Do you like to see text links or Thumbnail pic links before you click?

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In an effort to make my free real estate directory more user friendly, we are considering changing the text only links to thumbnail pics of each site we link to. Do you like having just a text link or do you prefer to see a thumbnail of the site you are being directed to as part of the link?

I do this for free to agents, have been for ten years. If you aren't linked, we just haven't found you yet - we do still have to sell real estate you know...

I just added the thumbnails to the Woodbridge VApage of I haven't changed my own town, Falmouth MA, page yet.

It doesn't appear to affect the load speed. What do you think?



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Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

I don't really have a preference as long as the link takes me where I want to go.

Jan 02, 2010 09:00 AM #1
Paul Viau
Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog - Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services

I think text links are better ,but I've been experimenting as well.

I'm working on a text link with a mouse over that displays a small

pict of what you get if you click . I will report my findings ASAP!

Jan 02, 2010 12:14 PM #2
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I think links are better too because my husband's laptop sometimes doesn't open links and he can at least copy and paste them into his brower.

Jan 03, 2010 01:51 AM #3
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

I prefer text links because it usually has more information. A picture could lead to anything.

Jan 03, 2010 10:04 AM #4
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Thanx for the responses, although I' getting the impression that you didn't look at the two pages I linked to above.

The pics I am referring to are small pictures of the site that included in the link text (like on Woodbridge VA ) vs just text links ( like on Falmouth MA )

Thanx again, for the responses

Jan 04, 2010 01:18 AM #5
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Heath  I think there is a question as to whether or not the search engines read a pic link - I don't use them in Woodbridge VA  :)

Jan 05, 2010 01:43 AM #6
Ed Wagenseller
REMAX Essential - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Real Estate & Homes - Wrightsville Beach

What a wealth of information this Active Rain is....  I am new to the forum and just learning, but the responses are overwhelming....  I would love to link back to you if you visit my site at and request a link back to you, we will surely make it happen.

Mar 02, 2010 03:11 AM #7
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

Hi Karen, the search engines only read the code behind the pic. I was more wondering which presentation style the eyes of people prefer.

Ed, I looked at your site and have linked to you from the towns your listings are in: Bolivia, Leland, and Wilmington NC. Thank you for the note.

Mar 02, 2010 04:21 AM #8
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