As we all know that Google will only show one domain at a time for a particular key phrase. So here is my problem and am interested in whether others have found a work around...
For example idxco.com is the domain used for many of the real estate agents using thier IDX. You might have something like this: besthomes.idxco.com for agent 1 in Jacksonville, FL. hot-realtor.idxcom.com for agent 2 in Jacksonville, Fl. Top-Agent.idxco.com for agent 3 in Pensacola, Fl..
Lets say the key phrase is "town homes for sale" They all have the same domain so google will only show one.. and usually its the one with the best quality score...
Now it is horrible to have to use "pensacola town homes for sale" just to get a showing... I understand that is a good long tail, but I also don't like to be restricted to not be able to use a more generic phrase like "townhouse for sale".
Has anyone experienced this problem and does anyone have any thoughts on this subject?
You can put in a request to Google explaining your circumstances and they will consider it. Basically the rule of thumb to go on is: if all 3 agents ads were to show would there be less choice/ less useful results for the end user? If the answer is no and all 3 agents are selling completely different properties and so offering a different site experience then you may have a case for an exception. However, you are in Googles hands and depending on your account size and relationship with them this may take a while and be difficult to push through. Good luck with it Joel
Think about it from even bigger spending Hotel companies' perspectives. Most Marriott hotels are housed on Marriott.com but they can't show up more than once for "marriott hotels" unless they have their own unique URL. I'm going out on a limb and guessing they have a strong relationship with Google and spend much more than you and they still haven't been given permission to do what you're asking. The best bet I think would be to speak with your company about giving you individual domains for your PPC landing pages. Then they can redirect to your main domain pages from there.