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To show MLS data on a real estate website, MLS Integration needs to be deployed. There are quite a number of IDX and RETS providers, each with different technology and pricing. After the integration, the end result may look similar, but the underlying technology plays an important role in the popularity of your website, especially from the search engine point of view.
Organic MLS is a method of MLS integration that brings search engine value to your website by inserting the MLS properties directly to your website database. For search engines it is very important to read the properties directly from your database, rather than through a third party database ( MLS/IDX Provider).
In Organic MLS integration, metaphorically the downloaded properties (from MLS to your website) become like the living organs of your own website. As a result, the search engines will consider your website as an informative website with hundreds of URLs to index.
It is important for a realtor to know that alot of MLS/IDX providers do not use the organic method.
Non-organic MLS integration methods might seem more cost effective at first glance, but in the long term they cost much more. The integration providers use methods that take all the search engine advaIntegratntages of your marketing efforts, leaving you with nothing.
How to identify Organic MLS Integration from Non Organic Integration
Fortunately realizing whether a real estate website uses organic or non-organic MLS integration is easy. Example: website name: MYDOMAIN.COM – MLS IDX Provider website: IDXPROVIDER.COM
Each property MUST have a unique url. In some websites, no matter which property you go to, the url in your browser’s address bar remains the same. Example: www.mydomain.com/something. This url illustrates that the website is using an iFrame or Framing method which is NOT organic.