February 15, 2013 at 11:35 am #20541
At this point in time our local MLS has had very little in the way of IDX solutions available in our area. IDX Broker is one of the few that is available in our area now and that is why we have been looking at that one. Other than that, the real estate office has just been using the local MLS site for sharing listings, but it is horrible. So we are basically starting from the ground up and want to make sure we make the right decision out of the gate. I have looked high and low and have had a hard time finding other agents in the area using any of these IDX solutions. Thus the reason I am on here looking for ideas. I have contacted Diverse Solutions about getting them to our area, but at this time they have no plans to come here. If IDX Broker is a great solution, then we will go with them since they are already in our area. Just wanting to do our due diligence before making a decision.
Thanks again for your help!
TyyFebruary 15, 2013 at 11:49 am #20547
IDX Broker Platinum is pretty good. You can read my reserves above. If you have no one else using idx to display listings then you should easily get a lot of first page results (from addresses) with idx broker platinum. Especially if your board isn’t using Point2Agent. They are the ones that syndicate 9/10 times to trulia, zillow, homes.com. If the big companies are not in your board… Man are you lucky.
IDX Broker Platinum will get the listings indexed on your site. That is all you would need if there is that little competition.February 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm #20562
4Ward, as Joseph said you should be extremely cautious about trying to get a new IDX provider for your clients MLS RETS feed. Also, with regard to IDX Broker Platinum. Somebody is going to have play the role of “feed tweaker” for your feed. And this is not in regard to the MLS, but in regard to IDX Broker’s product. They have hundreds if not thousands of MLSs they are serving. If something is not right, you or someone else using their product locally is going to have make them aware of it. For my local MLS feed that someone is generally me. It benefits my local competitors using IDX Broker as well, and to that degree is thankless work. But, this is actually another reason to not be the only one using a particular IDX solution in your local market. When I point out a glitch that is affecting my competitors’ websites as well as mine it gets immediate attention, instead of “maybe it’s your fault”. Thankfully, glitches do not occur often.
And Joseph, don’t start discussing the ease with which IDX Broker Platinum will get 1st page results. You have no experience with it whatsoever. It has to be properly implemented to get results like that, and that seems to be an insurmountable stepping stone for a lot agents and their web designers.February 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm #20563
I forget the pages generated by idx broker platinum are not seo optimized. I am accustomed to using http://seorets.com. Their pages are on site (not a subdomain), generate custom H1 tags, title tags, and download all the pages then rename the seo optimized titles/alt tags. Oh, the site also produced an optimized PDF that is downloadable. The pdf often ranks front page too. hehe
Sorry DP, That time I was promoting my favorite provider. LOLFebruary 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm #20567
That sounds great Joseph. Especially the h1 tags and PDFs. Platinum won’t get you that. At least not yetFebruary 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm #20571
I’ve only found it in one other offering. BoomTOwn <– 1,500 a month.
BoomTown might be up there.
SeoRets is only in like 80 boards or something. You can check on their site.February 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm #20579
$1500 a month is outrageous for anything less than a franchise-level platform.February 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm #20584
Well, they claim to only offer their services to one broker per area. There are 2 brokers in my board that have it, but they are different “areas.” That can be… very subjective. They offer support for Paid Per Click. No additional cost. They also have a built in lead management system. Their feed is a template site. No WordPress.
That is the site url for the local vendor in my board.February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm #20600
I should not have said that about BoomTown’s pricing, it’s really all about return on investment.
Boomtown looks and sounds similar to something I have seen before called TigerLead.February 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm #20601
Market Leader, Tiger Leads, and Boom Town are very similar. Seo Rets is working on a similar contact management solution. I can’t wait. I don’t think it’s going to be 1,500 though. It’s going to be made for the normal agent accounts at 40 per agent. I hope ?
Tiger Leads can be worth it. Like you said earlier DP, not many agents can take the site to rank well on google. To use Tiger Leads you either have to rank well or Paid Per Click advertising, which they manage I believe.February 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm #20622
In regards to Boomtown, it’s not as exclusive as it once was. Our brokerage has it, I use it and a REMAX brokerage 4 miles away has it as well. And BTW, Boomtown will be getting WordPress very soon http://boomtownroi.com/newstuff/May 24, 2013 at 5:45 am #42445
Any updates on the responsiveness of AgentPress yet? Thanks!May 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm #42553
Joseph, you said the following in post #20411:
“Your site’s structure (internal link) is perfect. It’s getting indexed on every single listing w/o bringing the page rank on your main site down. I admit, when you have the listings ON your site (literally) you can pull too much PR out of page easily if you don’t know what you are doing.”
Could you elaborate, I don’t quite understand what you are saying. The big downside I see to having a subdomain serve up search results rather than having it all on the primary domain, is that the Page Rank is split with each accruing their own. I would rather have one site on page one of the SERPS rather than two on the second page. So, having a subdomain with indexed pages only gives page rank to the subdomain (right?). That isn’t helping me get my main site to the top of the SERPS.
I understand that with IDXbroker’s service longtail address searches will be indexed and perhaps show on the first page (until everybody is doing it), but I’m more concerned to get my primary domain on the first page. This thread is virtually the only detailed discussion anywhere on the pros and cons of subdomained IDX so I am glad to see it discussed here.
By the way, having witnessed several RETS implementations, I will be using IDX Broker rather than a RETS solution simply because the amount of custom development and setup required is a literally one tenth the time and money. But I think I will always wish for a single domain solution and one day will have a RETS solution.
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