Sorry for the quite long post, but there's quite a lot to say about this topic!There has been much discussion of a National Association of REALTORS® policy, which NAR officially refers to as “display … Read more about “Franchisor IDX indexing”: Misnomer and mistake
NAR’s board of directors adopted a policy at its meeting in New Orleans in November regarding “Display of IDX Information by Real Estate Franchise Organizations.” This post looks at the policy from a … Read more about IDX “indexing”: What’s so special about franchisors?
(Disclaimer: My company is doing work on a variety of fronts for MLS Domains Association, the group formed by 15 leading MLSs to seek a new top-level domain, .MLS, in the Internet, for use only by … Read more about Why MLSs should pursue their own top-level domain: .MLS
I pointed out in last week's capstone post on the "search engine indexing of IDX series" that any policy that permits indexing of IDX sites needs to define exactly what kinds of 'search engines' are … Read more about Does ‘search engine’ = benign use of listing data?
We've considered this issue in seven posts: Part I: What's the beef? Part II: Search engine scope and data sources Part III: Search engines indexing, audiences, and their objectives Part IV: "IDX … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part VIII: Options for moving ahead
This posts covers a couple miscellaneous items I wanted to get out before doing the final post in this series. "Static pages" and "RESTful development" Mike Wurzer pointed out that my post on how IDX … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part VII: Miscellaneous items
We're almost to the end of this line, I think. I took a break for a couple weeks to think more about this and to talk to some thought leaders (and also to do a little of the work for which I get paid … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part VI: Purpose of IDX and broker expectations
(Warning: possibly mind-numbingly boring and long legal content to follow. And I'm not even giving legal advice here.) When I posted regarding indexing and search engine audiences and objectives, I … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part V: Is search engine indexing legal?
IDX sites are not naturally prone to be indexed by web search engines like Google. Here's why: Typical IDX search engines 'draw' pages of listing data dynamically or 'on the fly.' When the consumer … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part IV: “IDX index fishing”
Indexing Search engines can return results quickly because they 'index' the content in the database. When a consumer searches on a broker's IDX site for a listing number that she saw in a print ad, … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part III: Search engines indexing, audiences, and their objectives
Broadly speaking, a 'search engine' is something that permits a visitor to a web site to seek content in a database hosted on that web site. It is the engine that powers the visitor's search. In this … Read more about Search engines & IDX Part II: Search engine scope and data sources
Just under two months ago, the proverbial stuff hit the fan when a story surfaced that the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS® (MIBOR) told a broker to prevent Google from indexing her IDX … Read more about Search engines indexing IDX sites Part I: What’s the beef?