Remove Your Broken Zillow Widgets

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Education & Training with Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus

Last week I received an email notification from ActiveRain that I was "tagged" in a comment on a blog post. It was my friend "Helpful Hannah" and today I received another from Praful Thacker.

Unfortunatey, I can't read or see the post because they both have installed Zillow Contact or other Zillow Widgets that no longer exist.  What happens? I click on the link and it results in me ending up at (and anyone who clicks on your blog post or article) to this page below. 

 

Here's a live demonstration of what I just experienced, your prospects and clients might be as well?

 

As you can see in the Zillow Widget page below, they no longer have 80% of the widgets previously. Even the widgets in the featured image of this post no longer exist. In fact, the only two that are left appear to be "reviews" and a "search" widget. So go remove your broken Zillow widgets now!

 

Many of us have used the "contact" widget, the "how many boxes" widget, the "home value" widget etc. but if not removed from your AR Blogs, outside blogs and websites etc. you could be losing a ton of potential contacts, prospects, leads and clients. So today, remove your broken Zillow widgets.

Many people won't take the time out of their day to even tell you that your site is broken like I am right now. Most users who experience this will just close the window, leave and probably never return.

How do I fix it? 

A. On ActiveRain, you'll need to go into your settings and just remove any code or HTML provided by Zillow for the specific widget you may have installed. You may also need to contact ActiveRain support for help if unable to get to it yourself. 

B. Wordpress users, just go into your dashboard and select the "widgets" option under the "appearance" tab then drag and drop the Zillow widget(s) into the unused section or simply click the delete link that appears within the widget box.

C. On your website's you can simply remove the HTML code from any pages with Zillow widgets. If you have a webmaster or tech person that manages your site, send them this post.


In 2011, I wrote this piece explaining the value and importance of these Top 5 Contact Widgets which did include the customizable Zillow widget which they now no longer offer.


Since it's crashing some of your AR blogs and wordpress sites, I wanted to make this attempt to help fix this if it's happening to you here in the rain or out on your other websites and blogs. I feel better now knowing that I've brought it to your attention so you can get some much needed R&R. (repair & replace)

 

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Rainmaker
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Brad Andersohn!!!

I just checked my WordPress site and it looks like my only Zillow widget is the Reviews widget.  :)

Feb 11, 2017 12:52 PM #1
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Hannah Williams
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Brad Andersohn you are my hero thanks to you and Bob Stewart   fixed mine I had several people tell me including you that this was happening when they landed on my page ... Thanks to you  the code  was fixed

Feb 11, 2017 01:51 PM #2
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have not seen z in my background and hope I never do.  I hope if someone sees this I will also get a call

Feb 11, 2017 04:04 PM #3
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Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker - Tallahassee, FL
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     Yet another reason that real estate agents and brokers should avoid using Zillow widgets, paying for Zillow Premier, or doing anything else "Zillow".

Feb 11, 2017 08:15 PM #4
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Brad

There are no Zillow widgets on my blog and there never will be.  But this is good advice for those who might have installed them.

Jeff

Feb 11, 2017 10:44 PM #5
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
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Brad Andersohn - thanks for the mention in your post.

And thanks a million for sharing the fix. I have removed all the references of all ZILLOW widgets from my Blog Settings. 

Now I am sure I'll get many more leads from my market reports.

 

Feb 11, 2017 10:53 PM #6
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
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Fortunately, no Zillow widgets on my site.  Great advice for those who may have overlooked them.

Feb 12, 2017 01:41 AM #7
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Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Brad, zillow widgets are not the only ones we should be checking...all of ours to make sure no '404's' exist...thanks for alerting all!

Feb 12, 2017 04:47 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Good point. We should be checking any widgets quite frequently. I haven't been.

Feb 12, 2017 05:17 AM #9
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Great advice.  I never ran into the issue, but I heard of several people who were.  Another great reason to not use zillow's widgets.

Feb 12, 2017 05:37 AM #10
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Stay current, follow this advice please!

So today, remove your broken Zillow widgets.

Feb 12, 2017 05:38 AM #11
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Hot-off Brad's press....read all about it

Feb 12, 2017 07:06 AM #12
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Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus - Fairfield, CA
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Haha~ Thanks Richie.

I actually had to remove 7 widgets from my SFBayArea Blog as they were getting me traffic and engagement thanks to Zillow, but now I'll have to find some good solid replacements. I'm on the hunt :-)

Great to see you, hope all is well. 

Feb 12, 2017 07:16 AM #13
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Thank you, thank you, I have been notifying people about this on their blogs and no one seemed to know what was doing it. Everyone assumed the problem was mine and I could circumvent by using Mozilla Firefox or internet explorer but in Chrome they kept blocking. So glad you posted this.

Feb 12, 2017 07:36 AM #14
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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That's crazy!  I've noticed that I can't get to Praful Thakkar's posts on Chrome and have to open Safari to see them!  I had no idea what was going on but, never saw a comment from anyone on his posts - and there were folks commenting on his posts - so, I thought it was my browser!  LOL  SO happy to know what the problem was!  Thanks, Brad Andersohn!! 

Feb 12, 2017 07:29 PM #15
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I think I am widget free as I have no idea how to add them! Great Post Looks like you helped a lot of people!

Feb 13, 2017 12:37 AM #16
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Brad Andersohn ,

We are so glad you are back and calling things out for us..Thank You! Today will be checking all of my sites and see what is going on! Bookmarked!!

Feb 13, 2017 04:37 AM #17
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
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Set it and forget it was great for Ronco and it's cooking products, but a horrible strategy for a website!  Interesting that Zillow would show a 404 error with the text "Oops, no one seems to be home" on a 24/7/365 website.  I have a few competitors that need a sign indicating "The lights are on, but no one is home".

Feb 13, 2017 09:20 AM #18
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Brad Andersohn
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Jim - I remember that Ronco infomercial... hilarious!!  

I also love your observation regarding the "lights being on but noboday home!" as i think we see this more and more across the country and industry as technology continues to grow and evolve.  

Feb 13, 2017 10:14 AM #19
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
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I can see how this might affect the outcome when there are defective links. Fortunately, we don't have that problem. Good post!

Feb 14, 2017 04:02 AM #20
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