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Here you'll find info on the Phoenix area real estate market. Plus who knows what else! Please visit our "other" blog, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy!
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Hamlet said the question is “to be or not to be”. Yeah, well forget Hamlet. To require MLS/IDX registration or not: THAT is the question! At last count, there are over 3.2 bazillion real estate web sites out there. Most have an IDX feed to their MLS that allows visitors to search homes on the loc...
08/27/2006
One of my favorite bloggers, Real Estate Tomato, just penned a blog about duplicate content.  As is quite typical of the Tomato’s efforts, it was well written, chocked full of info and has already generated several comments. Many of the comments center around “template sites”.  Maureen Francis &...
08/24/2006
TOP RANKNG ON GOOGLE – GUARANTEED!Eye catching title isn’t it?I get emails (and phone calls) all the time from someone or some company proclaiming they can get my site top ranking on Google. I know people that have paid hundreds of dollars for these “services”.  Do they have top ranking in Google...
08/20/2006
I just stumbled across this while reading Matt Cutts blog (Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, and his blog is an amazing resource on Google and search engine optimization/ranking).Google has beefed up Sitemaps with it's new Webmaster Central.  It's wicked cool.  It has a site status checker, a ...
08/18/2006
I had a commenter on my regular blog leave something that set my hair on end. She's been maintaining a web site for a Homeowners Association and just recently received a "cease and desist" order from the HOAs attorney.  This is a prime example of a couple of power hungry people doing dumb things ...
08/06/2006
Below is a re-hashed post I made last year on my blog. Yesterday I was out showing land and the thermometer read 114. It reminded me of this post, which many reader's have told me is their favorite. So I present it here for the Active Rain community.... Showing homes in the Phoenix area in the su...
07/23/2006
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"SEO" (Search Engine Optimization) -- you could spend a lifetime trying to figure it out. And about the time you get it figured out, Google and whoever will up and change things.There's reciprocal links, back links, one-way links, natural links, link farms (a *really* bad idea). Flash vs. CSS vs ...
07/16/2006
I was responding to Roxanne & Shannon Moore's blog about Yahoo vs. Google and as I rambled on an on, it seemed like my comment would be better off being a seperate blog entry. I *greatly* prefer Google over Yahoo. Yahoo seems to put way too much weight on paid directory entries and sometimes retu...
07/15/2006
We get this question all the time. Here's the bottom line...Having a swimming pool built is not cheap. If you spend $20,000 on a pool, it will not add $20,000 to the value of your home. Sadly, it may add nothing to the value of your home. Don't add a pool to your home if you expect to recoup the...
07/15/2006
Here's a very interesting article on a recent ruling regarding "limited service" brokers and their listings on sites like realtor.com.  It's out of Austin, TX but the ramifications could be much more far reaching. In a nutshell, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that the Austin Board o...
07/14/2006
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Here you'll find info on the Phoenix area real estate market. Plus who knows what else! Please visit our "other" blog, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy!