Should I use Widgets or Custom
Saved Pages with my IDX Broker Site...

Article written by Tom Chambers

Part I

To the question "Should I use Widgets or Custom Saved Pages with my IDX Broker Site...I would give an unequivocal resounding use the Custom Saved Page in every case that you can.

Wanta see what it would have looked like if this had been a CUSTOM SAVED PAGE instead of a WIDGET page.. click here.. But finish this article first!

Give me your ear and i will explain in vivid detail as to why I have made such a drastic decision... First widgets are generally done with javascript and google does not read javascript so all our beautiful homes will never get seen by the spider and therefore not indexed.

Let's begin our understanding by scrolling down this beautiful page done with the widgets... Its really pretty and the visitors will love it.. but the problem is that google will hate it.. and will ignore every single home and all the details on the page... so instead of google finding and indexing 30 homes on this page it will appear almost blank to the spider... now don't get me wrong, google will pick up any content writing on the page but none of the content dumped by the javascript which is damn near the entire page.

Ok once you have scrolled down the page and looked at all the pretty stuff.. I want you to take a pen and paper and write down a few key words from the text that describes the homes... Reason... we want to look at googles cached page and see if he has any of that information... are you ready?... here is my text that i copied from the third home.... yours may be different...... just don't lose it we will use it later..

Here is mine... can you just go back and verify.. let's use the same text.. so that we can stay together.
The third house on the list...
$429,900
2603 Terlingue Dr.
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Now keep in mind the nice content about Cedar Park will in fact be indexed.. so that is something... but not that much since all of those beautiful homes google will never see... and if we had used the I Pages or Custom saved pages every last home would be indexed by google and futher more google will read the URL to each and every home and then tonight while we sleep google will sneak back into the site and using all those new urls grab the full detail page of every home and index all of those.... wow another 30 homes indexed and we did no work at all.

Ok.. follow me along.. be sure you have the info above that we wrote down and lets scroll down the page to the next image to see what we can discover....is this fun yet.... lol?






Part II

To locate the google cached version of this particular page we need to dump the full URL of the page into the google search box and up comes the location of the page... to view that cached version we click on the little greeen down arrow on the results of the search...In the image below you will see that I have drawn an arrow to the little green arrow that we must click on to see the cache page.

Ok.. come along and scroll down to the next page so we can see what is going on..











Part III

Ok here we are at the next page which is actually the page that is cached in google at this point.... meaning the copy of the page that google has on file.

We can tell its the google cached page since it says..in yellow hilite.. "snapshot of the page as it appeared on Mar 11, 2014 and the time...

Now scroll down the page and low and behold.. all of the color photos of the homes are right here in the cache... and TOM... you lied.. you said the homes would not be in google's cache..... HOLD on.. a minuite good budddy.. those color photos are being pulled from the site.. google cannot see them... besides google is color blind... so how to prove google does not have them... ok here we go...

Look to your right at the top of the page... an arrow pointing to the words... "Text Version only" as you may have heard google can only see the text version and that is all they use to rank you ... so if we want to see what google has in the cache we must look at the text version only... and that is why google gave us the button so that we can see what the spider saw when he crawled this page...

So follow along with me to the next page and see the actual text version... and remember we will look for some of the homes in the txt to see if they came along... but don't hold your breath till we find them...

Ok come along way down past the pretty pictures and lets take a look at all the text in the google cache... see you way down below...











Part IV

Ok.. here we are on the last page... this is the text version of the page and it is exactly what the spider found when he indexed this page... so get ready to weep..

So here is the information that we wrote down.. do you still have yours.. Now let's scroll down and try to find any of the information that we wrote down earlier... you won't find any.. so don't waste too much time... Give up?

$429,900
2603 Terlingue Dr.
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

so bottom line this beautiful page is worthless to the SEO plan... now don't get me wrong the humans love it and its pretty but pretty much worthless from an SEO point of view..

Wanta see what it would have looked like if this had been a CUSTOM SAVED PAGE instead of a WIDGET page.. click here..








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