Our Area Guides give you the power to create incredible area pages for all of the specific cities, neighborhoods or condo buildings within the specific market you are looking to dominate.
You can create Top level pages for a specific city or county, and then Second level pages for neighborhoods or condo buildings within those cities or counties.
Accessing Your Guide Pages
You can access your existing Area Guide pages by navigating to:
AgentFire Arsenal> AF Area Guides > All Cities or All Neighborhoods
View your entries:
When you click on the All Cities/Neighborhoods, a new page will open where you will see the list of current area pages there.
Creating An Area Page:
Let's take an example City and walk through the options and features you can setup for the area pages. From the list click on the edit button to open the area page.
Setting A Page Title
The very first thing to do is to give the area page a Name (i.e. Haymarket)
Once you name the area page, the plugin will automatically create for you a permalink to use with the title you give your page.
Display on Our Areas page
The next option is to select if you want to display this area on the area overview page (usually yourdomain.com/our-areas/). This option is set to Yes by default, but if there is a reason you don't want to show a specific area on the overview page, this option allows you to do that.
This change reflects on the Our Areas page (usually yourdomain.com/our-areas/):
You can choose between a Map header, or use a Featured Image on the header.
Featured image options
Default option for featured image is image from Media library. But also you can choose map as featured image.
Attaching a child area to a parent City entry: (Second level area)
You can choose what type of Second level area pages will this Top level area page will have, like Cities, Subdivisions, Counties, Townships, Condos, etc. (Default is set to Neighborhoods)
IDX Connection Options
The IDX results you display on the page will differ if you have ShowcaseIDX or Diverse Solutions. View options below.
Using Search Filters (Option 1)
Add the area name to the select the area field, so it will filter the properties for the specific area, depending on the IDX you are using (Showcase or Diverse Solutions)
Click on the small field and start typing the area name you want to filter out.
You will notice after you start typing, some suggestions will appear. Click on the appropriate one (in this case Haymarket).
NOTE: You can also apply ZIP codes as filters.
Using Custom IDX URL's (Option 2)
There are some cases when some areas are not found, or you are not satisfied with the results the filter is providing, or you just want to have more accurate results.
This option gives you the power to draw a polygon on a map which will determine the boundaries of that area, and filter according to that.
Displaying Demographic Content
The next option is to setup the demographic data for the area, which is powered by HomeJunction.
You can filter demographics by typing the area name in the field, and suggestions will appear in the dropdown.
You can also filter them by ZIP codes.
This data is usually reflected to your Map header (if you are using one) , Area Highlights Section, Area Data, Schools, and Amenities.
In case you are not satisfied with the accuracy of the demographics that have been set up. There is a way to manually override Area Guide Data.
Enhancing your Area Page with Content and SEO value
Adding an original description, optimized for a focus keyword with Yoast will drastically improve the value of your page. We recommend adding an original description with an image and video gallery to each entry.
Area Guide Description
If you are familiar with WordPress, you are probably well practiced in this standard visual/text editor this CMS (Content Management System) offers.
This section is pretty straightforward - Here you can add a few paragraphs describing the desired area.
This section allows you to add any additional images you want to showcase under this area.
First you will need to collapse the options. On the right side of the panel, you will notice a small arrow. Click there to expand the panel. Here you will be able to see any existing media that has been added, an option to add more images to the gallery (the button will open up the Media Library or to upload a new image), and lastly, the option to re-arrange/ choose the desired sorting for them.
If you have videos that you want to feature on the page, those can be added as well.
Under the videos panel, click on the arrow on the right side to expand the options (like in the previous one). Click on the "Add Video" button on the right side, and then choose the video host on the left side of the panel. Once you choose the host, insert the video link (URL) in the empty field, and that's it.
Connected Items (Connected Posts)
You can add posts to the Area Guide page that are associated to them. This will display blog posts you create and publish in a separate section on your area page.
After you connect posts to your Area Guide page, that section will look like this:
There is an option to add a Facebook Conversion Pixel code to the page, which would track any leads if you are running ad campaigns for the page.
The last section down the road is the Yoast section, which will give you a brief analysis on the content so far, and will give an SEO score for it. This is also a section where you need to enter the focus keyword for the page, which should slightly increase the SEO score overall (In this case Haymarket).
Learn more about Yoast in our introduction to SEO here:
When you are done with this, scroll all the way to the top of this page.
Set A Featured Image
Add a featured image by clicking on the current image to replace it or upload a new one.
Once you are done with that, hit the "Update" button, and your Area Guide page is all set to go!
Learn how to Add Cities, Neighborhoods, how to edit them, and also understand how to use all the features this Power Up offers.
- Area Guides: What's the difference between a 'City' Page and a 'Neighborhood' Page?
- Area Guides: How do I add or edit a 'City' Page?
- Area Guides: How do I add or edit a 'Neighborhood' page?
- Area Guides: How to Edit Areas' Descriptions and Images/Map Headers
- Area Guides: Manually Override Area Guide Data
- Area Guides: How to create IDX Pages and Custom URL's
- Area Guides: Creating Custom IDX URL's Using Control Panel Links (Diverse Solutions)
- Area Guides: How do I add or associate posts with my Area Guides?
- Area Guides: How do I feature my areas on the homepage?