This is an interesting question and Iâ€™m intrigued by the answers.
The reason that we put nofollow tags in the links on the answers it to thwart the attempts of spammers. This is in fact the origins of the nofollow tag and we do carefully monitor this site for spam, that way we can deliver a great experience for consumers and agents. You can read more about the origins of nofollow here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nofollow and here http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/01/preventing-comment-sp . Including the nofollow tag on links is standard practice on almost all large user generated content sites (such as Wikipedia) and also on blog platforms as you can see from the google blog post.
However, we do understand that links and google juice are important to many agents and consequently we do remove the nofollow tags on links from the profile pages to give agents extra link juice. Because every answer you give has a link to the profile from all over Trulia.com, make sure you link to your blog from your profile and share as much information about yourself. Mack who asked this question, has done a great job here with these links and link text.
On the questions about our business model. Trulia Voices is free and we have no intention to change that, we do hear from many agents that they are getting new business Trulia Voices at no cost, other than their time â€“ which is great to hear. We do provide optional premium advertising services, which we think are really great value for money and of course hope that agents and brokers purchase these, but they are completely optional.
Keep the comments and suggestions coming. We really value them and are always listening.
PS. Is no one watching the build up to superbowl!??
I suspect I've made money simply by using the links provided by the professionals who write regularly on this site. It's also made me a more nuturing individual as I've been called on the mat by a few folks here for my sometimes "over the top" answers. So just dive in and learn, contribute and have fun. Remember, the oldest way to become an old dog is to quit learning new tricks!! My web site is below!
To be cliche' it is what it is. Trulia and other sites are the preverbial double edged sword. By not being here, I may miss out on a strong movement to sites like this, by being a part of it, I knowingly support a movement whose ultimate goal is to minimize the role of average agents. (Actually a good thing, as we are all above average).
The result is that a larger chunk of consumers are more empowered than ever--a situation which is clearly a challenge, and even a threat, to a number of the agents and firms out there. Some will flourish; others will not.
While the Trulia model may or may not succeed, easy access to once closely guarded industry information/trade secrets is here to stay--and it will only grow.
However, lots of market INFO does not necessarily make for smart or wise buyers/sellers of real estate. In my view, strong data analysis, market sense, negotiation and consultation skills become even more important.
Trulia should allow dofollow links to our websites and blogs.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure of the exact implementation, but we are definitely working on ways to help generate more visibility to the most active Trulia Voices contributors. In the meantime, the more you contribute, the more links to your profile you will get and that will help your search rankings in google.
I would love to hear from Trulia their reasoning for not allowing a dofollow link...perhaps they would be so kind to answer?
I agree with you Gerry that this poses a threat but I believe it only poses a threat to those that have made money in the buiness by default... and not because of skill or knowledge.
In my opinion, the internet has simply revealed the weaknesses within the industries as we now have the knowledge or can find the knowledge to know if we are being taken or not.
The problem that I see with Trulia and others alike goes back to the saying...Why buy the Cow when you can have the Milk for free? We are providing Trulia with wonderful experienced agents that are very knowledgeable within the industry to answer consumers questions for free to promote their website. I agree with Sylvia that we should be better linked with our listings. On top of it all then Trulia and other alikes reward us for answering questions for free by having us pay a lot of money to advertise or self promote.
The internet has captured the listings that we have worked so hard to obtain. Sites such as Realtor.com take our listings for free and then charge us to promote them. We all allow it to happen by answering the questions for free and by paying the fees.
This is a win for Trulia. I do this because it is my hope that these consumers will wise up and realize that agents are not robots trained by our companies... that there are huge difference among agents. They need to realize that majority of the agents within the marketplace do not compare to us here on Trulia.
Under our profiles on Trulia, we can include links to our website and blog. So, I am kind of lost as to why you say Trulia does not allow links to our site and/or blog?
My concern is that on our own listings on Trulia, there is no Link , there is no link form the listing to I do know that if I have a property, there is no links to my profile on Trulia voice. Since all property listings are fed thru our company's site and/or other sites such as Postlets, Vflyers; my assumption is Trulia has not establish our sites / blogs as fields to be passed from those sites to Trulia properties. I thought the least thing Trulia could do is matching up the listing agent with Trulia voice profiles. .
Thanks for posting the question. I have menat to mention mine for a long time :-)