Creating a Manual Search Link

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Creating a Manual Search Link

Manual text links to specific searches are a wonderful way to present specific information to your website visitors. They can be used to limit returns to specific Subdivisions and in some market areas specific Building Names among other criteria.

Let’s say you specialize in selling single family homes in a certain subdivision or you have a customer that wants listings in a specific city or zip code. Creating and using a manual text link to specific property searches allows you to send this link to anyone and every time they click the link, it will display current listings for those criteria.

You can even create a custom page for a client with listing types of their choosing, including pertinent information relating to the listings, area happenings, etc., allowing you to create a special page on your website for that client, further personalizing your service to them.

To assemble a text search you simply string together a series of filters to "drill down" to the specific type of listing you wish to display.

Short Tail URLs

Using Short Tail URLs, creating a manual search allows for you to create short search links as follows:

All Single family residential listings All Rental Listings Subdivision Condominium name & All Condominium listings City Zip Code Shortsale Foreclosure New Listings Reduced Listings

To create a Short Tail manual search link for listings, you can choose between City, Zip Code, sub division and condominiums.

Short Tail URLs will begin with your domain name followed by “/listings”

http//:your_domain_name/listings

For all single family residential listings, enter “/residential/all”

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/residential/all

Our example here shows our link will now display all single family residential listings.

For all rental listings, enter “/rental/all”

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/rental/all

Our example here shows our link will now display all rental listings.

For all condominium listings, enter “/condominium/all”

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/condominium/all

Our example here shows our link will now display all condominium listings.

For Subdivisions, enter “/subdivision/” followed by the name of the subdivision whose listings you would like displayed.

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/subdivision/waterhaven

Our example here shows our link will now display Subdivision listings for Waterhaven

For Cities, enter “/city/” followed by the name of the city whose listings you would like displayed

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/city/greenvalley

Our example here shows our link will now display City listings for Green Valley

For Condominiums, enter “/condominium/” followed by the name of the Condominium whose listings you would like displayed. Using “all” following “/condominium/” takes precedence which allows you to produce all condominium listings

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/condominium/Ravenwood

Our example here shows our link will now display Condominium listings in Ravenwood.

For Zip-Codes, enter”/postal_code/” followed by the Zip-Code for the desired area you would like displayed.

Ex. http://your_domain_name/listings/postal_code/34612


Our example here shows our link will now display Listings in the Zip-Code of 34612


To create a Short Tail manual search link for search results, you can choose between Short sale, foreclosure, Reduced or New


Short Tail URLs will begin with your domain name followed by “/search/”

http//:your_domain_name/search/

For Shortsales, enter ”/shortsale/” Ex. http://your_domain_name/search/shortsale/ The trailing "/" is necessary

For Foreclosures, enter “/foreclosure/”

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search/foreclosure/

For Reduced listings which have incurred a price drop within the last 7 days, enter ”/reduced/”

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search/reduced/

For New listings which were listed within the last 14 days, enter ”/new/”

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search/new/

All Long tail URL text searches will begin with a base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

The address bar of your browser is where you can find the URL of your domain. When adding search criteria do not include the Quotation marks (" ") Enter your domain in the Highlighted "your_domain_name" found above highlighted in RED in the base URL example. (Shown above)

Now enter "/search_results.html?&newsearch=1" after your domain as demonstrated in GREEN in the base URL example. (Shown above) This is directing the domain to display a new search.

From here you can now create your custom search link with these options

        Property Type
        Number of Bedrooms
        Full Bathrooms
        Garage/Parking spaces
        Waterfront
        Water access 
        Pool
        Approximate Square footage
        Acreage
        Virtual Tours
        Built Year
        Short sale
        Foreclosure
        Green Listing
        Adult (55 & Older)
        New Listings
        Listing newly reduced
        County
        City
        Condo/ Building name
        Subdivision
        Street name
        Zip code


Property Type

First let’s start with Property Types. Let’s say you want to show listings that are only single family, or perhaps you only want to show commercial listings. Let’s start with your Base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

To select a property type to display, enter "search_type=" and followed by the letter of the corresponding property type of your choosing. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

So enter "&search_type=" and one of these letters to display that property type. "" displays All Property types "S" displays Single Family listings "M" displays Condominium listings "B" displays Mobile Home listings "V" displays Land listings "C" displays Commercial listings "D" displays Multi-Family listings "T" displays Townhome listings "R" displays Rental listings

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_type=M

Our example here shows our link will now display Condominium listings (&search_type=M displays Condominium listings)

County

Let’s say you only want to display listings in a certain county. To do this, we begin with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add what is called a County FIPS code. FIPS county codes are five-digit Federal Information Processing Standard code which uniquely identifies counties and county equivalents in the United States. Click this link here: FIPS to find the county you would like displayed or you can download the U.S county FIPS code spread sheet "US_FIPS_Codes" provided in the "Attachments" area of this article at the bottom of this page.

Once you’ve located your code enter "&search_county=" followed by the FIPS code. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Ex.http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_county=12053

Our example here will now display listings in Hernando County,Fl per FIPS code (&search_county=12053 Hernando County)

City

Let’s say you want to display listings in a particular city. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_city=" followed by the city name as it appears in your MLS. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_city=Miami


Our example here will now display listings in the City of Miami (&search_city=Miami)

Zip code

Let’s say you want to display a listing in a specific Zip code. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_zip=" followed by the particular areas Zip code. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_zip=33563

Our example here will now display listings in the zip code area of Plant City (&search_zip=33563)

Bedrooms

Let’s say you want to display a select number of bedrooms. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_bed=" followed by the number of bedrooms the listing has at least. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"1" displays at least 1 "2" displays at least 2 "3" displays at least 3 "4" displays at least 4 "5" displays at least 5 "6" displays at least 6 "7" displays at least 7 "8" displays at least 8 "9" displays at least 9 "10" displays at least 10

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_bed=5

Our example here will now display listings that feature at least 5 bedrooms (&search_bed=5)

Full Bathrooms

Let’s say you want your listings to display a select number of full bathrooms. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_bath=" followed by the number of full bathrooms the listing has at least. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"1" displays at least 1 "2" displays at least 2 "3" displays at least 3 "4" displays at least 4 "5" displays at least 5 "6" displays at least 6 "7" displays at least 7 "8" displays at least 8 "9" displays at least 9 "10" displays at least 10

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_bath=3

Our example here will now display listings that feature at least 3 full bathrooms (&search_bath=3)

Garage/Parking Spaces

Let’s say you want to display listings with a certain number of Garage/Parking spaces. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_parking=" followed by the corresponding number of parking spaces/ garage car size you would like to have at least display. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"1" displays at least 1 space "2" displays at least 2 spaces "3" displays at least 3 spaces "4" displays at least 4 spaces "5" displays at least 5 spaces "6" displays at least 6 spaces "7" displays at least 7 spaces "8" displays at least 8 spaces "9" displays at least 9 spaces "10" displays at least 10 spaces

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_parking=2

Our example here will now display listings that feature at least 2 Parking spaces/garage car size (&search_parking=2)

Waterfront

Let’s say you want to display only waterfront properties or want to exclude all waterfront properties. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_wateraccess=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays Only Water access "N" displays No Water access

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_wateraccess=y

Our example here will now only display listings that have water access (&search_wateraccess=y)

Pool

Let’s say you want to display only properties with a pool or only listings without a pool. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add “&search_pool=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only properties with a Pool "N" displays only properties without a Pool

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_pool=y

Our example here will now only display listings that have a pool (&search_pool=y)

Spa

Let’s say you want to display only properties with a spa or only listings without a spa. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_spa=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only properties with a spa "N" displays only properties without a spa

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_spa=y

Our example here will now only display listings that have a spa (&search_spa=y)

Short Sales

Let’s say you want to display listings that are only Short sale properties or none at all. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_shortsale=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only short sale properties "N" displays omits all short sale properties

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_shortsale=y

Our example here will now only display short sale listings (&search_shortsale=y)

Foreclosure

Let’s say you want to display only foreclosure properties or none at all. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_foreclosure=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only foreclosure properties "N" displays omits all foreclosure properties

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_foreclosure=y

Our example here will now only foreclosure listings (&search_foreclosure=y)

Virtual Tour

Let’s say you want to display only properties with a virtual tour or only listings without. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_tour=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only properties with a Virtual tour "N" displays only properties without a Virtual tour

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_tour=y

Our example here will now only display listings that have a Virtual tour (&search_tour=y)

Green (Eco-Friendly Listing)

Let’s say you want the listings to display only Green Listing properties or none at all. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_green=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only Green Listings properties "N" displays omits all Green Listings properties

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_green=y

Our example here will now only green listings (&search_green=y)

Adult (over 55) Communities

Let’s say you want to display listings what are only adult (over 55) Communities or none at all. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_adult=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Y" displays only adult (over 55) Communities properties "N" displays omits all Adult (over 55) Communities properties

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_adult=y

Our example here will now only display Adult (over 55) Communities (&search_adult=y)

New Listings

Let’s say you want to only display new listings. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_newlistings=" followed by the number of days listed. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"2" displays properties that are No More Than 2 days listed "7" displays properties that are No More Than 7 days listed "14" displays properties that are No More Than 14 days listed "21" displays properties that are No More Than 21 days listed "60" displays properties that are No More Than 60 days listed "120" displays properties that are No More Than 120 days listed "180" displays properties that are No More Than 180 days listed "240" displays properties that are No More Than 240 days listed "360" displays properties that are No More Than 360 days listed

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_newlistings=14

Our example here will now only display listings that are no more than 14 days listed (&search_newlistings=14)

Newly Reduced Listing

Let’s say you want to display only newly reduced listings. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_search_price_drop=" followed by the number of days ago the listings had their price reduced. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"2" displays properties that were reduced in the last 2 days "7" displays properties that were reduced in the last 7 days "14" displays properties that were reduced in the last 14 days "30" displays properties that were reduced in the last 30 days "60" displays properties that were reduced in the last 60 days

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_search_price_drop=30

Our example here will now only display listings that had their price reduced in the last 30 days (&search_search_price_drop=30)

Approximate Square Footage

Let’s say you want to display listings with an approximate square footage. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_sqft=" followed by the corresponding number of square feet you would like to have at least display. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"1000" displays properties with at least 1000sqft "1200" displays properties with at least 1200sqft "1400" displays properties with at least 1400sqft "1600" displays properties with at least 1600sqft "1800" displays properties with at least 1800sqft "2000" displays properties with at least 2000sqft "2200" displays properties with at least 2200sqft "2400" displays properties with at least 2400sqft "2600" displays properties with at least 2600sqft "2800" displays properties with at least 2800sqft "3000" displays properties with at least 3000sqft "3200" displays properties with at least 3200sqft "3400" displays properties with at least 3400sqft "3600" displays properties with at least 3600sqft "3800" displays properties with at least 3800sqft "4000" displays properties with at least 4000sqft

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_sqft=2200

Our example here will now display listings that have at least 2,200 square feet (&search_sqft=2200)

Acreage

Let’s say you want to display listings within a specific acreage. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_acreage=" followed by the corresponding number of square feet you would like to have at least display. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

".25" displays at least .25 acres ".5" displays at least .5 acres ".75" displays at least .75 acres "1" displays at least 1 acre "2" displays at least 2 acres "3" displays at least 3 acres "4" displays at least 4 acres "5" displays at least 5 acres "6" displays at least 6 acres "7" displays at least 7 acres "8" displays at least 8 acres "9" displays at least 9 acres "10" displays at least 10 acres "15" displays at least 15 acres "20" displays at least 20 acres "25" displays at least 25 acres "75" displays at least 75 acres "100" displays at least 100 acres

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_acreage=2

Our example here will now display listings that have at least 2 acres (&search_acreage=2)

Built date

Let’s say you want to display only listings built after a certain year. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_low=" followed by the year you want the properties to display listings after. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"2013" displays properties built after 2013 "2012" displays properties built after 2012 "2011" displays properties built after 2011 "2010" displays properties built after 2010 "2009" displays properties built after 2009 "2008" displays properties built after 2008 "2007" displays properties built after 2007 "2006" displays properties built after 2006 "1996" displays properties built after 1996 "1986" displays properties built after 1986 "1976" displays properties built after 1976 "1966" displays properties built after 1966 "1956" displays properties built after 1956 "1946" displays properties built after 1946

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_low=2004

Our example here will now display listings that were built after 2004 (&search_low=2004)

Condo or Building Name

Let’s say you want to display listings from only a particular Condo or Building name. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_condoname=" followed by the condo or building name used by your mls. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")


Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_&search_condoname=The%Sail%winds

Our example here will now only display listings found in the condo or building named The Sail Winds (&search_condoname=The%Sail%Winds)

Subdivision

Let’s say you want to display listings from only a specific subdivision. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_subdivision=" followed by the subdivision name used by your mls. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_&search_subdivision=Hunters%Bay

Our example here will now only display listings found in the subdivision named Hunters Bay (&search_subdivision=Hunters%Bay)

Street Name

Let’s say you want to display listings only from a specific Street. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_street=" followed by the street name used by your mls. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_&search_street=church&street

Our example here will now only display listings found on the street named Church Street (&search_street =church%street)

Community

Let’s say you want to display listings only from a specific community. This manual link is only available in select markets let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "&search_community=" followed by the community name used by your mls. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_&search_community=West%Pavillion

Our example here will now only display listings found in the West Pavilion community (&search_community=West%Pavillion)

Waterfront Description

Let’s say you want to display listings with a specific waterfront feature. Let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next add "search_wftype" followed by the corresponding waterfront feature type When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

"Access" displays properties that feature a water access "Bay" displays properties that feature a bay "Beach" displays properties that feature a beach "Canal" displays properties that feature a canal "Canal Width 1-80 Feet" displays properties that feature a canal with a width of 1-80 feet "Canal Width 81-120 Feet" displays properties that feature a canal with a width between 81 and 120 feet "Canal Width 121 Feet Or More" displays properties that feature a canal with a width of 121 feet or more "Creek" displays properties featuring a creek "Fixed Bridge" displays properties featuring a fixed bridge "Frontage" displays properties featuring frontage "Gulf" displays properties featuring a gulf "Intersecting Canals" displays properties featuring Intersecting canals "Intracoastal" displays properties that are intracoastal "Lagoon" displays properties featuring a lagoon "Lake" displays properties featuring a lake "Mangrove" displays properties featuring a Mangrove "Marina" displays properties featuring a marina "Navigable Waterway" displays properties featuring a Navigable waterway "No Fixed Bridges" displays properties featuring no fixed bridges "Ocean" displays properties featuring an ocean "Other" displays properties featuring other waterfront description "Point Lot" displays properties featuring a Point lot

"Pond" displays properties featuring a pond "River" displays properties featuring a river "Seawall" displays properties featuring a seawall

Ex. http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_wftype=Lake

Our example here will now display listings that feature a lake (&search_wftype=Lake)

Creating a manual search link with two or more search options

Let’s say you want to display listings with two or more search criteria. For example only three bedroom, single family homes with pools. First let’s start with our base URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1

Next let’s add the three bedroom criteria. Add to the URL "&search_bed=" followed by the number of bedrooms the listing will have. In this example it is 3. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Example of the new URL: http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_bed=3

Next add lets add the single family search criteria. Add to the URL "&search_type=" and followed by the letter of the corresponding property type of your choosing. In this example it is “S” When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Example of the new URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_bed=3&search_type=S

Next let’s add the listings with Pool only criteria. Add to the URL "&search_pool=" followed by the corresponding letter to your selection. In this example it is “Y”. When adding search criteria is do not include the Quotation marks (" ")

Example of the new URL:

http://your_domain_name/search_results.html?&newsearch=1&search_bed=3&search_type=S&search_pool=Y

This Link will now display single family, three bedroom homes with a pool.



Long Tail URL Creation

Long tail URL's allow you to better identify a page you are visiting by including a description via the URL itself. Search Engines like Google and Bing can better identify your page and its contents by utilizing the Longtail URL and can lead to better visibility by potential customers.

Long Tail Url

Example: Yourdomain.com/page12 Long Tail URL: Yourdomain.com/Homes-of-Miami-Beach.html

Example: Yourdomain.com/page7 Long Tail URL: Yourdomain.com/our-real-estate-agents.html


To create a LongTail URL:

1. Select the "Websites" link in your Administration Menu

2. Once on the Manage Websites Page, select the website of your choice.

3. You will be presented with your domains “Dashboard”, an area in which you can effect change to your domain at anytime.

4. Select the “Navigation Menu & Pages” Box.

5. Add a Page - Select the "Add Page" icon

6. On the "Edit page / Menu Item" page, select your new Pages Type and enter in the Page Title

Page Type - You can create different types of web pages on your domain, that provide different functions.

7. Select Custom Page - This Page type presents you with a Text entry box that appears after a Title is entered and the page is “Saved”.

8. In the “Page Title” box enter in the pages title. This area will serve as the Long Tail URL entry box. The text entered here will be set as the "Page Title" and will be used as the Long Tails URL text. Search Engines as well as potential customers can read this text to better identify your page.


Finishing your Custom page:

1. The “Include In Menu” dropdown box allows you to decide whether or not to include your new page in your websites menu.

2. The Facebook comments drop down box allows you to choose whether or not to display a facebook comment box at the bottom of your page.

3. Meta Descriptions are inserted into the page header on the website when the page is displayed. The description should be a short summary that includes the key points of the page.

4. Meta keywords are words and short phrases that are separated by commas describing the key points of the page body.

5. In the Text box area, you can customize your page by adding your own text, Pictures, Videos and links to other pages you wish to share.

6. Once finished adding your text and customizing your page, select “Save Page”.