“Is your home updated with the most recent security patches?” Will that soon be part of a home buyer’s due diligence? I already ask for utility information (cost, providers, etc) Googling a property address is…
Browsing Category Google
Leave Now – Google
Did you know – Google has a “leave now” option that integrates traffic? Pretty handy, I’d say. When leaving downtown Crozet for the National Ground Intelligence Center up 29 North: But at rush hour, add…
I Won’t Know What You’re Thinking Anymore
I won’t know what you (the readers) are thinking anymore – and that sucks. Google’s not sharing keyword information with site owners anymore â€¦ and this is huge.
For years I’ve looked at the keywords that have brought visitors to RealCrozetVA and RealCentralVA to discern what questions to answer and what was trending in the minds of my readers and visitors.
I know my business cycles as the keywords shift from “buyers agent in Charlottesville” to “fall foliage in Charlottesville” and “Is Charlottesville the inspiration for Who-ville” (no) and “buying a home in Charlottesville in spring.”
Google’s changing all that. I wondered about this a few weeks ago, but this week brings confirmation.
It appears that Google has cut off keyword data altogether.â€¦ This means no more keyword data will be passed to site owners.
If you’re interested in reading a bit more, Moz has a useful post.
What this means is that I (and other site owners) need to accept not knowing search keywords anymore. Such is life.
So â€¦ I won’t know what questions you’re asking anymore unless you actively ask me (you know – send me a message or call or text me – 434-242-7140).
While keyword stuffing in an attempt to game Google has been common practice by many (not just in the real estate writing space) for years, I’ve done that only a handful of times – and have stated my intentions every time.
Ultimately, as I don’t have my own Building 43 filled with people smarter than the Googlers, I’m going to keep trying to write about stuff that interests me, answers questions about the Charlottesville real estate market, growth, politics, etc and will continue to try to answer my clients’ questions.
Zillow + Google = Amazing Times Ahead
Google Now + Zillow. Big times ahead …
Almost every buyer with whom I work checks Zillow (and I have to tell them Z doesn’t have a direct MLS feed, so the data isn’t always accurate. They check zestimates in addition to property assessments because they’re looking for an objective valuation.
Fewer Trees = Income Inequality
Income Inequality as Seen from Space
I’d love to post some photos here about some of the areas in Charlottesville that might match this hypothesis, but won’t so as not to potentially violate fair housing laws.
That said, I’d be curious to know what you might find.
If you’re looking, use Bing Maps rather than Google Maps; Bing is much, much better.
Update 18 July 2012: Mashable has a long story on tree density’s relation to income.
Communicating. With Clients
I’m texting a lot more, texting clients before calling to ensure they have time, Skyping much more frequently, texting via Google Voice ( because I can text from the browser ). I learn a lot by observing my daughter and her friends; there is no technological communication besides Facebook, texting and the occasional phone call. … All of these varied and important communication methods lead to at least one consequence – I need to be able to store and search all forms of communication. … So now I’m testing Greplin * – “The Search Bar for your Life” – a tool/service/program/I’m not sure what things are called anymore so I’ll go with “solution” … if they could integrate searching texts and Google Voice, my tech communication search life would be complete.