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    trulia vs homegain vs vast

    I'm trying to SEO for a vertical search engine which i am currently building. Can you tell me which of these sites have the 'best' structure for the search term "buford real estate" and "georgia real estate"? Vast and trulia seem to have pages that are basically 'on the fly' searchquery scripts (am i correct?), while Homegain.com has traditional "static pages".

    Vast.com
    http://www.vast.com/real_estate/location-buford

    Lacks Sitemap.
    Lacks Internal linking
    Lacks H1 headers
    Lacks any "static text"

    Ranks poorly on google for all terms.

    Trulia.com
    http://www.trulia.com/GA/Buford/

    Has basic sitemap and internal linking with proper anchor texts.

    Ranks great for "City real estate" but ok for "state real estate" keywords.

    Homegain.com
    http://www.homegain.com/local_real_e...GA/buford.html

    Lacks search filters and doesnt really seem to have any "real" listings...
    Seems to be a barebones landing page with dynamic scripts to populate body content. "more homes for sale in buford ga" link leads to the actual search engine.

    Ranks great for "city real estate" AND "state real estate" keywords.


    If you were building a site, how would you structure to list for both "city real estate" and "state real estate"?

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    I would say they are all dynamically generated by a script. It is easy to use mod rewrite to produce an html page type. You can even add extra function to the admin to allow for admin submitted url names for additional uniqueness. In my opinion, Trulia is the cleanest structure to work with.

    When it comes to SEO, in the end it will how popular your pages are with users. Producing large volumes of pages that nobody ever visits could be problematic with search engines, so you might want to reduce your focus initially, and then add more (dynamically) as you build traffic and popularity with users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    I would say they are all dynamically generated by a script. It is easy to use mod rewrite to produce an html page type. You can even add extra function to the admin to allow for admin submitted url names for additional uniqueness. In my opinion, Trulia is the cleanest structure to work with.

    When it comes to SEO, in the end it will how popular your pages are with users. Producing large volumes of pages that nobody ever visits could be problematic with search engines, so you might want to reduce your focus initially, and then add more (dynamically) as you build traffic and popularity with users.
    thanks for your response. I'm a little confused by creating a dynamic page versus a normal search listing page.

    for example,

    http://www.trulia.com/GA/Buford/

    This page lists #1 on google for "buford real estate". How does google know to choose this page instead of another dynamic page, say:

    http://www.trulia.com/GA/Buford/#for.../new_homes_lt/

    Is it only due to the sitemap and internal linking within trulia.com that google determines that XXX.com/GA/Buford is the main page for "buford real estate"? How exactly do i limit the number of pages created dynamically, if every search query is basically a dynamic page...

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    Why does google list this page for "buford foreclosures"

    http://www.trulia.com/foreclosure/20...uford-GA-30519

    instead of this:
    http://www.trulia.com/for_sale/Bufor...oreclosure_lt/

    ??


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