Switching to a real estate webmasters website from Advanced Access - FAQ
Every month we convert current users of the Advanced Access website platform to the Real Estate Webmasters platform and I find myself confronted with the same questions each time - so I figured I would write this blog post to provide a convenient way for those converting or thinking of converting to get the answers they need before making the switch.
I am going to adopt the FAQ format for this post so that as more questions come in, I can update this post with those answers as well for the benefit of future readers - So let's begin.
Leaving Advanced Access frequently asked questions
Q: My Advanced Access website ranks well in search engines, if I switch to Real Estate Webmasters will I loose my rankings?
A: This is probably the biggest concern / most asked question regarding the switch over, and the simple answer is no - there is no reason you should lose rankings by switching to Real Estate Webmasters. Rankings are based on several factors including inbound links (You don't lose those by switching) - The domain itself (Your new REW website takes over your existing URL ) and quality unique content - We set up a development environment so you can move over your titles, meta data and unique content before switching, so no loss there either. If anything due to the search engine friendly architecture of Real Estate Webmasters websites you will gain more rankings as we employ search engine friendly URL's, completely spiderable website architecture, html sitemaps as well as Google xml sitemaps standard.
Q: I have many pages of my AA website spidered by search engines what happens when I switch to more search engine friendly filenames does this create a duplicate content issue?
A: This does not create a duplicate content issue - Once you switch to your new REW website, the AA filenames will cease to exist, thus a duplicate content situation is avoided. Once the new website is launched, you simply submit your xml sitemap to your Google Webmasters account and the system notifies Google of your new URL's and they are picked up as your old AA URL's are removed.
Q: What about my internal Advanced Access pages that have links pointing to them, do I loose the benefit of these links?
A: Not at all - how we handle this, is we ask our AA converts to provide us with a list of the current AA pages that have backlinks, as well as the URL of the new page you have created on your REW website that replaces it - our team creates a proper 301 redirect for each of these pages so that pagerank and link popularity are conserved. If you are not planning on replacing the old pages with a new version, we simply 301 redirect the old page to your homepage.
Q: On my old Advanced Access website my internal pages loaded in framesets, do real estate webmasters websites load in framesets?
A: All pages created with the Real Estate Webmasters platform are completely spiderable by search engines, and we do not make use of framesets of any kind for loading content.
Q: My current Advanced Access website creates URL's such as /Nav.aspx/Page=%2fPageManager%2fDefault.aspx what kind of control over the filenames will I have in your system.
A: What you write for your filename is what you see. For instance, if you were writing a page about Seattle Real Estate and you wanted your filename to be seattle-real-estate.php you simply write seattle-real-estate in the filename field.
Q: Do I have to know HTML or pay you to update my content?
A: Creating / updating / deleting content or listings can all be done through our wysiwyg editor and requires absolutely no HTML knowledge and you most certainly do not have to pay us to update your content. For those more advanced that "want" to code in html, they most certainly can do so by switching to HTML view.