Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Welcome to the first in a series of weekly posts we will be writing, on Wednesdays, about WordPress called Wicked WordPress Wednesdays. I hope you will join in on the conversations, find the information useful and possibly subscribe for regular updates. For those of you that use WordPress, you know there are thousands of plugins to chose from that can be added to your site to boost its functionality.
One plugin that I often use for my own sites and my clients is the Google XML-Sitemap. This is an easy to use tool that will generate an XML sitemap for your site and streamline the process of getting your site index by the popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com. Once you have installed the plugin, the set up process is pretty straight forward, however lately it seems as though a number of people I've talked to have been stumped by this step. Not to worry, I'm happy to help guide them/you through it.
Selecting the search engines you want notified when changes are made to your site is as simple as checking the appropriate box under "Basic Options" of the XML Sitemap settings screen. This isn't exactly the case for Yahoo. Although there are a couple of extra steps involved, it's also pretty easy. Keep reading for instructions. While in your WordPress dashboard, scroll down to the "Settings" section in the sidebar and select "XML Sitemap". You will see the "Basic Options" box.
Step #1 - Check the box that reads Notify Yahoo about updates for your blog
Step #2 - To get a Yahoo application id, click on Request one here!
To proceed with the request for a Yahoo application id, you will need a Yahoo account. If you don't have one, you will need to register for one in order to continue.
You should now be at the Yahoo login screen. Go ahead and log in! After logging in, you will be taken to the Yahoo Developer Registration page. Your Yahoo ID will auto populate in the first field.
Proceed with filling in the rest of the required fields:
Authentication method: Select Generic, No user authentication required
Developer/Company Name: I recommend just using your name
Product name: I would reference the sitemap so it's easy to remember what this id is for
Contact email: Your email address
Description of Application: A short description of what the application id will be doing (feel free to use my description)
Click "Continue" and you will be taken to your Yahoo application id. Copy the code and paste it into the box titled "Your Application ID" in your XML Sitemap "Basic Options" settings screen. Save your XML Sitemap options and you're all set to ping Yahoo when you make the next change to your blog/website.
Click "Finished", accept the Yahoo Terms of Service and Voila! Your done! The great thing about the XML Sitemap plugin is that it automatically regenerates the sitemap any time you edit, publish or delete a post so there is no need to manually rebuild it when you make changes. I hope this was helpful. :-)
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