Zillow Advice: Bugs & Suggestions - I received the Zillow All-Star badge ... how do I put it on my website? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Why not show something that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ Why not show something that proves you ability to do your job better instead? Having the ability to successfully negotiate short sale, being able to explain problems to buyers before they get into trouble, explaining the whole ownership process and cost cycle could all be much more helpful to a buyer than a silly badge.<br/><br/>What difference does having that badge make?&nbsp;<br/><br/>I have one. I could not see where it took much of anything to get it.<br/><br/>I also got a trulia vip3 badge in under 6 months from my first post. That also shows nothing of real value to a buyer.<br/><br/>p.s. I am not an agent and like it that way. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 03:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-09-01T03:53:00Z David, I honestly have nothing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ David, I honestly have nothing against you.<br/>I wasn't really trashing you so much as the whole ribbon thing considering Zillow apparently hands out an all star badge, not for posting quality content, but for posting period.&nbsp; Even if it is just listing photos.<br/><br/>I hope you at least understand some of the point we were trying to make.<br/> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T23:31:00Z Thank you, Garrett &amp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ Thank you, Garrett &amp; James, for your help.&nbsp; It is appreciated.&nbsp; Thank you, also for not "trashing" me (see comments above yours). Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T23:14:00Z Zillow has always valued ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ Zillow has always valued photographs over just a post...&nbsp; They have had a desire to build a very large photo archive.<br/><br/>Only problem is, they don't have any indexing or sorting or directory or listings of the photos they are archiving, and no machine way to evaluate content or quality or meaning.&nbsp; And what most people are still unaware of, is what ever resolution (size) you load your photo(s) at, that is the size it (they) will be stored at on the site, <u><strong>forever</strong></u>!&nbsp; If you loaded a JPG, what is on the site is what you sent.&nbsp; If you loaded a GIF or TIFF, or one of the other accepted formats, it is converted to JPG at 24 bit color depth before being stored, thus it is not possible to load an animated GIF to the site.<br/><br/>So the avatars get changed; the image is still there (but the avatar images don't count as contributions); and the houses have photos loaded, but then taken off the market with a request to remove the photos, but the photos are still in the archive and still count toward contributions.<br/><br/>In the past, 10 posts and 2 photos was all that was needed to be considered an "all star".&nbsp; They tweak is every so often.&nbsp; But still, you don't need posts, as Zillow wants photos.&nbsp; <br/><br/>The real issue to Zillow is page views to report to advertisers to provide revenue.&nbsp; Page views drive every decision.<br/> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T23:10:00Z Sunnyview...Yes you can hope ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ Sunnyview...Yes you can hope as we all can that perhaps someday the Ribbon may have value...<br/>In regards to the everyone who reads and the people using Zillow being smart that is a different topic or discussion...that would be true Ribbon or No Ribbon<br/><br/>This particular discussion as I see it is about the Actual Value of the RIBBON, why it exists and the value Zillow suggests it has to Agents or how it can be used and for what...<br/><br/>Agents want to have one and put it on their Web Site WHY? Zillow awards them the way they do and then makes it possible for agents to put it on their Web Site...WHY?<br/><br/>To suggest something to WHO?..The Public? Suggest WHAT?<br/>Expertise? Based on what?<br/><br/>Yes the Public has a responsibility to be sure these things actually have value but how does that excuse or alleviate Zillows Responsibility to actually make sure they have value if they are suggesting they be used on Agents web sites to show they have expertise....<br/><br/>&nbsp;"<strong>Show off your expertise and knowledge.</strong> This is a great way to showcase your real estate expertise on your own site" <a href="http://www.zillow.com/webtools/badges/">Link</a> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T18:34:00Z I agree with you Dunes, but ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ <div style="text-align: left;">I agree with you Dunes, but I can still hope for a higher standard can't I? Everyone who read the board for any period of time gets a sense of peoples honesty, intention, quality of information etc. beyond looking at a ribbon. I trust people to make their own determination about the quality of each contribution. Zillowians are a pretty smart crew. (or are we all Zillowites or Zillowers or...)<br/><div style="text-align: left;"><br/><div style="text-align: left;">As for the question asked by Mr.Emde, I got my badge through participation in the forums&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.zillow.com/profile/sunnyview/">here</a></u>.&nbsp;As an agent, if you participate in the forum, upload listings, and answer questions for people in your area, you can get a local expert badge and or an all star badge. Kristin Acker from Zillow explains it better than I can&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-become-a-local-expert-and-rank-on-Zillow/193350/" style="text-align: right;">here</a></u>. Zillow also has a video that specifically explains the local expert badge&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.zillow.com/advertising/marketing_videos.htm#becoming-local-expert" style="text-align: right;">here</a></u>. Hope the links help.<br/></div></div></div> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T17:49:00Z "I know that some will always ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ "I know that some will always "game" the system"<br/><br/>Game what system Sunnyview?...You post and you get a Ribbon? The ribbon isn't given for quality or helpful answers or anything other than posting, at least not that I'm aware of..<br/><br/>Exactly what?.. beyond posting a small number of comments consisting of any gibberish in the Forum or apparently posting a lot of listings/photos is required to receive a Ribbon...<br/><br/>Beyond being a Marketing tool for Agents to use a tool to attempt to deceive Consumers into thinking they have some sort of expertise or an Ego gift for non-realtors does the All Star Ribbon have?<br/><br/>Does the ribbon mean Quality? Honesty? Credibility? Helpfulness?<br/>Just exactly what does it imply/mean beyond you posted and just what system is there to game beyond posting a small number of times in the Forum or posting listings? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T16:33:00Z How did you get a Zillow ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ How did you get a Zillow All-Star badge?&nbsp; Postings or advertising? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T16:14:00Z Completely agree with you. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ Completely agree with you. I think that listings and photos should be counted in groups as 1 contribution. The same thing happens in the Directory with agents/companies who never contribute like this top "All Star"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zillow.com/profile/fdccustomersupport/">here</a>&nbsp;with 350,569 photos and 417,806 listings. I think the All Star tag should be reserved for people that actually participate in the forum in some way. No helpful content means no pretty ribbon.<br/><br/>I know that some will always "game" the system, but it would be easy enough to weed out the real thing from the poseur. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T16:01:00Z And this is the problem with ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ And this is the problem with Zillow All-Star Badges. Agents like me and other buyer agents get shafted by listing agents who get badges because thier listings are automated and uploaded to the Zillow database and result in higher rankings-- with NO PARTICIPATION.<br/><br/>And now you can pay to be a "Premiere Agent". Paid Advertising. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-received-the-Zillow-All-Star-badge-how-do-I-put-it-on-my-website/364527/ 2010-08-31T15:50:00Z