Each listing has a number of settings available, including assignment of a team member for display of contact information and lead routing purposes, as well as two categories of settings for the listing content and the page content.
Start by clicking the Gear wheel in your listing area:
This will open the settings panel with the available options for you to customize and configure.
Assigning an agent / team member:
To use this feature, you will need to already have a team member profile entered into your Team Members V2 plugin area. Assignment of an agent is easy to do, and controls the contact information shown on the resulting listing page and can control lead routing in your Lead Manager.
Click to assign an agent using the "Assign New" link.
In the modal window that opens, you will see a list displayed of all team members associated with the Team Members V2 plugin, and a search box for locating the appropriate agent to assign to the listing.
Click Assign next to the agent for the listing.
Configuring the Property Settings:
In the property settings area, are some important tags that can be used to help filter groups of your listings in a Listing Feed, which displays a grid view of available listings based on these filters.
Property status' are completely editable. You may use Active, Pending, Sold or other variations common in your MLS or even uncommon status' your brokerage may use for exclusive properties. (I.E. "Coming Soon", or "Office Exclusive")
Click 'add new status' to create a new status for your listing.
A modal window will open where you can type out the title of your choice. Click Add to include this status in your list of available status filters in the listing plugin.
With your status created, this will be available in all listings you create or edit later. You will need to ensure you have selected to use this filter in this listing after it has been created.
Click the checkmark to use your new status:
At any time, you may decide to either edit or delete a status. It's important to note that if you delete a status, any listings that used that status will no longer have that status selected.
You may edit or delete a status as needed.
Click 'add new property type' to create a new property type for your listing.
A modal window will open where you can type out the title of your choice. Click Add to include this property type in your list of available filters in the listing plugin.
At any time, you may decide to either edit or delete a property type. It's important to note that if you delete a property type, any listings that used that filter will no longer have that property type selected.
You may edit or delete a property type as needed.
Click 'add new location' to create a new location filter for your listing.
A modal window will open where you can type out the title of your choice. Click Add to include this location in your list of available filters in the listing plugin.
With your new location created, this will be available in all listings you edit later. You will need to ensure you have selected to use this filter in this listing after it has been created.
Click the checkmark to select the location:
At any time, you may decide to either edit or delete a location. It's important to note that if you delete a location, any listings that used that filter will no longer have that location selected.
You may edit or delete locations as needed.
If you plan to allow users to share your listing on social platforms other than Facebook and Twitter, or support RSS feeds of your listing content, you will want to add a Featured Image.
Setting a featured Image:
Recommend dimensions for a featured image is no smaller than 1200px wide. It should also be web optimized.
A typical image of this size should be no larger than 350kb, and ideally much smaller than that. Image file size is an important component of your page speed. Resources like https://tinyjpg.com/ can make it quick and easy to scale, crop and web optimize images for use on a website.
Click "Add New Featured Image" to open your media gallery.
The featured image you use will be the one that displays for users whenever they are using a software platform that utilizes meta data to display portions of the page content.
Be sure this image is no smaller than 1200px wide and no larger than 350kb.
Configuring the Page Settings:
The page settings area focuses on SEO and social sharing qualities of your listing page. Configuring titles, descriptions and images for platforms like search engines, social media platforms can ensure that no matter how your content is consumed or viewed, it's going to look fantastic.
The first item in your page settings area is the SEO title and description option. This is how you control what your listing will appear like in a search engine result. If you need assistance with understanding a meta description and title, we'd recommend reviewing this excellent overview of the topic from Yoast SEO.
It's important to craft a page title and description that include the best features and description of this property.
Enter your SEO title and meta description.
With your SEO configured, it's time to review how your listing will appear in Facebook if the link is shared to that platform. In the page settings is an area for you to configure a title and description for your facebook share.
We recommend utilizing the Facebook Sharing Debugger to review and optimize the appearance of your shared listing page.
Create a Title and Description for your Facebook sharing.
You will also want to include an image to display in the preview snippet created by facebook. Facebook requires that your image be at least 1200px wide and web optimized in order for it to be displayed.
Click to add your Facebook Snippet Image.
If you need to make changes to the Title, Description, or Image you may save those changes, and then request that Facebook "Rescrape" the page. This will clear their platform of the currently cached/stored snippet, and will re-create a new one.
Click Rescrape in the Facebook debugger as needed.
The snippet displayed here is saved and stored. Facebook will display this same snippet for any and all users sharing the link to the Fcebook platform!
Your finished Facebook sharing view should look and feel inviting, exciting and complete.
Once you are happy with your Facebook snippet, it's time to do the same for your Twitter sharing appearance.
Add your Twitter title and description
The description and title as well as image are also available for debugging as needed through Twitters Card Debugger.
You will also want to include an image to display in the preview snippet created by Twitter. Twitter requires that your image be at least 1200px wide and web optimized in order for it to be displayed.
Attach your featured image to use with Twitter sharing.
Once you have completed the social sharing descriptions, you may elect to view the results in a social debugger, and we recommend using Social Debugger for this. This handy site will provide you with a combined view of all major social networks and display how they appear, as well as an overall grade on completeness.
With your social sharing complete, the last items to consider relate to index ability. Specifically, whether or not your listing will be added to your XML file output and included in search engine indexing.
Meta Settings Overview
If you have a listing that you do not want "searchable on the web" or have included outbound links to sources that have similar or the same content as your listing, be sure to pay careful attention to these settings.
Check your Meta Index Settings:
Your meta index should only be turned to the "OFF" position if you do not want this listing to be searchable on the web. Turning this to off will remove this listing from your website sitemap.
Meta Follow and No Follow are just as important to consider. If you have outbound links at all in your descriptions, features, or otherwise on the page - be sure to check out Yoast's overview of when and why to nofollow outbound links.
Check your Meta Follow Settings:
Set this to "OFF" only if you do not want this content referenced when the listing url is found as a link on a separate page on the web (including your own website).
(Why you might ask? Duplicate content can be a good reason. )
Learn how to navigate the AF editor, build your listing content, enable awesome features and more in our additional articles on the Listings V3 plugin.