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#450299 - 02/04/16 12:39 AM Local mls DOES NOT allow ANY link to be your main descrp does yours?
BZ3354 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/12
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Loc: WI, USA
I've been working on what I'd term a "medium priority" project I see MANY are discussing here-having YOUR OWN website besides the usual spot on your broker's site, for which some are much better than others and that's no surprise at all for me, because in the decent amount of research I've done on all aspects of this, its been said at least 13 billion times over that its a trend growing exponentially and because after getting into this biz nearly 10 years ago, I struggled at first like many sure do, but fairly quickly was doing fine, I'm not in the "rainmaker club" yet, but am happy with how far I have come and while I'm not buying new Bentleys or whatever else, I'm a pretty frugal guy, made some decent investments and at least am FINALLY at point where I have a nice safety net, or even a safety cushion, so thus the "medium priority" since I'm doing fine without own site, yet I'm sure it will continue to explode in growth and compared to mls, where I get room for 25 pics MAX, with very small max file size and a tiny amount of space for video as well.

I was telling another agent/friend on my progress and she asked the all important question "but HOW do you get decent traffic, you can have perfect site that's useless if no one goes to it!" First method is to have a link at the end of each 500 character listing detail, the part that's seen by gen public after being picked up on other sites etc and she IMMEDIATELY said "no way in he%%, our mls is 100% against it and IF you are very lucky and plead ignorance, you MIGHT get one mulligan on that one, might not and 2nd time, you will get whacked hard no doubt and I think its their strongest "normal violation" (I'm sure if say I mixed in a few XXX dirty pictures in next listing it would be worse, but why would ANY agent do something so stupid?)

She found this out hard way herself 5+ years back when she did a pretty decent amateur video tour and then in her main detail, mixed in with "granite tops, new roof . . ." she also added something like "check it out live at www.youtube . . ." so linked right to her 2:30 video and NEXT DAY got phone call, not email you normally get for any other usual violation, like not posting docs in time after its listed, etc and she said the lady who called even sounded quite worked up about this and acted kind of like "how the heck did you not know THAT???"

[b][/b]So, TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS HERE FOR EVERYONE-

#1-IM I TOTALLY MISSING SOME TOTALLY OBVIOUS REASON THEY'D BE SO TOTALLY OPPOSED (and still are, I checked today via email and was told "oh no DO NOT do that" or something close to that. WHY?????? Maybe I'll hear why and feel dumb since it should've been so obvious but I haven't a clue! Only things I can think of is like on many forums (like this one!) they don't hand out free reign to link all over, especially when you can easily make 10 bogus accounts in 10 min and spam, or maybe link to some totally offensive site for no real reason, just to get a rise out of people, but why would any realtor play "funny joke" and link to a XXX site or whatever else? No way!

Second question is, why not?????? I've seen how even the templates, which I knew NOTHING about till 6 months ago maybe, can look AWESOME, or certainly AWESOME COMPARED TO OUR "ELDERLY MLS" site and yes they do run it well enough and have no complaints, but why the heck not?

I'd love to know if this is common or nationwide ban on links, or just here?? Thanks a lot in advance!!

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#450302 - 02/04/16 06:26 AM Re: Local mls DOES NOT allow ANY link to be your main descrp does yours? [Re: BZ3354]
Bigtoe Offline
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Not sure what your question is but check your mls rules to see what is not allowed. Our rules state that over 200 characters has to have the name of the listing agent and broker included.
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#450328 - 02/04/16 07:18 PM Re: Local mls DOES NOT allow ANY link to be your main descrp does yours? [Re: Bigtoe]
BZ3354 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/12
Posts: 3
Loc: WI, USA
Thanks for responding and I'm honestly not trying to be a smart a**, I'm glad to see someone responded but the main question I'm asking is right there, first in the title and then towards the bottom where it should've been in bold, but instead has the jumble of characters and then "SO HERE ARE MY TWO QUESTIONS" and I'm asking:

-#1-DOES YOUR MLS BAN YOU FROM PUTTING ANY LINK TO ANY WEBSITE IN THE MAIN DESCRIPTION?? My local mls does not allow ANY links and according to a fellow agent/friend, when she unknowingly linked to I think her self made trial of making a 2 min you tube video of a listing, she got a call (usually for any minor error they'll email and its a friendly one the first time, like "please be careful and probably honest error, but we will have to give a $25 fine next time, thanks for your help". Instead she got a call and said the tone was serious, as if she was darn lucky they weren't fining her and next time, oh man there's going to be big problems!!

#2-IF YOUR MLS ALSO BANS LINKS-WHY IS THAT??????????!!!!! Maybe I'm totally missing something so obvious that I'll feel dumb for missing it after someone tells me why, but I haven't a clue! Only thing I can think of shouldn't be a concern for a professional website only used by state licensed professionals-so that one reason-when some goof goes on whatever forum or wherever, makes fake account(s) and thinks its funny to post links to porn sites or some other site that many will find very offensive-why the heck would a realtor do THAT???!!! So, I'm baffled and unless I'm missing some darn good reason, think they are shooting themselves in the foot!!!

ANY OTHER IDEAS ANYONE??? I'm going to be asking them here, but wanted to check here first so if there is some obvious reason, I don't sound like an idiot when I ask! THANKS!!!

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#450340 - 02/05/16 06:19 AM Re: Local mls DOES NOT allow ANY link to be your main descrp does yours? [Re: BZ3354]
Bigtoe Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
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Loc: Outer Banks
What main description?
when you enter a new listing?
when you display idx listings?

if you are asking about your listings in mls, we are not allowed to self promote in the listings we enter into the mls, which includes links and/or sign in photos, and our virtual tours can not be branded.



Edited by Bigtoe (02/05/16 06:20 AM)
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#450341 - 02/05/16 06:41 AM Re: Local mls DOES NOT allow ANY link to be your main descrp does yours? [Re: BZ3354]
Vermont Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7499
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
Originally Posted By: BZ3354
". . . it should've been in bold, but instead has the jumble of characters . . ."

The Rules of this Forum forbid Newbies the use of HTML until they have made 30 Posts.

That's why so many of them spend so much time welcoming one-another !

Read the FAQ.

All of these Rules exist for a reason; both here AND in the MLS.
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