Hi folks. I'm writing this post to send you guys over to Eric Bramlet's post over at http://www.bloodhoundrealty.com/BloodhoundBlog/ titled Trulia Widgets: Truliamazing Trojan Horse(s) . Now folks.....I am far from being a techie and most of this stuff is over my head BUT from what I'm reading it looks like all these cute little Trulia widgets are swiping our Google Juice.
If you are wondering why Trulia is beating you out, for local Google SERP, this could be why. From what I understand, every time you place one of their widgets on your web site or blog you are basically telling Google that Trulia, not you, is the local real estate expert.
Did you know when you Google Poinciana real estate, Homes.com is number 1 and Trulia is number 2. My site, http://buypoinciana.com is number 3 and 4. My site http://poincianaproperties.com is number 7 and http://brokerbryant.com is number 10.
Fortunately, for me, I do own 40% of the SERP for that search. But why should I have to compete with Trulia and Homes.com? They are NOT experts on Poinciana real estate. In fact, you can't even find me when you click over to their sites and I belong to both Trulia and Homes.com. Actually, after extensive searching, you can find me. But that's only because I know where to look. The consumer doesn't have a chance in hell, of finding me, unless it's by luck. OR.....they can Google Poinciana Real Estate Expert and find me in the numbers 1 and 2 position! Bite me Trulia!! Oops....sorry....I couldn't resist.
My http://poincianaproperties.com site is hosted by Homes.com and has been for almost 9 years. I wonder why my profile and listings, when found directly through homes.com, is loaded with paid advertising? Seems like the $79 a month I have been paying for 9 years would keep that from happening.
My suggestion is to pop over and read Eric's post and then take the steps he has outlined to change the Trulia widget code. Or better yet....quit using ALL widgets. Have you ever looked to see how much crap widgets place on your computer? It's a whole bunch. Widgets are like spy ware. Not only are they stealing your Google juice but they are also spying on you!
Do you really think they give you these FREE widgets just because they are nice and want to help you? I don't believe that for one minute. Those FREE widgets are costing you. They are costing you business.
OK, that's it for me. You got anything to add?
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