Advanced Access Still Slip-Sliding Along After Two Years

In only ten days this blog will be two years old. As I read the two recent comments (which I will copy into this post) it appears that not much has changed at Advanced Access when it comes to POWER OUTAGES! With reports that websites are once again down, what will be Advanced Access excuse this time? It’s been well over a year since they claimed to have moved their equipment to a fireproof location with redundant back ups.

Why do agents continue to stay with Advanced Access? I know it may be difficult to even think about moving your site once you are familiar with your current back-office setup. However, take my word for it, it’s NOT that difficult to get used to another system! After all, what can possibly make one system more complicated than another? They all offer WYSIWYG as well as html for those familiar with it.

I moved my URL’s away from Advanced Access to Point2Agents and was quite happy there. I had four sites at P2A and still have a couple of free sites at places like RapidListings.com but now host my own main sites. It gives me the freedom of changing whatever I want and have NEVER had my sites go down, nor my email. At first I missed the IDX that Advanced Access offered as well as their custom forms but got used to the ‘handshake’ offered by P2A and opened an inexpensive account with MyContactForm.com to create my own forms that are as good as AA’s. Now that I host my own, I run a single IDX on all of the sites including a foreclosure site that ranks #1 for our area. Right now I am hosting well over 50 sites for under $80/year and many rank on page #1 if not at #1 on Google. I have found that you don’t have to have any PR rank to sit in the number one position if you have the content, keywords, ideal URL, AND back links which AA made us delete. Yes, the Web Gorilla convinced them that it was imperative that we all get rid of our reciprocal links so for those of us that did, we slipped further and further off Google’s radar.

If you look at my www.PreforeclosureSite.com, which was only developed to earn passive income from ebooks, DVD’s, and Google Adwords, you will see that it has NO pagerank yet ranks #1 for keywords “Northern Illinois Foreclosures”, “short sales northern Illinois”, #6 for “bank owned northern Illinois”, #8 for “preforeclosures illinois” and many other keyword phrases.

I’ve had more fun promoting ‘passive’ income sites and hosting them under a master account during these trying times. Google forbids us to discuss our earnings from Adwords so just let me say that it has paid the bills! I have enough of my own sites with massive amounts of interior pages that allow me to slowly pump over 3,000 back links to any new site without swapping with anyone. Don’t be afraid to get out from under Advanced Access’ wing and learn how to fly on your own.

Here are the two recent comments that indicate that nothing has changed when it comes to Advanced Access hosting. It’s especially frustrating when the sites ‘conveniently’ go down over the weekend when buyers have more time to spend online searching for homes.

Kelley’s comment on 4/18/09
“I have my site with them but am becoming increasingly unhappy with them.”

Susan’s comment on 4/19/09
“It’s happening again! Advanced Access websites, Virtual Office and Forums down again ALL WEEKEND. And when you call, their mailbox is FULL! You can’t even leave a disgruntled message.”

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  1. […] The Rest of the Dirt Weblog placed an observative post today on Advanced Access Still Slip-Sliding Along After Two YearsHere’s a quick excerptIn only ten days this blog will be two years old. As I read the two recent comments (which I will copy into this post) it appears that not much has changed at Advanced Access when it comes to POWER OUTAGES! With reports that websites are once again down, what will be Advanced Access excuse this time? It’s been well over a year since they claimed to have moved their equipment to a fireproof location with redundant back ups. Why do agents continue to stay with Advanced Access ? I know it ma […]

  2. Howdy!

    I have been with AA reluctantly for a few years now.

    My site has been useless since Friday. When I call and eventually speak to a human, they assured me last Friday everything would be working correctly by Friday night-NOT!!

    Called Saturday and left vm-no return calls or emails.

    Called several times today and again, was assured on 3 different occasions that they were in the process of moving servers and my site would be up by tonight-NOT!

    Looking at iHouse and others that are Mac compatable-any recommendations?

    TIA

    Chris

  3. Yep, my Advanced Acces website is down…again! But notice, the actual Advanced Access website works! So they have their own site working….but not their customers websites…those who pay for hosting, etc.

    The thought of changing and having to redo my website is so daunting. This is so disheartening.

    Any way to just “transfer” the web content to another host?

    Thanks,

    Darla

  4. Darla,
    I can’t believe that you are still with Advanced Access knowing that you suffered through so many of their ‘power outages’.

    There is a lot of commenting going on at Real Talk and one agent posted the following:
    “For all of you who have information on Web pages that you don’t want to lose – download and install HTTrack Website copier. This tool will download your whole Web site to your hard drive.”

    I believe that I did that just so I would have the entire site but like others have pointed out, much of AA is all framed content and your graphics are all in separate files. When I left Advanced Access over a year ago, I opened up each of my custom pages in the back office and copied the html code as a text file. I also saved all my graphics in a separate graphics file. Once I moved over to Point2Agent, I simply pasted the html code into a new page there and pulled in the graphics as needed from my new ‘saved’ graphics folder. Anytime I looked at a new page and saw the little red x’s, it was just a matter of right clicking on the ‘x’ to see what graphic it was looking for and inserting it accordingly.

    I allowed a little time to make the transfer and have the pages ready to go before I pulled the plug on AA. Point2Agent as well as the other template companies like Z57 and iHouse have a lot of their own pre-designed pages so it’s not as bad as it may seem to make a switch. Most agents don’t have more than twenty pages of their own stuff, if that, even though the site may have 100 pages.

  5. I have to say I concur with the majority of what is being stated here. I am gonna have to have to grab the feed so I can keep tabs. on whats going on here.

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