If you are a Realtor or Broker looking to increase your exposure online, dsIDXpress is a great tool to add to your existing or new SEO campaign.
It is not, however, a miracle pill for your site. If you buy dsIDXpress and expect it to magically increase rankings and traffic to your site you will be disappointed.
But if you use it in addition to a well planned SEO campaign you will reap the many benefits it has to offer.
Using its many widgets, IDX Pages tool, and adding property listings to your real estate blog posts via shortcode, you'll definitely see a noticeable increase in the number of pages indexed in Google and other search engines which can lead to increased traffic and ultimately leads.
But remember: to get something out of it you need to put the work into it first.
I have been a web developer for over a decade now and some of my main clients are real estate agents. I've gone through several companies claiming they provide the best solution for IDX search in WordPress. Diverse Solutions and the IDXpress plugin thus far has been the best to use, easiest to integrate, and simple to customize. Since i found them back in 2011, I've kept them as my exclusive IDX service provider when recommending search to my realtor clients.
There are a few disclaimers that I have to disclose. The installation is very easy but you will definitely need help (a programmer) if you want to make adjustments to the original theme design. It does get a little tricky. Also, this is an IDX search plugin that can be integrated into a WordPress site, not Zillow! I was reading a few comments below and it's ridiculous to see how many people misunderstand the use of this plugin. This is a web service owned by Zillow. You are not integrating Zillow into your website. Zillow is a multimillion dollar company and employs several developers to maintain the site while paying them a hefty salary. You are downloading a $30/m plugin to integrate into a WordPress website. It's a huge difference!
That being said, I highly recommend using the plugin (especially if you're a developer). Once you understand how it works, it will be easy to package up and reuse it for other sites.
Wow, I cannot believe what folks have written here. I have been making a living as a php developer and SEO since 2009, started my own company in late 2011. I have tried developing with every single idx vendor out there idxbroker, ihomefinder, Etc. you name it and I've tried it. For $100 set up fee and then $30/month you can use dsIDXpress on your wp site and they have a great map interface iframe product you can use on top of it for an additional $100/month. If that wasn't enough included in the $30 fee with your plugin is their mobile web application which you can position on a cname mobile.mysite.com. This is a powerful idx system at a rock bottom price, it is the best idx out there which is why Zillow bought them! Yes it doesn't work on https, is that an important SEO factor, no it is not! Is it a perfect product, no it is not, but they are working very hard to continue to make it the best product out there which I do strongly believe it is. All of the "problems" I have read in these other reviews with the exception of the https issue are simply because that person did not know html/php and should have hired someone that did. If you want to see how a wp site can and should work using dsIDXpress please have a look at these sites on my profile linkedin.com/in/matthewbrubin watch and learn my friends, LOL. Quit being so darn cheap and hire a profession php developer, stick to selling real estate (if an agent) or doing graphic design (if a web designer) and leave developing sophisticated wp sites to the pros.
dsIDXpress is #1 for getting your site ranked well in search engines.
Don't listen to people about their Zillow paranoia: this is the easiest, best way to get your website ranked. You don't need to have any Zillow links on your site or anything like that.
Get this plugin. It's the best out there.
Developed the site using a free trial account, transitioned to live feed without a glitch. It's highly flexible, reliable and support has been outstanding.
This is the best IDX plugin I've come across for WordPress. Full integration into WordPress for strong SEO. A very good MLS (Client is in the South Florida Region)
Prompt support from Diverse Solutions.
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