Same coat, but with a few new buttons…

June 29, 2009

Click Away

One of the really cool things about blog analysis software is that it gives the author a good idea where people are clicking on the blog, which essentially tells the writer what the readers are finding most interesting and relevant. (Important note: I can't tell who is clicking, just where…so your privacy is totally safe.) I spent some time this weekend analyzing how people use this site, and what they tend to read the most. The answer was very clear:

Home Sales Data

The most clicked links on this site (by far) have to do with home sales data. There's a shocker – it is a real estate blog, after all. Whether it's homes for sale in San Carlos, pending sales, or homes that have already sold, readers want real data on what's happening in the San Carlos real estate market, and this information is usually not that easy to find. Until now…

New Buttons

While I haven't changed the background (a.k.a. theme) of this blog in the past 2 years, I have changed the structure quite a bit. It's akin to putting new buttons on an old coat — I simply haven't found a better “coat” for this site, so I'll continue to change the buttons to make it better.  And here are three new ones that you should know about: (go ahead and click one of them)

How to use 'em…

You'll find these three buttons conveniently located at the top of the site, right in the middle.   The subject content is pretty self-explanatory, but there's a lot more information here than meets the eye.  Let's look at an example:

If you simply click on the “Homes Sold” button at the top, it will show you ALL of the homes that have sold in San Carlos over the past 6 months — in a single click.  Once you're in there, you can sort by price or by square footage.  Pretty cool, eh?

But let's say you're interested in homes that sold only in White Oaks, or just homes that sold for less than $1M?    Got you covered.   If you move your cursor over the “Homes Sold” button at the top of the blog (not the one in this example,) you'll see a whole array of options magically appear below the button…including “Homes Sold in White Oaks” and “Homes Sold in San Carlos: <$1M” just to name a few.   Simply move your cursor down, and it's there — all in a single click.

The same principle works with the “Homes for Sale in San Carlos” and “Pending Sales” buttons.   And the data is pulled from a live feed, so it's always current.   So go ahead and try them out, and let me know what you think.  If there's a different way that you want the data sliced up, just let me know.



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