Reason #1: "Bad or Incomplete Data"
The syndicates want for Quality over
Quanitity and have strict requirements on how your data should be formatted and presented. They will not publish any listings that do not meet their
specifications. To insure that your listings are published, our system 100% checks
all of your listings and tells you how to fix any that do not meet their specs. This includes but is not limited to things such
- Missing or incomplete information
- Broken URL's / Web Addresses
- Invalid Dates
- Duplicated listings or information
- Cleaning of MS Word Markup
- Cleaning of Special HTML Markup
- Cleaning of bad casing (i.e ALL UPPER CASE or all lower case)
- Validation of US State Codes
- Validation of Country Codes
- Validation of properly formatted email addresses
- Validation of properly formatted web addresses
Listings that pass all vaildations are submitted to the Syndicates.
Listings that fail validations can not be syndicated and are reported back to
you so that corrections can be made.
Reason #2: Listings Received From "Multiple Sources"
When listings are syndicated from more than one source, the syndicates use a pecking order to determine who gets "ownership" and credit for that listing. As a general rule, first priority is given to listings that are received directly from a national agency or MLS with all others being credited on a first come first served basis. This means that if you have already submitted a listing using another syndicator,
it most likely will not appear as being posted by zBestListings until we are granted "ownership" as the primary syndicator.
Zillow has an excellent
YouTube video on how they process syndicated listings. It can be viewed by
Your listing data appears to be "Stale" or Abandoned
To help insure that peroperties are no longer advertised once they have been
sold, listings are considered stale or abandoned if some part of their
information, such as the price or the agent, has not changed within the 30 to 90
Reason #4: A syndicate that was once "Free" now requires a "Paid
Some sites such as RentBits and Oodle (doorway to Walmart, Military.com, and
others) now charge for syndication through their networks. In these cases, we
help you setup accounts with these sites as well as provide analytics (at no
additional charge) to help you justify if they are worth the price you are
paying them. We also provide your feed to them at no additional charge.
Reason #5: You don't have enough listings in your feed
Most syndicates now have a minimum requirement of 100 or more listings in a feed
before they will even consider looking at it. Others start at 500 or
higher. The way around this is to use a 3rd party service, like
zBestListings, to submit them on your behalf.