The internet, housing, design and decor world is going crazy over Houzz.com so I thought I would do a Houzz.com review. They recently received an $11.6 million dollar investment from some well known investor groups. This is on top of a $2 million dollar investment they got back in 2010 after they released the iPad app. With that said, I don’t see how this site could not be awesome or fail. Give me 13 million dollars though and I could have something much better then JUST a website with photos, ideabooks and users (think Pinterest but with only home design and decor) I certainly hope they have more in mind.
Honestly, I can’t quite figure out how to use the site. I click on a photo and it takes me to the same photo with the same minimal information. If I click on the persons website that uploaded the content I can never find information that is useful if there’s anything at all about the photo. Basically, I want more information available in an easy to use format, it’s all too confusing for me.
It is a great place for anyone that loves home decor, interior design, and inspirational imagery though. There’s over 200,000 beautiful photos and they are indexed and organized very well. There is an ideabook that you can set up and then put your favorite photos in for future reference. Of course, if there isn’t much information attached to the photo, all you get is the photo.
One of their best moves is the fact that they consider bloggers to be “professionals” and we have our own category: media and blogs. It could be a potential for great traffic to your blog IF you can learn to get on the first few pages. The same goes for the “USERS” category. I have no clue how these searches are pulled though. The box says the more activity you do on Houzz the more visibility you get. They want you to upload high quality photos (tagged with sources), receive recommendations, and answer questions from the community.
Here’s my biggest problem: search any of their categories (photos, ideabooks, questions, or users) for mobile homes or manufactured homes and you get photos of mobiles hanging over baby beds or people that used those words in their profile. Mobile Home Living is ranked number one under the search of ‘mobile home‘ in the Users category for all metro areas. I will be submitting photos of the homes I have featured with appropriate source info and URL’s to the homeowners blogs. I’m going to try and make MHL THE source for all mobile and manufactured housing inspirations on Houzz.com. It shouldn’t be to hard because there is nothing relevant under a ‘mobile homes‘ or ‘manufactured homes‘ search.
Basically, Houzz.com did exactly what I want to do within the mobile and manufactured housing market. Have a site anyone can go to and get great inspiration and articles of what is possible with a home that is long and narrow. I do hope they succeed on the large scale housing market, that leaves room for us little guys on a more specific scale. if you have a blog I highly suggest that you sign up for Houzz so that it can be a potential traffic source. If you like looking at nice homes and dream a bit (and really who doesn’t?) then just go browse to your little heart’s content!
As always, thanks for reading Mobile Home Living!