate Websites Convert More Leads
As of 2017, Chrome now flags all unencrypted websites as “Not Secure“. This includes every website that starts with “http”, instead of the newer “https”. Secure real estate websites must start with “https”, and will get the nice green
Most REALTOR® sites are insecure
Over 21,000 Broker and REALTOR® websites are “Not Secure” in Canada alone. These sites all show Google’s scary new warning.
Sadly, most of these websites are very expensive to maintain. REALTORS® are investing thousands into their insecure website, and not seeing the lead conversion they deserve.
1. Do it for the SEO
This isn’t just about protecting your clients — it’s about your own self-interest. If your REALTOR® website is secure, Google will reward you.
Google gives a ranking boost to REALTOR® websites that are encrypted, putting them higher up on Google search results. Diligent REALTORS® get a competitive advantage. If your site isn’t secure, and your competing REALTOR®’s website is secure, they’ll show up first.
2. Build credibility
The average homebuyer is becoming more tech savvy. When leads see the friendly green “Secure” icon on your website, this is one of the key indicators of trust.
Leads trust secure real estate websites more, and they are more likely to fill out your forms that request their contact information.
3. Protect your leads
The homes, searches, and price ranges your leads are viewing can be very personal. Even though they aren’t clients yet, you care about your leads’ safety and privacy.
Keep all your leads’ searches safe. When every page is encrypted, spying internet providers and hackers are completely blinded, even on public Wi-Fi.
4. The best website experience
When a website isn’t secure, your leads are plagued with popup warnings. Filling out a form can give warning messages, and sometimes even just looking a page can alert some of your leads.
When your REALTOR® website is secure, your website can find the lead’s physical location automatically. Your leads don’t have to manually enter their location when searching for listings.
Gavamedia was a very early adopter of secure website hosting. We add website encryption to all our Broker and REALTOR® websites automatically. We’ve always insisted on security for everyone, even before Google started labelling “Not Secure” websites.
Only when your website is labelled ”Secure”, can you honestly say that you put your clients first. Sign up for Gavamedia today, and get a secure website.